Christoph Bartneck is well known for producing some comprehensive minifig catalogues. His latest book takes a look at the colours of LEGO pieces since 1958.
The Unofficial LEGO Color Guide organises the colours of LEGO parts and presents them in rainbow order. Each colour has its own unique page which and also has a cross references to similar colour hues that are printed on the edge of the pages.
Read on if you are interested in the history and full range of colours offered by LEGO over the last 60 years.
Christoph identifies the colours using the LEGO name and number as well as Bricklink’s name and ID number. Personally, I find it odd that third party databases, such as Bricklink, often use their own colour nomenclatures rather than rely on the colour names used by LEGO.
Christoph has been very careful to colour calibrate all the equipment used in preparing this book. He has used a SpyCheckr 24 to calibrate his camera and has worked with the publisher to ensure the colour management used by the printing equipment is accurate.
There are special sections for metallic and translucent colours.
The availability of parts in each colour features in the description as well as the years the colour was in production.
Here is the page for Bright Bluish Green (Bricklink = Dark Turquoise) that will be making a reappearance next year, after being out of production since 2005.
This book will be of interest to anyone who builds their own MOCs and is looking for accurate colours for their models. It will also be a useful, accurate colour reference as online colour rendering sometimes is distorted due to the quality of the source picture and colour settings of your monitor.
The book (in English only) can be purchased from Amazon.com.
An eBook in PDF format is available from Lulu.com
There is also a colour poster available in four sizes from 8"x10" (20x25 cm) to 28"x38" (71x97 cm) at Society6.