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LEGO to ditch the black backgrounds in instruction manuals

Many of the instructions for 18+ sets are printed on a black background, presumably to make them more look more 'grown up'.

However, this has been at the expense of not only ink, but also legibility. If you've ever tried following them under artificial light you have probably found that they are very effective at reflecting incident light which makes it difficult to do so, and in dim conditions it's hard to differentiate between dark colours like brown, dark brown and dark red.

One of the most egregious examples I encountered was 10277 Crocodile Locomotive, which is almost all black and brown pieces so very difficult to follow.

It seems that many people have complained to Customer Services about it and as a result changes are being made. Sam Walker posted the response he received to his complaint on Facebook earlier: "We've been listening to feedback... and [we] have plans to move away from the black backgrounds entirely". Personally, I can't wait to see the back of them.

Have you encountered any particularly bad ones? Or will you miss the black backgrounds?

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