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Name that Brick: Lego Identification
Lego Brick and Minifig Identification
It's important for Lego builders (ametures and professionals alike) to be able to identify bricks by a common name so that they can purchase bricks individually for custom builds, or to know what bricks come in existing sets. You'll find pictures of Lego pieces here to get you started in knowing how to identify a Lego brick by its official name.
Learn Lego Naming Conventions - Here are some Pictures of Lego Pieces and their Official Names (to get you started)Click thumbnail to view full-size
The Size of a Brick is Measured in Lego Pegs
so a 2x4 brick would be two pegs wide and 4 pegs tall.
Try Lego's Pick a Brick
You can Shop Lego by brick, and this is a great way to become accustomed to the various brick types and their names. Just remember, you can't purchase all bricks from Lego individually. I'm not sure why some bricks they sell individually, and other's they don't. At first I thought they didn't sell retired bricks - but sold all the rest individually. I've since discovered that there are some bricks they sell in sets that they do not sell individually (or on custom brick orders).
BrickLink.com's Lego Identification Tools
BrickLink has a user forum where you can post pictures to identify bricks, and also a really helpful catalog that lists the names and colors available of each brick, as well as a catalog of sets and a catalog of minifigs. You can even purchase bricks (new or used) from a multitude of sellers all over the world.
I actually like BrickLink.com better than Lego's Pick a Brick shopper because it lists ALL bricks (and not just the ones currently being sold individually by Lego). That way you can purchase bricks used (or recycled as I prefer to call them), even if they haven't been sold by Lego New in years.
Screenshot of BrickLink's Lego Catalog
Ask Lego Fanatics to Identify a Brick
If you can't find the brick or minifig on the Lego site there are several different Lego forums and threads that I've run into where you can have Lego Experts or Fanatics help you identify a brink (especially if you have a picture).
- BrickLink Discussion Forum
Unofficial LEGO Marketplace. A venue for individuals and businesses from all around the world to buy and sell new, used and vintage LEGO through fixed price services.
- FBTB Forum
Bricks to Bothans has a thread dedicated to Mysterious LEGO Part Identification.
- Livejournal Has an Active Lego Group
I've seen several people get bricks and minifigs identified here.
Trying to Identify Lego Star Wars Bricks or Minifigs?
There are so many resources for Graphic Designers trying to identify a font! There's even an application where you can upload a JPG with a font in it, and have a font name spit out. It would be nice if we could do the same time with Legos (or if this does exist PLEASE tell me about it!!).