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What are the pros and cons of using a Lego rental service such as Pleygo?

Anyone used Pleygo which is a website advertised as A Netflix-like rental service for Lego® sets? What are the pros and cons?
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What is this model number please?

I don't have the instructions for this and I have no idea what model number this is. Can anyone identify it?
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Is there an XML format for Lego?

I've seen some pretty neat applications using customized XML formats. There is a Musical Notation XML so that a user can create sheet music on XML. With the right software, that XML can be converted ...
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1answer
339 views

Why are Lego products so expensive in Europe?

Comparing a few Lego products at the official online store, I found U.S. prices seem to be consistently around 70% of those in Europe given current currency exchange rates. That's a surprising ...
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How can I build a LEGO marble pump?

All right, here's a tough one for ya'll. How can I built a marble pump out of LEGO bricks? What would the mechanism which pushes the marbles up need to look like? Here's an example in this video: ...
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How to differentiate Cellulose acetate vs ABS LEGO bricks?

If one had a large tub of old LEGO brick, with some pieces going back to the 1950s, but all mixed together, are there any distinguishing features or appearance to the 1950s cellulose acetate bricks ...
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Does longterm storage in a connected state harm the studs/tubes?

Does storing bricks in a connected state lessen their longevity?
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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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Tips on shipping large sets (super star destroyer, 2001 Discovery ship)

I have two large sets I'll need to sell when I move (SW super star destroyer, and 2001 discovery). They are both very long (5 feet?) and impractical to ship complete. Any tips for newbie in best way ...
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What sites are available to sell original boxes?

A couple of years ago, I stumbled across a site (not Ebay) where LEGO fans buy and sell items. I have some large boxes for various sets to sell. All my son's LEGO collection is in plastic boxes, and ...
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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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2answers
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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
151 views

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
141 views

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
620 views

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
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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
201 views

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
222 views

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
154 views

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
154 views

What do factory markings on the inside of DUPLO pieces mean? [duplicate]

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
66 views

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
596 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
230 views

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 ...
2
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1answer
89 views

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 ...
3
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1answer
60 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
618 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
2k 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
147 views

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
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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 ...
5
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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
193 views

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 ...
2
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1answer
396 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
698 views

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 ...
2
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1answer
318 views

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, ...
6
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1answer
462 views

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
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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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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
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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
532 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 ...
8
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1answer
116 views

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
915 views

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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2answers
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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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2answers
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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
154 views

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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3answers
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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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