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I bought some LEGO sets recently and was wondering (for no reason), if the part numbers that are shown on the outside of LEGO boxes include (along with the number of parts needed to build the set):

  1. The number of spare parts,
  2. The brick separator (if one),
  3. The instruction manual(s).
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  1. No. Set 30476 (pictured below) says it contains 33 pieces, but the set contains 3 extra pieces in addition to the ones needed to build the set. I believe it has always been this way.

  2. Yes? I'm basing this on the inventory for 10668 (pictured below), which LEGO says has 150 pieces. If you total the "Regular Items" in the BrickLink inventory, you get 145. LEGO counts the minifig legs, torso, head, and hair individually (unlike BrickLink), so add 4 to get 149. That leaves room for 1 piece from the "Extra Items", where BrickLink lists the Brick Separator along with other spare parts LEGO does not count. It's possible the count or listed spares are wrong though, so I'm not 100% sure. Manuals also list them in the back where they don't list spare parts, at least most of the time.

  3. No, excluding the extra pieces, 30476 (pictured below) has exactly the 33 plastic pieces the manual says it should have.

Set 30476:

set 30476

Set 10668:

set 10668

  • Thank you for that detailed information! I did not know that BrickLink counted the different minifig body parts as one part. – William V. Oct 25 '17 at 17:48
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    Also - the piece count should match the piece count in the back of the manual - which doesn't include the spares, but does (usually) show the brick separator. – Zhaph - Ben Duguid Oct 25 '17 at 21:01
  • @Zhaph-BenDuguid Not to say you are wrong, but, I have looked at the back of many instruction manuals, and have never noticed the brick separator on there. – William V. Oct 26 '17 at 23:54
  • @WilliamV. I'm not sure if it all manuals have it, but I know some do. 70914-1: Bane Toxic Truck Attack has it listed. – Alexander O'Mara Oct 27 '17 at 0:07
  • @Zhaph-BenDuguid Okay, Thanks – William V. Oct 27 '17 at 2:19

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