@crazybirdman: I wish I could have come up with an idea for more than 2 legs, it would have definitely helped with weight distribution.
@captain sambuca: Don't worry about sounding "geeky". Considering the forum revolves around AFOLs and TFOLs discussing a kids toy, I don't know where normal ends and geeky begins.
As far as the 2x2 plate with the technic pin, I assume you're talking about this:
If so, I'll have to try your suggestion.