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First off, as you mentioned, Ebay is not the greatest place on the net to get bricks. As you seem to be aware of, it is difficult to get individual bricks from these individual sellers. Having to pay separate shipping from various buyers plus the unreasonable prices can really add up. Then there's LEGO Shop. Here, you can buy LEGO bricks directly from the ...


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You can either buy them on BrickLink, or contact LEGO Customer Service directly. BrickLink might be the cheaper of the two options, but if LEGO has them in stock, they are guaranteed to be factory-new.


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Basically, it's a program in which LEGO Master Builders share and impart their LEGO building knowledge to members. If you remember LEGO BrickMaster, MBA is sort of a successor to that. There's a Guide section in the LEGO MBA site that answers your questions. Specifically, from What is LEGO MBA?: What is this "Academy"? LEGO Master Builder Academy is an ...


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If you contact your closest LEGO store, they can sell you a 'case' of bricks for about $70, which will give you, I'm told, about 650 2x4 bricks, which is about $0.11 per brick. These are bricks that usually go into the pick-a-brick wall. You might be able to buy case by just walking into the store, but expect the manager to have to order the bricks, with a ...


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You're probably the only one who can answer that question, but here are a few thoughts anyway. If you're interested in mechanic complexity and how machines work, Technic is indeed a good way to go. And as you hint, it can evolve into robotics, whether with a NXT or with anything else you fancy. If you're after building complexity, I wouldn't recommend the ...


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The usual phrases I've seen include some mixture of the following: Universal interlocking bricks Modular building system Plastic construction toy blocks and so on... But don't forget adding "Compatible with leading brands" if it is indeed the case :)


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It can be done, but you need to be able to handle the packages. Different minifigure series may require different approaches, from barcodes to patterns of dots or dimples to feeling for certain characteristic parts in the bags. Those approaches have been documented in a number of places: Series 6 (feel + dots) Series 5 (feel) Series 4 (bumps) Series 3 (...


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Brickset allows you to export a search as .CSV and appears to include prices for all regularly available sets - this does exclude promotional sets (i.e. in-store, newspaper vouchers, magazine gifts, partner stores, or VIP/special offers) and educational sets (only available through specialist educational retailers), or pick-a-brick/model options. Running a ...


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First off, there is not going to be an NXT 3.0. If there is, I would be extremely surprised. This rumor was started back on April 1st, 2010 with a post on this blog (scroll to the bottom). Since then, many of people have been tricked. They even made another post the day afterward confessing that it was fake. Despite this, the rumor traveled to people who ...


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For older sets, you can buy replicas made by some Dutch fans. I've met them on a few occasions and have seen the stickers they make and quite frankly, the quality is excellent. As far as I can see they don't do Technic sets yet, but it can't hurt to ask. Granted, they are not genuine, but for genuine LEGO sticker sheets you'll usually end up paying a ...


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Garage-sales, estate-sales, second-hand stores, flea-markets and graigslists are the most common way to source out used LEGO. This is especially true in neighborhoods where there is a LEGO store nearby so a lot of kids have them, or where LEGO is popular in the community in general (suburbs and middle-class neighborhoods are especially great places to scout)....


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Bricklink really is the best place to get bricks you are looking for. It works really well once you get the hang of it. It also makes it pretty easy to find pieces you are looking for... if you know what it's called or how to describe it. The hardest thing to get used to is what parts are called. So my suggestion is to find a seller with a large ...


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You have three basic choices, depending on how much time you want to spend: Sell the collection as-is (with as much honest description as you can muster and great photos if you're selling on-line). Sort the collection into sets and sell them as-is with parts / figs missing. Sort into sets and replace missing parts / figs. These three are not mutually ...


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The Brick Blogger describes in detail how the LUGBULKS system works. The LUGBULK program debuted in 2009 and still operates as a pilot program for LEGO. LEGO realizes that AFOLs are the ones that make communities aware of LEGO in a wide range of venues that LEGO does not have the time or resources to reach. Therefore, supplying these AFOLs with ...


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You can create a wishlist, then view sellers ordered by the number of lots they have of the items in that wishlist. That should give you a good starting point.


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Selling used LEGO is definitely legal, at least in most legal systems. One of the most basic property rights involves the right to transfer ownership as long as both parties agree on the terms. Even selling items under copyright (instructions, box art, games, etc) is legal under the first-sale doctrine. I don't see any reason that any of the 3 things that ...


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The most current Mindstorms set would be the NXT 2.0. The set is advertised for children aged 10+ (previously 16+). If you or your child is under 10 but has a talent for building with LEGO and a basic understanding of computers or engineering the whole process should be fairly easy to get to grips with. The set itself is quite an investment (RRP £235/$...


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The well known, smiling, gender-neutral multifigure head can be bought on auction sites like Bricklink. The classic faces are still in production now and are on the minifig or every set in the modular series. (The Grand Emporium alone has seven of these heads) As well as other modern classics like the carousel, winter toy shop and town plan. Up to five of ...


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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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As a conservative approach I would suggest the LEGO Juniors series which has cars and other sets and that are easy to build. However, from first hand experience I can tell that kids learn quickly. Even if reading instructions is too difficult, playing with regular LEGO parts will soon be a lot of fun. Besides : Losing small parts will be an issue with ...


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The LEGO Store has the Pick-a-Brick service, which allows you to bulk buy elements, up to 999 of any one element apparently. It's not necessarily the cheapest, for example 2x4's are GBP£0.19 each, so purchasing 999 of them would cost me £189.81 plus shipping - there's no obvious savings/discounts for bulk ordering. As Refro points out, BrickLink might be a ...


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A brief search led me to a very thorough blog post by Ruth Suehle on GeekMom, which includes the data and a Graph: Does It Feel Like Lego Bricks Just Keep Getting More Expensive? In her findings, she found that average cost per piece in 2011 is about US$0.12, down from a high in the '80s of about US$0.40 - these prices were adjusted for inflation, etc. ...


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You probably came across BrickLink. They sell pretty much anything LEGO related, including original boxes and instruction books.


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LEGO bricks aren't suitable for children under 3 as they are considered a potential choking hazard. LEGO also sell a DUPLO brand of construction toys which are twice the size of regular bricks. DUPLO bricks are designed for children aged 1½ to 5 years old.


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BrickLink is by far the best place to buy LEGO. It is also very easy to use. Once you get how it works, you will never look back. There are several very helpful videos on YouTube showing you how to use BrickLink most efficiently. Here is one: http://youtu.be/Cyat8aFVk_k I have also put together a detailed written guide on how to use BrickLink here: http://...


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I am not aware of any sellers that do this, but if you like to assemble discontinued sets, bricklink has a feature that allows you to do this using bricklink seller inventories. Just look up the set on bricklink, add the Inventory to your wishlist and review which sellers have the pieces you need, then order them. Go to the "Wanted" tab on Bricklink: http://...


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Not going to argue with the reason for the request, but here are some options that give (close to) the best price per part: Any classic brick box typically gives you a less than $0.05 per part price. Getting those on discount can get you even lower. (E.g. 10704 when on sale at WM in the US was $20 for 900 bricks - or a little over $0.02 per brick). Special ...


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Sets from the Classic line tend to have a good value in terms of cost per brick. The trade-off is that you don't get a large model to build in many advanced pieces.


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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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I'd say that an initial HO scale set was probably cheaper than a LEGO version, although a direct comparison isn't easy, and it can rapidly get out of hand once you start adding more elements in. Initial Purchases The closest I can find is probably comparing 7939 LEGO Cargo Train, which is currently selling in the LEGO shop for £130: With something like ...


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