The core of the Kermit is a 2X2 round brick that is only two plates high. It has the same central axle hole as regular round bricks/plates. But its main feature are of course the four petal/leaf shapes protruding downwards. These emerge in a + shape (as opposed to an x shape).
I really didn't like it on first sighting; it felt more like a DUPLO® piece to me. But having played with it, it's quite elegant and the four leaves have been precisely engineered to work well 'in System'. You can actually attach a square 2X2 part underneath; the corners project out of the higher spaces where leaves meet. Also, a part placed two plates below a Kermit can be any size; the tips of the petals curve delicately in between studs. Kinda looks like something's melted here, doesn't it?
A nice side effect of the leaves protruding in a + shape is that when you place a part underneath, the studs are quite exposed where the leaves meet. As you see here, it feels like there's only one colour below the leaves when in fact there are ridges of Medium Azure brick hidden under each leaf, which would have been exposed had the leaves been designed in an x shape instead.
41055 Cinderella's Romantic Castle, which uses it as part of a table and a chair, and 41052 Ariel's Magical Kiss which adds a Medium Azure 2X2 dome on top to create a lampshade. This latter combination really shows off the elegant curves in the design. The resulting shape reminds me of a Pac-Man ghost or perhaps a pith helmet! But here, I've made a ornamental bell using the new curly plant piece. (Medium Azure domes are still rare in sets, having only previously appeared in 2013's 41015 Dolphin Cruiser.)
Here it is combined with some other rounded parts and cones to create some possible architectural features and furniture.
I suspect many of us would like to be seeing this new part in shades of green, given that it resembles plant leaves (and Kermit the Frog's collar). I suspect it will happen, as TLG have categorised it under "Plants" in their database. It's unusual for plant leaves to point downwards in LEGO® parts, so it'll be quite useful for combining with other plant pieces. Turning the part upside-down suggests a lily to me, or some sort of ornamental fountain.
Stacking them creates a weird ridged effect like the spine of an underwater beast. In Reddish Brown this could be a palm tree trunk perhaps.
Other new elements
PooP-haters) will be very happy about. Also new are the arched window frame in Dark Pink, left- and right-hand 3X8 wedge plates in Tan [BL]/Brick Yellow [TLG] and a 4X4 dish with a new clock face print on it. A very nice clock face it is too, with Roman numerals, but I suppose the small amount of pink on it may turn some of you off using it, since this is not a common colour on real clock faces.
The elements I've mentioned here make up 16% of the set's pieces, plus of course I've not mentioned parts like the minidolls. So 41055 Cinderella's Romantic Castle packs quite a new element punch!
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Cinderella's Romantic Castle
LEGO Disney Princess 41055: Cinderella's Romantic Castle