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Questions relating to the LEGO Group specifically, rather than about bricks, building techniques, etc.

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Why do LEGO boxes have a maximum age limit?

I am wondering why do LEGO boxes have a maximum age limit printed on them? My girlfriend has just gifted me LEGO Starfighter (8088) and it has an age range of 8-14. Why not just write 8+? Are there ...
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Does the LEGO Group condone war toys?

What is the LEGO Group's position on war toys? Other brands make tanks and army stuff. I noticed LEGO sets include more realistic guns in the Star Wars range than they used to. What's up with that?
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How does one get a job as a LEGO designer?

I always fantasized on the mysterious (and admittedly cool) job of LEGO designer. Is there anyone who knows what it takes? Do you need to go to the Lego university and get good grades? Is there any ...
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How does LEGO decide it needs a new element?

Aside from the need to add licensed series specific pieces, how does LEGO decide it's time to introduce a new shape to the element palette?
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Where are LEGO parts made?

Are all LEGO parts made in a single factory, or are there multiple factories? Where abouts is it/are they? If there are several, are there different factories for different pieces/sets, or do all ...
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What is LEGO Cuusoo?

Can anyone explain the origins of LEGO Cuusoo project? There isn't a lot of information on the site. It seems to have started in Japan as a way of suggesting ideas for sets but is officially ...
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Why are there “unique” characters in many sets?

When I was young, about 30 years ago, I'd had no problem to have two policemen, two yellow astronauts or knights. Then I had some lack of Lego sets and didn't know what was happening on this field. ...
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Why is LEGO usually uppercase?

Everyone I see on here and mostly everywhere else (including LEGO boxes) LEGO is written as LEGO. I always thought it should be written like Lego until I came here. Why is it always written in ...
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Can I pitch an idea to LEGO?

How would I contact LEGO about an idea for some kits to be built and sold? I have designs for simple kits that I have built for my son that I think would be very popular.
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Who is (or was) Susan Williams?

I've heard the name "Susan Williams" associated with LEGO products, especially in the 1980s. Who is / was she?
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Can anyone find a photo of the “LEGO bricks, not LEGOS” insert?

Debates aside; I have been told that there used to exist a message either in Lego catalogs or inserts in boxes that reads as this: The word LEGO® is a brand name and is very special to all of us in ...
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Does TLG own BrickLink?

At the bottom of Bricklink.com appears the following statement: LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize, or endorse this site. However, according to ...
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Difference between LEGO Castle and LEGO Kingdoms

Can anyone explain what the difference is between LEGO Castle and LEGO Kingdoms. I don't understand why they are not in the same product group. Also LEGO Kingdoms is no longer listed on the lego.com ...
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Is there a way to plan and organize your LEGO project like a GitHub hosted software?

I have the idea to host, plan and maintain a LEGO project (building a MOC in several steps with different functionalities) like a software in GitHub. The project should have forks, pull requests and ...
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Where did Octan come from? Why was it chosen?

I have many sets that include the Octan logo: Over time Octan has been the name of LEGO Cities, Oil Companies, and Big Businesses. It was chosen as a successor to Esso and Shell. It became big during ...
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How can one find old archived issues of LEGO Mania Magazine?

Do any libraries contain old archived issues of them? Preferably ones on the WorldCat system? I'm not sure if my limited storage space can handle more LEGO Mania magazines, so I'd prefer a format ...
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Why do official LEGO PDF instruction books have such poor quality?

More often than not, my boys are working from PDF instructions downloaded at the LEGO site. The quality of those PDFs is poor. I'm sure you've experienced the jagged, pixelated lines and the bricks so ...
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What would total cost of the LEGO® Star Wars collection be in MSRP to date? [Dec 2015]

According to this article from 2014, the cost to buy the entire LEGO® Star Wars collection since 1999 would have been just under $15,000 USD ($14,762). I assume the price mentioned in this article is ...
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LEGO retiring old sets?

Why does The LEGO Group stop producing/selling older sets when they can still be hot items? I understand that they might affect the sale of future models but older models are rarely replaced by their ...
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Selling custom LEGO image mosaics using original LEGO bricks without breaking LEGO's Fair-Use Policy

We have designed software and an accompanying site to convert images into 48x48 (or larger) LEGO mosaics; we use the current LEGO color palette, use image dithering to improve color availability, ...
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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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What is Rebuild The World?

I've been seeing a lot about this new thing called "Rebuild The World". I tried figuring out what it was, but I couldn't. What is it?
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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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When was the first official use of the term 'minifigure' or 'minifig'?

When did The LEGO Group first use the term minifigure? Have they been called that since their introduction in 1978? Similar to this question: Why are they called "minifigs"?
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How does one become a LEGO® Certified Professional?

The LEGO Group's official website has a page speaking about the "LEGO® Certified Professional" designation that a person can earn. It states: LEGO® Certified Professionals is a community-...
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Are coloured bricks used by Set Designers recycled to make black bricks?

