New Elements in positionFirst, lets start with the two new elements. White Turntable 2x2 Female (Element ID 6238334 | Design ID 27448) has a central hole with a small lip around the inside that allows certain elements to snap onto the lip and spin whilst maintaining clutch.
Very few parts actually connect to this hole at the moment; Plate 4X4 Round W. Snap (Design ID 60474), Plate 6X6 Round with Tube Snap (Design ID 11213) and Plate Octagonal 10X10 W. Snap (Design ID 89523) were the three elements I could find. [EDIT: Read the comments for more highlighted by our readers!]
Since the new turntable is placed on the baseplate and then covered by other parts without utilising any of its functional 'turntable' abilities, I don't think this is a particularly inspired example of how to use the part!
I'm a sucker for these little builds and I loved the use of Silver Metallic [TLG]/Flat Silver [BL] Mini Roller Skate (Element ID 6215447 | Design ID 18747). Yes the scale fits a minifigure but not the tools but hey, this is LEGO. Can someone tell me what the tool on the top made of the skate and headlight brick is meant to be?
Wanderful Wheel Mounter
As a slight aside, I was intruigued to note that while the wand is still supplied as two wands on a sprue, the actual sprue design was very different to the one I explored recently in Harry Potter and the Spurious Sprue. Left is the Wizarding World sprue, right came in 10264 Creator Garage, but both have the same Design ID – 36752.
New Sand Blue windowsWhile the new window elements are definitely still used as windows within the build, Sand Blue Windscreen Frame 2X6X2 (Element ID 6253475 | Design ID 13760) is used to create the Animal Care level's bay window in rather a clever fashion. The use of the stacked telescopes to secure the frame into a vertical position works very well, especially with the tidy tiling at the window base.
In addition, the use of Roof Tile 1X1, Deg. 45, w/o Knobs newly coloured in Medium Stone Grey [TLG]/ Light Bluish Gray [BL] (Element ID 6253436 | Design ID 35464) can be seen in position as part of the decorative feature on the facade. (I know my fish is upside down but I was following the instructions and it is apparently an upside down fish.)
New Dark Orange elementsThe Dark Orange elements that are new (plus those that have returned after a prolonged time) are all used within the wall structure of the animal care centre and the apartment above. The actual corners are angled using a 2018 element, Plate 1X2, Rounded, No. 1 (Design ID 35480), whose rounded corners allow the plate to be angled without getting in the way of neighbouring studs. You can see this method used for both the facade and also the internal wall partition between the waiting area and the animal care clinic.
By the time the windows and walls are in position, all that is required are the new Dark Orange Tile 2X2, Deg. 90, w/ deg. 45 cut (Element ID 6253425 | Design ID 27263) to complete the tiled finish around those angles, ready for the next floor to be placed on top.
Comfy CouchesThe only new element left to discuss is White Brick 1X2, Outside Half Bow (Element ID 6248827 | Design ID 37352) which first appeared in Medium Stone Grey in 10262 James Bond Aston Martin.
You may have already noticed these are used as part of the seating in the clinic's waiting area. I had the sense that these were not actually very comfortable for minifigures as their legs hung off the ends. I appreciate that in reality we actually bend our legs when sitting, but normally a minifigure sits with a portion of the seat extending out to the legs. My minifigures did not look very happy on these couches, they felt undue sacral pressure.
Infrared CandleAnother recent element I was pleased to see appearing in the set was Candle No.1 in White (Element ID 6234807 | Design ID 37762). Only one is supplied and used as the arm of the infrared lamp to keep Mr Frog warm in his little tank, it connects to Plate 1X2 W. Vertical Shaft (Design ID 88072) at the base.
Anglepoise LampOn the subject of lamps, the anglepoise lamp on Dr Jones' desk is also a nice little build to make use of Medium Stone Grey Plate 1X1 Round w/ Horizontal 3.2 Shaft (Wlement ID 6227897 | Design ID 32828). Since this element has only appeared in very small amounts within three sets thus far (including 10262 James Bond Aston Martin and 21311 Voltron), it is nice to see them in another set.
I think that's us had a look at the position of all the new parts contained within 10264 Corner Garage!
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