Finding parts in the Bricklink catalog can be daunting, but there are a number of ways to identify and find parts on Bricklink.
By Part Number
If you already have one the parts you want to order, the part number can be found in a couple of different ways:
- Printed on the part: Many Lego parts have the element or design ID printed on them (albeit really small). For example, tires generally have the part number printed on the side.
- Instruction manuals: Most recent instruction manuals have a list of parts and their design ID in the back pages
If you know of a set that includes the part, search for that set on Bricklink and then click the link to view the parts list underneath Item Consists of.
By Name or Description
Size is always a good place is start when trying to identify a piece. For example, the piece below is 2 studs by 2 studs in size, and round. Search for
2x2 round on Bricklink will return a number of results, and about halfway down the list is this part.
If a part is printed, search by that as a keyword. For example, if a part is printed with a phone design, search for “phone” and the size of the part.
If you know the category of a part, go to Shop > Parts, and choose the category from the Parts dropdown. You can also search with category, colour, year, and keywords from Shop > Search. The parts shown below are in the Brick, Modified and Plate, Modified categories, respectively.
If all of the above haven’t worked, searching by colour can also work. Select the colour from the colour dropdown on Shop > Search. This might seem overwhelming at first, as the results can be pretty long, but for a part that isn’t one of the standard colours (white, black, red, etc) this method will ensure you’ll find the part you’re looking for. Choose List with Images or Thumbnail Gallery and this will show the results with images of the parts.
By Colour and Description
The colour method listed above works for finding minifigures and by description can also be useful; the minifigure below can be found by the following keywords (individually or combined):
If you know the theme a minifigure is from, go to Shop > Search and choose the category from the dropdown. Some themes, like Star Wars or Superheroes, have multiple themes associated with them, so you may need to go through a few different searches to find the minifigure you’re looking for.
Next: Identified the parts you want to buy? Use our buying guide to find the best store to purchase them from.