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21104 NASA Mars Curiosity Rover?

Has Lego made a public statement why they stopped producing the Curiosity Rover set? Each of its few production runs sold out in hours. Why won't they take my money? More importantly, how do I get a ...
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1answer
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How can i use my iPhone to scan a barcode and send it to my EV3 brick?

I'm trying to build a sorter that scans the barcode on the brick using an iPhone and sorts it accordingly to the barcode. I cannot use colours due to amount of things to sort.
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1answer
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Lego 7670 has two different box designs?

Does Lego 7670 (Hailfire Droid and Spider Droid) have two different colored boxes? I am seeing two different boxes on Ebay and other sites. One is a white clone wars box, and the other is a dark red ...
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1answer
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Do old LEGO bricks contain lead?

I have a set of LEGO bricks from Denmark and they were made in the late 1960's; should I be concerned about my son playing with them because of any danger of lead in the product?
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1answer
141 views

What does BURP or BURPS stand for?

Came across this one a few times (most recently here) where it links to a number of mountain elements: you still end up with some neat mini-BURPS and other useful pieces
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1answer
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Does NXC work with EV3? [duplicate]

Is it possible to create and run NXC programs on the EV3 brick? I installed BrixcCC, created a simple Hello World NXC program and selected "Download and Run" in the Compile menu. The EV3 brick made ...
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3answers
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What's the best way to glue/adhese the street baseplates to a plywood table?

I'm building a Lego city, and I want to permanently glue the road onto the table. But I don't want it to be "lumpy", or melt, and I want to make sure that the baseplates will not come off the table, ...
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2answers
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Are there any African American LEGO minifigures besides the ones from the “Sports” basketball series?

I was wondering if there were any African American LEGO minifigures besides the ones from the sports basketball series... I got a brown head from a LEGO Stormtrooper set instead of a black one. I then ...
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1answer
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Unknown brick/piece information (curved, decorated slope)

Recently, i got a huge box of lego sets all mixed together. I have been slowly identifying the sets that are there. Some are complete, while others not but i have been managing so far. Still, there ...
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1answer
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What do factory markings on the inside of DUPLO pieces mean?

In addition to LEGO and DUPLO names embossed inside the pieces of early DUPLO figures, there are a variety of number formats (one to three digits, some hyphenated) and in the case of 1977, the year. ...
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1answer
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Is there a program to tell me if a specific parts list is available in a given colour?

I want to build some models using the new 1x2 curved slopes which come in limited colours at the moment, the models need to have single solid colours if at all possible. Is there a program or site ...
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6answers
569 views

Where can I find instruction booklets?

Is there any place where scans or PDFs of instruction booklets can be downloaded?
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1answer
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EV3 Event Delegation

My problem is that the robot, which should just remain in the program until the Escape Button is pressed, just stays in the while-loop. The current code looks like this: using System; using ...
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1answer
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Any substitute / schematic for Mindstorms 2.0 IR tower?

I came across a used Robotics Invention System 2.0 set, but in addition to a few missing bricks, it is missing the IR tower. Is there any generic replacement that I can use to program the RCX or does ...
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1answer
58 views

CAD model of the LEGO monorails

I was wondering two things, Is it legal to share CAD models of LEGOs with other people as long as it is not for profit and Does anyone have A CAD model of the LEGO monorail track that was made in the ...
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2answers
605 views

Lego-compatible suction cups?

I'm looking for suction cups that are compatible with the Lego pneumatic system. I've seen people who have built things with them (on youtube videos, etc), but haven't found anything on eBay or ...
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8answers
1k views

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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3answers
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Ideas to slow down RC PF train motor (Item: 88002)

I'm wondering if you already tried to slow down such a motor. I would like the train to run slower at all the supported 7 speeds. Anyway, at speed 7, the train just flies off the tracks.
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3answers
1k views

What is the male:female ratio of gendered minifigures?

For many years now, Lego has provided more detail on the face and bodies of minifigures. One of the effects of this is that the usually visually gender-neutral minifigures of my childhood (with the ...
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1answer
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lego pieces stuck together! a stick 6m w/flange and a nose cone small 1x1 triangle

My lego pieces, a stick 6m w/flange and a nose cone small 1x1 triangle, are stuck together. I've been trying to seperate them but they just won't. Any advice?
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3answers
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MOC planning and design

What tools do you use when planning and designing a new MOC? Pen and paper? Or there is something more advanced? I had the insane idea to try LDD to design my MOC and it was a nightmare. Since my MOC ...
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1answer
376 views

Easy way to get the weight of a Bricklink order

Is there an easy way to estimate, to the nearest 100 g (or so) the weight of a shopping cart in Bricklink so that I can estimate the shipping charge (sellers may quote ranges such as "250 - 500 g: $X, ...
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1answer
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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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2answers
446 views

Any good alternatives to BrickLink?

