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.
Those who are confused by color ids may want to check this link:
131 - Pearl Light Gray
148 - Pearl Dark Gray
111 - Trans Black
I had noticed a slight change in 131 in my 7079 Drawbridge Defense, the sword didn't look like old pearl light gray. I'm not sure if this thing didn't take effect already? By the way I think it will be a huge mistake to change transblack, it will create havoc. We have been collecting windshields in transblack for years and now they won't mathc with coming windshileds. Is this a good idea? Am I mistaken with 111 code as transblack?