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List of prototype or unreleased themes

I recently discovered the unreleased "Seatron" theme (basically an early Aquazon prototype with elements from M-tron) as I was looking around for building ideas. After some searching, I also found the ...
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Are third party NXT compatible parts safe to use?

I bought the Mindstorms NXT for my son's coming birthday and I noticed that there are several places you can get third party parts to use with it (sensors, connectors, etc). Are these safe for the ...
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Are the molds for LEGO bricks maintained in house or is maintanance partly outsourced?

I'm a maintenance engineer myself and busy with my MBA courses with the following strategic question: what maintenance can be outsourced or not. I was wondering if Lego does all maintenance of the ...
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How to fix my XL motor?

I used the XL motor near water. Now it stopped working. Can someone tell me what I can do to fix it?
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Replacement power cable for Mindstorms RCX

I have an old Mindstorms 1.5 RCX. The plastic on the power cables has degraded, and they short out and don't work well. These look like they would work as replacements, but I'm not exactly sure. I ...
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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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Bridge from just basic bricks?

I teach an after-school engineering class using LEGO bricks, one of our classes has the students build a bridge. Each student gets a custom set of about 150 2x4 bricks, about 300 2x2 bricks, and, if ...
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Is there a way to convert a 3D model into a lego sculpture?

After researching this question for a few days, I want to post it here so I can share what I learned in an answer, and hopefully learn some new techniques too. If anyone has found another way to do ...
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What are the special features of the Ferrari F1 Racer 1:8 kit?

I found a good price on the Ferrari F1 Racer 1:8 kit. From the picture of the box cover, it would seem that the steering wheel can turn the wheels, but I cannot identify any other moving features. ...
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How do they decide when to remove an element from production, and what happens to the molds when they are retired?

We all know certain LEGO elements are no longer being produced. How do they decide when to remove an element from production, and what happens to the molds when they are retired?
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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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How does the Super Awesome Micro Project work?

I've recently read an article about a car which is made entirely of LEGO and it runs on air. I'm curious about how it works. Can someone explain the details of it? Here is the car: These are all ...
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Which LEGO Technic sets include instructions to add the Power Functions accessory box?

Some LEGO Technic sets apparently come with instructions to add a motor, using the pieces from the Power Function Accessory Box (set 8293). Is there a list of the sets which do contain such ...
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How do I make my own LEGO stickers?

I'd like to make my own stickers like the ones produced for LEGO sets using a design I've made in Photoshop. What do I need to make stickers for LEGO, what kind of printer do I need? Will the ...
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How well does the new interior lighting system intergrate into a new build?

I enjoyed the interior LEGO lighting I saw at Brickcon 2011. How does the lighting system affect the fit of the LEGO elements involved?
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Why do some sets contain parts of an unrelated colour?

With recent and current sets, I noticed that some contain parts of a totally different colour than the rest of the set. An example is 8200-1: Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen, which contains a blue ...
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Alternative controller for LEGO NXT

I love the NXT platform and have quite an investment in sensors and motors, etc. I would like to know if there are alternative controllers that have been integrated with the NXT sensors/motors. By ...
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Why is my LDD model incomplete after I export it to LDraw?

I have an LDD model that I exported to an LDraw file. When I opened it in LDView, only part of it was displayed. It looks like some parts were not exported properly. Is it normal? Why does it happen? ...
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How many hours of travel does it take to wear out LEGO monorail tires?

I've seen some pretty impressive LEGO tire driven/cushioned monorail displays that put miles of wear on the track and the train cars that ride on it. I'm hoping a monorail expert can tell me (about) ...
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Remote Control option NXT Mindstorms

I bought the NXT Mindstorms education software v2.1 along with a Mindstorms kit (which I don't know the version of). I am trying to remote control a robot I made using bluetooth between my mac and ...
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Is it unethical to distribute 3D models of Lego bricks?

So say that I use LeoCAD to export some brick models to Blender. Would it be unethical to modify the models in various ways (tris to quads tool, subsurfacing, textures, rigging, etc.) and then ...
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Are nanoblocks compatible with other building bricks?

Recently I have found Nanoblocks, a Japanese brick toy, in American stores. How compatible are these with other building toys? They look to be approximately the same scale as Modulex.
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LEGO and fuel company commercial relationship?

Over the years LEGO has used a number of real-world fuel company names on its products: ESSO Shell Exxon. I'd be interested to understand the commercial relationship between LEGO and these ...
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Are the blue and grey 12v train system compatible?

Are the two generations of 12v train compatible? Eg can you combine a "blue" remote controlled point and a "grey" 12v transformer? Main motivation for this: I have a complete "grey" set of trains, ...
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How can I power an NXT motor without the NXT brick?

