Purple Lego Brick Update

We found another purple lego brick! In 2009, I blogged about how rare purple Lego bricks seem to be, so my boys were stoked when they found the single round piece above. We have always wondered why purple Lego bricks were so rare, considering they were one of the “main” colors.

When I did my original research on purple Lego bricks, I found many references to the Knight Bus from Harry Potter. I had always presumed my purple piece came from that set via a hand-me-down box we received from a friend. I recently saw the Knight Bus in a store (pic to the right), so purple bricks should be in circulation again soon.

Why am I blogging about this? I would like to see purple bricks included in basic Lego sets and elsewhere! I feel it’s grossly underrepresented in the Lego world. If you feel the same way, let Lego know!

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.


  1. Hi Chad,
    We (my son and myself) found your blog on purple legos last week. My son and I were researching how rare they were. He is thinking of doing a trade-up project and starting with one purple lego. He got the idea from the guy who traded up for a house from one red paperclip. You can see all about it online, and he has a book. Anyway, my son didn’t want to give up his purple legos, because they were from his first set in early 2000’s – not Harry Potter. So, I am just checking with you to see if you are still in to purple legos and if he can contact you about his project. Thanks
    Jennifer Crockett

    1. Hi Jennifer – Thanks for the great comment, and for not making me feel like I’m the only one who has noticed the lack of purple legos. My kids and I are still into the purple lego phenomenon, and have noticed they have grown in number lately. I think there are a few space sets that use them, and definitely some more Harry Potter and girl-gender-related sets. I lost all the old comments on this post when I changed hosts, so maybe a followup is in order. If you have a pic of your purple legos, post it so I can link to it!

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