I just bought a bulk lot of second-hand bricks and found this odd one inside. It has a black panel on one side and when pressed it plays a screeching sound. Through the transparent purple top I can see two LEDs and a circuit board.

I'm guessing the battery is so low it can't make them glow and the chop isn't getting enough power to play the real sound. It has the LEGO brand on the bottom so I'm pretty sure it is genuine, but I can't identify the piece or the set it could have come from.

Once I identify the brick I'll try to find out if it can be opened without breaking it, so I can replace the battery.

Lego brick with battery inside

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This is part # bb0042 : Electric, Light & Sound Siren 4 x 2 x 4 Jack Stone

and here you can hear the sound

it is from Set 4621-1: Red Flash Station

don't know if the battery is replaceable

  • two dead links in this post :/ Dec 30, 2019 at 17:15
  • @X-27wantstoReinstateMonica Thanks! I've fixed the links.
    – jncraton
    Dec 31, 2019 at 1:31
  • URL with sound leads to webpage, which no longer has audio file available.
    – Alex
    Dec 31, 2019 at 15:49

If anyone is interesting in whether the battery can be replaced, the answer's yes-ish.

bb42 Disassembled

As you can see in the picture, it's powered by a CR2032. The only hurdle here is that it's welded to the contacts. Not insurmountable though. Also it was glued (or ultrasonically welded) shut, I had to put the orange part in a vise (with some cardboard to protect the plastic) and carefully yet forcefully pull it from side to side. I was surprised at how much force I had to use, so be warned.

EDIT: the fix and putting it back together

Because the top battery contact was spot-welded on, I had to pry the end a bit upward with a knife so I could grab it with pliers and sorta roll/pull the contact off, as you can see below.

Peeling off the battery contact

The battery's also glued to the circuit board, just gently pull it off making sure you don't pull the bottom contact off as well:

Prying off the battery

I don't have a picture of the next part, but it's pretty straightforward. I straightened the top battery contact so that the new battery would fit in between. Then I carefully put the circuit board back in the case, and pushed the new battery in between the two contacts (mind the polarity). It should be a very tight fit. At least in my case it was, and it was impossible for the battery to move. After that I put some really good glue (something like Pattex Extreme Repair, not a fan of superglue for this application) on the orange top of the case and closed the case.

I used a clamp to keep it that way for the next 24 hours:

Clamping it all together

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