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Curious how others feel about color discrepancies in grey bricks
I know I can't be alone in this problem that I've noticed for awhile. There is an issue with some of the light grey bricks being a shade lighter. It is difficult to notice unless you lay the bricks side-by-side. I first noticed the issue with the 10264 Corner Garage. At first I thought it was only the 1x1 bricks but there are others like the 1x6 stud tile. I only noticed the other bricks while disassembling the sets over the past few weeks (we are in process of trying to find a second home in warmer climates... one with enough rooms that I can have a dedicated LEGO room). I have since noticed the problem in 71040 Disney Castle and 10270 Bookshop. There is also a smaller City set that had the same issue with four bricks. It's the 2020 model with the long, cigar race boat on a trailer. The bricks with the issue are the "L" shaped ones that have 4x4 on one side and then 2x2 on the other. The kind used for creating studied surfaces 90 degrees from the original stud.
Naturally I've reached out to LEGO for replacement, which they are always willing to take care of promptly. What I don't get is how a few of the customer service reps have had no clue what I'm talking about. I am wondering if I am being too sensitive about this issue? I kind of feel like these higher end sets are a collectible thing so they should be intact. I'm not as concerned about a $20-$30 USD product. The color variance is slight enough that in darker lighting, it is easy to overlook. This has been my problem as I tend to put sets together in the evening during colder months when the sun disappears quicker. I have requested replacement bricks twice for the 10264 Corner Garage and STILL have some that don't match. My next task is to go through every light grey piece in several sets and make an inventory of the bricks with the problem.
So... with that said, has anyone else noticed this, and if so, does it bother you? I've been collecting since 1979 when I was 9 years old but took a break for quite a few years so I don't remember ever seeing this problem. Maybe this is normal. Colors do change.
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