We have an unusual set to discuss today in that it contains a high percentage of newly recoloured elements in a single colour. To discuss the Medium Nougat [TLG]/ Medium Dark Flesh [BL] pieces in LEGO® Batman Movie set 70904 Clayface Splat Attack we welcome a new author: Sven Franic (Flickr: svenfranic) who is a member of a LEGO User Group from Croatia, Kockice.
In 2016, one such revolution in the shape of a VW Bug (10252 Volkswagen Beetle) jump-started one of my favourite shades of blue. Thanks to this set, Dark Azur [TLG]/ Dark Azure [BL] is now a feasible colour for building with, but we don’t often come across a single set with so many recolours and new parts. In fact, I often find obscure colour choices in official sets, probably because it is not economically viable to produce a part in a new colour just for that set (arches over rounded window frames pop to mind). Now it almost feels like an intentional tactic from the folks at TLG to speed up the process of enriching the available palette.
70904 Clayface Splat Attack
70904 Clayface Splat Attack, has introduced 13 recolours of parts in Medium Nougat [TLG]/ Medium Dark Flesh [BL]. In fact it has 14 recolours if you count the one new element in Reddish Brown.
Medium Nougat was first introduced in early 2010 in the LEGO Prince of Persia sets, followed by LEGO Harry Potter sets later that year, only to be used occasionally in the following years for specific elements like animals, food, hairpieces and dark skin tones for minifigure and minidoll parts. In 2014 we saw the first large-scale use of this shade, in 10246 Detective's Office, as part of an American 1920s-style building, but still with very little variety in choice of elements.
In most cases, axle plates are not visible so their colour is not relevant. However, I was recently making a popcorn cart where the axle plate’s limited range of industrial tones really messed with my paint scheme. Medium Nougat may not have been my first choice, but I desperately needed something that wasn’t grey or black, and incidentally only needed one.
I have a special fondness for curved slopes, so much so that I would rank the potential usefulness of working in a certain colour just by the amount of curved slope elements available. Curved slopes are responsible for overcoming the long-standing tradition of blocky shapes in LEGO creations ever since 1992, when Brick W. Arch 1X1X1 1/3 (Design ID 6091) first appeared. It is technically not a slope, either by TLG or BrickLink categorization, but in its practical function it is most closely related to curved slopes.
If we exclude three retired colours, there are now 29 solid colours of this element to choose from (sorry, I have yet to obtain the gold one).
A yet-even-better curved slope gets a recolour: Plate W. Bow 1X2X2/3 (Element ID 6167645 | Design ID 11477). A very generous 41 pieces can be found in the set.
READ MORE: Go back to our 2013 'baby bow' review
The plethora of colours that this element has been produced in so far, in its relatively short life, is proof of how hugely useful and versatile these little slopes can be. A full 32 solid colours, including pearls and lacquers, have been released to the public.
This concludes our look at all the recoloured elements from this set.
Other parts of interest
Finally, I think a special mention is in order for an element not included in this set, but new in Medium Nougat for 2017. The mighty "cheese slope" Roof Tile 1X1X2/3 (Element ID 6167690 | Design ID 54200), nicknamed after its resemblance to a block of cheese, was introduced in Medium Nougat in the new Modular Buildings set 10255 Assembly Square.
Just don’t try to eat it, as tempting as the name suggests...
LEGO® Batman Movie set 70904 Clayface Splat Attack has 448 pieces and retails for £29.99 / US$34.99 / CA$44.99 / €34.99.
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