Colors - Additional Notes

  • Dark Red - This color is known to have significant variability in shades of color.

  • Grays and Brown - In 2004 the LEGO Group made a change to the appearance of light gray, dark gray, and brown. BrickLink identified these new colors as light bluish gray, dark bluish gray, and reddish brown.

  • Flat Silver, Metallic Silver, and Pearl Light Gray - The most distinct differences between flat silver and pearl light gray are in shade and tendency to be swirled. Pearl light gray is usually lighter and has a swirled appearance, while flat silver is usually darker and does not. Metallic silver appears grainy and is more reflective than either of the other colors.

  • Lime - The earliest appearance of a lime color was in Duplo and Fabuland sets and it is a slightly darker lime that is not categorized as a separate color on BrickLink. An additional lime color occurs in some Duplo sets that is also not separated by BrickLink as a distinct color.

  • Medium Violet - Around 2004 the LEGO Group changed the color of medium violet and BrickLink does not distinguish the change with a separate color. The older medium violet is bluer and the newer version is redder.

  • Metal Blue - Metal blue is a pearl color rather than a metallic color. It was named metal blue to avoid confusion with the pearl blue color found on some Bionicle Rahkshi parts. This pearl blue Bionicle color is not recognized by BrickLink as a separate color.

  • Pearl Gold - This color has three distinct shades that are not recognized as separate colors by BrickLink.

  • Rust - Rust has a distinct orange tint and is slightly darker than the color red. It is not currently known whether rust is an intentionally different color than red or a result of manufacturing differences.

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