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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. Jun 1 '12 at 17:52
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    @antony.trupe I can hear them calling me from the other room..."Build me...build me...." 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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    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
  • I imagine there is a strong influence from Technic parts, especially the pins and axles. I wouldn't be surprised if the black Technic pin is the most common piece ever made by LEGO in that colour.
    – Ambo100
    May 11 at 10:42

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