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Questions about the inter-compatibility of different brick sets, or between bricks and some other objects.

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Compatibility between vintage (80s/90s) Technic and current parts (motors etc)

I've recently got my old Technic out for my daughter (who's a little young for her own, but her Friends now drive around in a tank). If I start to acquire more, and more sophisticated, motors and ...
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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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Compatibility of maxi sized mega blocks

Maxi-size mega blocks are larger then duplo. As far as I can tell they have 2x the stud pitch and much larger studs. What if-any compatibility is there between the maxi-sized mega blocks and either ...
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Technic beam centering for beam with even length

I design stereo camera housing for robotics (3d printing). I want the housing to be able to connect to both LEGO Classic and LEGO Technic blocks. I designed 2 groups of 4x4 holes/pins on the bottom/...
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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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Was it once possible to put a 1x1 round into a minifig cup?

I remember being able to put a 1x1 round brick into the top of a minifig cup before my dark age (the period of time that a person stops building with Lego, up to the time they pick up the bricks again)...
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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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Are the different LEGO Xtra play mats designed to be used together?

It appears that the LEGO Xtra play mats come in three different varieties: It is clear that these are physically compatible, but are these intended to be used together, or are the three locales ...
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Is there a way to convert stud.io files into LDD files?

Is there a way to download stud.io files from Bricklink and convert them into a format that Lego Digital Designer understands?
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Is the NXT forward compatible with EV3 sensors and motors?

Is it possible to use EV3 sensors and motors with the NXT intelligent brick? I've read that the EV3 is backward compatible with NXT motors and sensors, but does vice versa work as well? Is the NXT ...
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Are the LEGO Friends Mini-dolls compatible with Minifigures?

I've seen the new LEGO Friends sets, and wanted to know if the Mini-dolls are compatible in any way with minifigs? I'd quite like to get some sets for the new colours however I want to ensure the ...
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Makeblock and LEGO PF cable synthesis

My 10yo son and I have ventured into the realm of taking our LEGO hobby up a notch with robotics. We have built the makeblock mbot and adapted LEGO bricks and want to incorporate the Power Functions ...
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Is it possible to build 3 or more concentric circles / nested circles / telescoping pieces?

There are round 2x2 pieces. There are round 4x4 pieces with round 2x2 holes, the 2x2 can slide/rotate inside of it. There are "macaroni" pieces to make an 8x8 circle with a 6x6 hole. But are there no ...
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Can I use RCX sensors and motors with the NXT brick?

I have a bunch of motors and sensors from the original Mindstorms set. It seems a shame I can't use these with the more recent NXT set. Are there any unofficial modifications that allow you to convert ...
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How to install Firmware 1.10E on an EV3 home/retail edition brick

If and how can you install firmware 1.10E on an EV3 brick from an home/retail edition set (instead of an education set)? Updates 1.0E9 are only recognized from the Mindstorm software, also with ...
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Are LEGO Clikits elements compatible with the brick system?

Are LEGO Clikits elements in some way compatible with the LEGO brick system?
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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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Working with Curved Bricks

I'm hoping to stack curved bricks. There are two slots along the edge to allow the bricks to be set on plates. These become unsightly when the bricks are stacked atop each other. Has anyone seen any ...
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Are there bricks sized between LEGO (classic) and DUPLO?

I am wondering whether there is a brick-type construction block toys on the market that would be sized between the LEGO (classic/original) and LEGO DUPLO. More specifically I am looking for a 3/4 ...
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How to convert LEGO base plate to a DUPLO base plate? [duplicate]

How can I convert a regular LEGO base to a DUPLO base? I have a table that cannot be changed and it has built-in LEGO baseplates, but I need it to be 100% DUPLO compatible. Any LEGO to DUPLO baseplate ...
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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 ...
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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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Are DUPLO blocks compatible with LEGO blocks in any way?

Can I build a model out of both DUPLO blocks and LEGO blocks? Do they fit together?
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Duplo Activity table to Lego System Table

We purchased a table with Duplo baseplates on top (activity table) for my son when he was 1 year old. He's now turning six and we would like to convert the Duplo top to the regular LEGO System top. is ...
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Is there a drop-in replacement for 4275 + 4276 hinge?

Both parts are not in production since 2008. Hinges in my sets are in various conditions, some of them are way too loose to my liking. No ones fault, I was active kid who built a lot. But now it's ...
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Can I still motorize Universal Building Set 8034 and other from that time?

Set 8034 was supposed to be motorized using 8700. Of course, this is way outdated and kinda pointless to buy motor this old. Current set for this purpose is 8293. Problem is, old motor was 5 studs ...
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Is 32013 a drop-in replacement for 3651?

