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So I have a question about heads...
When minifigures were first introduced, the stud on top of the figure's head was solid. At some point, it was turned into a hole with a kind of three-pointed thing in it (like a Mercedes logo) so it looked a bit like a tiny plughole. I always believed this was because the size and shape of the head made it possible to get it stuck in a kid's throat and choke, but having the hole there made it just possible for them to breathe until the head could be fished out. I don't know if this is true or not.
Now I have noticed that the stud is solid again, but the top of the stud is recessed into the stud itself. I don't know when it changed but I would guess it was at some point in the past couple of years because when I look at some older series of collectible minifigs, they have the head with a hole (there is surely a Nine Inch Nails related pun in there somewhere) but newer ones are solid. So I guess that means either the choking thing is not actually true or it is not perceived to be a danger any more.
Which is it? Or is it something else entirely? Enquiring minds need to know...
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This is definitely a mystery I wish Lego would discuss. It is clearly some kind of design choice, and serves a function. Whether that is in manufacturing, safety, or play, I can only guess.
A recessed node, like so many other bricks, allows some minor pieces to be inserted; so they are more universal.
I always thought the holes, and even the recessed nodes allowed a very minor saving in plastic. Multiple that by '00s of billions of bricks, will be quite sizeable.