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Parts Purchase Guide

Postby Valtarshol » Thu Dec 07, 2017 8:20 am

Okay, so just a starting disclaimer: I manually went through the parts lists for every frame in VitorFaria's 2017 frame compilation as of writing this to obtain the information used in this, and as it was a manual and individual effort, some data might be slightly off due to miscounts or typos on my part. Additionally, variant pieces that may have been used are not always separated, and in the case of 2x2 round tiles, of which there are two variants, I only counted it as one variant if it needed to be that variant; there is no actual way to tell which it is as the pictures only show the tops which are identical.

Alright, that out of the way, here's a TL;DR summary:
Most used parts by average used per frame (out of 67 frames)
1) Plate, Round 1 x 1 Straight Side (6.5)
2) Slope 30 1 x 1 x 2/3 (cheese wedge) (3.81)
3) Plate, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip Vertical/2/3/4 (2.7)
4) Plate 1 x 2 (2.28, 53 frames)
5) Plate 1 x 1 (2.28, 50 frames)
6) Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Studs on 4 Sides (travis brick) (2.21)
7) Slope, Curved 2 x 1 No Studs (2.1)
8) Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Headlight (1.96)
9) Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Handle on End - Closed Ends (1.66)
10) Tile, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip (1.63)
11) Tile 1 x 1 with Groove (1.6, 37 frames)
12) Bar 1L with Clip Mechanical Claw, Cut Edges and Hole on Side (1.6, 33 frames)
13) Pneumatic T Piece New Style (T Bar) (1.51)
14) Tap 1 x 1 with Hole in End/2 (1.45)
15) Plate, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip Light - Thick Ring (lampholder) (1.4)

Most popular parts by number of frames used in
1) Plate, Round 1 x 1 Straight Side (64)
2) Slope 30 1 x 1 x 2/3 (cheese wedge) (58)
3) Plate 1 x 2 (53)
4) Plate 1 x 1 (50)
5) Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Studs on 4 Sides (travis brick) (48)
6) Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Headlight (44)
7) Plate, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip Vertical/2/3/4 (39)
8) Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Handle on End - Closed Ends (38)
9) Tile 1 x 1 with Groove (37, 1.6 average)
10) Plate, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip Light - Thick Ring (lampholder) (37, 1.4 average)
11) Slope, Curved 2 x 1 No Studs (36)
12) Tile, Round 1 x 1 (34)
13) Bar 1L with Clip Mechanical Claw, Cut Edges and Hole on Side (33, 1.6 average)
14) Tap 1 x 1 with Hole in End/2 (33, 1.43 average)
15) Plate, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip Horizontal/2 (32)

Full parts info, organized primarily by average used per frame
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Top 50
1) Plate, Round 1 x 1 Straight Side (6.5, 64 frames)
2) Slope 30 1 x 1 x 2/3 (cheese wedge) (3.81, 58 frames)
3) Plate, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip Vertical/2/3/4 (2.7, 39 frames)
4) Plate 1 x 2 (2.28, 53 frames)
5) Plate 1 x 1 (2.28, 50 frames)
6) Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Studs on 4 Sides (travis brick) (2.21, 48 frames)
7) Slope, Curved 2 x 1 No Studs (2.1, 36 frames)
8) Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Headlight (1.96, 44 frames)
9) Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Handle on End - Closed Ends (1.66, 38 frames)
10) Tile, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip (1.63, 29 frames)
11) Tile 1 x 1 with Groove (1.6, 37 frames)
12) Bar 1L with Clip Mechanical Claw, Cut Edges and Hole on Side (1.6, 33 frames)
13) Pneumatic T Piece New Style (T Bar) (1.51, 27 frames)
14) Tap 1 x 1 with Hole in End/2 (1.45, 33 frames)
15) Plate, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip Light - Thick Ring (lampholder) (1.4, 37 frames)
16) Tile, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip - Rounded Edges (1.33, 28 frames)
17) Tile, Modified 1 x 2 Grille/2 (1.18, 32 frames)
18) Tile, Round 1 x 1 (1.09, 34 frames)
19) Plate, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip Horizontal/2 (1.07, 32 frames)
20) Bracket 1 x 2 - 1 x 2 Inverted (.97, 29 frames)
21) Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Stud on 1 Side (.97, 28 frames)
22) Plate, Modified 1 x 1 with Tooth Horizontal (.94, 22 frames)
23) Brick, Round 1 x 1 Open Stud (.93, 30 frames)
24) Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with 1 Stud (Jumper)/2 (.78, 24 frames)
25) Tile 1 x 2 with Groove (.78, 24 frames)
26) Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Handle on Side - Free Ends (.75, 25 frames)
27) Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Towball on Side (.72, 15 frames)
28) Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Clip on Top (.7, 18 frames)
29) Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Small Towball Socket on Side (.7, 18 frames)
30) Plate, Round 1 x 1 with Open Stud (.69, 16 frames)
31) Technic, Pin 1/2 (.67, 23 frames)
32) Dish 2 x 2 Inverted (Radar) (.66, 19 frames)
33) Plate, Round 2 x 2 with Axle Hole (.58, 26 frames)
34) Slope 18 2 x 1 x 2/3 with 4 Slots (.57, 19 frames)
35) Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Clip Horizontal on End (.57, 13 frames)
36) Plate, Round 2 x 2 with Rounded Bottom (Boat Stud) (.49, 19 frames)
37) Cone 1 x 1/2 (.49, 19 frames)
38) Slope 30 1 x 2 x 2/3 (.49, 19 frames)
39) Brick, Modified 1 x 2 x 1 1/3 with Curved Top (.48, 14 frames)
40) Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Small Towball Socket on End (.46, 14 frames)
41) Plate 1 x 3 (.45, 18 frames)
42) Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with 1 Stud with Groove and Bottom Stud Holder (Jumper) (.43, 15 frames)
43) Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Handle on Side - Closed Ends (.42, 17 frames)
44) Slope, Curved 3 x 1 No Studs (.4, 10 frames)
45) Arm Mechanical, Exo-Force / Bionicle/2 (.4, 10 frames)
46) Bracket 1 x 2 - 1 x 2 (.37, 13 frames)
47) Bracket 1 x 2 - 2 x 2 (.37, 13 frames)
48) Slope 45 2 x 1 with 2/3 Cutout (.37, 10 frames)
49) Minifig, Weapon Lightsaber Hilt Straight (.36, 15 frames)
50) Technic, Brick 1 x 2 with Hole (.34, 16 frames)

