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This is the FAQ for the rec.toys.lego newsgroup
                                       
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   company.
   
   I compiled it from information in postings, email contributions and
   catalogues. Providers of larger pieces of information are mentioned.
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   Tom Pfeifer
   e-mail: pfeifer@multicon.de
   phone (Germany) +49-30-3463-7288
   
   *** Last-modified: Jun 19, 2000
   *** New since last version
   Legoland park California Openings 2000
   Legoland parks Billund, Windsor: 2000
   Bulk orders
   new comment about plural of LEGO
   *** Recent updates:
   German Address changed
   Profit section updated
   minor corrections, phone numbers, etc.
   *** Since Jan 30, 1996 The LEGO company has its own www-server:
   http://www.lego.com/
   
The charter of this group:

   To provide a forum for the discussion of all things and experiences
   relating to the LEGO(tm), DUPLO(tm) and compatible construction toys.
   Including interesting models that one has built, experiences one has
   had using LEGO, or questions about how to build particular components.
   
Contents:

    1. Addresses, Phone numbers, Mail order, Clubs
    2. Books, papers, videos about LEGO
    3. Bulk orders, Price comparison & profits
    4. LegoLand theme parks
    5. Large displays / play rooms
    6. Computer connections and DACTA
    7. Plural of LEGO
    8. LEGO advertising
    9. How to wash LEGO pieces
   10. Storing / sorting / using LEGO
   11. Taking pieces apart
   12. LEGO history / What does LEGO mean
   13. Material, Technology and Measurements
   14. Nice quotations
   15. FTP and WWW sites, further references
   16. Substitutes / compatibles / clones
       
Subject: 1) International addresses, Phone numbers, Mail order, Clubs

   Please mail any changes of numbers to the editor of this faq.
   
   See also http://www.lego.com/info/addresses/default.asp
   
   Mail order:
          USA: see Shop at Home 1
          and Lego Imagination Center
          Canada: see Shop at Home 2
          Europe: Ask your local service department for the
          "LEGO Service catalog of spare parts"
          
          From Denmark: This department store might send you something
          (Jeffrey T. Crites (crites@cc.purdue.edu) has computerized
          their price list):
          Magasin Du Nord
          13, Kongens Nytorv
          DK-1095 Copenhagen K
          Denmark
          
   AUSTRALIA
          LEGO Australia P/L.
          P.O. Box 639
          Lane Cove; N.S.W. 2066
          
   AUSTRIA
          LEGO Handelsgesellschaft mbH.
          Consumer Service
          Albert-Schweitzer-Gasse 11
          A-1147 Wien
          
   BELGIUM / LUXEMBOURG / NETHERLANDS
          LEGO Benelux
          Postbus 9311
          NL- 4801 LH Breda
          phone: 076-5731100
          phone: 076-5731122
          
   CANADA
          
        LEGO Canada Inc.
                331 Amber Street
                Markham, Ontario
                Canada L3R 3J7
                
Tel.      (905) 887-9046 (General information)
or        (905) 887-5346
Tel.      (416) 940-6600
Fax       (416) 940-0745
Toll-Free 1-800-387-4387 (Dacta)

        Shop@Home Canada
                P.O. Box 3700
                Markham, ON
                L3R 6G9
                1-800-267-5346 , Extensions:
                -222 (S@H), -111 (request a catalogue), -444 (Consumer
                Affairs)
                The S@H hours are M-F 8:30-4:30 ET.
                
        LEGO Club (newsletter, catalog information, etc.)
                P.O. Box 3700
                Markham
                Ontario, L3R 6G9
                
        Banbury Cross, Winnipeg, Dacta authorized distributor:
                1-800-665-0090
                
   DENMARK
          
        LEGO A/S
                DK-7190 Billund
                
Phone +45 - 75 35 11 88
Fax   +45 - 75 35 33 60

        LegoLand Billund
                
Phone +45 - 75 33 13 33
Fax   +45 - 75 35 31 79

   FINLAND
          Oy Suomen LEGO Pb
          PL 42; 02701 Kauniainen
          or:
          Oy Suomen LEGO Ab
          PL 46; 02631 Espoo
          Puh.: 90-520 533
          
   FRANCE
          LEGO France S.A., Service Pičces de Rechange
          B.P. 837, F-28011 CHARTRES Cédex.
          Tél.: +33 - 237 91 85 00
          Fax.: +33 - 237 35 57 56
          DACTA
          1 rue Charles Coulomb
          Fax.: +33 - 237 34 17 92
          
