catch up with them all on Brickset and I'll be pointing out some of the interesting new elements over the next few weeks. Today I've chosen three decorative elements that are appearing in several of the new Disney Princess sets as well as in Friends. It's a great time to be a LEGO Girl.
The first is a new plant! It can be seen clearly here on 41050 Ariel's Amazing Treasures. It reminds me of an unraveling fern, yet also works well in this underwater scene. There's something a little odd and creepy to me about the way it curls like that. It feels a little alien... and in fact, I've literally just spotted an Olive Green one in 75037 Battle on Saleucami (yes, there are Star Wars set leaks too). This plant seems to fit any scenario... in this forthcoming Friends set, 41026 Sunshine Harvest, it makes me think of a young corn plant.
I'll enjoy seeing what non-plant applications you folks come up with for it. I'm thinking if it came in grey or tan, placed sideways at the top of a church wall it could resemble a gargoyle. Without a scary face obviously. But all that sort of silliness aside, it will just be great to have another type of plant piece available - new ones don't exactly come along often.
You can see the plant again in the other Ariel set, 41052 Ariel's Magic Kiss but it's the gold finials atop the building I wanted to mention next.
They're a 1X1 round plate with a funny swirly top instead of a stud. The metallic shades are probably my least favourite LEGO colours but these swirly thingies do make this simple building look quite distinguished. They are going to make a great detailing part for all sorts of building styles - Im thinking space, mech, steampunk - and if/when they come in other colours they'll make great ice cream too!
There's a cheaper set that will contain both these parts; 41042 Tiger’s Beautiful Temple which is part of Series 4 of the Friends Collectables range. So far there's only a bad picture of it so I shan't bother to reproduce it here, but it's visible on Brickset as Brickset member Legoguy was actually able to buy some 2014 sets in the Middle East.
Finally, another golden item. You can't miss 'em - the wheels on 41053 Cinderella’s Dream Carriage. They really went to town on this design!
I'd normally run a mile from such an ornamental and specific part. But this is beautiful! I can imagine it used as a lampshade or a Chinoiserie window. And again, it suggests steampunk to me - would look great on some bizarre Victorian contraption. At first I thought it was slightly concave, but now I'm not sure. Any opinion, folks?