Top 100
51) Plate 2 x 2 (.34. 14 frames)
52) Tile, Round 2 x 2 with Bottom Stud Holder (.34, 13 frames)
53) Slope, Inverted 45 2 x 1 (.34, 11 frames)
54) Technic Bush 1/2 Smooth (.3, 9 frames)
55) Technic, Brick 1 x 1 with Hole (.28, 9 frames)
56) Minifig, Utensil Binoculars Town (.24, 11 frames)
57) Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Door Rail (.24, 10 frames)
58) Technic, Pin Connector Round 2L/2 (.24, 9 frames)
59) Technic, Pin with Friction Ridges Lengthwise and Towball (.24, 7 frames)
60) Slope 45 2 x 1 (.24, 6 frames)
61) Plate, Modified 1 x 1 Rounded with Handle (padlock) (.24, 5 frames)
62) Plate, Modified 2 x 2 with Groove and 1 Stud in Center (Jumper) (.22, 12 frames)
63) Minifig, Utensil Hose Nozzle Elaborate (.22, 11 frames)
64) Brick 1 x 1 (.22, 8 frames)
65) Minifig, Utensil Handlebars (.19, 10 frames)
66) Technic, Pin 1/2 with 2L Bar Extension (Flick Missile) (.19, 9 frames)
67) Bracket 1 x 2 - 2 x 2 Inverted (.19, 9 frames)
68) Tile 1 x 3 (.18, 10 frames)
69) Brick, Modified 1 x 2 x 2/3 with Studs on Sides (motor brick) (.18, 9 frames)
70) Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Clips Horizontal/2 (.18, 7 frames)
71) Minifig, Neck Bracket with Back Stud (.18, 7 frames)
72) Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Arm Up (.18, 5 frames)
73) Barb / Claw / Horn - Small (.18, 4 frames)
74) Technic, Liftarm 1 x 2 Thin (.18, 3 frames)
75) Bar Holder with Clip (.16, 7 frames)
76) Bar 3L (Bar Arrow) (.16, 7 frames)
77) Plate 1 x 4 (.16, 7 frames)
78) Tile, Round 2 x 2 with Hole (.16, 5 frames)
79) Brick, Modified 1 x 2 x 2/3 No Studs, Wing End (.15, 7 frames)
80) Slope, Curved 2 x 2 No Studs (.15, 6 frames)
81) Plate 2 x 2 Corner (.15, 6 frames)
82) Plate, Modified 1 x 2 with Pin Hole on Top (.15, 5 frames)
83) Plate 2 x 3 (.15 5 frames)
84) Slope, Curved 4 x 1 No Studs (.15, 4 frames)
85) Hinge Plate 1 x 2 Locking with 1 Finger On End (.15, 3 frames)
86) Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Handle (.13, 7 frames)
87) Hinge Brick 1 x 2 Base (.13, 6 frames)
88) Tile 1 x 4 (.13, 6 frames)
89) Tile 2 x 2 with Groove (.13, 5 frames)
90) Plate 2 x 4 (.13, 5 frames)
91) Slope, Curved 4 x 1 Double No Studs (.13, 4 frames)
92) Brick, Round 2 x 2 Dome Top/2/3 (.12, 7 frames)
93) Tile, Round 2 x 2 with Open Stud (.12, 6 frames)
94) Brick, Round 2 x 2 with Axle Hole (.12, 5 frames)
95) Brick, Modified 1 x 1 with Clip Vertical (.12, 4 frames)
96) Tile, Round 1 x 1 Half Circle Extended (Stadium) with Groove (.12, 4 frames)
97) Hinge Plate 1 x 4 Swivel Top / Base Complete Assembly (.12, 3 frames)
98) Hero Factory Weapon - Claw with Clip (.12, 2 frames)
99) Arm Mechanical, Battle Droid (.12, 2 frames)
100) Lever Small Base with Light Bluish Gray Lever (.1, 7 frames)