   GERMANY
          LEGO GmbH
          Martin-Kollar-Strasse 17
          D-81829 München
          Deutschland
          Tel. +49 089/4534 60
          Fax +49 089/4534 6140
          (old) Service: Regina
          (old) 24594 Hohenwestedt/Holstein
          (old) Tel. +49- 4871-29-0
          
   GREECE
          N. Kouvalias S.A.
          25, El. Venizelou Ave.
          GR-17671 Kallithea
          
   HUNGARY
          LEGO Hungária KFT
          1027 Budapest
          Tölgyfa utca 28
          
   ITALY
          LEGO S.p.A.
          Servizio Consumatori
          Via Colombo, 12
          20020 Lainate (MI)
          Tel. 02/93 74 581
          
   NETHERLANDS, The
          LEGO Nederland B.V. [reported to be expired]
          new: "LEGO BENELUX"
          
   NEW ZEALAND
          LEGO New Zealand Ltd,
          PO Box 62-160; Mt Wellington
          Auckland 6
          New Zealand
          Phone +64 +9 276 1405
          Fax +64 +9 276 1526
          
   NORWAY
          A/S LEGO System Norge
          Postboks 66
          N-1301 Sandvika
          or: Postboks 38
          1314 Skui
          Telefon: 67131600
          
   PORTUGAL
          LEGO, Lda.
          Largo Joao Vaz. 9-A/B/C/D
          1700 Lisboa
          Tel.: (01) 847 33 41
          
   SPAIN
          LEGO, S.A.
          Apartado 500
          28850 Torrejón de Ardoz (Madrid)
          
   SOUTH AFRICA
          LEGO South Africa (Pty.) Limited
          P.O Box 5856
          1685 Halfway House
          Tel.: (+27 11) 314-3825
          
   SWEDEN
          Svenska LEGO AB
          Fack; S-443 01 Lerum 1
          or: Box 304; S-443 27 LERUM
          Tel: 0302-229 60
          
   SWITZERLAND
          LEGO Spielwaren AG / LEGO Jouets SA / LEGO Giacattoli SA
          Neuhofstrasse 21
          CH-6340 Baar
          Tel: 042/33 44 66
          
   UNITED KINGDOM and IRELAND
          LEGO U.K. Ltd., (including club)
          Ruthin Road,
          Wrexham,
          Clwyd LL13 7TQ
          
Consumer Service        - 01978 296 247
LEGO Club               - 01978 296 290
LEGO Technic Club       - 01978 296 251
Service, spare parts    - 01978 296 233
Retailer Queries        - 01978 296 224
LEGO (UK) Ltd Main Fax  - 01978 296 296

LEGO (UK) Ltd Main No.  - 01978 290 900
DACTA Order line        - 01978 296 289
DACTA (from 1995 Catal.)- 01978 296 239
DACTA Customer service  - 01978 296 293
DACTA freefax Order line- 0 800 317 673

LEGOLAND Windsor Park Ltd.
(for visitor information and booking look in respective section)
Windsor, Berkshire SL4 4AY
Tel: (+44) 1753 626111
Fax: (+44) 1753 626119

          The LEGO club costs 3.95 pounds (4.50 pounds for Ireland). They
          need: name, address, post code, sex, date of birth. Cheques
          made payable to 'LEGO U.K. Ltd' or credit card.
          
   UNITED STATES
          
        LEGO Systems, Inc.
                555 Taylor Road
                P.O. Box 1600
                Enfield, CT, 06083-1600
                1-800-243 4870
                
        LEGO Systems, Inc.
                Consumer Affairs
                P.O. Box 1138
                Enfield, CT 06083
                1-800-422-5346 (9am-9pm Mon-Fri Eastern time, pseudonym
                "Susan Williams")
                (860) 749-2291
                
        as listed in the Thomas Register
                Enfield, CT 06082-3298 USA
                (Children's Building Sets, Scientific Models)
                
        LEGO Shop at Home Service
                P.O. Box 1310
                Enfield, CT 06083
                Tel.(860) 763-4011, -4012, and -6800 (8:00 - 8:00 EST)
                1-800-835-4386
                1-800-453-4652
                (catalog available, no charge for shipping, 3-5 weeks for
                delivery)
                
        Lego Imagination Centers (reported to do phone orders)
                Lego Imagination Center
                Mall of America
                Bloomington, MN 55431
                1-612-858-8949
                
                Lego Imagination Center
                Orlando, FL
                1-407-828-0065
                
        LEGO Builders Club
                PO Box 5000
                Unionville, CT 06087-5000
                (one year $7.95, two years $14.00; membership kit and
                free bonus mini set, birthday mailing, Mania magazine,
                ...)
                
