LEGO introduced a shorter version of minifigure legs back in 2002. It has been used for LEGO minifigure children, shortie characters from Star Wars, Ninjago and Harry Potter, and most recently the dwarves in the LEGO Lord of the Rings and LEGO The Hobbit sets.
Personally I love short LEGO minifig legs. They make the already cute minifigures even cuter. However there is one major flaw; the legs are not moveable, so the poor minifig with short legs can’t walk, can’t run, can’t even sit down – only hop around… Below I will show you some ways you can get around this minifigure handicap.
Custom LEGO Poseable Short Legs: Some brave LEGO fans resort to making custom poseable short legs by sawing down and re-gluing regular minifigure legs. This is not for the faint of heart, but if you are up to it here is a tutorial from the BrickShow guys on how to do it:
Custom LEGO Poseable Short Legs by BrickFortress: If you are not up to hacking up your minifigure legs to make them shorter, there is another option. LEGO customizer BrickFortress offers professionally designed and moulded short leg-assemblies for LEGO minifigures. I haven’t tried them out yet, but Josh Wedin from the BrothersBrick reviewed them recently. Below is a quote from his full review LEGO Custom Roundup:
“The custom mini-legs fit very nicely and are constructed quite well. The clutch-power is good and the legs move well. They are currently available in 5 colors: Light Gray, Tan, Black, Brown and Dark Blue. They are slightly taller than the official short legs by LEGO, but the color match is good. The legs are also interchangeable with official LEGO legs, so you can use your normal hip pieces for color changes. My only complaint is a minor one. The plastic feels very similar to the plastic we have been seeing in the collectible LEGO minifigs. But that is an issue with many of the custom makers and isn’t a deal-breaker for me. I am really liking these articulated mini-legs and will be buying more.”
If you would like to try out the custom LEGO poseable short legs they are available at BrickFortress.com for $1.15 each in five different colors.
LEGO Poseable Short Legs Project on CUUSOO: If you are a LEGO purist who only likes to use official LEGO elements you have another option; it is kind of a long shot, but it is worth a try. There is a LEGO project on CUUSOO suggesting poseable short legs. If the project reaches 10,000 votes LEGO will consider it for production. It may never happen, but by voting for the project you send a clear message to LEGO that there is a demand. If you would like to see details of this LEGO project and vote go to: LEGO CUUSOO Short Minifigure Parts Project
So what do you think? How do you like the short LEGO legs? Do you use them often? Do you wish LEGO made them poseable, or do you like them as they are? What do you think of the poseable LEGO short legs options featured here? Feel free to share your thoughts below!