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LEGO is really screwing up Bricklink

CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,090
edited April 30 in Buying & Selling Topics
LEGO have announced the new version of Bricklink today - Bricklink XP.

They have re-mapped the catalogue to make it more logical for new users. And what a way to do it.

Here are the catalogue locations of Monster Fighter minifigures in the old catalogue:
Catalog > Minifigs > Monster Fighters > mof001
Catalog > Minifigs > Monster Fighters > mof001a
Catalog > Minifigs > Monster Fighters > mof002
:
:
Catalog > Minifigs > Monster Fighters > mof020
Catalog > Minifigs > Monster Fighters > gen043
Catalog > Minifigs > Monster Fighters > gen044
Catalog > Minifigs > Monster Fighters > gen046

Whereas in the new and improved catalogue, there are only five Monster Fighter minifigures.

Minifig > Vintage & Retired > Monster Fighters > mof002
Minifig > Vintage & Retired > Monster Fighters > mof004
Minifig > Vintage & Retired > Monster Fighters > mof005
Minifig > Vintage & Retired > Monster Fighters > mof006
Minifig > Vintage & Retired > Monster Fighters > mof015

The others are no longer associated with the Monster Fighters theme, but are moved to more "logical" places such as:

Minifig > Mythical Figures > Mummy > mof001
Minifig > Mythical Figures > Zombie > mof019
Minifig > Mythical Figures > Vampire > mof007
Minifig > Mythical Figures > Frankenstein > mof017

and so on. So if you want to find all the minifigures in a particular theme, better use another website. Otherwise you have to check each set in a theme to do so. But - see below.

That is just minifigures. What they have done to parts and sets.

If you really want a laugh, use Bricklink XP to find all the Galaxy Squad sets or Alien Conquest sets. They have completely removed these themes and just labelled them as Space. So you now have to use another site to get a list of sets in these themes, then search by set name if you want to buy them.

LEGO really seems to be planning on screwing up Bricklink, given that they have said XP will replace the classic version.
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  • BumblepantsBumblepants DFWMember Posts: 6,543
    Yikes. The old system was getting really cluttered but I just wanted dropdown menus and better searching rather than illogical nonsense like this.
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  • klintonklinton CanadaMember Posts: 1,189
    Well, this is good news for Brickset at least. The inability to rely on the Bricklink tags will surely drive up traffic over here.
    SumoLegocatwranglerCyberdragon
  • BrickByBrickBrickByBrick Massachusetts, USAMember Posts: 692
    The only thing I liked better about bricklink for searching purposes was the parts were named in a way that made them easier to search for without knowing the part numbers. Guess at this point I won't be surprised if they screw that up too
    SumoLego
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross East Anglia (UK)Member Posts: 1,321
    Oh. That's disappointing and simultaneously very annoying. When is XP happening?
    SumoLego
  • HuwHuw Brickset Towers, Hampshire, UKAdministrator Posts: 6,725
    edited April 30
    I'm not sure what the implications are for Brickset but I will find out.
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  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 13,240
    Mr_Cross said:
    Oh. That's disappointing and simultaneously very annoying. When is XP happening?
    I'm already bracing for BrickLink - Vista Edition.
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  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,090
    It went live today for buyers. No preview or anything, LEGO announced it was functional and ready today. All they have said is that this will be replacing bricklink classic in the longer term.

    It is a real shame they have decided to screw about with the catalogue so much. I don't know what this will mean for the brickset catalogue for things like minifigures, since future ones will not appear in the "right" sections. Obviously by right I mean where they would normally appear in the past, whereas now they go into "new buyer logic" sections. So if it is a zombie, it will go into the Mythical > Zombie section, no matter which theme it is from, and so on.
  • Mr_CrossMr_Cross East Anglia (UK)Member Posts: 1,321
    edited April 30
    Oh, okay, so the message here is "...because new buyers are uninformed you all have to suffer." and ultimately when new buyers aren't so uninformed they will eventually get to thinking "well this is bl**dy pointless and frustrating!". Good choice LEGO, well done.
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  • chrisalddinchrisalddin UKMember Posts: 3,013
    edited April 30
    Huw said:
    I have been meaning to implement a  'view all minifigs in sets in [theme xxx|year xxx|subtheme xxx] etc. so maybe now would be a good time to do so.

    yes Huw now would be a Grate time to do it.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,090
    Huw said:
    I have been meaning to implement a  'view all minifigs in sets in [theme xxx|year xxx|subtheme xxx] etc. so maybe now would be a good time to do so.
    That would be good. Although be careful where you get your data from.