        LEGO Dacta
                555 Taylor Road
                P.O. Box 1600
                Enfield, CT 06083-1600
                
orders and info: 1-(800)-527-8339
                 1-(860)-745-1730
fax:             1-(860)-763-2466

                semi-official email: LegoDacta@aol.com
                (Dan, for product info, no orders)
                
Subject: 2) Books, papers, videos about LEGO

   See also: Facts and Figures, listed below in the WWW section.
   
   The World of LEGO Toys
          Henry Wiencek
          Harry N. Abrams, Inc., Publishers, New York
          Times Mirror Books
          TS2301.T7W474 1987 688.7'2 86-23200
          ISBN 0-8109-1790-4 (hardcover)
          ISBN 0-8109-2362-9 (paperback)
          
   Where does it come from? LEGO brick.
          Text and editing: Kathy Henderson
          illustrated by Diane Tippell
          Art Director: Debbie MacKinnon
          22 pages, fully illustrated in full color
          Morristown, NJ: Silver Burdett, 1986.
          Library of Congress: TS2301.T7T525 1986
          Dewey: 688.7'2
          ISBN: 0-382-09362-3
          The book traces the manufacture of Lego bricks all the way from
          the sucking of oil out of the earth to the placing of the
          finished bricks in the hands of children. While this edition is
          supposedly "adapted" for the United States market, it still has
          a definite British feel to it. Type is large and writing is
          simple enough for seven-year-olds. A delightful, if not deep,
          the book does the job for its intended audience. (Wes Loder
          (MWL2@psuvm.psu.edu))
          
   The Epistemology and Learning Group at the MIT Media Laboratory, has
   made some of their papers and publications available via anonymous FTP
   from cherupakha.media.mit.edu:/pub/el-publications/EL-Memos. Some
   papers of interest to the LEGO community are:
   
   /pub/el-publications/Theses/Martin/, Apr 29, 1994
          "From Circuits to Control: Learning Engineering by Designing
          LEGO Robots"
          by Fred Martin
          
   memo13.PS.Z
   memo13.tar.Z
   memo13cvr.PS
          "BRAITENBERG CREATURES"
          by David W. Hogg, Fred Martin, and Mitchel Resnick
          This paper describes 12 autonomous ``creatures'' built with
          Electronic Bricks. Electronic Bricks are specially-modified
          LEGO bricks with simple electronic circuits inside. Although
          each Electronic Brick is quite simple, the bricks can be
          combined to form robotic creatures with interesting and complex
          behaviors, similar to the fictional machines described in
          Valentino Braitenberg's book Vehicles (1984).
          
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          "CHILDREN AND ARTIFICIAL LIFE"
          by Mitchel Resnick and Fred Martin
          Artificial Life is a new field in which researchers study
          living systems by trying to build artificial versions of them.
          In this paper, we argue that ideas from Artificial Life
          research can and should be shared with children. We describe
          various computational tools (including LEGO/Logo and Electronic
          Bricks) that students can use to build artificial creatures. By
          building and programming artificial creatures (and discussing
          and thinking about how the creatures behave), children can
          explore some of the central ideas of Artificial Life -- ideas
          like feedback, levels of organization, and emergence.
          
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   memo8.hqx
          "LEGO/LOGO: LEARNING THROUGH AND ABOUT DESIGN"
          by Mitchel Resnick and Stephen Ocko, September 1990
          Most classroom problem-solving activities focus on analytic
          thinking: decomposing problems into subproblems. Students
          rarely get the opportunity to design and invent things. In this
          paper, we describe how LEGO/Logo, a computer-based robotics
          environment, supports a variety of design activities. We
          examine how students using LEGO/Logo can learn important
          mathematical and scientific ideas through their design
          activities, while also learning about the design process
          itself.
          
