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Lego baseplates are made from ABS plastic, like most of the opaque rigid plastic Lego elements since 1970. ABS is a thermoplastic consisting of a styrene monomer with the addition of an acrylonitrile momomer and a butadiene monomer. There is no PVC or vinyl present. I suggest reviewing this thread for more on laser-cutting ABS. It is not a trivial matter to ...


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The latest annual report on the LEGO Groups site (2012 at the time of writing) states the following: Research and development activities Each year, new launchings account for approximately 60% of the LEGO Group’s sales to consumers. Therefore, the Group has considerable development activities, comprising anything from trend spotting and ...


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I suggest calling Lego customer service (1-800-835-4386) to ask them about a bulk order. Professional "brick artists" like Nathan Sawaya buy their brick directly from Lego. The bulk prices are decent as well. For example, through the LUGbulk program, we got 2x4 bricks for about 9.6 cents each (these sell for $0.30/ea on the Pick-a-brick website). Also, here ...


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I found them. The capes were packaged in a small, square, white, cardboard box. Apparently the little box came with the set, and someone else took the innocuous box, assumed it was trash, and put it on our recycling queue. Considering the capes are the only items out of stock besides the Cave Troll, it is possible others may be simply dismissing the box, ...


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I have not heard of this problem before and I'm a member of several LEGO communities. However it is quite possibe that a batch is missing the parts, or even just your one box. I would suggest that instead of trying to get the replacement parts online, just call customer service and get them that way. Perhaps they are holding back on online stock because they ...


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I have a set that has an error in the original instructions. 7184 Trade Federation MTT has a double sided page of the correct steps as below. The original basically used a 1x6 in place of the 2x6. I am not sure if the correction was because the model design was modified to be more sturdy or if the maker of the instructions got it wrong, but when I tried ...


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(fair warning: I work for a 3D printer company [Type A Machines]) I thought this cross-posting up on the RepRap forum would be useful here: http://forums.reprap.org/read.php?1,114024,114024 Summarizing that post: It is possible to 3D print lego-compatible parts on desktop 3D printers, but with caveats: The fit will likely never be as tight as real legos. ...


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As you can see from other answers, it may prove easier to try to get genuine LEGO bricks and there are numerous possibilities to do so: As mentioned in OddTodd's answer, the LUGBulk program may be an option, but you'll need to find a local LUG and convince them of the parts you need. As seen in the comments, limits may be an issue. Contacting the LEGO ...


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In a recent document about the Pick-A-Brick cups comparisons, there was a segment that caught my eye. (bottom of page 7). Official LEGO stores also sell a $70 box of a single piece type. This isn’t something they advertise, but you can ask what they have available and they will sell it to you. It’s also called a “K2 box.” Measuring the volume of ...


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Unfortunately, I'm not aware of specific factories that are currently tooled to make compatible bricks that you could get in touch with. I have noticed an eBay user that consistently sells Canadian made compatible basic bricks, so it might be worth contacting them to see if you could work out a deal. There are also many companies who will do custom ABS ...


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This sounds like something to ask the corporate offices. They may be able to arrange shipments that even the LEGO stores can not. For instance, Thomas Nielson is the VP of manufacturing at TLG http://dk.linkedin.com/in/thomasnielsen?trk=pub-pbmap If the stores can't get it to you, go to those who supply the stores. It certainly sounds like you generate ...



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