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Does anyone know these non-LEGO bricks? dimples in studs, no connectors on the bottom

We found this box of old (definitely) non-LEGO bricks in Czech Republic. Probably from the seventies or eighties? Does anyone know the manufacturer - brand or set (s) from which they can be? We ...
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Identify parts number - two sides and top of a square (one solid piece)

Please help me identify this part. It has nothing on it except "LEGO". Thanks.
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Identify these non-LEGO vintage building logs

I found these little brick logs. Mum said they were sticklebricks but they're definitely not! Does anyone know what they are?
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Was “3062oldtile” in any sets?

Was the 3062oldtile - Brick, Round 1 x 1 No Bottom Lip or Stud (Tile) in any sets? Bricklink doesn't show it in any sets. Did LEGO sell this part individually a long time ago or is the database ...
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What did LEGO bricks look like in the past?

How did LEGO bricks look like in the olden days? Can you also show me the bottom of a LEGO brick from the olden days?
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Looking for older conducting train tracks

I have an old 9V era (1991-2006) train set that has conducting tracks. Is there a place that I can buy conducting tracks? Obviously I have trolled eBay, Amazon and internet without success. I can buy ...
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Old RCX Wires Have Become Grey and Brittle

I have a LEGO MINDSTORMS Robotics Invention System 2.0 (3804) that I acquired back in 2003 (17 years ago), and the wires have become grey and brittle. The wires used to be black and smooth, and ...
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Interface A missing PCB

I have a Technic Interface A with the cables but lack the printed circuit board (PCB) for PC that I need to use it for automating my models. The card when it was for sale had markings of Lego 9771 and ...
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Will the Duplo train track extension set 10872 work with Duplo train set 2700?

I am thinking about buying the Duplo train expansion set 10872 Train Bridge and Tracks for my niece, but her primary Duplo train set is actually a vintage 1983 2700 Freight Train set from her father's ...
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Identifying Vintage LEGO Instructions

I bought a box of old LEGO from the charity shop and the instruction booklet is missing the front page so, I’m struggling to find out information on it and how old it is! Can anyone help?!
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Rare Lego Mursten box. Where can I sell it and what would I ask?

Found this box in a rural vintage shop in northern Sweden. I’ve come to understand these were among the first boxes of Lego sold, for the Scandinavian market. This particular one seems to be for the ...
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Trying to identify an old 2 x 7 white LEGO plate with a hole in the middle and 4 holes on the side

Recently someone gave me a huge bunch of old LEGO pieces. Among the parts I found a white 4x6 plate with 4 wheel holes (those red wheels with a metal pin), a hole in the middle and an 2x1 extension on ...
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Is it possible to dismantle and refurbish an original 870 Technic motor?

I have a couple of ancient 870 motors (the 4.5v ones) that run but don't sound great. I've looked for, but can't find, a guide on how to dismantle them. I'd like to either get in there and clean/...
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Could you help me identify these vintage bricks with holes in the studs?

I recently got a bulk lot of official Lego pieces from a charity shop. Amongst my treasures I discovered a load of these bricks (about 40 or so). At first I thought they were some of the first Lego ...
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Why are my pieces breaking? “3612 Arm piece straight with 2 and 3 fingers”

I've dug up my old LEGO (from 1990's) and most bricks are simply scratched and dirty. However, the arm pieces 3612 break on touch! Are they simply a bad, too thin, design, or is there something more ...
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Is it possible to determine the approximate age of these bricks only by seeing their injection points?

Is it possible to determine the approximate age of these bricks only by seeing their injection points?
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Can you identify this old set with LEGOLAND minifigs?

There is nothing written on the box and no LEGO logo anywhere. All the pieces that come with it are LEGO.
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Late 1970s hospital and helicopter building brick set

I'm afraid I don't have a picture, but I am trying to identify a Christmas gift I fondly remember receiving as a child circa 1979. It was a 3-foot box of building bricks and the front picture showed ...
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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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Why are these bricks slightly shorter than normal?

