(Written by BLProductions)
You may recall that towards the end of last year I wrote a series of articles concerning new LEGO elements being made for 2015 LEGO sets (see links at the end of this article). Now that 2015 has almost gone by, it is time to recap. LEGO ended up producing over 177 new part-molds for the year, which is a huge amount. So let’s take a look at what’s coming in 2016. There hasn’t been too much in the way of official images just yet, but there’s been enough for me to find quite a few unfamiliar pieces. 🙂
Which parts do we consider new? Pretty much all brand new elements created by LEGO, with the exceptions of LEGO DUPLO parts, and LEGO minifigure accessories (although I do record certain interesting minifig parts). If the part has just a new print, or is an old part with a new design ID, it doesn’t count. At the time of this writing I have documented 22 elements fitting those criteria, but that is subject to change as we get new images. Below are listed some of the more common new parts.
➡ Shield Tile 2X3 W. Angles – This is so far the most commonly appearing part next year, as I have found it in 8 colors throughout 9 sets – which makes sense, as this part is used for the LEGO Nexo Knights’ shields. The colors are transparent, transparent-fluorescent-red-orange, translucent-blue, translucent-yellow, translucent-green, black, bright-blue, and silver-metallic. The transparent colors are the power elements used by the Nexo Knights. Of the ten sets the part comes in, seven are from the LEGO Nexo Knights theme, while the other two are the #10251 LEGO Creator Brick Bank and the #76045 LEGO DC Super Heroes Batmobile set.
➡ Plate 1X2 Ball / Friction End – This is a new type of mini ball-joint (the kind started with LEGO Mixels) that appears in dark-stone-grey. It looks like the part shown here, except with a ball at the end, not a ball-cup. We don’t currently have any pictures of it, but I know that it comes in at least 6 sets next year: five LEGO Mixels from Series 7 & 8 of that theme, and the #30422 LEGO Ninjago polybag.
➡ Mini Spring Shooter W. 2 Knobs – A hand-held, silver-metallic colored spring-loaded shooter that shoots mini arrows (the arrows are also new parts; they come in translucent-red). It’s the weapon of choice for Nexo Knight Aaron, who uses it in at least two sets of his theme: #70313 LEGO Nexo Knights Moltor’s Lava Launcher, and #70317 LEGO Nexo Knights Fortrex.
➡ Peg 1M W. Nub for Track Tread – This could be the most useful piece being produced next year. Its color is black, and it appears so far only in the #70317 LEGO Nexo Knights Fortrex. It fits into one of the holes on large track treads, and, being made of rubber, creates the friction needed by the tracks to roll on smooth surfaces! Hopefully this part will come in cheaper sets, as it will solve the sliding problems present on many sets, such as the #21303 LEGO Ideas Wall-E.
➡ Wall Element 6X2X6 W. 8 Knobs – I’m not entirely sure about the dimensions of this piece, but it is rather large. It can so far only be seen in earth-(dark)-blue in the #70317 LEGO Nexo Knights Fortrex. I believe this part is being used in other LEGO Nexo Knights sets as well, which is good, since such a large element should not be used just once.
➡ Pyramid 1X1X2/3 – This is a nice little decorative part that could be useful for those who build their own creations. It appears in four colors: silver-metallic, warm-gold, translucent-orange, and Translucent-florescent-red-orange. You can find it in at least 8 LEGO Nexo Knights sets, especially in the #70316 Jestro’s Evil Mobile, where the part appears in abundance.
➡ Brick 4X4 W. Double Slope Point – This is the last part I will cover today. It has a very interesting shape, as it ends with a sharp point that fits between two studs – unlike most LEGO elements produced that end with one or two studs’ thickness. It can be found in earth-blue, silver-metallic, and dark-brown, in six LEGO Nexo Knights sets.
As you can see, most of the parts here appear exclusively in the LEGO Nexo Knights sets. Indeed, 12 of the 22 parts I’ve found so far come in at least one LEGO Nexo Knights set. And I haven’t even begin to count the numerous new minifig accessories being produced for LEGO Nexo Knights. It seems LEGO is putting immense effort into this new theme. Since those sets – as well as all the others mentioned in the article – won’t be out until January, you can check all the current new sets at the Online LEGO Shop.
So what are your thoughts? Do you like these new parts? Do you think any of them will be useful? And how do you like LEGO Nexo Knights so far? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below! And you can also read my previous articles from last year, and check out a few 2016-related articles, below. 😉