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Pilot Pens Ink Lego Citizens

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A new print ad campaign for Pilot's line of Extra-Fine pens features a tougher image for the normally cheerful and industrious Lego minifigures. Promoting the Extra-Fine pens' minuscule point, the tiny yellow folks are adorned with intricate tattoo sleeves, chest murals, and one tramp stamp for good measure.

Although it's a great marketing idea that brings a smile to everyone's face, even Pilot's Extra-Fine pen points can't produce a line that narrow -- as one BoingBoing reader notes:

"I don't think it's real. Either it's photoshopped, or it's not a standard-size Lego minifig.

A bit of Googling seems to indicate that for Pilot, "extra fine" typically means 0.3mm. And here's an image that says a minifig's arms are 1.96mm in radius, which means they're about 4mm across:

Taking the ratio [into account] tells us that a minifig's arms are about 13 extra-fine-Pilot-pen line-thicknesses across. But the lines in the image are clearly much, much finer than that."

Label him a killjoy if you like, but I'll be damned if I'm fooled into thinking that a Weeble can go ten rounds with a Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robot.
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