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Kind of. From the LEGO Group's Corporate Responsibility report: Guideline for weapons and conflict in LEGO experiences A large number of LEGO minifigures use weapons, and are – assumedly – regularly being charged by each others’ weapons as part of children’s role play. In the LEGO Group, we acknowledge that conflict in play is especially prevalent ...


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2006 Lego's official position on this technique was explained at Brickfest 2006. Jamie Berard, then a relatively new designer in Billund gave an excellent presentation on why certain techniques are considered "illegal" in official sets. The basics message is that building techniques should: not stress the bricks be suitable for the target audience of the ...


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In the 60s, Lego did produce a separate system for architectural modelling called Modulex which used a 1:1 ratio 5mm cube as its basic brick. It wasn't successful and was discontinued in the late 60s. I believe the 6:5 was chosen so that studs could fit into the geometry. Related: why the plate is 1/3 of the brick's height. By adding two plates to the ...


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I found this interesting comment by J on a blog post about LEGO female oriented sets. I did a count of male and female mini-figures by theme in the 2011 releases for which we have visual evidence. The modular house line always tends to be more balanced so there’s still potential there but the City theme is particularly bad this year. Here’s the ...


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I'm not too sure how to answer that. I don't want to modify any brick whatsoever myself, save for the occasional eletrical wire cut, but on the other hand I don't really care what other people do. Considering LEGO designers aren't purist themselves (Need this part in green? Ok, I'll paint a yellow one.), why bother? Why not cut your own baseplates to the ...


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I can't provide a list of all the minor changes, but I can at least tell the most significant change made in the history of the basic 2x4 brick (which applies to all other bricks and parts, too): 1963: Material changed from Cellulose Acetate to Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS)* In general, there are no essential changes made: a brand-new brick still ...


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Here you go, from a scan of a 1985 catalog at Retroist. (I'm still looking for a version without the Retroist URL smeared across the bottom.) The text reads, verbatim: Dear Parents and Children LEGO® is a brand name that is very special to all of us in the LEGO Group Companies. We would sincerely appreciate your help in keeping it special by ...


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Some of the earliest "LEGO brick" sets I could find were these three on BrickLink from 1954: As other answers have noted, there were earlier sets than this, but they were referred to as "Automatic Binding bricks". It wasn't until 1953 that the bricks were officially renamed as "LEGO bricks" (i.e. "LEGO Mursten"). These sets were using precursor designs ...


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The minifigure is so-called because the original LEGO "Family" figures that were released in 1974 where somewhat larger, with bodies made from 2x2 Bricks, and arms made from hinged tubes. There's a bit more of a condensed history in the minifigure tag wiki, and there is a bit more information about the minifigure as we know it today in the Company Profile ...


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Their position has shifted over the years, in response to changing attitudes as well as commercial pressures, and the rising age of LEGO enthusiasts! Originally LEGO bricks were only available in bright primary colours e.g. red blue and yellow, with the conspicuous absence of green, aside from baseplates. It seems quite likely that this was a deliberate ...


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The sizes are: Regular lego. Duplo. Intended for younger children than regular Lego. Bigger than regular lego, and compatible with regular lego. Still produced. Quatro. Intended for younger childern than Duplo. Bigger than Duplo, and compatible with Duplo. No longer produced. Primo. Intended for babies. Bigger than Quatro, and compatible with Duplo with ...


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Q: All of the LEGO catalogs are signed by Susan Williams. Is she a real person? A: No...Susan Williams is the personifcation of all those helpful Consumer Affairs people who work at LEGO. As for whether or not there ever was a Susan Williams at LEGO, we're not sure. http://www.lugnet.com/pause/legoqa.html


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Is there something particular about LEGO as a building toy which inspires this way of thinking? Of course. LEGO is reusable. It's high-quality, durable, and you expect it to last many years. You might keep a construction together for some time, but always with the potential of being disassembled and turned into something else. Modifications like ...


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I believe that war sets have not been allowed from day one at lego, with the oft-quoted reason that Ole Kirk Christiansen did not was to reduce war to a 'state of child's play.' He was also reportedly a pacifist, and I have found a source stating that while lego may produce generic gun pieces, they will never directly model a contemporary gun, or likewise ...


