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Competition: make a LEGO font

22 February 2017

NEXOGON: Our parts festival begins

Our next parts festival, NEXOGON, is progressing nicely! The new LEGO® part 27255, a.k.a. "Plate, Modified 6 x 6 Hexagonal with Pin Hole" or "Rotor , w/ 4.85 hole, No. 1" or the "Combo NEXO Power shield" is found in several 2017 sets from the NEXO KNIGHTS™ range. Bulk amounts of this part are now on their way to 14 select builders around the world and indeed some of the builders have received them already. One of them, Gary Davis, was so excited he immediately sent me this picture... so I guess the festival is officially underway!

LEGO icosahedron using part 27255, "Plate, Modified 6 x 6 Hexagonal with Pin Hole" or "Rotor , w/ 4.85 hole, No. 1" or the "Combo NEXO Power shield"


He's used 20 of them to create a truncated icosahedron, keeping the edges of the pieces as close as possible. This was achieved quite simply by making little stacks comprising a plate with clip, then a regular plate, then another plate with clip. I feel sure that variants of this shape will form the basis of many interesting builds that we will see from our builders over the next couple of months.

It was really hard to pick the builders for this challenge; 28 people applied and I only had 14 positions. I wanted to get a balance of known and lesser-known builders with a variety of building styles and ideas for using the part. The final list comprises Blair Archer, Brian D’Agostine (Dag), Chris Roberts, Christian Benito, Duncan Lindbo (donutsftw), Gabriel Thomson, Gary Davis, Jeremy Williams, Kev Levell, Li Li, Luc Byard, Neil Crosby, Tim Goddard and Tom Klatt. I'm sure you'll recognise some of those names, and hope that you don't know them all! My thanks to everyone who applied.



I will be posting creations ad hoc as they arrive, which might be a few weeks away yet, but you can expect another surprise coming very soon, built by Tim Goddard using Nexogons that he bought himself before I sent him some for this challenge! So stay tuned for more triangular fun.


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13 comments:

  1. Ah nuts, that was my first curiosity as well. Well done Gary!

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  2. Oh that's so awesome. Too bad lego doesn't make a clip to clip element. I think I've seen Brickarms do that, but too bad there's not an official Lego element for that.

    I know I applied to this to, and in hindsight I'm glad I didn't get picked for this. I mean I definitely have ideas for how I could adapt a bunch of these to a figure build, but I think there are builders who work better with geometry far better than myself. Congrats to those that got picked. Eh maybe Nexo Time. XD

    That sphere would look great with some 4x4 dishes and a light source in it.

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    1. I've been wanting a sort of similar element for a while—but not clip to clip, but rather a 1x1 plate with clips on both ends. The reason is that I think it'd be the best piece for attaching the Chima minifig wings to a Lego Friends foal, creating a pegasus foal to go with the adult pegasuses (pegasi?) in the Lego Elves theme. So far no luck, but I'm remaining hopeful we might still see a piece like that some day.

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  3. All these combo shield creations look like the things on my desk 18 months ago when we started playing with them!

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    1. You're welcome to send pics ;) Alternatively, send us a pic of what's now on your desk...

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    2. Even if it is a half eaten Danish pastry??

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    3. Ooooh, I do love a good photo of a half eaten Danish Pastry.

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    4. I doubt he would want to incriminate himself, the Sugar Police are everywhere.

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  4. You guys might be interested in a particular use of these pieces in one of this summer's Star Wars sets to create a triangular cockpit section...

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  5. Oh! I've just saw something that would be a bomb to replicate with Nexogons! This: https://ghostymcspooky.tumblr.com/post/158700646846/geicosuave-i-sorta-remember-this-movie-but-not It's a factory-machine from the movie Nine. I would attempt to do one myself but, alas, I've no real LEGO pieces, and LDD haven't been updated with this piece yet as far as I know.

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    1. Oooooo, creepy. That is just perfect! Stay tuned because the next post from Li Li includes a technique that looks very much like that double-hexagon effect on the framework.
      And to play with the nexogon digitally, use Mecabricks

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