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Use legacy RCX sensors with EV3

In NXT-G, there was a "Legacy" Block pack which had blocks to allow for the use of RCX motors/sensors with the NXT, as long as you had a converter cable. However, the EV3 software does not have this, ...
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What is SNOT building?

I have seen reference on LEGO forums to "SNOT building". This sounds gross! Are there really squishy-sticky LEGO bricks, or what?
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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 are the practical bounds of a minifigure?

I want to make some minifigure-scale vehicles and devices, but I am wondering what the smallest possible minifigure enclosure might be. I know minifigures are not perfectly square. Their arms and ...
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What tool can get the Technic pin out from a connection closed in the other end?

I'm having trouble removing these LEGO Technic pins apart from their connectors and I don't want to use carpenter tools like pliers which may damage the bricks. What tool can get the pieces separated ...
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How to unplug black friction pin connectors

Black friction pin without slots connectors are common in older Technic sets. Note that these were quickly replaced by the current version with slots that is much easier to remove. vs Especially ...
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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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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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What are these Technic “Zapfen” (“stoppers”) called in English?

What are these pieces called in English? Google translator doesn't help in this case...
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What's the best way to link two (or more) LEGO Power Functions (PF) train motors together?

Last Christmas I built an extended Emerald Night train to run around the tree. To get it to work I had to add a second Power Functions motor. I tuned both IR receivers to the same frequency and slowly ...
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Does Lego market sets that were designed by fans?

My {son, daughter} read on a LEGO box that the set was designed by a LEGO fan. That is amazing! Is this common and how does my {son, daughter} get into that? What sets were designed by fans so far?
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What are the electrical properties of electric LEGO systems?

Several electric LEGO systems exist: LEGO Trains LEGO Technic Power Functions (PF) LEGO Mindstorms (in several versions) ...? How do these systems differ in electrical properties and which systems ...
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Is there a changelog for any firmware updates on an EV3 brick?

When a firmware update is released for the Mindstorms EV3 brick, are there usually any changelogs for them explaining what's been added or changed? If so, where can they be found?
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RCX firmware download problem

I hope someone can help me with a problem with getting an original RCX 1.0 system working with a current PC. I bought the RCX 1.0 system back in (I think) 2000 but its been in storage a long time. In ...
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Why is my LDD model incomplete after I export it to LDraw?

I have an LDD model that I exported to an LDraw file. When I opened it in LDView, only part of it was displayed. It looks like some parts were not exported properly. Is it normal? Why does it happen?
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What parts are really required to motorize 10219 Maersk Train?

The Official site detailed page states that: Motorize your Maersk train by adding LEGO Power Functions #8878 Rechargeable Battery Box, #8887 Transformer 10V DC, #8884 IR Receiver, #8879 IR Speed ...
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Where to find this green transparent brick?

Where can I find this lego brick? I have one but I want some more of them for a project.
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How to control a 88004 Servo Motor with a Raspberry Pi?

I am able to control a simple servo motor such as SG90 by using pulse-width modulation. However when it comes to controlling a 88004 LEGO Servo Motor it is simply a nightmare. By using PWM all I ...
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How can an EV3 motor “remember” it's starting position?

I am currently working on a project that uses large motors. I want the project to return to a "starting position" (0,0,0) at the touch of a button so that it can be used multiple (identical) times. ...
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Is the LEGO Midstorms EV3 software compatible with OS X yosemite?

OS X Yosemite (10.10) was just released yesterday. I want to upgrade, but I am worried that the EV3 software will be incompatible. What should I do? A. Upgrade B. Stay on OS X Mavericks (10.9)
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Can I Conect 2 NXTs so that they work together?

I am building up a robot and I want to use 2 NXT connected together because I need more than 3 ports A,B,C. So my question here is: When I write the code, is there anything different I have to do? ...
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How to program light sensor to follow moving light using NXT

Cannot figure out how to simply program Lego Mindstorm NXT robot to follow another moving robot that has a bright LED light attached to it. Currently my programme looks like this:
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LEGO Mindstorms NXT - bossa driver prevents firmware upgrade

First of all, this may sound like a duplicate post. But, my Mindstorms NXT 2.0 has been having the "Clicking Brick Syndrome". I have been told that uninstalling the bossa driver then unplugging and ...
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Removing glue from Lego bricks

When I was five my Dad used some kind of a good glue to put together a set together so I didn't loose any pieces. Putting the ethics of that action aside, I want to split the bricks from another and ...
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Where can I get 'classic' Lego heads from?

The new heads with expressions are all well and good, but I for one prefer the expressionless 'classic' faces. Are they available anywhere?
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What is the best-practice for circular lego staircase construction?

Aside from using the grey key-hole shapes, I'm looking for a Lego-standard or best-practice method for building a circular Lego staircase? Requirements: 6-8 studs "wide" (from the center to outer ...
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Historically, what types of sets have proven to be a great investment?

