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New LEGO elements in 2015 – Part 4

(Written by BLProductions)

On January 2nd 2015, LEGO Customer Service updated their replacement parts pages for all the 2015 sets released on January 1st in Great Britain. At the time, I had about 39 totally new LEGO elements recorded, but when I had finished combing through all the newly released sets’ inventories, and documenting all the new parts, the total number of parts had increased to 72 (13 are “minifig parts”). In this final part to this series, I will cover the most interesting of the new parts in detail. And you can also find previous sessions of this series at the end of this post. 🙂

#42038 LEGO Technic

Before I start, remember that my count only includes new part molds LEGO made. According to the Brickset.com database, there are currently 1053 “new” parts this year, but as almost all of these are just new printings and colors, they do not qualify as new elements. The 18 elements listed below are indeed 100% new, so let’s take a look.

LEGO Technic Parts: We have covered all of these before (see links at the end of this post), but there is more information and better pictures for them now. Beam 1X1 (Design ID 18654) is a very nice piece worth mentioning again, and it comes in dark-stone-grey in ten sets, which you can view here: Brickset.com/sets/containing-part-6100030 and the part itself is shown on the below left. Another part is Cross Axle 2M W. Snap W. Friction (Design ID 18651), which comes in black in nine sets, which you can see here: Brickset.com/sets/containing-part-6089119 – the part on the below right. These two pieces look really useful, and I look forward to getting some.

New LEGO Elements 1 in 2015

There are three more new LEGO Technic parts I have mentioned before that a number of people (myself included) believe will greatly improve the functionality of Technic creations. These are Gear Wheel Z16 W. Ø4.85 (Design ID 18946; comes in bright-red), Gear Shifter Ring 3M (Design ID 18947; comes in dark-stone-grey), and Gear Shifter Connector 3M (Design ID 18948; comes in white). So how do they improve Technic models? Well, the older versions of Technic gearboxes used 2M shifters, which made it difficult to build gearboxes. However, these three new parts can form a Technic gearbox in odd-numbered lengths (since they are 3M), which fits perfectly with the LEGO Technic system. These pieces appear together in #42038 LEGO Technic Arctic Truck and #42039 LEGO Technic 24 Hour Race Car, and the Gear Wheel Z16 also appears in #70170 LEGO Ultra Agents UltraCopter vs. AntiMatter. See these excellent elements below.

New LEGO Elements 2 in 2015

LEGO Plates & Bricks: I’m not going to go over all the new plates this year, but they all can be found here: Brickset.com/parts/year-2015/category-Plates. However, I would like to point out two particular pieces. The first is Plate 1X2 W. Horizontal Hole Ø4.85 Rev. (Design ID 18677), which comes in medium-stone-grey in ten sets (see here: Brickset.com/sets/containing-part-6089147). I didn’t think this would be too useful when I first saw them, but it seems LEGO has found ample use for it. The other piece is Brick 1X1 W/Stud\U0026 Design (Design ID 15411), otherwise known as an App Brick. This is made from a different kind of plastic than regular LEGO bricks, hence the color name of conductive-black. This material allows the Ultra Agents app to scan the bricks, which unlocks something in the LEGO Ultra Agents game. As you may have guessed, App Bricks can be found in all five of the 2015 LEGO Ultra Agents sets.

New LEGO Elements 3 in 2015

LEGO Functional Elements: As I just went over these in Part 3 of this series (see link at the end of this post), I will be brief. First, the Rapid Shooter is technically two pieces: the first is called Six Shooter Housing (Design ID 18588), which comes in dark-stone-grey, and the second is Six Shooter Trigger (Design ID 18587), which comes in both medium-stone-grey and yellow. Rapid Shooters have so far appeared in nine sets. The other element I want to touch on is the Super Jumper (Design ID 18663), which is transparent, and apparently harmful to minifigures. I heard that in the effort of attaching and removing minifigs from the Jumper, the amount of friction could damage the minifig’s legs. So, be careful with your Super Jumpers! 🙄

New LEGO Elements 4 in 2015

LEGO Assorted Elements: Of the 23 parts in this category, I want to point out only three. The first one is the popularly noted mirror piece from the #10246 LEGO Creator Detective’s Office, which is oddly named Indskyde 4/6 M/Spejl Nr.1 (Design ID 20193) and given the unrealistic technical color of white. The other two pieces are Motorcycle Frame No. 2 (Design ID 18896) and Motorcycle Fairing No. 4, which are the main pieces for the new motorcycle seen in #60084 LEGO City Racing Bike Transporter. The frame is black as usual, and the top piece is bright-red. The top piece also comes in black in the #76032 LEGO Marvel Super Heroes Avengers Quinjet Chase, which will be released later this year.

New LEGO Elements 5 in 2015

LEGO Notable Minifig Parts: There are more than 15 pieces in this category, but I will briefly cover just four. Pe Foil Wings, Sh. Mini Figur, 2 Pcs (Design ID 20273) and Foil Wings, Sh. Mini Figur, 2 Pcs, No. 2 (Design ID 20286) are related, but of different shapes. Both are prints on shaped transparent plastic, and they come in larger squares of the same material. I believe this strategy is a first for LEGO, although something similar may have appeared in the past. The next piece is Scissors W. 3.2 Shaft (Design ID 18920), which comes in silver-metallic in three sets: #10246 LEGO Detective’s Office, #41093 LEGO Friends Heartlake Hair Salon, and the #41071 LEGO Elves Aira’s Creative Workshop. Finally, I want to mention Creature No. 15, Ass. “Deco 1” (Design ID 19539), which is the sand-yellow Tusken Raider headpiece that appears in the #75081 LEGO Star Wars T-16 Skyhopper. I mention this because I find it a huge improvement over the old Tusken Raider head. 😀

New LEGO Elements 6 in 2015

Overall, there are some great pieces this year, and many of them are improvements over earlier versions. Although I’m not sure LEGO needs this many new pieces, it seems they have found uses for all of them, which is very good. Also, all the pieces I mentioned above can be found in 2015 sets currently available at the Online LEGO Shop.

