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The first plastic bricks produced by TLG were in 1949, known as Automatic Binding Bricks. The bricks themselved did not have LEGO printed on them. By 1952 the Automatic Binding Bricks sets started having the LEGO logo (the small fancy one used on TLG wooden toys) in the lower right corner as an added decal, but continued having Automatic Binding Bricks ...
3652 Technic Engine Piston Square 2 x 2 This part was included in sets from 1977 until 1995, but it began to be replaced by 2851 starting in 1990: The main advantage of the newer piston is that it allows more pistons to fit in a smaller area of space. The piston is able to fit into the 2850 2x2 cylinder: The old piston required a brick-built 4x4 ...
There is a website that tracks price changes on Amazon, Bricklink and E-bay in order to try to compile an index. It has an interesting page called top retired sets, ranking sets by gain compared to initial purchase price. At the time of this writing it lists 6166-1 (a big tub of LEGO) as number one with 65% gain, and 7200-1 (final duel) as number two with ...
I think these are LEGO Jumbo Bricks from Samsonite. Left to right: normal brick, duplo brick, Jumbo brick and Quatro brick.
1977 When Technic was first introduced. Check out this alternative build of set 850:
There is a list of recent recalls on the Lego site, so that's a start. It contains two items: A specific version of the IR remote, typically used for trains. A one piece toy truck, only sold in the USA.
Apart from the family figures, there was also the 1988 Technic action figures set (8712), which stood about 2.5 minifigs high from memory. There have been a few iterations over the years up into the 90's.
Oh, I should have read further down the page. There were special panes of "glass" in frames that fit the slots.
The code was introduced as a puzzle in the spring 1981 issue and is explained in the summer 1981 issue. (Page 7 at the bottom of the page). the issue can be found found at: http://www.1000steine.com/brickset/miscellaneous/BricksAndPieces/1981-2%20Summer.pdf And here is the code: Enjoy!
The most valued sets, when not using price as a criterion, will vary from collector to collector, based on their interests. In my experience doing LEGO Customer Service, collectors of all ages tended to focus on particular themes. While the Ultimate Collector's Edition Millennium Falcon may be the most prized jewel to a Star Wars collector, it may have ...
ATC is the Asahi Toy Company from Japan. Here are the pages from their 1971 catalog showing some of their construction sets:
These cracks will often get worse over time as the legs are removed and replaced, or simply from normal play. Even if they don't get worse, the legs probably already have low clutch power which may be causing the legs to simply fall off. Given that LEGO is still producing a Legolas minifig, they will almost certainly be happy to replace that torso for you. ...
This really depends on how much you plan to use LEGO-las. If he's to be used just as a display or collectors item, he should be fine; to ensure safety, super-glue the poor elf's pants to his body. If you plan to make him hop around and destroy orcs on a regular basis, try super-gluing the cracks from the inside while the pants are removed or it will get ...
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