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What are LDUs and how do they relate to LEGO bricks?

What are LDUs? I see technical people talking about plans and designs in terms of LDUs. I understand it's a measurement unit. What does it mean and how do LEGO bricks relate to them? Why are they ...
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Alternative products compatible with LEGO [closed]

I heard that lately a patent for LEGO expired and now everyone can create a company to produce bricks that are compatible with LEGO. I am wondering how many of such companies are there. I know one ...
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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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What are all the different accessories that I can get for an NXT?

Pretty simple...What are all the different accessories that I can get for an NXT? I know this could turn into a list, but this will be a helpful list, I think.
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Is it possible to buy a bulk of 1000s of basic bricks (mostly 2x4)?

Several years ago I remember being able to walk into toy shops and actually shovel lego bricks into a bag and thus buy them in bulk. Unfortunately I can't seem to find stores anymore that offer this ...
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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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How can a sticker be removed?

In my younger days I may have placed a few stickers on my bricks. Including some that covered multiple bricks. Now my daughter has the tendency to do the same thing :) How can I best remove the ...
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What does imprinted information inside bricks mean?

I just randomly checked the imprinted information inside some of the bricks in my Lego sets and found that it varied. I found several different types of information: Most pieces have Lego copyright ...
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What are the largest Technic-compatible tires on the market?

I am looking for the largest LEGO wheels with tires available to build a nice-sized RC LEGO car. Of course I will start with the simplest prototype, but I would like to achieve a design which will ...
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602 views

What is a good ratio to buy bricks in?

I want to add to my collection by buying an assortment of 2x4,2x2,1x2, and 1x1 bricks in a variety of colors. I want these to be general purpose bricks, primarily for sculptures and buildings. What ...
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What are the practical bounds of a minifigure?

I want to make some minifigure-scale vehicles and devices, but I am wondering what the smallest possible minifigure enclosure might be. I know minifigures are not perfectly square. Their arms and ...
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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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How to find out if an element is out of production

Is there a way to know if Lego has officially stopped making a certain Lego element? As an example, from the 580 Lego set, I haven't seen this conveyor belt (along with those wheels and the ...
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593 views

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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Will playing with a train motor by hand damage it?

If you play with a train that is PF-motorized by hand, will you damage the motor? Or any of the other parts (IR Receiver, Battery box)? It is essentially working as a generator when turned by hand, ...
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Repairing Lego minifigure torso cracks/damage

I have a ton of Lego minifigures that I really put through their paces throughout my childhood (fighting pirates, exploring space... basic stuff really). A number of them are damaged on the torso. ...
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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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How should I go about selling $3k worth of unsorted LEGO sets?

Here is my problem. Over the years my son had me buy a large number of Star Wars sets (including 10179, 10188, 6211, 7676, 7675) and he built them. Then he traded (or lost) most of the mini-figs ...
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How can I minimize the number of merchants for given set of requested bricks?

This question should be answered in Bricklink FAQ, but I didn't find answer there. I'm a casual Lego hobbyist, I have a few sets with random pieces missing, about two dozens of them. Some are truly ...
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How can I identify kits from a box of parts?

I am a life long Lego Maniac, and my kits from when I was a kid were passed down to my nephew, who has just passed them down to my son (40 years of history...). The trouble is that none of my old ...
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Does Toy 'R Us (or more expensive-than-average) retailers have more extra parts than average?

I haven't bought LEGO sets for a while, as my kids are just getting old enough to make the sets, but I am assembling the LOTR sets which I find impossible to resist. I bought Gandalf Arrives (9469) ...
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How can I get my NXT to turn on - all it does is softly click?

Recently when I plugged my NXT brick into my PC I clicked on the wrong option and now all it does is clicks when I turn it on? How do I get it back to a usable state?
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Can I Conect 2 NXTs so that they work together?

I am building up a robot and I want to use 2 NXT connected together because I need more than 3 ports A,B,C. So my question here is: When I write the code, is there anything different I have to do? ...
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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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Why are there extra pieces in my set?

I bought an advent calendar, with a minifig or part of a scene behind each door. Each piece is sealed in a plastic bag and needs to be assembled. Almost every bag has an extra piece in it. Is this ...
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Why are Lego sets put in such big boxes?

