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Lego Animals: Minifigure Scale, Constructed
I just received the Mill Village Raid recently and am excited to add several Lego animals to my Lego universe. After coming out of the Dark Ages, I bought mostly Star Wars, but expanded to Castle and City with a big reason being Lego animals. Any new set that comes with a unique Lego animal is pretty much a must have to me, such as the Farm and PoP sets.
The set that got me to expand from Star Wars was the Medievil Marketplaces. It comes with 2 brown cows, but also constructed ducks and chicken. With the Mill Village Raid including proper Lego chickens, I'm wondering how many people are content with displaying both versions of the birds to their diromas.
I hope Lego continues to add more Lego animals to future sets and re-release other animals such as the elephant. I wonder what people's wish list are, but I'm sure the goal is to eventually have every animal represented in Lego form. To add more to the farm scene, I'd like a sheep. For the zoo scene, I'd like for lions, tigers and giraffe. For Xmas, I'd like reindeers. For now these will have to be represented by Lego bricks.
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I'd hope to see sheep and other cross-theme animals (fit with castle and city themes) such as a donkey and a generic deer torso that could have changeable 'horns' eg to use a a stag/reindeer/antelope.
And maybe some ducks and rabbits. One or two stud like the rats.
I'd love more zoo animals and farm animals too. I think the old elephant is ugly though!
If all they are going to do is mould all different animal shapes I am not sure what the point is or what makes them different from the millions of other plastic animals on sale (other than having stud holes in their feet).
Bit torn on this one as I do see the appeal, but think it is kinda going against what Lego is about in my eyes.. There is zero building involved, may as well buy Playmobil animals, but saying that the MVR pig is cute :)
Some people consider this period of Lego popularity to be a Golden Age. I think a good reason for this is attributed to the expanding library and colors of Lego pieces. Back when I started with Lego, there was only the horse and each minifig had the same expression. I don't think Lego food was introduced yet and minifig accessories were pretty rare.
Lego definitely has to balance playability and creativity. Unfortunately creativity has taken a back seat with Lego spoon feeding us these great new set designs each year. My creativity is pretty low now and I depend primarily on Lego designs to create my Lego world... which I'm more than happy to accept. I'm a builder and less of a creator.
When it is one or 2 to compliment a set, so the soldiers have something to ride or a cat on a modular roof or as stated a pig and goat in MVR I think they work great, but if it is more than a couple I would be concerned it turns into a playset not a constructon set.
I was thinking about this earlier ... I was surprised how many 'real world' animals are already in the 'inventory' when you list them (ignoring fantasy, pre-historic, Belville/Scala, Star Wars, etc., and ignoring colour/printing variations) ...
- dog (2 different moulds)
- rat (2 different moulds)
- owl (2 different moulds)
- shark (2 different moulds)
- manta ray
- polar bear
... and I'm not sure I've got them all either ...
(off topic - why does the holiday train include a rat? who would want a toy rat??)
The rabbit is a ridiculous scale even for scala. A minfig scale one like the mice would be cool.
Someone should really produce a book of all of these things!
I love the llama (?) - i have NO creativity when it comes to making stuff. But copying is fine. Any other animals out there please?
That said, I'm not that fond of the newer ones because they've lost a bit of that Lego feel. The horse is a bit blocky and I like that just as I liked the old dog. They matched the blocky feel of the mini-figures. The new dog though is too smooth as is the goat.
I just wish they'd do a bigger chimpanzee, a gorilla, deer/antelope, lion/tiger and several others. Oh well, there's time....
It seems to me, the smaller the animal, the more detailed and smoothier the mold. For example, the frog and cat are shaped without any blockiness. As we get to bigger in size, the blockiness comes out.
Old dog vs new dog: new dog has paint app, old dog has dimple eyes, new dog is slightly smoother. To me, I think the main difference isn't so much the mold, but the paint app.
Chicken observation... why does it have a prominent stud at its feet? The other bird or single stud animals do not have that feature. Couldn't they have transitioned the stud better like the bat? Maybe it's their attempt at making it appear more Lego?
(focusses on built rather than moulded animals)
good view of animals
Would make a good start for anyone looking to build a Lego zoo :)
(focusses on built rather than moulded animals)
Just download the instruction PDFs for each, it's quite a lot of fun
I'd understand if sets were produced with animals built with multiple bricks but they aren't. (Not really minifig compatible ones anyway)
In Lego sets why do you think so many animals have been avoided? What animals would you like to see? Do you build your own animals?
I'd like to see a tiger and there is plently call for a big cat mould (Jungle panther, City Zoo tiger, etc)
I have a long todo list, so stay tuned. Oh, and the free building instructions (images, LDD and LDraw files) are over on my BrickShelf and Rebrickable pages. I'm on Flickr, too.
Support my project if you wish, spread the word if you can. Peace out.
Of course the Hulk and the Cave troll aren't animals but fantasy creatures, although I do like them very much, I am somewhat puzzled why these bigminifigs have such limited articulation, and posing possibilities, I don't have any elephants, but if I am not mistaken that animal is also pretty much one big chunck of plastic.
I agree with what @prof1515 said before on this thread: