Why do LEGO minifigures have yellow heads?

Minifigure

As Minifigure (or Minifigure) will be the small toy figures from LEGO, which will be available from 1978® designated. The term is mainly used among adult LEGO fans and is mostly used in connection with the so-called brick films (stop-motion films with minifigures).

Structure [edit | Edit source]

Minifigures usually consist of ten parts that are put together into three parts: head, body with arms and legs. The connection points on the body are compatible with LEGO bricks and other parts. Elements such as hair, hats and helmets or other things can be put on the knob on top of the head, arms and legs can be moved. Each minifigure can be dismantled and combined with parts from other minifigures to create countless completely new figures.

Special figures Edit source]

Some figures are made up of special parts and are slightly different from normal minifigures, but mostly have the same functions.

  • Some figures from the LEGO Pirates series, such as the pirate captain from 1989, have a wooden leg or a hooked hand.
  • Female minifigures often have a dress instead of legs, which means they stand on four studs instead of two. Examples are the Maid from LEGO Kingdoms or the Statue of Liberty from LEGO Minifigures Series 6.
  • General Grievous and Gasgano from LEGO Star Wars consist of very special parts. Droidkas, battle droids, box droids and astromech droids like R2-D2 also consist of special parts. Protocol droids like C-3PO have a special head.
  • Aliens like Frenzy from Space Police or Yoda from Star Wars usually have special heads.
  • The Simpsons minifigures also have special heads.
  • The Minotaur from the LEGO Minifigures Series 5 also has a special head element.
  • Mermaids like the ones from the Pirates Advent Calendar 6299 don't have legs, they have fish fins.
  • Genie in a bottle like the genie in a bottle from LEGO Minifigures Series 6 also have special leg elements.
  • Children or small minifigures like the Little Clown from LEGO Minifigures Series 5 have short legs that cannot be moved.
  • Manbat from the set Man-Bats attack 76011 has wings on its arms.
  • The snakes from LEGO Ninjago like Fangdam have special snake heads instead of normal Lego heads.
  • The LEGO Chima minifigures have special animal heads.
  • Some characters from LEGO Pirates of the Caribbean have the heads of marine animals, for example
  • Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Jessie and Stinkie Piet from LEGO Toy Story have special heads. Jessie and Woody also have elongated legs.
  • Baby minifigures like the babysitter from Lego Minifigures Series 16 71013 only consist of a head and a body.
  • Skeletons have an upper body made up of ribs and feet with four toes.
  • The LEGO Friends, LEGO Elves and LEGO DC Super Hero Girls theme worlds have their own characters.

History [edit | Edit source]

An early precursor to the minifigure had a two-piece body with no separate arms or legs and a faceless yellow head. It first appeared in sets in 1975. The first real minifigures became available in 1978, replacing the immobile figures that did not yet have a face. At that time they existed in the subject areas space, Castle and Town and since the figures, apart from the head, had not yet been printed, they could be covered with the stickers provided. At that time, all figures had a uniform face, consisting of two points for the eyes and a smiling mouth. From 1989 this changed, however, because in that year the sets became a theme world Pirates published and it was decided to give the characters different facial features from now on. With the production of the Pirate World, special figure parts were also created, such as wooden legs or a hook for a hand.

Soon the figures were also printed on the front of the torso as standard, which made the use of stickers superfluous. Little by little, the back of the torso, arms, legs and the entire head were also colored.

In 2001 minifigures with heads printed on both sides were introduced. In 2003, the first minifigures with lifelike skin colors came on the market. This happened in the context of basketball- Series in which the characters were modeled on real people. Later these skin tones were also used in sets of ranks Harry Potter and Starwars used.

The minifigure turned 25 in 2003. According to a statement by LEGO, over 3.7 billion figures have been manufactured and sold by this time.

Collectable minifigures Edit source]

In 2010 the first series of collectible figurines came on the market. A series includes 16 minifigures and comes in blister packs of one each Minifigure packed up. In the first two series you will find EAN's on the packs, by means of which you can see which minifigure is contained in the blister.

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