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#253 Did You Know: Do LEGO designers have a rulebook?

Updated: May 1, 2021

Sometimes on this page I will feature an "illegal" technique; a technique that puts stress on the pieces used. Although these techniques can be very useful, they are not used be the LEGO Group so as not to damage the pieces and to make the models stay together over time.

So do LEGO designers have a rulebook with techniques they can and can't use? The answer is: yes they do! A senior designer, Jamie Berard, made a presentation way back in 2006 at a convention, discussing this very topic. A document produced by Jamie was also released, and although it is now 12 years out of date, it is still incredibly interesting and partially relevant. I believe however that some of these techniques included are now legal, but 95% are still not allowed and included in the LEGO designer's rulebook. Here it is:

I don't know about you, but if there is a rulebook with ALL the legal techniques I would love to get my hands on it, even if it would render this page less useful!


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