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What is an Erling brick?

I have seen people refer to the "Erling brick" or "headlight brick" on LEGO forums. What kind of brick are they talking about?
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What piece is this ARC-170 Starfighter cockpit?

I got these with the ARC-170 LEGO Starfighter: I'd like to get more if possible. They are a part of the cockpit.
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Is there a convention for part and/or set numbers?

Is there any rhyme or reason to the way LEGO part are named? Failing that, is there any other sort of taxonomy that we can use to find specific parts? Along the same lines, my impression is that ...
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How are LEGO bricks categorized?

What are the names and categories of LEGO bricks? Is there a consistent naming scheme? Does Lego have an official name or identification for different pieces?
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Minifig rotatable legs on a stick - what is this?

What kind of piece is this? Emboss says "(c)2003 The LEGO Group" and there is a 4303 number below. I browsed Peeron a little but didn't find anything similar. There are two red handles, one rotates ...
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What are the arched things above a wheel called?

I have a bunch of second hand bricks and some are "wheel wells" for the lack of better words. I would like to find out how I use them for example at bricklink, but then I need to find the name for ...
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How to tell the different ages of pieces

I know that LEGO bricks have changed over the years, with regards to moulding pip locations, element i.d. numbers printed inside etc, but I was wondering if anyone knows when these changes happened? ...
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What is this Lego piece - Yellow with handles and an octagonal section?

It clearly says Lego on it, but I have no idea what it is. The only number inside is 4-01.
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What's the thing between the pant legs?

What is the piece that holds the pant legs together called? Is there an "official1" name? Or is there just a commonly agreed on term? 1Official meaning something mentioned, even in passing, by Lego ...
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What is piece 4211642 from 10179 - UCE Millenium Falcon?

I'm working on making sure I have all necessary pieces for 10179: Ultimate Collector's Edition Millenium Falcon (a painstaking process, to say the least). I received the set not entirely complete, ...
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What are these Technic “Zapfen” (“stoppers”) called in English?

What are these pieces called in English? Google translator doesn't help in this case...
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Is this element some kind of Technic connector?

I am thoroughly confused about an element I have come across: I have never seen a piece quite like this. It's unlike any Technic connector I've seen, so I doubt if that is what it's for. The two ...
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What is the first day of the 2011 Star Wars advent calendar supposed to be?

I opened the Star Wars Advent Calendar 2011 early and I don't get what the set on the first day is. I'm not much of a Star Wars fan I guess. I can't identify it as any particular ship and my only ...
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What is the name of the Lego product that snaps together with knobs?

I remember owning a very strange Lego set, but have forgotten the name. The pieces were similar to Technic parts, but different. They were green rounded frames and connected using purple squares with ...
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Does the basic 2 x 4 brick have a common nickname?

Some bricks, such as the Erling brick, seem to have common nicknames in the LEGO building community. As the basic 2 x 4 brick appears to be the foundation of the system, it is reasonable to suppose ...
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What is this black brick with red tubes inside?

In an old plastic bag with heterogeneous Lego bricks, I found three or four like this. I can't recognise them: does anybody know what they are? In which set(s) were they used? What for? A few more ...
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What part is this grey keyhole shape and what set(s) is it from?

I've recently found this grey keyhole-shaped piece - there are a fair number of them that stack together to form a circular staircase. There is what looks like a part number on the bottom but it is ...
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Is there a database of original Minifigure configurations, including their personal gear?

Is there a minifigure museum? I have a gallon jar (& more) of minifigures that my kids have mixed and matched. Is there a website I can reference in order to put the minifigures back in their ...
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What set is this brown (wall?) element from?

While sorting out some old Lego finds, I stumbled across this piece: I have absolutely no idea what this element could be for other than some kind of wall part, and even then I have never seen ...
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Which pre-2000 set had a mobile crane with lights?

I had a set similar to this when I was younger (I am fairly sure this was before the year 2000), although: The model was red, rather than yellow. The model was more of a breakdown truck, rather than ...
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What are the names for these two pieces of a car chassis and a piece for above the wheels?

I have the following pieces but cannot find their names nor precise usage on BrickLink or elsewhere The black one has a wheel well on each side - sorry for the poor image quality. Both the red and ...
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How can I identify kits from a box of parts?

I am a life long Lego Maniac, and my kits from when I was a kid were passed down to my nephew, who has just passed them down to my son (40 years of history...). The trouble is that none of my old ...
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Of what fell beast did this olive drab carcass come?

I think I have assembled the remains of some dread creature: I'm pretty sure that I wouldn't have enough elements to reassemble this, but I would at least like to know what it looked like in it's ...
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Is my Lego Star Wars “Jabba's Sail Barge” set a one of a kind?

Back in 2006 or 2007 I bought a Lego Star Wars "Jabba's Sail Barge" set. When I opened it and took out the instructions, it had an additional piece of paper. It showed that the piece 4299023 had been ...
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What is this yellow hinge piece named?

