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Around 2004 (if I remember correctly) LEGO changed the grey and dark grey colors. The colors before the change were the original grey colors which were in use from their introduction. They were somewhat warmer than the colors today, which was perceived as looking faded, though it had nothing to do with aging. Part of the problem was that the competition ...


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All of this is correct, ABS can't be transparent and thus transparent parts are made of PC. PC against PC bonds way too tighly and designers are actually forbidden to do that in their models. (I've a 4L lightsaber blade stuck in the crossend of a Technic beam, both trans-red, and I can't get it out.) I'm fairly sure there's a designer (possibly Jamie Berard ...


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To answer the first part of the question, the Company Profile presentation (deep, direct link) states: When the minifigure first appeared, it was decided that its face should have only one colour: yellow. And that its facial features should be happy and neutral . The figure would have no sex, race or role – these would be determined by the child’s ...


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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 ...


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I don't think that spray paint would be very durable. Even if you used a primer specifically designed for plastic the paint would scratch off fairly easily. Also, spray paint would add a noticeable amount of thickness to the brick and could interfere when trying to mate the brick up with others.


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The problem is that bricks are coloured throughout, not just surface coloured, which means any paint you add will wear off. My guidance is to source a brick in the colour you need and replace it.


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The official LEGO color chart at Peeron has 179 colors listed. There are 14 listed as "transparent" (or "tr"), so - 165. The Peeron guide also lists CMYK, RGB, HTML Hex Codes (displayed as the sample), and Pantone numbers for each.


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Considering that color has been produced explicitely and exclusively for Maersk sets, it's highly unlikely they would change it. Most people seem to agree that the same color has been used for all Maersk ships sets. That said, you'll also need to consider that even if LEGO never intended to change the color, small variations in hue are always possible (red ...


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The latest palette officially released by LEGO in 2010 has 51 colors in use, including 33 regular colors, 14 transparent, and 4 "effect" (silver, gold, metallic, phosphorescent). Of course, as 81bronco points out, there have been a lot more, but these are the one LEGO was effectively using as of january 2010. In the few years before that, LEGO was busy ...


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According to Auto Body Repair by Duffy and Sharff, the best solution for any interior or exterior (non-flexible) ABS (acrylonitrile butadiene styrene, the plastic LEGO elements are made of) component is to apply a standard lacquer based system, no primer.


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If it's for a display model (static on a shelf) you could use scale model paint and varnish. Matching the original color will be hard, so don't expect perfection. On the other hand, if your looking to 'play' with that piece afterward, I don't think any paint method can resist that abuse. like mentioned by Rory Alsop you're better off finding the real ...


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I believe it is supposed to be 24 Bright Yellow, however I know there were some complaints a last year or so regarding the collectable Minifigures and others that were made in China not having the same hue as "regular" minifigures - and now that some of the licensed products are also being made there, this difference will become more common. These figures ...


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As I answered on another question, LEGO officially released its internal palette in 2010. It showed 51 colours in use, although their company profile spoke about 58. This is the Palette LEGO used in 2010, meaning that only these colours were in production then. Unfortunately, LEGO doesn't release this info on a regular basis (I'm frankly quite surprised ...


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In general the colors would take on a yellowish hue. The colors that are most damaged by sunlight are white and blue. White can turn all the way to dark tan, and blue will take on an ugly yellowish color. On the other hand red would fade into pink. But again; the sun does damage the bricks. They will turn brittle and somewhat powdery, like all plastics do. ...


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It's Lego blasphemy to change the color of the bricks (or to modify them using, say, a dremmel) but that said I would use the spray paint that is made for plastic. Of course, whenever I go to Lowes the color selection is limited so you may not find the color you need.


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At some point, LEGO changed three of its staple colors: light gray, dark gray and brown. This was but the latest on a long series of traumatic changes imposed by the Danish company, and some fans couldn't stand it any more. While some vowed to never touch LEGO again and some didn't really care, the vast majority, who knew they couldn't fight their ...


