ABOUT THIS BLOG

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Welcome to New Elementary and thanks for visiting. My name is Tim Johnson and I'm based in London, originally from Melbourne. Here's one of the most thrilling moments of my life... meeting Kjeld Kirk Kristiansen, grandson of the founder of the LEGO Group. (I'm the grinning fool on the left.) I met him on the LEGO Inside Tour in 2013, an event so inspirational that after getting home, I decided to start a blog about LEGO parts. A few years on, and New Elementary has a team of wonderful authors and is a Recognised LEGO® Fan Media organisation.

WHAT THIS BLOG IS

I chose to start a blog about parts because I was frustrated by the lack of discussion online about new parts, how labour-intensive it is to learn what new elements and parts the LEGO Group are releasing, and what sets I can get them in. (I define elements as the parts that are unique in colour as well as shape. So I consider one part in two different colours to be two different elements.)  The LEGO Group are releasing a lot of new elements these days, so we cherry-pick the ones that excite us the most. There will be posts about new pieces, new or returning colours, LEGO history, and we happily wander off on tangents sometimes... maybe even interesting ones!

WHAT IT ISN'T

These posts are not a complete listing of new elements. Largely, we stick to posting about just the new System elements but new minifigure parts are less likely to be included. Much as I love minifigs, there's just too many new prints and parts out there.

36 comments:

  1. Keep up the good work. Look very promising.

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  2. Love this! Keep the content coming...you are off to a wonderful start!

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  3. Look forward to the blog! Sounds great!

    Omega X

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  4. Just new here;;
    Really nice stuff.
    Maybe add a facebook/twitter :)

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    1. Everyone's new here Wilfried including me!

      You're right about FB/Twitter. I've been pondering it but not doing anything about it... best get my skates on and sort it out

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  5. Great blog, istantly added to my feed!! :)

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  6. Hello from Queensland Australia. Great blog, well done so far Tim.

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    1. Helloooooooo! Thank you very much.

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  7. Terrific idea for a blog. Hope you keep it up. Can I suggest you enlist other guest bloggers a la the Bros Brick in order to keep up the flow of articles. I am happy to write sthng on Duplo, should you desire.

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    1. Thanks Rich! Feels like very early days so will be interesting to see how I go - and how the stats go! - over the next month. Certainly a very exciting start.

      See you tonight, I hope to be there for 6.

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  8. Awww man, I was kinda hoping this was a blog more dedicated to complete listings of what's new and out there. Personally I think fretting about different colors of the same parts makes things way over complicated, especially since there are databases like bricklink one can link to to easily show people what colors a given part comes in.

    As for the Technic/Hero Factory/ Bionicle stuff, if you would like assistance with that area I am a "BioMOCer" and it is my area of expertise. I generally can track down which set a specialized piece comes or came from if you at the very least need a goto guy for stuff like that. I'm 24 years old so I was building with bionicle since the very beginning. I was there through the whole thing. And now I closely monitor the HF series and what ever else lego decides to use the system with(like the DC/Marvel ultrabuilds or the Legend of Chima ones). I'll be honest, I think its not fair to have a system MOCer by himself run a blog about new elements/parts when its a topic that appeals to all MOCers and collectors. I wouldn't do it. Going in, I'd know I'm no where near as experienced with system as I am bionicle/HF and I would cultivate a team of experts in the given areas to help run the blog and cover much more ground. So I'm tossing in my name for consideration as the go to Bionicl-e-xpert.

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    1. Thanks Dave! Re new colours - these elements are so new, they're not always listed on Bricklink at the time I post. Bricklink only adds elements once the sets are available and inventories can be verified.

      For me, I feel complete listings of all new elements is what would be overkill - for the same reason you give actually, you can check full lists on Brickset and Bricklink. (Although Brickset's aren't always complete thanks to LEGO's strange habit of not listing everything on their server, and as I said Bricklink's come only once sets are available.)

      I do take your point though that it would be cool to cover EVERYTHING, to teach people (including me!!) about what Constraction elements can be used for (and Duplo too, as Rich pointed out above). At this point though, I'm just finding my feet and reckon this will remain a personal blog for the time being. Let's see how it goes and I may be in touch. I'd love to run something with multiple writers like the wonderful TBB, but there's just too much other stuff to deal with at the mo. As you point out, colours would be less of a focus when it comes to Constraction as it would be more important to blog about the functionality of the pieces. Many little differences like this would need to be considered, and if I'm going to start being 'fair' about what goes on here, I'd need to be sure my team covers EVERYTHING. Food for thought...

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  9. Great site! I'll check it every day I can! (Don't know how to sign in, so just call me goldninja101) You're doing great man!

