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I’ve bought a 10232 set recently online (not official store, some Amazon seller). The box and all packs were properly sealed, but I see some bricks have the same color (grey), but different shades. I even see two similar bricks of the same color but different shades. Has the seller tricked me?

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    The white balance in your photos seems a bit out, and it's difficult to judge the colours. You might be dealing with a case of pre-2004 grey pieces mixed with post-2004 bley pieces (read bricks.stackexchange.com/questions/238/… ). Perhaps a macro photograph of the underside of the tiles might help further? Apr 8, 2022 at 16:42
  • Thanks for your reply. It’s already night over here, I am sorry for the picture quality. Will come back tomorrow with a proper pictures. Apr 8, 2022 at 16:47
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    @IvanSanchez that's hardly possible. 10232 set has been released in 2013 - whole 9 years after switching to LBG.
    – Alex
    Apr 8, 2022 at 20:59
  • I would not dare to read @IvanSanchez's mind, but I assumed he was suggesting the Amazon seller had sold a "sealed" bag which was not sealed by Lego itself, but perhaps sealed after collecting the pieces from elsewhere. Perhaps someone has war stories of how late Lego themselves were caught shipping a mix of greys in (in particular Star Wars) sets.
    – RSchulz
    Apr 9, 2022 at 0:48
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    @RSchulz Indeed: from the way OP wrote the question, it's not 100% clear whether the sealed box and all packs are the original box and bags from a factory, or re-sealed by the amazon seller. I haven't personally heard of mixed greys in the same boxed set. Apr 9, 2022 at 11:26

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10232 was released long after the switch from old grey to new grey, so that's a bit unlikely.

The photos are not very good for seeing color differences on, but I see nothing of notice. I've seen far bigger variations within what LEGO deems acceptable. Fans generally have higher standards for colour matching than LEGO, I knew a fellow fan who had sorted his yellow bricks in 6 different shades.

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    And the reason behind this is a switch from using pre-colored plastic pellets to mixing colors locally. Thus slight inconsistency in shades of color. Until this day TLG hasn't managed to resolve this issue, which is a shame.
    – Alex
    Apr 8, 2022 at 21:03
  • I've heard our local certified Lego professional say he has discussed this with Lego and the response what that the target market (kids) doesn't notice nor care about the difference... Apr 8, 2022 at 22:16
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    LEGO seems to be trying to appreciate and focus on AFOL's more. Maybe now is the right time for this issue to get traction within the company.
    – chicks
    Apr 9, 2022 at 0:16
  • My feeling is the opposite. 5-10 years ago LEGO listened and did a lot more to/for AFOL's Apr 9, 2022 at 18:05
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    i have added one more photo in the end of the question. this is a blue shades... Sent this set back to amazon seller, if it's an original Lego manufacturer, then shame on Lego company... Apr 9, 2022 at 21:33

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