19 April 2017

Minecraft 2017: More building ideas

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Recently we've been lucky enough to have Jonas Kramm (who has literally just won another Iron Builder title!) investigating the pieces that come in the latest wave of LEGO® Minecraft sets for us and one in particular has intrigued him. Today he shows some more of the clever builds he's created using the new piece called “Wedge, Plate 2 x 2 Pentagonal with Center Stud and 1 x 1/2 Raised Tab on Top” by BrickLink and “Plate 2X2, W/ Design” by TLG (Element ID 6163991|Design ID 27928).

Welcome back to more ideas using the new LEGO Minecraft mould. Having shown you two fence designs, amongst others, here are a few more uses of that element, starting with the first idea I built and the one that I like the most of all. In the comments on New Elementary someone already called this new modified wedge plate a “birdhouse plate” and that actually fits pretty well, as the part is just perfect for building birdhouses.

LEGO Birdhouse

Aside from the Minecraft plate the other keystones for this small build are the Bar 1L with Top Stud and 2 Side Studs (Element ID 6029774 |Design ID 92690) that inverts the building direction and holds two of the stands and an open book (Element ID 4598334 |Design ID 33009) that makes the roof.

In addition I used a Dark Brown Minecraft cube head (Element ID 6162384|Design ID 28266 or 19729pb002 on BL) upside-down for the flower pot, which unfortunately is printed with Steve's face on the backside.

LEGO Signpost

The idea for my second build, a signpost, seems very obvious but I needed Markus Rollbühler to point it out for me, as we were talking about the uses for the Minecraft mould that I had already on my mind.

The challenge here was to find fitting decorated tiles that could work as signs and in the end I went with the “Great” and “West” 2x4 tiles from Toy Story 7597 Western Train Chase.

Little LEGO characters

What I like about the new plate is its perfect conformity with the LEGO System, so you can easily combine it with other wedged parts without getting a gap. For these two characters the new mould teams up with two fresh Facet Tiles in Dark Azure (Element ID 6166855 |Design ID 27263) to make the iconic T-shirt shape.

The brown bracket (Element ID 6174856|Design ID 99780) that holds the Unikitty tail (Design ID 15429) used for the old lady's hair is also from the latest Minecraft wave and can be found in LEGO BrickHeadz 41596 Beast too.

I'll be back with another model using this part next week, built in a very different style!

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  1. My wife and I are delighted​ to see the "birdhouse" name catching on and even inspiring a cute little build!