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  10. I think this blog is a GREAT idea and excellent for me and my part-nerdery.

    Would you be including, say, older parts (which are underrated and deserve more exposure)? Also, would you consider fan/guest contributions?

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    1. Cheers Marcus! Nerd on. Yes, I will venture into older (even vintage!) parts. I'm expecting the current wave of new elements from summer sets will die down for a few months, so I've dreamt up a variety of other related ideas!

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  11. Hay, goldninja101 here! With all the new superhero movies coming out, it makes you wonder if LEGO is going to make sets for them. Here's a list of the superhero movies coming out (Allthough some farly far into the future) and my oppinion for them:
    Captain America- Winter Soldger: I'm highly doubtful. But it would have GREAT minifigures.
    Thor- Dark World: I kinda doubt it. (But I DESPERATELY hope so!!!)
    The Amazing Spiderman 2: I think they really might, it would be a good comeback for the sets that they made for Spidermans 1 and 2.
    The Avengers 2: Yes. Defenently. Because it comes out in 2015, LEGO will have plenty of time.
    Well! that it for now! Tell me what you guys think, I'll really appreciate it!
    -goldninja101

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  12. Wonderful wonderful site! First class presentations!

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  13. Hay! goldninja101 here! Hay, Tim (Mind if I call you Tim? I'm still kinda new around here.) Maybe you could write something about the BIG treads that you can find in the NinjaGo Warior Bike. They're kinda new and definantly need more attention. P.S. I got the Warior bike , the Golden Dragon, Kia's Fire mech, and Cole's Earth Driller.
    Awesome Right?!

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  14. You may call me Tim, funnily enough it's even my name. Thanks for the idea goldninja101 I will have a look, although I don't own them as yet. Treads alone might be hard to flesh into a whole post, but you never know!

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  15. Hay Tim, goldninja101 here! Did you here about the release of The Hobbit, Azog, The Pale ork minifigure being realeased at this year's Comic con in San Diego? He's currently on ebay and is selling for 1,525$ US dollars! That means he surpasess Mr. gold in selling value! I just got the news off of Brickset, and It's getting me all hyped up! If you have 1,525$ dollars laying around (ha, ha), go and get it! -goldninja101

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    1. Update, Final selling price: 1,650$ US dollars! (Wow!) -goldninja101

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  16. Very nice (and new) idea Tim!

    I've added your blog to my LEGO favourites and have been reading every single article ever since.
    It's always nice to read something new I never would have thought of...
    Please keep on surprising me! ;-)
    And thx for doing this.

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    1. Thanks so much - such kind words make me happy I did it!

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  17. Why did I not find this earlier?!? Great blog, useful for us builders. Thanks Tim!

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  18. Hay Guys, goldninja101 here! I'm commenting to give you a little heads up on some new colors.
    First of all, on the LEGO NinjaGo 2014 set OverBorg attack (70722) we have some baby bows, IN GREEN! I am 99% sure that this is a new color for the baby bow, and since it's in a 20$ set, it should be easy to get your hands on some in 2014. Secondly, there's something different about the series 11 Grany's legs. Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the pants are an entirely new color! Well, that about wraps it up! ( But baby bows in LEGO NinjaGo, How cool is that?!) See you guys later! :D
    -goldninja101

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  19. Great news, goldninja, I will definitely want some green ones - thanks for letting me know!

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  20. Hey guys! It's goldninja101 here reporting something that is just off the charts weird. On the LDD software there is the new NinjaGo 2014 weapon piece (the one one that all the ninjas have that's transparent red, blue, ect. and looks like it has a gear on one side and small blade on the other). Correct me if i'm wrong, but I think this is an unreleased Lego piece on the LDD!!! I first saw this on a LDD update a couple months ago, and still questioning how this is possible. Let me know if you guys have any insight on this matter because I'd love to know what's going on. That;s all for now!
    -goldninja101 :D

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  21. This is my new favorite site. I really enjoy your insight and finds. Thank you!

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  22. In my humble opinion, this is the most interesting and informative LEGO site on the web
    --Chaz Fairbanks

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  23. I don't know how I managed to miss this site until now but I am very happy I have discovered it - so are my 7&9 year old kids :)

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  24. Man, I didnt know that you were the author of this blog when I've met you in Dubai. Congratulations and keep up the good work. Unbfortunatelly it takes too long to receive new sets in Brazil or else I could help with something. Anyway, nice to know you!

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    1. Hey Guilherme! Yes, I wear many hats. Although, I don't actually wear a hat. A New Elementary hat could help.

      New E doesn't always have to be about NEW parts or techniques so if you have ideas please do drop me a line!

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