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37,112 times Well I did it. I built a machine to test this. It took 10 days until the LEGO at the bottom couldn't stay on anymore. Check my blog for more details


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No, they are not meant to come off (and neither are their hands) and I imagine that doing so repeatedly will cause them to become loose, as is the case with hands. I have noticed that the hands come off a lot easier nowadays compared to 1970s/1980s vintage Lego, but I'm rarely sadistic enough to rip their arms off :)


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Tristan Lostroh did an exhaustive test of both studded beams and stud-less beams with and without connections. Here are his results: Studless beams are better in tension than studded Studded beams are better in transverse than studless Studless beams are stronger in transverse with the pins on the side Connections to other components will fail ...


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ABS maximum temperature is 80C (176F) and melt at 105C (221F) Polycarbonate plastic used for transparent bricks melt at 267C (512.6F) Since a candle flame has a temperature in excess of 1000C (1832F). I would advise against making a candle holder of LEGO bricks. Plastic types are explained on this question.


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The optimal clutch power is attained after 8 to 10 couplings(search for "clutch"); that is, before that, the bricks will sometimes cling a little too much on each other. However, I don't think anyone ever actually stated when clutch power would start to deteriorate. I'd tend to assume that once the optimal clutch is reached, there is just enough plastic at ...


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Each time I've heard someone from LEGO speak about quality, they tend to insist on on simple message: they can't do anything on a problem they don't know about. This may seem very obvious, but they feel it needs to be repeated anyway. What this means is that they want every single customer with any quality problem to actually report it. Apart from the fact ...


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I did it regularly as a kid and, while it takes some effort, it had to be done a considerable amount of times for any damage to appear. Removing arms allows for more variety in your minifigs, but also to use these elements separately for other purposes (never underestimate the usefullness of a single hand, or the architectural value of a torso). Also, note ...


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This was a common problem with ball sockets in Bionicle figures released between 2007 and 2010. The first wave of Hero Factory figures, which the pictured elements are from, also used this style of socket, as well as regular bricks with ball sockets released during that time. The problem has been addressed by The Lego Group, and the new ball socket elements ...


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I'm not sure there's any official answer for this, however I can answer with an anecdote. There have been a few times where I've come across old bricks that have been assembled together for a very long time (ie many years). When prised apart, I've spotted that the studs have actually made an indentation on the sides of the tubes. Based on this, I wonder ...


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Try to keep the track in mint condition. For example, don't expose it to extreme heat or cold. Keep it away from any pets or children who don't know better. Looking at some pictures, it seems that the vehicle on the monorail runs on a gear. Try interchanging gears every so often so that the gears don't wear and the teeth don't get bent or break.



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