Shop 2015 New Sets

What do you think? Do you like the new parts LEGO is coming out with? Do you think these parts are improving the sets LEGO is producing? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below! 😉

And you may like to check out the previous articles in this series:

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  • jabber-baby-wocky February 3, 2015, 1:47 PM

    Interesting new pieces. I like the function elements and everything that allows more connections. Also new accessories. If that jumper indeed damages minifig’s legs, that’s not good though.

    • admin February 3, 2015, 2:11 PM

      I haven’t tried those jumpers yet, but my guess is that they put pressure, and thus eventually crack the minifigs’ heel? 😕

      • BLProductions February 3, 2015, 3:02 PM

        I’m not sure, having no jumpers myself, but I’m pretty sure I heard it in a review of a 2015 DC Super Heroes set. I can’t seem to find it, but I will link to the video when I find it. 😉
        As it is, I believe the tension creates enough pressure to crack the legs, yes, but I think it only happens if you pry to minifigs off at an angle, which really pressures the legs.

  • Håkan February 3, 2015, 2:17 PM

    Yeah. This is good. It’s a lot more useful to have pictures of the parts. Rushing to publish the article hastily, doesn’t feel like a goal in itself.

    I believe “indskyde, spejl” means something like “shove in, mirror” in Danish. (Not entirely sure on that first term.)

    • admin February 3, 2015, 2:31 PM

      I agree, and in general that’s the way I like to publish articles myself. However there is benefit of early posts as well, like the series BLProductions has been running here. LEGO fans who are planning their projects or budgeting for the future can find early information extremely useful. For example I myself have postponed or altered projects when I got wind that a new piece or new color I was dreaming of was going to be released in a few months. So sometimes even without pictures about a specific part or set, the information can be very valuable, but of course having pictures is even better! 🙂

    • admin February 3, 2015, 2:43 PM

      Speaking of mirrors, I thought to add that a lot of people who are getting the Detective’s Office think that the mirror piece they received is defective. In fact I thought the same when I first saw it. It just looks like a white piece or cardboard. There are no instruction either on the mirror itself, or in the instruction booklet that you in fact have to peel off a piece of paper from both sides of the element. As so many people contacted LEGO saying that they got a defective piece, now LEGO includes a separate sheet of instruction for people who buy this set just to show how to deal with the mysterious mirror. 😉

  • BLProductions February 3, 2015, 2:25 PM

    Wow, this article sounds pretty good for something that left out so much. But admin, the link to the plates is wrong. My original led to a query of plates, of the year 2015, but yours goes to pieces under the category “Plates”. Unfortunately, the categories are pretty useless this year, as most pieces are under “Bricks, Special” rather than their normal categories. Funnily enough, not a single one of the new plates are in the category “Plates,” but all of them appear in a 2015 query of “plate,” like here: http://brickset.com/parts/year-2015?query=plate . 8 new parts appear there, including all six plates. Can you put that link in the article instead? 😉

    • admin February 3, 2015, 2:37 PM

      I actually had to change many of your links as they didn’t work for me at all; they brought up blank results. In fact I contacted Huw about them because I thought maybe he changed the structure of links between the time you wrote the article and the time I was formatting it. Huw was quite baffled and thought that those links you had shouldn’t even be existing, but he wrote a snipped of code that fixed some of them. Others still didn’t work but I didn’t want to bother him further, so I tried to find substitutes. I will change the link to the plates though as that one seems to work. You must have some super secret access to BrickSet that even Huw doesn’t know about. :mrgreen:

      • BLProductions February 3, 2015, 3:09 PM

        Hmm… the links weren’t working? Well, to get them, I searched through the parts database to narrow down what I wanted, and those links always work because I do that all the time between there and this site. Maybe they didn’t work because I edited the links? On Microsoft Word, you can change what the link says once it becomes a link, but it will still take you to the same place. I did that to a few of the links to save space, maybe that’s why they didn’t work. Sorry about that. Though they do work for me… maybe the emailing ruined it. 😕

        • admin February 3, 2015, 4:13 PM

          Yeah, they weren’t. They bought up zero result. So I had to use your description to find the part you were referring to. After it happened with the first link, then the second, then the third, I contacted Huw. He did a little tinkering to allow your original links to work, but then I ran into some other problem with the other links. So I just did the best I could finding the parts you were referring to. In general it’s best to leave links raw. I will format them anyway, so there is no need to change their names and all. I did a lot of grumbling and talking to myself while editing this article. You owe me a cookie… or two. 😉

          • BLProductions February 3, 2015, 8:00 PM

            Oh, I see. My apologies. Here, have a cookie: (::) 🙂
            But you can’t have done more grumbling and talking to yourself than I did when I was writing the article.
            BTW, all you had to do was search the Design ID I listed with each piece on Brickset and it would have come up. 😉

            • admin February 3, 2015, 8:34 PM

              Yeah, that’s what I ended up doing, but it was just extra work I didn’t expect. Anyway, stuff like this happens at times. Just have to roll with it. Tasty cookie! 😛

  • David Tennant Lover February 3, 2015, 8:02 PM

    Pretty cool peices! Can’t wait to see how people use and make with the new lego bricks. Like the scissors and mr.tuskin from Star Wars.

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