There's so much to discuss, I will do a separate post about some of the interesting techniques used in the build, but the tl:dr spoiler-free version is: this is awesome. It’s hard to believe designer Jamie Berard can keep pulling these out of the bag. This special 10th anniversary model is bigger than ever before - just over 4000 pieces sitting on a 32x48 base - and in many ways, is better than ever before. For starters, it has a brilliant array of completely new LEGO pieces, some of which fans have been dying to own for years.
New LEGO Parts in 10255 Assembly SquareCorner SNOT is here! This is one of those parts which regularly appears on those “what part do you wish the LEGO Group would release?” lists that regularly grace fan forums. If you want to use SNOT techniques on a corner, up until now you have had to use a 1x1 brick with studs on all four sides (4733) and to somehow deal with the unwanted extra two studs. There are other ways depending on what you are building, but it’s all very fiddly indeed. This new 1x1 SNOT brick, shown in the middle in the picture below, solves everything by having studs on two adjacent sides. TLG call it “Brick 1X1, W/ 2 Knobs, Corner”, it has a Design ID of 26604 and in the colour of Brick Yellow [TLG]/Tan [BL] its Element ID is 6175968.
The classic 45° 1x2 slope has been around since the late 1950s and in 2011, The LEGO Group released a variant which many of us call ‘the slipper’ (Design ID 92946): rather than being the full height of a brick, its non-sloped section is just one plate high, down at the base of the brick. Now, we have another variant with just a tile hovering at the top of the brick. I don’t know its official name yet (I’m tempted to call it the anti-slipper) but the Design ID is 28152 and you get it in not one but two colours in this set: two in White (Element ID 6166894) and two in Dark Stone Grey (6168776).
introduced in 2013. Stepped parts like this are great for quickly and securely locking other parts onto a plate (which adds weight to my ‘anti-slipper’ nickname!) but is perhaps of greater use to LEGO designers than fans. I suspect we will find loads of other uses for it though; here is one idea.
Now it’s time to start talking about the tiles. There are a lot of tiles to talk about. Good tiles.
Look how beautiful they are. Even their undersides are pretty.
Given that the brick version of the 2x2 macaroni (Design ID 3063) has been around since 1955, I guess it’s high time we got the tile version… which in turn makes me want the macaroni plate even more. The tile's introduction hopefully makes that more likely... well, I can hope.
Obviously we are missing a 3x3 macaroni tile too, but then we are missing the brick version as well. That said, a 4x4 macaroni tile shares an edge with 3x3 shapes such as these.
Recoloured LEGO Elements
So all this means that 10255 Assembly Square has an amazing selection of bley tiles that all together are a lot of fun to play with… and play I did, before I began making the set. I can't remember the last time I had so much fun with new parts.
41230 Batgirl Batjet Chase, and eight in Brick Yellow (6145570) which is also found in 2017’s 41150 Moana's Ocean Voyage. Also pictured here are the Brick Yellow ones with pie print (6151221) which appeared earlier in 2016 in 41126 Heartlake Riding Club.
[EDIT: it's been pointed out to me that the parrot is a new mould! I didn't even think to check, and in my defence it does seem quite subtle until you take a close look...]
studs, 3.18s and 1.5s. There is only one plus a spare.
Also in Black: two bow windows (6177083 | 20309). A beautiful part, yet it has previously only appeared in just three sets in two colours: Brick Yellow in Friends and Sand Green in 10251 Brick Bank. I discussed the tweaked arch it was designed to fit inside previously on this blog, and the bow window was a seed part in one of our parts festivals, so check that out for interesting techniques and ideas.
71040 Disney Castle.
Zemsta elfiej wiedźmy (Polish Edition).
New printed LEGO pieces
LEGO MinifiguresI don’t scrutinise minifigure parts as closely as I do regular parts for this blog, partly because other sites do that very well already. These are such a great bunch however, I took a bit of a look.
60134 Fun in the Park . I did buy that set but never got around to reviewing it here, so will mention that the LEGO baby that comes in it also appears here in 10255 Assembly Square. Aside from its utter cuteness, the notable thing about the baby is that its neck is a 3.18mm bar and consequently the head has a 3.18mm hole. So there’s fun to be had there. Its hands however seem deliberately designed to hold nothing… has anyone found anything to fit?
Other Parts of InterestThere are simply too many great LEGO pieces in this set for me to cover much more! So I will just reel off some of the rarer or more interesting ones, but believe me there is much more to enjoy...
- two Black skeleton arms (6146095 | 26163) previously in 60113 Rally Car
- one Black Cupboard 2 x 3 x 2 6138479 | 4532 only came in 2016 in 41135 Livi's Pop Star House
- two Black Shovel 5X7X4½ W/ Hole/Cross (6109280 | 18943), previously only in two expensive Technic sets
- two Transparent Bright Green 3.18 bar with 5.9 ball (6139234 | 22484) only in 70332 Ultimate Aaron
- two arched window frames in Dark Stone Grey (6143849 | 30044) which appeared in one set in 2004 and reappeared in two sets in 2016
- two of Chief Wiggum's truncheon in Dark Stone Grey (6065072 | 13790)
- the 'perfect reflection' mirror from 10246 Detective's Office returns (6103793)
- two Medium Nougat doughnuts (6117405) only seen in 71016 the Kwik-E-Mart
- two 4-prong palm tree tops in Brick Yellow (6143062 | 2566), seen only in 10253 Big Ben
- one 2x2 round jumper plate in Bright Red [TLG]/Red [BL] (6132541 | 18674) which has only appeared in 60133 City Advent Calendar
- the guitar with black neck and silver strings (6160320 | 27989) from Series 16 Serenader
- the Red guitar (6121723 | 11640) in 71201 Back to the Future Level Pack and again in 60133 City Advent Calendar
- one Sand Blue 1x2x2 window frame (6149585 | 60592) only in 31052 Vacation Getaways
- one Dark Orange 6-stem stalk (6151196 | 19119) only in 21128 The Village
- seven Earth Blue [TLG]/Dark Blue [BL] 75° roof corners 2x2x3 (6144750 | 3685) only in 71040 Disney Castle
- also from Disney Castle, one Reddish Brown 2x2 round tile with clock (6157942)
- four Aqua [TLG]/Light Aqua [BL] 1x2 tiles (6133247) not seen since 2011's 8487 Flo's V8 Café and 9657 FIRST LEGO League Challenge 2012 - Senior Solutions
To finish, it is also worth noting the presence Sand Green bricks, most notably the 1x6 (6177081 | 3009) of which there are 12.
I have mentioned a few pieces in this post that come in quantity and Sand Blue does best here... and they mostly come in one bag, which is pretty!
- 22 1x1 bricks
- 50 1x2 grille bricks (not seen since 2004 in 4746 Mobile Command Center)
- 20 1x2 bricks
- 51 1x6 bricks
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