In my old sets there are many 3651 parts that are broken. As far as I remember, these sets do not use studs on the piece. Per this answer, new piece with the same function is 32013: Can I just buy ...
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How can I mount a Dino head to a wall?

I would like to mount the head of the Dino Triceratops, Item No: 4465c01, onto a brick/connector so it would be possible to fix it to a wall or over a door entrance. Any ideas on that?
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Is Technic compatible with Mindstorms?

My wife bought me a Mindstorms NXT 2.0 for my birthday. I've been reading up on it from as many sources as possible however apart from the 9695 Education Resource Set which adds some additional bricks ...
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Connecting LEGO WeDo USB hub to portable Power Bank

Is it possible to connect the LEGO usb hub from education WeDo series to a portable power bank for power? WeDo USB Hub Portable Power Bank
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Can you interchange System and Technic LEGO?

My grandson would like to motorize his LEGO builds. Does the Technic motor pack only work with Technic LEGO or can he mix it with the regular sets that he already has? What should he start out with?
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Can 10153 9V train motor be powered by the Power Functions Battery pack?

I am currently making the switch to Power Functions with my Lego Train collection and am wondering if I can power the old 9v motors that I used with the metal rails, with a battery box from the power ...
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Can I use the old 12V rails with the remote trains?

I have a bunch of old 12v track. I am looking to get my son into LEGO, but I am thinking of getting the remote set so we can expand it some more. My question is, can I connect the new track to 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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Does the Mindstorms EV3 software work on macOS Sierra?

I guess this is a continuation of these two questions: Does the Mindstorms EV3 software run on OS X El Capitan? Is the LEGO Midstorms EV3 software compatible with OS X yosemite? macOS Sierra was ...
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Who else produces Duplo-sized blocks?

I gather that Mega Bloks Mini Bloks are the same size as Duplo, and are compatible with it. Do any of the other major brick manufacturers make similar bricks? Knowing the possibilities can help when ...
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Are creative play sets compatible with Duplo?

Are are the blocks in the Creative Play sets compatible with LEGO Duplo blocks? Also, are they the same size as Duplo, or Juniors or in between?
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What kind of track is the Emerald Night set compatible with?

According to What different types of lego train tracks exist?, there have been many different kinds of LEGO track. Which kind of track can I purchase that will be compatible with this train?
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Can the DUPLO My First Number Train fit on DUPLO tracks?

I have the My First Number Train set, pictured here. This set did not come with track. Other sets, such as My First Train set, pictured here, do come with track, but the wheels look different. Can ...
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Are there factories in China that produce raw LEGO-compatible blocks?

Nowadays Chinese are getting really good at making LEGO-compatible blocks. Some sets are really unique and of very good quality. But still - we got our own ideas. I wonder does anyone here know any ...
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Are there any LEGO base plates that are compatible with Duplo?

I'm thinking of making a LEGO table but my two children both use different LEGO sizes. My oldest uses normal LEGO and my youngest uses DUPLO. I'm wondering if there is a base plate that both types of ...
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Technic 8858 alternate model impossible to build?

I don't mean "difficult", I mean it appears to have an actually impossible instruction. Or am I missing something obvious? Here's the deal (pardon my lack of standard names for parts): I recently ...
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Connecting a webcam to NXT and streaming a video

is it possible to connect any webcam or modify it in such a way that the NXT controller will be able to stream a video to another computer? Iv'e seen there are special sensors for it, but I can't ...
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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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Why are Technic holes slightly smaller than studs?

We know that Lego studs almost never should be placed into Technic holes because studs are slightly larger and will stress the hole. However, why is there this discrepancy? Surely when Lego created ...
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Mega Bloks vs LEGO bases [duplicate]

Are Mega Bloks compatible with LEGO bases? Do they sell larger LEGO bases for them? I am making a table but want to use the correct base.
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Will LEGO Caboose (10014) work with LEGO Cargo Train (7939)?

Will the older LEGO Caboose (10014) work with the LEGO Cargo Train (7939)? I wonder if it will fit the newer track and if the magnet couplers will still work?
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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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Are the blue and grey 12v train system compatible?

Are the two generations of 12v train compatible? Eg can you combine a "blue" remote controlled point and a "grey" 12v transformer? Main motivation for this: I have a complete "grey" set of trains, ...
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Purchase of large blocks in South Africa

I have thousand's of small-single, two and four blocks but sometimes need to build larger structures and thus, would like to know were in South Africa I can purchase these larger blocks without all ...