12 September 2020

Which LEGO® sets have the most new parts? July and August 2020

Posted by Admin
Following the success of our published lists of new elements, created in partnership with TobyMac from Rebrickable, I've been thinking of ways we could use that data for parts-loving fans like you lot! Today we launch another useful resource for you: lists of recent sets showing the amount of new elements within them.

Why? Because while many of you simply purchase new elements individually, many also enjoy building official sets. So which new sets have the most new elements? We developed the table below to show this, both in terms of quantity as well as overall percentage. So if you like to buy sets knowing they'll contain parts you don't have, use our table as one of your purchasing factors.

Note: we define 'new elements' as being either:
  • completely new moulds, or signficantly altered 
  • existing moulds in new colours (also known as 'recolours' or 'colour changes'), 
  • printed parts. 
We do not include elements that have been given a new Element ID by TLG despite having appeared in sets in the past, because they're irrelevant to builders.

List of LEGO® sets from July and August 2020 and their quantities of new parts

A bumper list as it covers two months, and high percentages of new elements thanks to LEGO Super Mario!

Key to columns

  • 'Quantity Parts' shows the full part count of a set, which you're used to seeing.
  • 'Quantity New Parts' shows how many of those are new. Say a set was completely old stuff apart from just 1 new mould but 8 of them were included: this column would therefore say '8'.
  • '% Quantity New Parts' shows the above values as a percentage. I feel this gives you a sense of the 'value' of the set, regardless of its size or price, by indicating what proportion of its elements you will not already own.
  • 'Elements' shows the number of unique pieces in the set, whether new or existing.
  • 'New Elements' shows how many of those are new. e.g. in the earlier example this would say '1'. 
Click any column header to sort the table.
Set Quantity Parts Quantity New Parts % Quantity New Parts Elements New Elements
10277-1 Crocodile Locomotive127876621514
43179-1 Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Buildable Characters17381661042133
792007-1 Haunted Worker80080
40429-1 Ninjago World440311393
40386-1 Batman11500540
40391-1 First Order Stormtrooper15100550
40431-1 BB-817164682
75317-1 The Mandalorian & The Child2951341238
71363-1 Desert Pokey Expansion Set18033187015
71365-1 Piranha Plant Power Slide Expansion Set21767317831
71360-1 Adventures with Mario Starter Course233572411437
40474-1 Build Your Own Monkey King2428182
42112-1 Cement Mixer1161811282
42114-1 6x6 Volvo Articulated Hauler21931912379
71372-1 Cat Mario Power-Up Pack1143693
71371-1 Propeller Mario Power-Up Pack13431113
31200-1 The Sith340489026307
30385-1 Super Mushroom Surprise Expansion Set18739157
71370-1 Fire Mario Power-Up Pack1143693
71366-1 Boomer Bill Barrage Expansion Set13219147013
71373-1 Builder Mario Power-Up Pack1055084
40414-1 Monty Mole & Super Mushroom Expansion Set16319128315
31197-1 Andy Warhol's Marilyn Monroe3341123337277
71376-1 Thwomp Drop Expansion Set39332815915
31198-1 The Beatles2933963333510
31199-1 Marvel Studios Iron Man3167102032359
71368-1 Toad's Treasure Hunt Expansion Set464881919644
71364-1 Whomp's Lava Trouble Expansion Set13318145613
71377-1 King Boo and the Haunted Yard Expansion Set431561314418
71362-1 Guarded Fortress Expansion Set4681022219341
41258-1 Vibe City Concert50320422610
21323-1 Grand Piano366267234610
40381-1 Monkey King17521572
80014-1 Sandy's Speedboat393821908
80015-1 Monkie Kid's Cloud Roadster65832523016
80016-1 The Flaming Foundry14241314264
76167-1 Iron Man Armory257731136
60260-1 Air Race13975897
40423-1 Halloween Hayride14743774
854049-1 Pumpkin & Bat Duo13000370
60272-1 Elite Police Boat Transport165421074
60273-1 Elite Police Driller Chase17842874
60274-1 Elite Police Lighthouse Arrest18818101089
75280-1 501st Legion Clone Troopers28422812711
75281-1 Anakin�s Jedi Interceptor247311002
75283-1 Armoured Assault Tank (AAT)2851041219
75284-1 Knights of Ren Transport Ship595711847
71369-1 Bowser's Castle Boss Battle Expansion Set10101011034649
71367-1 Mario's House & Yoshi Expansion Set205261311422
75288-1 AT-AT126731229017
75291-1 Death Star Final Duel774612424
71374-1 Nintendo Entertainment System2646106451741
75293-1 Resistance I-TS Transport9311722179
75286-1 General Grievous�s Starfighter4872651399
71361-5 Bullet Bill25520164
71361-7 Eep Cheep26727195
71361-6 Bob-omb221150178
71361-1 Paragoomba24729166
71361-9 Urchin271556157
71361-4 Buzzy Beetle16638115
71361-3 Spiny20630115
71361-10 Peepa18317133
71361-8 Blooper20315143
71361-2 Fuzzy291138155

Note how the LEGO Art sets have high 'Quantity New Parts' because of their size but comparatively low 'New Elements', whereas LEGO Super Mario have lots of new elements.
What do you think of this list? Useful? Too complex? Let us know in the comments, we intend to publish these monthly from now on.   

