Standards for Inventorying a Set

  • Source - You should have a physical copy of the set you are inventorying to properly identify the parts and colors. When this is not possible for old or rare sets, then it is acceptable to use the instructions, set picture, or parts list (sometimes printed on the box or in the instructions) to complete the inventory. Inventories will only be accepted from sealed set contents for the first year after the set was added to the catalog. If no inventory was created during the first year, then any source may be used to create an inventory.
  • Minifigures - Include whole minifigures as seen in the instructions without any hand-held accessories. Parts included in minifigures should not be included in the Regular Items section. Sometimes a set may contain more of the same parts found on a minifigure in the set (for example: a set includes three helmets with castle chin guard, but only one of them is on the minifigure). In these cases include the whole minifigure and then include any additional parts in the Regular Items section.

  • Part Variations - Over time, the LEGO Group may subtly change the molds for various parts. BrickLink generally distinguishes between these variations with letter suffixes (a, b, c, etc.). When inventorying sets containing these parts, special attention should be made to include the correct version of the part that appears in the set. Inventories with parts of undetermined type will not be approved unless the source of the inventory and the age of the item being inventoried prevents a type determination.

  • Part Assemblies - Part assemblies should be included in the Regular Items section of set inventories only when the assemblies in question come pre-assembled in the set box. For example, 2429c01 should be included in set inventories rather than 2429 and 2430. There are some exceptions to this rule, such as certain large animal assemblies. Another exception is when an item is pre-assembled for the purpose of box display.

  • Combination Packages - Value packs and other items that include complete sets should include only the complete sets in their inventories along with all other items (books, gear, separate instructions, etc.) which were included in the combination package. Non-LEGO items which would not ordinarily be included in the catalog but which are present in combination packages should not be included in the inventory. Some examples of non-LEGO items which have been included in combination packages are food samples, batteries, hygiene products, and cameras.

  • Stickered Parts and Minifigures - Do not include parts or minifigures with applied stickers in the Regular Items section. Instead, these should be included in the Counterparts section. The Regular Items section should include the new sticker sheet and parts/minifigures without stickers because set inventories should match the contents of the brand new set when first opened.

  • Instructions - Do not include the instructions in the inventory. The partout feature will automatically include the set instructions when a seller parts out a set according to that seller's preferences. A major exception to this rule are sets from LEGO Education, where teacher's guides, activity cards and other learning aids may be listed within the inventory instead of under the instructions entry.