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Representing pregnancy on LEGO minifigs without a dome

So far for pregnancy I have tried a fetal carrier that I put on the minifig's back but this limits her movements. Specifically she can't bend too far in either direction and also she can't lay down ...
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What is the basis of purism in LEGO building? [closed]

LEGO purism is the idea that LEGO constructions should be made with only with official Lego blocks with no modifications. Other bits of plastic, papercraft, metal supports, and so on are frowned upon. ...
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Is there a logic to the way The LEGO Group fills the plastic bags?

When opening a new box, most of the pieces are in closed plastic bags, and sometimes inside those plastic bags is another plastic bag for smaller pieces. I find the pieces, for the most part, rather ...
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How do you store your built models for long-term display?

My wife and I recently started to re-enjoy Lego and had a lot of fun building the Grand Emporium and a few other pieces but now they're collecting dust and we're lucky enough to have a few spare rooms ...
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Can an axle be removed from this Technic '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 damaging/...
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What material is used to make capes and cloth in LEGO sets and where do I get it?

It seems like a conspiracy to keep everyone from knowing this. Custom cape sellers don´t say what it is, the women from the draperies I questioned always say something along the line of "coated ...
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Lego set for 17 year old

This might sound a little bit silly, but I'm 17 and I've never built a LEGO toy, so I was looking for a first one, to see what it's about. What sets would you recommend I should look at, that are ...
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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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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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Where do bulk LEGO sellers on eBay get their bricks?

The are a large number of people on ebay selling LEGO by the pound(or kg), for example, this guy. The LEGO is (implied to be) pre-owned as the eBay descriptions often say the bricks have been washed ...
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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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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, ...
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Can I use RCX sensors and motors with the NXT brick?

I have a bunch of motors and sensors from the original Mindstorms set. It seems a shame I can't use these with the more recent NXT set. Are there any unofficial modifications that allow you to convert ...
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Are there any great LEGO designers that are well-known?

I know that many designers work for LEGO but I was wondering if there was some 'Star Designers' that we should know by name. Of course, I would also like to know what they are famous for.
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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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Will my LEGO bricks discolor in indirect sunlight?

I have a bunch of new LEGO sets because of my new status as an AFOL. I've got them sitting on the dresser in a room that gets indirect sunlight (see below). There is no direct rays hitting the LEGO ...
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How to unplug black friction pin connectors

Black friction pin without slots connectors are common in older Technic sets. Note that these were quickly replaced by the current version with slots that is much easier to remove. vs Especially ...
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Is it possible to add the power functions to Western Train Chase?

I recently got the Red Cargo Train and it's a great Lego set but a Cars themed train going around my Christmas tree would be even better. Has anyone gotten the power functions to work on the Western ...
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How can I create a visually appealing Castle wall from one colour?

I have a bag of hundreds of classic light grey 2x4 bricks, and 2x1 bricks. How can I use these to make some interesting castle walls?
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Is it possible to obtain a replacement part for a collectible minifigure?

My son's latest collectible minifigure purchase was missing its legs. Is it possible to get a replacement set of legs?
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Can I use a generic (non-Lego) transformer with a rechargable Power Functions battery?

I've recently ordered a LEGO® 8878 Rechargeable Battery Box: I was wondering if I really need to get the (rather expensive) LEGO® Power Functions Transformer or if I can substitute a (cheaper) ...
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How can I automate orders from Lego Pick-a-Brick?

Is there a way to automate the process of ordering from Lego's online Pick-a-Brick? I'd like to be able to go from a .csv with part IDs to a filled cart on their site, or even all the way through to ...
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Are the X-Pods balanced?

I own a few X-Pods and want to play the X-Pod "Play-Off" game again. While I want my game pieces to look neat, I also want to win. Does each X-Pod have the same chance of winning? If not, then I ...
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Is there an official LEGO terminology for the features of basic pieces?

When I read this question I remember to regularly ask myself what the features of bricks are called. At the top are there nibbles, knobs, or studs? At the bottom are there tubes? New bricks also have ...
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Waterproofing Lego bricks

Pretend I have a Lego ship that I want to photograph as it's sailing along in a pool. Of course the Lego bricks have cracks in between them so water will leak through. Anyone have any ideas as to how ...
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Can I repair a broken LEGO brick with glue?