    Just saying ... :-)



    I notice this is also listed as a minifigure in the brickset database.

    SumoLego
  • flordflord CanadaMember Posts: 742
    SumoLego said:
    Mr_Cross said:
    Oh. That's disappointing and simultaneously very annoying. When is XP happening?
    I'm already bracing for BrickLink - Vista Edition.
    Well, as long as we don't get a Bricklink 95 Edition.
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  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 952
    Oh wow...

    I only just started looking over it. I'm not one that is quick to judge... but yikes. I'm immediately frustrated by numerous "improvements".
  • iwybsiwybs PlutoMember Posts: 75
    I don't see those changes.  Minifigs are still listed by theme when I look at it - eg Monster Fighters has 23 minifigs, not 5.
  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 952
    iwybs said:
    I don't see those changes.  Minifigs are still listed by theme when I look at it - eg Monster Fighters has 23 minifigs, not 5.
    You can browse the XP site here - https://www.bricklink.com/r3/main.page

    With the original still available here - https://www.bricklink.com/v2/main.page
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UK / KLMember Posts: 3,848
    Interesting... I only really use the parts section, so the new version could take a little getting used to. I have to say though, that I quite like how some categories have 'dropdown' subcategories, and that some things seem a bit more logical.

    I will say though, that I doubt it takes just a month or so to implement changes as big as this. These changes were probably in the works long before the takeover, especially as the previous owners were slowly updating every part of the website anyway. So blaming LEGO for it may be somewhat premature.
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  • thedingman5thedingman5 Great Lakes, USAMember Posts: 275
    Searching for a set seems a lot more intuitive now....takes you to a page, with the lowest price's vendor pre-selected and an easy click takes you to all vendors.  

    RIP price guide, though...
    andhe
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,090
    ^^ Sure, I don't mind the changes to the interface, and the user experience too much. I really hope they reinstate the price guide and so on. They also appear to be forcing instant checkout, so postage costs are known upfront. Again, I'm fine with that.

    It is the changes made to the underlying catalogue that I find bizarre. I see no reason for deleting themes and so on. As noted above, it is as if the Spyrius theme no longer existed. You have to know the names of the sets to be able to find them. You cannot just search for other Spyrius sets using the theme name, or look in the theme directory as it no longer exists. And to find the names of the other sets, you now need to use a different website. The once (almost) complete BL catalogue is no longer very useful.


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  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UK / KLMember Posts: 3,848
    pxchris said:

    • You cannot select a handful of items from your wanted list and see which stores carry those items, only the "easy buy" option is available
    I'm not sure about the rest of your list, but for this one just click the '+ buy this item' button to the right of the part and it will add it.
    andhe
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UK / KLMember Posts: 3,848
    Now I'm having a bit of a play with it, I actually really like parts of it.

    For example, if you want 100 of an element, type 100 in the qty box and it'll show you the cheapest option for 100 of them, whether that's domestic or international. Don't want international? Click on All Listings for Domestic and it'll list everyone who has 100, sorted by price.

    I need to have a proper look at the Wanted list changes, but buying parts seems a lot more intuitive and obvious.
    catwranglerandhe
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,090
    Now I'm having a bit of a play with it, I actually really like parts of it.

    For example, if you want 100 of an element, type 100 in the qty box and it'll show you the cheapest option for 100 of them, whether that's domestic or international. Don't want international? Click on All Listings for Domestic and it'll list everyone who has 100, sorted by price.

