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The Millennium Falcon has been so popular there appears there are six known sets, and seven versions. Four of which share the exact same product name. Millennium Falcon, 2000 (7190) 600+ pieces Millennium Falcon, 2003 (4488) Microscale version with only 87 pieces. Millennium Falcon, 2004 (4504) 900+ pieces (New minifigures with the flesh skin colour). ...


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You're probably the only one who can answer that question, but here are a few thoughts anyway. If you're interested in mechanic complexity and how machines work, Technic is indeed a good way to go. And as you hint, it can evolve into robotics, whether with a NXT or with anything else you fancy. If you're after building complexity, I wouldn't recommend the ...


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It isn't a mistake. Lego weighs the bricks in each box to ensure that the right components are present. However, it is difficut to weigh the smallest pieces accurately. If Lego tried to get the component count spot-on there is the danger that they would miss the very rare occasions when one of these small pieces was left out of a box. It would be bad for ...


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In 2008, LEGO released an exclusive Creator model of the Taj Mahal, with 5922 pieces, the most in a commercial LEGO set. It is no longer available at the LEGO Shop, but it's still commercially available from other retailers. Here's its Amazon product page.


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I once had an acquaintance who worked at Lego as a product designer (I don't remember his exact title). His job was, simply put, to come up with new sets. There are some general constraints – balancing the different Lego worlds/themes (contemporary, pirate-age, Star Wars, Harry Potter, etc.), hitting certain price points/box sizes (limiting the number of ...


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That part is the new Brick Separator which LEGO includes in most bigger sets: It's not part of the construction itself, but is a tool to allow you to easily disassemble constructions. You can compare it with the older version in this question on how to separate 1x2 plates.


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In addition of the already mentionned Blacksmith shop and the three first LEGO factory sets (5524 — Airport, 5525 — Amusement park and 5526 — Skyline, combined from the 10 winners entries of the contest), the following sets have been designed by fans: 10190 — Market Street was designed by Eric Brok. Eric sadly passed away a few month later. 10183 — Hobby ...


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The LEGO Direct team's answer to this question is on brickset: Since its release in 2010, 10213 Shuttle Adventure has proven to be very popular! Although the model was designed for a 16+ target audience, our consumer call center has brought to our intention that many younger children have been building and playing with the model. As a result, ...


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(M) = Microscale Harry Potter 4841 Hogwarts Express, (M) 40028 Mini Hogwarts Express 4755 Knight Bus, (M) 4695 Mini Harry Potter Knight Bus Modular 10182 Cafe Corner, 10190 Market Street, 10185 Green Grocer, 10197 Fire Brigade, 10211 Grand Emporium, (M) 10230 Mini Modulars Pirates of the Caribbean 4184 The Black Pearl, (M) 30130 Mini Black ...


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It seems like you understand why there are unique minifigs, but I'll point it out explicitly anyway. Unique minifigs add character to sets, and add to playability. For example, I always wanted this guy as a kid: Without him, my pirates were just a leaderless band, but once they have a fearless leader with a peg leg and hook, things become a lot more ...


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As you've seen, the LEGO Friends sets are the latest theme aimed at girls, and are the only ones currently in production. Previous themes have included: Belville (1994 - 2008) - used many standard LEGO bricks, but the figures were much larger than Minifigures. Clikits (2003 - 2006) - a range of jewellery that can be used with LEGO System elements. ...


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I just put the box on my balance, and the weight is 275.26 gr. Yes, I have this in my shop.


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In the UK shop, there are currently two sets: The Unimog U 400 [set:8110] which uses the motorised "compressor" to supply the power (as opposed to the manual sprung pump). And the Tractor with Log Loader [set:8049] which uses the manual pump: The other sets that look like they have piston arms (such as [set:8043]) are actually using "linear ...


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As far as I know, designers work mostly with bricks only. They do have a desk and a quasi-unlimited supply of parts (which I think is actually not too exactly close to their desks), and usually use their imagination the same way a fan does. Something which fans don't do however, and which designers must do, is keep track of the price of the model they're ...


