So, I picked up the "I Love That Minifigure" book yesterday, and I noticed at the end, they have a definition of a minifigure!
Wondering why one of your favorite LEGO characters isn't in this book? Then maybe it isn't a minifigure! Most minifigures are made from three standard parts: a head, a torso, and a pair of legs; and any LEGO character that doesn't include at least two of those parts doesn't get to call itself a minifigure.
They go on to show a few things that they don't consider to be minifigures:
- Skeletons (Various skeletons pictured)
- Droids (R2-D2 and battle droid)
- Mini-Dolls (Friends figures)
- Big Figures (Big trolls from Fantasy Era)
- Creatures (Monkey and Alligator)
I thought this was interesting particularly because I used to be pretty strict about what I considered a minifig, and I had a different definition. I used to say "anything with a minifig torso is a minifig". Hence, I didn't count droids and skeletons and such.
But what I thought was funny was that while every minifig they feature has a standard torso (IE, following my old rule), they do have at least one that sorta breaks their rule! On page 132, they show Pythor:
He doesn't have two "standard" components of "head", "torso", and "legs". He's just got the torso!
Granted, they never really say what constitutes "a head", so you could argue that the snake thing up there is "a head", but then again, you could make the same argument to say that a skeleton body is "a torso", and make it count as a minifigure.
It hardly matters at all, but an interesting bit of trivia.
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