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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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Can an axle be removed from this 'brick paradox'?

This blogpost on Technic Bricks briefly explains a few 'brick paradoxes' or dead ends. This particular model seems impossible to disassemble by hand: How can I remove the axle without ...
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What are the female parts called?

What is the proper term for the "female" section of the piece that the "studs" insert into? I have heard "pipes", "tubes", "underbits". Is there an actual term for the female section?
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What is LUGBULK?

I have heard that LEGO have (or had) a programme called LUGBULK whereby clubs can purchase bulk lots of LEGO components direct fom LEGO. Is that true? If so, is it economical and how can I get ...
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Why does LEGO now use studless technic designs?

It seems to me that sometime between 1998 and 2006 (between the Mindstorms RCX and NXT), LEGO switched from using studded technic bricks (like this:) to studdless beams (like this): In my ...
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Why are they called “minifigs”?

Were larger-scale LEGO figures the standard at some point in the past? It just seems odd to me that they're called "mini" when they're basically the only kind of LEGO figures available (not counting ...
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How to make a 1 ldu offset?

LDraw units are defined so that a simple 1x1 brick has a side of 20 ldu and a height of 24 ldu. Using simple building techniques, it's easy to create 2 ldu offset, as illustrated in this picture, ...
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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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Will Mindstorms EV3 be backwards compatible?

LEGO Group announced the next Mindstorms version, the EV3 which will be available in the Fall, 2013. Does anyone know if the new version, specifically the controller, will be backwards compatible ...
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What's the thing between the pant legs?

What is the piece that holds the pant legs together called? Is there an "official1" name? Or is there just a commonly agreed on term? 1Official meaning something mentioned, even in passing, by Lego ...
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Can you program Lego Mindstorms with the Scratch programming language?

My child is learning programming using Scratch in school. Can she program her Mindstorms using Scratch?
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Building a full-size lamp using Lego bricks

On an episode of the TV show 'Home by Novogratz' they featured a real, working lamp that was made out of Lego bricks. More specifically, the creator surrounded an existing lamp with the bricks, ...
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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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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 is considered the most valuable LEGO set?

Which Lego set is considered to be the most valuable set to own? I'm not talking about the most expensive set, and clearly it has to be out of production already, but when trying to collect complete ...
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Are LEGO elements safe to use in an aquarium with fish?

Are LEGO elements safe to use in an aquarium with fish? I've never seen LEGO elements in a working fishtank.
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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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How do I print images onto minifig body parts?

I have seen a few custom minifigures out there with images on certain body parts never produced by LEGO. What is the best way to achieve this? I have heard of some people printing out the image on ...
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Is Technic compatible with Mindstorms?

My wife bought me a Mindstorms NXT 2.0 for my birthday. I've been reading up on it from as many sources as possible however apart from the 9695 Education Resource Set which adds some additional bricks ...
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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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Is it possible to change the battery in a 54604 light brick?

I got 4 of these in in a bulk lot of Lego, but the lamp is getting quite dim in a couple of them. Is it possible to change the battery in a 54604 light brick? It looks like the brick should open, ...
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What color has been produced in the highest volume?

What color makes up the highest percentage of LEGO elements produced since ABS plastic was introduced in 1963?
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Which official LEGO sets are micro-scale versions of existing sets?

The 10230 Mini Modulars set is based on the existing modular series: As well as the 4695 Mini Harry Potter Knight Bus. Have there been other micro-scale sets released by LEGO based on existing ...
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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?
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What is the difference between the NXT 1.0 controller and the NXT 2.0 controller?

I've tried to look this up but I can't find anything. As far as I can tell, the controller bricks (the white ones w/ buttons and a screen) are exactly the same and the only difference is NXT 2.0 comes ...
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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 is the corner on Azuma Makoto's LEGO bonsai tree done?

I'm looking at doing my own version of Azuma Makoto's bonsai. I know it will probably not be a 100th as good, but I want to try anyway. The first step is obviously building a similar base but I'm ...
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What was the first set produced by The LEGO Group?

What was the first Lego set produced, and when was it first released?
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Are companies producing custom molded LEGO pieces legally entitled to do so?

We have seen (or I have seen, given I am a member of a few popular BIONICLE fan sites) an uproar from custom molding companies -- that is, companies that create their own LEGO pieces. My question is ...
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What is the rarest LEGO production element (colour/shape combination)?

What is the rarest LEGO element according to the following criteria: Genuine LEGO elements, not those available through third party vendors or otherwise modified elements. (So nothing from ...
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Have any Lego sets been released with errors/mistakes in the build instructions? If not, why not?

I was thinking about the documentation process of a large set like the Death Star and it got me thinking; surely at some point Lego must've released a set of instructions that contained a mistake? ...
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Is this element some kind of Technic connector?

I am thoroughly confused about an element I have come across: I have never seen a piece quite like this. It's unlike any Technic connector I've seen, so I doubt if that is what it's for. The two ...
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What are the essential resources for learning the fundamentals of LEGO building?

After years of buying and building LEGO sets, my six-year-old son is tearing through the first level of the Master Builder Academy. He's fascinated by micro-building, and generally seems liberated ...
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How can I fix a flattened gear?

I have an old small gear that somehow got flattened to an oval shape. The axle hole is too narrow to slide a bar through, although it is not completely closed shut. How can I repair this gear?
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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 to build bridge using 4.5/12v train rails from 1969 Lego brochure

I am interested in building a bridge for my layout and stumbled upon this forum post in which user 'Istokg' posted a picture of a train bridge made from the blue rails used in the pre-1980s train ...
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How much weight can a handle of Technic pegs and beams support?

Some Lego spaceships have handles attached, made out of Technic beam and pegs, and attached to the model using Technic bricks, pegs, and axles. For example, 7644: MX-81 Hypersonic Operations Aircraft ...
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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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How do I know when current sets will retire?

As the title asks, how is the easiest way to find when current sets on the Lego website will be retired and no longer sold. For example, the 10197 Fire Brigade has been around since 2009, same as ...
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Is there a Technique or Algorithm for Building Spheres?

There are times when I would like to build a sphere or a dome like this one: From Small Lego Sphere Project While this example is great, I find it difficult to scale it to another size, whether ...
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A piece with no place in Heartlake Stables

I recently bought this set for my niece for her birthday, when we were finished setting it up we noticed a larger orange piece that we couldn't find a place for but was in the set and in the back of ...
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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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How can I wirelessly connect the NXT and an iOS device?

I've seen videos around YouTube (like this one for a car) that show an ability to control a Mindstorms set via iOS (either iPhone or iPod Touch). I am just getting started with Mindstorms, but find ...
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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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Best way to store instruction manuals?

Currently I store Lego set manuals/instructions in hanging file folders in a file box, grouped by set type. This makes it hard to dig through and find the one I need, and manuals tend to get tangled ...
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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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Who is (or was) Susan Williams?

I've heard the name "Susan Williams" associated with LEGO products, especially in the 1980s. Who is / was she?
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What kind of metal/alloy were on the old LEGO 9V train tracks?

LEGO's train tracks (the actual rail part) were made from some kind of metal alloy that does not seem to oxidize, and seems to have good electrical charateristics (low resistance). Any ideas what ...
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What software was used to create the LEGO Movie?

So I've just seen the LEGO Movie and I was amazed at the such intricate details of all the minifigures and sets. I was wondering if anyone knows what software was used to create the film. Animal ...
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When did LEGO stop producing Technic action figures?

I recently got interested in LEGO Technic again. The last set I own is maybe 15 years old, so my knowledge is a little bit outdated. Back then some of the Technic sets had action figures included, ...

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