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What color makes up the highest percentage of LEGO elements produced since ABS plastic was introduced in 1963?

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bonus points if you measure by volume. –  antony.trupe Jun 1 '12 at 17:52
    
@antony.trupe I can hear them calling me from the other room..."Build me...build me...." –  Major Stackings Jun 1 '12 at 20:32

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Black.

Peeron.com has a colour table that lists how many pieces of each colour you would have if you had one of every set in their database.

Obviously their database is not complete, it doesn't relate to when ABS was introduced (but most of the pieces produced in all time will have been since then), and some sets have been produced in higher numbers, so that's not an incredibly reliable figure, but seeing it has more than double the closest rival, I think it's safe to assume that Black's the winnner.

I would think that it is partially due to the fact that technic pins come in black, and there can be hundreds of those in sets.

Incidently, the top 5 are:

  1. Black
  2. White
  3. Old Gray
  4. Red
  5. Yellow
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+1 and the cigar! It answered my next question as well. :) –  Major Stackings Jun 1 '12 at 20:28
    
You're welcome. Next question? –  ACarter Jun 1 '12 at 20:46
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Black is also cheaper to produce (especially considering most recycled bricks end up there), which may explain in part its popularity. –  Joubarc Jun 4 '12 at 13:05

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