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Recently, I bought a new and sealed 70828 Pop-up Party Bus, 2019, a quite underrated set, in my opinion. I was surprised to see that the many white parts are not as white as I expected. I compared this set with white elements from my other sets. On the picture, you see elements from the 5974 Galactic Enforcer, 2009, 70810 Metalbeard's Sea Cow, 2014, and the 31109 Pirate Ship, 2020. Comparison of white elements
It is not quite obvious on the image, but all sets have exactly the same, ivory white. For comparison, I placed them on a blank white paper. I remembered having seen much brighter shades of white in older sets, so I dug deeper and found a 6982 Explorien Starship, 1996 with many yellowed white parts, but also some parts that hadn't yellowed at all: Comparison between white from 1996 and 2020 On the picture, you see the famous 30037 Wing Plate Bi-level 12 x 9 x 2 1/3 over the Pirate Ship sails. Again, the light for the picture is not the best, but the white colour from 1996 is much brighter than the more recent version of LEGO White. I assume that in 1996, all white parts were of the same hue.

My question is whether there was a change in the LEGO colour "White" and whether this change can be attributed to a certain date or a known change in the production process?

Any hint is appreciated. Happy new year, by the way!

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I have done some research on this question and I can tell it wasn't easy to find an answer. With some deeper digging I found this thread on Eurobricks related to color variations and where they are coming from. https://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?/forums/topic/98441-color-variations/

In short it says since early 2000 Lego is using only 1 color of pelets instead of using pre-colored ones. Because of this color variations have been noticed.

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  • Nice find! That post covers some interesting aspects, also partly praising the new pellet method. However, my examples above seem to show that there is very little colour variation, at least from 2014 to 2021, for the white pellets.
    – Aziraphale
    Jan 11 at 15:50
  • This change is the reason why we see color inconsistency.
    – Alex
    Jan 11 at 16:23

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