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Most annoying LEGO parts to dislodge

Silber334Silber334 Member Posts: 147
edited October 2011 in Building and Techniques
What's the most annoying or hardest type of parts you've ever "pulled apart" when taking some completed models apart? I'm sure you've used butter knives or even razor edges to pry some pieces apart. Or even the edge of a letter opener to pull tiny piece off a flat Lego board.

Using my bare hands, pulling 2 1x2 flat bricks apart were the most annoying experience I've ever had. 1x1 flat bricks seemed pretty hard. But with some tricks, it wasn't as hard as I thought.


  • adello25adello25 Member Posts: 361
    1x2 plates are by far the worst! Life is so much easier if you have 2 brick separators. 1x1 plates aren't as difficult because you can turn them and get some leverage with the corner of the plate. 1x2 plates don't bend or turn.
  • purple_hazepurple_haze Member Posts: 96
    1 x 2 Plates are one of the worst, although have you ever tried taking a 1x1 round plate of the bottom of a 1x1 plate? nothing to get hold of at all and usually brick separator needed!!!
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas Member Posts: 8,404
    Needle nose pliers work well for the 1x1 round on the bottom of a 1x1 plate...

    Yes, the brick separator works well, we have one and it is a life saver, but sometimes even it has trouble.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,838
    edited October 2011
    a 6 x 6 plate on a 8 x 8 brick
    (I know this from experience unfortunately)
  • vortexdragonvortexdragon Member Posts: 24
    The brick separator is a godsend, I don't know how I ever lived without it. I've broken way too many nails taking apart lego pieces. Anyway, the worst pieces to take apart are anywhere between 1x1 to 2x4 plates in the middle of larger plates. Really small plates are crappy to take a part in general.
  • indy1973indy1973 Member Posts: 70
    You can simply use an Exacto-Knife (a small craft knife) to wedge the elements apart.
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,838
    ^----You can also damage the plastic, at least to the point were you can see marks, worse to where you leave gouges...
    It also does not work with a 6x6 plate on an 8x8 brick (or plate I would imagine)...
    After using a brick separator for about 30 minutes I managed to work my way around it and pry it up but it was not easy let me tell you.....
  • tommyboatommyboa Member Posts: 36
    Having to pry out a minifig motorcycle helmet out of a garbage can piece, at least twice, and it was teh same helmet too.
  • Silber334Silber334 Member Posts: 147
    Yeah, choosing metal objects to pry the pieces off can be very hard, considering how much damage they cause. That's why using plate parts were a childhood nightmare. I've yet to invest in a brick seperator. It only costs 450 yen or so where I live, but I haven't had a chance to buy one. Utter shame.
  • LegoFanTexasLegoFanTexas Member Posts: 8,404
    We got our first brick separator in one of the bulk Lego boxes, the blue one they have out now that has 400 odd bricks in it.

    Lego sells them in the store for $2.50 in the US, after using it, we'd have bought it if we had only known... :)
  • IstokgIstokg Member Posts: 2,366
    For those of you who mentioned small plates as the worst... think how bad it must have been back from 1965 until the early 1970s when the tiles (there were only 1x1, 1x2 and 2x2 back then)... didn't have the "groove" at the base.... they were murder to remove! Now you can understand why they were remodeled in the 1970s. Still I think the 1x2 plate with central tile (jumper plate) is still a pain...
  • xowainxxowainx Member Posts: 112
    A 1x2 plate from the side of an inside of a Pirates rowing boat. Good luck with that!
  • madforLEGOmadforLEGO Member Posts: 10,838
    ^--- easy with a brick separator... try a 4x4 plate in a boat (yes I have seen this too)
  • tdhbrtdhbr Member Posts: 188
    I'll expand this to "the most annoying set to disassemble," (high part count alone is not enough). My nomination is the Tie Defender,

    Lots of pins and repetitive items that are a pain to pull apart, as I did earlier today.
  • Silber334Silber334 Member Posts: 147
    The old Technic sets were pretty annoying to take apart. Although I haven't built as many Lego sets as most of you, I nominate the old Technic go-kart circa 1987. And yes, this had so many pins to dislodge.
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