I heard on a podcast of the Adam Savage Project that the master builders (designers of 'sets' of LEGO) are allowed to use as many blocks as they need to design a certain set. All of the bricks they ...
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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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Why older bricks have greater clutch power?

I have some pre-2000 (rough date to split the collection to old/new) System and Technic sets that are from different sources: some are from my childhood, while others have been acquired in "used" as ...
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Overview of online LEGO discussion forums?

To help give an outsider an overview of the online LEGO community: What are the main online discussion forums in the LEGO world? Who hangs out where? What are the popular special interest forums? ...
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Biggest European LEGO event?

I was wondering if there is a big European event where new sets and custom sets are shown, and maybe deals on sets or pieces, something like an E3 for LEGO or something similar. I looked on Google but ...
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Why do Star Wars sets include the Disney logo/brand name while Marvel Super Heroes sets do not?

I have noticed that LEGO sets from the past few years of their Star Wars theme include a prominent, or at least noticeable, Disney logo, typically in one of the corners. For example, see this Imperial ...
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How to distinguish official LEGO mini movies from non-official movies?

My sons (7 and 4.5 years old) love watching LEGO city mini movies on YouTube. They love watching all kinds of LEGO city mini movies, such as: Arctic Explorers The Escape From Prison Island ...
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Best online community for Lego Builders?

It seems like different people use different online communities to share Lego-related things, but is there one that's just the best? I suppose I am asking a subjective question, but what I'm looking ...
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What is the total number of sets that LEGO has released?

I am wondering how many LEGO sets that LEGO has released in total in their 85+ years of business. To clarify I am only looking for sets that use plastic blocks like the ones we have today, not the ...
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How hard is it to get a job within the LEGO company, straight out of university as a graduate?

How hard is it to get a job at the LEGO company? Being fresh out of university as a graduate of mathematics, I'm specifically interested in answers on if and how LEGO hires graduates.
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A custom LEGO velociraptor

I would like to make a custom paint job on a LEGO velociraptor (to look more like the one in the LEGO Jurassic World game), but I don't want to paint it myself because I can't paint for the life of me ...
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Who are the Lego Certified Professionals?

So, I was just watching Lego Masters, and it's mentioned that the show's judge, Ryan "Brickman" McNaught, is one of fourteen Lego Certified Professionals in the world. I was wondering who those ...
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Official LEGO charity programs

Many consumer-oriented corporations have official charity programs where products or money are donated to deserving causes. I was wondering if The LEGO Group has any such programs --- and if so, where ...
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How do I find information about discontinued LEGO sets?

I have some older LEGO sets that have been discontinued for a while. I am trying to find information like # of pieces and some other info. Looking them up on the LEGO website didn't work. Is there ...
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The LEGO Logo Font

I am looking for a font that matches as close as can be to the LEGO logo font in the picture bellow: It does not need to be outlined in yellow or in black, I can do that with my software. Also, it ...
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Is using the term “Legos” always wrong?

LEGO tries very hard to protect its brand name. There is a company policy to use the expression "Lego bricks" rather than "Legos." I am fortunate to live close to a Legoland and a LEGO retail store. ...
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Cost of different works in a LEGO set price?

What percentage of a LEGO set's price goes toward research, design, manufacturing, marketing etc. It's just my curiosity since all my minifigures (from Series 3) are made in China and I don't know if ...
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Which is more environment-friendly: LEGO bricks or Mega Bloks?

Which is more environment-friendly LEGO bricks or Mega Bloks?
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Does the LEGO company actively follow or copy clone bricks?

What does The LEGO group do to follow clone brands? Do they buy at least one of every set produced by The Other Guys? I'm more interested about what the LEGO company does to keep up with what ...
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Ambulance LEGO Sets

I am looking for an ambulance LEGO set as I have police and fire. Doing some research it looks like LEGO currently provides no ambulance vans/trucks and have only had a few in the past. Are there ...
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What sort of college education is best to become a LEGO designer?

I'm a big fan of LEGO and I would love to know about what kind of college I should apply to so I can get a degree to work with TLG. Also, I was wondering if I wanted to be a LEGO Set creator, would I ...
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EV3 Error and VM Program Instruction Break

I'm making a program which is very complex and large but it does not contain any Arrays in it. Weird thing is, last night it worked fine but today when I downloaded the exactly same thing into the EV3 ...
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How can I make product suggestions to TLG?

I'm sure lots of is have had ideas for products, parts, sets, themes or services that we'd like LEGO to produce. What are the best ways of proposing them to TLG, and of persuading them to take on our ...
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What was the first Lego tie-in film or television production?

Nowadays, it's pretty common for TV shows and films to be released by film studios in agreement with The LEGO Group and tying in to current LEGO set themes - famous examples include the recent films (...
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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?