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Hobbit (or dwarf) legs

Postby Bruce N H » Wed Jun 03, 2009 5:24 pm

Hey guys,

I'm normally not big on customization, but Moosebot has come up with an incredibly simple way to make articulated short legs. Take a pair of minifig legs and carefully cut off the legs just below the rounded part. Now here's the incredibly clever bit - the holes on what was originally the fig's rear end become connector to attach feet. You could use yellow 1x1 plates as in the image shown to be bare feet, or use plates that match the legs, or even the 1x1 plate with tooth to be pointed boots. What a great way to make hobbits, dwarfs, kids, etc, without having to use the static stubbies.

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Re: Hobbit (or dwarf) legs

Postby footsteps » Wed Jun 03, 2009 5:49 pm

Too cute. An excellent approach for customizing. Of course, I would only use old legs for such surgery.

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Re: Hobbit (or dwarf) legs

Postby Quickblade22 » Wed Jun 03, 2009 6:31 pm

Wow, this is really cool. They look pretty clean and I know alot of people have been wanting a solution to the motionless short legs. Thanks for finding this Bruce.
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Re: Hobbit (or dwarf) legs

Postby gormadoc1 » Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:02 pm

This is great, actualy moving small legs :shock: I'm just speechless.
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Re: Hobbit (or dwarf) legs

Postby Heir of Black Falcon » Wed Jun 03, 2009 7:34 pm

Indeed many have been looking for such a solution. It does indeed look good......I as well am not keen on customization that requires destruction of lego bricks. That said my little brother chewed on the feet of a few pairs of legs so now I am thinking I may have a go at it. Neat trick. A good way to seperate Hobbits from dwarves.... bare feet!

Thanks Bruce!

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Re: Hobbit (or dwarf) legs

Postby Aculon » Thu Jun 04, 2009 6:39 pm

Haha! Clever! "Good work!" to the designer!
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Re: Hobbit (or dwarf) legs

Postby Heir of Black Falcon » Sat Jun 06, 2009 6:59 pm

Well as I said I had a pair of Lego legs that were fairly well chewed on so I had a go with this design. They generally work perfect, just like standard Lego legs as one would expect. They are a bit higher than the one block high child/dwarf legs but that is not a bad thing to me. My only complaint is the design makes the legs look even shorter than the immobile legs. Might just be me that thinks that and it does not bother me all that much so no biggie I suppose.

Apart from having to cut up Lego legs, something I would likely not try on good legs, a good solution.

I hope to take some pictures and put up soon, so watch this space.

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Re: Hobbit (or dwarf) legs

Postby LegoLord. » Sun Jun 07, 2009 1:01 pm

I'll definately have to use this for future MOCs. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Hobbit (or dwarf) legs

Postby The Blue Knight » Mon Jun 08, 2009 9:23 am

Very cool. This is a great solution to the motionless stubbies. Be careful as you cut! Has anyone else tried this? Was it difficult?

In the third picture, the round holes (which had been the top pair of holes before cut-off) appear squared. What's going on there?
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Re: Hobbit (or dwarf) legs

Postby Bruce N H » Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:35 pm

The Blue Knight wrote:In the third picture, the round holes (which had been the top pair of holes before cut-off) appear squared. What's going on there?


Those squared-off holes are not the rear-end-holes from the original pair of legs. They are the hollow parts of what used to be the thighs. The rear-end-holes become the connecting point for the feet.

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Re: Hobbit (or dwarf) legs

Postby Heir of Black Falcon » Mon Jun 08, 2009 4:49 pm

I did try it. It was not hard but I'd suggest using something to make straight cuts, maybe a steel ruler and a new and stout razor. The flopped bladed ones just do not do it. Make sure you have the steel ruler where you want it (straight) before you use it! I had very little clean up though next time I may cut it from both ends to avoid the whitened stress marks that can form in the plastic.

A good use for those legs your brother/sister, daughter/son chewed on.

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Re: Hobbit (or dwarf) legs

Postby The Blue Knight » Tue Jun 09, 2009 12:28 am

Bruce N H wrote:
The Blue Knight wrote:In the third picture, the round holes (which had been the top pair of holes before cut-off) appear squared. What's going on there?


Those squared-off holes are not the rear-end-holes from the original pair of legs. They are the hollow parts of what used to be the thighs. The rear-end-holes become the connecting point for the feet.

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I see now, thanks Bruce. The legs are rotated 90 degrees where we see the yellow feet attached. I'm gonna give this a try.
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Re: Hobbit (or dwarf) legs

Postby Garbageman13 » Tue Jun 09, 2009 6:26 pm

While this technique is just plain awesome, I don't have many brown/reddish brown legs I'm willing to spare. I think I'll stick with my short legs for hobbits.
Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Hobbit (or dwarf) legs

Postby footsteps » Tue Jun 09, 2009 7:58 pm

Garbageman13 wrote:While this technique is just plain awesome, I don't have many brown/reddish brown legs I'm willing to spare. I think I'll stick with my short legs for hobbits.
Thanks for sharing.

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Re: Hobbit (or dwarf) legs

Postby Garbageman13 » Wed Jun 10, 2009 12:47 am

footsteps wrote:
Garbageman13 wrote:While this technique is just plain awesome, I don't have many brown/reddish brown legs I'm willing to spare. I think I'll stick with my short legs for hobbits.
Thanks for sharing.

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Haha! That's very amusing! Still, I'm very reluctant to do so. But with me you never know, I can change my mind fast.

I do have alot of old used black legs though...

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