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Companies who make bricks that are compatible with LEGO bricks.

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In what ways are LEGO and Megabloks incompatible?

I know that the basic bricks of LEGO and Megabloks fit together, but was wondering if other elements do too. Such as: Plates Rods (Ones Minifigures can hold, not Technic) Right angle (such as Erling)...
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What LEGO clone brand are these with 4-peg studs?

I think this was a present in the mid-late 80s. Very sophisticated building blocks for top-view apartment-room design. They also had furniture and appliances. Can anyone tell me the brand etc?
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How to describe a building set which is like LEGO without using the “LEGO” word?

We are sellers of building toys like LEGO online. But their website does not allow using the word "LEGO" directly to describe the products. Are there any other words that could describe the building ...
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Is this a real Technic cloak?

I found a cloak piece in some used LEGO I bought from a former LEGO employee. The cloak does not say LEGO on it, but it fits perfectly onto Technic figures with a satisfying pop and matches the ...
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Are these bricks old Lego/Duplo clones?

Can anyone identify these bricks, which I suspect are Lego clones. They may be more than 30 years old. I bought them on ebay as Betta Bilda from Lego/Duplo dealer. Some BB was included, but these ...
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Are BanBao bricks compatible with Lego?

Does anyone has experience with BanBao bricks? BanBao World Are they compatible with Lego bricks? They have basic sets and plates which are at a good price.
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General guidelines to identify real LEGO pieces from fake or copy?

I see a lot of questions here about if a certain piece is really LEGO or not and this made me wonder if there is any guideline to follow to identify real LEGO piece from the duplicate or fake one? I ...
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What alternative LEGO-compatible toys are avaliable?

My kids love LEGO toys, but we find them expensive. Often, they get all the sets of a series, but keep asking for something similar. We have thus begun buying Mega Bloks and Kre-O, which include some ...
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Please help identify this 1980's, very odd, Non-Lego brick!

I have one more mystery brick to share, and it is a strange one. This brick is FIVE studs long, and the width is comparable to a regular 2x4 Lego brick. The inner tubes are also comparable, but ...
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How To Sort Out 3rd Party Technic Clones From LEGO Originals?

I've recently bought bulk parts, and wish to sort out the official LEGO pieces from the inferior quality 3rd party clones. On bricks I can easily spot-out the clones, becasue they don't sport the "...
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Is this skateboard piece LEGO?

I bought some second-hand Lego and it's a total mish-mash of parts. There was a small quantity of Mega-Bloks in it, but those parts always seem easy to identify. However, I'm stumped about this piece ...
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Are these LEGO Star Wars bricks genuine or fake?

I bought some LEGO pieces from eBay, and I'm not sure if they are genuine LEGO. I compared them with my LEGO, and every piece of my LEGO has the logo ©LEGO on it. However, only some of the ones I ...
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Which blocks are these with small round knobs?

I have few blocks remaining from the block set I got as a kid. It's not LEGO bricks, but I also couldn't find which block type are these and who is making them. Does anyone knows from looking the ...
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Are Nanoblocks compatible with other building bricks?

Recently I have found Nanoblocks, a Japanese brick toy, in American stores. How compatible are these with other building toys? They look to be approximately the same scale as Modulex.
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Late 1970s hospital and helicopter building brick set

I'm afraid I don't have a picture, but I am trying to identify a Christmas gift I fondly remember receiving as a child circa 1979. It was a 3-foot box of building bricks and the front picture showed ...
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Did LEGO ever make bricks without the LEGO logo?

While sorting my LEGO collection I found bricks with two different fonts and many without a font at all. I also found Tyco and Mega Bloks bricks. So did LEGO ever make blank bricks?
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Can anyone identify what kind of block these hinged blocks are?

They all link together. I added a normal Lego brick to compare size. I have had no luck with Google.
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Older compatible/clone brand with PB initials

I have quite a few bricks from a LEGO-compatible brand and would like to know more about the brand these are from. I have them since the very early 90s, if not earlier, so I would think they are a ...
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Help identifying tile piece

2 x 3 flat tile piece. Same size as 2 x 3 wedge plate but I cannot find anything listed with the smooth top. "P 9" marking on the back with "lego" stamp but no part id number.
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Which block manufacturer made this type of person in the 80s

I always thought this was LEGO, and played with it in my LEGOs my whole life (got this in the 80s) but found out recently that it is not LEGO. What brand is it? Who made it? He can hold lego tools, ...
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Looking for sets to use as components of a 1930s - 1940s European city

I'm planning to build a 1930s / 1940s European city (like Paris, London, Prague, ...). As buildings, I'm currently going for modulars that could pass for pre-1950 European buildings, possibly with ...
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How can I tell if minifigures are custom-made or LEGO Originals?

I see that on Amazon you can find a lot of minifigures but I can't tell if they are cheap knock-offs or not.
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Are miniature blocks (like Wise Hawk or lno) legal to buy online in Europe (Hungary)?

I bought some Wise Hawk mini blocks (about 100 pieces) for me and my family in Hungary online from China. But the customs office has seized it, saying it is an unlicensed copy of LEGO and I committed ...
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The controversy around clone brands

The origin of the self-locking building bricks Hilary Page was born in 1904 in Sanderstead, England. Along with several partners, Page decided to go into the toy business in 1932. In 1936, he began ...
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Please help identify this vintage (but non-Lego) brick!

