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.
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.
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.
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.
Massive thanks go to our 'Vibrant Coral' patrons: Megan Lum, Markus Rollbühler, Jorgito Mozo, Mevits Bricks, Font Review Journal, Baixo LMmodels, Andy Price, Anthony Wright, Chris Cook, London AFOLs, Gerald Lasser, Big B Bricks, Dave Schefcik, David and Breda Fennell, Huw Millington, Neil Crosby, Antonio Serra, Beyond the Brick, Sue Ann Barber & Trevor Clark, and Kevin Gascoigne. Vale Iain Adams, a great supporter of New Elementary.
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