Like the first series of ‘extra DOTS’ packs, each Series 2 pack includes 115 parts (109 inventoried parts, plus six extras). Also like those earlier packs, 11 randomised ‘surprise charms’ are included.
Three colours of 1x1 round tile (35380) are featured in this set. That includes 21 in Vibrant Coral/ Coral (6311436), 20 in Bright Blue/ Blue (6284575) and 21 in Transparent with Opalescence/ Satin White (6302964). Both the Vibrant Coral and Transparent with Opalescence tiles are new and currently exclusive to this set, and while the Bright Blue tiles are not new this Extra Dots pack is your best bet for acquiring this colour in bulk, at least for the time being.
The set also contains two comparably more common colours of 1x1 quarter circle tile (25269). 21 appear in Flame Yellowish Orange/ Bright Light Orange (6214457) which has been used for this part in 13 other sets, though only one, 41906 Pineapple Pencil Holder, includes more of them than this set. Also, 21 appear in Medium Azure (6150307) which has also been used in a whopping 34 other sets but never before in this quantity, with 41905 Rainbow Jewellery Stand and 41913 Mega Pack coming closest with 12 each). As somebody who is rarely phased by minor inconsistencies in LEGO colours, I was nevertheless a little disappointed by the inconsistency in the Flame Yellowish Orange tiles, with a few of them appearing significantly darker and less vibrant than average; almost like a mustard tone.
Like Extra Dots Series 1, this pack includes 11 randomised surprise charms drawn from a pool of 16 different decorated white tiles. Unlike that set or, as well as the Mega Pack, the surprise charms in this set (6308516 | 67211) are printed on square 1x1 tiles instead of round ones. While the surprise charms from series 1 focused heavily on emoji iconography, this assortment makes wider use of text, with eight of the designs featuring short phrases or pronouns and the other eight featuring bold, colorful patterns.
My set included 7 of the 16 possible designs:
- 3x 1x1 Tile with Teal “?” Speech Bubble on Coral Background
- 1x 1x1 Tile with Coral LOVE Text on Magenta Background
- 1x 1x1 Tile with Yellow and Pink Starburst on Blue Background
- 2x 1x1 Tile with Yellow and Pink “HEY!” Text on Blue Background
- 1x 1x1 Tile with Blue Cursive “you.” Text on Pink Background
- 2x 1x1 Tile with Blue “MISS” Text on Teal Background
- 1x 1x1 Tile with Shooting Star on Blue Background
Here’s an image of the full assortment of possible surprise charms available in these packs.
The patterns I missed out on include:
- 1x1 Tile with Coral “!” Speech Bubble on Teal Background
- 1x1 Tile with Pink/Blue Drip Pattern
- 1x1 Tile with Pink/Teal Splatter Pattern
- 1x1 Tile with Yellow/Pink/Blue Geometric Pattern
- 1x1 Tile with Blue/Teal/Yellow “YES” Text on Pink Background
- 1x1 Tile with Yellow Cursive “me.” Text on Magenta Background
- 1x1 Tile with Pink/Magenta Heart Pattern on Yellow Background
- 1x1 Tile with Pink/Yellow “DREAM BIG” Text on Teal Background
- 1x1 Tile with Blue “YOU ROCK!” Text on Pink Star and Coral Background
As with the surprise charms in Series 1 and the Mega Pack, the randomisation and quantity per pack necessarily mean that a single pack will not include all 16 possible designs, but each possible decoration has a roughly 50% chance of appearing in any given pack. This means that getting two to three packs is likely (though not guaranteed) to get you at least one full set. And at $3.99/ £3.99/ 3.89€, buying multiples is much easier than it is with the larger Mega Pack.
1x1 round tiles in Transparent with Opalescence/ Satin White (element 6302964)
I’ll take a moment to highlight the Transparent with Opalescence tiles, considering that this colour is new and rare. Like the other opalescent/satin colors, it features a fine glittery additive that creates a somewhat cloudy effect.
comparison between some of the Transparent with Glitter/ Glitter
Trans-Clear tiles from my previous review of 41913 Mega Pack (left) and
these new Transparent with Opalescent tiles (right). Note that I
switched to a Dark Stone Grey/ Dark Bluish Gray baseplate for these
photos since the opacity of the opalescent tiles wasn’t quite as
apparent on a white background.
Dotting with Series 2
Like with my other review, I wouldn’t want to leave things at just the parts; despite the lack of instructions in Dots sets, how you can use the parts is just as important as what parts there are!
Here’s one idea I came up with using just the parts from this set as well as the black bracelet from 41903 Cosmic Wonder. Perhaps I had the recent release of 71374 Nintendo Entertainment System and the rest of the LEGO Super Mario sets on my brain, but the vibrant colours of tiles in this set on the stark black background reminded me of the screen of a video game, and three of the Flame Yellowish Orange quarter circle tiles made for a perfect Pac-Man. To turn that fledgling idea into a full design I mirrored it with an azure ghost on the other end of the band with a line of opalescent ‘pellets’ between them, and just to spice things up with a little more colour I added two of the coral tiles on top of Pac-Man’s head to turn them into Ms. Pac-Man from the 1982 sequel!
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