It's time to play the "what brick is this" game, and this time our contestant is definitely non-Lego, yet vintage. This brick was in a small lot of early-60's Samsonite Lego bricks, and I am assuming ...
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Which type of LEGO bricks would be compatible with the Mega Bloks Blind Bag Figures?

My husband collects the Marvel figures which come in the Mega Bloks blind bags. His birthday is coming up and I'd like to build him a display for his Marvel figures. I'd strongly prefer to use LEGO in ...
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2x2 plate with round section and rubber bristles?

Very strange piece with soft rubber bristles. Bought in a misc box from a garage sale for my son and daughter.
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Who produces these sets of Venetian gondolas, and is there more of it?

While staying in Venice, Italy, I came across a shopping window with what looked like a LEGO set of a gondola - except that the familiar white letters in the red top left square said "IDEA" rather ...
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Help Identifying Mega Bloks Parts

I've bought a storage unit, and truly have no idea what these Mega Bloks are a part of. There are two blue domes, two green domes, and a bunch of what looks like tracks/road pieces.
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What is inside BuWizz 2.0?

I'm interested in Buwizz PCB and components. Can someone share good photos of the Buwizz PCB (both sides)? It will be very cool to see Buwizz 2.0 but older versions will also be good.
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Good manufacturer/market for clear (transparent) bricks and plates in bulk?

I never realized how rare clear bricks are! I'm looking for an efficient way to buy clear 2x4 (e.g. 3001) bricks in bulk. On BO, BL, and Peeron there are very small lots and prices close to $1 and ...
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Compatibility of maxi sized Mega Bloks

Maxi-size Mega Bloks are larger than Duplo. As far as I can tell they have two times the stud pitch and much larger studs: What, if any, compatibility is there between the maxi-sized Mega Bloks and ...
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MouldKing set 13132 - Original design, alternate build or cloned MOC?

It seems that Chinese clone brand Mould King will be producing a new set that looks a bit like LEGO's Disney Castle set (71040). It has two times as many parts, however, and unlike LEGO's Disney ...
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Which of these parts are LEGO elements?

I have saved up quite a few pieces of "plastic" which I am unsure about - can you tell me which ones are LEGO - I've included plates and a figure for scale.
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Are these parts really LEGO?

Hello, can anyone tell me if these yellow and red items are real LEGO parts? I have a sneaky feeling that they have made it into the LEGO pile via somebody 'selling LEGO bulk' but I don't want to ...
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Can anyone identify this piece for me?

It seems like this piece would be named "Octagonal Dish 2 x 2" but I can't seem to find it on any of the usual sites. Is this named something else or is it not a real LEGO element?
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Looking for instructions for this Mega Bloks Dragon Ship

I don't know the model #, but it's probably from the early 2000's. Looks like this.
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Grey Clone-Brand Brick With a Single Short Tube on the Bottom?

I've had this brick for a while, and I've long wondered what it is. It's a LEGO-compatible 2x4 brick, colored almost exactly the same as the old medium grey. There are no identifying marking, and the ...
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Is this a LEGO part? It looks very similar to a technic axle connector 2x3 with ball socket

I recently bought a bag of random LEGO pieces which contained some non-LEGO pieces. This piece looks a lot like a Technic axle connector 2x3 with ball socket (32174 / 60176 / 93571 / 89652) but not ...
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Build-A-Bricks Building Set

When I was a boy - 1940's-50's - I had a plastic building set called, Build-A-Bricks, or some such. It was for modeling brick houses. The pieces were similar to LEGO but larger and there were ...
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Are Bandai “Figmes” compatible with LEGO?

According to gizmodo Bandai is releasing a new line of "Figmes" that look astounding similar to our beloved minifigs. Here is the set: And here is one close up: Close up the hands look even better, ...
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Need help identifying helmet

I cannot identify this minifigure helmet I have. It looks like some sort of a biker helmet. This piece came in a bulk of parts, which are LEGO, however not entirely sure this is legit LEGO piece. It ...
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LEGO variant, or is it?

I'm in the early stages of sorting through a mothballed childhood collection of over 20,000 pieces mainly dating from about 1980 to 1992, some of which I will keep for my little boy to play within the ...
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Can you identify if this part is original?

Recently, I bought a LEGO part from Bricklink (Technic, Steering Arm with 4 Ball Joints with Black Wheel Hub (x872 / x873)). I'm not sure if it is an original part or not, because I don't see any ...
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How to best measure compatibility among Lego and clones?

A top complaint I see about clone brands is the quality: specifically the flimsiness of the plastic, premature discoloration, or poor fitting with either other bricks of the same brand or with Lego. I'...
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Which clone brand and set do these pieces belong to, rock platforms and castle walls?

Please help. What set is the rock platforms from and the other rock pieces? The castle walls too?
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Looking for instructions for Air Canada Mega Bloks polybag 99911/99912

When I was a child I received a Mega Bloks airplane set on an Air Canada flight. I still have most of the pieces but cannot find the instructions. The closest I can find is this eBay image of 99913 ...
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Does anybody know the LEGO number for this white ship with 6 wings?

Does anyone know the LEGO set number for this?
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What dark green and lime BIONICLE do I have?

If anybody could tell me what BIONICLE this is I’d greatly appreciate it, it’s driving me mad! 😡
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Are COGO and LEGO bricks compatible?

Is COGO compatible with LEGO sets, that is can I combine parts from both packages? My kid got a COGO set on his birthday recently, which we did not open because I think we can return and exchange (for ...