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My mother in law thought a set of MegaBlok duplo sized sets would be a great present, and while there are some fun elements in the set, overall the real Duplos are better quality, to the point we decided to sort out the sets and keep the brands separated. At first we had them mixed together, but the MegaBlok ones seem to be more flexible (perhaps thinner ...


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I found video on YouTube for model speed build. Playing on 0.25 speed produce an acceptable result with parts being used in each step. At the second part of the video instruction sheet is also visible (image has been rotated, compared to video):


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I suggest calling Lego customer service (1-800-835-4386) to ask them about a bulk order. Professional "brick artists" like Nathan Sawaya buy their brick directly from Lego. The bulk prices are decent as well. For example, through the LUGbulk program, we got 2x4 bricks for about 9.6 cents each (these sell for $0.30/ea on the Pick-a-brick website). Also, here ...


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There are multiple ways to look at this question, but in any case, probably LEGO. Production LEGO has been prioritizing sustainability as of late, with all of their electrical uses and more already coming from sustainable sources. Our sustainability mission Our mission is to make all LEGO® bricks sustainably by 2030. Why? Because being sustainable is good ...


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There are several Chinese companies making DUPLO clones, many are listed in this fascinating article by Anthony Tomkins of UK LUG The Brickish Association. Communist LEGO, a review of some Chinese copies


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The thing with ABS is a bit more than that simple. The general rule is that if you want to have different/better plastic you need to play with small amounts of co-polymers. 99-point-something of your plastic is the main co-polymer, but the 0-point-nothing decides about fine-tuning of properties. A bit more than 10 years ago a friend of mine was working for ...


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I can't actually offer any thoughts regarding anything but actual bricks, as the first - and only - megabloks purchase I ever made only contained bricks. While my experience with megablocks is limited, I feel confident in offering this advice: Don't do it. My motivation for "playing" with Lego-style blocks at age 29 is probably pretty unique - I use them ...


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Online I would recommend BrickEngraver I think your best bet would be to find a local trophy shop, most will engrave items. Take them some LEGO to test and they should be able to provide what you need without the need to pay shipping.


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My guess is: bestlock construction bricks, a inferior lego clone brand Best-lock logo should be this the only grey and orange set i found Space ship couldn't find the instructions


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In my opinion, LEGO must follow clone brands very closely, and this for a number of reasons. The first, which is obvious and has already been mentioned, is that they want to protect their own intellectual property. As such, they'll want to take legal action as soon as possible when one of their trademarks/copyrights is infringed. The second one is actually ...


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I guess I'm too stunned (I mean, is this for real?) to answer anything remotely meaningful, although some obvious cons come to mind: you get bricks which have been used, potentially a lot, and you have no clue how or by whom (well ok they say they sanitize them in between, but still) you don't get to keep them (well maybe that's a pro given the first con). ...


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Pros: You get to try LEGO sets to see if you like them before you buy You can build LEGO sets that you might not be able to afford You don't have to find a market for sets you don't want to keep long-term You don't have to worry about lost parts, cleaning etc. because someone else takes care of those things for you You don't need to find space to store all ...


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Could it be this one? http://web.archive.org/web/20160410154631/http://commandercottontail.com/index.php/blog/get_post?id=12 If so, I included some photos of the instructions about halfway down in that review.


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If you are looking for the LEGO equivalent of it, it's a Slope, Curved 2 x 2 No Studs, 3 Side Ports Recessed: https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=44675#T=P


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That is the fuselage of 9962 Supersonic Fighter: However, it appears that the stickers haven’t been applied.


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I can only provide info for basic bricks. I am an avid fan of both Lego and mega bloks. That being said there is a large difference in quality in mega bloks sets older then 2010. The more modern sets have increased in quality by fare and I have not had a problem with them falling apart since. Lego and mega bloks bricks fit well together if the mega blocks ...


