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Questions tagged [piece-information]

Questions asking for information about a known LEGO element/brick. Include the [Identification] tag for questions about unknown elements.

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What are the dimensions of a LEGO brick?

What are the real world dimensions of bricks? (starting with 1x1 brick) Plates? Studs? Does LEGO think of this in metric or imperial units or something else?
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What LEGO pieces have “real-world” functionality?

I have noticed that there are a few LEGO pieces that also function in the "real-world." For example, the 10830c01 Magnifying Glass can actually magnify. Another example is the 70001pb01 Compass, ...
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What is the largest single LEGO piece?

What is the largest single LEGO piece ever produced? This does not include LEGO affiliates like Duplo. Clarifications It must be a purchasable block. By largest, I mean largest by Volume/Weight of ...
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How do I identify a Lego part?

Over the vast years of collecting bricks of various sizes and sets, I find that during my free builds I run low on a specific type of brick. How can I go about identifying what the brick is named and ...
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What is inside the “weight element” brick?

I own a few bricks that contain a weight inside of them. 52g according to Lego. What exactly is inside of these bricks that makes them heavy?
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What is an Erling brick?

I have seen people refer to the "Erling brick" or "headlight brick" on LEGO forums. What kind of brick are they talking about?
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What is the smallest LEGO component?

When I purchase bulk LEGO bricks, one of the first things I do is to tip the whole lot into a mesh bag and give them a good soak in the bath (of course, I remove all the electrical bits etc. first). ...
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Why did Technic bricks have holes in the studs?

Lego Technic (/ Expert Builder) bricks have always had a very different design than the normal Lego brick, with peg holes lining the sides serving fairly obvious purposes, but they also have had (as ...
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Why are LEGO slope bricks textured?

Why is the slope part of bricks textured instead of the usual flat & glossy edge? Are there any non-textured forms of these bricks?
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Is there a convention for part and/or set numbers?

Is there any rhyme or reason to the way LEGO part are named? Failing that, is there any other sort of taxonomy that we can use to find specific parts? Along the same lines, my impression is that ...
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Why aren't LEGO bricks cubic?

The height of the 1x1x1 LEGO brick is 6/5 times its width. Is there any particular reason for these proportions? And especially why not making a cubic brick (it would have made SNOT building easier)?
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Why do some sets contain parts of an unrelated colour that are hidden on the final model?

With recent and current sets, I noticed that some contain parts of a totally different colour than the rest of the set. An example is 8200-1: Radiator Springs Lightning McQueen, which contains a blue ...
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What causes these 'bite marks' that appear consistently on new bricks?

I purchased a set (second hand) which has the following defects on the 75°-sloped, inverted 2x1x3 blocks: I assumed they were teeth-marks and asked the seller for replacements, and he found and ...
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What pieces are prone to breaking?

I've had a few pieces break over the years, which was a real bummer as I was not expecting them to. What are some commonly used pieces that are prone to breaking? Pieces that should be handled ...
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Why does LEGO now use studless technic designs?

It seems to me that sometime between 1998 and 2006 (between the Mindstorms RCX and NXT), LEGO switched from using studded technic bricks (like this:) to studdless beams (like this): In my experience,...
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Ø in LEGO part names

Many LEGO part names use a Ø character in the name, for example, Armor For Hand W/Ø 3.2 Shaft (28803) or Beam A 4M Ball/Cup Ø10.2 (90611). Can anyone explain what the Ø means?
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What is the rarest LEGO production element (colour/shape combination)?

What is the rarest LEGO element according to the following criteria: Genuine LEGO elements, not those available through third party vendors or otherwise modified elements. (So nothing from Brickarms....
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Is it possible to change the battery in a 54604 light brick?

I got 4 of these in in a bulk lot of Lego, but the lamp is getting quite dim in a couple of them. Is it possible to change the battery in a 54604 light brick? It looks like the brick should open, ...
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What are the exact dimensions of a DUPLO brick?

The dimensions of LEGO brick are documented well, but what about DUPLO bricks? If have only found the general statements that DUPLO is twice as large as LEGO but no exact numbers. What about the ...
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What does imprinted information inside bricks mean?

I just randomly checked the imprinted information inside some of the bricks in my Lego sets and found that it varied. I found several different types of information: Most pieces have Lego copyright ...
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How to tell the different ages of pieces

I know that LEGO bricks have changed over the years, with regards to moulding pip locations, element i.d. numbers printed inside etc, but I was wondering if anyone knows when these changes happened? ...
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What's the exact opacity and translucency of transparent bricks?

As answered in this question, transparent bricks are made of PC (polycarbonate) and as listed in this answer and on Brickipedia there are fourteen transparent colors: 40 Transparent (clear) 41 ...
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Are there any mirrored LEGO bricks?

I recently built LEGO Creator 5770: Lighthouse Island which features a clever trick to build the lighthouse's lantern, using stickers on on a Slope Brick 2x2 and Slope Top 1x2x2/3: Step 54 from ...
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How much does a LEGO brick weigh?

I am trying to do a science project and I need the exact weight of one of the LEGO pieces. I am using it as a counter balance on my scale. What is the weight of a 1x4 LEGO brick?
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How to find out if an element is out of production

Is there a way to know if Lego has officially stopped making a certain Lego element? As an example, from the 580 Lego set, I haven't seen this conveyor belt (along with those wheels and the "Legoland"...
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Are companies producing custom molded LEGO pieces legally entitled to do so?