   Israel Shenker
          Playing with blocks can be a fine art at this theme park. in:
          Smithsonian magazine v. 19, June 1988, p. 120-4+
          
   A video is available from Enfield, CT called "How Lego Bricks Are
   Made". It runs 12-15 min and takes the viewer through the various
   production and packaging stages. It also talks briefly about the
   design and manufacture of the molds or "tools". Unfortunately it does
   not dwell at all on things like how sets are designed, how themes are
   chosen, etc. Nonetheless it's informative and well worth the slight
   hassle of getting one's hands on it.
   You can "check the video out" by sending a $20 check made out to LEGO
   Systems, Inc. to:
   Ms. B. St. Pierre, Lego Systems, Inc., P.O. Box 1138, Enfield, CT
   06083
   You can keep the video for two weeks and upon its return LEGO will
   mail back your original check. Simple. --- Mario (marpi0591@aol.com)
   marpi0591@aol.com
   
Subject: 3) Bulk orders, Price comparison & profits

   Since 2000, LEGO offers a limited assortment of LEGO elements in bulk
   through LEGO Shop At Home. See http://www.lego.com/bulk/.
   
   The profits of the company are falling in the last years. Reasons are
   weaker demand due to interest in computer-based toys and video games.
   LEGO itself was a bit late with their computer development.
   
   LEGO will cut 1000 jobs of its 10000 employees worldwide. Half of the
   workforce is based in Denmark. They will focus also on opening more
   theme parks worldwide, in addition to Billund, Windsor, Carlsbad.
   
   LEGO, privately owned by the Kristiansen family, claims not to have
   had a loss since it was founded. Look at the optimistic photograph of
   CEO Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen.
   
          1992       1996          1997
Sales     US$ 1000M  US$ 1200M  US$ 1200M
Profits   US$  100M  US$   78M  US$   10M
or in DKK:
Sales                DKK 7600M  DKK 7600M
Profits              DKK  470M  DKK   62M

   Somebody calculated the price per piece in the 'old days' as $0.10.
   Today it may be between $0.10 and $0.30. Count, calculate and mail me
   (Tom) your comments.
   
   LegoLand, Billund, Denmark is reported to sell at list prices, no
   factory discounts.
   
Subject: 4) LegoLand theme park

   See also http://www.lego.com/legofinder/legoland.asp
   
  Billund, Denmark, Europe:
  
   since 1968
   
   Billund is in Jylland (Jutland), a town of only just over 4500 people
   somewhere between Esbjerg (65 km) and Vejle (35 km).
   
   Tel. +45 - 7533 1333, Fax +45 - 7535 3179
   LEGOLAND Park, Nordmarksvej 9, DK-7190 Billund
official
entrance fees for 2000: sping/fall  summer (peak season)
Baby Kids   (0-2)       free        free
Little Kids (3-13)      DKK 125     DKK 135
Big Kids    (14-59)     DKK 135     DKK 145
Senior Kids (60-)       DKK 100     DKK 105
Two-Day-Ticket          DKK 180     DKK 200
Season Ticket (full day early season, after 16:00 in peak) 185 DKK
Season Ticket (all season) 375 DKK

   Increase compared to 1997: 30 (early season); 25 DKK (peak) per day
   ticket.
   
   When admission has been paid, all rides and exhibitions are free.
   The Traffic School has a separate booking and payment system.
   Guides and coach drivers are free and get free meal coupons.
   
In 2000 the whole park (both indoor and outdoor) will open:
Early/Late:  April  1 - Oct.  29 --- 10 am - 8 pm (rides - 6 pm)
Peak season: June  17 - Aug.  27 --- 10 am - 9 pm (rides - 7 pm)

   Until 1993 the indoor exhibits (8000 sq m) were open until December,
   now they close with the outdoors.
   
   The Legoland driving school is for kids aged 8...13. Examples of the
   replications in the park and their piece counts, found by Mike Weldy
   (bullwnkl@mentor.cc.purdue.edu) in a magazine:
   
     * Mt. Rushmore (American monument to Presidents Washington,
       Jefferson, Lincoln, and T. Roosevelt) (1.5 million regular bricks
       and 40K Duplo)
     * Billund Airport (complete with airplanes) (687,860 bricks)
     * Port of Copenhagen (3 million bricks)
     * The Statue of Liberty (1.4 million bricks)
     * Big Chief Sitting Bull (1.2 million bricks)
     * a buffalo hunt (2.5 million)
       
   fin@unet.umn.edu (Craig A. Finseth) and kokdg@diku.dk (Bo Kjellerup)
   have details how to get there:
   
    AIR:
    
   From Europe: Fly to Billund. (Yes, there are flights directly to
   Billund from most major European cities.) The airport, which was at
   first build by the LEGO company, is the second busiest (behind
   Copenhagen) in Denmark. The first model of the airport was made out of
   LEGO bricks.
   