I'm trying to find certain bricks online, and of course, came across BrickLink. But it's so darn hard to use it; search is absolutely useless, and I can't figure out how to use the catalog for the ...
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3answers
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Was it once possible to put a 1x1 round into a minifig cup?

I remember being able to put a 1x1 round brick into the top of a minifig cup before my dark age (the period of time that a person stops building with Lego, up to the time they pick up the bricks ...
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1answer
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Use iPhone camera as an input sensor for EV3

As EV3 has Bluetooth builtin as well as iPhone too, is there a way to connect them somehow so that iPhone could send data from the camera via Bluetooth to an EV3 brick? As a more general question, ...
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1answer
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Why does my NXT colour sensor not recognise colour on my iPhone?

If I point the colour sensor to my iPhone it does not recognise it, but if I point it to a piece of paper, it does. Does anyone know if there is a solution for this? I found some documentation ...
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4answers
17k views

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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1answer
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What lego set is this? Possibly a pirate ship?

my wife picked up this lego set at a garage sale. The owner claimed it was a ship, perhaps a pirate ship, and that the set was complete. It does have something resembling a bow, and several tall ...
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3answers
1k views

How can odors be removed from bricks?

I recently purchased some used bricks. They currently smell like cigarette smoke. What is the best way to clean these parts to remove the odor?
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11answers
32k views

What's the most cost effective and efficient way to buy bricks?

After a 20 year hiatus I picked up LEGO again as a hobby. I've been into the Trains lately and need bricks. I found a couple places to pick them up but they all suck for various reasons. The first was ...
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4answers
483 views

Is there an organization who repackages old LEGO bricks into sets to give to underprivileged children?

Does Lego have a program by which we can return old LEGO parts so they can be reassembled into packages for underprivileged kids? My kids, and now grandkids, have always played with LEGO bricks and I ...
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4answers
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Are LEGO bricks recyclable?

Yes, I know that it is kind of a dumb question, as no one would want to dispose of LEGO bricks. But it's a curiosity thing: are Lego bricks recyclable?
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1answer
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Is it safe to remove PC (polycarbonate) arms from minfigures?

I would like to replace the clear PC arms on the Chima ice figures with opaque ABS. Would I still be able to use the clear PC arms with other figures after I have removed them? I know that removing ...
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1answer
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How to restore old, scratched plates

I have some old lego plates that are quite scratched. They look rather dull compared to the newer pieces in my collection. Is there any way to restore (even partially) the shiny look between the ...
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2answers
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How to remove scratches from LEGO windshield parts?

I was storing my windshields from cars with other my bricks. Now they are scratched, nearly not transparent just translucent. Is there a way to sanitize transparent parts from scratches?
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Legal free NXT-G download [duplicate]

Where can I get a legal, free copy of NXT-G for mac? I lost my disk when I bought my NXT, and I need to get a new program.
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Robot that searches for lights

I use Lego Mindstorms NXT 2.0. I want to schedule my robot to move to where there is light αnd then when it finds it (a large amount of light, for example 80%) to stop and move another motor for 30 ...
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1answer
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EV3 parallel MyBlocks, but only one working

TL;DR = Is there any obvious reason why a MyBlock, added twice in parallel to a program, will only run one of them? In my EV3-G program, I have a MyBlock which uses the Proximity Heading to control ...
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1answer
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Good EV3 iBook for programming or building

I am a participant in a Lego mind storms competition soon using EV3. I would like to know if there are good, free iBooks for me to download (PDF or iBook from the apple iBook store). Preferably the ...
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What is a normal range of reading of the Light Sensor using EV3 Raw Sensor block?

EV3 software does not support the Light Sensor. It does support the Color Sensor. The solution is to use the Raw Sensor Block. What is "normal" for raw sensor block readings? I'm getting readings ...
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1answer
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What's the best way to machine LEGO pieces on a mill?

Does anyone have experience with modifying LEGO pieces on a mill? Any suggestions on cutting speed?
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2answers
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Does anyone make a self-driving car?

Mapping and localization are the hottest trends in robotics today. And what's more exciting is they can be both implemented with a low-cost robotics kit like LEGO Mindstorms! I tried to make a ...
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2answers
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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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1answer
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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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5answers
1k views

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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8answers
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Cleaning between the studs of a build

I've unpacked a few of my models after moving home some time ago, these models have been in a cardboard boxes for several months and need cleaning: I've tried compressed air, which only makes some ...
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2answers
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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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Pass sensor or motor port number as a parameter

I want to create a block for one light sensor or one motor separately. Is it possible to give the number of the port as a parameter to a sensor or motor block via data wire? In NXT-G it was possible.
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Difference between LEGO Castle and LEGO Kingdoms

Can anyone explain what the difference is between LEGO Castle and LEGO Kingdoms. I don't understand why they are not in the same product group. Also LEGO Kingdoms is no longer listed on the lego.com ...

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