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Many of you have probably noticed the references to Pro Plans scattered here and there on the site over the last couple of months. Now that the v3 release has stabilised, I've now managed to find time to finish the Plan features.

Plans determine the available features and resource limits imposed on each user. Rebrickable will always be free for everyone, but those who want something extra can help support Rebrickable by upgrading their Plan to one of the new paid-plans described below.

 

Don't Panic! - Every feature you are currently using is still free!

 

The Plans

The Pro Plan for $4.90/month or $49/year is designed for users with large LEGO collections, or those who simply want more control over how things work.

The Designer Plan for $9.90/month or $99/year is catered more towards MOC Designers who would like help promoting their creations.

Free

-

  • 25
  • 25
  • 10
  • 500
  • 5,000
  • 500
  • 10
  • 0

Pro

per month

$4.90

  • 50
  • 50
  • 50
  • 2,000
  • 10,000
  • 5,000
  • 100
  • 7
  •  

Designer

per month

$9.90

  • 50
  • 50
  • 50
  • 2,000
  • 10,000
  • 5,000
  • 100
  • 7
  •  
  •  

 

There is a new page in your profile called Plan. From here you can see the different pricing and term options. You can pay via Credit Card (uses Stripe as the payment processor) or PayPal.

Each Plan is subscription based - when the monthly or yearly term is up, it will be automatically renewed to ensure you don't lose access. You can always cancel the subscription at any time which will stop the next renewal and still leave you on the Plan until it expires.

What happens to the Free stuff?

Don't worry - everyone is free to continue using Rebrickable at zero cost, and this will always be the case. I will continue to release new features and enhancements for the Free users as well as the Pro/Designer users.

I'd like to think the past 5 years has shown my dedication and passion for providing amazing features to the LEGO community. That's not changing!

Why Plans?

Rebrickable started out purely as a hobby for me, but has grown to the stage where I need to invest significant time and money into it just to keep it going. The v3 release added so much new functionality, the cost of running it all has tripled! Luckily I've managed to stay ahead of the costs so far as Rebrickable earns enough to cover it's expenses (well, most months!). 

However, the various income streams are highly variable and sometimes drop to near-zero with no warning. Plus, ads are spammy and we all hate them - I'd love to be able to turn them off.

To ensure Rebrickable has a strong future, I need a more reliable and predictable income stream. I needed to come up with something new that won't be diluted by all the other LEGO fan sites out there. I don't want to compete with any of them, and the nature of affiliate sales goes against that desire. I think the Pro Plan is a great solution and is something Rebrickable can uniquely offer. And it will only get better over time.

Why should you Upgrade?

I realise Rebrickable offers so much awesome free stuff, there's probably little incentive to start paying for extras.

If the features listed below don't do it for you, just know that you would be helping support Rebrickable and ensuring it sticks around for years to come.

For the cost of a coffee (or beer) a month, you can join the Pro ranks and show your support.

Extra Features - Pro Plan

The Plans page has the list of extra features, reproduced here:

Higher Limits

Store your huge LEGO collection in our database with a much higher storage quota.

Automatic Backups

Backups of all your lists (Set Lists, Part Lists, Custom Lists) are taken automatically every day, giving you some peace of mind that your LEGO collection will remain accurate. Any mistakes can easily be undone by recovering from a backup.

Store Favourites/Blacklists/Filters

Keep track of the stores you like and the ones you don't like by marking them as Favourites or Blacklisted. Favourite stores are highlighted in any listings allowing you to quickly find them. Blacklisted stores are not shown in any listings until you remove them from your blacklist.

There are also additional store filters to hide affiliate stores such as Amazon, eBay and LEGO Shop.

Personalisation Settings

Play around with some extra settings such as banner/page colors, more screen widths.

You can also tweak how the menus work, e.g. disabling the sticky header and adding drop down menus for your Set/Part Lists directly from the topbar navigation.

Part Notes and Set Notes

You can attach extra notes to individual sets and parts in your LEGO collection. These notes can contain whatever text you want. There are also a few extra special purpose fields - Location, Is Used, Is Stickered - that you can use and will show up in the drill down filters when browsing your sets and parts for easier categorisation and searching.

Custom Color Matching

When the Build Engine is in Similar Color matching mode, based on your settings, it modifies the colors of each part to get better matching. Instead of using the defaults, you can customise what colors are considered "similar" enough to be a match.

Build Color Switching

For any Set/MOC/List, you can easily swap it's colors around. For example, say you like a MOC of a red supercar but don't have many red parts. Switch the red to another color, say white, and then see what your new Build matching % is.

It's smart enough to not change special purpose parts or those that only come in a single color.

Advanced MOC Analytics

For MOC designers (i.e. anyone who has submitted a MOC to Rebrickable), you can see more analytics data (3 months vs 1 month on Free Plan). Plus track more statistics such as Likes, Downloads, Follows, Unfollows per day. 

