Ask a LEGO Fan

Four wide vehicles

Posted in Set Design by lfanquestions on March 8, 2010

Joao writes:

Do you know why historically all Lego vehicles with minifigs seem to
have been single-file occupancy? What was/is the design idea behind
having these be mostly 4 and in some cases 6 studs wide and not have a
body that could sit two minifigs side-by-side like actual vehicles do?

Most other elements seem to be to scale (doors, windows, ceilings) but
when it comes to vehicles they are all much smaller.

Dear Joao,

When the first mini-figures without moveable arms and legs were introduced in the mid 1970’s, most system sets had the larger maxi-figures.  These larger figs usually had six stud wide vehicles:

http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=253-1

http://www.brickset.com/detail/?Set=218-1

Smaller figures needed smaller four wide vehicles.

Side by side figures would have required eight wide vehicles in the 1970’s and 1980’s prior to specialized auto body elements of the 1990’s.  Designing most vehicles four studs wide avoided this problem.

Sincerely,
LFan

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