In which we look at the 41905 Jewellery Holder, play with some DOTS, and uncover an anomalous orange…
With the new range of LEGO® DOTS, we have looked at the bracelets as well as the extra’s parts pack. today I thought we’d take a quick look at the new Jewellery holder which contains a number of new and rare elements, as well as a copious number of the ‘dot’ elements – which I shall merely use as a generic term to refer to 1×1 tiles of any shape…until we come to look at them a little closer.
When I first saw images of these sets, I found myself looking at something resembling a TV dinner tray, but slightly deeper. Indeed, all of the larger DOTS sets come with this nifty 7 compartment tray. Will I use this handy new compartmentalised tray to serve snacks at my next LUG meeting? Unlikely. But I will probably used them as a way to store my DOTS elements – if only because it will be easier to rummage through and find the colours in one of these trays, than perhaps using a tackle bock with a couple of dozen compartments.
This tray is moulded in medium azur, and is also included with the Pencil Stand and Photograph holder.
On opening the tray, we encounter a number of small sealed poly bags , as well as some loose elements. The loose elements are larger plates: two white 9×9 heart shaped plate, as well as a couple of 8×8 plates, with a half circle on one end in light aqua. The smaller bags contain the remaining elements for the construction, as well as 4 bags full of decorative DOTS.
I assembled the main part of the build: the aqua semicircles make up the base of the stand, edged with teal 4×4 curved bricks in teal. These are covered on top with silver ink tiles – previously only seen in 21311 LEGO Ideas Voltron.
The top of the stand is made by joining the two heart plates together to make a cloud shape. Medium violet ice cream cone elements, capped by a lavender circular tile set up the hangers. In-between, there are a number of plates stacked together to give a 4 coloured rainbow effect.
And then the fun begins: dotting up the model.
There are four packs of DOT elements: Vibrant coral, light purple and trans – medium reddish tiles; Cool yellow, flam yellowish orange and transparent yellow tiles; Aqua, medium azur and transparent light blue. Finally, we have lavender, medium lavender and transparent ?violet. There are typically 12 -15 of the quarter tile elements in each colour, and 8 or 9 of the transparent round tiles.
I set the tiles up on white plates for quick imaging, under both white light and Ultraviolet/Blacklight. This is where things got a little interesting.
I expected vibrant colal to fluoresce under UV, and I was not disappointed. Likewise, I have come to expect a light fluorescence from the transparent light blue. The only other colour that demonstrated any significant degree of fluorescence was the flame yellowish orange. But strangely enough, this was not consistent across all tiles of this colour. Some of the tiles in this colour did not even reflect UV, appearing almost black instead.
It would appear that there are two different pigments being used here to produce FYO – and if you look at the plate under white light, there appears to be a slight colour discrepancy: in fact the fluorescing parts appear to be slightly duller under white light. Look at the element in the upper left hand corner of this square, and compare it with the rest.The difference under white light is ever so subtle. Under UV, it is brutally obvious.
In the Lovebirds Bracelet, we see fluorescence in the the FYO,as well as the vibrant coral, but not the bright orange.
This has piqued my interest. Perhaps I shall see if there are other different variations of this colour in my collection. – Look out for the Adventures of the Annoying Abhorrent Orange in a future post.
Of course, this does give you the chance to write or draw secret signs with your dots, that only show up under UV. A great little trick for the disco.
Here is the completed jewellery hanger, with a desperate attempt to incorporate most of the left over quarter circle tiles. As you can see, under UV, the discrepancy in the FYO is visible in the right hand pattern, with only one of the FYO patterns glowing under UV.
Does this really matter?
It can, potentially. As a builder, you are probably keen to use the one shade of a colour. There are some definite differences between some of these Flame yellowish orange elements.
Let’s compare them with the roof element from one of my LEGO City Jungle trucks, from 2017… Under visible light, the difference is subtle.
But under Ultraviolet, it would appear that we have a third shade of FYO present…
The thing going through my mind now, however, is…which one of these Flame yellowish orange is the ‘real deal’? If indeed, one of them is. Perhaps I shall start hunting through my collection of FYO elements soon, to see what I can discover.
BUT back to the reason I started this post.
I really like the elements incorporated in the jewellery stand, both in the tray, and the clouds themselves. The descending rainbow provides lots of opportunity for taking advantage of a multicoloured background, and I think it helps to make this set. Coupled with the rare silver elements, along with the new plates, I certainly recommend it as a parts pack, especially if you are looking to start playing around with the DOTS elements.
What do you think of this set? why not leave your comments below, and until next time…
PS: for those playing at home, I have now opened 5 packets of Extra DOTS. Here is the distribution of Emoji Tiles that I have got. At least I now have the set.