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Attaching the new wings to minifigures

CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,313
Has anyone come up with a good way to attach the new Chima wings to minifigures, if you don't want the armour piece?

I have been trying using a neck bracket (42446), then a 2x1 plate centred on that, then a couple of clips (2555) on the plate, with the wings clipped into those. But this means it is a bit thick.

Ideally, I'd like a piece such as 92280 but with two clips on, which would help reduce the thickness of the parts between the torso and the wings. Or even better, a double neck bracket, with one neck hole and two connections on the back. I guess I could always cut off the chest and pauldrons on the armour, but I'd prefer to go with a true lego solution if possible.

Has anyone come up with a better solution for attaching these new wings?

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  • AanchirAanchir United StatesMember Posts: 2,979
    I wish I could think of a better solution... it's such a shame TLG didn't make a part for this purpose themselves. As it is, I just spent a bit of time goofing around with various parts on LDD and couldn't come up with any real solutions.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 20,313
    Thanks. It's not a huge deal having it stick that little bit further out, but a double clip would make it look more natural and less like a backpack with wings.

    I will try sticking two clips together, and gluing these onto a bracket with the stud cut off to see what they are like.

    As it is my current wings are non-lego and glued, as done by Jasbrick. http://www.flickr.com/photos/jasbrick/5190273082/
  • carlqcarlq Ruislip Manor, MiddlesexMember Posts: 792
    [Moderators, I'm about to refer to a clone brand; please delete this comment if it is inappropriate. Thank you.]

    A part does already exist, but it's not by Lego. The toy firm Si-Dan produce a compatible neck bracket (in multiple colours) with 2 clips on either side. The plastic quality does not approach that of Lego, of course, but it works well enough for light use.

    I won't post a link to the site, but a Google search for"Minifig.cat" will put you on the right lines.



  • AanchirAanchir United StatesMember Posts: 2,979
    carlq said:

    [Moderators, I'm about to refer to a clone brand; please delete this comment if it is inappropriate. Thank you.]

    A part does already exist, but it's not by Lego. The toy firm Si-Dan produce a compatible neck bracket (in multiple colours) with 2 clips on either side. The plastic quality does not approach that of Lego, of course, but it works well enough for light use.

    I won't post a link to the site, but a Google search for"Minifig.cat" will put you on the right lines.

    Those look good for this purpose indeed. They'd space the wings out a little further horizontally but not enough to cause problems, I don't think.

    On a side note, I'm surprised that mentioning Minifig.cat would be expected to cause problems. I know there's a bizarre hatred of clone brands in the Brickset community, but I had thought that Minifig.cat was a customizer like Brickforge or Brickarms. And I wouldn't think those are anywhere near as anathema as clone brands since most customizers exist strictly to serve the LEGO fan community, not to "compete" with TLG in any capacity. But if I'm wrong and they are just a clone brand reseller, then I'm even more confused, because I can't imagine how one could resell just a handful of clone brand parts and expect to turn a profit.
  • akunthitaakunthita USAMember Posts: 1,038
    @Aanchir Minifig.cat is actually an interesting mix. They do have their own toy-line called Sidan Toys which is their own brand of action-figures (nothing like the LEGO minifigures, but they are pretty close in size). They are not a clone-brand as they don't have bricks and elements similar to LEGO. They are action-figures with accessories.

    When they discovered that LEGO fans are using the Sidan accessories for LEGO minifigures, they also developed a line of accessories that are specifically made for LEGO minifigs, although most of them still work fine with the Sidan figures.

    I own a large variety of their accessories and they are excellent. Although they use ABS plastic, their designs are thinner, which gives it a cheaper feel, and you have to be more careful with the smaller elements. Recently howerer they have been working on this and their more recent designs use more substential amount of plastic. I'm planning to get those clips myself...(c;
  • carlqcarlq Ruislip Manor, MiddlesexMember Posts: 792
    ^. thanks, @Akunthita. I bought my clips over a year ago, and they do have something of a more fragile feel than Lego - I'd be interested to buy more if the quality has been improved!

    ^^ @Aanchir, I meant no offense; I've just observed that "advertising" non-Lego brands is against the ethos of this forum, and didn't want to be thought of as doing so.
  • akunthitaakunthita USAMember Posts: 1,038
    @ carlq If the clips were available a year ago I'm not sure if there would be a change. I don't remember seeing them a year ago, but maybe I just didn't have a use for them at that time. All I know is that their newer products have a bit more substantial feel. It would be a huge expense to re-do old moulds, so I would think it's unlikely that they would have changed old designs. But it is always worth to ask...(c:
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