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Why do new LEGO bricks feel softer than old bricks?

The older bricks that were made back in the day, "pre-2K", seemed to be made out of a harder more durable brick that seemed to hurt your feet when you walked on them. Now it seems that since the other ...
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Why does LEGO now use studless technic designs?

It seems to me that sometime between 1998 and 2006 (between the Mindstorms RCX and NXT), LEGO switched from using studded technic bricks (like this:) to studdless beams (like this): In my ...
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looking for this duplo (I think) peice [duplicate]

It's a yellow curved piece (like the eye piece) with a red button on top that rings like a bell. My kids had this growing up in the 80's. Any info on what this piece is called or where to get one ...
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What was the slot for in the 1950's slotted bricks?

Bricklink has a list of ancient bricks from the 50s that have slots in them. What was the purpose of the slot? Its positioning on various pieces suggests that there was something specific you were ...
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Part identification

Can you help me identify which part numbers these parts are? I can't find them on Lego's site or on brickset.com: Edit: I've found the two dark grey bricks in the left photo, so that just leaves ...
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What is the largest single LEGO piece?

What is the largest single LEGO piece ever produced? This does not include LEGO affiliates like Duplo. Clarifications It must be a purchasable block. By largest, I mean largest by Volume/Weight of ...
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Help identifying Lego Set from bags!

I visited Toyrus in Paris recently and bought several lego sets for my son. Mostly, Star Wars sets. In each case, we brought the manuals and the cardboard boxes so that he could assemble them. ...
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Large Lego Minifig Styles

I'm pretty sure the lego figure on the right is the daughter from a 1977 set Nurse and Child. But what about this style of jumbo minifig on the left with arms and legs that bend? When was that from? ...
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Identify these (Technic Steering) parts?

These three parts do not have part numbers on them, but it is clear they are LEGO parts (they have LEGO printed on them). I am trying to track down the set that these belong to, or at least a part ...
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Name of trunk-like objects

What's the name of the black curved elements in the header/banner of https://www.flickr.com/groups/lego_arboretum/? The full picture along with some others of the same diorama can be seen here: ...
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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 is this weird and specific technical part?

I found this part among some parts I bought. It looks like it serves a specific purpose. What is it?
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What can I do with this steering wheel?

I found this steering wheel + "dashboard" combination among some parts I bought. What is it, in what kind of models is it used, and can I do anything else with the "dashboard" (for lack of a better ...
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Identify minifigure torso - yellow with blue “N” on front

I've got a yellow torso (with yellow arms). The front (I believe) has a large blue letter 'N' with a orange drop shadow. Otherwise the torso is plain. I've tried loads of search terms on bricklink to ...
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What are these bricks with filled interior and holes/tubes going through?

I recently bought at haul and found a bunch of these regular sized bricks. Can anyone identify the for me? They are 2x4 bricks, but with holes in the side of the bricks: From: ...
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What are the bricks in this picture/video?

Can someone please identify the pieces in this picture? I'd like to acquire these, but I'm not a LEGO enthusiast, so I don't really have an idea where to start. For reference, the picture was ...
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What is this upside down roof peak or boat hull?

Here's another mystery piece from my collection. I'm not 100% sure it's genuine LEGO, but I would love to know whether it is, and if so, what part. It attaches to the bottom of a 2x8 brick securely. ...
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Part Identification - bricks with posts

I have two unusual lego pieces that came from a collection of used legos that mostly seem to date from the 1970's that I am unable to identify using LDraw's ldfind app. What are these parts, and if ...
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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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Was it once possible to put a 1x1 round into a minifig cup?

I remember being able to put a 1x1 round brick into the top of a minifig cup before my dark age (the period of time that a person stops building with Lego, up to the time they pick up the bricks ...
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Opaque bricks with no center post?

What is the purpose of 1x2 red bricks without a post inside the brick? I know they often leave out the middle post on transparent bricks to make them look more window-like, but what about in opaque ...
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Substitutions for vintage hinges

I've recently gotten back into LEGO and I'm trying to restore old space sets (late 80's era) by buying parts on Bricklink. I've noticed that some of the hinge pieces are extremely expensive (e.g. ...
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What is the average price per piece?

Some LEGO pieces are probably more expensive than others, but what is the average price per piece of LEGO pieces, when sold as part of a kit? Is there any place containing statistics or graphs about ...
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Why are some of the supports on bottom of a lego piece hollow, and other are solid?

I've added an image of me holding two 1x3 bricks, one has solid supports (not sure the technical name...) and the other has hollow supports. Does anyone know the reason why they are different? Other ...
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How much does the NXT brick weigh?

