Chris McVeigh got his hands on some 2018 LEGO® sets already and gives us a quick look at two exciting new pieces of foliage inside them.
LEGO has introduced a new flower element and matching leaf element, and it looks as though they’ll be quickly rolled into many 2018 sets (including 10260 Downtown Diner). Happily, they’re now hitting shelves in the newest Juniors Friends sets, which I picked up so that I could examine the parts in detail.
(Design ID 24866)
The plainly named Flower 1X1 is clearly meant to replace Bracelet Upper Part [TLG] / Plate, Round 1x1 with Flower Edge [BL] (Design ID 33291/28573), first introduced in Scala sets in 2000. Like its predecessor, Flower 1X1 has an indented stud with a small hole in it, allowing it to be used with the Stalk [TLG] / Plant Flower Stem [BL] (Design ID 3741).
That said, Flower 1x1’s five tiny petals encircling the plate make it look much more like a flower. The plate is also perfectly round and the same diameter as Plate, Round 1X1 (6141).
So why the change, aside from the improved aesthetics? I suspect the square footprint of the Bracelet Upper Part has always been its Achilles’ Heel. If you place two next to each other against a wall or window, they must be parallel. Even without a bordering wall you can’t place two together at significantly offset angles; as you approach 45°, they collide. In contrast, Flower 1x1 has a circular footprint and will be unburdened by the jutting petals that have constrained its predecessor.
Flower 1X1 is currently available in White (Element ID 6206149), Bright Orange [TLG] / Orange [BL] (Element ID 6214234), and Bright Red [TLG] / Red [BL] (Element ID 6206148). Other colours, including Bright Yellow [TLG[ / Yellow [BL], Bright Green, and Light Royal Blue [TLG] / Bright Light Blue [BL] are expected in 10260 Downtown Diner.
Plant, W/Plate 1X1, No. 1
(Element ID 618226 | Design ID 32607)
Accompanying the new flower element is a three-leaf stud in Bright Green. It has a footprint that’s slightly less than 2x2 and, accordingly, the leaf elements do not extend beyond 90°.
The leaf cluster is wonderfully designed, flowing up and over neighbouring studs.
As well, stacking multiple leaf studs gives the flower structure a fuller, more lush look.
Also worth noting is that Plant, W/Plate 1X1, No. 1 has a hole through the stud that will accommodate any 3.18mm bar/shaft. This lets you to place the leaf element on a bar to both solidify the connection and place flower clusters in places where there’s no available stud.
Planting for the FutureIt’s exciting to see that Flower 1X1 is being released in so many colours so quickly; hopefully we’ll also see the leaf cluster in other greens by the year’s end!
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