05 February 2021

LEGO® DOTS review: 41915 Jewellery Box

Andrew Barnick completes his analysis of the 2020 LEGO® DOTS range today with 41915 Jewellery Box. Buying this set? Consider using our affiliate links: UK LEGO Shop | USA LEGO Shop | Australia LEGO Shop, for other countries 'Change Region'. New Elementary may get a commission. The products in this article were provided for free by LEGO; the author's opinions are not biased by this.


For what will possibly be my last LEGO® DOTS review for New Elementary (at least for the 2020 sets), I am reviewing 41915 Jewellery Box. Along with 41914 Creative Picture Frames, this is one of the largest Dots sets, with a bright light yellow sorting tray and plenty of parts to obsess over. With that in mind, let’s dive in!

Bricks and Hinges

Somewhat surprisingly for a Dots set, a few of the new and exclusive parts in this set aren’t actually tiles. The Lavender side-walls of the jewellery box are made up of bricks, including seven 1 x 12 bricks (6262439 | 6112) that are exclusive to this set in that colour. The Aqua/ Light Aqua bricks used for the internal dividers include one 1 x 8 brick (6304892 | 3008), also new and exclusive to this set. The opening lid of the jewellery box also uses two rare hinge plates: two 2 x 4 upper hinge plates in Bright Reddish Violet/ Magenta (6263358 | 43045), which appear exclusively in this set, and two 2 x 4 lower hinge plates in White (6304887 | 43056), which appear only in this set and 43179 Mickey and Minnie Mouse.

Tiles

Like the other larger Dots sets, this set includes an abundance of unprinted 1 x 1 tiles in a variety of colours. 


In Magenta, there are:

  • 24 square tiles (6099364 | 3070) and
  • 26 quarter-circle tiles (6199889 | 25269), in greater quantities than in previous sets.

In Light Purple/ Bright Pink there are:

  • 22 square tiles (6251940) and
  • 26 quarter-circle tiles (6240463).

In Spring Yellowish Green/ Yellowish Green there are:

  • 22 1 x 1 square tiles (6304896), which only appear in this set and in a lesser quantity in the 41913 Bracelet Mega Pack I reviewed earlier this year, and
  • 26 1 x 1 quarter-circle tiles (6240468), which appear in six other sets.

The same goes for Bright Bluish Green/ Dark Turquoise; there are:

  • 22 square tiles (6213782) and
  • 26 quarter-circle tiles (6240467).

Meanwhile, of the Light Aqua tiles there are:

  • 22 square tiles (6251846) and
  • 26 quarter-circle tiles (6199886), only the latter is exceeded in another set’s inventory, by 41914 Creative Picture Frames.

Finally, in Lavender, there are, once again:

  • 22 square tiles (6211403) and
  • 26 quarter-circle tiles (6240465), both of which only appear in other Dots sets in smaller quantities.

This set also includes several larger Bright Pink tiles, used on the tops of the external walls and interior dividers. This includes five 1 x 8 tiles (6301421 | 4162) that are exclusive to this set, as well as 14 1x3 tiles (6070317 | 63864) that appear in only four other sets.

The Build

Despite the larger size of this jewellery box, this set comes together quicker than the Creative Picture Frames set, in part because the walls are largely built from larger bricks and plates as opposed to the plethora of 2x2 inverted slopes used in the aforementioned set. What you end up with is a fairly solid 16 x 16 box with a hinged lid and internal dividers.

“Dotting” the set, on the other hand, is liable to take longer. That’s because the 16 x 16 stud top surface of the box is almost entirely open to customisation (apart from the 2x2 curved slope that the brick-built latch attaches to), as opposed to the narrow border on the picture frames. For my part, I opted to take some inspiration from my mother’s love of quilting to create a large repeating pattern, with the 16x16 area subdivided into nine 4x4 “blocks”. Almost accidentally, the circular “rosettes” in the centre of each square ended up matching the pink and green school colours of her alma mater thanks to reserving the use of the bolder magenta and dark turquoise parts for the corners where each square met.

Final Thoughts

Despite being a huge fan of this theme, I’m not really much of a jewellery person, all things considered—my fashion sense and interior design preferences have historically both been fairly plain. That said I do love design and patterns, and I feel like Dots has helped me liven up my typical attire with fun accents like bracelets, and my room decor with funky storage solutions like this set. And I have always loved to accent myself with LEGO products for conventions and events, so to have an entire theme based around that (even in a woefully convention-free year) has been a real treat. I hope everybody has enjoyed these reviews, and gained something from them. 

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11 comments:

  1. The dots sets are wonderful parts packs!

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  2. Thanks for the review. Like your mom, I'm a quilter and I keep this set by my sewing machine for all the little bits of fabric used as starters and enders. I like the pattern you made!

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  3. I found it a bit unoriginal, TBH. DOTS would greatly benefit from a more liberal design approach not always just involving those 1x1 tiles. I immediately created a different design in my own review (https://myleniumsbrickcorner.wordpress.com/2020/07/02/more-dots-lego-dots-round-two/).

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  4. “Jewellery” box? You may want to check that.

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    1. Ah okay, it is UK English. I wasn’t aware, and while I did try to check before I posted, Google wasn’t helpful on a first pass and oddly it looks like the UK LEGO Store spells it “jewelry”. Huh!

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    2. Both are used in the UK.

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  5. I'm having trouble getting past the idea that there's a school out there with pink and pastel green as its colors. If the school mascot isn't a bunny that clucks like a chicken, there's no justice in this world.

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    1. Speaking of colors, I'd need to correct you on your statement on Brickset that Futuron astronauts all had white legs. Except for the Dacta set, they all had legs that matched their main color.

      (Too lazy to create a BrickSet account just for that. Not too lazy to correct AFOL's on Futuron minifigs.)

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    2. Ah, yup, you're right. You couldn't comment on that now anyways. It was a Random Set of the Day article, which closes the comments at the same time the next day's article posts.

      I was thinking about how the torsos had a white color block (actually, the whole torso was white, with just a black/blue/red/yellow color block on the front), and the white Classic Spaceman had no Futuron corollary, so I misremembered how much of the CS design was shifted to white. The question still holds, though, if the white color blocking was done specifically to make the yellow Spaceman look clothed rather than tattooed.

      Anyways, I was never really big on Futuron sets (Blacktron I got all my attention from the moment I first saw them). I know I got the Strategic Pursuer and the Stardefender 200, and I was disappointed in both. Today, the only thing I see that I'd still care about is the monorail base, but Unitron's monorail had it beat hands down.

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    3. Ah, well, it synched pretty much with my formative period 1987-1989 (from my 6th to my 9th birthday), and at the time, I thought it looked way slicker than Classic Space, even without the Monorail, so I retain rather pink nostalgic glasses for the theme. I thought that you might have mixed the figures up with Space Police 1, which basically is a repurposed Futuron suit with white hands, white helmets with trans-red visors, and white legs with black hips...

      Oh well, enough hijacking for now, and back to the Dots, perhaps...

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    4. I don't think I ever got a single Space Police I set (though I appear to have received a single SP1 minifig from the 6704 minifig pack). But I almost mentioned that there's one Futuron minifig (non-Dacta) with black legs, black body panel, _white_ helmet, blue visor.

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