Hard-to-Find LEGO Colors (and what to do about it)

12 Responses

  1. Richard J says:

    Great analysis! I have noticed with the increase in sand green in sets in 2017 (70612 ninjago green dragon mech; 21136 Minecraft ocean monument; 21310 old fishing shop ), some elements are now cheaper through LEGO customer service ‘bricks n pieces’ than bricklink -esp the 1×6 brick. Thanks again

  2. Andrew says:

    Is there a source for photo-ID of colors and their names? Also, I believe I noticed this doesn’t get into transparent colors. That is a factor as well, when building.

    Thanks for the great article!!

  3. Håkan says:

    MSG has also been very common in Castle- and Fantasy-based themes, such as LOTR, The Hobbit and POTC.

    Although it’s possible most of those sets are more than five years old by now.

  4. Jelle says:

    Thanks for the article! Frustrating sometimes to discover that creating something is not ideally possible due to some missing common part in a common colour. I was surprised that the “common parts list” has almost only regular plates, bricks and tiles. Sometimes very common slopes SNOT pieces are not available in common colours. It would be nice if Lego would start some custom colour moulding for consumers, at least if there is enough call for some part.

    • Tom Alphin says:

      You are absolutely right—I started with just common Bricks/Plates/Tiles for this analysis, but fully acknowledge that many slopes (especially Cheese), curves, and various SNOT parts are extremely important and very common. I may update the article with analysis of other parts in the future, especially if people like you continue to let me know that this type of in-depth analysis is valuable.

      thanks,
      —tom

  5. Stéphane Beaudet says:

    Really interesting article!

    It would also be interesting to know how the inclusion of specific themes affect these numbers. I wonder if the quantity of Star Wars set is what make medium stone grey so common

  6. Håkan says:

    Thank you for this analysis.

    One comment, the Dark Turquoise parts Brick 1×2, 1×3, 1×4, Plate 1×1, 1×2, 1×3, 1×4, 2×4, 2×6 and Tile 1×2, 1×4 should be available from earlier production sets. (Color variation between old and new parts shouldn’t be bigger than different batches of the same color in current production.)

    Also, I think it’d be interesting with a similar analysis of common slope parts, if there’d exist the time and energy.

    • Tom Alphin says:

      I forgot to mention this in the section about prices – you can actually buy a wide range of Dark Turquoise parts right now, even in “new” condition since parts in that color were not retired all that long ago.

      I’m curious to see how many different parts we see in Dark Turquoise by the end of 2018.

  7. Fascinating analysis, thank you! I will sometimes concentrate on a colour for roof rather than wall use (sand green for instance) – it would be interesting to see a similar analysis of slopes.

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