For the second year running, a new LEGO® hue is being introduced: 2019 sets will include Vibrant Coral, which has the colour ID 353. We simply cannot wait to get our hands on it, so instead we asked LEGO colour aficionado Ryan Howerter to guess how it might look!
Nothing gets me as excited about new LEGO sets as much as brand-new colors, and given The LEGO Group’s modern palette constraints – a color has to be removed from the palette to make room for any additions – that doesn’t happen very often. So it was a pleasant surprise to see salmony parts in the new The LEGO Movie 2 set 70828 Pop-Up Party Bus.
Officially, LEGO has made three colors in the salmon range: 101 Medium Red [BrickLink: Salmon] and 100 Light Red [BL: Light Salmon] which were both late-1990s Scala exclusive colors, and the DUPLO-exclusive 123 Bright Reddish Orange.
If we go redder, there’s the desaturated 153 Sand Red; pinker and we’re getting close to the obscure 295 Flamingo Pink from Clikits. From the initial images however, Vibrant Coral looks closest to Medium Red.
How might Vibrant Coral compare to other LEGO colors?Sure, the real thing will probably start appearing on store shelves in a few weeks, but we’re impatient, so let’s make a rough IRL mockup!
First, I took a photo that included the main colors featured in the Party Bus (shown on the right), with some comparison colors (on the left):
Next, I edited the levels/color balance in the set render (original image via TBB), so the colors matched the ones in my picture as best as I could manage:
And finally, I adjusted just the Sand Red brick in my picture to match the Vibrant Coral in the render:
And now we have a speculative, unscientific IRL photo of 353 Vibrant Coral! Looks like it’s not as orangey-salmon as I thought; it’s closer to the pink range. It still looks much redder/darker than 295 Flamingo Pink, too muted to be considered neon.
How does this fit into the color wheel? I plugged its hex code into Adobe Color, and it made some handy colorschemes for myself. The top row in each section is the hex colors it gave me, and the second row is the nearest current LEGO color.
You could add some darker/neutral tones in there to counterbalance the vibrance of the coral, but this color seems to lend itself to some very bright and fun palettes! For some reason I have a sudden urge to play Splatoon right now…
Of course, keep in mind this is all based on an RGB color (not a pigment) taken from a render (not a real photo), mashed up with my own very imperfect photography, so it’s possible it may end up nothing like this when we get to see the parts in person. But this color seems to fill a gap not just in the current production palette but also in the entire history of LEGO colors. It will be interesting to see how AFOLs incorporate it into their MOCs.
As LEGO has said that their palette is so restricted, with this and the revival of 107 Bright Bluish Green [BL: Dark Turquoise, Peeron: Teal], we should expect a couple of the lesser-used colors to be booted out of rotation. Don’t worry, it’s most likely something rarely-used like 109 PC Black IR. Probably.
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