I'm working on an article that explores how to better understand and apply the concepts of "scale" to create better LEGO models. This raises a pretty fundamental question which I do not feel has been adequately answered within the LEGO community - what is the "scale" for the common LEGO figures we use in our models.
Minifig / Minidoll
Naturally, we want to start with the classic "minifigure"
, as well as the newer "minidoll"
which has similar width and height.
I calculated a value of 1:42
for the classic minifigure, and a value of 1:38
for the Minidoll. The minidoll has fairly realistic proportions, so I feel pretty good about that value. What do you think - do you agree with a value of 1:42 for the classic Minifigure? I have heard a scale of 1:48 cited in several places for the classic minifig, but I believe based on my calculations that this is mostly caused by folks rounding to 1:48, since this is a common scaling factor for model trains and architectural modeling. (I showed all my calculations at http://brickarchitect.com/scale/ so feel free to correct any mistakes in my measurements or calculations.)
Moving on to the "Miniland
" scale, which describes those brick built figures popularized at LEGO theme parks...
Here, I determined a scale of 1:17
is most accurate, although I have also seen 1:20 cited in a few places. Does 1:17 seem accurate? What do those of you who work in this scale think?
Nanofig / Statue fig
Lastly, we have the newer "Nanofig
" and "Statue fig
" sizes. We all know that they are very tiny, but how tiny?
By my calculations, they come in at about 1:80
for Nanofig, and 1:125
for Statue Fig. I'm very curious to hear what your thoughts are - It's pretty tricky to decide which measurements to use to calculate the height, especially on the smallest "statue fig" size. Are these values right?
Again, my detailed calculations and assumptions are clearly called out at http://brickarchitect.com/scale/
and I would really appreciate the help of the community to confirm that these values are as accurate as possible!