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You can use GIMP for this. First you need to scale the image to the size you want. (If you want to stack bricks on top of each other instead of a baseplate, use a different y-scaling to correspond the bricks height.) Now create a palette by going to the Palette tab and click the "New palette" icon. In this add the bricks colors you want. You can find the ...


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The Cult Of Lego book (ISBN: 978-1-59327-391-0) had an a whole page about the change in minifigure skin colour: Page 59, sentence 2: Originally, the LEGO Group sought to leave racial and gender differences to the imagination of builders by using a stylised, generic face with outfits to differentiate roles. Page 59, sentence 4: The most ...


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I believe the main reason is so that the pieces are easy to identify in the instructions - as many LEGO sets don't have the Technic style "List of elements used in this step" it's always a fun game of "Spot the difference" to see what's changed: If those pieces were all red, then the target audience (5+ on those sets for example) might find it very ...


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You can also use the web-based Mosaic Maker.


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Every color used in LEGO over the years is listed on the official LEGO color chart at Peeron. It also includes CMYK, RGB and Pantone references.


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According to the LEGO customer service site which allows you to search by color family, there are 9 color families and 23 exact colors: Color Family Exact Color ------------------------------------------- Black BLACK Blue BRIGHT BLUE Blue EARTH BLUE Blue MEDIUM BLUE Blue TR. BLUE Blue TR. LIGHT BLUE Green ...


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(I can't believe this hasn't been asked yet, so I'm still looking for a duplicate.) In a nutshell, yes, everybody noticed and it was actually one of the biggest consumer backlash the LEGO company had to endure. Fans vowed to never play with LEGO again, and so on. The fact that the LEGO company did the change unannounced, and even happily mixed both ...


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In case anyone familiar with JavaScript is interested, I wrote this script (tested in Firefox 19) which lets the user specify the number of tiles (bricks) of each colour and browse for an image file with the same number of pixels. The luma (brightness) of each pixel is ranked and assigned one of the listed colours. Any ties are arbitrarily assigned to ...


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Also keep in mind that color will change on some parts as they age (depending on environmental factors). New or less exposed parts in the "old grey" can be a different shade than original, aged parts in the same "old grey". The blue-grey parts that you have might actually be categorized as a blue instead. Check out how lego sells the colors today, here: ...


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Similar to 'Mosaic Maker' suggested by @Conrado PLG , there is 'Bricksaic' from Bong 69 Productions. From their website: A program used to make Lego Mosaics. You choose the image, the stud width and the type of bricks to use and you instantly have an LDraw file to make the mosaic from. I have used the software myself and found it to be complete and ...


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According to a comment from Jan.k 1974 on the source you mentioned (in your comment to 62Bricks answer): The milky white brick dates to 2005 and has been been made exclusively for the Allianz Arena (Munich soccer stadium) model in Legoland Günzburg. I remember they sold spares of these in packs of 5 for 1.99 after the grand opening This is confirmed by ...


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You may have what is commonly called a "test brick." Many of these were manufactured by the Bayer company in Germany. LEGO had Bayer test various designs and colors for their evaluation before deciding whether to put them into regular production. One recognized authority on these bricks is the collector Maxx3001, who documents his extensive collection on ...


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LEGO once used a brominated fire retardant in its ABS plastic. UV light causes bromine pairs in the compound to split and reconnect with oxygen atoms, taking on the brownish hue of elemental bromine. Fire retardants containing bromine - known as PBDEs - are now considered toxic and many large companies have voluntarily stopped using them. The EU has banned ...


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On the Mac you can use an app called Digital ColorMeter, whcih is built into the Mac by default. The app can be used to parse out colors on a screen base on their R G B ratings, so you can just hover the mouse over a picture of a lego brick for a semi-accurate rating if the photo is good. If you have a program that can generate colors based on the R G B ...



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