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I looked around to see if this has been discussed, but didn't find anything. Anyone else hate these as much as I do? I would just avoid them altogether, but my little girl loves the animal sets, but she too has no use for the doll-like minifigures that come in the Friends and Princess sets. If she wants to play with dolls, she plays with dolls. For Lego play, she likes the classic minifigures. It drives me crazy because besides the minifigures, the rest of the Friends sets go together just fine with the City / Superhero / Star Wars sets that me and the boy play with. Ok, maybe not seamlessly, but we all have pretty good imaginations. The Friends minifigures ruin it all. They don't fit into other vehicles, tower over normal minifigures, have stupid hair pieces that fall off too easily, etc. etc.
Right now we just pretend they are evil alien super villains. I do wish my daughter and all the other little girls out there could get some girl minifigures that weren't dumbed down versions of dolls. Am I missing something? Anyone else see any redeeming qualities here? Any chance they will go away forever?
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These aren't going away.
The redeeming quality is they have proven to be more popular overall than minifigures with girls .
My daughter didn't take to minifigures at all but loves playing with the minidolls.
As for sizing, it just takes a few tweaks & the minidolls fit into the vehicles.
(Oh- and if you want to offload any minidolls, I'm sure there'd be a few takers on here :-) )
I must have been searching the wrong terms. Mods, feel free to merge.
Maybe my daughter will grow into them. Right now she thinks they are super lame.
Some people love them, some hate them with a passion. My own take is that while I'd have preferred my daughter to go for Star Wars minifigs, she's gone for the minidolls & so I indulge her. I'm more about the build anyway & the Friends line is good for that.
We've even switched minifigs out of new sets and replaced them with dolls and she plays with them. I hope they continue to broaden the range of bodies to include fire, police, etc to make them more compatible with run of the mill city sets.
1. Why do they not have anti studs on the back of the legs so they can sit on stuff and stay there?
2. Why do they not have rotating hands? Step backwards alert!
3. Why do all the hair pieces have to have holes in? Lots of these look great on standard minifigs (and in my experience fit well) but the holes make them look a bit ugly.
I don't see them as a bad thing and we play with them in our house (I have two boys).
I really like the Elves line, so would love for more possibility to make the theme a bit more typical adventure fantasy, and definitely needs some minidoll armour pieces! ;-)
That's not to say I don't like classic minifigures. But they're not as flawless as people make them out to be. It's very difficult to fit two minifigures side-by-side in a six-module-wide vehicle, but with mini-dolls it's easy. Mini-dolls allow a theme to use human-like characters in their promotional art without such a huge dissonance between the art and the actual figures (like there was with Exo-Force). Mini-dolls can sit while wearing skirts, which is not really possible with minifigures that wear fabric skirts. Mini-dolls have more detailed faces than minifigures, and can have more detailed shoes than minifigures because their feet aren't so stubby. Overall, I think the themes that currently use mini-dolls are better that way than with traditional minifigures.
1. Probably because it would cut down on the level of realism to make the legs that wide (and the holes would also make the figures look more mechanical).
2. Astrid Graabæk and Fenella Holden (two LEGO Friends designers) did a presentation at BrickFair Virginia back in 2012 and answered that exact question. They actually DID test a version of the mini-doll with rotating hands, but girls didn't like them because it looked like they were constantly wearing long, puffy sleeves (note that a lot of the LEGO Friends and LEGO Elves outfits are sleeveless or have short sleeves).
3. As AllBrick points out, the holes in the hair are for accessories.
In in regards to the minifig versus minidoll, Lego did the same research they did years earlier for boys, but this time for girls.
They knew very quickly that for many girls, there are issues with the minifig, and they needed to change it up. They saw that often for girls, the character became an avatar for girls, while often boys use the character as a 3rd person representation in their play. In addition, they saw that there was a certain aesthetic sense, or sense of harmony that girls wanted that was not seen in the boys' play they had studied.
All of this together really led to a character that was more detailed, more lifelike, and more representative of an avatar. The entire line shows this avatar aspect as well, in that these are Friends one has. Even when not used as an avatar, the minidoll is still going to be more aesthetically pleasing to many.
The thing is the minidoll is not there to appeal to adults, the minidoll is there to appeal to the market they are going after...a market that they had failed multiple time to accurately assess and engage.
I think the soft hair they are able to make more detailed. My kids like both minifigs and dolls, but they also feel the minidoll said are more realistic. Hands, not 'claws', a body instead of a blocky look. While some may not like the realism, it plays into the hands of kids using them as avatars.
Why are you calling them aliens? Why not simply explain that Lego decided to try different characters, that there are pros and cons to both, and different people like different figures.
My current winter set-up while mainly mini gigs, does include a few mini dolls as well. (The Frozen characters fit nicely in the theme)
I just hope they don't make the Disney CMFs look bad.
I don't dislike the dolls and, I imagine that they don't have anti studs and rotating hands because dolls don't behave in that way. Dolls are placed at the table for tea parties etc etc.
Minifigs are part of the Lego system and therefore have the anti studs etc.
The hair pieces and crash helmets work well on some MFs and the sets are worth buying just for certain elements. I will be using the dolls to recoup some much needed dosh. Sorry girls, you'll find a better home soon.