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Which hand is this minifigure extending normally?

I remember more than one argument with a friend over which way LEGO minifigures' hands should be oriented to be correct (with the thumb pointed upward/inward, like a human hand's neutral position). ...
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How can I motorize City-scale wheels?

I'd like to build city-scale (6 studs wide) vehicles motorized with either PF motor or clockwork. The primary problem right now is connecting wheel(s) to motor. Are there small enough LEGO wheels with ...
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How can I efficiently pick up bricks off the floor?

My floor is covered in bricks. My bare feet can't take much more abuse. Is there a way of collecting up the bricks easily, or should I just get on my knees and start scooping them up with my hands?
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Tips to separate lego bricks [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What tool can get two 1x2 plates apart without damaging them? what are some of the cheap methods that does not require and special tools like the lego separator are used ...
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How can I store LEGO bricks as long as possible?

I have some LEGO bricks which are probably about 10 years old. They've neither changed color in any way nor dried out or anything, so it seems to be as stable as ever. How should I store them so that ...
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What is the largest Lego kit commercially available?

I believe the Imperial Star Destroyer is the biggest in terms of size, at 58.8 cm by 50.5 cm by 21 cm, and the Death Star in the number of pieces, at 3803. Are there any newer, bigger models?
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Is there difference between different colors of LEGO axles?

There are a few different colors of LEGO Technic axles, but not enough to really use for artistic variation - black, grey, some beige, and recently I have started seeing blue. The particular color ...
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How can I build an (automatic) Mindstorms charging-station?

I'm thinking about buying LEGO Mindstorms and start programming robots. I'm a software engineer and LEGO fan since I was a child so this sounds like the perfect combination of my dearest hobbies. But ...
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Are there any mirrored LEGO bricks?

I recently built LEGO Creator 5770: Lighthouse Island which features a clever trick to build the lighthouse's lantern, using stickers on on a Slope Brick 2x2 and Slope Top 1x2x2/3: Step 54 from ...
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Cleaning a lot of bricks after a very long time in storage [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lego cleaning techniques and tools I have a lot of bricks that have been in storage for a few years. They've been stored in a closed big box. They're now very dirty. ...
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Are transparent neon Lego bricks made from a different plastic than usual?

There are several colors of transparent, fluorescent Lego bricks. In particular, "trans neon yellow" and "trans neon orange", introduced in the early 1990s, exist in a variety of specialized shapes ...
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How can I determine the name of a brick?

Over the vast years of collecting bricks of various sizes and sets, I find that during my free builds I run low on a specific type. How can I go about identifying what the brick is named and what ...
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What different bricks exist with studs on the sides? [closed]

(Partially inspired by this question.) I have been wondering recently just how many different LEGO bricks there are with studs on the side. Which LEGO bricks have studs specifically on the sides? ...
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What does “AFOL” mean?

I've seen the term AFOL around; for example, this site has an afol tag. What does AFOL stand for?
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Why are old LEGO bricks more brittle than new ones?

My vintage LEGO sets (circa 1980) are difficult to unbuild. Some pieces are prone to break. Did the plastic recipe change with time or are the bricks simply degrading?
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Why are minifigure head studs now hollow?

Comparing my childhood minifigure heads to my post dark age ones, there is now a hollow stud at the top vs the solid ones I grew up with. At what point did this change happen and what was the reason ...
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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 are the characteristics of “Miniland” scale?

I have heard many references to "Miniland" scale. From what I have seen, this style of building mostly includes figurines that are larger than normal mini-figs. What are some other characteristics of ...
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How do you plan large structures for easy and safe transport to shows?

Imagine I am building a large display that will cover many square feet and have both tall buildings and lots of small details. What are some techniques for making these things modular? Is it safer to ...
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LEGO cleaning techniques and tools

Previously I've used toothbrushes but maybe these would eventually scratch the surface? What have you used? And was it easy? As well as cleaning, what about drying and buffing? Anyone tried polishing ...
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What is inside the “weight element” brick?

I own a few bricks that contain a weight inside of them. 52g according to Lego. What exactly is inside of these bricks that makes them heavy?
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What are some storage options?

I have several Lego sets and I usually build them and then make them small enough so they fit back in the box for long term storage . . . but my dream is that I can take apart my model and organize ...
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What is the name of the Lego product that snaps together with knobs?

I remember owning a very strange Lego set, but have forgotten the name. The pieces were similar to Technic parts, but different. They were green rounded frames and connected using purple squares with ...
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What are these Technic “Zapfen” (“stoppers”) called in English?

