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What pieces are prone to breaking?

I've had a few pieces break over the years, which was a real bummer as I was not expecting them to. What are some commonly used pieces that are prone to breaking? Pieces that should be handled ...
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What are the dimensions of a LEGO brick?

What are the real world dimensions of bricks? (starting with 1x1 brick) Plates? Studs? Does LEGO think of this in metric or imperial units or something else?
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Minifigure Torso Cracks

So I recently picked up the new Star Wars AT-AP and I was quite please with what I got, but after not even a week The awesome Commander Gree Figure had a torso crack that went from the bottom of the ...
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1answer
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Is it safe to try different firmwares on EV3?

I have prepared a SD card to run Lejos on EV3, as said on Lejos Sourceforge page and I'm about to test it. What worries me - will I still be able to go back to original Firmware if something goes ...
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EV3 and HiTechnic Color Sensor Block

Can I use the Hitechnic Color Sensor with my EV3? At the HiTechnic web site I cannot find the necessary files for importing the Hitechnic Color Sensor Block into the EV3 software.
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Cost of different works in a LEGO set price?

What percentage of a LEGO set's price goes toward research, design, manufacturing, marketing etc. It's just my curiosity since all my minifigures (from Series 3) are made in China and I don't know if ...
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Where can I find LEGO Digital Designer projects for Lego Technic MOCs?

I have LEGO Technic pieces collected from multiple sets and would like to find projects on the web which I can view and build models step by step. Please advise sources where I can find these.
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My poor minifig's head is stuck in his helmet!

Recently I made a LEGO race car with a driver who wore a helmet. Unfortunately, after the race, I tried to take off his helmet and his head came off inside the helmet. Any suggestions about getting it ...
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How long are Star Wars exclusives usually in stock for?

I'm currently looking into purchasing the Super Star Destroyer, but I'm wondering how long they will be in stock for. The reason I ask is I know that LEGO used to have a Tie Fighter in their ...
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Alternative builds with Star Wars LEGO sets

I currently own these LEGO Star Wars sets: LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493 LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965 LEGO Star Wars Tie Fighter 9492 LEGO Star Wars Emperor Palpatine's Shuttle ...
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3answers
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Why are there no faces drawn on the black heads?

There were two black heads in the Star Wars 2011 advent calendar and neither had a face drawn. Is that because there was no face necessary since it was going to be covered with a mask anyway or is ...
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2answers
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How can I tell if my gold C-3PO minifigure is legit?

I just bought a used gold C-3PO (not the 14k version, but the 10,000-made version). There are some places under the arms and on the right foot where there is no gold paint. I think that they are all ...
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Are there any Star Wars vehicles that have not yet been produced in a Lego kit?

This includes all six films and the Clone Wars spin-offs. Every vehicle I can think seems to have been produced as part of a kit at some point. Are there any that haven't?
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How to put LEGO together upside down

I'm building a truck. For the transmission, I want to make it all even and symmetrical. To do that I need the pieces to stay together but they have no studs connecting so they will just fall apart. ...
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4answers
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Rebuilding the Millennium Falcon 7965 with unsorted bricks?

After a week of building the Millennium Falcon 7965, we were nearing the end. My son became excited and literally started jumping for joy. As a result, he accidentally landed on the model and thus ...
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1answer
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Tips for hair loss problem in HeartLake world?

Is there anything to do to prevent the rubber hairs (or hats) from leaving Stephanie's head? In my opinion, hairs and head stuffs for Friends don't stay in place as well as they do in the minifig's ...
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2answers
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How well do LEGO assemblies hold water?

Water is commonly represented with blue pieces, but what if I tried adding real water to a setup? For example, I create a simple blue base with a rectangle making a sort of pool. If I fill that ...
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1answer
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How can I build a Lego rubik's cube?

How can I build a LEGO Rubik's cube, I have 2 of them, and I've built them several times, but how can I build a LEGO Rubik's cube.
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0answers
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LEGO turing machine using Rascal

I followed the instructions on LEGO Turing Machine and succeeded to build it. Next I've tried and failed to program it using NXT Mindstorm GUI. The site mentions a Rascal framework, but it doesn't ...
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0answers
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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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2answers
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Logging and performing mathmatical calc. during run?

Is it possible using the new EV3 to log data, and peform mathmatical calculation on the data while it's being logged, and peform some and thereby trigger some event if some value has been reached?? ...
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2answers
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How do I repair loose arm joints?

The arms on my LEGO minifigures are loose. How can I repair these to remain in place when I move the arm to the location I want it to stay in?
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2answers
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How make a 6x6 board rotate using LEGO technic parts?

Are there any common patterns for making a 6x6 (or bigger) LEGO board have a ability to rotate using technic with gears and such? Has to be without the help of the existing 2x2 lego part that rotates, ...
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2answers
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What does the acronym MOC stand for?

