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 196 stories for Brick Architect.

LEGO Brick Labels v38

This update adds another 76 new labels to the (already impressive) LEGO Brick Labels collection!

Version 38 adds 76 new labels for a total of 1568 parts!

Version 38 adds 76 new labels for a total of 1568 parts!

What’s new in this update?

  1. Labels for some brand new parts from 2021 and early 2022!
  2. By popular request, I added 28 retired parts from the 1980’s. (This includes the top 150 parts from the Greed Decade.)

Want to celebrate this 80’s focused update?
Hop in your Delorean to revisit the decade of greed by exploring the Most Common LEGO Parts and Colors of the 1980’s

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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 donating at!

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

I’ve updated Brick Architect’s guide to the LUGBULK program with data from January 2022. It’s a great way to see which elements are common, and which are are costly (or hard to find).

Last year, I published an article explaining what LUGBULK is and how to use the opportunity to improve your LEGO parts library (while saving money). I’ve updated the part availability and pricing data in the article for January 2022 — just in time to finalize your own LUGBULK order!

Table showing current BrickLink cost for some of the most common LEGO Parts.

Table showing current BrickLink cost & availability for some of the most common LEGO Parts.

Other improvements:

  • Table shows part availability for four consecutive 5-year periods.
    You can see how certain colors are gaining popularity over time by flipping quickly through the pages.
  • Added the new “Vibrant Yellow” color.
    Even though it’s only included in a few 2022 sets, it is already more common than two established colors!
  • Updated color rankings for 2017-2021.
    The most common colors appear on the left side of the table.
  • General readability/design improvements.
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