    I need to have a proper look at the Wanted list changes, but buying parts seems a lot more intuitive and obvious.
    It has always done that if you enter 100 into the minimum quantity box in a search. And if you want domestic, you just click seller location (own country).

    andheBrickfan50
  • bandit778bandit778 Docking Bay 94. Member Posts: 2,156
    edited April 30
    From my point of view, until they get to the point where you can browse stores for items, it's a bit of a pain to use as I usually visit stores and pick and choose items that are off my wanted lists dependant on price or rarity.
     This may mean paying slightly more on the pence per piece but being able to add small quantities of rarer parts to an order of multiple larger lots can work out cheaper in the long run by taking out the shipping costs for multiple smaller orders.
    I did read on the forum that they are intending to add the seller interface in the near future so hopefully the crossover with stores being live will increase the functionality and usability of the new system to allow for better browsing as opposed to just buying.
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  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 952
    pxchris said:

    • You cannot select a handful of items from your wanted list and see which stores carry those items, only the "easy buy" option is available
    I'm not sure about the rest of your list, but for this one just click the '+ buy this item' button to the right of the part and it will add it.
    When you click the + it only will add it to an easy buy list. You cannot search across multiple stores for multiple items any longer.
    andhe
  • DB361DB361 UKMember Posts: 262
    There's a big, big thing that everyone who's saying "this feature is missing, they're got rid of this really useful thing" is forgetting. This is a BETA. It is NOT FINISHED. There will no doubt be huge amounts of features, options, pages etc etc that are in the works but are not available to the public beta page as yet. Yes, if this was the finished site and this is exactly what we've got from now on, I'd be very concerned. But it isn't. So right now I'm not.
    How many of those criticising have actually left feedback? I've left some, asking a couple of broader questions about features, especially the ability to browse an individual store. As we move further down the line, and get used to the new site as more and more is added, we can then ask about more detailed points like why whatever Galaxy Squad minifigure is in whatever category. The key thing for the new site right now is that it technically works, and as far as I can see it's passing with flying colours. No taking an eternity to load a page, no odd glitches or bugs, the general look of the site is very good (I feel it retains the simplicity of the original Bricklink site but bought up to date somewhat), and that is what any beta version is about.
    And any chance of the thread title being changed to something a bit more generic? Could do without reading more Daily Mail style headlines tbh.
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  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UK / KLMember Posts: 3,848
    CCC said:
    Now I'm having a bit of a play with it, I actually really like parts of it.

    For example, if you want 100 of an element, type 100 in the qty box and it'll show you the cheapest option for 100 of them, whether that's domestic or international. Don't want international? Click on All Listings for Domestic and it'll list everyone who has 100, sorted by price.

    I need to have a proper look at the Wanted list changes, but buying parts seems a lot more intuitive and obvious.
    It has always done that if you enter 100 into the minimum quantity box in a search. And if you want domestic, you just click seller location (own country).

    I think the fact that I spent 7 years using the site and didn't realise that speaks volumes. Also, it updates in realtime now, rather than having to click 'update' every time.

    pxchris said:
    pxchris said:

    • You cannot select a handful of items from your wanted list and see which stores carry those items, only the "easy buy" option is available
    I'm not sure about the rest of your list, but for this one just click the '+ buy this item' button to the right of the part and it will add it.
    When you click the + it only will add it to an easy buy list. You cannot search across multiple stores for multiple items any longer.
    Yes I did notice that. But as has been said, it's in Beta, and I've provided feedback about that. I'd encourage everyone to do so - in a productive 'this useful feature is missing' way, rather than a ranty 'what the hell are you doing it's so rubbish now' way :)
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  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,090
    I think the fact that I spent 7 years using the site and didn't realise that speaks volumes. Also, it updates in realtime now, rather than having to click 'update' every time.
    Yes, it does. There are so many features that are a bit hidden and maybe not that clear, so there is a learning curve to it. And the help guides are frankly rubbish. The new interface is nice and the ability to search across subcategories is great. It is just such a shame that they seem to be planning to turn off the feature rich classic site plus its full catalogue in favour of the sparkly interface and new re-mapped catalogue that breaks themes. I always assumed that they were going to do a friendlier (but significantly feature stripped down) interface as a default for new users but built on the original catalogue, so longer time users that want the rich functionality retain that.
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UK / KLMember Posts: 3,848
    I'm hoping that as it's in Beta, they've added everything they need to actually make it work, and now they'll start adding in everything else that most older users like but doesn't actually need to be there for the site to work.

