Interesting new LEGO elements for Summer 2015
A couple times a year we see a lot of new LEGO sets, and with them we see some completely new LEGO parts as well as existing parts in new colors. Today, Brickset updated their database with 634 new parts. I’m going to take a few minutes to highlight a few of the new elements or new colors which are most interesting for LEGO Architecture builders, especially folks like me who love the LEGO Architecture Studio set.
Completely new elements
This part is completely new, available only in White.
It doesn’t look like the interior curve matches 6005, but hopefully we can use two of this new part on the bottom and one 3307 on top to create a perfect circular opening. This part could also be useful in creating curvy buildings such as current High-tech architectural styles, Brutalist shapes, or Art Deco designs.
This part is completely new, available only in Tan.
I don’t love single use parts. I’m sure people will use this as a nice detail in the way it was intended, as well as creative unexpected uses.
This part is completely new, available in Tan and Pearl gold.
It’s interesting that we are seeing some useful ornate architectural accents coming from the Friends line. I could definitely see a lot of uses for this, especially in recreating Victorian, Baroque or other highly decorated styles. It might also be useful to create the top of Ionic (or scrolled) columns.
A completely new part, available in Sand Green, Gold and Lavender.
This is a very interesting piece, as it is a LEGO re-creation of fences or railings from the Art Nouveau architectural style. This would be very useful integrated into a window or used as an interior railing, especially if they release it in black, dark gray or white, since this style of railing shoudl either be made of metal, or painted white or a similar architecturally appropriate color.
A completely new part, available only in transparent / clear.
This is an odd part that I need to see to fully understand. It seems to have only a tiny pin hole, and appears to be taller than a normal stud height. This has a lot of potential for SNOT techniques if the proportions are right – you might be able to attach an inverted 85861 (Plate, Round 1 x 1 with Open Stud) for a very easy stud reversal technique.
New in White
Here are some existing parts which are being made available in white for the first time. These could be a great addition to your Architecture Studio set.
I am extremely pleased to see this part in White for the first time.
It is a versatile option for creating gently pitched roofs. Certain architectural styles rely on gently pitched roofs including most Prairie style designs and some Neoclassical buildings.
A large wedge plate, now available in White.
Now available in White
While overly specialized, this part is a literal LEGO re-creation of steel scaffolding. It could be useful in High-tech designs, or to show a building which is under construction.
Now available in White
Large slopes like this could be useful for the roof of a building with 45 degree angles. I can’t think of a ton of other uses.
New in other colors
Now available in Transparent Medium Blue.
1×1 and 1×2 plates are a critical part for windows in skyscrapers and other LEGO architecutre models. More transparent hues to choose from are incredibly useful for LEGO Architecture modelers, especially folks like Spencer Rezkalla and Rocco Buttliere who build in the 1:650 scale.
What new parts are you most excited about? Leave a comment below so I can update the list with other great parts for building LEGO Architecture.
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