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Very old Minifig identification needed
I've been collecting legos since the late '70s and I have a question regarding some of the minifigs I own from back then from the Classic Space line. Some minifigs I own have ridges in their torsos that make the legs fit in tighter. Some don't.
Do we know when Lego started using ridges (or bumps) inside the torso section of the minifigs? The ones without the ridges seem older. Like '70s to early '80s. They seem to go with the Alpha-1 Rocket base, which is the oldest set my brother and I had.
Is there a way to tell which set had which type of minifig?
The reason I ask is because I recently decided to rebuild some old lego sets to show my nephew as he's been liking the Star Wars legos and I wanted to show him some of the cool lego sets I grew up with. So, I dug out my old lego bin, found instructions and started building. The minifigs of course were scattered and some were in disrepair (Cracked armor and of course faded logos.)
I decided to rebuild the Cosmic Cruiser (6890) and found that the guy I picked for it has no ridges inside the torso. But, a set I remade after this one was released, the Uranium Search vehicle (6928) the minifigs had the ridges as it came with an astronaut with a black suit. It was the only lego space guy in a black suit I had. Pretty sure they all had ridges.
I know it probably shouldn't matter in the long run because a minifig is a minifig. I was just wondering when Lego started to use ridges in the minifig. If anyone knows, that'd be great.
Thanks in advance!
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