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James May built a full-sized LEGO house for his TV show James May's Toy Stories on the BBC back in 2009 using around 3,500,000 bricks. Whether you'd actually want to do this yourself... During the episode they spent some time with engineering students working out the most load bearing configurations of bricks especially for the upper floor, as well as ...


The main restaurant in the LEGOLAND park in Windsor has quite a lot of LEGO creations in fishtanks. In the same park, the Sealife attraction 'Atlantis Submarine Voyage' has 50 species of sharks, rays and tropical fish that happily coexist with the LEGO models. Keep in mind that LEGO is safe from children saliva, which I'm willing to bet is more aggressive ...


No, you should not be concerned about lead. LEGO has always used lead-free colors in their elements, even back in the beginning. However, not all LEGO-compatible bricks are lead free. For example, Mega Bloks, which are made in China, suffered from the poor quality control that led to massive recalls over lead-tainted products a few years ago. David ...


What could be considered a safe limit that motors can endure for an extended period of time? Their rated voltage. Motors are designed to operate at their rated voltage indefinitely, or until they wear out, whichever comes first. Exceeding this voltage means you shorten the life of the motor. Your big enemy is heat. At some point, the amount of ...


The most important thing is to make you keep any swallowable magnet out of reach. This is potentially lethal if two magnets are swallowed and attrach each other from different part of the intestine, as unfortunately did happen to a kid a few years back with some other toy. That's why LEGO has completely redesigned train magnets to be completely encased in ...


The LEGO group pride themselves on their low product recall rate, which I believe generally only effects parts that break too easily or similar - often this is related to Primo or DUPLO components that are aimed at very young children. I'm not aware of a recall due to the chosen materials - as noted in this question the LEGO Group switched to their current ...


A health risk with old, well used hand me down bricks is the possibility of broken pieces and foreign objects like staples, glass shards, old batteries, (loose magnets!) and stuff being mixed in with the elements. It's always a good idea to check through them before you hand them over to the next generation of builders.


Nothing really worse than the newer kits, quite frankly. Below 3 years old, they tend to explore what the world has to offer by putting small bricks in their tiny noses. for these reasons, an adult need to be there all the time brick toys are in use. If the bricks happen to be the adult`s toy, rigorously stowing them away when not playing is in order.


If you want to know how many bricks you'd need, there is some site to help you calculate it.

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