Recently, I've been flipping through a scan of the March 1995 edition of the LEGO Mania Magazine. Something in the corner of page 11 caught my eye: This is the 5th step of the "Flip & Build" ...
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Is this Lego original?

I found this lego piece in a second-hand Lego stock. I have never seen a brick like this, and I can't even find the LEGO write on it. Is this Lego brick original, maybe vintage or some kind of ...
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How to sort complete sets from box of unsorted LEGO

My son has thousands of pieces of LEGO, but he has them all dumped in a box. Is there any way to figure out what sets they went to if I don't remember the names of them?
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Whose Head is this?

I've found this kind of cool looking minifigure: Apologizes for the poor picture. :( But after some research, I think I have determined that this body would have come from set 6584 - Extreme team ...
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I cannot seem to figure out which figure this policeman is. Help please?

My son recently got a huge box of figures and pieces (from what I can tell an original spaceship wih figure too) and I can't figure out what set is from or how old this figure is. Any help would be ...
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Lego Trains 12v: Identify This?

This is a very popular picture, which almost all Lego Trains' fans from 1980s would recognize. I have the train in the forground, 7740, but not the 4th car (red one). Can anyone please clarify that ...
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Where is this large beige motor with battery box from and how does it work?

I have a LEGO Technic motor with a built in battery box for 3xAA batteries (thus 4,5 volts). Could you help me identify it? What set does it belong to and how old is it? Colours are beige and ...
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What exactly is this Lego train motor?

I bought this in the early 90s as a spare, since the type of Lego train was being phased out. Presumably the old 12V system. The original train was given away but I still have this. I want to sell ...
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Lego plate with square holes?

I have some white plates with square holes on the underside. I'd almost think they were some imitation brand if they didn't have lego stamped on the studs. Can anyone tell me the history of when ...
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Help identify mystery piece and set it could go to

More mystery parts from the bags of LEGO pieces we bought. I can't find a LEGO symbol on it. Is it a LEGO part or some other brand?
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Are these trees LEGO parts?

I've come across some trees from some bulk purchases I've made, and I can not determine if these are LEGO or "compatible" parts. Any ideas? The tree on the left is an official tree but the one in the ...
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Is this a fleur-de-lis hood ornament, or something else?

I came across this interesting piece: Now, I'm not sure it is a hood ornament, but I would like to know what it is. Any help would be appreciated.
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Which Lego Police set or sets do I have?

We were given a big bag of Lego pieces. When sorting through them my son found a bunch of police pieces but we can't figure out which set or sets they belong to. I've tried looking up a few ...
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Is there a Technic set that is just an assortment of parts and not a specific vehicle?

Can I buy Technic sets that are just assortments of parts as opposed to a specific vehicle? Background I do research on sediment carbon cycling in lakes and I need use a rotating array of magnets to ...
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Where can I get replacement cables of this kind?

What I'm looking for: This is a 4,5V cable which is part of an old set I once had. I don't have any parts number, but I know this comes in different lengths. Google told me about bricklink.com and ...
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Help with identifying lego sets

Our family (with very big hearts) gave us some lego they found. But... I do not know what sets they are from. I already identified 11 sets, but cannot find the last 4 (I think) Could you please help? ...
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Which “Real World” Company was the first to have its' name featured in an actual (numbered) Lego set?

Excluding the Lego company, which "Real World" Company was the first to have its' name featured in an actual Lego set?
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Are those bowls genuine LEGO pieces?

I've been sieving through my video collection and came across a video from 2011. It's part of a series of Ninjago videos giving you tips on fun things you could do with the Spinners. At the end of the ...
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How do I know if this wooden LEGO duck is real?

I bought this wooden duck and I am wondering if this is a real LEGO item.
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What element is this a piece of, and how can I repair it?

Yesterday, as I was putting away some Lego, I saw the following obviously broken piece. I couldn't figure out what element this was a piece of, so I was all ready to ask it here, when I came ...
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What ball-joint cup piece or configuration of pieces is shown in this render?

What is the name of this particular ball-cup, or piece combination that forms the thigh component circled below? I have been unable to identify the gray cup piece when comparing it to other parts in ...
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What lego set is this? Possibly a pirate ship?

my wife picked up this lego set at a garage sale. The owner claimed it was a ship, perhaps a pirate ship, and that the set was complete. It does have something resembling a bow, and several tall ...
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What about these old houses?

I recently inherited two old lego-buildings. Unfortunately I have virtually no information about the history of them other that they been part of the inventory of an old hardware store closed a decade ...
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Can anyone identify this strangely shaped piece (1970s?)

I bought a tin of old Lego second hand - most of the pieces date from the 70s and very early 80s. These definitely say Lego on them. They may be damaged. I cannot find them on other brick identifier ...
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can someone identify this lego character for me?

I have a mini figure that I can't find on the web or any where else (I also don't have any instructions for it). Not sure where it came from but I found it in a pile of lego at home that I collected ...
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Is this antenna a LEGO piece?

I came across this piece while sorting: It appears to be similar to 2569, but it's clearly a different part. 2569 doesn't have the ridges and has a spherical tip rather than the cylindrical one on ...