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How to improve the range of an IR receiver?

I am creating a new Truck which contains two IR receivers in the front hood. With my testing I get a range of about 6 feet (I have also noticed the small Technic motors on the IR receiver are slow ...
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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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How many different types of Lego bricks have been produced?

I was curious and wondering: How many different types of Lego bricks have been produced since the start of the company in 1949?
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What kind of activities can I expect to find at a LEGO Kids Fest?

There is a LEGO Kid's Fest coming to my community soon, but I noticed that the admission price is steep ($20.00 for each adult). What kind of activities can I expect for the kids? Link to LEGO Kids ...
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Are the plastic bags inside the LEGO box recyclable?

Are the plastic bags inside the LEGO box recyclable? Also, why aren't the plastic bags inside the box not completely filled? If The LEGO Group didn't want it completely filled then why not decrease ...
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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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Alternative controller for LEGO NXT

I love the NXT platform and have quite an investment in sensors and motors, etc. I would like to know if there are alternative controllers that have been integrated with the NXT sensors/motors. By ...
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Remote Control option NXT Mindstorms

I bought the NXT Mindstorms education software v2.1 along with a Mindstorms kit (which I don't know the version of). I am trying to remote control a robot I made using bluetooth between my mac and ...
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NXT motor power accuracy

When turning the motors, how precise is the speed parameter? I am programming in the NXC language (standard firmware) and wishing to know how many decimal points will be taken, if any, and whether the ...
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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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Which train motor is more powerful, 9V or 12V?

I recently picked up LEGO bricks again and due to lack of space I'm planning to build a multilevel train layout. I do have a descent amount of 12V track along with trains and switch points, but I was ...
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Fixing poorly applied stickers

Does anyone have any tricks to removing a sticker and reapplying, after a significant period of time? I recently purchased a lot of sets from 2000-2010 range, and the stickers look like they were ...
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LEGO and fuel company commercial relationship?

Over the years LEGO has used a number of real-world fuel company names on its products: ESSO Shell Exxon. I'd be interested to understand the commercial relationship between LEGO and these ...
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When was the first official use of the term 'minifigure' or 'minifig'?

When did The LEGO Group first use the term minifigure? Have they been called that since their introduction in 1978? Similar to this question: Why are they called "minifigs?"
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How can I power an NXT motor without the NXT brick?

I know almost nothing about robotics, so I was wondering how can I power the nxt motor without using the nxt brick, and how can I send signals to it?
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How can I make a Lego heroica scale gladiator arena?

Sorry all my questions are about heroica, but this needs to be easy so that I can build in a few mins. I will make gladiator micro figures as well, if someone can make a Lion too!
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NXT brick output ports not working properly

My NXT brick will not let motors run. When I download a program the motor will move forward and backward and then stop - sort of a wiggle. Another motor will not work at all. This happens for all ...
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Mindstorms 2.0 can't download to NXT brick with error 142023

Using Mindstorms education 2.0 on a Windows 7 computer I can't seem to get the program to see the NXT via USB or bluetooth dongle. When connected by USB nothing appears in the NXT window with device ...
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Which BIONICLE combiner sets do official instructions exist for creating?

There is a diversity of BIONICLE combiner sets (sets made by combining multiple individual sets together) for various groups including Toa, Matoran, Bohrok, Rahkshi, Dark Hunters, and a number of Rahi ...
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Programming Mindstorms on a chromebook

I know there is no official way to program NXT/EV3 on a Chromebook. But a Chromebook can have Ubuntu installed via Crouton in developer mode. So, is there a relatively painless way to program NXT/...
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Preparations for outside display

I am thinking of using LEGO to make some outside yard art, (large minifig scale castle) and wondered what I should do to prepare them for being outside in variable weather conditions (in the Seattle ...
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Is there a way to buy printed pieces to replace stickers?

I don't like stickers on my lego models. Does lego sell pieces with custom printed designs, so I can have newer lego models with all printed pieces like the old days? If not, how do I print designs ...
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How to program two NXT motors to run at the same time?

I'm working on a project with multiple axis of movement… trying to get two motors to run at the same time in order to achieve a mix of two!
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Is there a way to change the Lego NXT sensor polling frequency?

I am using LEGO NXT 2.0 with the native NXT flowchart-style programming environment, I would love to be able to poll the sensors more frequently. (In particular, it seems that the light sensor is ...
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Are wheels from Duplo numbers' train set 10558 compatible with bridge 3774?

