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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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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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How do they decide when to remove an element from production, and what happens to the molds when they are retired?

We all know certain LEGO elements are no longer being produced. How do they decide when to remove an element from production, and what happens to the molds when they are retired?
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How many hours of travel does it take to wear out LEGO monorail tires?

I've seen some pretty impressive LEGO tire driven/cushioned monorail displays that put miles of wear on the track and the train cars that ride on it. I'm hoping a monorail expert can tell me (about) ...
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Are the older (hollow underneath) brick elements considered “collectable”?

I know. I know. All LEGO elements are collectable. I mean are the older, tubeless bricks valued above and beyond the fact that they are still viable pieces to build with?
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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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Quick way to inventory parts

I have a rather large collection of LEGO elements that are not sorted in any way, and I'd like to keep track of them. There are a few other posts about ways to keep track of elements, and I've looked ...
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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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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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Is there a modern equivalent for windscreen piece 6152?

For a creation I'm building, I am using a white windscreen piece (part ID 6152). Looks like this piece was last produced in the late 1990's. Is there a modern equivalent that preserves this general ...
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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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Where are the electric pieces for 42029?

I was building LEGO 42029 Customized Pickup Truck, when I got to a page where I needed electrical parts, such as the battery box and the wires. I checked and these pieces were NOT included. Should ...
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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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How can I stop the LEGO Cargo train 60052 wheels from skidding on track?

I have the Cargo train 60052, it's only around a year old and lately I've found on starting it (on both straight and curved track pieces) it isn't moving, the wheels seem to skid on the tracks and I ...
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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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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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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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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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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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Is there a list of colours currently in production?

Is there a list anywhere of colours currently being used by Lego for new sets? There seem to be lots of comprehensive lists of all colours released ever, but few that relate to in-use colours, for ...
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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 special Lego Movie 1x1 element shown in the Channel 4 documentary 'Inside Lego at Christmas'?

I recently watched the UK Channel 4 documentary 'Inside Lego At Christmas' and in it, one of the employees of Bright Bricks showed a tall 1x1 element that he described as a brick that Lego came up ...
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What parts are include with this light blue bike?

I need to find the part numbers of parts on this bike.
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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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What are the differences between the two available pizza elements?

In the "Buy pieces" section of the Lego website, I looked up the pizza element. It turns out there are actually two of them! Element 6102555 costs $0.41/piece and 81867 costs $0.37/piece, but they ...
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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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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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Measurements (LDU) of Lego tracks Set 151

I have an old set of 7851 curved tracks. I want to use the outer tracks (the ones with the bumpy surface). If I was to put one end down on a baseboard so that is tangent/parallel with the grid of ...
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Dimensions of Mindstorms NXT pieces

I don't have access to my NXT boxes at the moment (they're stuck behind a wardrobe that won't get moved for a week or so) and I'm working on this project where I need to know the dimensions of the ...
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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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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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Are there more studs or “antistuds”?

I was reflecting this morning about the recently introduced element Brick 1 x 1 with Stud on One Side and the fact that there is no real counterpart for it; that is, a 1x1 brick with a hollow cavity ...
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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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Why doesn't lego make many 2x2x4 Pieces?

I'm just wondering if anybody here knows where I can get some 2x2x4 pieces ... It seems that Lego doesn't make many just standard bricks that are 4 high ... I've found a few singles here and there on ...
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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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Brick labels to be printed

I am new to the LEGO "business". But I am building up my inventory, getting close to 100.000 pieces now, and before shooting off, I want to have my "system" organized. That also includes print off ...
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How large is the face of a 2x2 45º brick?

I am attempting to make a decal for a roof tile, sort of like the computer face on certain bricks of the type. However, as there appears to be no template, how large is the face of a 2x2 45º brick?
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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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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 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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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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Why are new LEGO bricks softer than old ones?

The older bricks that were made back in the day, "pre-2K", seem to be made out of a harder and more durable brick that would hurt your feet when you walked on them. Now it appears that since the other ...
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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 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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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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Identification for Hinge-like Piece

I'm trying to follow building instructions on Brickshelf, but I'm having some trouble finding the piece on the right in this photo: . Anyone know what it is?
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Identification for harness/hose/pipe + wings

I'm still trying to follow the instructions mentioned in my last question, and I came upon this image: . Does anybody know what piece/pieces that/those are on the right? (I know the # for the ...
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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: ...