My brother recently sold some of the lego he had as a child, and they went for a lot more than they cost originally, even taking inflation into account. So, what types of sets have risen in value ...
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How can a Mindstorms robot lift something very heavy?

I have a small LEGO Mindstorms robot and I have to lift something heavy. Now it seems not possible because the motor is not strong enough.
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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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Where can I find LEGO X-Pod Playoff rules and printoffs?

Where can I find X-Pod Playoff rules? LEGO doesn't seem to be hosting them anymore. Asked because of this question. Hopefully it can be mirrored on a few sites so that it doesn't disappear again.
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Old sets, new bricks

Are there sellers out there that compile old discontinued Lego sets with new bricks? In other words they source new bricks and instructions to put together old discontinued sets. Thanks
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Minifigure Hand broken and stuck in arm

A friend of mine gave me some of his old minifigures. As you guys can see, the hand of one of the figures is broken and a part of the hand is stuck in the arm. Do you have any ideas how to remove the ...
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Mindstorms 2.0 can't download to NXT brick with error 142023

Using Mindstorms education 2.0 on a Windows 7 computer I can't seem to get the program to see the NXT via USB or bluetooth dongle. When connected by USB nothing appears in the NXT window with device ...
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On Lego Mindstorms EV3, is there a way to change the input parameters of a My Block? [duplicate]

I am writing a program for which I did a My Block. I later realize that I need to add a new input parameter and I can't find a way of doing this without creating a new My Block. This seems it should ...
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What kind of yellow is used for a typical minifigure?

I've done some research and found a basic LEGO basic colour pallet. I recognise the yellow used for yellow bricks (24, Bright Yellow, #fec400) but it doesn't seem to match the colour for minifigures ...
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What is this upside down roof peak or boat hull?

Here's another mystery piece from my collection. I'm not 100% sure it's genuine LEGO, but I would love to know whether it is, and if so, what part. It attaches to the bottom of a 2x8 brick securely. ...
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How to use two NXT bricks for 3+ motors and 4+ sensors?

I need to use multiple bricks in order to use more motors and sensors. I need to read sensor values, and tell motors to move. I've tried using bluetooth, however my attempts haven't been very ...
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Lego 3804, Mindstorms Robotics Invention System 2.0 on Windows 10

I gave my grandson (11 years old) the LEGO 3804 Mindstorms Robotics Invention System 2.0. He built a couple things and when he tried to install software to program what he built, the computer would ...
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Using the unregulated motor block and conversion cable to light LEDs

I have the following setup: It consists out of An EV3 brick A nxt to 9v conversion cable (https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=x1676) A 20 cm 9v to Power Functions conversion ...
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Vision Command and Exploration Mars software for Mindstorms RIS 2.0

I recently bought a set 3804 LEGO Mindstorms RIS (Robotics Invention System) v2.0 very well maintained but did not have the installation CD of the RCX program and IR tower. With some research on the ...
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Where can I download the EV3 education edition software for free?

I have a site license but I'm not able to find the download for the software anywhere. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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NXT Motors curving to the right

The NXT motors have been curving to the right by about 10-20 degrees. We have checked the program, no curves. We have checked the wiring, but it is also plugged in fine.
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LEGO Mindstorms 9797 (NXT Education base set) Software Download

Where I can download the Software for the LEGO Mindstorms 9797 (NXT Education base set)
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Identify which set these parts are from

Help identify if these parts belong to a set.It was donated to us and it would be great if we could use instructionsto build
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Utility pole and angles

I am using the following MOC from the Internet: http://www.moc-pages.com/moc.php/8435 This model is fine if the sets of power lines are all in a straight row. But what about at an angle? How does ...
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How do I sell complete items still assembled?

I have several complete items I want to sell. I have the instruction manuals but no boxes. They are still together. They include the old Death Star, and some other Star Wars, the complete Lone Ranger ...
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Where can I go to get good custom LEGO minifigures?

I want certain LEGO minifigures, but TLG doesn't make them. I would like to find someone or someplace to get some good custom minifigures. I can pay.
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EV3 T Rex problems

I am new to this and I need some help with the moveabsolute block which is described in Chapter 16 of Daniele Benedetelli's book. In figure 16 - 2 he describes the block and here is my problem: I ...
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Minifigure Torso Cracks

So I recently picked up the new Star Wars AT-AP and I was quite please with what I got, but after not even a week The awesome Commander Gree Figure had a torso crack that went from the bottom of the ...
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Why do LEGO sets have a minium age rating? [closed]

Many LEGO sets have minimum age ratings, such as 7-12, 9-14, and 16+. Why is this? Are the models really that different in terms of complexity? Also, why does LEGO often indicate that sets are not ...

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