Best new LEGO parts for 2020 (and a closer look at 5 sets that use them)
Every year, new LEGO sets introduce us to new LEGO parts. Let’s take a closer look at some of the exciting additions to the LEGO Parts Library from the first half of 2020.
Every year, The LEGO Group debuts new parts alongside new sets. Having created and maintained my collection of LEGO Brick Labels for more that 5 years, I’ve learned that there are about 20 general-purpose LEGO SYSTEM parts introduced each year, and about 5 gerneral-purpose LEGO Technic parts. (When I say general-purpose, I mean that the parts come in several sets and can be used in a wide range of applications beyond the model on the front of the box.)
I’m pleased to report that 2020 is no exception—with seven highly-versatile parts released in January alone. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at several of the new parts for 2020, and several of the sets that they come in. (Mini-reviews included for the two small sets at the end of the article.)
#75272 Sith TIE Fighter
We wrote a detailed review of this striking-looking dark-side ship, so please refer to that article if you want to consider adding it to your collection (or decide to scrap it for parts)!
#75273 Poe Dameron’s X-wing Fighter
If you want to learn more about this brightly colored X-Wing, be sure to read our recent review of #75273 Poe Dameron’s X-wing Fighter. We’re just going to focus on an exciting new part here…
#42109 App-controlled Top Gear Rally Car
Interested in Technic Control+ Powered Up system or this set? Read our review of the #42109 App-controlled Top Gear Rally Car. (In this article we’ll just talk about the new pieces.)
#41401 Stephanie’s Play Cube
At $9.99 (9.99€ / £7.99), for 44 pieces and one minidoll, #41401 Stephanie’s Play Cube is a small Friends set for ages 6+. It’s a pretty poor value based on the $0.22 price per piece, but it does include a folding plastic “Play Cube”, a puppy in one of four random colors, and a sticker sheet.
The building experience is understandably limited, taking just five minutes to open the box and assemble the model. With no interesting building techniques, and a poor price-per-part, this set only earned our Acceptable (2/5 star) rating. (That said, as a new parent myself, you are forgiven if you buy it anyways because you think one of these play cubes will entertain your child for more than a few minutes.)
Building Time: 5 minutes.
#21162 The Taiga Adventure
At $9.99 (9.99€ / £8.99), for 74 pieces, the main draw with #21162 The Taiga Adventure is the two minifigures (Steve, Skeleton), and two brick-built animals (Fox, Wolf). The remaining pieces are used to assemble a small scene containing a few plants and a catapult.
While this is a very quick build, the inclusion of two mingifugures and two animals gives you a lot of figures for creative storytelling. Better still is the simple catapult which gives this tiny set some interactive play features. That’s why it earns our Recommended (4/5 star) rating.
Building Time: 6 minutes.