After playing with my new CMF pretzel girl in Series 11, I realized what was wrong with the CMF female elf warrior, and female viking warrior. The use of the 'wedge' skirt piece really transformed them from playable action figures to boring statues compared with the male figs.
The problem seems to be that while you wanted the minfigs to be clearly female, you were worried that with regular legs, they might too easily be confused with the males. That left us with somewhat boring 'statues'. Now if you took the skirt design of the pretzel girl, or other past figs, and just lengthened it and designed in the appropriate slits for free movement, you'd have both an unmistakably female figure, and a much more fun action toy.