I have two red 1×6 bricks that are slightly shorter than normal and also a bit deformed. For comparison, I here show them together with regular 1×6 bricks (the regular brick is the top one of each ...
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Identifying this turbine piece with a stud and a Technic axel

I promise that I don't simply dump photos on here without researching them. I've been using Bricklink's system for 15 years, and it still perplexes me occasionally...such as this bizarro part. I ...
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Please help identify this vintage (but non-Lego) brick!

It's time to play the "what brick is this" game, and this time our contestant is definitely non-Lego, yet vintage. This brick was in a small lot of early-60's Samsonite Lego bricks, and I am assuming ...
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Totally stumped! Part ID - unusual crane part?

Is anyone able to identify this piece? I'm totally stumped in spite of searching through hundreds of vintage sets from the 60s / 70s. Really appreciate any info, thanks!
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How can I determine the value of an out of production set on the aftermarket?

I have a number of early 70's or earlier LEGO sets. One is set 40 and the other is train number 171. I'm trying to find a value and some additional information for these sets. I have searched a ...
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When did piece markings change from DUPLO to LEGO?

I've looked at some of the DUPLO bricks I grew up with, and compared them to newer ones. I've noticed that the knobs on the older bricks say DUPLO, while the newer ones say LEGO. When did this ...
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Where to get additional part library graphics for BlueBrick layout designer

I love BlueBrick, the track and layout designer from developer Alban Nanty. I have been using it for years and it is the best tool I have found for designing a full layout including train tracks. ...
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I have a vintage set box with the kids on it. Should I continue collecting era appropriate pieces to refill it?

I have an early vintage set box (with the boy and girl on the cover). I've been collecting vintage pieces in order to restock the box with the hope the complete vintage set will be desirable on the ...
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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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Can anyone identify this strangely shaped piece (1970s?)

I bought a tin of old Lego second hand - most of the pieces date from the 70s and very early 80s. These definitely say Lego on them. They may be damaged. I cannot find them on other brick identifier ...
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LEGO plate with square holes?

I have some white plates with square holes on the underside. I'd almost think they were some imitation brand if they didn't have LEGO stamped on the studs. Can anyone tell me the history of when ...
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Massive collection given to our charity

I work as a volunteer for Cancer Research U.K. We have been donated massive amounts of vintage Lego. Could you please advise how to sell.
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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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Old lego set 1950s or 60s? TABAC and/or BAKEREI (from Europe)

My dad had a lego set (or 2 sets) in the late 50s or early 60s that his dad picked up in Europe (this was before they were sold in the states). It had 2 thick green rectangular tiles for bottoms (or ...
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Why are new LEGO bricks softer than old ones?

The older bricks that were made back in the day, "pre-2K", seem to be made out of a harder and more durable brick that would hurt your feet when you walked on them. Now it appears that since the other ...
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Alternative (back of box) builds of 7822 Railway Station - is there an 'official' configuration where the track terminates at the station?

I am looking for a scan or photo of the back of the box of the 7822 Railway Station Background: As is common with Lego sets, there are a number of alternative builds pictured on the back of the set ...
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How can the 12v Train 7823 Container Depot be used to load container ships as per Lego Catalogue

As I kid I was always confused by the description of the 7823 Container Depot in the Lego Catalogues: ..."The crane can be raised so container ships can be loaded." An example can be seen in this ...
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How to build bridge using 4.5/12v train rails from 1969 Lego brochure

I am interested in building a bridge for my layout and stumbled upon this forum post in which user 'Istokg' posted a picture of a train bridge made from the blue rails used in the pre-1980s train sets....
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What sites are available to sell original boxes?

A couple of years ago, I stumbled across a site (not Ebay) where LEGO fans buy and sell items. I have some large boxes for various sets to sell. All my son's LEGO collection is in plastic boxes, and ...
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Why are old LEGO bricks more brittle than new ones?

My vintage LEGO sets (circa 1980) are difficult to unbuild. Some pieces are prone to break. Did the plastic recipe change with time or are the bricks simply degrading?