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Fading — Keep bricks away from natural light to avoid colour fading. (Models in Legoland Miniland are subjected to year-round weather. The chemicals in the plastic bricks are broken down by UV light.) Heat — Keep bricks at room temperature in a dry place (like a cupboard). The melting point of a brick shouldn't be a concern 105 °C (221 °F). Dust — Store ...


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I have to disagree somewhat with the other answer in that I do not think it is quite as cut and dried as a simple "no". There are several factors to consider: How old is the glass in the windows in the room? Older glass tends to be less effective at UV diffusion/blocking though really if the glass has been made in the last 50-70 years it's probably fairly ...


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I prefer what I call the "block" method. You can get to almost every piece in less than 3 steps. I was inspired by this: http://www.evilmadscientist.com/article.php/efficientlego


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I know of no desktop applications that have functionality like Rebrickable, but an API has recently been released which would enable any applications to integrate with the site and display this kind of information. I know of one such application currently being developed but not ready for release yet. disclaimer: I created Rebrickable.


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I take 2 of these: Place 2 pins in the holes And then sandwich the loop of string between. It works well and you likely have the pieces lying nearby.


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I took all my blocks out and layed them out on a table. This took a few days actually. From there I purchased a plastic storage container from an IKEA type location, that had multiple bins that slid in. It looked a lot like this: They are intended for crafts, but Lego is a craft too! From there I sorted it like so: 2x2 bricks 4x4 bricks Flat pieces ...


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The LEGO company has indeed regularly issued storage solutions. They may be great for kids (the latest ones are brick-shaped), but let's face it, for serious fans they are mostly pointless. And expensive. Depending on the size of your collection and your sorting method (which is another debate, but remember to sort by form first, not by color), you'll want ...


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After researching the question further via some local AFOL, the answer appears to be "No". The tube/stud system remains robust if stored in a connected state. Connectivity issues arise after the studs/tubes begin to wear down due to excessive usage or the elements become cracked. Simply storing a model intact does not lessen the life of the bricks. However, ...


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Store them in a place with no direct sunlight shining on the block to avoid bleaching. Also, make sure it isn't getting too warm (>50°C) - that's about all, the standard LEGO bricks consist of ABS, which is very robust. In conclusion, the ideal place is dark and has as least fluctuation in temperature as possible: put your LEGO in a box/chest and store it ...


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This may sound odd, have you considered using an upside-down fish tank? I've actually seen this used in the past after the former occupant died. It was only a smaller model on a baseplate, but the width of the glass for the tank managed to fit inbetween the studs on the baseplate and worked quite well. Granted, stacking them could produce an issue, and you ...


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Think about what causes the stickers to deteriorate: Heat loosens the bonds in the glue, which results in stickers pealing. Exposure to natural light will cause the colours in the stickers to fade over time. Unlike LEGO bricks, stickers fade faster under natural light. With those points in mind, keep stickers in a cool, dry, place away from sunlight ...


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I'm a big fan of Simon Sheehan's answer, and use a bunch of those myself for a lot of those small "technic" LEGO pieces. But once your collection grows too big, it's time to dedicate a wall to your collection: I find these at Global Industrial Supply: These clear tilt-out storage bins are stackable and sturdy and just about perfect to catalog your ...


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While the LEGO plastic elements are very durable and should be considered as safe as long as they remain in their box, the boxes themselves are much more vulnerable. As you mention, direct sunlight may be damaging to the printing, but you'll also need to be wary of humidity and possible shocks. As a minimum, I'd recommend storing them in another cardboard ...


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I've used those stack-able organizer cases for years. They are great for storage and access to the parts is a lot easier than in drawers. Another big advantage over the drawer-organizers is how easy they are to transport. You might have noticed that they are now empty. That's because my kids are now 7 and I've decided to mix my Lego blocks with theirs ...


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For physical manuals, I personally like to use clear presentation sheet protectors similar to the ones that @BradC mentioned. Regarding organization, I place the ones that I refer to frequently in some binders, sorted by theme, while sets that I don't use as much go into a set of hanging file folders. If you don't mind electronic storage, you could download ...


