I made that wonky, blurry image (which you can click to view even larger/wonkier/blurrier) by skewing the top of the box in Photoshop, as seen in this hi-res LEGO® promotional image of 10234 Sydney Opera House.
Although the greatest offerings of this set will presumably be in the Dark Tan [BL] / Sand Yellow [TLG] department, I was more keen to know if any parts would be appearing for the first time in Trans-Black (as it's known on BrickLink, but I prefer TLG's more accurate name Tr. Brown). Sadly, I reckon the answer is no. This is what I think I am seeing in the Tr. Brown section...
In terms of my guesses I'm least certain about the cheese - it may be a 1X1 tile or plate - but either way, nothing's new. I was really hoping we'd finally get the 1X1 brick, but no. A potentially worrying aspect to the set for me is that it looks like Black slopes have been used to complete parts of the windows within the building's 'sails' - presumably where those slopes do not yet exist in Tr. Brown? So I guess that's a cost-cutting measure... that would be hard for to me to swallow in a set that costs US$319.99 (UK£ 249.99, DE €279.99, CA$379.99, DKK 2499, AU$ 399.99).
Gosh, I'm being a old grump aren't I, maybe posting at 4am when I can't sleep isn't the best idea. Especially given that the SOH looks like it could be the most challenging build ever from an official set, and I can't wait!
Maybe the new element news is better where Dark Tan is concerned... [edit after some sleep:] I'm indebted to a reader for reminding me that Jamie Berard shows us the Dark Tan elements in his Designer's video! Gah! No more blurry wonky image squinting for me. Here's a screengrab.
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I have to say, the first thing I examined was the trans-clear baseplate he's using as a display base! Oooooh. It's 26X48... weird... I guess it's a 48X48 that's been sawn; the top corners look square and the top edge uneven. Imagine having enough trans-clear baseplates to hack 'em to bits. *sigh*
Now back to the reality of what I AM able to get my hands on, come September. Of the above elements, three are new!
Brick W. Bow 1X4 | Design ID 61678
Plate 6X14 | Design ID 3456
Flat Tile 1X3 | Design ID 63864
1X1 Dark Tan cheese is awesome and very new, but this will not be its first appearance - it comes in Galaxy Squad 70708 Hive Crawler and, slightly unexpectedly, in 850776 LEGO® Legends of Chima" Playmat. Also highlighted in Jamie's video is the Blue [BL] / Bright Blue [TLG] 48x48 baseplate, which out of the new elements in this set has undoubtedly been the most discussed on forums.
So some great news bits on their way, and the bigger excitement yet will be to find out the quantities that all these Dark Tan and Tr. Brown elements come in! Bring on that inventory please TLG... as I don't think my blurry wonky image will cut the dark tan mustard.