I know almost nothing about robotics, so I was wondering how can I power the nxt motor without using the nxt brick, and how can I send signals to it?
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What was the 12v AC socket for on the 7864 transformer?

The 7864 transformer had, in addition of the main regulated outlet for controlling trains and a fixed 12v DC for plugging in remote controls and lights, a third socket available which provided 12v AC. ...
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Can the RCX connect to infra-red on a computer?

Can the RCX connect to a laptop with a IR reciver on it? I want to program my RCX on my computer, But i have no db9 (Lego RCX connecter for 1.0 tower) seriel connecter nor a converter.
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Adapting charger for NXT 9798 battery

I have an old style 9798 NXT rechargeable battery pack 7.2V 1400MnAh, but no charger. Can I adapt a spare non lego 9v 200mAh charger for this? Or is voltage too high? can anyone read the output ...
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How can I preserve opened Lego packages?

For some reason I keep my old Lego boxes (since the 1980s), and my son's old Lego packages. Because they are quite large, they take up a lot of space in my house, even if they are put one into ...
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What LEGO wheels would look like the three types used on the JPL Mars Rovers?

I would like to build the three types of JPL Mars rovers (Sojourner, MER and MSL) with the right size ratio relative to each other. For that, finding the right wheels would be the hardest thing. I ...
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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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Rebuilding the Millennium Falcon 7965 with unsorted bricks?

After a week of building the Millennium Falcon 7965, we were nearing the end. My son became excited and literally started jumping for joy. As a result, he accidentally landed on the model and thus ...
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Minifig with multiple arms?

Is there a minifig that has multiple arms that all have the ability to hold the weapons or tools? My 4yr old is asking for one lol. I thought maybe Doctor Otcopus, but can't tell by the pictures if ...
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No software with the EV3 robot?

We bought EV3 robot but it looks like there is no software and we have to pay an additional $99 for the EV3 software. Is this true?
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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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What are the new elements released via the LEGO Friends sets?

What new elements did the release of the Friends sets add to the LEGO element parts palette?
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What parts are really required to motorize 10219 Maersk Train?

The Official site detailed page states that: Motorize your Maersk train by adding LEGO Power Functions #8878 Rechargeable Battery Box, #8887 Transformer 10V DC, #8884 IR Receiver, #8879 IR Speed ...
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What are the known software tools for the EV3?

The EV3 is coming in Fall/Summer of 2013 and we tons of unknowns that will come in EV3. I am curious what software EV3 will run and will older generation software run on EV3 (NXT 1.0). And my final ...
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Are these trees LEGO parts?

I've come across some trees from some bulk purchases I've made, and I can not determine if these are LEGO or "compatible" parts. Any ideas? The tree on the left is an official tree but the one in the ...
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Is this a fleur-de-lis hood ornament, or something else?

I came across this interesting piece: Now, I'm not sure it is a hood ornament, but I would like to know what it is. Any help would be appreciated.
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Alternative for Technic, Gear Rack 1 x 7 with Axle and Pin Holes?

We are trying to build a MOC which requires Technic, Gear Rack 1 x 7 with Axle and Pin Holes and we don't have that. Could we build it? Or are there any alternatives? FYI we do have Technic Gear ...
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How many styles of element separators has LEGO produced?

I used to use other LEGO elements to separate tightly bound pieces in my collection. My thumb nail and I were quite pleased when I first discovered an actual brick separator LEGO introduced to ease ...
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How to straighten 32L axles?

I have a number of the 32L technic axles, but most of them have some bend to them. Is there a straight-forward way to straighten these? Trying to bend them by hand has not seemed to change anything, ...
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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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What are some helpful techniques for applying stickers?

It can be tricky to place small stickers accurately on small parts using adult-sized hands. The best technique I've found so far is to remove the sticker and stick it on the corner of the sticker ...
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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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Are there any lego base plates that are compatible with duplo?

I'm thinking of making a lego table but my 2 children both use different lego. My oldest uses normal lego and my youngest uses duplo. Just wondering if there is a base plate that both types of lego ...
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Which “Real World” Company was the first to have its' name featured in an actual (numbered) Lego set?

Excluding the Lego company, which "Real World" Company was the first to have its' name featured in an actual Lego set?
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Are those bowls genuine LEGO pieces?

I've been sieving through my video collection and came across a video from 2011. It's part of a series of Ninjago videos giving you tips on fun things you could do with the Spinners. At the end of the ...
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How can I find the value of a LEGO set over several years?

Bricklink has this handy feature on its site which allows you to view the average selling prices of a particular set based on previous auctions. I like this feature, but unfortunately, it only ...

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