19 September 2020

New LEGO® pieces for September 2020

Now the LEGO® sets for September are (probably) all out and their new parts added to Rebrickable, Tobias Witmer has created this list showing them all so you can easily check for the ones you might be interested in and which sets they come in. 

Harry Potter products account for much of them. There aren't as many new moulds this month; most are printed pieces and recolours. 

18 September 2020

LEGO® Arcade Pods: Aron Gerencser's Robot Lovers and Hermit Crab

Continuing our examination of the cruellest seed part ever, today's builder grappling with the arcade pod from LEGO® Ninjago is Aron Gerencser (Pohaturon on Flickr). He's a professional journalist from Hungary who joins the New E team as contributor and subeditor, so make him welcome!

They say couples who play together, stay together - and I guess if that applies to both LEGO® and video games, the buff stacks!

17 September 2020

LEGO® Arcade Pods: Mansur Soeleman's Tank & Terribilis

Today, Mansur “Waffles” Soeleman (instagram.com/lamborghiniwafflesauce) reveals his LEGO® creations using the two specialised parts that comprise the 'Arcade Pod' from Ninjago. Back in April, Victor Pruvost analysed these new parts and created his own models, and we sent some to other builders to see what they could come up with. Some products in this article were provided for free by LEGO; the author's opinions are not biased by this. Let's see how Mansur got on!

It would be an understatement to say that building something with the main element from 71715 Jay Avatar Arcade Pod was a challenge. It is a large, clumsy LEGO® part with strange shapes and bits sticking out. The angles on the front were not the issue; it was the clips and plate on the sides that got in the way of using this part in the ways I wanted to.

15 September 2020

LEGO® Harry Potter 75978 Diagon Alley: the build

Before I hand over to Jonas Kramm for his superb LEGO® Harry Potter review, I need to mention an unrelated-and-yet-related subject: New Elementary supports transgender people. We do not support the heedless views now being broadcast by the original writer of Harry Potter. Many of you may prefer we just stuck to the LEGO escapism but I feel it's essential for anyone purchasing this product to consider their own standpoint. The product in this article was provided for free by LEGO; the author's opinions are not biased by this. Okay: now over to Jonas for the LEGO fun, and it's a corker!

We already posted about the reveal and the new parts of LEGO® Harry Potter 75978 Diagon Alley, so today it’s time to take a look at the actual build and its most interesting building techniques. With 5544 pieces the set is the second biggest Harry Potter set to this day; only 71043 Hogwarts Castle has more. As expected, such a huge build comes with many things to explore, so without further ado, let’s get started!

12 September 2020

Which LEGO® sets have the most new parts? July and August 2020

Following the success of our published lists of new elements, created in partnership with Tobias Witmer from Rebrickable, I've been thinking of ways we could use that data for parts-loving fans like you lot! Today we launch another useful resource for you: lists of recent sets showing the amount of new elements within them.

Why? Because while many of you simply purchase new elements individually, many also enjoy building official sets. So which new sets have the most new elements? We developed the table below to show this, both in terms of quantity as well as overall percentage. So if you like to buy sets knowing they'll contain parts you don't have, use our table as one of your purchasing factors.

08 September 2020

LEGO® Hidden Side: Eli Willsea's creations using new parts from 70430 & 70432

We've discussed LEGO® Hidden Side sets quite a bit this year and now it is time for a different take. We sent the talented US builder Eli Willsea (ForlornEmpire on Flickr and Instagram) a copy of 70430 Newbury Subway and 70432 Haunted Fairground to see what original creations he could come up with, also using his own LEGO parts. The products in this article were provided for free by LEGO; the author's opinions are not biased by this.

First off let's take a look at some of the newest elements included in these sets that I used in my creations. There were several recolours of existing parts as well as a few new elements that immediately caught my eye.

05 September 2020

Old Elementary: Insectoids eyes

The eyes have it! In his third and final examination of interesting LEGO® pieces introduced for the 1998 Space theme Insectoids, Duncan Lindbo (donutsftw) takes a 'look' at two parts comprising the aliens' eyes, and builds original creations of his own using them.

Today, we’re journeying back once again to the days of the late 1990s to cast our gaze upon some old LEGO® Insectoids parts. But these parts can gaze back! That’s because we’re looking at Cylinder Hemisphere 4x4 Multifaceted (30208) and Plate, Modified 1x2 with 4x4 Dish at 90° (30209), a pair of parts which were first introduced as ‘eyes’ in the Insectoids line.

03 September 2020

LEGO® Harry Potter 75978 Diagon Alley: the new parts

Following on from his detailed look at the first images of new LEGO® Harry Potter set 75978 Diagon Alley, Jonas Kramm will be reviewing the actual set as well for you soon. In the meantime, the inventory has been added to Rebrickable and so Tobias Witmer has distilled this into a list of just its new elements for you. Today, Jonas presents that list and discusses the most interesting elements.

After the reveal of LEGO® Harry Potter 75978 Diagon Alley just a few days ago, it’s time to take a closer look at which of the 5544 elements are new. Some were already mentioned in my last article but now we have a complete list, based on the inventory on Rebrickable, which you can see after my summary.

31 August 2020

LEGO® Harry Potter 75978 Diagon Alley: the reveal

Welcome to Diagon Alley! Officially revealed today, we have Jonas Kramm to walk you through every shop – as well as the new moulds and each of the 14 minifigures – found in the latest LEGO® Harry Potter extravaganza.

75978 Harry Potter Diagon Alley is the new addition to the LEGO® Wizarding World, launching on 1 September 2020, just one day after the official reveal! Measuring over 1 metre (3.3 feet) long and made up of 5544 pieces, it’s one of the biggest LEGO sets ever and will cost £369.99 / US$399.99 – to learn the price in your country, see the list at the end of this article.

28 August 2020

LEGO® Monkie Kid review: 80010 Demon Bull King

Our coverage of LEGO® Monkie Kid continues today with Inthert taking on 80010 Demon Bull King; examining its exclusive and rare parts as well as what interest lies in the build. The products in this article were provided for free by LEGO; the author's opinions are not biased by this.

The suitably terrifying Demon Bull King comes with 3 minifigures, 1051 parts and is priced at £74.99 / US$89.99 / 77.97€.