Enhancements to parts database

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In our recent call for suggestions for improvements many of you commented that it was difficult to find parts and that you missed the categorisation that we used to show. Unfortunately parts categories are no longer published by LEGO so we can't make use of them any more, and in any case many didn't make a lot of sense to those of us outside of the company,

So, what we are doing instead is tagging parts and improving the way that tags can be used. So far we have completed this work on Technic parts.

They've been tagged by type (e.g. beam, axle, gear), function (e.g. linear actuator, pneumatic) and also by connection (e.g. axle hole, half-pin hole).

Furthermore, it's now possible to filter by multiple tags. Once you've selected one from the drop-down list you can select another from the drop-down or use the new + / - links shown next to the tags in the listing.

The + will add the tag to the filter. - will do one of two things. If the tag it's next to is already in the filter it'll be removed. If it's not, it'll be excluded. This means that you can easily list, for example, all connectors that have axle hole(s) and pin hole(s) or all lime green beams that do not have axle holes. I suspect it's easier to use than to explain, so go and have a go for yourself!

It's also now possible to view a set inventory as a normal parts listing. There's a new link under the Parts tag on set details pages: View inventory in parts list »

The advantage with this is that you can then use the filters for colours and tags and so on to easily see, for example, all the red beams in Rough Terrain Crane, all the panels in Mack Anthem, all the System parts in the Bugatti Chiron.

There's room for improvement still, so do let me know what you think and if you have any suggestions.

Our next task is to tag System parts: brick, plate, slope, modified, stud, 318 bar, inverted and so on. That's a huge undertaking and it won't happen overnight. If you'd like to get involved in that, do get in touch!

Finally, I'm currently refreshing the inventories from LEGO Customer Services to pick up any recent changes. With over 7000 of them to do it's taking a while!

 

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21 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Is it just on brickset on the web or can I do it on this app?

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By in United Kingdom,

Just the website.

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By in Netherlands,

Looks great.

How would we get involved in the tagging?

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By in United Kingdom,

Drop Huw an email huw [at] brickset.com, telling him why you'd make a good parts tagger.

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By in United States,

This will be very helpful. I know it takes a lot of effort, but I am very grateful.

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By in Germany,

I've two ideas which could simplify the tagging workflow a lot.
Maybe one could use the category tree of bricklink as a tool for tagging. Not an automated tagging mechanism but maybe one could implement a feature to show all parts of a certain bricklink category at brickset. This filter mechanism would maybe help tagging related parts very quickly, e.g. animals or sloped parts.
Another idea which comes up to my mind is that the tagging system could store the previously added tag (e.g. in a cookie) and show this tag as a suggegtion the next time a part is tagged because one might want to tag lots of similar parts in one session.

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By in United States,

Excellent, I've been wanting to be able to filter by multiple tags for a long time. Does that work for sets too?

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Not yet. I'm not sure how useful that would be so convince me...

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By in Australia,

Wow, this is brilliant! Thank you again to Huw and the Brickset team for always striving to give us such awesome tools!!!

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By in United States,

Say I want to search for a Spaceship that has a Ground Vehicle or for a Starfighter affiliated with the Empire. That search would be faster with multiple tags than a manual search conducted by scrolling through all Spaceships to see which ones have Ground Vehicles, just as it's easier to search for all connectors with axle holes and pin holes with multiple tags than to find all such parts by manually scrolling through all parts with axle holes.

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By in United Kingdom,

Omg so much work, well done, this is really cool.
Any possibility to add an extra editible field or a note box to the individual parts page(s) , (like you have for sets), so we can make our own personal note about our parts,? Would be most helpful so we can write next to each part where we have them stored (something which would be really useful in my case,, but hopefully others too) and /or note other things about our spare pieces, ie so many are used, old, discolored or new or whatever we want to note for ourselves.?
I appreciate its already a lot of work going on and if I can help please let me know.

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By in United States,

So many improvements! I can’t get my head wrapped around them all! Keep you the good work Huw and Co!

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By in United States,

Will you also be adding the parts to the individual collectable Minifigures?

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By in Venezuela,

Great new feature!!!!

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By in United States,

Thank you for the improvements, looks great! I think it would be useful to have multi-tag searches in sets and minifigures too. Helicopter + motorcycle - police, or Vader + Skywalker are two searches that I personally would find useful.

Is it possible to search for all sets that contain parts x, y and z? Or perhaps list the parts that comprise a minifigure without digging through the parts list of sets containing the minifigure? For example, AGT011 is 4 parts, and the legs are used in 4 minifigures. Listing the parts used on the AGT011 page would simplify finding the other three. Listing minifigures in a tab like the "Appears in" tab that lists sets would be a huge help when sorting through pile of minifigure parts.

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By in United Kingdom,

^^^ N - MCMXCIX , yes, but as a batch on the random bag entry because that's how LEGO published them.

Yes, I hope to be able to add that feature soon.

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By in United States,

Good job!

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By in Brazil,

I'd love if the comments were threaded. Sometimes is difficult do follow answers.

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By in United States,

@Huw: Filtering by multiple set or minifigure tags would be EXTREMELY useful and something I've wanted for a long time!

In the case of minifigures, it would make it much easier to find all figures with a particular combination of traits, like "droid"+"Galactic Empire", "child"+"historic", "villain"+"Marvel", or "female"+"robotic". It could also make it much easier to get rid of some tags that currently feel a bit redundant — with minifigures, for instance, we have "Disney", "Princess", and "Villain" tags, but also "Disney Princess" and "Disney Villain" tags because there's no way to filter by those single-word tags at the same time to arrive at the same outcome as their two-word equivalents.

Likewise, with sets, we have "police", "fire", "car", "truck", "boat", and "helicopter" tags… but also "police car", "fire car", "fire truck", "police boat", "fire boat", "police helicopter", and "fire helicopter" tags. When you are limited to filtering by one tag at a time, this kind of specificity is needed, even though ostensibly every set with a "fire helicopter" tag should also have the "fire" and "helicopter" tags.

Mind you, being able to select multiple tags wouldn't mean that filtering by the tags "police" and "car" would result in QUITE the same outcome as filtering by the tag "police car" does currently, because there are some police sets that have civilian or criminal cars in the same set as other types of police vehicles, so those would have both the "police" and "car" tags but NOT the police car tag. Nevertheless, I think it's an idea worth considering.

Side note, I'm really bummed to see that the "LGBT" minifigure tag has been deleted, as I thought it was a pretty useful one and there are several figures it fits entirely unambiguously, like https://brickset.com/minifigs/sim038, https://brickset.com/minifigs/idea037, https://brickset.com/minifigs/dim039, https://brickset.com/minifigs/sh522, the new Tracer minifigure from https://brickset.com/sets/75970-1/ and… like… any version of https://brickset.com/minifigs/name-Albus-Dumbledore.

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By in Hong Kong,

Excellent!!!!! Just find that is very useful!!

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By in Australia,

These precise categories are great but I think we need the old broad categories as well. I dont want to have to manually exclude a dozen tags (some of which are too long to show the '-' button so I have to type them into the URL)to not see minifig parts.

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