Thanks to Joe Meno of BrickJournal LEGO has provided the AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) community with their 2010 Color Palette.
Jan Beyer, Community Operations Manager:
Dear all, finally, after many years of discussion we got the go from our Design Lab to share the internal LEGO Color scheme with the LEGO Community.
Please see the actual scheme for 2010 for sharing. You can see on the scheme the internal LEGO color number and name.
Now for me, being as I worked in the Model Shop at LEGOLAND California, the yearly color pallet is nothing new. It is a helpful tool when a Master Model Builder designs a model because that way they know what colors are actually available that year. And by cross-referencing the color code with the parts that are available, you can see if you can order the parts to build a model in the color you want.
Contrary to popular belief, the Model Shops do not have every part in every color. Although they sometimes to get parts that will never be available to the average consumer, especially in Denmark (that is unless you find it off Bricklink).
Of course our color pallet in the Model Shop looked a little different. It was actually a 16×32 white baseplate with all of the colors as 2×2 tiles with their color number printed on them. And yes, that means even the colors that have never been made as 2×2 tiles in sets.
For all of you who haven’t worked for LEGO, this is a nice insight in how LEGO categorizes their colors.
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