23 June 2016
An odd piece
Did you think it was a 1x4 panel, like I did on first glance? Hooray, it is a 1x3 panel! The Design ID is 23950 and it comes only in Dark Stone Grey [TLG]/Dark Bluish Gray [BL] at present, for which the Element ID is 6149768.
When new parts are introduced that are three studs long, eyebrows are sometimes raised in the fan community about their necessity. (The same usually goes for corner pieces, too.) Discussions would certainly always happen within the LEGO Group about whether a three-long part is genuinely warranted, and in this case I believe it certainly is because this part is not POOP... i.e. you can't make it out of a 1x2 panel and a 1x1 panel, because a 1x1 panel has a corner wall. Also you will be able to offset this part by a half-stud using the two pins on the underside (which, although I haven't seen one, it must surely have).
So far it only comes in one set, 76057 Spider-Man: Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge Battle, which I have at least had the pleasure of seeing, and I think is a very cool set. (This is coming from a man with little love for Super Heroes sets.) It's the biggest set that LEGO designer Justin Ramsden has yet worked on - he's the former LEGOLAND Windsor modelmaker who appeared in the Channel 4 LEGO documentary as he scored the job - and he's done a great job. I especially like that multiple copies can easily be combined into a larger bridge, but it is fine as-is... for one of these "it's a chunk of a larger scene"-style sets, you don't feel shortchanged by what's offered. Whether it offers value for money is a different decision, though. It retails for £89.99 / $99.99 / 99.99€, has 1,092 pieces and weighs 1.66kg.
This one is really interesting. If you rotate it from how it is shown in this image it's essentially a 1x1 round plate with recessed stud, but instead of the usual 'anti-stud' underneath, it has a 3.18mm bar laid horizontally. Spider-Man holds the bar in his hand and the web is inserted into the recessed stud... at last, minifigs can point something forward with their arm outstretched... but I'm sure you can think of a gazillion other fabulous uses. I won't discuss these further as I intend to feature this part in a post of its own. But for the record it comes only in Transparent [TLG]/Trans-Clear [BL], has an Element ID of 6153264 and a Design ID of 25893, TLG call it 3.2 Shaft W/ Knob (and, Justin remarked, designers call it "the ring") and BrickLink are yet to add it.
There's also a 10x10 textile net that I believe is a new design, plus plenty of exclusive minifigure parts and some recolours of useful parts. Take a more detailed look by browsing the Brickset parts inventory. Thanks to Huw once again for this database, which alerted me to this new part and details of the set it comes in.
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