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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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Lego set for 17 year old

This might sound a little bit silly, but I'm 17 and I've never built a LEGO toy, so I was looking for a first one, to see what it's about. What sets would you recommend I should look at, that are ...
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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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Are there any health concerns with letting children use old LEGO kits?

I have a hoard of LEGO kits that passed from me to my nephew, and now to my son. Some of the kits that are included with the set date back to the early 1970's. Are there any health risks with passing ...
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What is this piece slightly longer than a 2x2 plate with grooves and a hole?

Once again, I need the collective wisdom of this group to identify a mystery LEGO element! I did a search for "2x2"and went through scores of Bricklink pages, but I couldn't find this particular ...
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Are all the Magnet minifigs now glued on and how should I remove them?

A couple of years ago (around 2010 I think), I bought a number of the Star Wars magnet sets, as they looked like a (slightly) economical way of buying a number of specialist characters (including the ...
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What is the name of the Lego product that snaps together with knobs?

I remember owning a very strange Lego set, but have forgotten the name. The pieces were similar to Technic parts, but different. They were green rounded frames and connected using purple squares with ...
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Are the LEGO Friends Mini-dolls compatible with Minifigures?

I've seen the new LEGO Friends sets, and wanted to know if the Mini-dolls are compatible in any way with minifigs? I'd quite like to get some sets for the new colours however I want to ensure the ...
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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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Is there a site with the (previous) monthly LEGO Store mini-build instructions?

We have been going to the LEGO Store off & on for the monthly mini-build, but haven't been able to make it there for quite a few. I've been searching the web for the instructions for the builds we ...
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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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Is Technic compatible with Mindstorms?

My wife bought me a Mindstorms NXT 2.0 for my birthday. I've been reading up on it from as many sources as possible however apart from the 9695 Education Resource Set which adds some additional bricks ...
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What software was used to create the LEGO Movie?

So I've just seen the LEGO Movie and I was amazed at the such intricate details of all the minifigures and sets. I was wondering if anyone knows what software was used to create the film. Animal ...
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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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Is there a way to build a stronger LEGO ball than what was done by the Mythbusters?

In one episode, the Mythbusters busted a fake video by building a 7' tall LEGO ball. The construction did not roll very far before falling apart. Assuming that they only used standard bricks (with ...
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How can I minimize the number of merchants for given set of requested bricks?

This question should be answered in Bricklink FAQ, but I didn't find answer there. I'm a casual Lego hobbyist, I have a few sets with random pieces missing, about two dozens of them. Some are truly ...
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As of November 2011, should I buy the NXT 2.0 now, or wait and buy the NXT 3.0 later? [closed]

I have played with the original RCX when I was in school, and I'm so in love with it. Now I have just got my first job and I would like to get an NXT robot. However, I saw in this Wikipedia article ...
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How can I automate orders from Lego Pick-a-Brick?

Is there a way to automate the process of ordering from Lego's online Pick-a-Brick? I'd like to be able to go from a .csv with part IDs to a filled cart on their site, or even all the way through to ...
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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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Is it legal to sell your mocs?

First off, I assume that it's legal to sell used LEGO bricks and it's also legal to sell self-made LEGO instructions and parts-lists. As far as I know, there are people selling LEGO sets of their ...
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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 is this? Is it LEGO?

I've been sifting through a few gifted bins of LEGO with a small percentage of trash and clone-brands stuff. I've had pretty good luck with finding new and strange LEGO pieces on bricklink, but this ...
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Why are they called “minifigs”?

Were larger-scale LEGO figures the standard at some point in the past? It just seems odd to me that they're called "mini" when they're basically the only kind of LEGO figures available (not counting ...
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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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What are Good LEGO (or similiar) sets to play-prototype machines working with fluids?

I want to play around with fluid engines. I'm aware that LEGO is sometimes used in labs for prototyping kinematic components, are there successful examples of operating with fluids? Have pistons, ...
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Which old Technic set included large yellow motor?

