I’m looking to confirm milestone events for minifigure designs. Can anyone see any mistakes in my timeline or add to it. I have questions on some of it as well...Thanks!
1974 - Home Makers Introduced - figures used to represent people – First issued Set # 200
1974 - "No Face" Legoland Minifigures introduced - Precursor to the modern day minifigure – First issued Set # ??
1978 – First Duplo Figure – Tub Bot - First issued Set # 534
1978 - First issued Modern minifigure - Police Officer - Sticker on torso. First issued Set # 600
1978 - First Female Minifigure – First issued Set # 376
1979 - First Screen Printed Torso – Classic Space Astronaut - First issued Set # 442 ????
1989 - First Minifigure with a Different Face – Face other than simple two black dots for eyes, and a black curved smile - Pirate - First issued Set # 6235 Buried Treasure (Spinoza the Monkey 1st too)
1989 - First Minifigure with Different Hands/Legs – Pirate Captain Red Beard - First issued Set # 6251
1990 - First Specialized Minifigure – Ghost (1x2 brick legs) – First Issued Set # 6034
1993 – First Minifigure in Swim Suit - First issued Set # 6403 (Paving the way for “Honey have you seen my pants”)(Maybe not a design milestone)
1994 – First Minifigure with non-yellow printed head – Spyrius Droid - First issued Set # 6705
1995 - First Minifigure Skeleton – First Issued Set # 6036
1997 - First Minifigure of ethnicity - Set 2845 Indian Chief “Medicine Man”
1999 - First Licensed Character - Darth Maul and Qui-Gon Jinn - First issued Set # 7101 Lightsaber Duel (Contradiction = Luke Skywalker - First issued Set # 7110)
1999 - First Molded Head - opposed to traditional cylinder - Jar Jar Binks - First issued Set # 7121 Swamp Naboo Swamp
2000 - First Minifigure with Torso Covered by Head – Chewbacca – First Issued Set # 3342
2000 – First Non-Fictional Specific Person – Steven Spielberg - First issued Set # 1349
2001 - First Giant “Oversized” Minifigure – Hagrid – First Issued Set # 4707
2002 - First Minifigure with Short Legs – Master Yoda – First Issued Set # 7103
2003 - First Minifigure with Natural Skin Tone - opposed too yellow- First issued Set # 3500 Kobe Bryant
2003 - First Minifigure with Belly Button (Fat) – Jabba the Hut – First Issued Set # 4480
2003 - First Spring Loaded Hips and Longer Arms– NBA Players - First Issued Set # 3432
2006 - First Minifigure with Block Head (Sandwich Board) – SpongeBob Square Pants– First Issued Set # 3825
2009- First Micro-Figure - Board game figures Red, Blue, White and yellow - First issued Set # 3838 Lava Dragon
2010 - First Minifigure with Long Legs–Woody – First Issued Set # 7590
2010 – First Nano-Figure – First issued Set # Karate Master Series 2 Minifigure (trophy)
2016 - First Wheel Chair Minifigure - First issued Set # 60134
Not to forget
2003 – 4 Plus figures – Set # 4651
1994 Belville Figures -Set # 5880
2012 Lego Friend Figures – Set # 3061
1979 Fabuland Figures – Set # 121 – Mo Mouse
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legs printing, was it 1994? spyrius droid. same for transparent head I guess.
Minifigures in the 1990s were shockingly plain, even when the quality and complexity of action figures at the time were improving dramatically.
The first licensed mini-figure would be any of those in the first five Star Wars (original trilogy) sets released in 1999. They preceded the Phantom Menace sets by months (the catalog included in the larger ones originally had a page showing the Naboo Starfighter and advertising the Phantom Menace release for that summer with the tagline of "So wizard!").
I'd also have to check if the Ewoks preceeded Yoda as the first mini-figures with the stubby legs. The goblins in one of the Harry Potter sets also came out around the same time.
Capes were introduced in the Castle line in the mid-1990s, years before they were seen in the Star Wars line. Incidently, the first Star Wars figure with a cape was Darth Vader.
Surely the first minifigure of ethnicity was the first minifigure, with ethnicity "LEGO".
Also consider first minifig with dress slope, or without standard legs. First mermaid tail/octopus tentacle base/etc. First Alien?
For example, the braided hairpiece 11261 was apparently designed for Leia, but appeared on the shelves first (in the same year) for the Forest Maiden CMF.
For early licensed figures, there were 3 with the Exxon logo released in 1980
old045 - first monochrome minifigure
1992 - First swimsuit - PAR009, PAR010, PAR017, PAR025, PAR036
1997 - First mining with a printed nose WW014-WW022
First with a nose is 1996 the time crusaders or whatever that theme was called.
Short legs, also 2002: http://brickset.com/sets/4714-1/Gringott-s-bank http://brickset.com/sets/4731-1/Dobby-s-Release http://brickset.com/sets/7153-1/Jango-Fett-s-Slave-I
Regardless of when the Harry Potter sets were released, we can be pretty sure young Boba and Yoda came out at the same time as they were both part of the Attack of the Clones line.
armours - 1990
The plastic cape debuted in 1984. The cloth cape in the early 90s, c. 1992 or 1993.
In contrast, you comparing cowboys and Indians and cops and robbers shows the actual root of the problem; cowboys are always portrayed as good, and natives as bad.