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Color 111 - Trans-black/smoke parts gone after 2010?

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Color 111 - Trans-black/smoke parts gone after 2010?

Postby Draykov » Tue Nov 03, 2009 2:20 pm

Daz Hoo wrote:Posted on the LEGO Ambassador's forum :

Changes of color 131 and 148

We are constantly trying to make our processes and visual color expressions more efficient and effective, and in this work we have identified a need for improvement with our colors 131 Silver and 148 Dark Metal.

Both colors are only used on specific LEGO elements, and the colors have been updated several times through the years.

In this case we looked for an updated visual design expression and at the same time the possibility to reduce cost, as we never were 100% satisfied.

The improvement in the visual expression is only slightly changed, but we have decreased the cost in the color process.

We wish to transit from the old, to the new colors as smooth as possible – as the difference in visual expression is only slightly improved.

But as we never uses these colors in big surfaces, and only in details or effects, we think that the transit would course minimal fuzz.

New color – 111 goes out

In our development of new themes and products, we also find it very useful to implement new colors as well as elements. On the same time, we keep a tight governance over our LEGO color palette, and manage a specific total of old contra new colors in the palette. In this case we decided that the coming color (name and number not official yet), should replace the existing color 111.

This transit will not take place until in the 2011 products.


For those who do not know LEGO's color IDs by heart :

131 = Pearl Light Gray
148 = Pearl Dark Gray
111 = Trans Black (or smoke)

I don't know about you guys, but I'm very concerned about LEGO discontinuing the smoke color. For me, the only thing that would minimize this decision would be that LEGO decided to replace it with a real trans-black color.


What's all this about, Steve? Will there be some reasonably close approximation of trans-black/smoke offered as an alternative, or will future Star Wars sets be sporting the Mars Mission look?
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Re: Color 111 - Trans-black/smoke parts gone after 2010?

Postby banthafodder » Tue Nov 03, 2009 6:07 pm

Hail trans-orange
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Re: Color 111 - Trans-black/smoke parts gone after 2010?

Postby Robzula » Tue Nov 03, 2009 9:43 pm

...wouldn't they just use clear for Star Wars, like they did before they started making the smoke canopies?
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Re: Color 111 - Trans-black/smoke parts gone after 2010?

Postby Draykov » Wed Nov 04, 2009 7:17 am

Well...I don't know Rob...would they?
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Re: Color 111 - Trans-black/smoke parts gone after 2010?

Postby Daz Hoo » Wed Nov 04, 2009 1:57 pm

New info on this subject :

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2720#p26019
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Re: Color 111 - Trans-black/smoke parts gone after 2010?

Postby RocketClone » Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:21 pm

banthafodder wrote:Hail trans-orange


Hail trans yellow and green! XD
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Re: Color 111 - Trans-black/smoke parts gone after 2010?

Postby banthafodder » Thu Nov 05, 2009 5:26 pm

What happened to the rest of the posts, I just got out of Daz's party and it was like dude where's my car. Then I noticed it was all wrapped up in daz's link. cruel joke.
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Re: Color 111 - Trans-black/smoke parts gone after 2010?

Postby Daz Hoo » Fri Nov 06, 2009 2:09 pm

Another update :

viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2720&p=26198#p26198

After this bit of news, I guess there's no point in keeping this thread alive.
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