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Coko definitely does (See here: http://www.edex.com.au/coko-baby-blocks-transport-set-26-pieces.html). Not sure in which countries they are available. There is another question around about a mystery company with an umbrella/smiley/anchor logo on the studs. I've only found System-size bricks and plates from them, but the asker implied she had found Duplo-...


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After some searching, I have finally come up with the brand. I too purchased a lot of bricks and found these odd ones in the mix, they are Tandem bricks, and there isn't too much information out there on them.


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The symbol stamped on the parts you are asking about is the international copyright symbol © and is common on nearly anything with a copyright and not indicative of any particular brand or producer. A decent description of the use and purpose of the symbol can be found at http://www.copyrightlaws.com/international/522/ The tops of Cobi bricks have "...


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It's probably not the best option to use no: according to Wikipedia, glue guns tend to operate at the following temperatures: Low-temperature glue guns operate at approximately 120°C (248°F) [...] High-temperature guns operate at approximately 190°C (374 °F) LEGO and Mega Bloks' primary component, ABS, has a melting point around 105°C (221°F), which is a ...


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I haven't personally used the HiTechnic sensors, but the difference between a gyroscope and a compass is that one measures absolute orientation and the other measures change in orientation. The compass measures absolute orientation via a magnetometer that measures the effect of the Earth's magnetic field on the sensor. The gyro sensor uses some form of MEMS ...


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I don't believe there is a single piece that exists. It's certainly possible to create a mechanism much smaller than the one shown as well as one with fewer pieces. In theory a single piece would not be possible, the mechanism consists of a minimum of two pieces for it to be possible: a rotating drive and a sliding yoke (as well as several additional pieces ...


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Regarding the Bushings, I think the loss of their gripping/clutching power has less to due with a phantom cloning agent, and more to due with the quality of the official LEGO piece, and how plastic degrades over time. My collection has Bushings that are weak too, but its due to age (over 25+ years) and normal play. Mine are not clones. Now the issue with ...


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Something perhaps worth mentioning is that LEGO has announced that they have put $155 million into a new Sustainable Materials Center to develop new materials as an alternative to plastic. Plastic are mostly derived from finite resources like petroleum. Plastic can be recycled but the recycled material can often be inferior, particularly depending on the ...


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We own Polish Wader's "mini block" set. It is mostly compatible with DUPLO, yet some combinations of "foreign" blocks stick poorly to each other. WADER bricks have octagon studs and their logo imprinted. Also, Ukrainian Tigres produces some simple brick sets http://tigres.com.ua/catalogue/plastmassovye-igrushki/konstruktory/konstruktor-122-el/ The forms of ...


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"Both Lego and MEGA Brands use injection-molded ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) plastic to manufacture their elements." -by oddTodd Jun 15 '13 TL;DR: Mega Bloks are NOT ABS. Based on oddTodd's statement alone, I went to the local resale shop and bought a few Mega Bloks for a few cents. My intention was to use the Mega Bloks as a source of colored ...


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In a recent document about the Pick-A-Brick cups comparisons, there was a segment that caught my eye. (bottom of page 7). Official LEGO stores also sell a $70 box of a single piece type. This isn’t something they advertise, but you can ask what they have available and they will sell it to you. It’s also called a “K2 box.” Measuring the volume of ...


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There's lots of third party SENSORS to attach (see very helpful list from Philo), but I found it hard to find any info on third party MOTORS to connect to EV3. Pretty much only the mindsensors.com extensions to connect RC servos and position encoding adapters to slap on power function lego motors. So I took to the LEGO hardware documentation and put together ...


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Unfortunately, I'm not aware of specific factories that are currently tooled to make compatible bricks that you could get in touch with. I have noticed an eBay user that consistently sells Canadian made compatible basic bricks, so it might be worth contacting them to see if you could work out a deal. There are also many companies who will do custom ABS ...


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Both Lego and MEGA Brands use injection-molded ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene) plastic to manufacture their elements. The most obvious difference between the two manufacturing processes is that Lego elements tend to have thicker walls than Mega Blok elements. That accounts for the cheaper "feel" and less clutch power. Obviously MEGA does this to save ...


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