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 264 stories for Brick Architect.

Redesigning the Most Common LEGO Parts Guide

The new experience is interactive, updated regularly, and integrates nicely with the LEGO Parts Guide.

Last month, I launched a completely new LEGO Parts Guide which allows you to explore LEGO parts using a streamlined, well-organized alternative to sites like Bricklink or Rebrickable. I am thrilled to share a new experience that builds on the Parts Guide in an elegant way.

You may discover this ranking data when browsing the Parts Guide — Rankings are now shown for every part.

You may have already discovered the ranking data when browsing the Parts Guide — Rankings are now shown for every part.

I believe that having easy access to raking data will be tremendously helpful to people trying to organize their own LEGO Collections. Why? Because it gives people a much better sense about which parts are common and which ones are rare — You probably don’t need a dedicated drawer in your storage solution if a part isn’t very common (unless you have gone out of your way to acquire that part in bulk).

Parts are ranked on multiple dimensions, with a 'weighted' ranking that takes multiple values into account at the top.

Parts are ranked on multiple dimensions, with a weighted ‘Overall Rank’ at the top which takes multiple metrics into account.

There are two ways to explore the Most Common LEGO Parts:

Explore the Current Most Common LEGO Parts, sorted by weighted ranking.

Explore the Current Most Common LEGO Parts, sorted by weighted ranking.

The ‘Overall Rank’ is weighted to highlight parts that are most common against three different measures – the sheer number of pieces produced of that part, the number of sets that the part comes in, and the number of unique colors that the part has been produced in. If you want to sort the list in a different way, you can click on the tabs along the top

One of my favorite views highlights those parts which have been produced for the longest time.

One of my favorite views highlights those parts which have been produced for the longest time.

Looking Back: I first launched my original guide to the Most Common LEGO Parts in 2019. It was cobbled together using an embarrasing mix of Microsoft Access and Excel, which was exported as static HTML for use on the website. Even though I was unable to update it with new data very often, it grew to be one of the most popular resources at Brick Architect! That’s why I am so excited about this new experience — I can update it whenever I want by simply re-importing the inventories and re-calculating the results.

Please spend some time exploring the new and improved Most Common LEGO Parts Guide by visiting https://brickarchitect.com/parts/most-common/ — Thanks!

You can also join an enthusiastic discussion about these new features at r/LegoStorage on Reddit. Your feedback matters, so please leave a comment or email me your ideas!

Introducing the LEGO Parts Guide!

Understand how LEGO works and sort like a pro using this free guide — it’s like a dictionary of all the best LEGO parts.

I’m excited to launch a completely new experience here at Brick Architect! The LEGO Parts Guide is a well-organized, beautifully designed alternative to sites like Bricklink or Rebrickable when you just want to browse relatively common parts that are still being produced, without being bogged down in printed parts, extremely rare parts, or parts which retired two decades ago.

Learn about each category with a text description and a gallery of LEGO parts.

Learn about each category with a text description and a gallery of LEGO parts.

I built this initial version with two audiences in mind:

  • Organizing your own collection — With just 13 top-level categories, it’s easy to get started in sorting your collection the Brick Architect way. As your collection continues to grow, sub-categories allow you to fine-tune your storage solution so you can find everything quickly.
  • Understanding how LEGO works — As you explore the categories and sub-categories, the title and description for each folder teaches you about the various connection types, complex geometries, and other skills you need to learn on your road to a Master Builder.
Learn about each part on a dedicated page, with links to popular sites like Pick-a-Brick, Bricklink, and Rebrickable to learn more.

Learn about each part on a dedicated page, with links to popular sites like Pick-a-Brick, Bricklink, and Rebrickable to learn more.

This is also just the beginning — I’m eager to keep making this experience better by enhancing the page to learn more about each part, offering an easy way to print a LEGO Brick Label for a specific part, and adding more parts to the guide.

Your feedback will help me prioritize the most valuable improvements, so please leave a comment or email me your ideas!

Check out the LEGO Parts Guide by visiting https://brickarchitect.com/parts/ — Thanks!

LEGO Brick Labels v40

120 new labels for a total of 1802 unique parts — should sorting your LEGO collection be your 2024 New Year’s resolution?

I’ve painstakingly reviewed every new LEGO part released in 2023, as well as older parts that I had missed. This is a major update to the collection!

Version 40 adds labels for 120 new parts and updates to 14 existing parts.

Version 40 adds labels for 120 new parts and updates to 14 existing parts.

What’s in this update?

I work hard to make sure that every update makes the collection better and more complete. This includes a lot of work that you might not notice to ensure that each part is placed at an appropriate location in the collection, since many people use the contact sheet as a guide when building and when sorting.

The new labels are almost evenly distributed across three categories:

  1. Brand new parts for 2023.
    This includes some parts that are already very popular, as well as some parts from the end of the year which I anticipate will be very popular soon.
  2. Parts from 2022 which are becoming more popular.
    This includes parts which I was not sure if they would remain rare (or only used in a single theme), but have shown continued popularity.
  3. Parts from earlier years that have shown longevity, even if they are not used in all that many sets.
    This include a review of fresh data showing the 1500 most common LEGO parts.

Whether you use my guide to help sort your collection into logical groups, or print the labels to make parts easier to find, I hope this update helps you get more organized!

Support LEGO Brick Labels

Join 94 LEGO fans who support LEGO Brick Labels at patreon.com. Your support helps LEGO Brick Labels project and Brick Architect website. Supporters at the Patron level or higher get immediate access to behind-the-scenes content about how these labels are created, and public recognition for your support.

I hope my LEGO Brick Labels collection and LEGO Storage Guide help you get more organized in the New Year!