Lego To Non-Lego Compatibility List

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I thought about this, and there are some non-LEGO building systems and hobby equipment that are compatible with LEGO bricks.

We already know about Mega-Fail and that new company, so I won't list them on this list - this is more about dissimilar construction sets and kits, as well as hobby equipment.

I'll also list the compatibility percentages and difficulty. Systems will be listed in order of popularity.

  • K'nex (80%) (Easy): As well as K'nex Blox, K'nex shaft elements are compatible with the LEGO Technic line to a major extent.
  • Erector (40%) (Advanced): The spacing on Erector metal components allows for bolts to be run through every fourth hole on a Technic piece.
  • Any 1-Scale, G-scale, or O-Scale Model Trains (10%) (Advanced): Not really compatible, but with a lot of patience, skill and attention to detail you can build believable structures. Indoor use only!
  • Rokenbok RC Construction System (50%-US Only) (Easy): European builders, you're out of luck. This has compatibility with a different building system that is NOT compatible with LEGO. In the US, however, Rokenbok floor plates have a LEGO compatible design.
  • VEX Robotics Design Set (50%) (Advanced): As well as the above mentioned compatibility for Erector, VEX's square shafts work well as driveshafts for LEGO equipment. Probably the easiest way to add advanced robotics functions or animation to a LEGO display, so long as you know how to change flowers program in RobotC or Lab-View.
  • Pitsco/LEGO Education Tetrix Robotics System (20%) (Intermediate): It's not exactly a non-LEGO system - It's made by TLG subsidiary Pitsco and was designed to be controlled with a LEGO Mindstorms NXT unit. However, for the purposes of this list it counts as non-LEGO. The system includes mounting brackets for the pin-only Technic components. Figuring out how to mount the components is easy. Figuring out where to go from there is, er... not so easy.
  • Will update list

Systems that don't work:

  • Lynxmotion Servo Erector Set: Although it's similar to the Tetrix system, there are no mounting brackets and the components are much smaller. Trust me - I tried.
  • Will update list

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I'm going to be destroyed for this, but "Megablocks" is pretty much 100% compatible if you need to borrow the Halo/GTA guns.

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I'm going to be destroyed for this, but "Megablocks" is pretty much 100% compatible if you need to borrow the Halo/GTA guns.

I decided not to list Megafail because of the similarities in design. The main difference is material quality and workmanship.

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Nice list bro! I hope that you can keep updating this, because its interesting...

I will be updating it as I find more compatible building systems. So far I've covered most of the major ones.

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Put Xalingo

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Xalingo is a brazilian toy company

I haven't bought one yet but I can be asured that it is compatible with the LEGO System

and also look at the minifigs...

100% copy

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Put Xalingo

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Xalingo is a brazilian toy company

I haven't bought one yet but I can be asured that it is compatible with the LEGO System

and also look at the minifigs...

100% copy

Didn't know about it at the time, but if I did I would have listed them with MegaFail and "that new company".

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but if I did I would have listed them with MegaFail and "that new company".

You mean,

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and

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I've seen these around. The former also has a few officially sponsored US Army sets, and the latter is a Walmart. They also have Army stuff.

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Oh what fun it is to buy cheap LEGO knockoffs. OH! :P

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Actually Best Lock is at least as old Megablocks. I think I have an old kit scattered around my place.

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Found this at my Grocery Outlet...

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Ok, before someone posts more about Best-lock, Kid Connection or Xalingo, I must state that this list is intended to show the compatibility between dissimilar construction systems. Any interlocking block system is by default compatible with LEGO.

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We already know about Mega-Fail and that new company

I don't know about them.

Or do you mean megablocks?

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megablocks?

*Mega Bloks

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megablocks?

*Mega Bloks

...see I don't even know how to spell their name errrrgh

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I don't know about them.

Or do you mean Mega Bloks?

I do, in fact. Their lack of parts quality earned them the "megafail" nickname. I haven't seen a single Mega Bloks kit that didn't have flash or mold lines on every other part. It's worse than the first-run Citidel Finecast models.

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