LEGO Friends vs. regular minifigs comparison!

by admin on December 13, 2011

in LEGO Friends

If you have been following the news about the upcoming LEGO Friends line, you know the sets will come with some very different looking LEGO figures. They are skinny, curvy and very girly. Nothing like the square-ish, stocky LEGO minifigures we are used to. 😀

➡ See the upcoming LEGO Friends sets here: 2012 LEGO Friends Sets

➡ Close-up of the LEGO Friends figures here: 2012 LEGO Friends Figures

For some people it was love at first site with these cuties, for others it was instant suspicion, disappointment, and even hatred. The burning and defining question everyone had though is how the LEGO Friends figures compare to regular LEGO minifigures? How would they look in the same LEGO creation as regular LEGO minifigs? Are they taller? Shorter? And in any way compatible?

So wait no more! A Brickset member from France (see original post here) just picked up one of the #3931 LEGO Friends Emma’s Splash Pool sets – now why would the French have to have these first? :roll:

Here is what she says: “How does the LEGO Friends fig compare? I don’t know Polly Pocket or even Belville, I know Playmobil. The figs are a cross between Playmobil and LEGO. Emma’s got big, big eyes, a sweet face, a raised button nose (!), with a pointed chin (!!). Her hair is rubbery and very detailed with a braid. The LEGO Friends fig’s hair is interchangeable with regular minifigs. None of the other parts are (torso, legs, head).”

Regular LEGO minifigure vs. LEGO Friends figure.

“Beautiful printing on her shirt with a metallic flowery graphic, and her shoes are printed, too. Emma is the same height as the LEGO Collectible Minifigures Series 5 Cleopatra, so look at any LEGO female with a wedge-piece skirt and there’s your LEGO Friends fig scale.”

‘The LEGO Friends fig comes in the same number of pieces as a regular minifig; head, torso, legs, hair. Her proportions are the most dramatic difference – she is elongated, with longer arms and longer legs, and skinny like hell. Full articulation everywhere – head spins, arms turn, torso bows – except for one key area: her legs are like Playmobil figs, fully immobile, you can’t do a split like you can with the regular LEGO minifigs.”

LEGO Friends figure and regular LEGO minifigs with fully interchangeable hair/headgear.

So, there you have it! What do you think? 😉

Here are the links to other posts about the 2012 LEGO Friends sets:


{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

Ann Waters January 11, 2012 at 10:33 AM

I think that the new Lego sets are very well balanced and the mini-figures are cute.


admin January 11, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Ann, thanks for the link! Well written post! So far my understanding is the Friends are flying off the shelves. :)


VIE January 14, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Admin, I keep reading of a Lego Mag. if you belong to a Lego club? where/how do I sign up?


admin January 15, 2012 at 10:49 AM

VIE, we are just talking about the standard LEGO Club Magazine. It is free and you can subscribe here:
It is for kids, but it is fun anyway. Has some comics, stories, puzzles, etc. 😉


darkon January 16, 2012 at 4:33 PM

I love this theme. I don’t care that the figures are different. They are still lego. People who waste time being offended by them should REALLY GET LIVES! I really wonder why people get offended so easilly by things like this. My best answer is this: “Because people are morons! morons! morons!” Rat from Pearls Before Swine. I hope these sets sell really well, and I will definitely buy a few! 😀


Homeschool Circus January 17, 2012 at 10:51 AM

I had to eat shoe on my stance on Lego Friends…we also did a comparison on the mini-figures…



admin January 17, 2012 at 4:27 PM

Lisa, great post! I appreciate your honesty! :)


sy March 22, 2012 at 2:51 AM

They should have made the legs independently posable. Other than that, it’s a great platform. Scale compatibility with minifigs is the single best decision. I hope they stick with it for the next 10 years.


Anonymous March 23, 2012 at 12:02 PM

These have already come out in Canada and these are so dumb! (in my opinion.) Because I’m not a girly-girl (and everyone thinks I am) I’m probably gonna get a bunch of the sets for my birthday!


admin March 23, 2012 at 10:00 PM

If you don’t like them you can always sell the figs on eBay and just keep the sets. They are full of great colors and elements. 😉


laura March 27, 2012 at 10:18 AM



lize April 11, 2012 at 11:44 AM

ik ben echt een fen van jullie
groetjes lize !


admin April 11, 2012 at 1:24 PM

😕 😕 😕


Håkan June 20, 2013 at 3:11 PM

I believe that’s Dutch for:

“I’m really a fan of you (plural)
Greetings Lize !”

For what it’s worth…


nintfjr March 17, 2014 at 1:51 AM

I don’t like that the friends figures aren’t fully compatible with other figures. rounded, taller, minifigures would have been just fine, they didn’t have to be small, dainty, and mostly incompatible.


MJ January 1, 2015 at 11:01 PM

I just stumbled upon your blog post from 3 years ago. I was really excited to buy our daughter the new Frozen “Elsa’s castle” Lego set and was fully expecting the figures to be the original (regular) mini figs. There’s something so cute about the way Lego has been able to create all the Star Wars characters, Hobbits etc. in the stumpy gloriousness of the original mini figs. Anyway, I just took a close look at the Frozen Lego set on-line and my disappointment in the Anna and Elsa figures not being the cute, simplistic, stocky original figures led me to a google search which brought up your post. The only “girly” lego set we’ve bought our daughter to date is the Cloud Cuckoo Palace set and I just adore the little figures, which are the original shape. I haven’t bought her any of the Disney Princess or Lego Friends set and didn’t know the figures were different until now. I’ll still buy our daughter the Frozen set but I do wish Lego hadn’t felt the need to thin out the girly characters.


admin January 2, 2015 at 10:47 AM

MJ, yes, the Frozen Castle is a very lovely set and super popular with girls. The good thing about LEGO is that if your daughter doesn’t like the mini-dolls she can just switch them out to regular LEGO minifigures. Please note that the hair-pieces are completely compatible with regular minifigs, so all she needs to find is a torso and legs. It is an easy fix. And she may end up liking the mini-dolls too. They are very cute. Have fun playing! 😉


cp July 4, 2015 at 11:09 AM

Friends dolls aren’t quite the same height as an old minifig with skirt. Without hair, the friends doll is 1 thin brick taller. (The Cleopatra hair is thicker than most hair) And unfortunately they don’t fit nicely through some basic doors (I have doors from an old universal building set and the friends dolls are too tall for them) I am getting used to the shape of them, but i wish they had made them the same height as the minifigs!


admin July 4, 2015 at 3:49 PM

Yes, I agree that it would be nice if the Friends Figures would be the same height as regular minifigs. I guess they are like the younger generations in real life who are almost always taller than their parents. 😉


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