Ask a LEGO Fan

Alternate Set Colors and Glue

Posted in Collecting Bricks & Sets by lfanquestions on April 12, 2010

Joao writes:

I recently found the Lego Dragon set (3724) and its instructions. I
would like to build it but with a different color pattern. Is there
software that I can use to load a set and then visualize it with
different colors?

This set seems to be made mostly of “standard” bricks and plates. What
would be the most cost-efficient way of obtaining these pieces?
Digital designer? Pick a brick? BrickLink? Ebay? Other?

Also, is there a LEGO-compatible temporary glue that can be used to
assemble this in a semi-permanent fashion? It would be sturdy for
display but if we end up wanting to get the pieces back, we could
maybe dissolve the glue with another compound and recover the bricks.

Thanks for all the work you put into this site. It is really useful!

Dear Joao,

You can find the set inventory here:

The set contains 30 types of green elements which you will replace with another color.  Create a want list of these elements on BrickLink.  Then search for larger stores that will have many of the pieces you need.

Most fans are not in favor of using glue.  However, you may want to check out a craft glue such as Sobo.  This type of glue will set up quickly but should be removable with water in the future.




Extra Elements

Posted in Uncategorized by lfanquestions on April 12, 2010

Joao writes:

Sets typically come with a few extra small parts. I always thought
these were random freebies that came along because it was easier for
LEGO to package them with a bit of error. I’ve now seen websites with
part lists where they list the exact quantities of these extra parts,
so the freebies everyone gets seems to be consistent.

These parts are not advertised in the pcs count on the box. Why are
these extra parts included with the sets then?

Thank you.

Dear Joao,

LEGO weighs each bag in a set during the packaging process.  The bags must fall within a weight range or they will be removed from the line.  Additional small light weight elements are often included in sets.  It must be more efficient and cost effective for TLG to include these additional pieces than manually check the contents of each bag.



LEGO Exclusives at Brick and Mortar Stores?

Posted in Collecting Bricks & Sets, Marketplace by lfanquestions on April 12, 2010

Dan writes:

Any idea if or when retail stores will pick up current exclusive items like the Imperial Flagship or Grand Emporium?  Thanks for your time.

Dear Dan,

Certain exclusive sets may be sold by brick and mortar retail stores such as Toys R Us approaching holiday seasons.  My recommendation would be to order the sets online from Shop at Home or Amazon during the holiday discount season later this year.