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10 Illegal Lego Techniques You’ll Wish You Knew As A Kid

People Are Sharing Their “Lego Hacks” And It Changes Everything

I had no idea that adult illegal LEGO building techniques were a thing. In fact, there are stringent rules around building LEGO sets (who knew?).

And, as we all know, where there are rules, there are rule-breakers. You know, LEGO hacks. Meet the rebels you never knew existed: the ones who come up with ways to make that LEGO set work no matter what.

And now I can see why. I was assembling a desk from the box just last week, and after reviewing my parts and the instructions, I realized I was missing an essential little piece that would make my desk work. Apparently the same thing happens to LEGO sets! You can get all the way to the end, spend hours and hours of your time, and be missing an essential piece.

Before, you might have torn out your hair. However, now that you have these techniques, you can save yourself time and frustration. And hair.

Just don’t tell anyone. Especially not the LEGO police.

Top 10 Illegal Lego Building Techniques That Are Absolute Genius

#1: Raspberry Beret

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As with many genius things, simplicity is key. Why not put a raspberry on the top of a mini-figure for an added effect?

#2: Brick Paving

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Using rectangular pieces in a sequenced pattern, you can achieve a brick technique. This basically gives you a perfect version of real-life brick for your builds!

#3: What’s A Quaffle?

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One of the most inventive techniques, here you can use those little brown pieces with a shield to create a Quaffle. Looks to me like this is the intersection of LEGO nerds and Harry Potter nerds. No offence, nerds.

#4: Asymmetry: So Hot Right Now

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A popular interior and exterior design effect is the stone wall. You can re-create this by joining a bunch of standard bricks with both stud holes and studs on the sides. Because of this, they’ll form a base. From there, you cram the little black pieces between the holes so the hooked pieces fit perfectly. Props to whoever came up with this technique!

5: A LEGO Roof

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Using several LEGO parts mounted on each other, you can form a realistic looking roof for your next build. Be careful though and ensure it’s not ‘load bearing’ as the pieces are not meant to be combined like this. As a result, they won’t be very stable.

6. Studly Columns

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Apparently it’s super cool to have studs facing out in LEGOLAND. This technique will help you make columns with all the studs facing out. To achieve the overall look, however, you’ll also need to fit thin tiles to the studs. The trick here is to make bricks with studs on all sides. You can achieve this with connectors or little LEGO axles.

7: LEGO Cluster

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By forcing different bricks together in a way that they shouldn’t be, it creates something pretty fascinating. Not exactly sure what it is, but it could pass for a car engine (maybe?) or a piece of abstract art. Either way, it looks neat and takes some creativity to come up with so that’s cool.

8. LEGO Thingamabob

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By simply joining the sides of two pieces together with a connector piece, you can create a weird, wobbly effect. The funny thing about this technique is that the pieces would otherwise just be mounted on one another anyways. Because of this, you’re adding a step and it creates a neat little effect.

9. Flower Power

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You know those pretty little flowers that come with your set? They can also help you build bricks with studs on both sides. The benefit with this technique when compared with others is that there will be no gap in between your bricks. Because of this, you’ll get a more polished, finished look.

10. Double-Sided Toy Delight

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Unlike the trick featured in #9: Flower Power, this one will leave you with a little bit of a gap in between your bricks. The benefit is that you can build basically any double-sided toy you can think of. Seems there’s an alternate use for all of the little connector pieces. How cool.

How’s that for 10 amazing illegal LEGO building techniques? Now go and make some magic!

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