17 March 2017

NEXOGON: Patterns with pentagons

Our next builder in the NEXOGON parts festival, our celebration of LEGO® NEXO KNIGHTS™ Combo Power shields, is Tom Klatt (thirteenthmonkey on Flickr) who hails from the state of Minnesota, USA. Tom's initial investigations paired the Nexogon with another brand-new LEGO piece we investigated recently...

This first build came together as I had the parts to LEGO Minecraft 21130 Nether Railway and one of the Nexo Knights battle suits lying near each other on my table. When I put the new Minecraft piece, Reddish Brown 'Plate 2x2, w/ design' (Element ID 6163991|Design ID 27928), where the NEXO power shield would normally go, I saw the potential for a face.




The body was quickly built around the battle suit cockpit. The limbs use the Mixels joints. It is a simple build that doesn't utilize many of the connections offered by the Nexogon but I think it shows the part off in an interesting way. I hope you think so too.


Once I had enough Nexogons to form this arrangement, I had to try it out. I love the tessellation that occurs. After adding hinges to the back I noticed that the resulting shape could be opened and closed alternately making a large and small hexagon in the middle. I found this oddly satisfying to repeatedly open and close.


My son found that it made a nice crown.




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11 comments:

  1. That raccoon is great, it's got a lot of character for a relatively simple build. Where'd the unprinted trans-blue pentagonal tiles come from? I see a few lots on Bricklink, but can't figure out what sets they came in.

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    1. A Toys "R" Us giveaway, in which the shield design was a sticker (though the part itself isn't in the Brickset database): http://brickset.com/sets/TRUNEXO-1/Nexo-Knights-Shield-Dock

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    2. Ah, thanks! Hopefully we'll get them in an "official" set at some point then.

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  2. Very nice uses! That large/small hexagon looks like a ton of fun to open and close, or wear on your head! And that new modified plate is a perfect match; I can't wait to see more uses for that and the Nexogon. Great job! :)

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  3. Bait and switch. :P
    No pentagons in the article. Not even compound ones made from 5 nexogons like in some previous articles.

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    1. "No pentagons in the article."
      The blue shield pieces and the Minecraft rail pieces have five sides.

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    2. Hehe, I just love the idea of pentagons as bait!

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    3. Ahhh Bfa, you are correct.
      I was looking for nexogons in pentagons. Blind.

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  4. The first thing I saw when I picked up some of these was that I could make a TARDIS console. So I had to make one.

    https://goo.gl/KssI5W

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    1. Sweeeeeeet! Love your big Dalek and K9 too!

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  5. Lovely builds, really interesting approaches!

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