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Space, Castle and Town minifigures

Minifigures are the small, plastic LEGO people, who populate the LEGO worlds. Most LEGO sets include some minifigures; LEGO has also sold collections of minifigures as separate sets. They are also known as minifigs or "LEGO people".

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Anatomy of a LEGO minifig

Minifigures are composed of several separate parts: head, torso, arms, hands, hips and legs. Minifigures typically come as three separate parts in LEGO sets: head, torso/arms/hands, and hips/legs.

The legs can rotate independently to 90 degrees forwards, and about 45 degrees backwards. They also attach to normal LEGO bricks in either a sitting or standing position. The hands of a minifigure make a "C" shape, which allows them to hold many LEGO accessories, as well as flat bricks. There are hundreds of different accessories, including axes, wands, cups, guns and even food. The tops of the hands are also roughly the same size as the studs on LEGO bricks, allowing various LEGO pieces to be placed on top of them. Minifigure heads are cylindrical, and attach to long narrow cylinder at the top of the torso, which allows the head to rotate. This also allows items that go over the torso, such as air tanks, capes or breastplates, to be attached. The heads also have a stud on top (which is the same size as studs on LEGO bricks), which things can be attached to. Head accessories are varied, including hair, helmets and hats. These variations allow minifigures to be highly customizable.

History Edit

The first minifigures with movable arms and legs were released in 1978, with seven different figures in Castle, Space and Town themes. Many of the Town Minifigure's torso's had a sticker pattern instead of a painted on one. Until 1989, minifigure heads only had a simple facial expression of two black dots for eyes, and a black curved smile. In that year, minifigures in the Pirates theme were produced with different facial expressions. The Pirates minifigures also included hooks for hands, and wooden legs, the first departure from the traditional hands and legs. In 1997 the release of the Western line of sets saw the introduction of the first minifigures with racial characteristics, with the Indian minifigures. In 2003, the first minifigures with natural skin-tones – as opposed to the yellow previously used – were released as part of Basketball; these minifigures also represented specific people. The following year, the use of natural skintones was expanded to licensed products, such as Harry Potter and Star Wars minifigures. As of 2003, LEGO has produced 3.7 billion minifigures.

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This months Featured Image depicts the Battle of Alamut set from the new Prince of Persia Theme. The set also includes the first ever LEGO Camel figure and seven minifigures based on the Prince of Persia movie. The minifigures seen in the image are Dastan, Seso, Nizam, Giant Semitar Hassansinr, Razor Glove Hassansinr, and two soldiers.

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Space Police Log 6 - Sharp Slizer, by Mariofighter3


2:37 pm: Hour by hour, that guarding duty was becoming even more boring. Last night, I was assigned a guard mission to protect Luna Nerflia, a blonde music-pop sensation. She was staying in the Futuron Inn. Slizer, a KD-5 Hention alien and a member of the Black Hole Gang, wants to eliminate her after she did not marry him after dating for 5 years. It is not her fault. A Galactic Knight used a Romance Belt on her to fall in love with the knight.

Soon, the mail had been delivered. The male “deliverer” handed the package over to me, so I would give it to Luna. I do know when a smoker is put into a package like this. I started to open the box, and I found out that I was correct. It was a Lightning-Fast Auto-Deposing Smoker, the best brand. I did the only thing I could; I disarmed it and threw it away in the nearest garbage. I tied the garbage bag opening in a knot and tossed it down the garbage disposal. That got rid of one trap.

“Are you ready in there?” I called to Luna, “It’s about time we head out to your concert.”

“Just give me about two more minutes!” she replied from the room. “Just let me fill my pencil with lead so I may sign autographs afterwards!” So, I let her do just that. Then, the maid came by to clean the room.

“Ok, I’m d-ooo-nnn-eee!!!” Luna sung. Because of that, I led the maid into the room. The maid pushed me out of the way, made her way to Luna, grabbed her, and broke out the window. I ran towards the window, and found out that the maid was actually Slizer in disguise. It somewhat reminded me of when Rench dressed up as that salesman and almost destroyed my Hover-Car. So I wasn’t yelled at by Drake for the loss of Luna, I jumped out the window and landed in our limo we were supposed to take to the concert. I told the driver to step on it, and I was off.

Oddly, Slizer was on foot. We caught up to them instantly. “Stop right there!” I yelled at Slizer.

“No!” he replied, “I will not lose her again! This will lessen the pain I suffered 5 years ago!” Slizer didn’t stop running. Then, I noticed something weird on Slizer’s head. His helmet was loose. That wasn’t a good thing because the spikes on top could flatten a tire and I would lose Luna. I grabbed my grapple hook and launched it a tree branch. I swung on the branch, jumped for Slizer, and hit his back with my feet. The limo stopped, and Luna ran in as quickly as a jaguar. The limo drove off after that. Luckly, I accidently sent out a distress call out to H.Q. when I landed in the limo. “Bad Temper” and Ben showed up to assist me.

“Cure you Space Police!!” Slizer cried out before “Bad Temper” put him in a pod. I hope he learn this lesson: love sometimes needs to be out of your life. Also, don’t try lightening your pain by doing wrong.

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