What are these pieces called in English? Google translator doesn't help in this case...
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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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Is there virtual LEGO designing software? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Do any programs exist that allow you to build own LEGO plans? Some years ago, there was a really good program to build models from LEGO. But today I can't find it. Do ...
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Is there anything like a 'recipe generator' for LEGO models?

For me, most of the fun of LEGO toys, is building new things from the instructions. Rebuilding things can be fun, but if I know I have certain bricks (or even sets), is there somewhere to ...
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What are proven methods to sort/categorize a large number of parts?

How would you recommend to sort your lego parts? Finding a certain part in a box with parts of about 20 models takes ages :) Should I sort by color? Or by size? Another category?
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What's the largest LEGO construction ever?

In terms of the number of bricks used. Is this house, constructed by James May for the show Toy Stories, the biggest?
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How has the basic brick changed over the years?

The basic 2x4 brick has many versions. For example the modern one has thinner walls and funny shaped tubes compared to an early 1980s brick. What were the changes over the years and how did they ...
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What is oodammo? [closed]

I've seen oodammo referred to in relation to K'nex building (in particular in relation to projectile throwing machines), what is it?
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Is there an official LEGO brick color reference? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How many different colours of lego brick are there? Is there a canonical reference for the different colors of LEGO bricks? Ideally this would be a color-matching ...
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Cleaning lego: substances that can be safely used without causing damage? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Lego cleaning techniques and tools I've used a normal washing up solution of Fairy washing up liquid and warm water to good effect previously, but I do find the blocks ...
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Is it possible to build simple logic gates with LEGO mechanics?

I built a simple bitshifter in Minecraft yesterday. I wondered if something like this could be built with LEGO? Maybe there is a possibility to build gates with rubber bands and those movable ...
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How to minimise or remove sun-stains/fading from blocks?

In particular, I've had white blocks that have yellowed in places. Can the colour consistency be restored? Or at least improved? I'd be more interested in people's actual experiences rather than ...
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Do LEGO bricks float?

Is it possible to build a boat out of LEGO bricks? I appreciate you couldn't make it watertight but would a LEGO boat float by itself due to the buoyancy of the bricks themselves? Pictures of any ...
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How many different colours of LEGO bricks are there?

Excluding translucent pieces, how many colours of official LEGO bricks are there?
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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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Where can I find instruction booklets?

Is there any place where scans or PDFs of instruction booklets can be downloaded?
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What is SNOT building?

I have seen reference on LEGO forums to "SNOT building". This sounds gross! Are there really squishy-sticky LEGO bricks, or what?
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Where can I get 'classic' Lego heads from?

The new heads with expressions are all well and good, but I for one prefer the expressionless 'classic' faces. Are they available anywhere?
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Is it safe to wash LEGO pieces in the dishwasher?

I've heard from a lot of people that LEGO can be washed in the dishwasher, but I'm concerned about warping, losing stickers, wearing off of painted pieces, etc. Is it safe to actually wash them in the ...
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What is “micro-scale” building?

I have seen references to "micro-scale" building in LEGO documentation. How is this different than the "normal" LEGO building scale?
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Are LEGO minifigs' arms supposed to come off?

I can get the arms off my LEGO minifigs, however, will doing so repeatedly wear them out?
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What are the arched things above a wheel called?

I have a bunch of second hand bricks and some are "wheel wells" for the lack of better words. I would like to find out how I use them for example at bricklink, but then I need to find the name for ...
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What are the best options for building a LEGO RC car?

I would like to build a remote controlled car. And if someone already has a good solution for that I would be glad to try it. It's been a while since I had the time and material to build some LEGO ...
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How can I invert the direction of blocks in a structure?

I have a structure with some blocks facing in the 'normal' direction: nn nn nn nn | || || || | -- -- -- -- I would like to somehow connect a layer above this that has the blocks ...
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What is an Erling brick?

I have seen people refer to the "Erling brick" or "headlight brick" on LEGO forums. What kind of brick are they talking about?
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Are DUPLO blocks compatible with LEGO blocks in any way?

Can I build a model out of both DUPLO blocks and LEGO blocks? Do they fit together?
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Do any of the KRE-O Transformers sets actually transform?

KRE-O, a LEGO-compatible brick toy, has several officially licensed Transformers models. I have two of the smaller ones and they do not actually "transform" - you take them apart and put them back ...

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