The LEGO® Creator line has been releasing an amusement park ride once a year for three years now, and this year's is released on June 1st (already available for VIPs) priced £159.99 / US$199.99 / 179.99€. With 2670 pieces, it's massive - measuring 38cm x 35cm (14” x 13”) and 32cm (12”) tall! Today, Sven Franic takes a detailed look at the new elements in the set.
What makes this brightly coloured amusement park ride really shine is a clever symbiosis of circles. Round shapes have become increasingly less difficult to pull off in LEGO form with the introduction of many super-versatile parts which use a “hybrid” of systems. They combine both stud and anti-stud connections, as well as clip and bar or ball joint and socket connections, or delve into the world of Technic, sometimes incorporating three types of possible connection sub-systems in one brick.
This is nothing new, it’s just that it wasn’t until very recently that we got such a big variety of new elements which were designed with maximum potential in mind. Some examples are shown below.
Pictured below are some of the mini build elements, often repeated 6, 12 or 24 times to form a larger structure.
24121). It was first seen in the gigantic Technic 42055 Bucket Wheel Excavator [currently discounted on Amazon US]. This is only the second time we've seen it used. Four of them form a full circle, allowing the rotating section of the carousel to be consistently connected to the input gear run by the crank or, optionally, a motor. The old carousel model used a less ideal, albeit clever for the time traction-based connection via a large spring-loaded tyre.
New LEGO Parts in 10257 CarouselThe set doesn’t fall short on new or reintroduced element colours.
18654). Only one is supplied in the set, oddly with another one as spare. The piece isn’t even visible in the finished build, so we can be fairly certain that this wasn’t the set which called for its introduction in this new colour, so hopefully we will soon see it in other sets. Now all we need is one of those new “macaroni tube” pieces in the same colour to open new possibilities in building structurally sound trees.
To the likely delight of train builders, the double panel (6195544|14718) is now also available in Brick Yellow. The panel plays a crucial role in the build, so it might not reappear too soon. This panel is almost a so-called “POOP” - but it’s not, because the inside gives a seamless surface while two smaller panels would leave a divided surface by the side supports.
2449). The piece is neither new nor rare, but getting 72 of the same elements in a single bag is just exciting to see.
For a moment I got worried that Medium Blue is losing support. With the high influx of similar light blue shades, like Light Royal Blue [TLG] / Bright Light Blue [BL] and Medium Azure which have been used prominently in recent sets, we haven’t seen many new elements in Medium Blue for a while. To my relief, from the Carousel’s total of seven Medium Blue elements, four are new and two have been reintroduced.
READ MORE: Discover the history of the 4x9 "Aeroplane Wing" wedge plate and 'notches' in other LEGO partsThe shorter version of the wheel arch is now available in Medium Blue (6195545|98282). There is a total of 25 pieces, which are more than six cars' worth of mudguards if you were to use them as actual vehicle parts. The animal tail (6195157|40379) is new, as is the Aeroplane Wing 4x9 (6195158|14181), while the exciting new SNOT brick for 2017 – 1x1 Brick w. 2 knobs corner (6195548|26604) – gets its third recolour. (This brick was also initially listed in White in the pending approval BrickLink inventory for this set, but unfortunately this was a mistake and we are yet to see this brick in White.)
2540) and a 4x4 tile with studs (6195157|6179), last seen in 2002 in an obscure Belville set.
While building, I noticed that the tail piece (6195157|40379) comes in two variants. The little hole on the side is located on the right of the tail in exactly half of the 48 supplied pieces. The other 24 tails have the hole on the left.
26287), is now available in Light Stone Grey [TLG] / Light Bluish Gray [BL]. This may give it slightly more potential as a decorative piece in the future.
While the set gives us some new printed tiles, not all decorations are printed. There is a pretty large sticker sheet giving the decorative tiles their golden mirror shine.
Two new printed tiles are introduced: Flat Tile 2x2 w. oriental book print (6196536) in Earth Blue [TLG] / Dark Blue [BL] and a super exciting new ticket stub, Flat Tile 1x2 w. ticket print (6192534) in White.
3070) and the Elephant tail / trunk (6197446|43892) which, despite the fact that the actual elephant it was initially intended for hasn’t been seen since its introduction 14 years ago, lives on in many current sets. The trunk / tail piece first appeared in the now long-retired shades of Grey and Dark Grey [TLG]. Today, it is utilised as wrought-iron ornaments, monster tentacles and many other clever uses which have nothing to do with elephants; even the elephant in this set opted for a different tail and trunk design.
13564) in Dark Stone Grey [TLG] / Dark Bluish Gray [BL]. The set leaves you with one spare if your monster needs two. (By the way, if any box people from LEGO are reading, look into that printing error, since this piece is listed twice in the inventory on the side of the box. )
You might have noticed the roof of the carousel is covered in fabric. These elements are similar in shape to the old white cloth pieces used in the 2009 Carousel model, but they are not repurposed; these are specifically tailored for this set.
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25269) has been quickly progressing through the colour chart since its recent introduction. The Bright Orange [TLG] / Orange [BL] version makes its debut in this set, making it the eighth colour for this element in under a year. The orange tiger ride supplies you with eight, and one spare.
30553) – something I required in this colour for a build recently.
A new piece for 2017 which I feel has never received any hype or much recognition is the 1x2 brick with vertical bar attachment (6198933|26597), shown on the left in the image below. This element basically gives the opposite effect of plates with horizontal bars such as 60478, except the vertical version can’t be attached to a plate for obvious reasons.
30540, shown to the right in the image above) without the limitations of the predefined locked angles. The locking feature is great when you need a sturdy, static connection, but sometimes the binary angle choices don’t fit your requirements.
25214). Being the seventh colour in less than a year shows how needed and loved this piece is by designers. It supports bars, axles and studs and leaves a beautiful, seamless shape when connected.
26047). Whoever designed this part deserves a medal. Such a subtle change in traditional plate design, by just making the outer edge round, opened it up to so many otherwise impossible connections, including the ones used in this set.
After a massive boost of new Warm Gold [TLG] / Pearl Gold [BL] decorative pieces, mostly from the new Elves sets, the Carousel contributes one more: the Feather (or Flame) piece (6196565|64647) seen on the right in the image below.
25516) in Warm Gold [TLG] / Pearl Gold [BL]. Although seen before, this piece was only included with one Angry Birds minifigure, so the element’s inclusion in this set liberates it from its IP licence and should make it more easily obtainable.
92584). The piece was originally introduced in 2011.
The final recoloured element is a 2x4 tile in Sand Yellow [TLG] / Dark Tan [BL] (6164288|87079). The latter is the fifth recolour of this part just this year, joining Dark Red, Medium Lilac [TLG] / Dark Purple [BL], Medium Blue and Bright Green, all introduced in 2017.
This concludes our look at all the interesting new pieces in the set.
Final thoughtsThe designer’s choice of replacing the traditional horse ride carousel with different brick-built animals gives us more variation in the choice of pieces in interesting bright colours. Instead of having complete moulded animal elements like the old 10196 Grand Carousel had, or the mini version from 10235 Winter Village Market, I feel the brick-built animals are more in the spirit of the Creator theme. Besides, since they don’t represent real animals, but rather models (usually fibreglass), their slight blockiness can be entirely forgiven.
Amazon US]. 10244 Fairground Mixer, which started this sub-theme, is now retired. We can only ponder what iconic amusement park ride might come next from the top-secret LEGO Creator design lab.
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