   From the US or anywhere else: Fly to Koebenhavn (Copenhagen) "Kastrup
   Airport", then to Billund.
   
   Once in Billund, walk. It's just across the parking lot, about five
   minutes away. The Legoland Hotelis half a mile from the airport.
   
    TRAIN:
    
   You can't directly. Billund is about as far as you can get from any
   railway lines and still be on land in Europe. Since the town was
   essentially "put on the map" by LEGO Systems and that company didn't
   really get going until well after World War II, I would guess that
   they missed out on the railway building era. In any event, you can
   take a train to Vejle (nice town) and a bus to Billund (about half an
   hour).
   
   If you arrive with a ferry from England (Harwich - Esbjerg), take the
   train from the ferry to Esbjerg rail station, and go by bus to Billund
   (about one hour).
   
    BUS / AUTO:
    
   The bus goes there. A main road goes there. As I recall, the airport
   and LegoLand parking lots are one and the same.
   
    Store:
    
   There is a large store and it carries the entire current line. It does
   _not_ carry old, non-standard, or discontinued kits. All sales are at
   list price. If you're from the US, the only reason to buy anything is
   that the current line is somewhat different in Europe than the US, so
   you might find a new kit (and wince when you have to pay for it).
   Price is a smaller consideration for other countries.
   
    Features:
    
   Family Hotel LEGOLAND, open all year round, Tel. +45 - 75 33 12 44
   Banking: Den Danske Bank has a branch in the Information Office.
   Handicapped: Walking-impaired and wheelchair users can go all over the
   park.
   
    More:
    
   To keep the FAQ in limits, I'll email you the heartwarming
   descriptions by some visitors, if you email a Subject line 'LEGOland
   Billund request' to pfeifer@fokus.gmd.de
   
  Windsor, UK, Europe
  
   The park opened 1996.
official entrance fees for 1999:
Gate price

Little Kids (3-15)               UKP 13.50
Adult Kids (16-59)               UKP 16.50
Senior Kids (60+)                UKP 10.50
British LEGO Club members        UKP 10.50
2-day Little Kids (3-15)         UKP 17.00
2-day Adult Kids (16-59)         UKP 20.00
2-day Senior Kids (60+)          UKP 14.00
Season Little Kids (3-15)        UKP 39.00
Season Adult Kids (16-59)        UKP 49.00
Season Senior Kids (60+)         UKP 30.00
Season British LEGO Club members UKP 37.00

(in 1996 there war a pre-booking discount, which is not listed
for 1997. Tell me if you know.)
Group tariffs (min. 25 paying) and school rates available on request.
Booking 1997:   +44 (0)990 04 04 04
Booking:        +44 (0)990 62 63 64 (individuals)
Information:    +44 (0)990 62 63 75
Groups/Schools: +44 (0)1753 626 100 Fax: +44 (0)1753 626 200
Pre-booking is recommended for guaranteed, fast track entry.

In 1999 the park will open:
daily:       March 13 - Oct.  31 --- 10 am - 6 pm
Peak season: July  17 - Sep.   5 --- 10 am - 8 pm
   Features:
     * Miniland (LEGO): Scenes around Europe, major cities like London,
       Amsterdam, Edingurgh, Paris. Some 800 buildings, another 700
       vehicles, cranes, bridges, people. 25 mill. bricks.
     * The DUPLO Gardens: rides, surprises, water, warm air fans for wet
       kids.
     * Driving Schools: electric cars for older children, powered boats.
     * My Town: life-sized buildings, ice caves, tropical jungles, Magic
       Theatre.
     * Circus and Fairground: Children don't watch, they _are_ the show.
     * Wild Woods: Pirates, traps, labyrinth.
       
   Catering: 5 Moevenpick operated resaurants in each of the themed
   areas.
   
   Educational programmes for primary and secondary schools, incl. DACTA
   
   Justin knows how to get there (j.watkins@surrey.ac.uk).
   
    By Car
    
   Legoland is located on the B3022 Bracknell/Ascot road just 2 miles
   from Windsor town centre - easily reached and well signposted from the
   M4, M25, M40 and M3 motorways.
   
