Here's this year's official colour palette

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LEGO has just published a diagram showing all colours currently in production, which is extremely interesting and which complements our recently introduced colour browser perfectly.

Update: here's an interactive version which, when you click on a square, will show you parts in that colour. After this article has disappeared you will find a link to it on the colour browser home page.

30 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Where was this published? Is there an archive of colour palettes from previous years?

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By in Australia,

I still hold hope that some day light stone grey will return. Criminally underused colour. I also can't help but notice that no chrome colours are on there, which is interesting, as according to bricklink, 10251 Brick Bank has chrome gold ingots

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By in United Kingdom,

On a related topic, I've always found the instructions to be poorly printed for colour calibration. The most common confusion being between dark bluish grey and black. I often can't tell which is which unless both colours are feature in that image, with bricks even needing to be close to each other.

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By in United Kingdom,

I have the same problem as @biyitch; dark brown and black can also be confusing on the page. I'd like it if they included a magnifying glass icon linked to a larger patch of the colour (or whatever way of conveying "this tiny element whose colour is barely apparent is in THIS colour, here" works best); it seems like most instruction books I've come across would have room for that.

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By in United Kingdom,

Glad to see an official version. This now means I won't get confused with the multiple shades of blue and grey when building in LDD.

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By in United States,

@magmafrost I think the Chrome's are represented in the far right column.

I'm curious about the spacing on this. Some of the items lining up don't really make sense. They spread out the transparents just to keep them on a single line, and you have "new dark red" in he column with the violets why?

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By in Canada,

The Lego gods are appeased. All the current colours we have enjoyed the past while seem to be there.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^^ frankieroberto - I was looking for the same, I could only find 2010 official via Google Images. Do they release this every year?

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By in Netherlands,

Still longing for sand red to return

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By in United States,

@biyitch and @catwrangler: I agree! Sometimes (though not consistently) they draw the black pieces with white outlines, which helps tremendously. 4508 Titan XP was a tough one, with black, dark bluish grey, and sand blue all being hard to tell apart.

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By in United Kingdom,

This is the first to be released since 2010. It came via the Ambassador network.

It is odd that dark red is not in column 4 now you mention it...

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By in United States,

@jditoro3 I believe the right column represents the "pearl" colors, like pearl gold, since those aren't found anywhere else on this table. My guess is chrome colors aren't listed here since the pieces aren't molded in those colors, but coated in a layer of paint afterwards.

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By in United States,

@magmafrost: Chrome/metalized and lacquered colors often don't appear on these sorts of documents because they are surface treatments and not actual plastic colors.

@jditoro: No, the metallic colors in the right hand column are what BrickLink calls "pearl" colors (i.e. actual metallic plastics rather than a metallic coating).

@biyitch: In all instructions since 2012, Black parts have white outlines and Dark Stone Grey parts have black outlines. Previously it was difficult to tell the colors apart because they both had black outlines, so LEGO had to make the black parts more grayish for the outlines to show up. Ever since that change, there shouldn't be much room for confusion.

@apostie: No, they do not release these palettes every year. They did release them in 2010 and 2011, though. Here's the 2011 version: http://www.eurobricks.com/forum/index.php?showtopic=55896. The main differences from the 2016 version is that the 2011 version still had 208 Light Stone Grey (Very Light Bluish Gray), did not have 330 Olive Green, and had 294 Phosphorescent Green (Glow-in-Dark Trans) instead of 329 White Glow (Glow-in-Dark White).

There's also a color chart from 2012 (https://flic.kr/p/p6kAmU) which illustrates the difference between the old and new ways of labeling black parts in instructions. The colors on that chart are about the same as this year's colors, except that color 294 is still listed and black is listed twice.

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By in United States,

Interestingly Lego has changed the RGB values from their 2010 official color chart. For example in 2010 Bright Yellowish Green (Lime) was #95B90B while the 2016 chart has it as #9ACA3C. To further complicate things Lego represents the color as #A5CA18 in their Lego Digital Designer software.

As a photographer and Lego color enthusiast I would love to produce "definitive" (although unofficial) RGB values for each color.

As highlighted in this sites color database Ryan Howerter has already done an AMAZING job extensively cataloging and photographing every Lego color imaginable but I do not believe his intent was focused on obtaining RGB values so there are a few things I may do a little differently.

Briefly my method would be to photograph each element on a controlled set with fixed lighting, exposure and white balance which I would determine using a medium grey, with white and black pieces defining the dynamic range. Tiles would be ideal but bricks on their side would work as well. I would light them flatly to reduce glare and sample an average color from the center of the piece. Colors that are only used for more "unique" molds would be trickier but I have a few ideas in mind.

I would like to include retired colors as well but some of them are quite rare and expensive on Bricklink so it would take some time to get samples. If I were to actually go forward with this idea would people be interested in the results?

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Sounds like a worthwhile project because as you say there is no definitive list of RGB values.

A flaw in your plan, though, is that LEGO white is slightly yellow so you'd need to use white and black reference cards as well as a 15% grey card to get accurate results.

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By in United States,

@Brother Brain: I think this might have originally been a PDF file, in which case it might have used CMYK colors. So the discrepancy could be merely a matter of the PDF reader/converter software's color handling. Different software displays CMYK colors differently, and I don't always understand it myself.

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By in United States,

@Huw

Thru a combination of using the raw LEGO Digital Designer color data (RGB), and the official 2012 colour guide (CYMK & RGB), I have a full library of the official internal values for past and present colours. If you're interested, I'd be more than willing to help by sending the info along.

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes please, that will be useful.

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By in United States,

@ Aanchir @Huw Good points, the file type and lego "white" need to be taken into account!

I guess the underlying question is how does The Lego Group (and other sources) come up with these values? Who knows, there might even be some simple eyeballing involved!

Back to my Bright Yellowish Green example; besides the variation within Lego documents, LDraw and Peeron each have their own different values too!

I have never seen any explination of the methodology any of these groups has used to come up with their numbers. If anyone knows I'd be very curious to find out and see if anyone has done a "controlled" approach like I put forward.

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By in United Kingdom,

Great work on the interactive version, I am not too good with my Lego colours this is very useful.

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By in Finland,

Where's the good silver color, number 298 "Cool Silver, Drum Lacquered" (Metallic Silver)? :(

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By in United States,

@TransNeonOrangeSpaceman: It's not listed here because it's an ink/lacquer surface treatment, not a plastic color. Same goes for "Gold Ink"/"Metalized Gold"/"chrome gold" and "Warm Gold, Drum Lacquered"/"metallic gold".

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By in United States,

I am guessing that the glitter colors are not listed because they are variations on existing transparent colors. I know the Tiger Widow Island set had a glitter trans neon green cone used as a lamp this year.

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By in United States,

Bug: In Firefox, if the colour palette image is scale down to fit the screen, the click targets are not scaled.

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By in Germany,
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By in United States,

Cool resource! I would love to have a resource for CMYK--figuring out how to print stickers in proper colors has been pretty much trial and error for me.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^^ I don't think anything can be done about that, easily, anyway.

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By in United States,

YES! I hope that THIS TIME LEGO will make Cool Yellow colored bricks!

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By in Croatia,

??? where is dark bluish gray ???

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By in United Kingdom,

Under white, right hand side.

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