We have seen (or I have seen, given I am a member of a few popular BIONICLE fan sites) an uproar from custom molding companies -- that is, companies that create their own LEGO pieces. My question is ...
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Why does the Erling brick have a ridge below its outward facing stud?

Why does the Erling brick (#4070) have a ridge below its outward facing stud? Whereas the more versatile and less common #87087 does not? The #87087 piece also has a better use in SNOT usage, as it ...
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How accurate is the ultrasound sensor when moving?

Can I use an ultrasound sensor while the Robot is moving, or will it give bad data?
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Is there difference between different colors of LEGO axles?

There are a few different colors of LEGO Technic axles, but not enough to really use for artistic variation - black, grey, some beige, and recently I have started seeing blue. The particular color ...
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Why do the tubes in the Seattle Space Needle Architecture set need to be cut?

I just received the Seattle Space Needle from the Architecture series. There are tubes that the builder is required to cut to a certain length for the model. This is the first time I've encountered ...
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Why did LEGO switch the direction of flag elements in 2008?

Having just gotten back into LEGO this year, I noticed that the flags in my new sets are mirrored from all the flags I used to have. On the left is a green flag from 4162 FreeStyle Multibox from 1995, ...
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Quick way to inventory parts

I have a rather large collection of LEGO elements that are not sorted in any way, and I'd like to keep track of them. There are a few other posts about ways to keep track of elements, and I've looked ...
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What is the biggest base plate available?

I'm looking for as large a base plate as possible. Below is a 48x48 stud base, it's the largest I've seen. Are larger plates available? Either the thin type (as pictured) or the regular plate ...
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Any reasons for the introduction of the new-style raised arch?

The new-style raised arch (to the left, 92950) got introduced in 2009, and has been gradually replacing the old-style arch (to the right, 3455) across the board. However, after four years, not only ...
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How does LEGO handle the breakage of Hero Factory sockets?

My son has a slowly growing collection of Hero Factory figures, and they have accumulated a consistent problem: socket connector cracking. The tips of the angular part of the limb which connects to a ...
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What are the angles used in angle connectors and liftarms?

LEGO makes Technic Angle Connectors, like these: (Here are names and part numbers). They also make angular liftarms, like these: (part 32348). That last part has an angle of 53.5 degrees. What ...
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Does the basic 2 x 4 brick have a common nickname?

Some bricks, such as the Erling brick, seem to have common nicknames in the LEGO building community. As the basic 2 x 4 brick appears to be the foundation of the system, it is reasonable to suppose ...
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How is the LEGO plastic different from Megablok plastic?

It's obvious that LEGO has better quality control, but what about the plastic they use? Megabloks look cheap and the parts seem to vary in color in a side by side comparison next to LEGO brand ...
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What are all the different ways that LEGO pieces join together?

Has anyone made a list of all of the different types of connections between LEGO bricks? Obviously there's the stud connection - but there's also the ball and socket joint, the more recent click-...
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Which BIONICLE set did this mask came from?

I just unearthed a rather wealthy stash of semi-rare Great Kanohi masks. Never knew I collected them! Anyway, among them was this clear transparent Kaukau (Great Mask of Water Breathing): You may ...
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Can I take an old LEGO winch apart?

I have an old LEGO winch that looks like #73037 It has been "restrung" but it is very stiff and it looks like it has some of the old string stuck between the rotating and non-rotating parts. It also ...
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Do LEGO prototypes have production numbers on them?

Basically I've found a rare prototype piece for sale, one of the red Vader helmets, and I want to make sure it s real. The description says that it has no production number printed, which makes sense ...
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Why does Lego restrict the number of colors per shape?

There are many shapes and many colors of Lego elements. Some color/shapes are rare and hard to find. Why does Lego restrict the number of colors available per shape?
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What is the average price per piece?

Some LEGO pieces are probably more expensive than others, but what is the average price per piece of LEGO pieces, when sold as part of a kit? Is there any place containing statistics or graphs about ...
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What element is this a piece of, and how can I repair it?

Yesterday, as I was putting away some Lego, I saw the following obviously broken piece. I couldn't figure out what element this was a piece of, so I was all ready to ask it here, when I came across ...
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What is the Travis Brick?

This question uses the term "Travis Brick", but I've never heard it before. What is it, and where does the term come from?
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Can someone please identify this round dome part for us?

We're trying to identify the middle part in this picture. We would appreciate any help we can get.
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Different surface roughness of tiles. Quality issue?

Recently, I filled a PAB cup in the nearest LEGO store. Among other parts, I also took a lot of light bluish grey 2x2 tiles. The following image shows some of these: However, reflected light reveals ...
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How many hours of travel does it take to wear out LEGO monorail tires?

I've seen some pretty impressive LEGO tire driven/cushioned monorail displays that put miles of wear on the track and the train cars that ride on it. I'm hoping a monorail expert can tell me (about) ...
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Does the jumper plate have a Danish nickname?

Does the "jumper plate" (1×2 plate with centered stud) have a Danish nickname like the "Erling"? Who is the designer of this part? And does there exist a catalog of designers of specific bricks?