Have you ever wondered which part has been made in the most colours? I did, when I was admiring the myriad1/4 CIRCLE TILE 1X1s that I’ve acquired in DOTS sets recently, and thought that it might be a candidate.
The data to determine the answer is in our database but not easily surfaced through the website. So, I ran some SQL queries to find out…
For the purposes of this analysis I have excluded transparent, metallic and other ‘odd’ colours. All data is based on inventories obtained from LEGO.com, which are not always complete, and only go back 20 years or so.
In this year’s sets
The sets released so far this year contain aroundin 66 colours, including .
The 1/4 circle tile has been moulded in 33 of them for this year’s sets, but it’s not the record-holder: that accolade goes to the 1×2 plate, which has been produced in all but two of the current solid colour palette. It’s not been made inand I’ll leave it as an exercise for the reader to work out which other colour it’s not been manufactured in this year.
Here’s a list of all parts produced in over 30 colours that appear in this year’s sets.
|Part||No of colours|
|FLAT TILE 1X2||36|
|1/4 CIRCLE TILE 1X1||33|
|FLAT TILE 1X1||32|
|PLATE W. BOW 1X2X2/3||32|
|PLATE W. BOW 2X2X2/3||31|
|PLATE 1X2 W. 1 KNOB||31|
|FLAT TILE 1X1, ROUND||31|
The 1/4 circle tile has been produced in two more colours that have not been used in 2021 sets: sand yellow, in 2018’sLuke Skywalker & Yoda, and earth (dark) green n Magic Forest Bracelet last year.
In all inventoried sets
LEGO has produced overover the years, some of which have been used for just a handful of specialist parts, and some that were replaced following a cleansing of the palette in 2004, for example grey, dark grey and brown.
The accolade of part produced in the most colours, then, goes to the humble 1×2 brick and 2×4 plate. If thehas been produced in are also taken into account, the 1×2 brick wins hands-down.
|Part||No of colours|
|DUPLO BRICK 2X2||48|
|FLAT TILE 1X2||44|
|FLAT TILE 2X2||43|
|FLAT TILE 1X4||43|
|ROOF TILE 1X2 INV.||41|
Perhaps I should see how many different coloured 1x2s and 2×4 plates I have and start a collection…