The printed elements that many will be excited by the most are the minifigures. The Weeping Angel has a double-sided face: one innocent and one that will scare the bejeezus out of you. The Twelfth Doctor (Peter Capaldi) wears the outfit which the Eleventh Doctor (Matt Smith) wore for his final few episodes but sans bowtie and Clara Oswald wears her outfit from The Time of the Doctor and Deep Breath, suggesting this set covers the period around the time of the regeneration. It's not that specific though because there were no Weeping Angels in those stories, and of course the default outfit of Eleventh Doctor supplied here is his earlier, more iconic one. Graphic designer Adam Corbally has done a superb job. Both the hair of the Weeping Angel and the Twelfth Doctor are new in Medium Stone Grey [TLG]/Light Bluish Gray [BL], I think.
SNOT bricks with two studs on opposing sides (Element ID 6135609 | Design ID 52107), two doughnut tiles (6132790|15535) and two each of the two modified 1x2 plates which together create a hinge: the bar (6135607|60478) and clip (6135610|63868); all very useful parts.
Again, there's four 1x2 SNOT bricks but this time it's the version with two studs on one side only (6135606|11211). Plates get a look-in too: four pretty 3x3 plates are here (6135597|11212) as is - hooray! - four instances of the hinge plate (6135593|19954). Tiles get an excellent array: we get five plus one spare 1x1 round tile (6132810|98138), eight corner tiles (6103392|14719) and five 1x3 tiles (6132566|63864). There are also eight printed 1x3s; possibly the most thrilling pieces of the set as together they make up the iconic signs (POLICE - 6132564, BOX - 6132567). These signs been divided into two sections because one half of the TARDIS can be split open and attached to the interior - a fantastic play feature.
Dark Blue is not the only new, opaque colour which window panes appear in; they're also present in White which is a far more useful colour. They're all printed but of course you can reverse the position if you want to use these elsewhere. Eight are printed with the six-panelled window design (Element ID 6132570) which is a pretty design that could conceivably be used elsewhere, and one is printed with the 'Free for use of public' sign (Element ID 6132569). There's also a larger printed pane in White; the TARDIS doors as seen from the interior are printed on a 1x4x6 pane (6132561|57895). This part has appeared in White a couple of times before.
There are a couple of interesting parts, new for 2015, in Transparent [TLG]/Trans-Clear [BL] which have appeared in other sets already, but haven't been reviewed here on New E as yet. One being the part which that cheeky monkey Elspeth DeMontes has named the #TransNipple, and Huw Millington of Brickset Towers called it the 1x1 round tile with nipple. Honestly, I don't know where they get these ideas from. Anyway I won't say more about it right now except that it is definitely more useful than the nipples of a human male. This unassuming but groundbreaking new part will receive its own post in due course. (Honest... I've even starting writing it!)
LDU away from the surface of the minifig (or brick). Compare this to the family of plates with bracket such as 99781, which are 4 LDU thick. That minute difference is a delight to many AFOLs, especially microscale builders who love anything that permits the subtlest of detailing, but the folks at TLG's Design Lab must grind their teeth at inconsistent parts like this. 18986 has been standardised to 8 LDU, i.e. the width of a plate. You can see this in the picture to the right: I could attach a 1x4 piece to those four side studs. It is nevertheless still an interesting part since it creates offset, so will have unique uses. The transparency is an added bonus. As with the single-stud minifig bracket, if attached to a stud rather than a minifig's neck, it covers up most of the stud which prevents further parts being attached.
I mentioned quantities as I went along but there are some more common parts also worth mentioning because of the quantities they are supplied in: 16 Black 1x1 SNOT bricks and in Dark Blue there are 35 1x1 plates, 10 2x2 corner plates and two 6x6 plates. So this set is a pretty good parts pack, especially for Dark Blue!
If you'd like to read more about the actual set, hang out for my Bricks review or read Huw's review on Brickset.
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