Remaining parts above .09 average
101) Hinge Brick 1 x 2 Top Plate Thin (.1, 6 frames)
102) Minifig, Head (Plain)/2/3 (.1, 4 frames)
103) Plate, Modified 1 x 4 Offset (.1, 4 frames)
104) Brick, Modified 2 x 2 x 2/3 Two Studs, Curved Slope End (.1, 4 frames)
105) Bar 6L with Stop Ring (.1, 4 frames)
106) Brick 1 x 2 (.1, 3 frames)

Parts averaging .09 and under have been omitted, as they occupy a minute percentage of overall parts used and are often only used in one or two frames, usually as unique decorative pieces.


What should I do with this information?
In the end its up to you, but if you're looking to start building frames from a small or limited collection of Lego, or even none at all, this should give you an idea of the most often used parts and the amount that tends to be used. That said, it's not a definitive "buy these exact parts in these exact numbers," but more of a "these are popular parts to use, and likely for a good reason; perhaps they would be good parts to buy a number of to work with." In the end, exact parts use is always up to the preference of the individual, and the style they prefer to build in, but the top 15 most used parts alone should provide a decent base for creating your own frames.

That said, don't be restricted by just the highest numbers! Take a look through the links, look at the different kinds of parts used, and get some ideas on how to put them to use! While the most used is a good base, it's also going to be far better with some less used parts to experiment with or with which to make unique shapes.

What if I can't get everything I want to build the awesome stuff in the compilation or a design of my own from one seller?
This is a rather understandable problem, as trying to work with different minimum buy values and shipping costs can drive the price up far faster than one may be comfortable with. That said, it's not the end of the world! There's always different ways to approach things, and parts can always be substituted somewhere. It may not be exactly the same, but that's what makes it your own! Take a look through these parts and seller inventories and see if there's another part that can accomplish the same thing or something similar. Sometimes you may even have to reconstruct entire portions of things from scratch, resulting in a similar looking frame with wildly different construction- but again, that's what makes your frames unique to you!

When do part variants matter?
Sometimes they don't, but sometimes they make all the difference! 1x2 jumpers are an excellent example; older ones have a center pin on the underside, while many newer ones have a set of teeth on the underside allowing it to fit two studs or a single one in the center. If you're trying to center a jumper on a stud with a hole, either will work without issue, but if there's no hole only the newer jumper will work! Another example is vertical clip plates. Most of the time you'll see them with a thick clip, which is all great and good, but what if you need it to clip in a very tight space? There do exist thin clip plates! They're not as common, but with some hunting around you'll be able to find them without issue. In the end, part variants only matter if you need them to matter- if you design something to specifically use a variant you'll need it, but otherwise any variant should do the job.
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Re: Parts Purchase Guide

Postby VitorFaria » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:07 am

I can't really stress enough how amazing and important this work is, it really blew my mind when I first heard of it, and I'm sure it will be infinitely helpful for everyone!
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Re: Parts Purchase Guide

Postby Artasid » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:26 am

Wow, this must have been a HUGE undertaking Valtarshol. No doubt this will become extremely useful to both seasoned players and beginners alike. Let me say THANK YOU for all that you have done.
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Re: Parts Purchase Guide

Postby Valtarshol » Thu Dec 07, 2017 11:50 am

VitorFaria wrote:I can't really stress enough how amazing and important this work is, it really blew my mind when I first heard of it, and I'm sure it will be infinitely helpful for everyone!

Yeah, I'm both surprised no one seems to have done done something like this and, having now done it myself, not surprised in the slightest. I definitely hope it'll be of use!

Artasid wrote:Wow, this must have been a HUGE undertaking Valtarshol. No doubt this will become extremely useful to both seasoned players and beginners alike. Let me say THANK YOU for all that you have done.

No problem, and thank you! With the recent influx of a couple "what should I buy" threads it seemed like something that was needed. Honestly the biggest hurdles for it were compiling bricklink links for every single part in the compilation and formatting all of this list for the hangar. A looot of copy paste involved there.
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Re: Parts Purchase Guide

Postby spacemonkey » Thu Dec 07, 2017 12:24 pm

Wow, Valtarshol, you deserve a round of applause for this. *Slowly claps in front of computer*
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