24 July 2017

Bricktastic: Colourtastic (Part 3)

It seems everyone has been enjoying the LEGO® colour collections that Elspeth De Montes displayed at Bricktastic, the show in aid of Fairy Bricks in Manchester, UK. Today she takes things up a notch; here are the MOCs she displayed whose sole purpose was to incorporate some colour collections within the build.

Elsie’s Garden


This walled garden was really just a way to display some LEGO flora in their various colours. When I was reviewing Saturn V, I noticed a new colour for Round Plate 1 x 1 with Flower Edge in Medium Stone Grey [TLG]/ Light Bluish Grey [BL] (6182167 | 33291) and so I lined up a few colours I had for a photo opportunity.


A few people commented to tell me about the colours I was missing, so I had to head to BrickLink for a little flower retail therapy. This part is actually called ‘Bracelet Upper Part’ by TLG, as one of the first sets it appeared in was Scala 3900 Bracelet Polybag back in 2000. Since then it has appeared in over 400 sets and 21 colours!


Elsie’s Walled Garden includes other parts such as the Plant Flower 2 x 2 Leaves - Angular (Element ID 4727, seen on the right of the above image) which officially only appears in the three colours in the garden, Green [BL]/Dark Green [TLG], Bright Green and Medium Lime [BL]/Medium Yellowish Green [TLG]. There are a host of other colours of this part that are not found in sets; you can see the full range of available colours and their current prices on BrickLink.

The Plant Stalk (Element ID 3741) has been around for longer than I’ve been alive! It first appeared way back in 1977 and is in nearly 500 sets now. I have all the currently available colours including the relatively rare, discontinued Brown [BL]/Earth Orange [TLG] which was only available in 10123 Cloud City. While not exactly the same colour, eagle-eyed readers will have spotted Reddish Brown is in the upcoming LEGO NINJAGO Movie set, 70620 NINJAGO City.



My favourite ‘stalk’ is the three-stemmed Mini Bouq. Stem W. 3.2 Shaft (Element ID 99249) which only comes in two colours, Green and Lime [BL]/Bright Yellowish Green [TLG]. Each appears exclusively with members of the CMF Series. You can see the full range of available colours and their current prices on BrickLink.

Hotdog Vendor

The poor hotdog vendor has to push an extended hotdog stand if you want to include all the Hotdog/Sausage (Element ID 25994 or 33078) varieties now available.

21308 Adventure Time [Amazon US | UK] brought us the ‘burnt’ Black sausage while 71246 Adventure Time Team Pack [Amazon US | UK] brought us the ‘frozen’ Sand Blue sausage. You can see the full range of available colours and their current prices on BrickLink.

The tufts of weeds sticking out of the grass are actually the horse comb, which is supplied on a sprue as Accessories For Horse (Element ID 30112) and appeared in Green back in a few Belville sets in 1997. It is held in place by a very common part, Plate 1X1 W. Up Right Holder or clip (Element ID 2555 / 12825), but this actually only came in Green in 4337 Dragon Pod released in 2005, so is reasonably pricey on BrickLink. The newer version of this part, 15712, is yet to come in Green.

Come back tomorrow to see another two colour creations by Elspeth De Montes!



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18 July 2017

Bricktastic: Colourtastic (Part 2)

Today, Elspeth De Montes continues her parade of LEGO® pieces in different colours! Why? Because LEGO. 


The hugely oversized Spider (Part 30238) is a force to be reckoned with, appearing in over 110 sets in 10 different colours. My own personal favourite is the Glow In Dark White [BL]/White Glow [TLG] breed which you see on the left (glowing thanks to the magic of Photoshop). It crawled into one LEGO Lord of the Rings set and four Monster Fighters sets, all released in 2012. Flat Silver [BL]/ Silver Metallic [TLG] only appeared in 30238 Spyclops Infiltration as part of the Ultra Agents theme, while Black is by far the commonest colour to be used in sets. See the full range of available colours and their current prices on BrickLink.

17 July 2017

Bricktastic: Colourtastic (Part 1)

At Bricktastic, the LEGO® show in Manchester in aid of Fairy Bricks, New Elementary had a table featuring Nexogon models by Luc Byard, Tim Goddard and Gary Davis as well as models by Jason Briscoe and Rod Gillies. And then there were the delightful, random Colourtastic creations by Elspeth De Montes! 

It’s no secret that I love LEGO® colours. I have been seen immersed in Dark Azure here in the past, but recently I joined New Elementary for some colourtastic fun at Bricktastic, which is a great show because there are lots of young, excited LEGO fans, no barriers around the models and plenty of time and space to interact.

15 July 2017

New 2018 LEGO® part spotted

Eagle-eyed reader CM4Sci spotted something exciting in the images that have just been officially released by Forbes of new LEGO® DC Super Heroes sets that will be released in January 2018.


5 July 2017

Bricktastic 2017: Event videos

I shot a couple of quick videos on my phone at Bricktastic, the LEGO® show in aid of Fairy Bricks.

It was an awesome event! As you can see, plenty of people, but also plenty of space to move around. This was a deliberate move by the organisers to ensure people didn't get stressed by the crowds or feel they couldn't stop and stare at something for ages... like these amazing models....

2 July 2017

Bricktastic 2017: event pictures

We're live from Manchester! Bricktastic, the event run by the wonderful charity Fairy Bricks, is underway and the quality of models is outstanding. It's a really relaxed event thanks to the generous space, carefully managed crowd numbers and the lack of doof-doof music!

Here's a very random look at some of the AFOL creations on display - sorry not to be more polished with this post, it's been hard to find the time. Enjoy!

Steve Deaville and Steph Cotter - The Odyssey (1980s animated series)


28 June 2017

LEGO® Gothic script alphabet

A quick note to mention that Li Li, a winner in our recent contest, expanded his efforts and created a full set of capital letters in Gothic script (also known as Blackletter) using LEGO® pieces!


This image is just a taster - visit Li's blog, MOC Recipes, to see the full alphabet with a couple of building tips.

It's worth scrolling back in time to look at some of his earlier posts too; MOC Recipes is a great resource for techniques.

20 June 2017

Lettering contest: The results

In four years we have only ever run two competitions on New Elementary, primarily because I hate saying one awesome thing is better than another awesome thing! For any of you following our LEGO® lettering contest, it is needless to say that we've had a really tough time judging this one. We know you guys are super-creative, but the quantity AND quality of entries nevertheless blew us away!

Didn't see them? Here are a few to give you a taste, but it's really worth seeing the lot!