BRINGING LEGO® PLAY TO LIFE
IN THE 1960s and early 1970s, the focus in LEGO® building was on constructing models like houses, cars, and trains. But something important was missing: people to live in the houses, drive the cars, and run the trains!
If children wanted characters to play in their LEGO creations, they had to make them out of bricks themselves. To address this need for role-play and storytelling, the company first created large, buildable family figures, and later shrunk them down to a size that would fit in better with smaller LEGO models.
In 1975, a figure was launched with a blank yellow head, a torso with arm-shaped bumps, and a single solid leg. In 1978, this forerunner to the minifigure was updated with moving arms and legs, hands that could hold accessories, and a face painted with two dots for eyes and a friendly smile.
The famous LEGO minifigure was ready to play!
BIRTH OF A LEGEND
To create the prototype for the first minifigure, designer Jens Nygård Knudsen and a team of colleagues sawed and filed LEGO bricks into a miniature human form.
设计师Jens Nygård Knudsen和一组同事将乐高积木锯成一个微型人形，并将其锉成一个模型。
Three years and 50 additional prototypes carved in plastic and cast in tin later, he produced the updated modern- style minifigure. Among the sets it debuted in was set 600, featuring a policeman and a buildable brick patrol car.
三年后，他又制作了50个塑料雕刻和锡铸的原型，制作出了最新的现代风格的迷你雕像。在其首次亮相的布景中，布景为600，其中包括一名警察和一辆可建造的砖头巡逻车。WHAT’S A MINIFIGURE?
A LEGO® MINIFIGURE is a small, posable figure of a person or being. Most minifigures have rotating arms, legs, hands, and heads. They have connectors on their bodies that are compatible with LEGO bricks and other elements.
They often represent famous archetypes, such as firefighters, astronauts, and knights. A minifigure can be disassembled and combined with parts from other minifigures to create an entirely new character.
The faces of many minifigures carry a friendly smile, but some have other expressions—even multiple ones! Minifigures drive cars, live in castles, fly spaceships, and fill the world of construction with endless possibilities for fun, role-play, and imagination.
The 1970s were when it all began. First, there were big, buildable people with round yellow heads. Then came mini-sized, solid-bodied figures with swappable hats and expressionless faces.
Finally, in 1978, the best parts of both were combined to create a smiling little character with movable arms and legs.
The LEGO® minifigure was born, and with it came three new lines—Town, Castle, and Space—creating an entire world of constructible buildings, vehicles, and accessories to bring it to life.
THE LEGO® SYSTEM in play with its endless possibilities celebrated its 30th birthday in 1985, with a record number of new minifigures released and the launch of Airport as part of the Town subtheme.
Both Town and Space saw strong assortments this year, while Castle took a bit of a back seat before making a comeback in 1986. This year offered further proof that the dynamic world of LEGO building and LEGO minifigures would continue to change and grow every year.
今年，小镇和太空都出现了强劲的组合，而Castle在1986年回归之前有点退居二线。今年进一步证明，乐高建筑和乐高迷你们的动态世界将继续每年发生变化和增长。HEADS UP, EVERYONE!
the basic design of the standard minifigure head—a rounded piece with a stud on top—has not changed since the early years. The first heads always smiled, but in 1989, LEGO® Pirates introduced new face prints that included beards, eyepatches, and a range of different facial expressions.
The launch of licensed themes in 1999 saw a massive innovation— specially molded heads created for less humanlike characters, and soon many other themes introduced these, too. The reversible head was introduced in 2001, which allowed a minifigure to change his or her expression when they felt like it.
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