Ask a LEGO Fan

The Cost of Color

Posted in Marketplace, Product Quality & Safety by lfanquestions on March 8, 2010

Brad writes:

Is it accurate that certain LEGO colors are more expensive to produce as opposed to other colors?  For example, is a 2 x 4 brick in dark blue or dark green more expensive to produce than a 2 x 4 brick in red?

If indeed certain colors are more expensive to produce, do you know what is the most expensive color(s) and the least expensive color(s)?

Do you have any knowledge of the cost difference between the most expensive color and the least expensive color (using a 2 x 4 brick as the standard)?

Love the blog!

Thanks!

Dear Brad,

Certain colors are more expensive to produce than other colors.  Identical elements in different colors may also have different weights.

Red is one color that is extremely difficult to produce consistently.  Transparent bricks are also more expensive to produce than standard ABS bricks.  Black is the least expensive color because recycled ABS plastic can be used in its production.

We do not have a list comparing the cost of colors. Please check out online Pick A Brick: http://shop.lego.com/pab You can compare prices of the same element in different colors.

Sincerely,

LFan

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