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Questions that relate to the history of The LEGO Group and it's products.

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What came first? Print or sticker?

Recently I learned that there seems to be no strategy in the LEGO design about when to use stickers and when to use prints in a given set. My question is what LEGO used first to decorate bricks: ...
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When did LEGO Minifigure Leg mold designs change?

I am trying to identify the changeover dates for different minifigure leg molds. e.g. a figure from 1978 has no visible seams on the legs figures from the late 1980s have visible seams, but it might ...
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When did Lego switch from 4 to 6 stud width of Windscreen?

All my old sets have cars with windscreen 4 studs wide. No matter if it is a jeep, truck or what - cars was 4 studs, usually 3823 or 2437. Now, in most modern sets, car windshield is usually 6 studs ...
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Are there any books on the history of economic, marketing and design choices of LEGO and the company?

I am interested in the history of economic, marketing and design choices made by the company, that shaped the product line (or individual sets) and the LEGO experience that we all love. Preferably ...
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When did LEGO have a groove in the center tube underneath?

I have a bunch of bricks from my childhood, some have grooves in the tubes underneath, some have the old style bubble logo, some have square holes under the plates. I am interested in general ages of ...
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How big are original LEGO bricks? [closed]

How big are/were the original LEGO bricks? What about those sold in Canada from 1970 to 1985/1990?
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Why are pat pending bricks rarer and treasured more than patented bricks?

My mum and I share a love of LEGO, but she is a huge collector of LEGO with easily 100kg spread across the garage, her room and my nan's garage. When she gets time to sit down and sort through her ...
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Are there any army-related LEGO toys?

I don't recall ever seen a LEGO tank, a LEGO minifigure figure or any army-related LEGO sets. I know that there are LEGO toys that imply some level of action/fighting, from police sets, knights, ...
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Does the word Lego have anything to do with Latin verb lego?

When I started learning Latin and learnt the verb "legō" specifically (meaning, "I collect, gather"), I suddenly realized "Oh, so that's where the Lego name comes from!" and it made perfect sense. It ...
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When was the pink brick released?

I am a student researching Lego for an essay. I was looking at when the first pink bricks were released. I have researched and found that they were initially released between 1949 and 1956 and were ...
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What is TLC's (earlier?) “obsession” with dragsters about? [closed]

When thinking back, it seems that most of the time, Lego Town's racing subtheme featured a so-called "dragster" - a racing car with an elongated front. This impression is corroborated by checking the ...
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Averaged out, as of 2016, how many shapes has Lego introduced per year since brick 1?

Averaged out since Lego first began selling addictive bricks, and discounting the structural redesign of existing bricks (Like the 2x4. Tubes were added, but it was still a 2x4) how many shaped ...
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Was there ever cadmium in Lego bricks?

I remember a rumour from my youth in the late seventies / early eighties, that there was supposedly cadmium in older (relative to that time) Lego bricks. Searching for Lego cadmium yields quite a lot ...
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Does anybody have pictures of a minicon?

I first heard of a minicon in this question on LEGO Answers. I have searched in a variety of ways but I can't find any pictures or more than a side-mention of this on the vast Interwebs. There is a ...
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Why was monorail offered the way it was?

There have only been 3 + 2 official monorail sets by Lego. Three monorails: (Space, Futuron) Monorail Transport System (Town, airport) Airport Shuttle (Space, Unitron) Monorail Transport Base And ...
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Significance of the switch from Legoland to Lego System?

In former times, Lego boxes used to feature a diagonal Legoland label in one corner. (See, for instance, the box of the Space Police I capital ship, set 6986.) Later on (if I recall correctly, ...
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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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Does this 2x4 brick exist?

I've been working on a little history project to make a shadowbox/display-type thing of all of the major evolutions of the 2x4 brick over the years. (I know this can get really in-depth, and I'm ...
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Most common Lego piece?

I know there are many candidates for a rarest Lego piece, but: Is any specific brick truly the most common? Which? Which color? I've wondered for a long time about this. Make sure to include ...
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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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How do I know if this wooden LEGO duck is real?

I bought this wooden duck and I am wondering if this is a real LEGO item.
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When did the LEGO company begin?

When did the awesome LEGO company begin? Who created it? What was their purpose/goal? I think it would be neat to learn about this.
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When was the RCX 2.0 released?

I know that the original RCX was released in 1998 and the NXT was released in 2006, but when was the RCX revision 2.0 released?
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What year did the minicon “micro BrickCon” first appear at “BrickCon”?

It seems like minicons (a minicon is a LEGO display consisting of minilander figures looking at miniland scale tables populated by microscale MOCs) are popping up everywhere lately. The last known ...
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Giant LEGOs--that aren't QUATROs?

We got a big tub of secondhand LEGO bricks, and included was a random pile of what appear to be giant LEGO bricks. They are a bit bigger than DUPLO bricks but smaller than QUATRO bricks and have an ...
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Cracked LEGO torso [duplicate]

I recently discovered that my LEGO Legolas minifig from LEGO Lord of the Rings has two small cracks starting from the base of the torso on each side, but I wonder: will these cracks extend and damage ...
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What was the slot for in the 1950's slotted bricks?

