Some of it may be your own perception changing, such as a room you remember being big when you were a kid, but which you find small as an adult. So when you perceive bricks as being softer, it could actually be that they aren't, but that your perception changed. (If you were to walk barefoot on LEGO bricks for one hour per day, your feet would eventually ...
I can't definitively answer, but I can say that this has been a common observation around the late 1990's and early 2000's-- nothing to do with Chinese manufacturing.
I personally made the observation when comparing construction in large-scale creations in 1999/2000 and later in 2005. The large scale creation in 1999/2000 was a very large building, ...
Plastic pieces will become harder over time. Not sure why, but I think it is that the substance that were added to make the plastic a little softer evaporates over time.
I have been told that the people designing sets for LEGO never use pieces older than 2 years. This is because harder pieces will have more clutch power than softer pieces and because of ...
Yes. LEGO® may still be a toy, but it clearly a toy for all ages. Here are two examples:
LEGO Architecture is clearly aimed at adults.
From one of LEGO's press releases:
With models developed in collaboration with architects, LEGO Architecture inspires future architects, engineers and designers as well as architecture fans around ...
While you could indeed manage the project with a tool like GitHub (using the Issues feature), you might be better off initially managing the tasks through a tool like Trello which allows you to create tasks and move them through various status (i.e. Planned, In Progress, Review, Complete) in a fairly simple, intuitive user interface.
An issue with managing ...
Yes there is, and the standard is not unique to trains, but rather applicable to all LEGO construction. It is called MILS (Modular Integrated Landscaping System). You can find its specification in many places, but a good resource is at L-Gauge.org, where they have many more resources and standards for the LEGO train hobby.
I'll address some points from Zhaph - Ben Duguid's answer:
While you could indeed manage the project with a tool like GitHub (using the Issues feature), you might be better off initially managing the tasks through a tool like Trello which allows you to create tasks and move them through various status (i.e. Planned, In Progress, Review, Complete) in a ...
The main discussion boards for teen and adult LEGO fans are as follows:
EuroBricks Forum - this is one of the oldest and most established LEGO fan forums with a huge number of discussions going on at any given time. You can find everything here from news, to custom building, to contests.
Brickset Forum - this is the second largest LEGO forum, mostly ...
For a guy who's 20 you can ignore the age limits. LEGO used to label set with "N..99" age limits but these days that sort of humour is less appreciated. It's still true, though.
I suggest focus more on what he's interested in, and what you think he'd enjoy building. Within the LEGO Star Wars range there are quite a lot of options. If he's mostly into ...
The most recent number of LCP's I've seen is 21 and it was announced just few days ago1.
LEGO has a page with names and some details on 15 of them only:
Prince (Shenghui) Jiang
It's MODification, "My Own Design" is silly.
Also used quite extensively outside of the LEGO community, e.g. in gaming a MOD is altered game code you execute, either to cheat or too change graphics for fun.
So an existing set where you altered things to is a MOD.
A MOC is created from scratch.
Lighting is key for any camera, but especially for the sensors in cell phones, tablets, and inexpensive point and shoots.
If you place your LEGOs in daylight or under a bright white LED / CFL you may find your iPad will do just fine. Whereas, under normal room lighting the photos become a noisy mess.
According to the What is BrickCon? page, BrickCon claims to be the "longest running fan-based LEGO® convention". Its first edition took place in 2002.
Note that there are events which are older (LEGOworld in the Netherlands for example which I believe started in 2001), so I suppose BrickCon's claim is specific for conventions, and not exhibitions - although ...
There is a new cowboy set based on the lone ranger film coming out this year-summer 2013, looks really good for younger generation but thats it for the moment- not really a afol kit as such. info came from brickset- there were some pictures too, i think the article was about three months ago.
First of all, there needs to be an opening for one, which typically means LEGO feels they need more Certified Professionals in a particular region.
The most-recent opening was last November and was presumably filled in December. For this most-recent one, LEGO had a posting on their website where people could apply, and they made a small announcement to fan ...
When you're correcting anyone and everyone that says "Legos" regardless of their age.
When you're editing every question and answer I post to correct Lego to LEGO. :P
When your Lego collection is worth more than your car and/or house.
When you have an entire room in your house dedicated to Lego.
When you want to show every child and parent at the PAB wall ...
As you indicate yourself, the best answers regarding your question and current LEGO are already given in the other post. If you are not restricted by "current LEGO", I know of two more options:
You might want to look at Nanoblocks which, while still a children's toy, has smaller bricks and a different color pallette. I don't know much about the quality of ...
I've used pretty inexpensive point and shoot digital cameras to some degree of luck. But I also use a semi decent photo editing software to fix lighting and crop the image.
On my current LEGO Church Project build I've been using my Galaxy Tab Pro's camera which has a flash and it works rather well. Better than the cameras I had been using.
But the key as ...