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Why did Lego use the same number for two different sets?

For example, Ricky Racoon on his Scooter from 1979 is a completely different set from House with Garage from 1996, but they share the same number (324). Why did Lego recycle numbers like this? Do they ...
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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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Will Lego repair a bad motor?

I have the Electric Technic Micromotor: http://www.peeron.com/inv/sets/5119-1 and it simply won't come on. I seem to recall at some point someone telling me a long time ago, that if you sent parts ...
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What's the best way to link two (or more) LEGO Power Functions (PF) train motors together?

Last Christmas I built an extended Emerald Night train to run around the tree. To get it to work I had to add a second Power Functions motor. I tuned both IR receivers to the same frequency and slowly ...
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Steering mechanism for City-scale vehicle

I'd like to build city-scale (6 studs wide) motorized vehicles with PF remote control. There are already several suggestions on how to motorize wheels. The next challenge is steering mechanism that ...
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Is there a freely downloadable set and part dataset?

I'm working on a project that will require a list of all sets including all of the parts they contain. I'm aware of at least three sites which have this information (Peeron, BrickLink, and ...
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Why do the tubes in the Seattle Space Needle Architecture set need to be cut?

I just received the Seattle Space Needle from the Architecture series. There are tubes that the builder is required to cut to a certain length for the model. This is the first time I've encountered ...
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How many copies of each set is produced?

Is there any way to find out how many copies of a set were produced? I would like to know how rare some of my older sets actually are.
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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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NXT screen either flickering or blank, what do I do?

The screen on my LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT brick has just stopped working. It is either flickering, or blank. I have tried turning it on and off, installed fresh batteries, and I can even hear the selection ...
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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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Are there any mirrored LEGO bricks?

I recently built LEGO Creator 5770: Lighthouse Island which features a clever trick to build the lighthouse's lantern, using stickers on on a Slope Brick 2x2 and Slope Top 1x2x2/3: Step 54 from ...
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LEGO Safety: Known risks and how to avoid them?

I run an after school program that teaches engineering to kids, mainly Kindergarten through 3rd grade (roughly ages 5 - 9). I'm trying to educate my coaches as to the known safety risks regarding ...
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Does anyone have any successful techniques in searching for lego bricks in a pile?

We typically tip our box of Lego bricks onto a giant sheet (so that it can be easily picked up) but searching for bricks becomes really tricky and time consuming. You often remind yourself, "you'll ...
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What is the first day of the 2011 Star Wars advent calendar supposed to be?

I opened the Star Wars Advent Calendar 2011 early and I don't get what the set on the first day is. I'm not much of a Star Wars fan I guess. I can't identify it as any particular ship and my only ...
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Why are there “unique” characters in many sets?

When I was young, about 30 years ago, I'd had no problem to have two policemen, two yellow astronauts or knights. Then I had some lack of Lego sets and didn't know what was happening on this field. ...
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Is it legal to sell your mocs?

First off, I assume that it's legal to sell used LEGO bricks and it's also legal to sell self-made LEGO instructions and parts-lists. As far as I know, there are people selling LEGO sets of their ...
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How to start with technic?

I have bought myself the technic set 9393 Tractor. I really like the model and I want to dig deeper into the Lego technic universe. I am not focused in building pre-designed models (although I enjoy ...
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What tool can get the Technic pin out from a connection closed in the other end?

I'm having trouble removing these LEGO Technic pins apart from their connectors and I don't want to use carpenter tools like pliers which may damage the bricks. What tool can get the pieces ...
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What is the name of the Lego product that snaps together with knobs?

I remember owning a very strange Lego set, but have forgotten the name. The pieces were similar to Technic parts, but different. They were green rounded frames and connected using purple squares with ...
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Are there any Star Wars vehicles that have not yet been produced in a Lego kit?

This includes all six films and the Clone Wars spin-offs. Every vehicle I can think seems to have been produced as part of a kit at some point. Are there any that haven't?
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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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What is the difference between Shuttle Adventurer (10213) and Shuttle Expedition (10231)

Beside the age 16+ designation for the Shuttle Adventurer vs the 14+ age designation on the Shuttle Expedition and some different photography they look identical except they don't sell the Shuttle ...
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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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What is the best way of getting muck out of bricks?