 

Extra Features - Designer Plan

In addition to the Pro Features listed above, the Designer Plan has some extras.

Prioritised Promotions

Rebrickable contains several "Featured MOC" spots which display a MOC in a prominent location for users to discover. MOCs from designers in the Designer Plan will be given priority and receive a much higher % of the views. You can also promote your free MOCs, not just the Premium ones.

Advanced MOC Analytics

View the last 6 months of data, or you can export the whole lot to CSV files for your own custom analysis.

Your MOC views are separated into "normal" and "promoted" views. If the user found your MOC via one of the various "Featured MOC" spots on Rebrickable, it is counted as a promoted view.

View your Top Designer ranking over time (not just the top 20), to help see the impacts of your MOC submissions.

Premium MOC Discounts

The normal fee for submitting Premium MOCs depends on how many existing MOCs you have already submitted. However, if you are on the Designer Plan the cost is always capped at USD $5 each.

Social Media Promotions

Rebrickable sometimes shares MOC submissions via it's social media channels when it is expected they will be popular. As a member of the Designer Plan, every Premium MOC submission will be shared with the thousands of Rebrickable followers.

Current social media pages are: FacebookTwitterGoogle Plus and Instagram. These may change as I try other platforms.

43 COMMENTS

  • 2 months, 2 weeks ago Poppy2612 (222)
    Love the site but like others I couldn't justify a monthly subscription considering how I use it. To echo others sentiments i would be happy to make occasional donations to help support the ongoing operation of it. Thanks and good luck  :)
  • 2 months, 2 weeks ago TeagueO (25210) MOC Designer
    I have a question, I am pretty sure in V2 this was available.  Today while working on a MOC, I accidentally hit 'cancel and delete this MOC'  I believe there used to be a pop-up asking if one was sure one wanted to do that.  Fortunately it was a small MOC so it didn't take much time to redo that, but I would like to know if a fix for that is possible?
  • 2 months, 2 weeks ago mocbuild101 (4505) MOC Designer
    Just a few minutes ago something strange happened to some of my Rebrickable badges (see screenshot below) and i thought that it might have something to do with the new limits on the free plan, or is it some crazy one off thing?

    • 2 months, 2 weeks ago TeagueO (25210) MOC Designer
      That's really odd, I have noticed level 1 badges get deleted to make room for level two but to see this all happen within 3 minutes seems odd.   Do you have all the badges you should have? If so it is probably nothing to worry about.
      • 2 months, 2 weeks ago mocbuild101 (4505) MOC Designer
        Yes I do have all my badges, but it is still strange...
    • 2 months, 2 weeks ago Nathan (62766) Site Admin ADMIN
      Sorry, the batch job that calculates badges has been failing intermittently lately and doing strange things like this. I'm still trying to fix it!
      • 2 months, 2 weeks ago mocbuild101 (4505) MOC Designer
        Interesting... at least now I know why it happened.
  • 2 months, 3 weeks ago Ychsel (754)
    Hi Nathan,

    I encouraged you in the past to take money for your work because I highly appreciate the proffesionality how you run and design this page. But for me as a hobby only builder I was expecting something like a donation feature. A fixed rate of 5$ per month every month, every year ... is a bit too much. Sorry to be so stingy but maybe you could earn as much as with the plans if the free users (which I guess is the majority of your "customers") could be encouraged to donate. Anway, good luck and thanks for your great work.
  • 2 months, 3 weeks ago offroadcreations (7957) MOC Designer DESIGNER
    I am very happy with upgrading, I like the in-depth analytics a lot. Great job, Nathan.
    • 2 months, 3 weeks ago Nathan (62766) Site Admin ADMIN
      Awesome, thanks :) Feel free to suggest anything else you'd like to see there via the forums.
      • 2 months, 3 weeks ago M_longer (3771) MOC Designer
        I'd like to go with Designer Plan and I am not interested in paying with credit card. The problem is that Paypal  forces me to bind the Paypal account with my credit card, which is not an option for me. Would it be possible to change that?
        • 2 months, 2 weeks ago Nathan (62766) Site Admin ADMIN
          My experience with PayPal is that you can just link it to a bank account, but perhaps it's different for your country. The two options provided are all I can support for now sorry.
  • 2 months, 3 weeks ago ArkansasBricker (10) PRO
    Thanks Nathan for all your hard work. I'll be switching to the Pro plan is a couple of days. The biggest benefit for me is the ability to add notes to both sets and pieces. How about a yearly payment plan, say $50.00?
  • 2 months, 3 weeks ago Voodu (5970) MOC Designer
    Can't wait getting the designer plan, once I need it just need to figure how to talk my dad Into purchasing it with my own money.....
  • 2 months, 3 weeks ago dkurok (3127)
    Nathan, first of all again: Thanks you for your great work on this site!
    I've got a questions regarding the pro-plan:
    Is the functionality of having additional fields like the predefined for location but also the self-defined additional properties for sets and parts also exposed via the API (V3)?
    For example in GET /api/v3/users/{user_token}/partlists/{list_id}/parts   OR POST  /api/v3/users/{user_token}/partlists/{list_id}/parts/ ?
    (Clear that user-account used for connenction msu have pro-plan)
    • 2 months, 3 weeks ago Nathan (62766) Site Admin ADMIN
      No, but it probably should be. I'll add it to my list :)
      • 2 months, 1 week ago slangivar (11899) PRO
        Thanks, I think that this might be the extra feature which would convince me to get PRO. The notes feature is the part which I like the look off. But I don't want to add lots of notes to my sets if the only way to export them is one at a time.