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  1. I'm a fan of this! Easy to see which sets have the largest number of new stuff.

    Since you asked, here are a few ways to make it even better:
    1. It might be easier if you labeled the second-to-last column "unique elements". (Since technically the # of parts and # of elements in a set is the same).
    2. Are you able to include a column for # New Parts/Moulds?

    —Tom Alphin, https://brickarchitect.com

    1. Yes, it is tricky to come up with nomenclature when everyone has different interpretations of these synonyms! Plus, it has to be pithy enough not to crowd the table cell. I like 'unique' though

  2. I wouldn't say rereleases are irrelevant to builders. I designed a MOC on LDraw using only parts that I knew _existed_, but then when I went to start building it, I discovered that dark-purple 2x2 corner plates had become so rare that they were listing between $3-5 each. I'd incorporated at least a dozen into the design, and immediately had to start tweaking the design to cull that number as much as possible. I was able to get it down to four, and just couldn't eliminate those from the design, but it meant I could affordably create two versions of the same MOC (Holley Shiftwell from Pixar's Cars 2, in her regular form and her flying mode).

    Fast forward just a few years, and they come out with Joker's Notorious Lowrider, which reintroduced that element with a fresh supply. Prices took a while to come down, but eventually got down below 10% of their previous price. So, parts that have been in production for several years and just have a random gap year before coming back might be no big deal, but a one-off release that returns to production after the supply has been depleting for several years can often be a bigger deal than the actual _new_ parts, especially many of these unique prints that will likely never see use outside of their original purpose. However, that would be a lot harder to incorporate into a spreadsheet like this. How do you determine which are the "valuable" reissues vs the mundane ones? Even a part that's affordable may simply just not be available in the quantities someone needs for a project. There was originally one set that came with a caramel 1x2 brick, which was used to fill the saddle on Bullseye from the Toy Story theme. A guy in my LUG needed something like 40,000 of them to build the Guardian Building in Detroit, and there just weren't that many available to buy until they used them as the main component in the modular City Hall.

    1. The problem is, that a new Element ID on an existing part doesn't automatically means it's an old part that gets reused. There are cases where parts getting a new EID even within the same year. The assignment seems to be more based on internal processes at the LEGO factory.

    2. The real problem is that its very easy to determine if an element has never been produced before, but not if a repeat element will suddenly throw supply/demand out of whack. But it definitely happens, and when it happens there may be builders out there with projects that have been waiting for that moment.

      Now, when you say they're changing the EID within the span of a single year, are you talking about Set A releasing in January with one EID, and Set B releasing a few months later with the same part using a different EID, or are you referring more to Set A is still on store shelves with one EID when Set B launches with a different one?

      If it's the former, maybe there's a running change in the element, either involving a mold change or switching the material used to form the part. If it's the latter, if the set is nearing its end of run, the EID may already have been retired (assuming they ran out of stock at the factory) while the set is still on sale, and a new set may have called that part back into production before we ever really see it go away. Or there's always the possibility that someone goofed and assigned a duplicate EID because they didn't realize that part already had one assigned to it.

  3. Very interesting list! Especially surprising to me is how smaller sets often seem to have a greater percentage of new elements, given that each new element makes up a greater portion of the set's contents.

    One aspect that would probably be impractical to include in a list of this type given its variability and propensity to change as new sets are introduced is the "rarity" of elements. Often when I buy sets, the choices I make are informed not just by how much of the set is new to me, but also by how much of the set is difficult or impossible to obtain elsewhere. For instance, a minifigure or printed part that only appears in one set is a bigger priority to me than one who appears in many sets released at the same time, even if both figures are equally "new".

    1. That is a bit of a holy grail isn't it. I recall seeing some comments from Huw on Brickset about it recently but can't recall where? We have indeed been dabbling in automated lists of 'how many sets does every element in this set come in', but at this stage it is for our internal article research use only.

  4. This is awesome! Would love to see a new colors/recolors on bricks by set like this grid view!