4 October 2017

PdC Parts Festival

Back in June, we had a first for New Elementary; our first ever live parts festival! We've run several online parts festivals in the past, where we take some of the newest elements released by the LEGO® Group and challenge builders to explore what they might be used for. This time around, regular contributor Jonas Kramm proposed that we run a workshop at the Paredes de Coura (PdC) Fan Weekend in Portugal to see what builders could come up with - in the space of an hour!



Thanks to the awesome support of the LEGO Group's AFOL Relations & Programs team and the amazing committee of the PdC Fan Weekend, we had a selection of some new pieces, some recolours of pieces and some general brick stock for everyone to get creative with. Over the next couple of weeks, I'm going to share the results with you here on the blog.



The PdC Parts Festival took place in the incredible environs of the Caixa de Brinquedos (The Toy Box) which is a huge, beautiful space for building LEGO models and running community events managed by Portuguese LUG Comunidade 0937. Jonas and I ran the workshop three times, with 15 people in each session. To kick each off, Jonas showed some of the models he created for The New Black parts festival in 2016, and then I introduced the parts that the builders were about to use. So let me do the same for you now!

Meet the parts


6166852 | 27262 Cockpit 4X5X1, W/ 3.2 Shaft, No. 1

This windscreen looks quite specialised but each of its diagonal edges conform to established LEGO wedge shapes. As with all windscreens these days, it has a 3.18mm bar connection. It only comes in Earth Blue [TLG]/Dark Blue [BL] in three Nexo Knights sets.

6192787 | 30925 Design Plate 1X2, No. 1


This rather classy spoiler only appears in Sand Blue so far, in LEGO Juniors 10742 Willy's Butte Speed Training (Amazon USA | UK).

6178912 | 28326 Mudguard 3X4, W/ Plate, No. 1


The neat geometry of the arch on this mudguard caught our attention. It appears in City, Star Wars and DC Super Hero Girls sets in Dark Stone Grey [TLG]/ Dark Bluish Gray [BL], Black, Bright Orange and Bright Red.

6166891 | 27257 Spear, No. 1



It doesn't come out in pictures but when you move this piece, the ridges in the centre create a hypnotic visual effect that is used across many Nexo Knights weapons. It comes in Transparent Fluorescent Reddish Orange [TLG]/ Trans-Neon Orange [BL] in nine Nexo Knights sets and now appears in Transparent Fluorescent Blue [TLG]/ Trans-Medium Blue [BL] in 75187 BB-8 (Amazon USA | UK).

6153574 | 25892 Boomerang


As ABBA once put it, "Oh bang, a boom-a-boomerang / Dum-be-dum-dum be-dum-be-dum-dum", and that sentiment alone was enough for me to include this piece in our parts festival. Aside from the obvious stud and anti-stud connections, there are two 3.18mm bar connections too - along the exterior diagonal edges - so that a minifigure can hold the boomerang. It comes in Bright Blue and Medium Lavender.

6172414 | 29120 Left Plate 1X2, W/ Bow, 45 Deg. Cut
6172411 | 29119 Right Plate 1X2, W/ Bow, 45 Deg. Cut



This pair of curved slopes fit into two LEGO 'families'. They're most similar to the 'baby bow' 1x2 curved slope (Design ID 11477) but have a 45° cut corner, like some of the other parts in this list.


Introduced for Speed Champions this year, they now also appear in 76084 The Ultimate Battle for Asgard (available from Amazon USA | UK) and come in Bright Blue [TLG]/Blue [BL], Black, Bright Orange [TLG]/Orange [BL] and Bright Red [TLG]/Red [BL].

6164071 | 26601 Plate 2X2, Corner, 45 Deg.



Now for some parts from early 2017 featuring 45° angles. Folks have been waiting for this one for years! It already comes in Earth Blue, Dark Stone Grey, Medium Stone Grey [TLG]/Light Bluish Gray [BL], Bright Red and White.

6166857 | 28192 Roof Tile 1X2, Deg. 45, W/O Knobs

6166854 | 27263 Tile 2X2, Deg. 90, W/ Deg. 45 Cut

6189137 | 25866 Lipstick


Don't ask me why I photographed these three together, as I am as puzzled as anyone. 