        Is it easier to track if we add this to the suggestions section on the forum?
  • 2 months, 3 weeks ago biodreamer (18683) MOC Designer
    So to conclude unless you just want to support the site the only reason to update is the color switch tool and personal notes for now. because the limits only really apply to us with really hugh collections.
  • 2 months, 3 weeks ago TimM75 (2786)
    I have to ask... is this not a April fools article? The the timing of the post.
    • 2 months, 3 weeks ago Nathan (62766) Site Admin ADMIN
      No! I purposefully waited a day to post this, after it was pointed out to me that yesterday was not good timing.
      • 2 months, 3 weeks ago TimM75 (2786)
        Cool.
        I realize it is also just the first of the month, so that would make the most sense of implementing something new. 

        I have a few questions, but I will wait until I have finished reading everything first. 

        I can tell a lot work has gone into this idea.
        • 2 months, 3 weeks ago Nathan (62766) Site Admin ADMIN
          Well it's the 2nd for me :) And I did it now before it's rare I get an entire weekend free to make sure it goes smoothly.
  • 2 months, 3 weeks ago Belkin (3335) PRO
    Nathan,
    I wish to thank you for your great site.
    Even if I don't need pro features I’d like to support you. Hope this will help you and will make the site better.
    The only thing I miss since v2 is ability to “Hide” any part when clicking “Build” button. I will very much appreciate to you if you return it to v3.
    Thanks!
    • 2 months, 3 weeks ago Nathan (62766) Site Admin ADMIN
      Thank you! The "hide" button will definitely be coming back at some stage. It's already on my v3.1 list.
  • 2 months, 3 weeks ago JKBrickworks (17410) MOC Designer
    Cool news! Sounds like a great plan to ensure the future sustainability of Rebrickable. For the set/part list limits, I assume you aren't going to randomly purge our existing set/part lists that already overstep these limits, and instead just make it so we can't add more to them.

    J
    • 2 months, 3 weeks ago Nathan (62766) Site Admin ADMIN
      Hey that sounds like a good way to save on storage costs :) But no, if you have over 25 lists (e.g. was on Pro then cancelled back to Free) your existing lists won't go anywhere you just can't create new ones until it's back under 25.
    • 2 months, 3 weeks ago Nathan (62766) Site Admin ADMIN
      Oh, and within the lists, it's based on unique sets or unique part/colors so quantity of each is irrelevant.
  • 2 months, 3 weeks ago TechnicRCRacer (3901) MOC Designer
    I'm cool with this, but the only thing that I don't like is that some of the features were available for free on V2.
    • 2 months, 3 weeks ago Nathan (62766) Site Admin ADMIN
      If you're talking about the limits, some of them were changed in v2 ages ago before v3 was ever released. Plus in some cases, the limits were not enforced very well which v3 fixed. All the Pro features are brand new.
      • 2 months, 3 weeks ago TechnicRCRacer (3901) MOC Designer
        Thanks! But I also had access to builds per day before.
        • 2 months, 3 weeks ago Nathan (62766) Site Admin ADMIN
          Oh the designer analytics - the "builds" are no longer tracked anymore. The old v2 #builds statistic was just a count of views of the build page, so not very useful and actually misleading I think. The new stats are actual number of downloads, likes, etc which were never tracked previously.
  • 2 months, 3 weeks ago peteredworthy (86) PRO
    The color swapping is very cool. If you can get people to annotate the parts lists to indicate non-visible peices it would be increadable.
    • 2 months, 3 weeks ago Nathan (62766) Site Admin ADMIN
      Yes, maybe one day. The problem is that it's a lot of extra work for the designers. I'd have to make it possible for anyone to contribute, not just the MOC designer. That would definitely make features like the color switching more powerful.
      • 2 months, 3 weeks ago bonzinip (1397) MOC Designer
        It would already be great to identify some parts as fixed color, for example gears, axles, bushes and pins. They are sometimes available in a handful of different colors, but some colors are much more expensive than the others (and it's generally not worth switching because the parts are cheap).
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