Okay, we realise that it nearly June now, so 'new' might seem a bit hopeful, and yet many of these elements remain exclusive to this set. There are also a large number that have only appeared in one other set. So we definitely felt it was worth dedicating a post concentrating on the new elements, and those of interest either for their rarity or history. Coming soon, we also have an interview with the designer of this set, Markus Rollbühler, where I ask some of the questions that arose during the process of discovering the new elements and building his set.
The first thing I did, as always, was to open all nine bags and find those new elements but even just looking at those sealed bags shows the beautiful array of colour within this set. It's an extraordinary parts pack, without even considering the build process and final model.
There are no new moulds in this set so lets move straight on to the recolours.
New Colours of LEGO Parts in 80105 Chinese New Year Temple FairThere are three new elements in Bright Bluish Green/ Dark Turquoise, one of my favourite colours, as longtime readers of New Elementary will know.
- Plate 1X2 with Bar in Bright Bluish Green/Dark Turquoise (6295286|60478), eight included.
- Bracket 1x1 Upwards in Bright Bluish Green (6295369|36840), four included.
- Plate 1X1X2/3, Outside Bow in Bright Bluish Green (6295358|49307), with a generous 23 included. This recolour also appears in 80104 Lion Dance, which only has six.
Similarly, the Minifigure Scarf in Bright Red (6173924|25376) follows on from the original Bright Orange version, first introduced in 2017 and found in at least seven other sets. There is also a Minifigure Scarf in Bright Yellowish Green/ Lime (6286833|25376) which has only ever appeared in this year's Modular Building, 10270 Bookshop.
Flat Tile 1X6 in Dark Brown (6295366|6636) joins the Dark Brown Tile Family to give us the option of using 1x2, 1x3, 1x4, 1x6 and 2x2 tiles in this colour.
Indian Feather W. Pin in Flame Yellowish Orange/Bright Light Orange (6299158|28958) joins the other available colours: Earth Green/ Green, White, Dark Stone Grey/ Dark Bluish Gray and the rarest: a Transparent Fluorescent Green/ Trans-Neon Green version from a couple of Galaxy Squad sets back in 2013.
The Minifigure Trophy (53017) is supplied in a lovely variety of six colours in this set, three of which are new colours for this element.
- Earth Blue/ Dark Blue (6301330) (also in 70620 NINJAGO City with a different Element ID)
- Bright Purple/ Dark Pink (6301339)
- Bright Orange/ Orange (6301338)
As for the other three: Dark Green/ Green Minifigure Trophy (6299493) first appeared in 10766 Woody & RC released in 2019. Dark Red (6301335) has been in three other sets and first appeared in 70751 Temple of Airjitzu from 2015. Of course, Minifigure Trophy in Warm Gold/ Pearl Gold (6301337) is common, having appeared in at least 15 different sets over the years.
Ingot in White (6210076|99563) appears for the first time in this set and also in another set released at the same time, 71707 Kai's Mech Jet. There are eight in Temple Fair.
Fence 1X4X2 in Dark Red (6295360|3185) is a new colour in the fence family. Interestingly, the rarest colour in production is Medium Stone Grey/ Light Bluish Gray as it only appeared in a single set that was limited in its release, 10027 Train Engine Shed, from 2013.
1/4 Circle Tile 1X1 in Gold Ink/ Chrome Gold (6251591|25269) appears also in a set from Speed Champions, 76899 Lamborghini Urus ST-X and Huracán Super Trofeo EVO.
The Hat with Hair in Sand Blue With Bright Orange (6308993 |52686) is a new colour for this co-injected hairpiece, as we have already seen this mould in Cool Yellow/Bright Light Yellow with Medium Lavender (6275130|52686), worn by the character Parker L Jackson in the Hidden Side sets.
There are no stickers in 80105 which means that a host of new printed elements are included instead.
Let's start with the red tiles (once I've turned that pesky 2x2 around).
- Flat Tile 2X2, No. 419 (6299002) 'fortune, luck'
- Flat Tile 1X2, No. 281 (6298979) - a red envelope with character for 'fortune, luck'
- Banner W/ 3.18 Stick 3X8, No. 2 (6298980) 'wishing happiness and good luck'
- Flat Tile 2X3, No. 32 (6299003) 'wishing great luck and great prosperity'
- Flat Tile 2X3, No. 33 (6299177) and Flat Tile 2X3, No. 34 (6299178) 'Chinese New Year Temple Fair'
- Flat Tile 1X3, No. 28 (6299843) 'blossoming of wealth'
- Flat Tile 1X3, No. 25 (6298998) 'blessings of peace'
[Thanks to my friend Edwinder Singh for the translations.]
Flat Tile 1X4, No. 148 'Golden Dragon' (6299048) also appears in 80104 Lion Dance. There are four of these beautiful tiles in this set.
Tile 1 x 2 in Bright Bluish Green/ Dark Turquoise with Gold Lattice Trim Pattern (6299043) also appears in 80104 Lion Dance. These decorative tiles would be excellent as decorative elements in MOCs in general and there are seven supplied here.
Glass 1X4X3 with Traditional Chinese Warrior (6298983) has some great printed details and is used as part of a shadow puppet show stall.
White Tile, Round 1 x 1 with Yellow, Magenta and Blue Flower and Chinese Pellet Drum Pattern (6298993) is an attractive new print that may also be an fun tile for fans of LEGO DOTS. It reminds me a little of a print test image to check the ink colours of cyan, magenta, yellow and black. There are nine plus one spare included in the set.
