At Paredes de Coura (PdC) Fan Weekend in Portugal in June 2018, New Elementary ran a workshop where 25 builders were given 11 of the new LEGO® parts released in 2018 to experiment with. With the clock running, they used these in combination with general part stock (provided from the magnificent collection of Comunidade 0937) to create as many ideas, tablescraps, techniques and small MOCs as they could and we’re sharing the most interesting and useful ones with you.
Today we look at a very unusual new part; a new neck bracket for minifigures that comes in Black (Element ID 6215458 | Design ID 36452) which BrickLink call 'Minifig, Neck Bracket with 4 Angled Handles' and TLG 'Mini Back Plate,W/3,2 Shaft'.
The two bars closest to the neck connector are at 90°. This gives you two (very) stable points of connection to attach the piece to System.
Arranging two of them facing one another (this time using four bent droid arms, Design ID 30377) with the neck connectors facing downwards creates a very satisfying cage-like shape. Note the neck bracket holes sit on the studs of two jumper plates; more on that in a moment.
Here are some more quadrupeds.
You may have noted that unlike the cage around the tree shown earlier, none of these quadruped models connect a regular stud into the minifigure neck hole.
That's because unlike early minifigure neck bracket pieces, the hole is too loose to fit; there's no clutch at all. This is no doubt deliberate; LEGO don't tend to like atypical connection methods. They're not in the System!
READ MORE: See models that use the Nexo bot torso pieceYou can see in the above tablescrap that the builder used the Nexo bot torso piece (Design ID 24078) with the neck bracket, jamming its neck connection illegally into the base of a brick to hold the neck bracket. As if the neck bracket didn't already have enough 3.18mm bar connections on it, combining it with this torso adds another four! – an area ripe for further exploration.
The jaunty angles of those four bars are heightened here by attaching 'sails' at rotated angles.
At time of writing this piece is found only in the following LEGO Super Heroes Avengers Infinity War sets, on the minifigures indicated.
- 76101 Outrider Dropship Attack – Outrider x 2
- 76103 Corvus Glaive Thresher Attack – Outrider
- 76104 The Hulkbuster Smash-Up – Outrider
- 76107 Thanos: Ultimate Battle – Iron Man
- 76108 The Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown – Iron Spider-Man
Our thanks to Comunidade 0937 for providing the brick stock and the assistants, to PdC Fan Weekend for the opportunity, to The LEGO Group for providing the new parts, to Andrew Tipping for the fantastic photography and to Sven Franic for his excellent introductory presentation. Most of all, thanks to the builders!
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