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ALL parts can be used for something other than the original theme. Here's an example of a use for the boat hull by Flickr user 2 Much Caffeine: There's also a rather humorous saying that goes: "All parts are space parts". It's equally applicable to any other theme.


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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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As well as the new colours (two new shades each of blue, purple and green), there are actually quite a few new parts in the friends sets. I think this is the complete list, but it's possible I missed one or two. (Let me know of any corrections. It's a big list!) Accessories (44) Friends Accessories Cupcake Holder Friends Accessories Cutlery Fork Friends ...


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Various minifigures are in included in: LEGO Chess Sets: Castle - 24 minifigures Giant Fantasy Era - 33 minifigures Knight's Kingdom - 24 minifigures Pirates - 24 minifigures Vikings - 24 minifigures LEGO Tic-Tac-Toe Sets: Castle - 10 minifigures Police - 10 minifigures Pirates - 10 minifigures Other LEGO Games: Ludo (a variant of parcheesi) - ...


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With the exception of evergreen themes like CITY and Duplo, it's not easy to predict when sets are released. Based on trends of the last 10 years, I've included the last 15 train sets that have been released in a table: At least one train set has been released each year apart from the year 2008. The table marks an average of 1.875 train sets per year. ...


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The red car that you mentioned is Mail Van (7820). There are a number of other trains in the picture including: 7730 - Goods train (the locomotive doesn't seem to be visible) 7710 - Push-Along Passenger Steam Train (just the cars) 7750 - Steam Engine with Tender (pulling the cars from 7710) 7814 - Crane Wagon 7760 - Diesel Shunter Locomotive ...


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I thoroughly enjoyed National Geographic's documentary - Megafactories - LEGO: It's one of the most popular construction toys in the world. In the age of unprecedented competition for their attention - from videogames to TVs to countless activities - children still spend over 5 billion hours a year playing with LEGO bricks. But building simple modular ...


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If I recall correctly, it started in 2007 with LEGO's initiative called LEGO Factory, where fans were invited to compete in designing models using LEGO Digital Designer. The winners would then have their entries made into the very first fan-designed commercial LEGO sets. Today, LEGO Factory is superseded by Design by Me. It follows a similar concept, except ...


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Your best shot is to identify individual piece and look them up on Peeron or BrickLink. Since both carry set inventories, you'll be able to find lists of sets in which the parts can be found. Try to start with more bizarre parts, chances are they are in a few models only. Once you're sure you've found a model for which you've all the parts, build it using ...


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I'll take a stab at starting to answer this one, but I'm pretty sure it's going to need some refinement as it goes along since the answer does not appear to be quite consistent across all themes. In general you can assume that a particular set will only be available for one year after it has been introduced. The exceptions to that general rule seem to be: ...


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A brief search led me to a very thorough blog post by Ruth Suehle on GeekMom, which includes the data and a Graph: Does It Feel Like Lego Bricks Just Keep Getting More Expensive? In her findings, she found that average cost per piece in 2011 is about US$0.12, down from a high in the '80s of about US$0.40 - these prices were adjusted for inflation, etc. ...


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It's an interesting question. As Joubarc stated there are multiple approaches here. But from my personal experience I would recommend a graduated approach into the Lego Technic. You should start with the sets on this page to see it you can find any kind of interest and to ensure you are not simply discouraged by the Lego Technic models. If you enjoyed the ...


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LEGO bricks aren't suitable for children under 3 as they are considered a potential choking hazard. LEGO also sell a DUPLO brand of construction toys which are twice the size of regular bricks. DUPLO bricks are designed for children aged 1½ to 5 years old.


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LEGO Group also did a range called LEGO Baby or Primo, which was pretty much suitable from birth. It's not currently in production, but does come up on ebay and the like now and again, and is slightly inter-usable with Duplo and hence standard LEGO blocks. Items ranged from things like this rattle, with chewable petals: To the more "advanced" building ...


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In this forum, I found a reply from the Lego Group in response to an email asking a similar question but related to the Mars Mission games: Thank you for contacting us and for your interest in LEGO® brand products. Unfortunately, because The LEGO Mars Mission line you inquired about has been discontinued from our current product line, we do not ...



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