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The LEGO Shop online website has a page where you can see which sets are marked as 'Retiring Soon'. USA - LEGO Shop UK - LEGO Shop


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Well, I opened it up without much success, and took some pictures of the process: At first I tried pushing/prying the light grey tabs away from the dark gray "bottom", but those weren't budging So plan B: wedge it apart: It was opening, but I was also distorting the plastic in the process - perhaps if I had a hot air station or something, I could have of ...


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In order to sell older sets, TLG would have to either: (1) continue a production run even when the demand for a set has dropped off Production capacity is limited to a set number of components / sets at a time, and it makes sense to focus on newer, more profitable lines. For example, the moulds which produce LEGO parts are unbelievably expensive, but each ...


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It hasn't been officially announced yet, but there are at least four large LEGO DUPLO train sets coming this summer. This includes two extension train track packs with straight tracks, curved tracks, switches, bridges, and train crossings. The two full train sets will include more of the same tracks. The set numbers for the extension packs are #10872 and #...


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I don’t have an answer to why they stopped, but this site is trying to get instructions together for all the old stuff. www.backoftheboxbuilds.com


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3652 Technic Engine Piston Square 2 x 2 This part was included in sets from 1977 until 1995, but it began to be replaced by 2851 starting in 1990: The main advantage of the newer piston is that it allows more pistons to fit in a smaller area of space. The piston is able to fit into the 2850 2x2 cylinder: The old piston required a brick-built 4x4 cylinder, ...


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There are a lot of factors to consider, but I believe the key one is a matter of production capacity. At any given time, the LEGO company can only produce a finite number of different elements and sets. As older sets stay in production, they would mean that less new sets can be produced, and the same goes for parts. As far as parts are concerned, TLC pushes ...


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There is a list of recalls dating back to 2002 on the LEGO site, so that's a start. It contains two items: A specific version of the IR remote, typically used for trains. A one piece toy truck, only sold in the USA.


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You can find the instruction booklets on BrickLink. They only costs a few dollars. They are not just about instructions. They include a whole curriculum for systematically learning advanced building techniques and building concepts with lots of information, seed ideas, alternate builds, etc. Here are the listings for the for LEGO Master Builder Academy ...


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Hey, there Happy Dog! These train pieces? Part #BB37 - Train Brick 2 x 4 x 1 1/3 Sliding Block with Wheels Holder. Part #Wheel2A - Wheel Spoked for Motor. Together they appear in these LEGO sets. See ya!


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Gev already answered the question about availability. LEGO Ideas sets are produced in small quantities. Perhaps this will change in the future as LEGO Ideas is now out of beta testing and was brought in-house by LEGO. The Curiosity is not going to be back unfortunately. I just called LEGO about this a couple of days ago. As far as the Curiosity inventory, ...


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I don't recall an official statement, but one story I read said that they made a deal with the original designer to limit production to one run, but that seems almost apocryphal. As for buying the pieces you need, I would think you'd have better luck on Bricklink. It's possible that the PaB on S@H might have all the pieces necessary, but that seems truly ...


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I believe the reason is purely commercial. Why would parents buy another box of bricks if there are pictures of so many things their kid can build with only one set? Nowadays there are no alternate models on backsides of boxes. Instead, there are some teaser pictures of other sets, and sometimes a message saying "Collect them all!" Isn't it rather obvious?...


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Could be the button indeed. These buttons are conductive rubber pressing on the circuit boards integrated contacts. Might need some cleaning there... Disassembly of the RCX is not easy but can be done. You have to remove the screws in the battery compartment, then pull slightly to disengage and remove the black IR front. Once this is done, you can pull out ...


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I do believe the LEGO Group has limited the instructions to only one build, not including the sets that are meant to re-build differently (in this case there are 3 instruction sheets). If instead of actually rebuilding the set you mean alternate views (like the back of a model, or the unfolded model, etc.) this still applies to most sets that have an inside,...


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