The new gun introduced this year for LEGO® Overwatch sets is officially named "Weapon, No. 20" or "Minifigure, Weapon Gun, Blaster with Studs on Sides, Bottom, and Front" by BrickLink. It's a super interesting piece, so we asked Jonas Kramm to explore its geometry and capabilities.
For the Overwatch theme, The LEGO Group (TLG) introduced a new weapon mould (Design ID 44709). So far it comes in four colours:
- White (Element ID 6253694) in one set: 75970 Tracer vs. Widowmaker (2x)
- Dark Stone Grey [TLG]/ Dark Bluish Gray [BL] (Element ID 6255067) in two sets: 75972 Dorado Showdown (2x), 75975 Watchpoint: Gibraltar (2x)
- Black (Element ID 6253695) in one set: 75970 Tracer vs. Widowmaker (1x)
- Light Purple [TLG]/ Bright Pink [BL] (Element ID 6254789) in one set: 75973 D.Va & Reinhardt (2x)
Four recessed studs and a 3.18! – for its size, the new gun comes with a lot of connection points.
The StudsThe studs at the front and the bottom are positioned where you would expect studs to be; same as where they are located on SNOT bricks like this 1x1 with studs on 4 sides (Design ID 4733) shown below.
What's special is the placement of the studs on the side. When the weapon lays on one side the orientation of the studs can be compared to the 2x2x⅔ modified plate with 2 studs on the side (99206). And not only on one side, but on both sides.
This means that the centre of the gun has an unusual thickness of 1.5 plates and allows for some new SNOT building techniques, especially when you build something that is 3 studs wide.
The HandleThe 3.18mm connection of the weapon is angled, so the first question was: "Can I make a circle?" And yes, it works. I didn’t calculate if it fits mathematically, but it feels right when you connect the five guns to each other.
I don’t know if it was intended by the element designer, but there are other similar parts where it doesn’t work, so I’m glad it does here. The older gun mould (15071) for example doesn’t form a proper circle.
In combination with the triangular tile (35787) it inspired me to build this windmill.
With its recessed studs, the angled bar and the small texturing I also expect the piece to get used as greebling in many space creations. It inspired me to try my hand at creating a small robot: The De-dehydration Bot, that keeps you hydrated when in summer your building room gets heated up.
For the legs of this bot I combined the gun with the rather new 1x1 45° roof tile (35464).
Instead of buying multiple Overwatch sets, you can also get the piece on Bricks & Pieces now. At time of writing, three of the four colours are available so I added them to my B&P April Highlight list.
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