1975: minifigs, but not as we know them...

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Today I have uploaded brand new images of sets released in 1975. The big event of the year was the introduction of minifigs, but not as we know them today: these were armless, faceless and without moving legs, but they were recognisable as mini people and of a size that made them more-or-less compatible with the LEGOLAND sets of the day. They represented doctors and nurses, policemen, firemen and even cowboys. It didn't matter at the time that they didn't fit in the vehicles (e.g. 659) or fit through the doors: it was great to have people at last.

Looking at the pictures today, it's interesting to see how LEGO represented them sitting down (detach the torso from the legs) and holding things (use a plate between their torso and legs). You can see examples of both in 363, the first hospital set, pictured here.

The bendy-armed people were still going strong, and it was a good year for trains, with the release of some really nice locos and rolling stock, and also for 'hobby sets', the forerunner to Model Team: realistic large scale models for older kids (and their fathers!)

The minifig had arrived, but it would be a full three years before they sprouted moving arms and legs, eyes and mouths to become the iconic form we know and love today.

19 comments on this article

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By in Canada,

My Grandmother has some of those Minifigs.

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By in United States,

Those sets are cool!

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By in United States,

Wow! I would like to have some of those old minifigs to see what they were like.

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By in United States,

The evolution of the minifigure and they already invade my house :D

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By in Brunei Darussalam,

Wow, another pre-minifig Space set.

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By in United States,

For some reason when I click on the 363 link, it takes me to "Antique Car".

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By in United States,

Interesting.

The "purists" who complain about the Toy Story minifigs should take a look at these and consider whether this is really how they'd rather have all their minifigs instead of the growing variety offered through the years.

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By in United Kingdom,

They look a bit like the mirco figures from the LEGO Games. It's really interesting to see how the LEGO figures have evolved, thanks Huw!

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By in United States,

Nice picture, pretty funny how they sat down or held things in thier "hands". How LEGO finally came up with the minifigure we know of today i beyond me but very facsisnating indeed!

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By in United Kingdom,

Oh wow I remember these! My brother had a couple of these sets before I ever managed to get any. I don't remember being very awe-inspired by the new minifigs, but I still wanted them all!!

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By in United States,

I still have a bunch of these along with old sets. Wish I still had the boxes or instructions.

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By in United Kingdom,

It's funny looking at the 430/613 Biplane set. The 2x2 tile and the 1-stud cylinders being used BETWEEN the studs... that was "advanced" building back in '75! :o)

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By in United States,

We need a $20 70's vintage minifig collection. STAT!

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By in United Kingdom,

@BrickBob09
yes i never thought of that
maybe lego sort of 'remade' these old mini figs with the lego games?

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By in Australia,

What a fascinating look back at the LEGO of old. I'd love to get my hands on a few of those really old sets...

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By in United Kingdom,

hi i have about 5 of nthose minifigs there awsome

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By in United Kingdom,

I don't have any of those minifigs but i really want them

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