The new medium-sized legs

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The recent unveiling of the Wizarding World Collectable Minifigures series created a great deal of excitement for many different reasons, perhaps the most notable of which is the new pair of medium-sized legs.

These fill the space between the existing short and standard legs, suiting teenage characters such as the pupils at Hogwarts. Today we are going to take a closer look at the brand new legs, showing how they compare with other elements as well as their range of motion.

The new medium-sized legs are one plate taller than the short variant, modeled by Professor Flitwick, and one plate shorter than the standard legs worn by Cedric Diggory. I think this is a perfect size for a teenage character and am looking forward to seeing how the legs might be used in other themes in the future.

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Harry Potter's legs are decorated with some robe details but they are also available in plain black and in blue. The proportions between the feet and the curved 'thighs' look superb, matching the standard legs rather than the shorter ones.

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The reverse includes holes to receive two studs along with indentations for a couple more towards the top. Minifigures with medium-sized legs can therefore sit down on a studded surface quite comfortably, just like minifigures with full-length legs.

LEGO chairs were originally designed in 1980 for minifigures of normal height so figures with medium-length legs appear somewhat awkward when seated, as demonstrated in the image below. Nevertheless, this represents a considerable improvement over the short legs which cannot sit down at all. image at flickr

Furthermore, the articulation is identical to that of the full-length minifigure legs. They are displayed at their forward and backward extremities below, which is absolutely perfect for a sprinting pose.

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We will be publishing our full review of the Wizarding World Collectable Minifigures series shortly so keep an eye on the homepage for that.

Which characters would you most like to see with medium-sized legs? Let us know in the comments.

 

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64 comments on this article

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By in Canada,

I am very excited about these legs.

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By in United States,

If these had been released 8 years ago, then they should have been used for ninjago. They only really work in years 3-5 in HP though... anything after that can use regular legs.

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By in United States,

Wow... this is a game changer for minifigure enthusiasts! Would like to see used for Robin (Batman). How many of the Harry Potter CMF have these medium-sized legs?

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By in United States,

I am Groot! (Teenager, of course.)

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By in United States,

This is great. Love that they have anti studs on the bottom.

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By in United States,

these will be great for custom minifigures
i hope to see more prints and colors

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By in United Kingdom,

Is there something wrong with me when my reaction to an article entitled, "The new medium-sized legs" is "Woooooh! Yes!"?

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By in United States,

Maybe for MOCs of teen titans?

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By in United States,

YYYYYEEEEEESSSSS!!!! At long last!! Moving shortie legs!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

I will be interested to see if they use it to distinguish characters by their height or purely by their age. It could get a bit complicated if they switched the legs up for height even though it would be more realistic, but the new part is greatly appreciated either way. Considering some of the new moulds Lego has made recently which have not seemed greatly needed (can't quote specifics of hand) this mould is well overdue.

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By in United States,

We need some jedi padawans with these new legs.

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By in United Kingdom,

Completely unrelated but just spanked £250 in lego site post England victory. Must stop shopping whilst celebrating...

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By in United States,

Cool.

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By in Norway,

I hope they will be included in some City people packs soon! and I want them in medium blue for Lex Murphy in the Jurassic Park set because she's shorter than an adult, but taller than Timmy.

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By in United States,

@mroper295 teen Groot in the movies is the smallest bit taller the star lord, therefor his legs are fine. But yes I agree that would be cute, especially since Groot is my favourite marvel character.

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By in United States,

These have so much potential.
As stated ^above^ definitely far better than short legs on Lex Murphy.
When they come out I plan to test them out on Gimli. Since dwarves are in between the height of Hobbits and people.

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By in United States,

For some reason I feel like that auctioneer guy from Lockwood Estate should have had these lol.

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By in Turkey,

This should have been the short leg. Never liked the fixed short legs anyway.

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By in United Kingdom,

Good stuff - I hope they turn up as individual bricks in the online store at some point

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By in Brazil,

Took them long enough for this. I hope in the future they release sets with characters that definitely should have been released with legs like these (Ahsoka, Robin and every single teenager ever made...)

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By in Russian Federation,

Oh shi-...
I thought I'm seeing things.

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By in United States,

Thanks so much for covering this new element!

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By in Netherlands,

I'm sorry to crash this Harry Potter party, but now we can finally have some decent padawans.

I would like to see Petro, Katooni, Byph, Ganodi, Zatt and Gungi from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode: "The Gathering". I think the younger Boba Fett would also be a suitable character for this new medium-sized legs piece, just as Ahsoka in The Clone Wars and Anakin in Episode I.

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By in United States,

Dang that’s pretty awesome. I was a little disappointed in the HP Collectibles because I thought they were the regular short legs. This has totally changed my view! I’ll be excited to try and track them down now.

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By in United States,

Use this for dash

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By in United Kingdom,

Can't wait to leg-it lol... To a lego store to buy some of the Wizarding world minifigs:

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By in Serbia,

A question: can these (hot) legs sit on a 2x2 plate with studs?

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By in United States,

Very interesting, thanks 4 the info about how they compare to other legs

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By in United States,

I love these!! I hope they incorporate them into the super heroes line; Robin and Miles Morales Spider-Man come to mind (or even MCU Spidey!)