On the left is an interesting addition to the family of 45° slopes. Similar to the 'Stafford slipper' (Design ID 92946), it is a modified 1x2 45° slope but this time, the single plate height is at the top and there is no stud. I nicknamed it the anti-slipper. So far it only comes in Earth Blue, Dark Stone Grey, Medium Lilac [TLG]/Dark Purple [BL] and White.

To the right is the corner tile with a 45° cutout. Aside from Earth Blue, it's also available in Black, Dark Azure, Dark Stone Grey, Medium Stone Grey, Bright Yellowish Green [TLG]/ Lime [BL], Bright Orange and White.

In the centre is an "old" part, dating back to the advent of Friends five years ago, but its arrival in pure White in LEGO Architecture 21033 Chicago in January this year was a big thrill because all other colours of this part have been dual-moulded using Medium Stone Grey with a bright lipstick shade.

6175554 | 22392 3.2 Shaft & 3.2 Hole W/Design


A spectacularly poor name from TLG here, so I will mention that on BrickLink it is called Shoulder Mechanical, Nexo Bot - Soft Plastic, which tells us a lot more. Yes, it's the shoulders from those little robots,  and although it's also a bit "old" now (having been introduced in 2016) I chose to include it since it is an incredibly useful female-to-female 90° connector for 3.18mm bars. I never discussed it in great detail on this blog when it first arrived so was interested to see what people would do with it. It comes in seven colours across 15 Nexo Knights sets.



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21 comments:

  1. A great selection of parts! Can't wait to see what people did with them!

    Worth mentioning that 27262 seems to be coming in several other colors next year—the already announced DC Super Heroes sets include it in Trans. Bright Green (the first transparent color for the part) as well as Medium Lilac.

    I hadn't even realized the Friends lipstick was now available in plain white...

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    1. Very interesting, thank you. I was a little worried that it was just so 'Nexo' it would hardly ever be seen again, but it seems not!

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  2. I think the bow with 45 cut (6172414 + 6172411) are in lbg in the comic-con brickheadz Han in Carbonite set (they are at the top of the forehead)

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    1. Everything a classic spacer needs then! Except trans yellow;)

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    2. Yeah I was too excited about it arriving in LBG. Hoping it won't be an exclusive to this set - that would make it quite expensive, more than they already are actually - I don't understand why Lego is charging over 1 eur for these basic parts. It's actually possible to buy 6192787's as well (and they're expensive too).
      The DBG mudgards are well priced, I've used a lot of these already. While I wish their attachment was 1x2 instead of 2x2, they're already much easier to place than old mudgards.

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    3. Good to hear, do please post links to stuff you make with them, anothergol. Would love to see.

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  3. Oooo I see a lot of yummy looking parts here that I'd love to experiment with. The part of me that loves new parts is drooling. LOL Did the builders get to keep any of the parts?

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    1. They did, and a few sent me more stuff they built from home, so I will post those too.

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  4. Talking about exciting recolorings, have you seen all those sand green pieces in 70612 Green Ninja Mech Dragon? O_o

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    1. Amazing isn't it? The Rambling Brick did a great analysis.

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    2. Direct link?

      /Håkan

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    3. Here it is: https://ramblingbrick.com/2017/09/30/green-ninja-mech-dragon/

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  5. It's a parts party!

    /Håkan

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  6. So lucky to have so many boomerangs to play with, I wish I could get just the one :(

    Would be good if it appeared in brown though.

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    1. Access to bulk is certainly the joy of these festivals (and indeed much of the joy of being an AFOL, IMHO!)

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  7. Oh, minor nitpick—you say the lipstick normally has a bright lipstick color "printed" on one end, but that might be a bit misleading—the "lipstick" section of the part is molded in that color in rubbery plastic, not a print.

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    1. A good point, how could I forget with that little bit apparent from the underside! Will update.

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  8. Nice! I wish I had all of these parts. As with all other parts, I will wait until they come in more sets. I got a few of them in Assembly Square, but some of the others like the Nexo panel piece, and the spear tip.

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    1. See Andrew's comment further up about the Nexo panel coming in more sets.

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  9. Would definitely love to have a go with some of those parts. Particularly like the challenge of a limited palette. Looking forward to the results!

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