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First, LEGO did at some point reissue some sets (the "legends" series), but then stopped doing so, and it's likely they found out it was not really that interesting to do. The reasons why would be pure speculation, but at the very least building techniques and available parts do evolve in a way that older sets wouldn't be able to compete with recent ones. ...


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You can find some of The LEGO Group's financial information in their annual report. Note that the financials are in Danish kroner, so you'll need to do some currency conversion. For example, the net profit for 2012 was 5.6 billion DKK, which works out to about 1 billion USD. I'm not aware of a reliable way to get official sales numbers for individual ...


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This IS a subjective question and answer, but here is my take speaking as someone who got a start with LEGO toys in the 80's it came down to this: The minifigs for non-LEGO brands were terrible and incompatible! Nothing beats the lovable, quirky shape to the official minifigs. You often had to construct differently for the different dimensions of the ...


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Please forgive the length of this but I was careful to check all the facts from the graphic and include source information. All information in this infographic, except for those that follow below, can be confirmed from the Wikipedia.org page devoted to minifigs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lego_minifigure. I would not deny that Wikipedia can contain ...


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Modulex bricks were produced by LEGO mainly for architects as the dimensions were more easy to scale up (they are 5mm in all directions). You can find a full history (which I confess I didn't read) here In time, Modulex started to focus more on signage and separated from LEGO, but it still exists nowadays.


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A detailed timeline of Lego's history is layed out here dating back to the initial birth of the company. We see from this that the first Lego-like bricks was the Kiddicraft Self-Locking Building Brick marketed by Hilary Fisher Page in England in 1947. This was the forerunner to Lego, and in 1949, the Lego company begins production of Automatic Binding ...


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So far, the best I can think of is the red classic space guy which appeared in 46 sets. Considering minifigs were less specialized back then, I bet the winner is in that time period anyway, and the fact that spacemen wore an uniform makes me think there is no other minifig apperaing in 46 sets. Even the basic city worker only reaches a pale 21 sets.


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The Technic minifigures last from 1986 to the year 2000. As far as I'm aware LEGO haven't released a statement on why the figures were removed. Minifigures are expensive and using them limits Technic sets to a certain scale. Having a dynamic sense of scale allowed Lego to create the £9.99 ($10.90) 8045 and the £61.65 ($89.99) 8295, two variations of the ...


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I sent the question to LEGO customer support and they replied: The LEGO Duck became a classic icon because it was the first LEGO toy ever to be released. We do not have any lists of where would sell this product however I imagine it would be sold at some antique markets or antique shows so keep a look out! We do not have any idea for how ...


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In most cases they would be reused in other parks, donated to LEGO retail stores, auctioned for charity or hidden away from park visitors. As a last resort, LEGO models can and will be recycled to create new bricks. The LEGO auction site, Bricklink has a fairly hidden place to trade glued models and retail displays.


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it absolutely looks like the triforce of the video game series "Zelda". There also was a Zelda-Cartoon in the late 1980s / early 1990s. To this point, it seems to fit to your memory - but sadly theres no connection to spaceships, so i assume you where thinking of something else. maybe this question would better fit to scifi- or movie-stackexchange, as it's ...


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I can't find a link to substantiate this, but a quality assurance representative from LEGO mentioned at a BrickWorld presentation a few years ago that worn out molds are buried on the factory property in Denmark in concrete. If anyone else can find substantiation for that, I'd love to see it.


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Browsing through the price guides available for the various classic colors of the 1x2 Brick Without Tube part on Bricklink it would appear that the answer is generally yes. The Average US sale price in the last 6 months is about double for the classic 1x2 Brick Without Tube vs the modern 1x2 Brick (with tube) with the exception of Yellow which goes for a bit ...


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Seems to have really come into use this year. The Winter Village Post Office (pages 65-66) set also uses it for a larger piece with a SNOT block holding the window roofs on:


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What is the reasoning to why one might build using solely LEGO? Is it just an affectation, or is there some deeper meaning? Is there something particular about LEGO as a building toy to which inspires this way of thinking? I am interesting in understanding both sides of the argument. I agree that this question is highly subjective, but it reminds me of ...



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