I am working on a project that involves LEGO Mindstorms bricks but for some tasks I want to know the weight of the NXT brick, so I would be pleased if anyone can help me.
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Unknown brick/piece information (curved, decorated slope)

Recently, i got a huge box of lego sets all mixed together. I have been slowly identifying the sets that are there. Some are complete, while others not but i have been managing so far. Still, there ...
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What do factory markings on the inside of DUPLO pieces mean? [duplicate]

In addition to LEGO and DUPLO names embossed inside the pieces of early DUPLO figures, there are a variety of number formats (one to three digits, some hyphenated) and in the case of 1977, the year. ...
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Easy way to get the weight of a Bricklink order

Is there an easy way to estimate, to the nearest 100 g (or so) the weight of a shopping cart in Bricklink so that I can estimate the shipping charge (sellers may quote ranges such as "250 - 500 g: $X, ...
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How accurate is the ultrasound sensor when moving?

Can I use an ultrasound sensor while the Robot is moving, or will it give bad data?
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What's a good base collection of tiles?

I recently picked up a copy of the LEGO ideas book, and been inspired. As a novice builder, I've noticed that almost every model makes use of tiles to provide a finished look, which seems like a great ...
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Are there any LEGO elements not being produced because of mechanical problem with the mould?

I am referring element number 702 4x4 corner brick, and possibly other elements that have not been in sets in a considerable amount of time.
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How quickly do new molds reach PAB on the Lego website?

A few months ago, I asked Lego customer service if the 1x2 jumper plates on the Lego PAB site would be the new mould (with stud holders) or the old mould (with pegs). I received no reply, not even to ...
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Parts in Lego Set

I am building an inventory of all my Lego pieces and I am looking for a website that can give the pieces in a set with only the set number. It would be easier if there was information for many Lego ...
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I have a 16x16 stud clear base plate. Where is it from?

I found another grab bag treasure. I ended up with a 16x16 stud clear(ish) base plate. A quick look at bricklink gave me a no items found message. I'd like to know which set(s) this piece can be found ...
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Why are 2/3 height bricks with studs on the side 2 studs deep?

This question is regarding the 2/3 height bricks with studs on the side. The two that I am aware of are 99206 and 87609: If you haven't seen them before, these are functionally somewhat similar to ...
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Personal part collection on the web (Bricklink or alternative)

I started using Brinklink a few months ago and although I really like it the interface is terrible. I am looking for a specific feature but don't know if it's unsupported or just I cannot find it. ...
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How is the LEGO plastic different from Megablok plastic?

It's obvious that LEGO has better quality control, but what about the plastic they use? Megabloks look cheap and the parts seem to vary in color in a side by side comparison next to LEGO brand ...
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Are these ATC bricks from the 1970's LEGO?

I have some Lego compatible basic bricks from early 1970s or late 1960s. Bought in Finland or maybe Germany or Sweden. Can anyone tell me more about them? As you can see, the interlocking mechanism ...
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Which bricks warrant an extra to be included in a set?

I know why there are extra pieces in the sets, but I'm curious to find out which pieces will typically have an extra. I know that usually 1x1 plates (both square and round) will have an extra ...
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When and why were pieces 3651 and 3652 discontinued?

Bricklink has piece 3651 as Axle and Pin Connector, while piece 3652 is Engine Piston Square 2x2. You could attach them to each other to form a piston. Service pack 5260, Connecting Rods and Stop ...
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How to find out if an element is out of production

Is there a way to know if Lego has officially stopped making a certain Lego element? As an example, from the 580 Lego set, I haven't seen this conveyor belt (along with those wheels and the ...
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Why do some sets contain parts of an unrelated colour?

With recent and current sets, I noticed that some contain parts of a totally different colour than the rest of the set. An example is 8200-1: Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen, which contains a blue ...
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What's the exact opacity and translucency of transparent bricks?

As answered in this question, transparent bricks are made of PC (polycarbonate) and as listed in this answer and on Brickipedia there are fourteen transparent colors: 40 Transparent (clear) 41 ...
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How many styles of element separators has LEGO produced?

I used to use other LEGO elements to separate tightly bound pieces in my collection. My thumb nail and I were quite pleased when I first discovered an actual brick separator LEGO introduced to ease ...
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What is the purpose of the Technic Axle 6 in set 6847?

In set 6847 (Space Dozer, http://www.peeron.com/inv/sets/6847-1) there is a black Technic Axle 6 that has no structural or cosmetic function in the set. I don't have the original instructions or box, ...
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piece information [duplicate]

I found a lego item that I can not fiugre out what it is or what set it goes with. I was hoping someone out there could give me some info on the item. I'm attaching a picture of the item in question. ...
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Will using a bright LED to light my MOC harm my LEGO?

I'm building a LEGO model and planning on lighting it with a bank of 5 battery operated LEDs. I know sunlight negatively affects several LEGO colors. Will a bright LED harm the elements in my MOC the ...
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Why are LEGO slope bricks textured?

Why is the slope part of bricks textured instead of the usual flat & glossy edge? Are there any non-textured forms of these bricks?
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Where did “Cheese Slope” get its name?

Why is this piece called a "cheese slope"? "Slope" I get; but "cheese"?
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What are all the different ways that LEGO pieces join together?

Has anyone made a list of all of the different types of connections between LEGO bricks? Obviously there's the stud connection - but there's also the ball and socket joint, the more recent ...