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LEGO Friends undergo plastic surgery…

by admin on January 20, 2012

in LEGO Modification

The new LEGO Friends theme certainly gathered plenty of attention not just from the target audience of little girls, but also from parents, feminists, the media, and adult LEGO fans. It seems like LEGO Friends has been successful so far with both children and parents, feminists quieted down, and adult LEGO fans appreciate the new line for the unique colors and accessories.

But what to do with those unconventional skinny-curvy-non-LEGO-ish Friends figurines? Just give the problem to some of the most skilled and fearless LEGO customizers and you will see LEGO Friends in a completely new light! WARNING! if you likely faint at the sight of severed body-parts (even if they are only plastic) skip this post! It is not going to be pretty! :twisted:

:arrow: ANATOMY OF THE LEGO FRIENDS FIGURES

The LEGO Friends figures come in four parts, similar to regular LEGO minifigures: leg-assembly, torso-assembly, head and headgear.  The head is similar in size to regular LEGO minifigure head, but with a pointy chin. The connection post on the torso is much smaller than on a regular LEGO minifigures (it is the same size as a LEGO lightsaber-blade).  Other differences are that on LEGO Friends the legs cannot move freely from each other, and the hands are not movable separately from the arms. The hair pieces are interchangeable with regular LEGO minifigure headgear.

Experimenting with LEGO Friends by Brandon Bannerman

:arrow: WORKING ON THE IMMOVABLE HANDS ISSUE

The LEGO Friends figures’ hands are not movable separately from their arms, therefore they can only hold tools and accessories in just one way. Quite limiting from a LEGO fan’s perspective. Flickr member Brandon Bannerman (Catsy) solved this problem with a beautiful and seamless design. He says: “I glued a paper-clip into a regular LEGO minifig hand, parallel to how the peg usually sticks out so that the angle of the wrist would be preserved. They’re inside the Friends figure’s arms by friction. I’m very pleased with both the length of the arm and the gaps between the hands and the arms (which are only slightly larger than the usual seams). Once the arms are painted, the gaps largely disappear in the illusion of being sleeve-cuffs.”

LEGO Friends arms customization by Brandon Bannerman

:arrow: WORKING ON THE IMMOVABLE LEGS ISSUE

One other major issue with the LEGO Friends figures is that the legs cannot move separately - thereby severely limiting the poseability of the figures. Below you can see Flickr member Lisa (DarkDragon) trying to work around this problem. She says: “I split up the Friends figure’s legs and modified them to fit on standard minifig hips. Obviously I needed to majorly modified the hips too (the top only, not where the legs connect). It needs a little more refinement to be perfect, but I think this works well and honestly I can’t understand why LEGO didn’t create them this way in the first place.”

LEGO Friends legs customization by DarkDragon

:arrow: WORKING ON THE LEGO FRIENDS FASHION ISSUE

Why only girly outfits? Our LEGO Friends not only feel home at the suburbs of Heartlake City in flowery dresses, but also on the front-lines of any tough occupation. Below you will find Andrea meeting up with her old friends. The creator of these excellently painted LEGO Friends figures is Mike the Builder. You have to agree with me; his painting skills are astonishing! (Especially if you remember how tiny these figures actually are!)

Custom painted LEGO Friends by Mike the Builder

Here is a close-up of one of Mike’s custom painted LEGO Friends figures:

Custom painted LEGO Friends close-up by Mike the Builder

Now, watch out with these girls! After all they have been going through at the hands of LEGO customizers to make them more LEGO-ish, they may do their own experiment on LEGO minifigures to get them into sexier shape! 8O

LEGO Friends science lab by Rob Bender

If you are a LEGO customizer and would like to share your own ideas and experiments with LEGO Friends, let us know in the comment section below. And if you want to learn more about LEGO Friends, check here:

NEW for 2012 LEGO Friends

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

MorningCoffee January 20, 2012 at 10:18 AM

One side of me says oh dear! the other, this is excellent! The arm/hand modification is increadible! The legs are almost there! And that paint-job is just WOW!

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brickhead January 20, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Wow! THese guys have steady hands! Love the trooper girls!

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Giza January 20, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Seriously impressive! I will have to get myself some Friends! I see a lot of potential! :D

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Maxx January 20, 2012 at 11:08 AM

A W S O M E !!!

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admin January 20, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Maxx, what do your girls think? ;)

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Maxx January 23, 2012 at 6:14 AM

They have been fans since I first showed these figs and sets.

I bought a few figs from the states (could not wait, LOL).
The love them, they fit into the small gap between LEGO figs and the Polly pocket kinda figs girls love.

I think LEGO has made a new fan base with these, the best thing they have done is make them minifig compatible.
So the girls can still use their “normal” LEGO and use it with their friends.

Pure genius I think.

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admin January 23, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Maxx, yes, they are very cute! And it’s amazing how sweet they look with most regular LEGO headgear! My regular LEGO guys convinced me to collect them. ;)
The only ones I don’t like so much are the parents. Daddy looks like a geek who hasn’t slept for weeks, and mommy is too mommy-ish. :|

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Greg Wurz January 20, 2012 at 11:23 AM

Hey, this isn’t possible! Lego Friends stifle the imagination!