I purchased a large bulk load of bricks for my 7 year old. Most have washed up quite well, but some of the bricks have various substances stuck in their underside. The types of foreign substances ...
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How can I keep LEGO winches from becoming tangled?

I have some LEGO winches/strings with hooks. Putting these away inevitably results in tangled strings (the next time I take them out). Even winding them up doesn't help. Storing these in drawers ...
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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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Can I control 2 NXT bricks from a computer using bluetooth at the same time?

I am thinking about starting a project involving controlling the movement of a mindstorms robot depending on some input from a Kinect device; however the robot will require at least 6 motors. I have ...
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Any way to make this setup “tighter”?

I'm trying to build a robotic arm, and I had the following built so that there was the minimum possible movement created by the gear wheel (that connects to the worm). However, there is still play, ...
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Any reasons for the introduction of the new-style raised arch?

The new-style raised arch (to the left, 92950) got introduced in 2009, and has been gradually replacing the old-style arch (to the right, 3455) across the board. However, after four years, not only ...
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How accurate is the ultrasound sensor when moving?

Can I use an ultrasound sensor while the Robot is moving, or will it give bad data?
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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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What does SNIR stand for?

I know that SNOT means "Studs Not On Top", but I've also seen "SNIR" used, often in the same context as SNOT, but clearly different - what does it mean?
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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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What different series are or have there been designed primarly for girls?

My daughter loves to play with LEGO sets but she is really wants to play with pink or 'girl' LEGO. I have ordered a few of the new LEGO Friends sets but I was wondering what other LEGO themes' have ...
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How should I model a Heroica scale castle bedroom?

My son has requested that we add a bedroom to our Heroica castle. I'm looking for some advice on the creation of the bed area. The Microfig characters are 1x1x2, and the rooms are generally designed ...
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What can I do to repair my minifigures loose neck/head joint?

I have a number of loose neck joints on my minifigures. How can I repair them? Any suggestions?
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Is it possible to build Lego bricks with a makerbot replicator 3D print?

Is it possible for plates, tiles or small pieces ? Is it possible to use MLCAD with a Makerbot replicator?
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Is there a site with the (previous) monthly LEGO Store mini-build instructions?

We have been going to the LEGO Store off & on for the monthly mini-build, but haven't been able to make it there for quite a few. I've been searching the web for the instructions for the builds we ...
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How did the LEGO Duck become a classic icon?

The LEGO handmade wooden Duck was released in 1935, long before the LEGO Brick was created. Many other wooden toys were made which can be seen in The Lego Museum, the duck however features in books, ...
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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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Is there a standard scale for building “minifig scale” creations?

I've seen many impressive models built to "minifig scale" (e.g. the enormous USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier), but is there a standard (or at least widely adopted) scale e.g. 1:60 that these ...
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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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What are all the different ways that LEGO pieces join together?

Has anyone made a list of all of the different types of connections between LEGO bricks? Obviously there's the stud connection - but there's also the ball and socket joint, the more recent ...
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Making a hexagon with plates

Do any of the wedge/wing shaped plates have the right angle to make a true hexagon or equilateral triangle? If not, is there any way to make a regular hexagon using plates? (I know they can be ...
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What is the Mindstorms NXT Education kit?

I am considering gifting some Mindstorms NXT 2.0 to school, because I think they would get great value from it. I see that there is an "education kit", and I wondered if that's the way to go. Does ...
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How can I connect the RCX 2.0 to an external power source?

I want to build an auto-feeder with the RCX 2.0 for my cat. The problem is, that I often had to exchange the batteries. Is there an adapter for the RCX to connect it to a power point?
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Does the basic 2 x 4 brick have a common nickname?

Some bricks, such as the Erling brick, seem to have common nicknames in the LEGO building community. As the basic 2 x 4 brick appears to be the foundation of the system, it is reasonable to suppose ...
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How can I use System and Bionicle elements together?

I have a small collection of Bionicle elements that I would like to incorporate into my System builds but I am a little unsure how to use them. What are the different ways to use these two types of ...
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What does “AFOL” mean?

I've seen the term AFOL around; for example, this site has an afol tag. What does AFOL stand for?

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