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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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I'll take a stab at starting to answer this one, but I'm pretty sure it's going to need some refinement as it goes along since the answer does not appear to be quite consistent across all themes. In general you can assume that a particular set will only be available for one year after it has been introduced. The exceptions to that general rule seem to be: ...


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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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The Technic minifigures last from 1986 to the year 2000. As far as I'm aware LEGO haven't released a statement on why the figures were removed. Minifigures are expensive and using them limits Technic sets to a certain scale. Having a dynamic sense of scale allowed Lego to create the £9.99 ($10.90) 8045 and the £61.65 ($89.99) 8295, two variations of the ...


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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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I don't know about official word, but according to BrickLink, that Conveyor Belt hasn't been included as part of a set since 1975, so I think it's safe to say that it's not in production any more. However, if you're looking to buy one, people are selling them.


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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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As for the why, I imagine that LEGO consider a number of factors. First, as Ambo100 has said, the figures introduce limitations into the sets that can be removed if they are removed. Second, I suspect that one reason is that LEGO will have done a lot of market research and testing of their products, and have discovered that in the target market for Technic ...


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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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If a part hasn't been included in a set for some time, there's always a chance it may be in a future set. It's unlikely that a part that was last seen in a set over 30 years ago would still be in production. Bricklink will list the years the part was included in a set. Certain elements may have been replaced by a superior mold for one more reasons. The old ...


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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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There is a list of recent recalls 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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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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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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The best way to get an authoritative answer would be to contact the LEGO customer service and ask if you can get a replacement for the part. They do have the necessary software to check if a part is available or not, but you'll need to describe the part as unambiguously as possible. Also, they may not always make a distinction between different versions of a ...


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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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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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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 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 back sides of boxes. Instead there are some teaser pictures of another sets, and a message "Collect them all!" Isn't it rather obvious? Anyone of ...


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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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