It’s true! I read it on the internets!

Seriously though, these all look great!

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admin January 20, 2012 at 11:50 AM

Greg, lol! That’s too funny! :lol:

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Nick the Brick January 20, 2012 at 5:08 PM

Chopping and changing or “modifying” is not in keeping with the ethos or spirit of lego, but then I’m just a purist and only work with what Lego has given me.

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admin January 20, 2012 at 8:23 PM

Nick, both purists and customizers are very welcome here. Same hobby, different angle. :)
BTW, I have heard that when you apply for a job as a LEGO designer, one of the questions they ask you is “Are you comfortable with cutting LEGO?” The right answer is “yes”. ;)

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Nick the Brick January 21, 2012 at 1:42 AM

Wow, I didn’t know that. It makes sense I guess. If I’m ever lucky enough to be asked I know what to say. Thanks.

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admin January 21, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Nick, yes, unless LEGO designers are allowed to modify current elements and create new ones, we would never have the variety of parts available we have now and would still be stuck with only basic bricks. :x

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Jacob January 21, 2012 at 12:26 PM

I am a purist, with the only “non purist” tings I have doe was cutting of a few LEGO elements. However, the paint job on the friends figures when I first saw them was so amazing that I may rethink my purist position. They remind me some what of EXO-FORCE, and I would love for LEGO to make Friends figures that looked like that. I know I would go out of my way to purchase just the figs.

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admin January 21, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Jacob, yes, it seems like customizers really took a liking of LEGO Friends. In fact, Mike the Builder just sold most of his regular LEGO minifigures so he can get some more Friends to paint. Also, he has been selling the figures he painted so far. ;)

I just got some Friends for myself this week. They look so big on Internet pictures, but they are in fact very tiny. And cute as hell. :P

Once you see in real life how small these figures are you will be even more amazed by the skills of these customizers. If you feel the inclination I would suggest you get some Friends and unleash your creativity! :D

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Quad January 21, 2012 at 11:24 PM

I wonder how the Friends heads will look on a normal minifigure body…

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admin January 22, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Quad, the Friends heads are not compatible with regular minifigure torsos. They overall size is about the same, but the shape is very different; it is tapered towards the chin. Also, the hole for the neck is much smaller (the neck is the size of a ligth-saber blade) and not nearly as deep. It would need some major modification for it to fit on a regular LEGO torso. 8)

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Anne January 22, 2012 at 10:41 AM

These look way cooler than Lego Friends! I want them all. Kick ass!

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darkon January 22, 2012 at 4:06 PM

I’m gonna take the Lego Friends and use them to make figures of the girls from Ikki Tousen!! Kanu Unchou would look awesome in Lego!! :D

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smittyfan January 24, 2012 at 2:18 AM

nice! :D i’m diggin’ this new series and the modifications you all have done look pretty cool! :D some customized Star Trek characters would be cool! :D

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mikelo March 3, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Lego Conan O’Brien is doomed in the last pic.

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admin March 3, 2012 at 5:22 PM

LOL! :lol:

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Xi ninja April 3, 2012 at 6:35 PM

Very Funny! :lol:

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Rick Hunter August 2, 2012 at 3:24 PM

Ro-bo-tech! Ro-bo-tech! Well, Lego may not be cool enough to make Robotech sets, even though it would be a perfect fit with all the articulated pieces these days, but I’m glad somebody brought them together, Friends or otherwise. A little surprised you went with Max’s color scheme for the girl instead of Miriya’s, but it looks great! A nice nod to Skull Squadron on the left. (Yes, you may have been thinking the original Macross, but I’m showing my bias).

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admin August 2, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Rick, yeah, Robotech would be quite nice in LEGO! :D

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Kooz January 13, 2013 at 12:50 PM

Rick Hunter bet me to it, but I was going to ask if Mike the Builder’s girls were Veritech pilots. Pretty awesome!

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lego trooper 91 June 11, 2013 at 7:10 AM

LEGO MINIFIGS ARE BETER THEN THOSE STUPID LEGO FRENDS CUSTOMIZE MINIFIGS BUT NOT DUM OID MINI DOL FIGURES

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admin June 11, 2013 at 9:58 AM

LEGO Friends actually have many fans. I collect the figures myself as they are very cute. There is no need to put down anything or anybody. Enjoy the minifigs you like, and let others enjoy the ones they like. Choice is a good thing. ;)

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lego trooper 91 March 24, 2014 at 12:29 PM

If I told my brother about the comment he left here he would probably look at me blankly and say, “No…” :D

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Strider March 24, 2014 at 12:31 PM

Sorry my reply was meant to be by me. Lego Trooper 91 was signed in.

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Kieran Wattson July 24, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Using a minifig-neck-sized drill, I “expanded” one of my mini-doll neck holes a little. I am now using Andrea’s head in a minifig. Very little stress to the exterior of the head, and fairly seamless.

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