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There's several other new weapon elements for the other characters as well, corresponding to the popular conceptions of the weapons/accessories of the traditional Journey to the West characters—a decorative sword for Mei, two new end pieces for Sha Wujing's (Sandy's) crescent moon spade, an end piece for Zhu Bajie's (Pigsy's) nine-toothed Rake, and an end piece for Tang's (Tang Sanzang's) khakkara staff. All of these show up in 80044, but the sword also appears in 80043 and the ends to MK/Monkey King's staff also appear in 80045.
In other news, I'm very into those new space wheels from the biggest of those sets! Hoping they come in colors like white and black before long.
Edit to add - I found it on BrickLink, it was introduced in 2022, in red for Peach's Castle.
Are the 1x3 tiles with wood grain on them from the A-Frame new as well?
and those 1x3 prints are not really cheap either (unless the price has come down recently... what I am saying?! Its LEGO, the price likely has gone up)
The other side of that coin is that the newer click hinges aren't as compact.