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The problem is that while in general MegaBloks bricks fit with LEGO bricks, the quality control on the MB bricks seems to be much lower*, so the bricks/studs and holes are not always the same size. As an example, I recently acquired a MB HALO Covenant Banshee ship for my son, and can safely show that: The holes in studs do not readily accept rods (in ...


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Yes. The current Mindstorms sets are completely Technic orientated and use the Technic pins (i.e. [part:3673:7]) to connect to the newer Technic Beams (i.e. [part:32316:7]) as well as the original Technic Bricks (i.e. [part:3894:7]) The various different size pins and axles are the way to interchange between these.


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A regular LEGO base plate will work with DUPLO bricks. As demonstated in this question, the two systems are compatible in a number of ways. Here's an example of someone using system base plates with DUPLO bricks:


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The LEGO Group have advertised the EV3's excellent backwards compatibility with NXT. As the cables are the same, the EV3 will work with NXT sensors, motors and, of course, LEGO Technic bricks. RCX sensors will work with the aid of converter cables. Software designed for programming the NXT will not work for the EV3 as the NXT runs firmware, but the EV3 ...


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LEGO used to sell Converter Cables for Mindstorms NXT at a price of £8.99 / US$9.99 for 3 cables at their online shop, they can still be bought online from stores like Bricklink. Considering the price of each cable converter it may be worth purchasing newer sensors/motors that are more advanced. The NXT system cables are separate from sensors and motors ...


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They are not compatible, the teeth are completely different. Notice that the red old gear has 9 teeth and is the same size1 as a current 24-teeth, as illustrated by below: The axle hole however is compatible, so you could have a construction using both types. 1. Actually, the distance between axles to have two of these red gears mesh is the same as the ...


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since the bionicle-pieces only have holes for technic-connections and no studs to use then directly with bricks, you'll have two possibilities: build some kind of "adapter" using technic-pieces. you could use pegs to connect the bionicle-piece with some kind of technic-brick. put the studs of your system-bricks into the bionicle-pieces technic-holes - ...


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Is it possible that you are thinking of this goblet (2343)? This part was fairly common, and it was introduced around 1985, so it was probably in your collection. 1x1 round plates attach securely to the top as shown in this lamp from the Pet Shop:


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The first gear wheels, or cog wheels, were designed by Knud Kristiansen around 1964 or 65; the original Danish design patent was filed on March 1, 1965. Under licence by LEGO, Samsonite manufactured and sold these gears in the USA from 1965-1972, and in Canada from 1965-74. The gears had studs on the top and tubes on the bottom. They could be made turnable ...


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Not necessarily. It really depends on what you mean by "accurate." Most (probably 90% or more) of Mega Bloks elements have identical, or at least functionally identical, LEGO elements. However, there are a number of Mega Bloks elements that you can only approximate with LEGO elements. For example, Mega Bloks hinges rotate around the center of mass ...


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It uses train wheels which means it should work on Lego track. Sources: Bricklink set inventory LEGO Building Instructions lookup


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Yes, you can use all RCX sensors and motors with a NXT brick. Don't forget about lamps, too. The connections are different though, so as Ambo100 says, you will need converter cables. However, if you don't want to pay the full price for them, you can also make some yourself which isn't really that difficult. The other thing you need to consider is how to ...


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You can absolutely run RC and PF trains on 12V track. You can leave out the center conducting rail since it won't be delivering any power to the train, unless you are planning to run both 12V and remote trains. The main LEGO train sets have all used the same rail gauge, which is the main thing that matters. If you'd like to use both your 12V track and the ...


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To answer your question, no there is no such plate with DUPLO tubes on the bottom and LEGO studs on top. HOWEVER regular LEGO and DUPLO are completely compatible - as long as the regular LEGO bricks are at least 2x2 studs. Just cover the DUPLO table with regular LEGO bricks and you are done...(c; You could actually use regular LEGO plates too, however the ...


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In short, yes it's perfectly safe to run your old 9v motors from your Power Functions battery box. This excellent online reference has a lot of information on various LEGO motors. Both the old 9v train motor and the Power Functions train motor are listed. The information on the site shows that the characteristics of the two motors are very similar with the ...


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It is designed to handle curves that are found on CITY track. Here is the detail from middle car. There is tongue and groove that allows the middle wheels to slide left and right to enable curves. I will post a video of a powered train pushing it, if needed.


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Mindstorms is essentially Technic and Lego parts with electronic components built in to them. So the answer is yes.


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LEGO itself does not make specific firmware/software to support other devices other than the official NXT brick but... ...you can still use Arduino and Raspberry Pi (and more) with the NXT components including the NXT brick. Personally, I mix LEGO and electronics all the time. Arduino & Raspberry Pi are flexible development platforms and they can ...


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It appears that the goal of the nanoblock producers is to make "the world’s smallest toy building blocks"1. And they appear to be too small to be compatible with lego. See the following video comparisons of the sizes. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Cobnr8fWTY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9QXGP837-dU 1. http://www.mynanoblock.com/site/?page_id=2


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To a degree, Yes. The tram works well on straight pieces of track. It doesn't look like the tram was designed to be used with CITY track. The wheel axles are fixed to one point so they cannot navigate curved pieces of track easily. A simple modification should be able to fix this.


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It's more or less obvious that tracks themselves are compatible, although blue rails won't go on dark gray sleepers, which isn't really a problem. You may want to use more sleepers under blue tracks to stabilise it, although the 12v inserts help. Mixing blue and grey track and inserts shouldn't be a problem, should you wish to do so. Motors are also ...


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The best solution is to create custom LEGO-compatible bricks that your servos (or other parts) fit into. This can be done by: modding existing bricks with knives, glue and other tools building bricks from other material (wooden LEGO, formed with Fimo/Sculpey...) building bricks with a 3D-printer (for instance see the LEGO category on thingiverse). There ...


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The PF train motor has the same size and shape as the previous 9V Motors, and a lot of people are happily substituting one for the other. The Emerald Night, however, doesn't use that motor, so there your job will be much more tricky. Usually people change the tender to add two 9V motors there, but the wheel train of the engine tends to derail fairly easily ...


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I think RC devices are not compatible with PF devices due using different IR protocols. For instance, see this forum thread for more explanation. Also this cool site. Summarizing, RC and PF can use the same rails RC and PF cannot use the same remote controllers RC and PF uses different engines: RC places it in bogie (as 9v do) PF places it in body


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The EV3 will run old sensors, motors, and lego bricks. I am sure it will run NXT 2.0 and NXT 1.0 motors, sensors, and etc. but not sure for RCX.


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In my opinion, LEGO must follow clone brands very closely, and this for a number of reasons. The first, which is obvious and has already been mentioned, is that they want to protect their own intellectual property. As such, they'll want to take legal action as soon as possible when one of their trademarks/copyrights is infringed. The second one is actually ...


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There are several Chinese companies making DUPLO clones, many are listed in this fascinating article by Anthony Tomkins of UK LUG The Brickish Association. Communist LEGO, a review of some Chinese copies


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Mega blocks can stand on any Lego plate just as good as Lego figures. This is demonstrated in this battle scene between Lego and Mega Blocks figures: mega bloks halo vs. lego star wars clones Before you play this, I advice you to turn down the sound a bit...



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