    I like that you can now see how many sets a part in a specific colour is in without having to click a link.

    I also really like that I can see decorated parts in that colour automatically, without having to go to a separate category.

    I must have submitted at least 6 or 7 bug reports or feature requests already, but that's ok, because it's Beta - that's what you do! :)
    andhe
  • sonatine01sonatine01 Daventry, EnglandMember Posts: 652
    For someone like me who struggles to use bricklink I’ve just been on the new site and managed to find what I was after after 30 seconds instead of the usual 30 minutes. 

    Typing in ‘animals’ on the new site actually listed all the animals and just to make sure I wasn’t going mad, typing the same thing on the old site listed none of them.

    I usually use Brickset first then use the links to bricklink to find what I’m after as I just find it a lot easier. Hopefully they sort out all the figures in one theme issue and I’ll be using it a lot more often.
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  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,090
    DB361 said:
    This is a BETA. It is NOT FINISHED. 
    It is beta, but it is live. Any mistakes cost sellers. You accidently place a £100 order, and the paypal fees are no longer returned if you cancel.

    This is a departure from the way BL has tested in the past, where they used a sandbox to solicit feedback. Plus, as you'll see in the opening post, the main damage is to the catalogue and the removal of themes.

    Imagine what would happen here if Huw suddenly decided that well known themes are to be removed from the database and instead listed under a new generic theme, lumped in with other similar sets from the past 40 years with no structure. So Futuron, Classic Space, Insectoids, Space Police, GS and AC - there is no difference and no structure - just 331 Space sets with no way of knowing which set came from which theme. Some of their minifigures are now to be called Classic Space, while others are Aliens. That is what Bricklink have done to their catalogue.
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  • pxchrispxchris Oregon, USAMember Posts: 952
    I have left a number of constructive feedback notes already as well.

    Like I said, I'm all for change. Change is GOOD and is needed.
    But I immediately felt like numerous features I use on a daily basis with Bricklink were suddenly missing from the new site release. I will fully admit, that I'm not looking at it from the eyes of a new user to the site. I definitely hope that this beta release gets significant improvement before it's rolled out as the default.
  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UK / KLMember Posts: 3,848
    I think the following paragraph on their news announcement is good:

    While BrickLink XP is in beta phase, it will run alongside the current Classic version. The plan is for it to eventually replace BrickLink Classic once the new platform is feature complete. This will all happen over a long period of time to allow our members to adjust to the new platform.

    In other words, there's a lot of features still to add and that will take quite a while to do.
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  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UK / KLMember Posts: 3,848
    Okay, so the search function is far, far better.

    I just went into the 'Torso Assembly' category (on both old and new sites), which is by far the most unwieldy. I wanted to find the new baseball torso which is only in the BAM bars in Lego stores. Previously this would have been virtually impossible to find, because if you search for 'baseball' in the Torso Assembly category, it returns no results. None. And of course it's not in any sets, so you can't find it that way.

    Now on the new site, searching for 'baseball' in that category returns four results (including the one I wanted), one of which I didn't even know existed!
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  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,090
    edited April 30
    Okay, so the search function is far, far better.

    I just went into the 'Torso Assembly' category (on both old and new sites), which is by far the most unwieldy. I wanted to find the new baseball torso which is only in the BAM bars in Lego stores. Previously this would have been virtually impossible to find, because if you search for 'baseball' in the Torso Assembly category, it returns no results. None. And of course it's not in any sets, so you can't find it that way.

    Now on the new site, searching for 'baseball' in that category returns four results (including the one I wanted), one of which I didn't even know existed!
    Although this is what you get if you go to the Torso Assembly, Decorated on the old version:



    The decorated parts have been split from the plain parts reasonably recently. Same for legs. Of course, you have to know that. Although just browsing should show it pretty quickly.

