15 August 2019

2019 Parts Fest #1: Introducing the Elements

It is Parts Fest time once more here at New Elementary. We have posted a lovely selection of new-for-2019 LEGO® elements to some of the most innovative, inspiring builders we know and love. This time our featured builders are from Ireland, the Netherlands, UK, Germany, USA, Poland, France and Sweden; each with their own style and techniques to bring to our parts festival.


In this first post,  we wanted to introduce the elements included in this parts festival. All the elements are new to 2019 and almost all are completely new element moulds. Without further ado, let's meet the elements.

'Splat' Gears and baby turntable


We took a look at the newest gears our article LEGO Gears: from Samsonite to Splat earlier this year  and now it's time to let others have a play with these fun-looking but very functional elements. All three sizes are included in this parts fest; Medium Lilac/ Purple Gear Wheel 2X2, Z6 (6238330 | 35442), Dark Stone Grey/ Dark Bluish Gray Gear Wheel 4X4, Z10 (6252371| 35443) and Vibrant Coral Gear Wheel 6x6, Z14 (6258385| 35446).

White Turntable 2x2 Female (6238334| 27448) is also included. LEGO developed the turntable base in connection with the new gears.


Ninjago Turntable and Holder


While Sven investigated some of the connections and play opportunities in our article LEGO Ninjago Turntables, we thought there was more to explore. Black Turntable 2X2X1, w/ Function (6252373| 40145) and Dark Stone Grey Turntable Holder, W/ Cross Axle (6252372|40144) are both going to feature in the next parts fest.


Hearts

Two hearts feature in this parts fest and firstly we have Bright Orange/ Orange Tile 1X1, Heart, No. 1 (6258993|39739).

This element is exclusively found in the limited release 80102 Dragon Dance and you can see the other new elements that first appeared in this set in our article about the teasing 80102 Dragon Dance Twitter conundrum posed by LEGO Designer Nick Vas.

The 1x1 Heart Tile also appears more widely in Bright Purple/ Dark Pink (6256130|39739).

Secondly; Bright Purple Plate 3X3, Heart, No. 1 (6254513|39613) has a footprint that is a combination of two 2x2 round plates and a 2x2 square plate overlapping on a single stud.



This new element offers an excellent alternative to stacking two Coupling Plate 2X2 (3176), which in the past have been used to create a heart shape. This new heart plate is exclusively found in four sets from The LEGO Movie 2 theme. At present it is not available in any other colours.


The Crown and Star


We looked at Warm Gold/ Pearl Gold Crown, No. 1 (6257048|39262) in our review of 70824 Introducing Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi and since then Crown No. 1 has also appeared in White (Element ID 6259700) in a few other sets, including LEGO Ideas 21318 Treehouse.


Bright Yellow/ Yellow 'big yellow star' Design Plate, 4X4X2/3, No. 1 (6248804|39611) was also in one of our 2019 reviews, this time 70830 Sweet Mayhem’s Systar Starship! and it appears to be exclusive to The LEGO Movie 2 sets at the moment.


Overwatch Pauldron

In May we chatted with LEGO Overwatch designer Woon Tze in Billund about the Overwatch theme and its new elements, including the development of Reinhardt's pauldron: Medium Stone Grey/ Light Bluish Gray Design Element 5X5X3 (6254171|49523).


This element is exclusive to 75973 D.Va and Reinhardt (read our review here) at present and is a very interesting element for our parts fest.


Mini Hat

Medium Stone Grey Mini Hat, No. 46 (6254404|33492) is a new colour for an element that had only appeared printed in Black before as Mini Hat, No. 51 (6200065|35012), otherwise known as BB-9E.


This element has a truncated cone shape at the top, an inverting curve at the base and is topped with a single recessed stud. The underside has an anti-stud sized central tube.  We also looked a little more closely at this element in our review of 75973 D.Va and Reinhardt.


Pneumatic Connecting Piece, No. 1



Black Pneumatic Connecting Piece, No. 1 (6249327|41817) might look like it has been taken from a complex Technic set but at the moment it is exclusive to one City set - 60216 Downtown Fire Brigade. We haven't looked at this element at all so it will be great to see what our builders come up with.


Sloped Roof Tiles

We first spotted White Left Roof Tile 3X3, Deg. 45/18/45 (625460 |42862) and its partner White Right Roof Tile 3X3, Deg. 45/18/45 (6248671|48165) in 75975 Watchpoint: Gibraltar.

The element has a 45° slope at each end but being two studs wide at the top and three studs at the base gives it an 18° angle across the face of the slope. The top surface is a familiar shape as it matches a Left Plate 2x3 w/Angle (43723).

Both of these roof tiles also appear in Dark Red (Left Element ID 6257448, Right 6257449) in other sets, including 75243 Slave I – 20th Anniversary Edition.



City Shooter

Shooter w/ Cross Axle, No. 1 (6248534|41812) has only appeared in three City sets from earlier this year so you may have not noticed this new element. It also appears in Dark Stone Grey in 76120 Batwing and The Riddler Heist, a DC Comics Super Heroes set released either last month or last week depending on where you reside.


As a projectile firing element generally considered to be a 'play function' piece, we thought the Shooter would be an interesting challenge for our parts fest builders.


Inverted waffle cone

Medium Nougat Cone 2X2X2, Inverted, No. 1 (6261728|52116) is exclusive with this particular print to 70822 Unikitty's Sweetest Friends EVER!


The very similar Medium Nougat Cone 2X2X2, Inverted, No. 2 (6271644|59438) is a smartly-dressed variant in 70838 Queen Watevra's ‘So-Not-Evil' Space Palace. Finally, there is the unprinted version Medium Nougat Cone 2X2X2, Inverted (6259706|49309) which has the correct Design ID for the actual unprinted mould. 
LEGO often uses a different Design ID for printed elements now which is important when searching for an element on Bricks and Pieces but less helpful when using BrickLink.


1x1 semi-circular bow

White Plate 1X1X2/3, Outside Bow (6258135| 49307) was first spotted by Ryan in our review of 70828 Pop-Up Party Bus! when it also appeared in Medium Lavender (6261546).


At two plates high, it’s a half-plate shorter than the "D" tile (24246) when placed on its side. And with some wiggle room for part tolerances, it fills the space under the 1x3 arch (Design ID 4490) rather well. 

Let's see what our parts fest builder make of this little element.



Technic/Minifigure Arm 

This piece actually dates from 2017 but it kinda passed us by, and is pretty interesting as a right-angled bridge piece between Technic connections and 3.18mmm connections. Arm, No. 1 first appeared in Sand Blue (6177934|28660) in six Nexo-Knights sets all from 2017.

White was new for 2018 and came in two sets Unikitty sets: 41454 Dr. Fox Laboratory and 41456 Unikingdom Fairground Fun.

To keep things "2019" we were originally going to use the Medium Nougat (6259768) version from 70822 Unikitty's Sweetest Friends EVER! but went with the White from 2018 as it is more neutral. Let's just call this our 'outlier' element. 



And that is it folks.

I'm sure you will agree that this is a great selection of new elements for our parts fest builders to explore so keep an eye out for our upcoming articles showcasing the results.



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