# How Many LEGO Bricks are in a Pound of LEGO Bricks?

Often when building new LEGO creations with my GeekSon, I wonder if it would be easier if we had more bricks. Of course it is! After poking around I found several ways to get LEGO bricks in bulk, but it was hard to compare prices.

The LEGO Store at your local mall has a wall of bricks that they sell in bulk. It’s easy to get a big cup full of the loose bricks they have in stock. You can also go to the LEGO online store and simply add individual bricks to a Pick A Brick bag. You get exactly what you want. Those are expensive.

If you are not picky, you can also find used bricks for resale by online merchants at a fraction of the price of new bricks. But I discovered a big divide in the way bricks are sold. Some online retailers sell them by the number of pieces and others sell them by weight. How could I compare the prices?

Being a good GeekDad I knew I could answer this question with a science experiment involving the GeekSon. So we pulled out our kitchen scale and a bucket of Lego bricks.

First we set the standard by counting the number of 2×4 LEGO bricks in a pound: 180 bricks. But it was easy to see from our bin full of bricks that they come in all shapes and sizes. Most collections are going to include a wide variety of sizes. Sticking with the scientific method, we grabbed several random samples of pieces from our storage bins to see if we could determine an average number of Lego bricks per pound. Our samples included bricks from my childhood mixed with the remains of Ferraris, a Star Destroyer, an AT-ST, a Republic Gunship, and other LEGO Star Wars and Clone Wars kits.

We started weighing and counting. It was fun for the GeekSon to re-discover some lost pieces at the bottom of the bin and to help with counting.

 Sample Pieces per pound 1 165 2 234 3 368 4 362 5 332 5 178 7 330 8 244 9 358 10 398

What do you get when you order 10 pounds of LEGO bricks? According to our barely scientific measurements, about 3,000 pieces.

What do you get when you order 10 pounds of LEGO bricks? According to Mrs. GeekDoug, “a divorce.”

Photo by Doug Cornelius

GeekDad at night and Chief Compliance Officer for a real estate private equity company by day. Covering the parenting scene in Boston and my kids' playroom.

GeekDad at night and Chief Compliance Officer for a real estate private equity company by day. Covering the parenting scene in Boston and my kids' playroom.

## 7 thoughts on “How Many LEGO Bricks are in a Pound of LEGO Bricks?”

1. For online brick shopping I recommend Bricklink.com. The sellers are very good at letting you know the condition of what you are buying. A comparison many use for rating sets is \$0.10 per piece, this is more or less true for non-licenses sets, as licensees sets tend to be a little more costly.

2. Actually, on Bricklink many pieces especially small 1×2 plate is much cheaper than 10 cent a piece.

3. Thanks for posting this! Our almost 4yo has a newly acquired Lego obsession. I love it…but was looking for some help with ebay purchases. You answered my question.

God Bless!

4. So in the picture, you’re weighing Lego DUPLO. Was the pieces per pound (or per .453 kilo in my case!), Lego, or Duplo? Thanks! Just what I need to know…when I work out the above

5. you didn’t one good question. Which way is the best way to get more bang for your buck.. Buy by pcs or in a lb??