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Scale Charts

The scale of a figure is a comparison, of the size of a figure, to that of its original subject, which is expressed as a fraction. When you take the actual height of a subject, and multiply it by the scale, the result is the height of the figure representing the subject. For example, a in real-life 6 foot tall soldier, modeled at 1/6 scale, becomes a 1 foot tall figure (6 x 1/6 = 6/6 = 1) - ie a 12 inch tall figure. This is your standard GI Joe doll.

You can also proceed in reverse - take a figure at a particular scale, and figure out what the full-size original would have been. To do this you multiply the figure size by the denominator of the scale ratio. For example if you have an 6 inch 1/8 scale figure - the original subject would have been 48 inches (6x8= 48).

It is important to note that these computations preserve units of measurement. If you start with inches, the computation produces inches.

In recent years, a new trend has emerged, which uses inches as an indication of scale. NECA, in particular, is fond of this approach. Many of their figures are said to be at '7 inch scale'. This should be understood as: Figures representing a 6-0 foot adult male will be 7 inches tall (from bottom of feet to top of head). At this '7 inch scale', a figure representing a child will not be 7 inches tall.

Not fond of this math? Confused? You are not alone. So we have put together the chart below to help you with scale associations. It can help you figure out the scale of a figure, or the dimensions of its original subject. The chart uses generic average height values for each age/population group.

HEIGHT OF SCALED-FIGURE SHOWN IN INCHES              
STANDARD-SIZE SUBJECT SCALE life-size half-size   quarter scale Doll / 12 inch     7 inch scale 6 inch scale 4 inch scale        
feet Subject inches   1/1 1/2 1/3 1/4 1/5 1/6 1/7 1/8 1/9 1/10 1/12 1/18 1/24 1/36 1/48 1/96
8-0 Mythical Giant 96 96 48 32 24 19 16 13.7 12 10.7 9.6 8 5.3 4 2.7 2.0 1.0
7-0 Giant 84 84 42 28 21 17 14 12 10.5 9.3 8.4 7 4.7 3.5 2.3 1.8 0.9
6-8 Adult NBA 80 80 40 27 20 16 13.3 11.4 10 8.9 8 6.7 4.4 3.3 2.2 1.7 0.8
6-0 Adult Male 72     72 36 24 18 14 12 10.3 9 8.0 7.2 6 4.0 3 2.0 1.5 0.8
5-6 Adult Female 66 66 33 22 16.5 13 11 9.4 8.25 7.3 6.6 5.5 3.7 2.75 1.8 1.4 0.7
5-6 Teen Boy -15 66 66 33 22 16.5 13 11 9.4 8.25 7.3 6.6 5.5 3.7 2.75 1.8 1.4 0.7
5-0 Teen Girl -13 60 60 30 20 15 12 10 8.6 7.5 6.7 6 5 3.3 2.5 1.7 1.3 0.6
5-0 Tween Boy - 12 60 60 30 20 15 12 10 8.6 7.5 6.7 6 5 3.3 2.5 1.7 1.3 0.6
4-5 Tween Girl - 10 54 54 27 18 13.5 11 9 7.7 6.75 6.0 5.4 4.5 3.0 2.25 1.5 1.1 0.6
4-0 Child - 7 48 48 24 16 12 9.6 8 6.9 6 5.3 4.8 4 2.7 2 1.3 1.0 0.5
3-0 Preschooler - 3 36 36 18 12 9 7.2 6 5.1 4.5 4.0 3.6 3 2.0 1.5 1.0 0.8 0.4
2-6 Toddler - 1 30 30 15 10 7.5 6 5 4.3 3.75 3.3 3 2.5 1.7 1.25 0.8 0.6 0.3
2-0 Baby 3 months 24 24 12 8 6 4.8 4 3.4 3 2.7 2.4 2 1.3 1 0.7 0.5 0.3
1-6 Newborn 18 18 9 6 4.5 3.6 3 2.6 2.25 2.0 1.8 1.5 1.0 0.75 0.5 0.4 0.2

Example 1: You have a 9 inch figure representing a standard male. What is its scale? The 'adult male' row has a '9'(inches) value in the 1/8 column - so it's an 1/8 scale figure.

Example 2: You measure a figure from bottom of feet to top of head, and it is 6 inches. According to the chart above, it could be any of the following (all the '6' values highlighted in cyan):

Same chart, in centimeters, for europeans

    HEIGHT OF SCALED-FIGURE SHOWN IN CENTIMETERS            
cm Subject cm     1/1 1/2 1/3 1/4 1/5 1/6 1/7 1/8 1/9 1/10 1/12 1/18 1/24 1/36 1/48 1/96
240 Mythical Giant 240 240 120 80 60 48 40 34.3 30 26.7 24 20 13.3 10 6.7 5.0 2.5
210 Giant 210 210 105 70 52.5 42 35 30 26.25 23.3 21 17.5 11.7 8.75 5.8 4.4 2.2
200 Adult NBA 200 200 100 67 50 40 33.3 28.6 25 22.2 20 16.7 11.1 8.3 5.6 4.2 2.1
180 Adult Male 180     180 90 60 45 36 30 25.7 22.5 20.0 18 15 10.0 7.5 5.0 3.8 1.9
165 Adult Female 165 165 82.5 55 41.25 33 27.5 23.6 20.63 18.3 16.5 13.75 9.2 6.88 4.6 3.4 1.7
165 Teen Boy -15 165 165 82.5 55 41.25 33 27.5 23.6 20.63 18.3 16.5 13.75 9.2 6.88 4.6 3.4 1.7
150 Teen Girl -13 150 150 75 50 37.5 30 25 21.4 18.75 16.7 15 12.5 8.3 6.25 4.2 3.1 1.6
150 Tween Boy - 12 150 150 75 50 37.5 30 25 21.4 18.75 16.7 15 12.5 8.3 6.25 4.2 3.1 1.6
135 Tween Girl - 10 135 135 67.5 45 33.75 27 22.5 19.3 16.88 15.0 13.5 11.25 7.5 5.63 3.8 2.8 1.4
120 Child - 7 120 120 60 40 30 24 20 17.1 15 13.3 12 10 6.7 5 3.3 2.5 1.3
90 Preschooler - 3 90 90 45 30 22.5 18 15 12.9 11.25 10.0 9 7.5 5.0 3.75 2.5 1.9 0.9
75 Toddler - 1 75 75 37.5 25 18.75 15 12.5 10.7 9.375 8.3 7.5 6.25 4.2 3.13 2.1 1.6 0.8
60 Baby 3 months 60 60 30 20 15 12 10 8.6 7.5 6.7 6 5 3.3 2.5 1.7 1.3 0.6
45 Newborn 45 45 22.5 15 11.25 9 7.5 6.4 5.625 5.0 4.5 3.75 2.5 1.88 1.3 0.9 0.5