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By in United States,

I hope that they put these in as many sets as possible to make sure that we have a good supply. hate it when new parts like these are so expensive to get. (like the baby minifigs, which can cost 4$ each) if these become common, then yay!

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By in United States,

@bananaworld: Not at all. These are seriously a game-changer in the minifig world, and I don't use that term lightly.

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By in United States,

SWEET! I’m excited about this! Much needed addition to the minifigure world!

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By in Denmark,

The seat, 4079, works very well with standard minifigs, but it's sometimes very cumbersome to use as it's more than a 2x2 base (which is why TLG created the "new" vehicle baseplate 4212b and the hinge with a cutout, 4214

Perhaps TLG could create a seat with a true 2x2 base for these new legs also?

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By in United States,

When theses were first released a few things came to mind that others have mentioned above (Lex, Robin, Spiderman, ect.) but the first thing that popped into my head was BIONICLE.

If LEGO ever decided to do a minifig scale BIONICLE series (as in proper minifigs, not those '05-'07 playsets) these would be perfect for distinguishing between Turaga and Matoran!

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By in United States,

Am I the only one who's enthusiasm is turned off almost completely by the mold marks on the new hands?

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By in United States,

They honestly kinda look like midget legs . Not a huge fan.

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By in United States,

Are these legs intended to replace short legs, or will the short legs continue to be used for children/other smaller figures? I guess it's probably the latter, seeing as how Flitwick has short legs.

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By in Australia,

Ugh. Now the torso looks too long and disproportional. Hopefully a shorter torso by 1 or 2 studs (both?) is in the works, which would also mean they need to have shorter arms too.

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By in United States,

This is an absolutely great new piece and useful for minifigures in the future, although I still don't feel the Harry Potter theme needed new legs for 'younger' characters. It just feels like a way to multiply the possible variations of each character.

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By in Canada,

China had these legs for quite a while.
Does that mean Lego is copying Lepin?
Hahaha

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By in Denmark,

This calls for a... rerelease of Hobbits!

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By in Puerto Rico,

This will be useful for every Lego theme.

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By in Netherlands,

@bananaworld: if that reaction is wrong then I don't wanna be right. :D

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By in United States,

What the heck happened to the hand pieces?

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By in United States,

These might work great for Luke and Leia. (A little short for a Stormtrooper)

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By in United Kingdom,

Here is something interesting, the short legs were introduced in 2002 with the first Dobby figure (and Yoda as well.) Now, 16 years later, the Harry Potter theme does it again with these mid sized legs.

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By in United States,

@DarthShlomo
Hobbits are people too. :'(

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By in United States,

Wow! Can't wait until these are more widely available!

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By in United States,

@Kostur If you look closely at the back side picture you can vaguely see antistud openings at the top of the legs.

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By in Australia,

Yeah, it took me a little while to see it, but what's going on with the hands?

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By in United States,

@ewokswithbricks
Quite right. My mistake. Hope I did not offend any Hobbit Brickset members. I will rephrase my original statement to: when these come out I plan to test them out on Gimli. Since dwarves are in between the height of Hobbits and Humans/Elves. ;)

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By in United States,

I'm praying those hands are some kind of pre-production screw up because they look horrible with those sunken dot things. I also see some weird deformities on the heads and Harry's hairpiece too.

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By in United States,

I'm not sure yet if these mid-sized legs will prove useful or confusing to my brain. Trying to keep track of who should have what legs because of age or size as mentioned in a few comments above.... At least before it was black and white. Either short or tall/regular sized lol.... Also will we get an article showing off the new skirt/robe piece next?

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By in Sweden,

https://www.brickfortress.com has bendable minilegs. I have been using them for years. Clutch power a bit strong on the anti-studs but great otherwise. The new ‘tween’ legs are a welcome addition however.

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By in Greece,

Next castle faction? Dwarves with pose-able legs!!!

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By in United Kingdom,

@dungeonsandflagons, I've also been using BrickFortress's articulated short legs for years. They're great.

LEGO's new articulated medium legs are cool, too. I really hope they produce plain ones across a range of colours for maximum versatility before they make ones with print or dual moulding that are only really suitable for specific minifigures.

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By in Germany,

Just have the figure lean back in the seat, thereby assuming the half sitting, half lying position that teenagers all over the world seem to favor anyway. Problem solved. :)

Unfortunately, the running position looks ridiculous IMO, highlighting the disproportion between the long torso and the short legs. Not really convincing.

It's surprising that people only now seem to notice the little holes in the hands; those have been bothering me for quite a while. But yeah, it would be interesting to know what's going on with that, since not every figure seems to have them (compare this Harry to the one in the recently reviewed 30407, for example).

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By in United Kingdom,

Just think of the Hobbits!

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By in United States,

please new Ahsoka padawan!!!

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By in United States,

Great article! This is the kind of thing that I love Brickset for.

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By in Netherlands,

That last picture does make the regular size arms look comically large, though...

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By in Canada,

I think this is a bad idea. The more precisely accurate the details on official figures are, the harder it is to make custom ones that are up to par.

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By in Indonesia,

It's been 40 years... now we can finally die in peace
Thank you so much Lego for making these

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By in United States,

@Brickulator 93: Yep, 2002 had Dobby and the Gringotts goblins in HP; Yoda, young Boba Fett, and the Ewoks in SW; and one obscure Train set.

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