Are the wheels from Duplo set 10558 compatible with the railway bridge set 3774? I have a number of older wheel bases that are too large for the bridge. According to Brickset, the wheels in set 10558 ...
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Building a 45 degree brace

I'm trying to reproduce my own house in Lego, and attached is a photo of the porch above my front door that is supported by a 45 degree wooden brace: At my current scale, the vertical white wood ...
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What plastic do Quatro blocks use?

I recently picked up a heap of Quatro blocks, and noticed that the plastic seems to be much softer than the normal ABS-based Lego and Duplo blocks. Does anyone know what kind of plastic was used in ...
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Massive collection given to our charity

I work as a volunteer for Cancer Research U.K. We have been donated massive amounts of vintage Lego. Could you please advise how to sell.
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What are the torque limits of gears?

I am using Lego in the classroom to introduce students to geared machines. As part of this I am asking them to design a winch, using a small 1.5V DC motor and a collection of the common Lego gears, i....
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Can anyone help me identify the motor/mechanism used in this?

I've been trying to recreate the Useless Machine found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QdKtgfmfA7s&feature=c4-overview&playnext=1&list=TLp4R5S7LPESk In the description, there's a ...
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Where can I download the Samantha Field Control System?

Could someone please provide a download link? It seems that all traces of the program has disappeared from the internet, and I need this to get my robot moving wirelessly. Any help would be greatly ...
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How can I preserve opened Lego packages?

For some reason I keep my old Lego boxes (since the 1980s), and my son's old Lego packages. Because they are quite large, they take up a lot of space in my house, even if they are put one into another....
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What electrical contact material is used for PF Connectors?

I'm designing my own PF electrical connector and I want to have the same functional characteristics as the original Lego brick. Could you please let me know which electrical contact material is used ...
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How is this brick attached to the pregnant minifig?

While Google-image-searching pregnant minifigs (don't ask) I came across this fig, and other variations on it, but I can't figure out how the 2x2 round brick is attached.
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How can I control nxt 2.0 robot with a Wiimote in labview?

I am building a robot with Labview for LEGO Mindstorms and I have wanted to hook up the robot to move based on a Wiimote or Wii remote. However, I have not found a file to download to enable me to do ...
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When I connect my Samantha Module to my NXT, the NXT shows the wrench icon

When I connect my Samantha module to my NXT, it shows the wrench icon instead of the USB icon. I have tried updating the firmware, to no avail. The blue light does not turn on. It sees the WiFi ...
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Bluetooth will not connect Error code: -142016

nxt 2.0 Error code: -142016 The Bluetooth does connect. I am not having these issues with any of my other Bluetooth devices running off of the same dongle. Where do I find the the meaning of any ...
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What LEGO wheels would look like the three types used on the JPL Mars Rovers?

I would like to build the three types of JPL Mars rovers (Sojourner, MER and MSL) with the right size ratio relative to each other. For that, finding the right wheels would be the hardest thing. I ...
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lego ideas (with traditional bricks)

I would like to find a large catalog of Lego designs/ideas that can be built with "traditional" lego bricks (both normal and duplo). I have found many nice designs in the web, but most of them ...
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Are there plans to release new trains for AFOL?

I just built the Maersk train, what an amazing model! I did a little research and found that it was released in 2011 and the Emerald Night was released in 2009. Given the two year gap it seems ...
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How much does the Luke's Landspeeder (8092) weigh?

I am considering buying Luke's Landspeeder (8092). However, because I will be traveling soon, I would like to know the set's weight first. LEGO.com doesn't list the weight, only the piece count and ...
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Difference between “Pick a brick” and “Bricks and pieces”

I am confused by the existence of two distinct and official Lego online services for ordering individual Lego parts, Pick a brick and Bricks and pieces. Why are there two of them? What are the ...
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Minifig with multiple arms?

Is there a minifig that has multiple arms that all have the ability to hold the weapons or tools? My 4yr old is asking for one lol. I thought maybe Doctor Otcopus, but can't tell by the pictures if ...
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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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No software with the EV3 robot?

We bought EV3 robot but it looks like there is no software and we have to pay an additional $99 for the EV3 software. Is this true?
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What are the new elements released via the LEGO Friends sets?

What new elements did the release of the Friends sets add to the LEGO element parts palette?
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Firmly connect bricks in a triangle

I need to connect two bricks onto a plate such that the plate is facing up, and the two bricks are facing out from above it at an angle (say 30 degrees) but are connected firmly, at opposite ends with ...
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What is LEGO Junior?

Are LEGO Junior bricks bigger than regular LEGO? I can't decide between Junior LEGO and Duplo for my son who is just over 3. I had thought the Junior sets might constitute a happy medium, but am now ...
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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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