Like I said in my , I have been a fan of the LEGO BrickMaster books because they offer hours of play for kids; there is a story to read, characters to play with, and included LEGO elements for building. I do like that in this new format the book and the box are separate but still stay together within the slip-case; a handy way to keep everything together for transportation and storage. I’m happy to see that now there are four books in the collection, and I expect that there is going to be even more – perhaps LEGO Nexo Knights and LEGO Elves? While the books are recommended for children 8+, I admit I enjoy them as an adult as well.
Last year DK Publishing released two interesting books; , and . And recently they added two more books to the line; , and . The books are similar to the discontinued LEGO BrickMaster line, with included LEGO building elements and minifigs. The new books however are designed a bit differently than the LEGO BrickMaster books; instead of the book itself having a thick storage compartment for LEGO elements, now we get a slip-case that contains a normal hardbound book and a separate box with LEGO parts. I quite like this series (see my previous review ), so let’s take a closer look at the two new books. 🙂
Bricks, beams, axles, minifigures, and all other elements in the LEGO system are manufactured to an exacting degree of tolerance. When snapped together, pieces must have just the right amount of "clutch power"; they must stay together until pulled apart. They cannot be too easy to pull apart, or the result will be LEGO creations that are unstable; they cannot be too difficult to pull apart, since the disassembly of one creation in order to build another is part of the LEGO appeal. In order for pieces to have just the right "clutch power", LEGO elements are manufactured within a tolerance of 2 micrometers (0.00008 in).
The last three of the assorted LEGO elements I will discuss here are all from the new LEGO Elves line, to be released in March 2015. The first is Stalk with 6 Stems. It is similar to the regular flower stalk with 3 stems, but this time it comes with 6 stems, and in dark-green. I’ve found it in #41075 LEGO Elves Treetop Hideaway and #41076 LEGO Elves Fairan and the Crystal Hollow. The second part is (or what I call it) Fancy Handle, which looks like a shovel handle and appears to be special in the LEGO Elves story. It comes in aqua (for water), orange (for fire?), and bright-yellowish-green (for leaves); one color to each of these sets: #41073 LEGO Elves Naida’s Epic Adventure Ship, #41074 LEGO Elves Azari and the Magical Bakery, and #41076 LEGO Elves Fairan and the Crystal Hollow. Finally, there are some new leafy fence pieces that appear in #41074 LEGO Elves Azari and the Magical Bakery in gold, and #41075 LEGO Elves Treetop Hideaway in sand-green.