This is a common acronym used in the Lego community - what does MOC mean?
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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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1answer
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How do I Build a LEGO Digestive System? [closed]

Does anybody have any clue on how to build a LEGO digestive system or where to start as I think it could be a good way of helping my son with a science project? Either building plans, instructions, ...
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Is there an .lxf file resource of production Lego sets?

Is there an .lxf file resource site of production Lego sets? Specifically, I am looking for the Millennium Falcon 10179 lxf file, to load into Lego Digital Designer.
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1answer
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How do I get instructions to fully motorize Technic 42006

I have just purchased the Technic 42006 and would like to make it fully remote controlled.
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1answer
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What is LEGO Cuusoo?

Can anyone explain the origins of LEGO Cuusoo project? There isn't a lot of information on the site. It seems to have started in Japan as a way of suggesting ideas for sets but is officially ...
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Waterproofing Lego bricks

Pretend I have a Lego ship that I want to photograph as it's sailing along in a pool. Of course the Lego bricks have cracks in between them so water will leak through. Anyone have any ideas as to how ...
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How much usage can a LEGO piece take before it loses its 'clutch power'?

In this article it's mentioned that one very important feature of the LEGO bricks are their 'clutch power' which is "the ability of its bricks to snap together tightly while also being easy to ...
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Where do bulk lego sellers on ebay get their bricks

The are a large number of people on ebay selling lego by the pound(or kg), for example, this guy. The lego is (implied to be) pre-owned as the ebay descriptions often say the bricks have been washed ...
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LEGO Power Functions M-Motor 8883 characteristics

I have a couple questions about LEGO Power Functions M-Motor 8883 (http://shop.lego.com/en-US/LEGO-Power-Functions-M-Motor-8883): Is it synchronous or asynchronous? It is powered by AC or DC?
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Why are minifigure wrenches tapered at the end?

The common minifigure wrench is tapered at one end. Why? None of the other minifigure tools are shaped this way. Is the wrench meant to also serve as a minifigure pry bar? Or perhaps as some sort ...
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“The type or namespace name ”Brick“ could not be found” Xamarin Studio with MonoBrick

I managed to establish a wifi connection with the Ev3 Brick via WinSCD and am programming the Ev3 with XamarinStudio/Mono Develop(http://xamarin.com/studio "XamarinStudio"). My problem is that "The ...
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How are LEGO sets designed?

I've often wondered how it is that LEGO goes about creating new sets. I can easily imagine a person sitting in a room all day with unlimited pieces of every shape but with some of the complicated sets ...
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What are LEGO baseplates made from?

I want to lasercut a green LEGO baseplate for a project, but cannot cut a plastic with the laser if it contains PVC or Vinyl. Does anyone know if the green baseplates are free from these materials.
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Lego Digital Designer Alternatives

I am been using LDD (Lego Digital Designer) for my latest NXT project and noticed a major delay in building and making instructions for my Projects (My Mindstorm projects contain well over 500 pieces) ...
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Software to do Duplo train track layout?

Anyone know a way to create with a software duplo train track layout? The only thing I found is: http://www.anyrail.com/index_en.html It's a bit overkill for what I need and it's $US60, although ...
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Determining what set I have from a bag of lego pieces?

I have a bag of lego pieces that make a set of something but I don't have a box or instructions. Is there anyway to determine what set it is so I can download/buy an instruction sheet for it...or at ...
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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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Starting out with trains: PF, RC, 9v or what?

I've always wanted Lego trains as a child, but never had any. However, now my son is old enough to appreciate them, I thought I might invest in some 2nd hand sets. The problem is, what standard to ...
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What is the centre hole for in modern train tracks?

LEGO train tracks have 3 holes in each of the segments: I understand the two outer holes are used with a throw-away piece to keep them stacked while shipping, but what is the center hole for? Is ...
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Alternative for Technic, Gear Rack 1 x 7 with Axle and Pin Holes?

We are trying to build a MOC which requires Technic, Gear Rack 1 x 7 with Axle and Pin Holes and we don't have that. Could we build it? Or are there any alternatives? FYI we do have Technic Gear ...
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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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How can I contact LEGO set designers?

I would like to contact some of the set designers of the LEGO group to take part in a professional design forum, but I can't find any contact information. Is there a way I can contact them, or find ...
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Will Lego repair a bad motor?

I have the Electric Technic Micromotor: http://www.peeron.com/inv/sets/5119-1 and it simply won't come on. I seem to recall at some point someone telling me a long time ago, that if you sent parts ...
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Duplo Train Thomas?

Anyone know if Lego will make new Thomas And Friend Duplo? The first sets were from 2005-2009 and I can't find any information about the future of this licences
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What are the known software tools for the EV3?

The EV3 is coming in Fall/Summer of 2013 and we tons of unknowns that will come in EV3. I am curious what software EV3 will run and will older generation software run on EV3 (NXT 1.0). And my final ...
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Does cleaning LEGO parts affect their value?

I have a LEGO collection consisting of a number of rarer sets such as the monorail and 9V train sets. I want to clean the pieces but I am curious if cleaning the parts affects their value? I plan on ...

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