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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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Is it possible to build simple logic gates with LEGO mechanics?

I built a simple bitshifter in Minecraft yesterday. I wondered if something like this could be built with LEGO? Maybe there is a possibility to build gates with rubber bands and those movable ...
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Has anyone made LEGO fly?

It may not be the ideal material. But has there ever been a LEGO model airplane with the ability to glide, under power maybe, or some other kind of successful lifting airship? Helicopter, blimp, kite, ...
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How can I create synthetic imagery (rendering) of LEGO models?

I'd like to know how I can create computer imagery of my own models or existing models. How can we do photographic quality or cartoon like images?
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What are the best options for building a LEGO RC car?

I would like to build a remote controlled car. And if someone already has a good solution for that I would be glad to try it. It's been a while since I had the time and material to build some LEGO ...
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What different types of lego train tracks exist?

I would like to purchase some used lego train tracks off ebay. I am not, however, very familiar with the different choices of track systems are out there that I might come across. So I would like to ...
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Export Lego Mindstorms Code

I was wondering if it was possible in any way to see the actual code that is generated by the Lego Mindstorms IDE. I know there isn't a direct 'export to code' option within the tool but I wondered ...
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How do I center a 2x2 plate on a 3x3 plate?

I want to be able to center a 2x2 plate in the middle of a 3x3 plate - specifically to put minifig on. Another option would be to center a 2x1 plate on a 3x1 plate.
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How can I invert the direction of blocks in a structure?

I have a structure with some blocks facing in the 'normal' direction: nn nn nn nn | || || || | -- -- -- -- I would like to somehow connect a layer above this that has the blocks ...
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How are LEGO sets designed?

I've often wondered how it is that LEGO goes about creating new sets. I can easily imagine a person sitting in a room all day with unlimited pieces of every shape but with some of the complicated sets ...
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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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Can I write programs for the LEGO RCX 2.0 in Java/C++?

Is there a library which makes it possible to write LEGO Mindstorms programs for RCX 2.0 in Java or C++? With the LEGO software it takes so much time to write good programs.
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Is there any application to keep an inventory of owned sets and pieces?

I'm looking for a desktop application that keeps track of sets and pieces owned. Ideally something that would look up LEGO databases such as Peeron or others in order to add the pieces in a set ...
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Is there a standard scale for building “minifig scale” creations?

I've seen many impressive models built to "minifig scale" (e.g. the enormous USS Harry S. Truman aircraft carrier), but is there a standard (or at least widely adopted) scale e.g. 1:60 that these ...
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How to build a steerable remote-controlled vehicle with just 1 motor?

In WeDo 2.0 set there is only 1 motor, which can be remotely switched on and off by using the iPad app (by writing a Scratch program). Also motor rotating direction can be toggled remotely. As an ...
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What are all the third party (unofficial) accessories I can get for an NXT

Similar to this question but I'd like to know about 3rd Party/aftermarket options instead please. I've heard about motor multiplexers and the like but are there others, i.e. more sensitive colour ...
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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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Which hand is this minifigure extending normally?

I remember more than one argument with a friend over which way LEGO minifigures' hands should be oriented to be correct (with the thumb pointed upward/inward, like a human hand's neutral position). ...
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What is LUGBULK?

I have heard that LEGO have (or had) a programme called LUGBULK whereby clubs can purchase bulk lots of LEGO components direct fom LEGO. Is that true? If so, is it economical and how can I get ...
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Is it possible to build Lego bricks with a makerbot replicator 3D print?

Is it possible for plates, tiles or small pieces ? Is it possible to use MLCAD with a Makerbot replicator?
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How can I wirelessly connect the NXT and an iOS device?

I've seen videos around YouTube (like this one for a car) that show an ability to control a Mindstorms set via iOS (either iPhone or iPod Touch). I am just getting started with Mindstorms, but find ...
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Does longterm storage in a connected state harm the studs/tubes?

Does storing bricks in a connected state lessen their longevity?
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How has the basic brick changed over the years?

The basic 2x4 brick has many versions. For example the modern one has thinner walls and funny shaped tubes compared to an early 1980s brick. What were the changes over the years and how did they ...
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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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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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What is the difference between the NXT and the RCX?

What is the difference between the NXT and the RCX? I know that the NXT is newer, but what features does it have that the RCX doesn't have, and vice versa (if the RCX has features that the NXT doesn't)...
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How should I store unused stickers?

What is the best way to store stickers for future use? I have some unused LEGO sticker sets in plastic bags. The one on top in the bag has become brittle and is flaking.
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How to Decipher Lego Building Instructions Filenames?

