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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