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I've seen the new LEGO Friends sets, and wanted to know if the Mini-dolls are compatible in any way with minifigs?

I'd quite like to get some sets for the new colours however I want to ensure the accessories, etc. in the set aren't going to be out of scale.

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Just curious, are they actually called 'minidolls' by LEGO? I do know that hairpieces are interchangeable and the neck of a Freinds figure can fit in the 'claws' of a traditional minifig. –  Ambo100 Jan 6 '12 at 18:19
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Yes. aboutus.lego.com/en-US/PressRoom/CorporateNews/article/… - "Introducing the LEGO mini-doll figure" –  user23 Jan 6 '12 at 18:21
    
Possibly with a hyphen: shop.lego.com/en-GB/Stephanie-s-Outdoor-Bakery-3930 "Includes Stephanie mini-doll figure" –  Zhaph - Ben Duguid Jan 6 '12 at 18:24

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In some ways but not others, according to this post by Catsy at The Brothers Brick:

  • It was near-impossible to pull the legs off–I sawed through them where they join above the knees.
  • The tab that connects the waist to the torso is completely incompatible with any standard System connection I’ve tried.
  • The hands are not angled forward the way a minifig’s are–so accessories with a pronounced rake to them may not look as expected.
  • The lack of wrist articulation is extremely limiting in terms of how you can pose them with accessories.
  • The stud connection point on the feet is in the front, under the doll’s center of gravity and more or less directly under the body. The feet are slightly oblong.
  • The legs have a very slight backward sweep on the way down, which you can see most clearly on the right leg above. The upshot of this is that it is impossible for a mini-doll to stand on any 1×2 area that has anything immediately behind them.
  • The neck is a standard 3mm bar connection rather than stud-width like a minifig neck–the heads are incompatible with minifig torsos.
  • The head is approximately the same dimensions at the top as a minifig head, but tapers towards the chin in a roughly egg-like way.
  • The nose causes complications with some fully-enclosed headwear, but not most. The chin extends lower than a minifig’s chin, so that headwear with “chin straps” obscures the mouth.
  • The hair is interchangeable with minifigs–and many TLC minifig hairpieces look quite good on the girls... it is made out of the same kind of soft plastic as the Exo-Force hair, and has tiny holes on the top and side of the hairpiece that go all the way through, allowing the attachment of hair accessories.
  • Brickarms helmets work extremely well and look great. I do NOT recommend trying to use aftermarket hairpieces, however–I tried putting a third-party hairpiece on one of them and had to use pliers to get the head back out.

Note also that the legs do not move independently of each other - both left and right legs are on the same hinge. Not really a compatibility issue, but it greatly restricts the poses available without modification.

From the official press pack:

Olivia and Generic side-by-side

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Cheers Joe, exactly the sort of info I was after :) –  Zhaph - Ben Duguid Jan 6 '12 at 19:43

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