So today I figured I would play a little catch-up, by listing a few of the new elements released recently that frankly don't need any tablescrapping from me... you know what they do already, 'cos they're plates and bricks. This is not a complete listing, I just wanted to bring some of the cool stuff on my "to-do" list to your attention, in the hope you have need of some of these.
Element ID 6037995 | Design ID 4477
Colour Dark Red [BL]/New Dark Red [TLG]Star Wars has quite a lot of Dark Red doesn't it? (Makes a change from bley.) It's a rich and regal colour so I'm sure many of you will find this plate of great use. There are two in 75019 AT-TE". Next, let's look at some dark offerings from the Lord of the Rings.
Element ID 6039174 | Design ID 3026
Colour Dark Bluish Grey [BL]/Dark Stone Grey [TLG]The 6x24 plate seems to be coming back in fashion. From 1966-1991 it appeared in nineteen sets in various colours, but then was only called upon for two more sets, in 1998 and 2002, before a long absence. It finally reappeared in 2012 with a vengeance, present in three sets and then another two in 2013; 79007 Battle at the Black Gate is one of them and is the first ever to feature it in Dark Bluish Grey. (It was never released in "old" Dark Grey.) I'd wager this recent popularity is down to the lack of baseplates in current sets. This issue of diappearing baseplates was raised with the LEGO® Designers present at AFOLCON 2012 in Manchester UK, and the main reason cited in answer was the instability when you move a model built on a baseplate. We've all been there, yes? But they also made the point that plates are more useful than baseplates since you can attach parts underneath. Fond of the baseplate as I am, I have to agree it is nicer to be commonly presented with a variety of large plates in sets instead - not just this 6x24 but also the 8x16 and 16x16. And as 10234 Sydney Opera House" proves, the era of the baseplate is not over yet with the 48x48 being produced in Blue [BL]/Bright Blue [TLG] for that set.
Plate Round 4X4 W. Ø16Mm Hole
Element ID 6045912 | Design ID 11833
Colour BlackWhen this part appeared last year I was thrilled, especially with the Trans-Clear [BL]/Transparent [TLG] version. So beautiful, quite aside from any functional use! Black is the fifth colour it has appeared in, and highly useful it shall be. You will find one in the massive 10237 The Tower of Orthanc".
Plate 2X2 Round
Element ID 6035029 | Design ID 4032
Colour Dark Green [BL]/Earth Green [TLG]Another round plate; a really useful one for landscaping and trees. There are three in Creator 31010 Treehouse and one will also be found in a Christmas promo set, 40082. I feel like I'm always bigging up Friends on this blog for releasing new elements, so it's nice to see Creator come up with such a great one.
Element ID 6036788 | Design ID 3623
Colour Bright Pink [BL]/Light Purple [TLG]Did somebody say Friends? I mentioned 41025 Puppy's Playhouse last time as having a 3X3 plate in Bright Pink, and it has two 1X3s also. In fact for such a tiny cheap set it packs a punch - nearly a third of the contents are new elements introduced this year, and five are currently exclusive to this set. Here's another of them...
Element ID 4651903 | Design ID 3005
Colour Medium Lavender
Fantastic to see this released in my favourite shade of purple. Puppy's Playhouse is a set from Series 3 of the Friends Collectibles range, which have recently gone on sale here in the UK but at time of writing they're not yet available in the US. For a thorough and typically humorous review of this set (plus the other two from Series 3), check out SilentMode's site.