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Minifigures - time to start using Brickowl instead of Bricklink?
As the title suggest, is it time to start using Brickowl for defining the minifigures in the Brickset database rather than Bricklink? Lots of weird stuff is showing up as minifigures now due to the way Bricklink cataloguers are changing things to fit rules rather than using common sense. LEGO's own Bricklink seems to strongly contradict what LEGO calls a minifigure.
We have already seen these "minifigures" appear at Brickset:
No doubt these ones will be appearing too, as Bricklink now calls these minifigures:
A possible natural extension will soon be that any character built from parts will also be a minifigure no matter what it looks like.
Is it time to sever the link now that LEGO Bricklink's new catalogue administrators seem to have completely redefined what a minifigure is based on applications of badly written rules leading to absurd decisions to skirt around defining what a minifigure should contain and instead use data from more sensible sites such as Brickowl.
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While I agree with you that the categorization is weird, it's not new and not something that LEGO has done. This was a standard established years ago by BrickLink's admin and the BrickLink community.
If I remember correctly, the conversation started with the Toy Story figures. The rationale was that people consider these characters as persons and will look for them by name, so they should be listed as characters, which equals minifigs in the BL catalog. Their only other option was animals, which would be just as weird.
This was okay for a while, but then LEGO started taking on more and more licenses with humanized characters, and the list of these non-minifig persons got weirder and weirder.
The ideal solution would be tagging and improving the search function, but BrickLink doesn't have a tagging system and everything has to go into one category.
The end result will be Brickheadz, Bionicles, Mixels, anything representing a character will be a minifigure no matter what its scale as it fits their definition of a minifigure.
Coming next as minifigs, Bob the Builder's construction vehicles.
its just going to clutter up the category to no end.
It's not our information to give away, hence not being available via our API.