Enhanced set inventories and part information
If you've been reading the forum or have looked around the site menus recently, you will have read about or noticed that we've been able to obtain inventories for around 4,000 sets and information for about 20,000 parts.
Over the last few weeks I've been putting it to good use and gradually adding features to the site that I hope you find useful. There's still a lot more I want to do but I think what's there now is worth announcing. Here's what's new:
- On set details pages, if an inventory is available, a 'Parts' tab is shown at the top which will show all parts and quantities in a compact format. Here's an example for Frodo's Cooking Corner.
- A link to a tabular listing of the inventory is provided on that page, which for the same set, looks like this. You can sort the columns by clicking on the header.
- Parts can be browsed by category or colour. Note that these are official LEGO names, not made-up ones that are used at other sites.
- You can search for parts by part number, design number or name, from the top search box. Here's an example results page.
- In the results, it shows the number of sets each part appears in. Click on one to see the sets it appears in, for example, Sets containing 4212471, Dark Green Angle Plate 1X2 / 2X2.
- Each part has a detail page like this one, that shows information about the part, and also other colours it comes in.
- If you're logged in, you can see sets you own containing a particular part using the 'Your collection' menu on the part detail page.
- As new inventories are added, they'll be listed on the Latest inventories page.
I think that's all... The source of the data is nowhere near complete, and often inventories are missing parts, particularly licensed parts, so the information presented is only as good as the source data. An important next step to take, probably in the New Year, will be to enable you, the site's users, to validate inventories using the one printed in the instructions.
Do you have any ideas about what more could be done with the data? One obvious thing, which you can expect to see in the next few weeks, is some sort of 'My Parts' listing which will show all the parts you own in your sets.
(Thanks to the team over at The Daily Brick for helping with the technology to acquire the inventories)