In the last of his series investigating the interesting parts introduced for the LEGO® Unikitty! theme, Sven Franic turns his attention to the floppy ears of Unikitty's brother, Little Prince Puppycorn. (Yes, the unicorn/cat thing has a unicorn/dog thing for a sibling. Keep up.)
The current colour palette consists of White (6231380), Black (6231382), Bright Blue [TLG]/ Blue [BL] (6223617), Bright Bluish Green [TLG]/ Dark Turquoise [BL] (6231379), and Dark Orange (6231383). The Bright Blue variant is most common and the only one available outside 41775 Unikitty! blind bags.
The only connection point is the tile’s anti-stud which makes using the element quite challenging outside its intended role of flopped ears on brick-built critters. Perhaps it would be a good part for future Creator brick boxes aimed at younger builders.
The lack of a stud on top makes the element possible to incorporate next to each other’s opposing sides. It takes a lot of SNOT hodgepodge to orient the pieces this way, but it is possible if you should ever want to do such a thing. By placing it sideways I thought it could form an arrow symbol, a stylised letter A, maybe a play button?
It will be interesting to see if and how these ears will be used in other sets. Being a decorative element with limited connectivity, its potential for clever usage seems low, but that is part of the fun.
This element in Black was used in the New Elementary parts workshops at Skærbæk Fan Weekend 2018 and Bricks in Florence Festival 2018. A few builders also got a handful of the pieces to put their own creative twist on the subject, so expect to see more of Prince Puppycorn’s ears in upcoming posts.
READ MORE: Now meet the LEGO designers who created the Unikitty theme. Sven has also covered the 1x3 inverted tile, the 4-petal flower and the 3x5 cloud from Unikitty! sets
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