    By Rail
    
   London has a large number of railway stations, few of which are
   connected. This is a hangover form the early days of the private rail
   companies (pre- 1940). It means you have to travel on the Tube or the
   bus, but who cares. Windsor is South-West of London and can be reached
   either from London Paddington or from London Waterloo.
   
   Travel to Windsor takes just under half an hour from London
   (Paddington), changing at Slough. From Waterloo, trains go direct.
   Windsor has two stations (also for historic reasons, and not because
   of its size). A dedicated shuttle bus runs from the stations to the
   park.
   
   From other parts of the UK, particularly the airports, Slough is on
   the Reading to London line, which has lots of trains running.
   Timetable and fares can be found by phoning:
   
London  - 0171 928 5100 (24 hours)
Reading - 01734 595911

    By bus
    
   A dedicated shuttle bus runs from both Windsor stations to the park.
   Other bus companies may provide transport to Windsor town, but you'd
   have to make your own enquiries.
   
   If you bring your own bus, you get free coach parking, and the driver
   gets in for free if you have at least 15 people.
Tourist Information, Basingstoke - 01252 20968

    By aeroplane / helicopter / parachute
    
   London Heathrow and London Gatwick are within easy reach of the park.
   Heathrow is best, and you should be able to see the park from the
   aeroplane as you land. Enquire at the airport for local buses.
   
   Gatwick is a bit further away, and you should either take the train to
   Reading and change, or alternatively take the Gatwick Express into
   London (Victoria).
   
Heathrow Airport enquiries - 0181 759 4321
Gatwick Airport enquiries  - 01293 535353

    By Foot
    
   Take the train to Windsor, then get the special shuttle bus. You'll
   need your walking feet for the rest of the day!
   
  Carlsbad, California, USA
  
   The LEGOLand Family Park in Carlsbad, California (a city near San
   Diego) has opened in 1999, obviously.
   
   See their website at http://www.legolandca.com/
   
In 2000 the whole park will open:
1999-Dec-31 - 2000-Mar-31  10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
2000-Apr-01 - 2000-Apr-07  10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
2000-Apr-08 - 2000-Apr-29  10 a.m. - 7 p.m.
2000-May-01 - 2000-Jun-18  10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
2000-Jun-19 - 2000-Sep-04   9 a.m. - 9 p.m.
2000-Sep-05 - 2000-Oct-29  10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
2000-Oct-30 - 2000-Dec-15  10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
2000-Dec-16 - 2000-Dec-31  10 a.m. - 7 p.m. (24, 25, 31: until 5 p.m.)

official entrance fees for 2000:
Gate price
Little Kids (3-16)            US$ 29
Adult Kids (17-59)            US$ 34
Senior Kids (60+)             US$ ask at gate
Parking: $4 Motorcycles, $7 Cars, $8 Campers/RV's. Buses and bicycles are free.

Passports (2000)
Annual Passport Primo (3-16)  US$ 89 (all days a year)
Annual Passport Primo (17-59) US$ 109
Annual Passport Primo (60+)   US$ 89
Annual Passport Block (3-16)  US$ 59 (except 19 high traffic days))
Annual Passport Block (17-59) US$ 79
Annual Passport Block (60+)   US$ ask
Family Discount: 10% if you bye 4 or more
Ambassador Lifetime           US$ 1000

Order Passes: 1-877-LEGOPASS or 1-760-918-5347
Genral Information: 1-760-918-5346

   Theresa Motyl (laygoman@ally.ios.com) knows where you can get short
   information:
Karen Ireland
LEGO Park Planning Inc
Suite 130
5600 Avenida Encinas
Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA
Tel +1 (619) 438-5570
Fax +1 (619) 438-9499

Subject: 5) Large displays / play rooms:

   The Seattle Children's Museum (Seattle Center) has a large DUPLO
   playroom. They have also had LEGO exhibits from time to time.
   merritt@u.washington.edu (Ethan A Merritt)
   
   The Mall of America, in Bloomington, Minnesota (USA), has a Legoland
   store near the center of the mall. It has a large area for play, with
   tables and chairs. The tops of the tables are LEGO, and there are
   basins set in the center where loose LEGO bricks are stored. There are
   also huge models there: some hang from the ceiling by cables, others
   stand tall on the ground, with moving parts and blinking lights. And
   best of all: ALL AGES ARE WELCOME.
   nudnik@winternet.com (Steven Parks)
   
   ... The sculptures range from dinosaurs, circus performers, and
   animals, to scientific models of such things as the space shuttle.
   ... there are two *MEGA LARGE SIZE* lego blocks located in one part of
   the surrounding parking lot that you might want to take a picture of.
   foo@drycas.club.cc.cmu.edu (FOO)
   
   pattie.fulton@sfwmd.gov (Pattie Everett Fulton) remembers an exibition
   in a museum in Frankfurt, Germany, for architectural demonstrations.
   