I have a dump truck hinge piece that snapped in half when it got bent backwards too hard. Is there a type of glue that would be appropriate to repair the piece? Would superglue be a good choice? ...
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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 ...
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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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Lego with hollow posts underneath - dates?

When did TLG change the small posts on the underside of the modern bricks and plates , eg 1x6 and 1x4, to hollow ones?
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Alternative (back of box) builds of 7822 Railway Station - is there an 'official' configuration where the track terminates at the station?

I am looking for a scan or photo of the back of the box of the 7822 Railway Station Background: As is common with Lego sets, there are a number of alternative builds pictured on the back of the set ...
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How do I build a paper feeder with LEGO to transfer a single sheet of paper from a deck robustly?

I want to create an apparatus (which might be called a paper feeder) to take a still image for each paper taken from a deck of 500 sheets robustly. Robustly means that the apparatus must guarantee all ...
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What changes were made to Maersk blue?

I read that Lego recently changes the color of Maersk blue. Is this true? If so, why the change?
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Exact dimensions of studless Technic beams

I'm looking for the exact dimensions of the studless Technic beams. I found a number of answers for studded beams but there are some more aspects for the studless beams which are not covered. I'm ...
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How long are Star Wars exclusives usually in stock for?

I'm currently looking into purchasing the Super Star Destroyer, but I'm wondering how long they will be in stock for. The reason I ask is I know that LEGO used to have a Tie Fighter in their ...
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Are there plans to release new trains for AFOL?

I just built the Maersk train, what an amazing model! I did a little research and found that it was released in 2011 and the Emerald Night was released in 2009. Given the two year gap it seems ...
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Alternative builds with Star Wars LEGO sets

I currently own these LEGO Star Wars sets: LEGO Star Wars X-Wing Starfighter 9493 LEGO Star Wars Millennium Falcon 7965 LEGO Star Wars Tie Fighter 9492 LEGO Star Wars Emperor Palpatine's Shuttle (...
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Is it safe to try different firmwares on EV3?

I have prepared a SD card to run Lejos on EV3, as said on Lejos Sourceforge page and I'm about to test it. What worries me - will I still be able to go back to original Firmware if something goes ...
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Is the LEGO Midstorms EV3 software compatible with OS X yosemite?

OS X Yosemite (10.10) was just released yesterday. I want to upgrade, but I am worried that the EV3 software will be incompatible. What should I do? A. Upgrade B. Stay on OS X Mavericks (10.9)
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can't send multiple commands to EV3 using Python

I want to use Python to send commands to an EV3 brick. In C++ things work as expected - for instance, this starts the motor on port A and then stops it after a while: #include <unistd.h> #...
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Identification for Hinge-like Piece

I'm trying to follow building instructions on Brickshelf, but I'm having some trouble finding the piece on the right in this photo: . Anyone know what it is?
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Should I buy the retail or education version of Mindstroms EV3?

There are other questions that list the differences in the retail and educational version but I cannot judge which one I should buy (educational or retail). I am buying Mindstorms for the first time, ...
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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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What tool can get two 1x2 plates apart without damaging them?

Teeth and pliers tend to leave unsightly marks on the bricks. Fingernails don't work too well. What tool do you recommend to separate them?
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Minifig rotatable legs on a stick - what is this?

What kind of piece is this? Emboss says "(c)2003 The LEGO Group" and there is a 4303 number below. I browsed Peeron a little but didn't find anything similar. There are two red handles, one rotates ...
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Why can't I reproduce this SD card box in LDD?

I've built an SD card box a few years ago. Now I am trying to reproduce it in Lego Digital Designer. However when I tried to reproduce the closed version, LDD refuses to snap it in place. In ...
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Under what conditions are the LEGO boardgame dice unfair, and by how much?

For LEGO's board game line, they have moulded a LEGO die, with a 2x2 stud pattern on each side. Obviously, weight distribution is going to be thrown off if you use a full studless plate on one side ...
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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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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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Can anyone find a photo of the “LEGO bricks, not LEGOS” insert?

Debates aside; I have been told that there used to exist a message either in Lego catalogs or inserts in boxes that reads as this: The word LEGO® is a brand name and is very special to all of us ...
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What is the best-practice for circular lego staircase construction?

Aside from using the grey key-hole shapes, I'm looking for a Lego-standard or best-practice method for building a circular Lego staircase? Requirements: 6-8 studs "wide" (from the center to outer ...

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