    Note also if you want BAM (only) parts, you can search for BAM and it brings on all the BAM parts. It works on either new or old.


  • PaperballparkPaperballpark UK / KLMember Posts: 3,848
    Exactly, you have to know about it. It's not intuitive.

    Also, ALL minifig torsos are decorated, apart from the one basic one. So I'm not sure how they determine which are 'decorated' decorated and which are 'plain' decorated.
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  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,090
    Exactly, you have to know about it. It's not intuitive.

    Also, ALL minifig torsos are decorated, apart from the one basic one. So I'm not sure how they determine which are 'decorated' decorated and which are 'plain' decorated.
    There are many different plain ones as they are assemblies (with arms and hands) and not just torsos (without arms and hands).

    https://www.bricklink.com/catalogList.asp?catType=P&catString=485

    Because these are assemblies, the arms can be different to the torso colour and so on and the hands can be different colours to both.

    So a torso assembly in black can have yellow hands and black arms, and that is different to a torso assembly in black with black arms, a black right hand and a trans-red hook for the left hand. However, neither of these are decorated.
  • datsunrobbiedatsunrobbie West Haven , CTMember Posts: 1,583
    On the old search, I just typed "baseball" and selected the "parts" tab on the resulting page, got all 4 torsos. 

    Tried the same thing for "Blacktron", old site gave 20 hits for sets, new site shows 2. 
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,090

    Tried the same thing for "Blacktron", old site gave 20 hits for sets, new site shows 2. 
    That is exactly the problem. In the new re-mapped version of the catalogue, Blacktron has been eliminated as a theme. The only Blacktron sets are ones where Blacktron is in the name of the set. So if you want to find other Blacktron sets you need to know their names to find them. So you need a database that has both names and themes before you can use the new Bricklink catalogue. Whereas this information used to be in the old catalogue. This is apparently more logical for new users.

  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 13,240
    CCC said:
    This is apparently more logical for new users.
    I found this very scientific curve addressing this exact issue.  And by 'found', I mean I just made it up.



    It's science.  Don't question it.
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  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 13,240
    ^ Am I getting a Bricklink 10?
  • graphitegraphite USMember Posts: 3,264
    Paperballpark said:

    Also, it updates in realtime now, rather than having to click 'update' every time.

    This is good *IF* it isn't the crappy backend that say shop.lego.com uses, where when you are in your cart and you want to delete 2 things and it hangs the whole page while is churns away trying to figure out how to delete the first item, and then you have to wait to delete the second instead of it being an object on the page that can process separately from going and clicking on delete in another object.

    If I go to a parts search and type 100 in the quantity box, and then go try to type in a minimum price, and I have to wait for it to refresh the first change before I can put in the second, then the "update" button is much more useful and efficient.  Plus if if the form is done right and you want to search immediately after typing 100, then hitting enter in the field would do the update for you.

    The new site doesn't even have enough search options to know if this is available, but just going to look at it just for the part search options I have two comments:

    1) Part color drop down isn't alphabetic which is insane (hopefully just a beta oversight)
    2) Not being able to see the list of people that have the parts that meet my search and only getting the lowest makes it completely useless for me.  I almost never need 100 of something where I am not also willing to order more for even slightly more per part if they are available and I can maximize shipping.  If the lowest result only has 100, but for a penny more I could get 500 and I know I'll need them, and the shipping for the extra would still fall in the same shipping rate, then I'm going to order more.



    catwrangler
  • SumoLegoSumoLego New YorkMember Posts: 13,240
    This also seems to be consistent with the suspect archiving that happens a TLG.  

    I suppose it makes some sense to make retired products more amorphous to keep purchasers focused on new sets?  I don't know.  It doesn't make a lick of sense to make a straightforward catalog confusing.
  • 560Heliport560Heliport Twin Cities, MN, USAMember Posts: 1,971
    TLG bought Bricklink for TLG's benefit, not ours. If they make it harder for us to buy sets/parts/minifigs from each other, we're more likely to buy from TLG. At least, so they probably think. 
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