   Mark Hornblower (wombat@hookup.net):
   There is a LEGO play area and store at Ontario Place in Toronto,
   Ontario, Canada. It consists of a medium-sized room equipped with
   about 25 building tables, and a retail area. The play area allows "big
   kids" to play, no questions asked. Ontario Place has a sliding
   admission scale (depends on the day of the week) but is often free for
   various special events. DO NOT try to visit the LEGO area during the
   Canadian National Exhibition - you won't even get in the door.
   
   Patrick Goodsell (goodsell@ziplink.net):
   A permanent exhibit, "LEGO Mindstorms", opened 11/1997 at the Chicago
   Museum of Science and Industry, sponsered by the company, features
   hands-on building opportunities--with voice-controlled robots,
   touch-screens, and push-button controls. Workshops offer visitors the
   chance to design, program and test a rover vehicle. Young navigators
   also create, then maneuver their own robot athlete--all via computer.
   There is a $5 charge per computer station for each 40-minute session.
   Reservations are required for workshops.
   
Subject: 6) Computer connections and DACTA See address of DACTA in the address
section.

   Fred Martin from the MIT provides:
   LEGO Dacta is the educational branch of the LEGO company (which has
   its U.S. headquarters in Enfield, CT). Dacta sells the LEGO Technic
   product line -- the geared and motorized version of the LEGO system.
   
   Call Dacta and get their catalog, which has many LEGO Technic kits.
   Recommended kits are the 1038 Technic Universal Buggy (a specialized
   kit for building a small LEGO vehicle with a dual motor drive; about
   US$60), the 1032 Technic II with Motorized Transmission (a small
   general-purpose kit including one motor and one battery pack; about
   US$76), and the 9605 Technic Resource Set (a large general-purpose kit
   including two motors and two battery packs; about US$200).
   
   Catalog names:
     * "Making Connections" (new 1994)
     * "Small Hands: Big Imaginations"
     * "Gear Up for Learning" (probably obsolete)
       
   Dacta charges 5% shipping cost (while Shop at Home shippes free).
   Orders can be placed with a credit card over the phone or through the
   mail with a check. Schools can order with a purchase order. This is
   only for the US. For other countries you should contact your local
   Dacta representatives. Most countries should have one. If not, Denmark
   should be able to let you know where you can order from.
   
   vaughn@pluto.cis.udel.edu (Chris Vaughn) found in the Dacta catalog:
   MS-DOS or Apple II Slot Card Pack - US$161.50 includes slot card,
   cable, LEGO TC logo software and reference guides. (card is for most
   MS-DOS machines, except IBM PS/2 Models 50 and above or any other
   microchannel computer)
   
   Interface Box and Transformer - US$188.00 This box is what you connect
   all your motors, lights, and sensors to. It has 2 inputs, and 6
   outputs (3 if you want to use three motors and have them all be
   reversible).
   
   carol@edfua0.ctis.af.mil (Andy Carol):
   The Lego Control Lab for Macintosh and/or PC is available for about
   US$600. It connects to any computer via serial cable (RS-232), has 8
   different output ports which can control motors, lights, and sounds.
   It has 8 different inputs for buttons, angles, thermal, etc. This is
   _NOT_ a plug in card, but rather an external device hooked up via
   serial cable. It is programmed with LOGO, and has a really nice
   graphical system under Mac and Windows. It's also possible to use a C
   and C++ API for all control functions.
   
   jkoch@ee.ryerson.ca (jim koch) provides:
   The price for Apple or IBM starter pack US$798.00 (Jan 92).
   
   vaughn@pluto.cis.udel.edu (Chris Vaughn) writes:
   The Mini Board is a "miniature microprocessor-based controller board
   designed for control of small robotic devices". It was designed at the
   MIT Media Laboratory. This board is perfect for controlling LEGO

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