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It appears from the photo that there may be some "blooming" where the axles have changed color? You say you rinsed them, but I wonder if you noticed whether the axles felt oily or sticky at all beforehand? This would be consistent with the kind of deterioration that is common with Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC), a kind of plastic that was once common in toy ...


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Another option may to be store them inbetween the pages of a heavy book. This would have the advantage of keeping them flat, as well as cool and dry. The book would need to be kept dry as well, as if the pages got damp they could stick together and make it impossible to get the stickers out. The downside is that you'll need to remember which book it's ...


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I have some standard Red 2 x 4 Bricks that have been stuck together in the same configuration since the early '90s, I just separated one and tested it compared to another Red 2 x 4 Brick from the same era, (and probably the same basic building set), but stored loose, and I could not discern any real difference in clutch power. This is of course highly ...


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I had my childhood lego in a bucket for about 20 years. After opening it up again, I didn't notice any real damage. The older part molds for some pieces are more prone to breaking as they have thinner connections etc, but just because they were in storage does not seem to have affected anything.


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I'm not sure exactly how many lights you are looking for, or the exact effect you are trying to create, but you may be able to get what you want using individual LEDs: These have a diameter of 5mm, so the nose is able to fit snugly into an antistud. I've used them successfully in Technic holes and Erling bricks. The main advantage here is that you can ...


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Just keep them away from children, and store them on the shelf. the boxes are very easy to dust off, and they will not be harmed form the dust. Also, do not put anything heavy on top of the LEGO boxes! I have had experience with this, and it leaves a crease in the box. Actually, you should not out ANYTHING on top of the box, unless it is another empty LEGO ...


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My first LEGO set was a police station I think from 1976 where I was 2½ years old. This and many other bricks (have around 50-60kg) have been stored in cardboard boxes, in the attic for years and now my son and I are playing with them to great fun for the both of us. Some of the bricks have some wear and tear, but overall the majority is looking just as ...


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That would not happen naturally. I have Technic (actually, Expert Builder, to give you an idea of how old they are) axles that are probably 25-30 years old and look like they were purchased yesterday. At times they have been stored in a hot, humid attic in New York City, reaching temperatures over 120 degrees F. What maybe happened here is some oil or other ...


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Where do you live and how the bricks were stored? I see 2 hypothesises. Chemicals affecting the axle plastic. If they are made of a different recipe than the usual ABS, it could explain why only them were affected. On high enough temperature (in a car, on a summer sunny day would be enough to affect lego bricks). If the bricks were exposed to light. it ...


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Whatever you do, keep in consideration light will discolor your bricks put in display. I had a little A-Wing model standing on a computer for a couple year and surfaces exposed to sun light discolored. The exposure doesn't need to be direct. see this article about the topic


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I searched around on dafont.com, fonts.com, and myfonts.com but didn't find anything. However, I found this post on the eurobricks.com forum from 2008, which links to this page: http://www.house42.com/2008/09/17/legorama-fontstruct-font/ This font (and its variants) are all available for download as TTFs (free account registration required): Legorama ...


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When I moved house, I just sealed the gaps in a bunch of packing boxes with duct/packing tape, and put the storage bins in there - that way if anything did escape from the bins it wasn't going to get lost from the box. I would say though that in general my collection wasn't organised in anyway, although there were a few built sets that survived fairly well. ...


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I once built a white piggybank that was standing in a room for several years, also with indirect sunlight. It was discolored to a yellowish color after a couple of years. As @Nathan said, white is more affected (at least more noticable) than other colors. The window in the room had UV filter (although maybe one of the first that came on the marked, so not ...


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Yes, but not very noticeably or quickly. Keeping bricks assembled will always create stress on the bricks, and will gradually warp the plastic. However, the rate at which clutch power is affected, and to what degree is unclear, and depends on other conditions. My most pronounced experience with this was a set (6085) that I purchased which had likely been ...



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