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How Many bricks are There under one Color?

brick47brick47 CaliforniaMember Posts: 6

Does anyone know how many different parts that Lego has made over the years for one color? My current project with my collections is to sort out all of the parts and place them in separate drawers. This separation is based on the type of the brick and the color of the brick. It seems that I have a lot of grey, white, and black pieces that have been collected over the years. These colors are in different shapes and sizes. I have been using the quart size zip lock bags for temporary storage while I go through all of the bricks. The individual box of zip lock bags has 54 bags in each box. I have used all 54 bags, yet I still have more different grey parts that need to be bag. So, how many bricks has Lego made in one color? There does not seem to be the same number of bricks for each color that I have. Has anyone run into this before? Thank you for your feedback.

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  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,115
    You can check this easily on bricklink. Go to catalog, and then color. Although that will pick up parts with stickers.

    It is unrealistic to store that way though. Some parts you will have few if any of. They don't each need a bin.
  • brick47brick47 CaliforniaMember Posts: 6
    You are correct, I may have one or two of one part, but it would be easier to find in it's own bin than a bin full of different parts that I would only have one or two of. Thank you for the feedback.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,115
    That's assuming you can quickly find the bin it is in. :-)
  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,734
    edited May 2015
    CCC said:
    That's assuming you can quickly find the bin it is in. :-)
    Indeed.

    BrickLink's current data suggests there are 53,741 unique color/piece combinations. Even if your collection comprises only 1% of these, it would require more than 500 separate bins. Even my modest collection of ~25,000 pieces (~100 sets) has about 3,000 color/piece combinations.
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,731
    I would suggest sorting by colour and part for common parts like bricks, plates, slopes and tiles, but lump all colours of less common parts together. You'll still need a lot of storage bin/bags but obviously not as many.
    Andor
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