The Complex Geometry of the Nexo Knights

When the Nexo Knights broke onto the scene earlier this year (early february here in Australia) there were a lot of ‘ooh’s and ‘aah’s about the range of new pieces coming through, giving the theme its own unique look.  Amongst these pieces were the ‘4 x 4 wedge, pointed’- lego element 6129453/ Brick Link 22391  and the ’tile, 2 x 3 pentagonal modified’- lego element 6128992/ BL 22385.  The previously discussed 1 x 1 x 2/3 convex quadrilateral pyramid piece(lego 6127036/ BL 22388) also arrived at this time.

The sharp wedge piece is still limited to Nexo Knights sets, in Dark Brown, Dark Blue and Flat Silver.  The Tile is a little more wide spread: appearing in the Brick Bank (10251), in some of the Batman v Superman Sets (in Black!).  It is available in printed transparent red, green, yellow and blue, as well as solid blue, sand blue, light blueish gray and flat silver.

Let us look at the wedge first: 2 parallel  2 x 2 45 degree slopes and the point, being 2 studs long and tapering from 45 degrees at the top to a 70 degrees at the point.

The wedges can be placed next to each other to make a groove at 70/20 degrees to the grid.  The differing angle on the wedges (45-70 degrees)makes stacking them a little difficult…

2 wedge
I only have 2 of them to play with, so I can only really imagine using them to create a groove, possibly to run a ball through to use in a Great Ball Contraption module… (I really want to see this…)

The tile tessellates quite niece with itself, and this effect has been used on the floor of the Modular Brick Bank Set.

As you can see, they cannot fit in next to the wedge piece without a gap:

tiles

In fact, there are two ways I was able to make the wedges and tiles fit together.  One was by applying a SNOT technique and using the tile to fit into the groove created by 2 wedges (or 45 degree 2 x n slopes) this could be a fantastic way to mark the end of a channel, or a corner:

tile snot wedge

The other approach is to place the tile on top of a wedge – to make the surface studless:

shield wedge.png

So, there you are: a quick run down on the interactions that can be achieved with the new wedge brick and pentagonal tile.

I feel the wedge is a bit limited in its application, predominantly as bas relief, or as a way to create channels when used in conjunction with other wedges and slopes. I would love to see this used in a Great Ball Contraption some day.  Let me know if you do.

The tile is a little more versatile, especially if in a solid color, rather than the printed transparent form pictured above.  I can imagine some great floor designs as the color palette expands.

What do you think about these pieces?  Is the angle used in the Nexo Knights a little challenging to build around, or do you think I am being unreasonable? Are there existing wedge pieces that will fit under it, and I was just to lazy to look for? Or does it just not matter that pieces can’t stack easily?

Let me know in the comments below, or on Facebook

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4 thoughts on “The Complex Geometry of the Nexo Knights

  1. You have given us a challenge and I will take it up and see what I can do. I have some ideas in mind, but need to work out what colors the wedge is produced in.

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