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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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224 views

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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Star Wars 2013 Advent calendar codes

What are the four codes for the 2013 Star Wars Advent calendar online game?
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How does LEGO decide it needs a new element?

Aside from the need to add licensed series specific pieces, how does LEGO decide it's time to introduce a new shape to the element palette?
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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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How do I remove a racing helmet from a garbage can?

We have a red Lego racing helmet that has become wedged with its round side up in a 2 handled Lego garbage can. I cannot access any of the visor indentations, the face slot or the neck circle. I tried ...
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Which was the first set / minifig with two faces to choose from?

Some of my minifigs (like Iron Man, and Bilbo Baggins, and Harry Potter) have two different faces to show different emotions (usually something happy and something unhappy or upset or angry). How long ...
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Does Lego market sets that were designed by fans?

My {son, daughter} read on a LEGO box that the set was designed by a LEGO fan. That is amazing! Is this common and how does my {son, daughter} get into that? What sets were designed by fans so far?
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Old lego set 1950s or 60s? TABAC and/or BAKEREI (from Europe)

My dad had a lego set (or 2 sets) in the late 50s or early 60s that his dad picked up in Europe (this was before they were sold in the states). It had 2 thick green rectangular tiles for bottoms (or ...
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Pre-Technic gears?

I have this set of lego gears. I remember seeing them first at my grandparents in the mid 80's. They predate my firsts Technic sets (~84 or 85). I have fond memories of my dad building a 3-speed ...
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In lego mindstorm EV3, can you make the individual programs in a project into functions which can be used in the other programs?

The bit where you program what the robot does using your computer. I'm making a project and I can't fit it all onto the screen, so if you can't do functions, is there any way to zoom out of the screen ...
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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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reference number and instruction of a spaceship

I have only an image of that spaceship, (and all briks of course) but I don't know its serial number which makes me hard to find instructions to rebuild it. The image of the spaceship is this one, ...
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How do I build a curved wall?

On my latest MOC I want to build a round tower. This is a minifig-scale build, and the tower is going to have a diameter of about 20/30 studs. How should I go about building the "curved" wall of the ...
6
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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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1answer
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What is new about the IR receiver in the 4x4 Crawler 9398?

Reading a review of the 4x4 it seems the IR receiver is different from what is included with the trains. From the review all the information we got was "improved CMOS motor driver with lower power ...
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What is piece 4211642 from 10179 - UCE Millenium Falcon?

I'm working on making sure I have all necessary pieces for 10179: Ultimate Collector's Edition Millenium Falcon (a painstaking process, to say the least). I received the set not entirely complete, ...
4
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0answers
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Known quality control issue with 10234 Sydney Opera House?

I have just completed 10234 Sydney Opera House, with one white half-shell (Bricklink: 41749 White Wedge 8x3x2 Open Right) missing. Both the Bricklink inventory and the Lego instructions show 34 of ...
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3answers
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Has anyone made their own custom LEGO bricks?

As I've just learned, LEGO bricks are made from ABS plastics. I wonder if it would be possible to make some simple molds at home, get some ABS pellets, melt them up and make your own custom bricks? ...
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8answers
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Do any programs exist that allow you to build your own LEGO manuals?

What I'm looking for is a program or website/webapp that allows "virtual" building of a LEGO model, step-by-step, and allows you to save these single steps to get a complete building plan in the end. ...
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What's the best way to link two (or more) LEGO Power Functions (PF) train motors together?

Last Christmas I built an extended Emerald Night train to run around the tree. To get it to work I had to add a second Power Functions motor. I tuned both IR receivers to the same frequency and slowly ...
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1answer
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Buying Individual MiniFigures

I was big into LEGO bricks when I was a kid (now 33), and now my son is getting into them. I'm a huge collector of things (not a hoarder, a collector), and, like father, like son, he wants to collect ...
4
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1answer
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Are there any components compatible with EV3 that are more powerful and durable?

Are there components compatible with EV3 like motors, sensors, brackets, other details that I can easily connect to an existing EV3 main block and build something to do real-life tasks? Like ...
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4answers
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RCX firmware download problem

I hope someone can help me with a problem with getting an original RCX 1.0 system working with a current PC. I bought the RCX 1.0 system back in (I think) 2000 but its been in storage a long time. In ...
7
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2answers
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Where can I find a LEGO collection of minifigure photos? [duplicate]

I am looking for a collection of LEGO minifig photos - something like this, but with each minifig pictured separately in a full-length portrait. I have not been able to find such a collection on the ...
3
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Has TLG ever produced bricks without the LEGO branding?

Has LEGO ever produced bricks without the LEGO brand name on the parts, the packaging or both? I'm already aware of the following: Minitalia. Available in Italy in the 1970s. The bricks were ...
2
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0answers
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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. ...
4
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1answer
730 views

Has Lego Box 5508 been discontinued?

The Lego Deluxe Box 5508 seems to be out of stock everywhere in the UK. I was hoping to get this set for my kids for Christmas, but it is nowhere to be found. Has it been discontinued? Or do they ...
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Best place/way to buy masses of bricks [duplicate]

I am always having to take apart models I made to make new ones :'( and it really is bugging me. I don't want to buy specific sets, as they cost a lot because of the work that went into designing ...
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1answer
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How are LEGO bricks categorized?

What are the names and categories of LEGO bricks? Is there a consistent naming scheme? Does Lego have an official name or identification for different pieces?
5
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1answer
281 views

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 ...
7
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1answer
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Lego Trains 12v: Identify This?

This is a very popular picture, which almost all Lego Trains' fans from 1980s would recognize. I have the train in the forground, 7740, but not the 4th car (red one). Can anyone please clarify that ...
8
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1answer
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What is the maximum distance between fixed train wheels?

I'm working on a train, and I'm curious what the maximum distance is between fixed wheel sets in order to properly navigate all of the different types of track (straight, curved, switch, flex, etc). ...
5
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1answer
375 views

How should I connect two LEGO cylinders with pistons to measure the movement caused by sea waves?

As part of a school project I need to make a model of a snake electricity generator. I would like to build this with LEGO elements, and for that, I need to measure the movements of the cylinders ...
7
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1answer
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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 ...
4
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1answer
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Is this skateboard piece LEGO?

I bought some second-hand Lego and it's a total mish-mash of parts. There was a small quantity of Mega-Bloks in it, but those parts always seem easy to identify. However, I'm stumped about this piece ...
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0answers
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Is the EV3 brick balanced? [closed]

I want to buy an ev3 but I want to know if the center of gravity is off in the brick (really does not look symmetric)
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1answer
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2
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How do I unlock the sunday surprise on the 2013 Star Wars Advent Calendar?

I'm trying to enter the code on the back of door number 1 into the Lego Star Wars site but it doesn't work. Does anyone know how / where to input the code?
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2answers
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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?
2
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2answers
283 views

Where did “Cheese Slope” get its name?

Why is this piece called a "cheese slope"? "Slope" I get; but "cheese"?
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1answer
644 views

Do you know where I can get a Brick Vac?

I am in dire need of a Brick Vac. The 2 boys 5 and 7 are building daily, but still have plenty of strays on the floor and the end of the day. With the growing popularity of Lego City building sets, ...
5
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2answers
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Where I can find the pieces needed in a set?

I own this set, LEGO® Kingdoms King's Castle 7946. One day I let my wife's best friend's kids play with it. (Not the best idea in the world but they had a blast!) Needless to say, the castle ...

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