Bricklink has a list of ancient bricks from the 50s that have slots in them. What was the purpose of the slot? Its positioning on various pieces suggests that there was something specific you were ...
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Does anyone have a picture of the Lego Club alphabet code from Bricks and Pieces magazine?

Somwtime maybe in the early eighties, I read a Bricks and Pieces magazine with a small panel showing the brick alphabet code and it would be great to have a picture of this if someone has it. This ...
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What products, if any, have ever been recalled by Lego?

The question says it all. Have there ever been any recalls of products by Lego? If so, what were they?
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When and why were pieces 3651 and 3652 discontinued?

Bricklink has piece 3651 as Axle and Pin Connector, while piece 3652 is Engine Piston Square 2x2. You could attach them to each other to form a piston. Service pack 5260, Connecting Rods and Stop ...
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Are these ATC bricks from the 1970's LEGO?

I have some Lego compatible basic bricks from early 1970s or late 1960s. Bought in Finland or maybe Germany or Sweden. Can anyone tell me more about them? As you can see, the interlocking mechanism ...
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Has TLG ever produced bricks without the LEGO branding?

Has LEGO ever produced bricks without the LEGO brand name on the parts, the packaging or both? I'm already aware of the following: Minitalia. Available in Italy in the 1970s. The bricks were ...
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Which was the first set / minifig with two faces to choose from?

Some of my minifigs (like Iron Man, and Bilbo Baggins, and Harry Potter) have two different faces to show different emotions (usually something happy and something unhappy or upset or angry). How long ...
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What are LEGO's best selling products?

I am doing a school project on LEGO. I have two questions for you. How much profit does Lego make each year? Also what products have been the biggest sellers and in what years?
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LEGO and fuel company commercial relationship?

Over the years LEGO has used a number of real-world fuel company names on its products: ESSO Shell Exxon. I'd be interested to understand the commercial relationship between LEGO and these companies....
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Which “Real World” Company was the first to have its' name featured in an actual (numbered) Lego set?

Excluding the Lego company, which "Real World" Company was the first to have its' name featured in an actual Lego set?
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When and where was the first “official” fan organized Lego Convention held?

I just attended BrickCon 2013 here in Seattle (I wore my new StackExchange T-shirt). When and where was the first "official" fan organized Lego Convention held?
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Old LEGO movies

As I remember, it was about 1990 maybe some years earlier, there were movies, made by LEGO, they were about 3 minutes long, maybe longer. It was of course not computer-generated videos but normal, ...
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Is the visual.ly infographic information about the minifigure reliable?

Visual.ly just release this awesome infographic about the LEGO minifigure. It this all correct information?
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List of prototype or unreleased themes

I recently discovered the unreleased "Seatron" theme as I was looking around for building ideas. After some searching, I also found the unreleased Europa theme which seems to be set in the 1700s and ...
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Lego with hollow posts underneath - dates?

When did TLG change the small posts on the underside of the modern bricks and plates , eg 1x6 and 1x4, to hollow ones?
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What minifig configuration has been included in the most sets?

Which minifigure configuration has been included in the most sets? I'm looking for the color of the head, arms, hands, legs, pelvis, and torso as well as the facial expression and any headgear. Please ...
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How do they decide when to remove an element from production, and what happens to the molds when they are retired?

We all know certain LEGO elements are no longer being produced. How do they decide when to remove an element from production, and what happens to the molds when they are retired?
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Where and when did the straight block letter LEGO logo appear on brick studs?

The LEGO logo that appears on the tops of brick studs has had several styles over the years. In the US, when Samsonite began manufacturing LEGO bricks, they apparently made some alterations to some of ...
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What was wrong with monorails?

From this answer: Then there's the whole problem of parts which are simply not in production any longer, and for which the cost of reproducing them would offset the potential benefits of reissuing ...
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Why doesn't LEGO bring back old series as they were “in the day”

As many of you probably can tell, LEGO has been rehashing old series and giving them a new twist (eg. Rock Raiders -> Power Miners, or whatever its called). Why doesn't LEGO actually make some of ...
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Why are they called “minifigs”?

Were larger-scale LEGO figures the standard at some point in the past? It just seems odd to me that they're called "mini" when they're basically the only kind of LEGO figures available (not counting ...
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What is the name of this Lego Blacktron anime/cartoon?

Once upon a time, in a distant past there was a Lego Blacktron series: The Lego Blacktron series has a logo/symbol, it's a yellow triangle with small black triangle inside. Now my question is: about ...
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What happens to the portions of large glued displays that aren't retasked into a different display?

When LEGOLAND dismantles a glued display, is it recycled into something other than LEGO, or do they have to be thrown away? I know certain portions of a display might be utilized again in a different ...
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What is the male:female ratio of gendered minifigures?

For many years now, Lego has provided more detail on the face and bodies of minifigures. One of the effects of this is that the usually visually gender-neutral minifigures of my childhood (with the ...