LEGO Originals Iconic WOOD Minifigure – Set 853967
LEGO Iconic Wooden Minifigure Model for creative customization! Ignites nostalgia and celebrates the brand’s heritage: the new LEGO Originals series launches with a 5: 1 scale wooden “Minifigure“. The LEGO group and the design specialists Room in Copenhagen are introducing a new range of products dedicated to fans who have a little bit of LEGO nostalgia and love playful interior design. Created in 1932 by master carpenter Ole Kirk Kristiansen, the first LEGO toys were handcrafted from wood.
His craftsmanship and attention to detail has ensured a high level of quality for the products, but when wood supplies are scarce following the Second World War, Ole has started supplementing his production with plastic toys and the rest is History of LEGO. Speaking in 1950, Ole Kirk Kristiansen said: “I have always been committed to making the most beautiful and sturdy items, and just like other carpenters I believe that the best kind of advertising is when the product promotes itself”.
“Our aim is to produce really good, solid and finely crafted work, and to ensure that LEGO products are always known for their exceptional quality“. Respecting the heritage of manufacturers of high-quality handmade wooden toys, this premium model was handcrafted from FSC-certified oak, with adjustable yellow plastic hands just like today’s LEGO Minifigures. Model measures over 7” (20 cm) high, 4” (11 cm) wide and 3” (9 cm) deep. The last LEGO product to combine wood and plastic was the Bedford Fire Truck set 1130, 60 years ago in 1959.
This 5:1 scale version of the classic LEGO minifigure is presented in a premium gift box with a 28-page booklet featuring the history of the minifigures and the story behind the development of this wooden model. Also included are inspiring examples of how LEGO designers have customized their models, as well as inspiration for accessories that fans can build using the included LEGO Bricks.
Since his arrival in 1978, over 8,000 different minifigures have been launched, not to mention the many versions the kids have created for themselves. This new edition is no exception. Owners are encouraged to unleash their creativity to decorate and personalize the minifigure in unique ways, proudly display it at home or in the office and share their creations via social media using the hashtag #LEGOOriginals.
“It has been a privilege for us to expand our collaboration with The LEGO Group and contribute to the world premiere of a new series of design classics”, explains Jacob Eberhard, CEO of Room Copenhagen. “Going back to the company’s origins and helping bring back some of the original LEGO toys in creative new ways is an exciting journey to be a part of”.
LEGO also provided the following answers to common questions:
Does it have moving parts?
The only moving parts of the LEGO Originals Wooden Minifigure are the hands. This was a conscious decision made by the product designer after exploring many iterations of the concept. The high tolerances they are able to achieve when making LEGO System mMinifigures are not possible when working with wood, so to avoid deterioration of the wooden minifigure’s joint over time and to ensure that the product adheres to their strict lines toy safety guide, limbs and head were kept static. It was also important to the LEGO Group that the plastic hands work with the LEGO System in play and thus allow for fun building the new accessories shown in the flyer.
Why are there no holes under his feet?
The LEGO Originals Wooden Minifigure was designed as a decorative model for which they had to leave holes out to ensure a stable base.
Why are his hands made of plastic?
Product quality and safety are of the utmost concern to the LEGO Group, and just like with any other LEGO product, it is absolutely critical that the LEGO Originals Wooden Minifigure meets the stringent safety requirements of the toys they operate with. Due to the subtle and therefore weaker points on the hands of the minifigures, only the plastic material used for the hands of the classic minifigures also ensures that children can play safely with this model. Wooden hands would simply break too easily and splinters could fall out, which LEGO does not allow as part of their safety rating. The union of wood and plastic is also seen as a celebration of their heritage, in fact 60 years have passed since the last launch of a product with both of these materials: this was the Bedford Fire Truck set 1130.