Tom Alphin Author: Tom Alphin

Tom is the Editor-in-Chief at Brick Architect. He founded the website in 2015 just before releasing his bestselling book The LEGO Architect (which teaches 7 architectural styles using LEGO bricks). In addition to reviewing new LEGO Architecture sets, he likes to write articles exploring technical aspects of the LEGO hobby including LEGO storage, and the LEGO color palette.

Tom has written 167 stories for Brick Architect.

LEGO Brick Labels v36

This update adds labels for 78 new parts to the LEGO Brick Labels collection!

Version 36 adds 78 new labels, for a total of 1418 labels!

Version 36 adds 78 new labels, for a total of 1418 labels!

What’s new in this update?

  1. Labels for many brand new, increasingly popular, or otherwise missing parts—including 17 exciting new parts which were just released this year!
  2. Updated LEGO Technic section to improve organization and move retired parts out of the main collection.

At least twice a year, LEGO Brick Labels is updated to include the most popular new parts. You can support the LEGO Brick Labels project by making a contribution!

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How LUGBULK works—and strategies for making the most of it!

LUGBULK allows members of a Recognized LEGO User Group to order LEGO in bulk. You need a strategy to make the most of this opportunity—this new article can help!

LUGBULK is an amazing opportunity for AFOLs, but it’s a slow and complex process with a number of restrictions. I just published a new article that explains what LUGBULK is, how you can get involved, and some strategies (and data) to help you make the most of it!

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Most Common DUPLO Parts

Ever wondered which DUPLO parts are the most common? With a 2-year old in my house, I’ve decided to take a closer look at DUPLO this year.

Building on the popularity of my Most Common LEGO Parts analysis (which I update at least once a year), I’ve created the first draft of a similar analysis of the Most Common DUPLO parts.

Ranking assumes that you bought one of every DUPLO set released in the past 5 years and sorted the pieces by part. With so many fewer DUPLO sets every year (and so many fewer parts-per-set) that’s fewer than 8,000 pieces. More surprisingly, there are only 16 unique parts which you would have in quantities of 50x or more.