To import an official LEGO set:
- Create a new project
- Click on File | Import | Import Official LEGO Set…,
- A dialog appears
- Make sure the Import Type Selector (D) selects In Scene,
- Enter a set number ID (A).
Don’t forget the extension: some sets share a number, and they are differentiated in the BrickLink catalog by a sequential number. For instance, 601-1 is a Gas Pump and 601-2 a Tow Truck.
- If the entered set is found in the BrickLink catalog, it should be displayed in the preview (B),
- Tick the Options (C) boxes if you want to include minifigure parts or anything listed as an extra part in the BrickLink catalog
- If that’s the set you want, click Import (E),
- The results should display the instruction links of the set. A list of any parts not available in Studio will be displayed.
- Finally, Studio lays out the parts you can use to build on the ground in the Viewport.
The parts that Studio couldn’t find are still put on the ground, as Unknown parts (boxes with a red question mark "?" on them.)
- You can go through the Palette menu | Config… and Import an Official LEGO Set in the dropdown at the bottom of the dialog.
- You can import the parts of an official LEGO set as a custom palette.
- BrickLink inventory has four types of parts:
- Regular: parts that are used in building a set and its alternate models
- Counterparts: stickered parts or assemblies (like tires and wheel) that can’t easily be disassembled
- Alternates: variant molds that have been found replacing regular parts in newer copies of the set, or parts used when sets were redesigned
- Extra: parts, generally small ones, that are found in new boxes but aren't used in the set
Studio imports Regular parts and Counterparts and has an option to import the Extra parts too.
Studio imports the Counterparts section because it contains the parts with stickers but it also imports the composing parts of assemblies, and that can distort the quantities, even more so when there are counterparts for alternates.