Mini Hat, No. 130 Panda Face Steamed Bun (6299006|20952) is not the first time the Mini Hat element has appeared in White, but the Steamed Bun print is new. The White unprinted version also comes in the set and was previously seen last year in 75977 Junkrat & Roadhog.
Finally we have the 1x1 Round Tile in Brick Yellow with waffle print (6287774). I'm not going to lie, when I was first looking at the elements I had this element in the list for appearing in another set. I assumed that it was the same as the Tile 1x1 Round 'Eggo' in Brick Yellow (6275511) used in 75810 The Upside Down (seen on the right in the image). On closer inspection, this is actually a different waffle print as the colours used are not the same, very subtle but definitely different - how curious!
Elements Of InterestThere's a large number of elements that have been found in only one previous set and therefore somewhat limited in availability. It's always great to see an element appear again, especially if it was only in a large, exclusive or expensive set previously.
Here's the full list:
- 2x4 Plate in Medium Nougat (6286500|3020) is an uncommon colour for a very common element. There are two in this set, but four also appeared in 75271 Luke Skywalker's Landspeeder which was also released slightly earlier; December 2019 in Europe. We will review it very soon.
- Brick 1X1 W. 1 Knob in Dark Brown (6251021|87087) has only appeared once before, in 21148 Minecraft Steve BigFig with Parrot. There are two in Temple Fair.
- Glass For Frame 1X2X2 in Earth Green/ Dark Green has only appeared in one 2019 set, 76120 Batwing and The Riddler Heist.
- Plate 1X2 W. 2 Shafts Ø 3.2 in White (6249273|18649) first appeared in 31090 Underwater Robot released in 2019.
- The White Bowl with Gold decoration (6258945|49993) only ever appeared in 80101 Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner, a limited release CNY set from 2019. While there is only one in 80105, it's great that this element has returned.
- Technic Brick 1x2 with 2 Holes in Sand Green ( 6283412|32000) first appeared in 75255 Yoda released last year and returns here with two included.
- 3x3 Corner Plate 45 Deg in Sand Green (6283412|32000) was first seen in the large (and pricey) set 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg! released in 2019. (Read Sven Franic's review here.) Now the element returns, with two in this set.
- The Minifigure Baby Body 'Reindeer' in Bright Bluish Green (6217078|37249) has only appeared in one other seasonal set, 10263 Winter Village Fire Station from 2018. While it is common in the 'real world' to continue to dress your baby in clothing slightly out of season because it still fits, this rationale doesn't work in the LEGO world. I bet the designer chose this outfit as it had only appeared in one seasonal set.
- As mentioned, Mini Hat, No. 8 in White (6221783|37840) is the unnprinted version for the Steamed Bun element. It was previously seen last year in 75977 Junkrat & Roadhog released in 2019.
- Panda Teddy (Element ID 6298991) has only appeared once before, in the hands of Panda Guy from 71004 The LEGO Movie Collectible Minifigure Series.
The Grey LeverLever in Medium Stone Grey/Light Bluish Gray (6267587|73587) is an interesting element due to its complex history of supply and demand. I felt it warranted a little paragraph or two all of its own.
Between 2004 and 2008 this element appeared in seven sets but importantly five of these were large, expensive sets that became sought after on the secondary market after retirement. One of these sets, LEGO Star Wars UCS 10179 Millennium Falcon, was commonly 'Bricklinked' (the act of sourcing all the elements for a set on the secondary market as a cheaper means of owning it). Buying these levers to build it drove the price of this element sky-high.
There are lots of examples of people paying a few of pounds or more for one element. The pile in this image above could have cost me more than a flight to Billund at the peak demand stage.
Moving forwards, the lever was then included in a 2019 set... yay I hear you say... well, sort of, as it was the very expensive 75252 Imperial Star Destroyer; an expensive set to buy as a parts pack. So inclusion in more sets is a definite plus in our book, even if it is just one plus a spare in 80105.
Minifigures in 80105 CNY Temple FairWe tend not to obsess too much about minifigures here at New Elementary as so many different prints and colours are created each year. Given the number in this set, we'll take a look but not list every new element and recolour.
There are 13 minifigures and one minifigure baby, which is a huge amount of figures in a single set at this price point. Plenty of minifigures to populate the bustling Temple Fair area!
The three vendors are the most interesting in my opinion as their new printed outfits are particularly attractive. On the far right is the food vendor who wears a printed apron with 'BBQ' while the other two minifigures have traditional dress, the older gentleman clearly wins in the effort competition as his tunic print continues onto his legs. Details are everything.
All of the vendors have single sided print on their heads so I didn't remove their headgear for the rear view photograph.
The two children are interesting for their headwear. The girl's Wig Bunches in Black (6259045|35701) has only appeared once before in the regional exclusive 80101 Chinese New Year's Eve Dinner. While not exclusive, the boys Hat in Brick Yellow and Red (6224753|36933) has appeared in only four other sets and it a favourite of mine.
There are four male minifigures but the most intriguing to me is the Torso with Banana T-shirt (6275889), I'm not sure of the significance in relation to the set, but I feel like there is a story behind this design.
Lastly, we have the four female minifigures. In terms of interest, the older female has a new torso (6298954) and leg (6298959) print that I can see being useful for those who enjoy building up either their Ninjago City populations or she could be a Star Wars extra.
Phew. There we have a very exciting list of fantastic elements. But this is not the end of our coverage of Chinese New Year sets, so stay tuned!
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