It is interesting that the piece is positioned at the front of the official images, alongside the 1x1 round 'bullets' and some new novelty parts with 3.18mm connectors. Maybe they did this knowing it is an exciting new piece, but more likely I would imagine that this piece has some specific function within the set, perhaps related to minifigures since I can't spot the piece within the main builds. Has anyone figured out what it is for?
The LEGO Group always use solid studs unless there is a good reason not to, which adds weight to the idea of this being related to minifigures because their accessories with 3.18mm bars can be inserted into hollow or recessed studs. The main reason they prefer solid studs is for branding; you're in no doubt that it is a genuine LEGO element when it has 'LEGO' stamped on the stud! For us however, hollow and recessed studs add functionality and flexibility, so I'm really excited about this piece.
This piece shares design similarities with two recent new LEGO pieces; the "D" tile (Design ID 24246) and Plate, Modified 1 x 1 Rounded with Handle a.k.a. the "padlock plate" (Design ID 26047).
The latter in particular has proven immensely popular with builders as the rounded edges provide great flexibility, so I'm sure this new piece will also be a must-have. (Elspeth described the padlock plate for us last year, and you'll find examples of how to use it from builders such as Chris McVeigh, Jonas Kramm, Huw Millington and Thomas Poulsom during our parts festival from last year, The New Black.)
I'm sure you will have spotted many other new LEGO parts in those images, if not check out the post about these new Super Heroes sets on Brickset which gives just about all the information we have to hand so far.
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