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No, it's not an acronym. The name 'LEGO' is an abbreviation of the two Danish words "leg godt", meaning "play well". All-caps is how the LEGO company asks to have their brand treated. Using the LEGO® brand ALWAYS write the LEGO brand name in capital letters. ALWAYS use a descriptive noun after the LEGO brand name, it must never appear on ...


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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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The Travis Brick is the 1×1 brick with studs on four sides. The nickname arose amongst LEGO Space builders. It was nicknamed The Travis after talented Space builder Travis Kunce. He liked the part so much he had a tattoo of it. The brick is especially useful in SNOT techniques as it has studs on all but the bottom surface.


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Quick answer: LEGO gear module is 1 (metric). See Section 3.4 at this link: http://bdml.stanford.edu/Main/CrawlerNotes The consensus seems to be the following: Lego gears have a metric module of 1, which is the same as a pitch of 25.4 teeth per inch of diameter. Pressure angle is likely to be about 20 degrees. (This is the most common angle with modern ...


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LEGO Juniors sets use normal LEGO System bricks. In other words, they are exactly the same size as the "normal" LEGO bricks. However, the Junior sets are specifically designed for younger children. They often have large single-use pieces (for example, for walls or frames), and are generally very easy to construct. They also limit the use of small or ...


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A cheese slope resembles a chunk of cheese from a cheese wheel. They happen to also be the perfect size for minifigures to interact with: ‘Lego Cheese Farm’ by AIatariel, http://www.flickr.com/photos/alatariel1181/10582728886/


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Alexander O'Mara's answer is correct, however I'd like to add the reasoning behind LEGO's desire to impose such strict rules on their name's usage. According to the copyright laws generic terms can't be a protected trademark and thus if people start using "lego" as a term to describe any bricks-based game - they might loose the exclusivity to their brand. ...


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The official story is that Ole Kirk Kristiansen didn't realise until years after naming the company what it meant in Latin (normally it's said to mean "I put together", not "I collect"), and as there was no construction over the products made in the first many years, it seems unlikely that he should have thought along those lines.


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LEGO has some arrangements in Asia (I think currently it's only in Asia, but I don't think anyone has said it can't be done elsewhere), where third parties get a permission/license to call stores official.


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SPUA - Special Part Used Again, a part which is seemingly only for a particular set or theme, but is used again List of LEGO Abbreviations from Brickipeda


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Terminology This is the most basic terminology in a single image: A bit more verbose version is found in this slideshow, but there are a few factual errors, highlighted in the comments below. The various parts are named based on their main characteristics, then their sizes in studs, as seen here: After getting the hang of it, it's time to advance to ...


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It's "a campaign to help nurture the creative skills of the next generation", launched by LEGO on September 17, 2019. From the LEGO website: Today, the LEGO Group and musician Mark Ronson launch Rebuild The World, a campaign to help nurture the creative skills of the next generation. Over 100 children will meet Mark and other inspiring figures, ...


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The answer can be closer than you think. Quoting from the Bricks help page: Bricks is a question and answer site for LEGO and building block enthusiasts.


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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.


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I've heard variations on "Big Ugly Rock PieceS". However, I've also seen the term used to describe any large piece that the builder thinks has little reusable value due to its shape being pretty specific to a certain use. Obviously the mountain pieces are built to look like pieces of rock. But there's also some tower elements in the Harry Potter sets that ...


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As you say, the figures used in the LEGO Games are called Micro-figures - these appear to be based on LEGO Part 90398 - Minifig Trophy Statuette, while Marcus refers to them as "Tiny Figures" in his video, the press release that is talked about on most of the sites calls them "micro-figures" as well - I guess LEGO can't call them "Nano-Figures" as that would ...


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I suggest calling them "trophy figures". Here is my reasoning: First, we need to understand a key term: Microscale. In Lego terms, microscale means anything smaller than minifig scale. Here is the definition from the Lego MBA Designer Handbook: Kit 2 - Microbuild Designer: By that definition, both the traditional "microfig" found in the games and a few ...


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LEGO and others sometimes calls those pieces a "bearing element". This term however is not limited to just that axle. LEGO's replacement parts service calls the holes they go into "HOLE Ø11" (possibly read "Hole Diameter 11"): The width of the axle is roughly equivalent to the width of a "bar", like the 30374 piece used for Lightsabers as such. None of ...


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As far as I am aware there are 3 types of LEGO stores: Owned and operated by TLG. Licenced by TLG to 3rd party to operate under LEGO brand. In this group (most likely) your official region distributor may have a shop dedicated to LEGO brand only, however it doesn't offer benefits of official shops operated by TLG. Mainly the VIP points. Company owning such ...


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According to BrickLink, the cheese slope, part number 54200, first appeared in a handful of sets in 2004. In the mid-1990s, the AFOL community hung out on the Usenet newsgroup rec.toys.lego and its predecessor, alt.toys.lego. A Google Groups search of the archives of these newsgroups finds no references to the cheese slope. At some point in the late 1990s, ...


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As was mentioned in another answer, the cheese slope looks like a slice of cheese at around minifigure scale. This part has also actually been used as cheese in official sets, including Medieval Market Village:


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Yes, here is the basic terminology Lego bricks names list.


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...actually it’s a highly sophisticated interlocking brick system source Lego Movie Quotes on WIkipedia


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I have seen the sentence "Compatible." in product descriptions. When you are selling interlocking plastic toys, you can assume that everyone knows what this means.


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As far as I can find, there are very few official "scale" terms used in LEGO. The term "Minifig-scale" is a fan term and is fairly loose, as the scale of the figs themselves don't really equate to reasonable human dimensions. Add to that the fact that minifig-scale vehicles and buildings have had variable relative sizes compared to minifigs, making it ...


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LUGBULK does allow members to buy things at a reduced cost that is determined by LEGO's production pricing. I know our LUG allows each member to pick a certain number of elements that we want and then vote on the remainder. That way, everyone is guaranteed a certain amount pieces they want. Plus we can choose from the rest of the line-up also. But of ...


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I cannot find any cases of the Jumper Plate brick having a Danish nickname, the closest you might get to a Danish nicknamed would be a literal translation: jumper plade. The Erling brick is a very rare case of a brick being named after its creator. I imagine most bricks created nowadays are produced by not one but several people. It's possible that such a ...


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Our categories are: brick shaped mechanical people people tools finish Then L, M, S within each of these. Brick is any rectangular prism, flat or otherwise. Mechanical are any that can spin or move when connected. Shaped are not mechanical or brick. People tools are anything that fits in a LEGO hand, not otherwise mechanical. Finish are smooth pieces that ...


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Lego Juniors is fine for 3-year-olds who know not to put toys in their mouths. My son, when he was three, was playing with regular System Lego (of which Juniors is a subset) and it was okay. If it's important to you that your son have things like vehicles, or minifigs, and that he build the whole set himself, then Juniors is the way to go. Otherwise, I see ...


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From the book Crazy Action Contraptions page 47 has a nice graphic showing the relation between the sizes of different pieces. I'd add that it is more common to call a "sideways brick" a stud. All lego elements are measured in studs. Using the same example as on the far right of the image, this Technic Axle is four studs long.


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