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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 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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Where did “Cheese Slope” get its name?

Why is this piece called a "cheese slope"? "Slope" I get; but "cheese"?
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Are both these slope designs genuine Lego?

Are both of these slope designs genuine? I am reasonably certain that this is just a mold change at some point, but it doesn't hurt to ask. I also have two textured types in dark blue, and one ...
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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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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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How to build a car that stops at a certain distance?

I want to build a small car that is about 200 grams. I want it to run the following course and stop at exactly or about the the finish line. I can't use any controlling devices or electronics. I've ...
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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 to efficiently identify bricks and their names? [duplicate]

I've found http://rebrickable.com/myparts linked in one of the answers here on this site and I'd like to list all of the parts I have at home (probably a thousand or two). The problem is, there is a ...
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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 2M Cross Axle has Groove?

I was sorting axles noticed only 2M has grooves. Why 2M Cross Axle has grooves? Is it for alignment?
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Common, practical use for this piece

I've been digging to some old inventories and noticed that all Bohrok from the Bionicle theme contains this piece: I'm pretty sure I have this piece in my collection, probably from a Bohrok. At ...
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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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How many standard 2x4 LEGO elements are produced in a single 2x4 mold injection?

Just how many standard 2x4 LEGO elements are produced from a single mold injection? I realize the molds are used over and over again, but how many bricks does a 2x4 element mold produce at a time?
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What is the purpose of the hole in the 12 x 12 boat bow (6051)?

I recently received Renegade Runner (6268), and I noticed that it has a somewhat awkward hole in the bow: The main bow piece has a hole for some reason, but I'm not sure what it is for. Here's the ...
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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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Does the jumper plate have a Danish nickname?

Does the "jumper plate" (1×2 plate with centered stud) have a Danish nickname like the "Erling"? Who is the designer of this part? And does there exist a catalog of designers of specific bricks?
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Any reasons for the introduction of the new-style raised arch?

The new-style raised arch (to the left, 92950) got introduced in 2009, and has been gradually replacing the old-style arch (to the right, 3455) across the board. However, after four years, not only ...
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What is the true angle of a cheese slope?

What is the true angle of a cheese slope? Bricklink lists it as "Slope 30 1 x 1 x 2/3" while LDraw and Peeron list it as "Slope Brick 31 1 x 1 x 2/3". Why do these sources disagree, and what is the ...
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Can I take an old LEGO winch apart?

I have an old LEGO winch that looks like #73037 It has been "restrung" but it is very stiff and it looks like it has some of the old string stuck between the rotating and non-rotating parts. It ...
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Why does the pin recess on the Technic turntable continue to the edge of the part?

Here's the part in question (2955): While Technic parts typically have a recess to allow the ends of pins to be flush with the surface, this part (and perhaps others) carry this recess all the way ...
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Why was the 1x1 round brick changed?

The first 1x1 round bricks had no lip, just like most bricks: Brick, Round 1 x 1 Old - No Bottom Lip A lip was then added: Brick, Round 1 x 1 Solid Stud Why? Later, a hole was added in the ...
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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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Electric, Plug Holder 4.5V/12V what is it for?

I have seen the Electric, Plug Holder 4.5V/12V on bricklink a few times and have often wondered what it is for. According to Bricklink, it was only ever produced in Light Gray and appeared in 3 ...
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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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What are the angles used in angle connectors and liftarms?

LEGO makes Technic Angle Connectors, like these: (Here are names and part numbers). They also make angular liftarms, like these: (part 32348). That last part has an angle of 53.5 degrees. ...
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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 the rarest LEGO production element (colour/shape combination)?

What is the rarest LEGO element according to the following criteria: Genuine LEGO elements, not those available through third party vendors or otherwise modified elements. (So nothing from ...
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Why does Lego restrict the number of colors per shape?

There are many shapes and many colors of Lego elements. Some color/shapes are rare and hard to find. Why does Lego restrict the number of colors available per shape?