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Where did Octan come from? Why was it chosen?

Octan, is simply Octane in Danish, which is a chemical in and associated with gasoline making it a sensible name for a fictional petroleum/energy company. The LEGO Group (under pressure by a ...
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Why do some LEGO City vehicles have tiles in their chassis?

I asked one of the set designers at LEGO, Samuel Johnson, on Twitter. Here is our conversation: This to aid in the building flow for children aged 5 and up. Easy to spot on the page, easy to find in ...
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Is there any reason behind fancy bricks in invisible places?

This piece is only two plates high, to have another piece in here you would need to stack two plates, which would make the total pieces count rise, or more expensive might be more difficult to tear ...
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Why does my 60198 train get lots of wheel spin?

Slipping of a wheel is caused by a too low friction between the wheel and the surface. The most straightforward solution would be to reduce the mass of the carriages the locomotive has to pull, but ...
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Train level crossing using 2021 road plates

It occurred to me that you could use 8-stud-long tiles, tilted ~3 degrees, resting on plates at different heights. Side view from a quick LeoCAD mock-up: Since clipping the tile to plates at ...
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60197 Passenger Train control problem

I thought I’d update you on the situation for anyone else in a similar position. I got in touch with Lego via email, it took a while for them to get back due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which is totally ...
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What set is the safari car in the 2020 catalogue from?

That's a new 60267 set to be released this year under City theme:
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Building techniques for designing a LEGO City Street scene?

Calculations / Pre-process I started off by guessing that your MOCs are about 7 minifigs tall. If a minifig is 4 bricks tall that makes the overall height 28 bricks tall. It looks like the tallest ...
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Looking for sets to use as components of a 1930s - 1940s European city

What about the 75930 Indoraptor Rampage for an almost timeless mansion? Without the raptors it is not too expensive. The 10228 Haunted house could provide a good basis for a rebrick of a nice ...
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Augment LEGO City Mobile Command Center 60139 with Power Functions LEGO 8293?

You are not likely going to be able to add the power functions motor to this set without some major modifications. The truck in the set uses pin type wheel connections, the motors normally use technic ...
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Help identifying LEGO set with yellow construction vehicle arm?

This is from: 60122-1: Volcano Crawler
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How to distinguish official LEGO mini movies from non-official movies?

Hello Eran's family! How are you all doing today? Please try these methods instead: The Publisher's Home Page - DON'T go directly to the search box to search the term "LEGO city mini movies", but ...
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Why there are "unnecessary" bricks in 60080 LEGO City Space Port?

I have always assumed that the pieces in question were place holders to simplify assembly. Their bright color and location help insure proper alignment for less experienced builders. One must realize ...
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Trains overview image

There is a new project called Train Poster v2 which is making a new poster with all trains from the 1960's until today. It is still a work in progress as of 2016.
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Need help identifying the set for these parts green pieces

The wedge piece is 43712pb023 Wedge 6 x 4 Triple Curved with Air Vent and Hatch Pattern (Sticker) - Set 7734 and comes from set 7734-1 Cargo Plane. The tubular brick is 6042 Brick, Modified Octagonal ...
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What is the name of this part

BrickLink calls it Part 52501 Slope, Inverted 45 6 x 1 Double with 1 x 4 Cutout:
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Can you help me identify this set? (Emergency vehicles maybe?)

Looks like Set# 60060-1 Auto Transporter.
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Train level crossing using 2021 road plates

There's now an "official" answer to this question thanks to the summer 2022 Train Station (60335): This set includes a level crossing that is built as follows: This doesn't make use of any ...
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Train level crossing using 2021 road plates

Since the lips of slope bricks rest half a plate below the two-plate-thick roadplates, a solution might be.... to elevate the whole track by half a plate. This can be done with baseplates: Of course, ...
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Looking for sets with lots of printed parts or other special parts to use as components for my city

Lego has somewhat recently started a theme called Xtras, if case you weren't aware. They have a variety of odds & ends great for detailing builds. They do have some printed tiles in a few of the ...
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Looking for sets with lots of printed parts or other special parts to use as components for my city

All of the decorations in the LEGO Juniors (now called LEGO 4+) sets are printed, and they tend to have a lot of nice decorations. Decorated parts in the LEGO Ideas sets are also almost always printed,...
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I bought a LEGO set from a yardsale and have no instructions, box or date

If the boat is dark blue then the set is almost certain to be set 60069-1 Swamp Police Station since according to Bricklink it is the only occurrence of the boat (part 62812 Boat, Rubber Raft, Large) ...
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Is there on/off function on the 8879 IR Speed Remote Control?

No, it doesn't have a specific on-off switch. But like most remote controls, it uses very little power unless it's actually transmitting. I find that self-discharge in the batteries is more of an ...
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Need help identifying these 3 bags

These bags are very likely the Cargo Truck (60020).
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Identify 2011 set number, red car with criminal minifigure

This is from set 60007: High Speed Chase based on Chains M Plate M 5 ظ3, 2 Hole. There are only two sets with this part in Medium Stone Grey. The other set is the Star Wars UCS B-wing
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Why does my 60198 train get lots of wheel spin?

For a locomotive counterweight, you might consider the 73090a 2x6x2 weighted brick https://www.bricklink.com/catalogItemIn.asp?P=73090a&in=S Bricklink shows them with train sets, but I never had ...
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Ideas for a price tag on parts from old city set?

Bricklink price-guides: The trapezoid: https://www.bricklink.com/catalogPG.asp?P=55767&ColorID=86 The smooth plates: https://www.bricklink.com/catalogPG.asp?P=48288&ColorID=85 Don't know ...
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When did Lego switch from 4 to 6 stud width of Windscreen?

I noticed this, too. But only after the "Speed Champions" came out a few years ago. (I didn't give much attention to CITY.) It seems to me like the LEGO Racers got wider, more detailed sets starting ...
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Identify classic City sets from box of assembled parts

From left to right in your first photo: Police Station (6384): Fire Copter 1: Motorcycle Shop (6373): Fire Patrol Copter (6657): Fire Station (6382): Your second photo includes: Gas Station (...
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How to make a RPG (Rocket Propelled Grenade)

Some of the Indiana Jones sets had some simple heavy weapon builds in them. Set# 7625 had a belt fed/ammo-box mount style machine gun: Set# 7626 had a RPG:
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