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Help Topic: Part Categories

The majority of LEGO parts can be classified into the following categories.

Bricks

Bricks have a standard height of 1 brick and have studs on them.

Plates

Plates are 1/3 of a brick in height and have studs on them.

Tiles

Tiles are 1/3 of a brick in height and have a smooth surface - i.e. no studs on top.

Beams

Beams are similar to bricks but have holes throughout them that fit Pins. Thin Beams are 1/3 the size of normal Beams.

Pins

Pins are used to connect with Beams and other connectors.

Technic Connectors

These are used with Pins and Axles to connect technic Beams.

Axles

Axles connect with some Technic Connectors

There are lots of further classifications for each of these parts, some of these are described below.

Technic Bricks

Similar to Beams, but with studs on top. Contains holes for pins/axles.

Bricks Curved

Bricks with a curved cloped.

Bricks Printed

Bricks with a printed pattern on them.

Bricks Round and Cones

Bricks with a standard height but round.

Bricks Sloped

Bricks with a smooth slope (various angles).

Bricks Special

Bricks with additional features such as clips/pins/etc.

Bricks Wedged

Bricks with slopes that come together in a wedge shape.

Plates Special

Plates with additional features such as clips/pins/etc.

Plates Rounds and Dishes

Plates that are rounded or slightly curved with at least one stud.