There is a BrickLink store located in Hungary named We Love What You Build (or WLWYB for short) that recently released what they call the First Periodic Table of LEGO Colors. I have been reading about this unique product on social media sites, and it seems that LEGO fans are very excited about it, so I thought to share it with our readers.
The idea for the Periodic Table of LEGO Colors came from sorting thousands of LEGO pieces in a myriad of colors for the WLWYB BrickLink store and wanting to have a reliable reference, and also because LEGO fans are often confused about the names and availability of some LEGO colors, especially the rare and unusual ones.
The First Periodic Table of LEGO Colors features 70 different colors and 12 different shapes. Each box shows the name of the color, the year of manufacture, and both the official LEGO and BrickLink ID. In addition, each box also features a real LEGO piece that is attached to the Periodic Table, so you can easily identify colors. The overall size of the is 15.7 x 11.8 x 0.6 in / 40 x 30 x 1.5 cm. It would make a nice decoration and useful reference for those who run a BrickLink store, or any LEGO fan who is looking for a unique decoration.
The price of the First Periodic Table of LEGO Colors is $39.95, which is very reasonable. In addition, the store is currently offering 20% off, and free worldwide shipping. If you are interested to get your own, visit WLWYB-Shop.com.
What do you think? How do you like the First Periodic Table of LEGO Colors? Would you find this useful for your own LEGO sorting, storing, and shopping? Or what other system do you use for identifying LEGO colors? Feel free to share and discuss in the comment section below!
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Wow. I didn’t know I needed this until I saw it. 😀
Hmm, seems like it also includes a bunch of retired colors…
Man, this would have been a perfect Christmas present to ask for! Can I have it as a New Year’s present, please? 😀
Well, if you’re asking me, sure it can be a New Year’s present! 😀
If only we had room to display it! Such a cool idea!
This is a great idea! And the price is fair too. Does it include all colors past and present?
No, it definitely doesn’t, but it’s a good start. I wouldn’t depend on this as a BrickLink seller, but for a casual user it should be sufficient. 🙂
This is cool but some of the abbreviations elude me. “Da” on a blue part? There are others. “Bg” on a solid green that has no blue and is not “bright”?! Lego’s naming of colors makes little sense. We need to go back to the old Bricklink color guides from a few years back before Lego ruined it.
Grim, I think I see the ones you mentioned. BG means bright-green, and DA means dark-azure. Both are BrickLink colors that have been using before LEGO purchased them. 🙂
Yeah, those are Bricklink’s color names, completely unaltered by LEGO. “Bg” is indeed “Bright Green” (“Bright” represents a darker shade than “Light”). Both of these match closely to LEGO’s own names for these colors, yes, but the table is definitely using the Bricklink names; hence there is “L” – “Lime” (LEGO’s “Bright Yellowish Green”), “O” – “Orange” (LEGO’s “Bright Orange”), “Yl” – “Yellowish Green” (LEGO’s “Spring Yellowish Green”), etc.
I do agree though that some of these abbreviations are rather obscure, and I think they should have found a way to print the full name directly in each element’s box, like most representations of the Periodic Table do. However, there is a key provided on the right hand side that lists the full Bricklink and LEGO names, although that list is terribly organized (it should be ordered by row/column in the periodic table rather than alphabetized).
To be honest, I prefer LEGO’s color names, as I’ve worked with their system far longer than I have with Bricklink’s, but neither system is perfect. That’s why a visual guide that groups colors by family, like this periodic table does, is so useful.
As an aside, my biggest gripe with this table is the inclusion of colors retired over a decade ago. Some of the popular ones are there, but not all (where is Sand Red?). It makes the table feel kind of incomplete.
I guess they need a decent amount of parts commonly available enough not to make the table ridiculously expensive.
I’m thinking of making one of these on my own. Nice project!
I so need one of these! I always forget the names of colors!
I’m not seeing 20% off or free shipping on the website. What am I missing?
I believe that was a Christmas special.