I am wondering why Lego puts sets in big packages. All bricks are put in small plastic bags and from my experience the packaging could be at least half of what it is. There is so much told these days ...
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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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Third-party blocks with a smiling face or an umbrella with 2 dots on each side

I bought a bunch of duplos from the thrift store and inside there was not Just duplos but also mega bloks. I was able to separate most of them but there are a few that I just cannot tell which is ...
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411 views

Historically, what types of sets have proven to be a great investment?

My brother recently sold some of the lego he had as a child, and they went for a lot more than they cost originally, even taking inflation into account. So, what types of sets have risen in value ...
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Why doesn't LEGO bring back old series as they were “in the day”

As many of you probably can tell, LEGO has been rehashing old series and giving them a new twist (eg. Rock Raiders -> Power Miners, or whatever its called). Why doesn't LEGO actually make some of ...
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Where can I find LEGO X-Pod Playoff rules and printoffs?

Where can I find X-Pod Playoff rules? LEGO doesn't seem to be hosting them anymore. Asked because of this question. Hopefully it can be mirrored on a few sites so that it doesn't disappear again.
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Why is my LDD model incomplete after I export it to LDraw?

I have an LDD model that I exported to an LDraw file. When I opened it in LDView, only part of it was displayed. It looks like some parts were not exported properly. Is it normal? Why does it happen? ...
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What parts are really required to motorize 10219 Maersk Train?

The Official site detailed page states that: Motorize your Maersk train by adding LEGO Power Functions #8878 Rechargeable Battery Box, #8887 Transformer 10V DC, #8884 IR Receiver, #8879 IR Speed ...
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2answers
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How do I make my own LEGO stickers?

I'd like to make my own stickers like the ones produced for LEGO sets using a design I've made in Photoshop. What do I need to make stickers for LEGO, what kind of printer do I need? Will the ...
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How to sell massive, vintage and unsorted lego collection with manuals?

So I was a big LEGO collector as a child in the early 1990s. The genres I have are town/city, pirates, and castle. To store them, I broke them all down to fit into 2 giant plastic tubs. I still have ...
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1answer
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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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1answer
213 views

How can a Mindstorms robot lift something very heavy?

I have a small LEGO Mindstorms robot and I have to lift something heavy. Now it seems not possible because the motor is not heavy enough.
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2answers
14k views

Star Wars 2013 Advent calendar codes

What are the four codes for the 2013 Star Wars Advent calendar online game?
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1answer
406 views

How to use two NXT bricks for 3+ motors and 4+ sensors?

I need to use multiple bricks in order to use more motors and sensors. I need to read sensor values, and tell motors to move. I've tried using bluetooth, however my attempts haven't been very ...
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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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1answer
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lego or duplo ringing doorbell

Does anyone know if this piece can be found anywhere or what it is called? My kids had a ringing doorbell appox 28 to 30 years ago, where you push down a red button that sits on top of a curved ...
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3answers
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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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How to program light sensor to follow moving light using NXT

Cannot figure out how to simply program Lego Mindstorm NXT robot to follow another moving robot that has a bright LED light attached to it. Currently my programme looks like this:
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1answer
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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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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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Has anyone made LEGO fly?

It may not be the ideal material. But has there ever been a LEGO model airplane with the ability to glide, under power maybe, or some other kind of successful lifting airship? Helicopter, blimp, kite, ...
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How does one get a job as a LEGO designer?

I always fantasized on the mysterious (and admittedly cool) job of LEGO designer. Is there anyone who knows what it takes? Do you need to go to the Lego university and get good grades? Is there any ...
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How can I create synthetic imagery (rendering) of LEGO models?

I'd like to know how I can create computer imagery of my own models or existing models. How can we do photographic quality or cartoon like images?
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1answer
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Can I write programs for the LEGO RCX 2.0 in Java/C++?

Is there a library which makes it possible to write LEGO Mindstorms programs for RCX 2.0 in Java or C++? With the LEGO software it takes so much time to write good programs.
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What are all the third party (unofficial) accessories I can get for an NXT

Similar to this question but I'd like to know about 3rd Party/aftermarket options instead please. I've heard about motor multiplexers and the like but are there others, i.e. more sensitive colour ...

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