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How were these building instructions from the 1970s produced?

Have a look at page 7 of the instructions for set 367, produced in the year 1975 (source: Peeron.com): How were these instructions produced? Were they hand-drawn or computer-generated? If the latter, ...
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How many different types of Lego bricks have been produced?

I was curious and wondering: How many different types of Lego bricks have been produced since the start of the company in 1949?
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Why was 4265 redesigned?

According to Bricklink, there are three versions of the part 4265: 4265a with teeth and tight-fit axle hole 4265b with teeth and loose axle hole 4265c without teeth and loose axle hole Looking at ...
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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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Why was LEGO reluctant to use additional colours for regular bricks in former times?

Looking back to what LEGO offered in the 1980s and early 1990s (oh, those memories ...), it looks a lot like LEGO's colour palette had been limited to a small number of colours - unless I'm missing ...
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By number of distinct colors, what official LEGO set has the most pieces?

A recent question shows the "monochrome" Steamboat Willie set actually contains about 20 colors. I was expecting fewer, maybe a dozen or so at most. So this got me wondering... By number of distinct ...
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What is the history of “Modulex” blocks?

I have seen a few very small models using something called "Modulex" pieces and have even heard that they are somehow directly related to LEGO? They don't seem to be around anymore so I was wondering ...
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What's the time on the LEGO clock tile?

I am reasonably confident that this tile is meant to be 2:57:38, but I am wondering if anyone knows why this time might have been chosen? I also recognize the Disney clocks all have a different ...
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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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What was or is the longest running Lego set?

What is the longest running Lego set, retired or still in production? I remember seeing set 7239 Fire Truck in the Lego catalog for years. That fire truck out lived three fire stations (7240, 7945, ...
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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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What is the basis of purism in LEGO building? [closed]

LEGO purism is the idea that LEGO constructions should be made with only with official LEGO blocks with no modifications. Other bits of plastic, papercraft, metal supports, and so on are frowned upon. ...
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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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What was the first Christmas themed Lego set?

For as long as I can remember Lego has been making Special Christmas themed sets every year. Advent calendars, Winter village sets, Christmas trains, and on and on. What was the first Christmas themed ...
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Ordering of Pages in Printed LEGO Catalogues

While looking at some of the scanned LEGO catalogues on BrickSet, I have noticed that the UK catalogues (at least the ones I looked into) seem to be ordered "backwards" compared to what I'm used to ...
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Why don't DUPLO figures have yellow skin?

Normal LEGO minifigures have yellow skin in an attempt at being racially neutral. Why do (modern?) DUPLO figures use normal flesh tones instead of yellow skin? (Set 10895 aside, which has DUPLO ...
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What Lego set has the most unique colours?

What Lego set, past or current has had the most unique colours (colors) regardless of piece count? I've found bricklink's color list but I have not found any way to filter sets biased on most colors....
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How many LEGO bricks exist in total?

How many LEGO bricks have been produced in total? I'm asking only about real LEGO, not other brand's "blocks." This article from Gizmodo puts the number at 400 Billion, but that was written in 2008. ...
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Why do Technic beams have an odd number of holes?

Why do LEGO Technic beams tend to have an odd numbers of holes? Is it for making it suitable for designing models? Or does the owner of The LEGO Group love either odd or even numbers?
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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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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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What about these old houses?

I recently inherited two old Lego buildings. Unfortunately I have virtually no information about the history of them other that they been part of the inventory of an old hardware store closed a decade ...
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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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What happened to “LEGO Service”?

In the 1990s, besides the main sets, there were some supplementary sets that were basically just parts collections. At least in Germany, these were offered under the name "LEGO Service", and listed in ...
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What is considered the most valuable LEGO set?

Which Lego set is considered to be the most valuable set to own? I'm not talking about the most expensive set, and clearly it has to be out of production already, but when trying to collect complete ...
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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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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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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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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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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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What sizes of bricks (building scales) have carried the Lego brand name?

Apart from regular Lego and Duplo, what other sizes of brick have there been that have carried the Lego name? What is the compatibility between the different building scales?
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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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When did LEGO decide that it was okay to put a stud into a Technic hole?

At one point, LEGO didn't really support putting a stud into a Technic hole, stating that it caused too much stress on the bricks. And for a while, there were no sets where that's the case. However, ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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?