FOUND :: Rare Purple Lego Brick

Have you ever seen a purple Lego brick? Seriously, think about it. Have you ever seen one?

A couple of years ago, my friend Rachel gave us a big box of Duplos. We love Duplos, and this batch came with a few regular Lego bricks trapped in the nooks and crannies of the box. I happily integrated the entire lot into our family stash, and went about my business.

Over the next few months, this 8×1 purple brick kept turning up, and eventually it caught my eye. We have thousands upon thousands of Lego bricks, but only one of them is purple. How could this be? Lego bricks are some of the most creative, thoughtful, brain-growing toys out there. Had they simply neglected to make purple bricks? How rare are they?

Apparently, purple Lego bricks ARE very rare! As this Yahoo Answers thread indicates, the missing color has definitely been noticed by fans. I’ve learned that most of the purple bricks in existence probably came from a Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban Bus Set. One observant brickhead noticed the purple cone lampshade in the Sunshine House Set. The color is noticeably absent from the Lego online store, so clearly there is some kind of concerted effort to keep purple bricks oppressed – right?

Hey Lego: Set the purple bricks free!!! People want purple Lego bricks, so why not make it happen? I mean, look how happy this woman was when she found some in a Chicago store.

Until Lego can make it happen, feel free to bask in the glory of my 8×1 purple Lego brick:

By Chad Norman

Chad is a marketing and branding strategist, proven leader, speaker, founder, and author. As COO of Catch Talent, he leads day-to-day operations including finance, human resources, marketing, and communications, as well as directs all employer brand client deliverables. Prior to Catch, Chad was VP of Marketing & Communication at SPARC, he served on the senior leadership team and lead marketing and communication strategy across all products and services. At Blackbaud, the leading provider of nonprofit technology solutions, Chad managed digital marketing and online training teams. In 2016, Chad founded DisruptHR Charleston, a bi-annual gathering of HR professionals for a night of networking and Ignite talks. His book, 101 Social Media Tactics for Nonprofits: A Field Guide, was published by Wiley in February 2012. Chad has presented at dozens of industry events including SXSW, SHRM, DisruptHR, IHRIM, NTC, DMA, AFP, and BBCON and has lectured at Wake Forest University, Indiana University, University of Michigan, College of Charleston, and The Citadel.

14 comments

  1. There was a lego box available in 2003/2004 (no theme, just a box of bricks) that had purple and orange bricks – I bought loads of boxes & haven’t seen the purple & orange bricks since 🙂

  2. Although your purple brick doesn’t look the same as my purple bricks – unless your camera didn’t pick up the colour properly, mine are a brighter purple.

  3. @David – Pink is sort of rare, unless you you have a girl in the family. It’s certainly not a common color, but there are plenty out there.

    @Harriet – I’d love to see a pic. Our brick is a little more saturated than my photos show, so maybe they are the same color.

  4. There has actually been quite a few series targeted towards girls that contained a lot of pastel colored pieces. My sister’s pieces used to get mixed up with mine all the time and then my friends would make fun of me when they found pink and purple pieces. Google image searches of Lego Belville will find a lot of sets from one of the more current series. There was also beach, pony stables, and house themed sets.

  5. I have been collecting legos my hole life and the reason purple legos are rare is because most (a very small percent are) not even legos! check to see if it is a mega blok or something like that. the lesser percent that are legos do not come in the shade you have. (i have a couple from years past.

    1. Ralph, that is VERY interesting. The next time it pops up I will take a closer look, something I’ve never done. It really looks, feels, and works like a real lego brick, but I wouldn’t be surprised.

      Though, that still doesn’t explain WHY they are so rare – why wouldn’t Lego make any? I mean, it’s one of the six main colors, and there are multiple shades of each of those. But no purple? It’s madness I tell you, madness! (c:

  6. I just had to comment: The block you are holding in your hand is not actually a LEGO brick, but rather a MEGA Bloks brick. You can easily tell in your first picture because the raised text on the block is inconsistent stud to stud. LEGO’s studs are either “hollow” or they have the text “LEGO” in raised text. However, MEGA leaves most of their studs blank, with the occasional stud bearing MEGA Bloks in raised text going around the rim of the stud.

    If you are still interested in purple LEGO bricks, I suggest looking at the new LEGO Friend’s sets. Even though they contain the new friends figures (which I’m not exactly fond of), they do include a lot of really amazing colors, like pink, shades of yellow, and most importantly, PURPLE!

  7. That doesn’t appear to be a lego brick… If the lego logo isn’t on it, it’s 100% from another company that makes bricks in the same dimensions as lego (to trick kids and piggyback on Lego’s success probably)

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