Was the fake LEGO Star Wars Kaminoan mini-doll better than the real minifigure?

We’re finally getting our first LEGO Star Wars Kaminoan minifigure this summer – but would it have worked better as a mini-doll?

When initial rumours of a LEGO Kaminoan minifigure surfaced earlier this year, a prolific Instagram user (who later turned out to be a false prophet) published images of a Kaminoan mini-doll they’d created in Blender. At the time, it seemed like a radical idea – the LEGO Group has only ever mixed minifigures and mini-dolls in The LEGO Movie 2 – but not one beyond the realm of possibility.

That’s because Kaminoans are an especially tall and slender species, so the build of Friends’ mini-dolls is genuinely very fitting for their slim frames. And the colours, prints and detailing in the mock-up were all realistic enough to have an air of credibility, even if the entire concept later turned out to be completely fabricated.

For a moment, we wanted to believe that the LEGO Star Wars team might be so daring to deliver a Kaminoan mini-doll, breaking the boundaries of traditional minifigures – but the actual Taun We minifigure arriving in this summer’s 75333 Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter is, in the end, as straight and true as you’d otherwise expect of a LEGO Star Wars character.

That means a classic minifigure torso, dress piece and, of course, a unique head and neck piece. Given we’ve waited a full two decades for a LEGO representation of a Kaminoan from the first time they appeared on screens, and that Taun We is so readily available in an affordable and accessible set, it’s difficult to find fault: the minifigure fits in with the LEGO Star Wars style, and ticks pretty much every box you could ask for.

But still, now we’ve seen what could have been – even if only through a fan design – it’s hard to unsee the opportunity for a LEGO Star Wars mini-doll. Would it actually have been better? That’s entirely up to you – it’s a subjective question with a subjective answer, so you’ll have to arrive at your own conclusions. All we’ll say is that it’s an interesting idea, for sure.

75333 Obi-Wan Kenobi’s Jedi Starfighter launches on August 1, 2022, and is available to pre-order now.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

One thought on “Was the fake LEGO Star Wars Kaminoan mini-doll better than the real minifigure?

  • 28/05/2022 at 22:01
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    It’s an interesting idea, for sure. You’re right that the body shape is a better fit. And ever since Lego Movie 2, putting both fig types in one set doesn’t feel like it’s crossing a line.
    For me, the problem with this concept is scale. A minidoll stands about the same height as a minifig. However, a Kaminoan is a lot taller than a human. Maybe a Hagrid-style bigfig would’ve worked better. FWIW, I’m just glad they’ve opened the door, here.

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