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40178 VIP Set - Discolouration of parts

eMJeeNLeMJeeNL Member Posts: 779
I received my copy of the #40178 VIP Set yesterday, and set about putting it together yesterday evening.

During the build I noticed basically all of the 1x1 white tiles and most of the 4x2 white tiles are very yellowed, and after finishing I took a second look at the entire model and came to the conclusion almost all the white pieces are yellowed, except for the 4x1 bricks and maybe the 2x1 tiles:

Is there anyone else experiencing the same; and would it be worth contacting Lego CS for?

I know its quite hard for Lego to get all the pieces the same colour as they stem from different factories/machines/etc, but I've never experienced this so clearly. It's almost like the set was put together out of used bricks.


  • sid3windrsid3windr Member Posts: 1,460
    Wow. Sounds/looks like something I'd definitely send a message to CS for.
  • omniumomnium Member Posts: 831
    I find most white bricks are coloured strangely, yellow being the most common tint. But I have a load that are quite pink, for example.
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Member Posts: 549
    This looks like what happens when white plastic sits out in the sun too long (UV damage). There is something called RetroBrite that can restore white plastic (#savethelego).
  • sid3windrsid3windr Member Posts: 1,460
    ^ Sure, but this is a brand new set of a few days old...
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Member Posts: 549
    Not saying UV damage was the cause, but given the similar look, maybe it could be fixed the same way?
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL Member Posts: 779
    edited October 2017
    Exactly. Also, look at a pic of a copy of the set from a friend of mine (not as clear as my pic's due to the lighting-conditions):

    Compare the tiles on the top of the wall on the right with the bricks underneath, for example.
    Again, a just-opened set a few days old.
  • MattPetersenMattPetersen Member Posts: 282
    Ugh, I'll have to open mine and check it out tonight. 
    I didn't notice off white colors but I really didn't pay attention when I took it out of the shopping bag. 
  • RennyRenny Member Posts: 1,145
    I would contact Lego. Those bricks are far from white. 
  • eMJeeNLeMJeeNL Member Posts: 779
    Just did so. Let's see what comes from it - will keep you all posted.
  • snowhitiesnowhitie Member Posts: 3,076
    ^ I've found the same thing. Big difference in the tiles. And some really look 'yellowed'. 2
    Iwas wondering to contact them as well but then seeing as it's a 'freebie' anyway I've not done so. I've had it with light blues and browns as well in one set but this was quite startling.
  • DB361DB361 Member Posts: 299
    Don't know if it would have any affect but I wonder if the fact that it comes in a big yellow polybag rather than an opaque cardboard box is causing some of it? Can't say I've ever noticed it with a polybag but just a thought?
    Imagine if you'd just dropped hundreds on a great big white set with this kind of colour variation.  Yes UCS Imperial Shuttle, I'm looking at you!
    Fighting the urge to post a "post 2006 White LEGO - NOW WITH EXTRA CREAM" meme...
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark Member Posts: 4,260
    Pretty standard for sets with a lot of white these days tbh.
  • KerreKerre Member Posts: 411
    ^Indeed. I thought it was common knowledge by now noticeable variations in colour for white bricks are to be expected? My #21309 Saturn V,  #75094 Shuttle Tydirium and the white sections of #70620 Ninjago City suffered from the same issue. I'm definitely not the only one.

    My guess is it has something to do with a changed chemical composition of white LEGO bricks. Or global warming, dunno.
  • catwranglercatwrangler Member Posts: 1,894
    @DB361 I don't think it's the bag - I had this happen with a boxed set from last year, and it seems to be pretty common in sets with a lot of white bricks. 
  • CyberdragonCyberdragon Member Posts: 549
    If it's some form of bromine problem (not sure why LEGO would have bromine though, it's a fire-retardant) then retrobrite (or similar) will work. Is there any info on whether LEGO has become heat-resistant or something?
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