On the official site for downloading lego instructions, the filenames are often quite cryptic, and many sets have as many as six different files you can download and sometimes it's hard to tell which ...
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What was the first set produced by The LEGO Group?

What was the first Lego set produced, and when was it first released?
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How do I know when current sets will retire?

As the title asks, how is the easiest way to find when current sets on the Lego website will be retired and no longer sold. For example, the 10197 Fire Brigade has been around since 2009, same as ...
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Looking for a site with custom instructions

I'm looking for a website that has some cool custom model instructions. I have a LEGO store near me and I'm able to buy pieces individually. I'm looking for more of a sci-fi ship kind of instructions. ...
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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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Virtual LEGO / Technics / Mindstorms simulation environments

I know that there are quite a few LEGO CADs floating around, but are there any physically correct simulation environments for models built with LEGO / Technic / Mindstorms parts, that would, for ...
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What's the best way to glue/adhese the street baseplates to a plywood table?

I'm building a Lego city, and I want to permanently glue the road onto the table. But I don't want it to be "lumpy", or melt, and I want to make sure that the baseplates will not come off the table, ...
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Any good alternatives to BrickLink?

I'm trying to find certain bricks online, and of course, came across BrickLink. But it's so darn hard to use it; search is absolutely useless, and I can't figure out how to use the catalog for the ...
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What is this challenge to solve the Rubik cube as quickly as possible using LEGO bricks?

I saw videos of people participating in race to resolve a Rubik cube as quickly as possible using Mindstorm LEGO robots. Can you provide information if there is a competition, who is involved? What ...
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How can I convert an image's pixels to actual LEGO colors?

The LEGO Group released a few "mosaic" sets a while back, which came with clear baseplates and a bunch of 1x1 bricks. I have been wondering recently if it is possible to use an image as a reference ...
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Web site with layouts for LEGO Duplo trains?

Can anybody suggest a web site with plans for LEGO Duplo trains? I've searched the net for a while without any interesting results. Any hints appreciated!
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Lego Mindstorms EV3: programming language recommendation

I am planning to build an autonomous car in LEGO Mindstorms that will use ultrasonic or infrared sensors and in the future also a camera for line tracking. Currently I construct my programs using the ...
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API for Android or iOS connecting to EV3 by bluetooth

There is official API for Windows, WindowsPhone8 and WinRT https://legoev3.codeplex.com/ it lets you connect to EV3 brick and control it remotely from your WindowsPhone. Are there any libraries ...
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Is there a logic to the way The LEGO Group fills the plastic bags?

When opening a new box, most of the pieces are in closed plastic bags, and sometimes inside those plastic bags is another plastic bag for smaller pieces. I find the pieces, for the most part, rather ...
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What are the female parts called?

What is the proper term for the "female" section of the piece that the "studs" insert into? I have heard "pipes", "tubes", "underbits". Is there an actual term for the female section?
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How much weight can a handle of Technic pegs and beams support?

Some Lego spaceships have handles attached, made out of Technic beam and pegs, and attached to the model using Technic bricks, pegs, and axles. For example, 7644: MX-81 Hypersonic Operations Aircraft ...
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How to make a 1 ldu offset?

LDraw units are defined so that a simple 1x1 brick has a side of 20 ldu and a height of 24 ldu. Using simple building techniques, it's easy to create 2 ldu offset, as illustrated in this picture, ...
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Will my LEGO bricks discolor in indirect sunlight?

I have a bunch of new LEGO sets because of my new status as an AFOL. I've got them sitting on the dresser in a room that gets indirect sunlight (see below). There is no direct rays hitting the LEGO ...
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What is the difference between these hole shapes?

I purchased an assorted bag of LEGO Technic pieces. There are pieces with axle holes, but what puzzles me is that the holes are different from what I am familiar with. There's a piece with an ...
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How to repair leaky pneumatics?

Some of my pneumatics parts, mostly pistons, have seals which no longer prevent the air from escaping completely. On some parts they are unreliable and on others they are not working at all. Why do ...
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Are these bricks old Lego/Duplo clones?

Can anyone identify these bricks, which I suspect are Lego/Duplo clones. They may be more than 30 years old. I bought them on ebay as Betta Bilda from Lego/Duplo dealer. Some BB was included, but ...
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LEGO and fuel company commercial relationship?

Over the years LEGO has used a number of real-world fuel company names on its products: ESSO Shell Exxon. I'd be interested to understand the commercial relationship between LEGO and these companies....
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Is there an official LEGO terminology for the features of basic pieces?

When I read this question I remember to regularly ask myself what the features of bricks are called. At the top are there nibbles, knobs, or studs? At the bottom are there tubes? New bricks also have ...

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