When did The LEGO Group first use the term minifigure? Have they been called that since their introduction in 1978?

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I kept searching and found out for myself :). The US magazine from 1979 calls them Mini-Figures, even the version without arms.

http://www.peeron.com/catalogs/1979/medium/6/?id=97 http://www.peeron.com/catalogs/1979/medium/10/?id=97

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    Technically, this 1979 catalog use refers to Mini-Figure, which is slightly different to ‘Minifigure’ which the LEGO group would consider to be the official trademarked term. Commented Sep 23, 2018 at 14:20
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    Funny then, that the 1979 catalog as the TM trademark symbol right next to Mini-Figure ;) Commented Oct 22, 2020 at 22:08
  • If I knew how to freely search for trademarks to see when it was originally filed, I would, but AFAICT it costs $$$! :)
    – Pod
    Commented Oct 23, 2020 at 14:22

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