I am trying to find the number or some other identity of a Technic set I remember owning as a child (so it was probably bought in the 1985-1995 year range, more likely in the 80's half of it). Among ...
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How do I make Victorian looking minifigures?

I want to do a Victorian style station to go with my steam trains. I've got some great ideas for the building and accessories, but I'm not sure about the people. How can I make Victorian-looking ...
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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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What do the terms “vintage” and “classic” actually mean?

I often see terms like "vintage" and "classic" used to describe LEGO sets (especially on ebay, but I've seen them elsewhere, too). What do these terms mean? How strict is the definition?
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Where do bulk LEGO sellers on eBay get their bricks?

The are a large number of people on ebay selling LEGO by the pound(or kg), for example, this guy. The LEGO is (implied to be) pre-owned as the eBay descriptions often say the bricks have been washed ...
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Which resolution is necessary to print bricks with a 3D printer?

I would like to print LEGO compatible figures. Which resolution is required for the 3D print in order to firmly fix the figures on LEGO bricks?
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What color has been produced in the highest volume?

What color makes up the highest percentage of LEGO elements produced since ABS plastic was introduced in 1963?
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What's the thing between the pant legs?

What is the piece that holds the pant legs together called? Is there an "official1" name? Or is there just a commonly agreed on term? 1Official meaning something mentioned, even in passing, by Lego ...
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Which official LEGO sets are micro-scale versions of existing sets?

The 10230 Mini Modulars set is based on the existing modular series: As well as the 4695 Mini Harry Potter Knight Bus. Have there been other micro-scale sets released by LEGO based on existing sets?
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When did LEGO stop producing Technic action figures?

I recently got interested in LEGO Technic again. The last set I own is maybe 15 years old, so my knowledge is a little bit outdated. Back then some of the Technic sets had action figures included, ...
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Starting out with trains: PF, RC, 9v or what?

I've always wanted Lego trains as a child, but never had any. However, now my son is old enough to appreciate them, I thought I might invest in some 2nd hand sets. The problem is, what standard to ...
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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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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 does EV3 stand for?

I am wondering what the official reason behind the name of LEGO's latest MINDSTORMS robotics platform is. What does "EV3" stand for?
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How to speed up the 4x4 Crawler truck 9398?

Just finished building the 4x4 Crawler and it was a fun build but as a remote control car it is . . . in a word . . . SLOW! I know it's powerful and can climb over stuff but sometimes there is nothing ...
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Building a full-size lamp using LEGO bricks

On an episode of the TV show 'Home by Novogratz' they featured a real, working lamp that was made out of LEGO bricks. More specifically, the creator surrounded an existing lamp with the bricks, ...
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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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Explaination of LXFML file contents

I am interested in writing a game that interprets LXF files into worlds (to create a game such as Lego Universe). After finding out how to extract the LXFML file from the LXF archive, I need to know ...
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What is the difference between the NXT 1.0 controller and the NXT 2.0 controller?

I've tried to look this up but I can't find anything. As far as I can tell, the controller bricks (the white ones w/ buttons and a screen) are exactly the same and the only difference is NXT 2.0 comes ...
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NXT screen either flickering or blank, what do I do?

The screen on my LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT brick has just stopped working. It is either flickering, or blank. I have tried turning it on and off, installed fresh batteries, and I can even hear the selection ...
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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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How are the LEGO instruction manuals made?

I wish to know how the LEGO instruction manuals are made. What is the process currently used?
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What are the characteristics of “Miniland” scale?

I have heard many references to "Miniland" scale. From what I have seen, this style of building mostly includes figurines that are larger than normal mini-figs. What are some other characteristics of ...
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What are some free kid-friendly tutorials to get started with Mindstorms Nxt 2.0?

My daughter (10) got the NXT 2.0 for christmas. It doesn't really come with any tutorial. I'm looking for something she can follow which will teach her to use each of the sensors and slightly more ...
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Why do LEGO bricks yellow at different rates?

So, here is my LEGO Space Shuttle. Originally built in 1991, never disassembled (unlike the rest of my sets), so all parts are original and all were exposed to the same amount of sunlight. However,...

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