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What is your favorite Lego element?

NatebwNatebw Tampa BayMember Posts: 339
I haven't asked her, but I'm pretty sure my 7yo daughter's favorite is 4073, the 1X1 round plate. I can tell because she is constantly updating "Studland" where the studs of every color learn to cook, trow parties, and work cooperatively to form mosaics.

While my 4yo son will build with any brick he sees, I think the 3795 2X6 plates are his favorite because they are so easy to turn into simple cars or anything else.

I started thinking about it, and while the 3001 2X4 is pretty much what I envision when I think "Lego Brick", it really is the 3956 2X2 bracket, that is my favorite because they were so crucial to building classic spaceships in my youth. I could never have too many of them. I would like to build a huge blue "Megabracket" someday out of 3001s. :)

What about you? What is your favorite element?

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  • korkor Member Posts: 392
    I don't really have a favorite but I'm very fond of cheese slopes.
    NatebwT_Lars
  • BrickDancerBrickDancer Dunes of TatooineMember Posts: 3,639
    For me it would easily be the 1x1 plate #3024. Reason is that it is a strong limiting factor in creating mosaics, considering this is the smallest unit possible. But the variety of colors in abundant quantity is low. Thus severely limiting the palette possible and force adjustments in either color or size.
    Natebw
  • SilentModeSilentMode UKMember Posts: 553
    That's a tough question! Right now I'm a big fan of the 2x2 curved slopes (#15068), but that will probably change in a few minutes.
    Natebw
  • NatebwNatebw Tampa BayMember Posts: 339
    @BrickDancer‌ You are right about mosaics! I am making one of a giant close up of an eye to hang in my office, but I don't have enough plates in the right colors, so I am using 1X1 bricks. Thicker and heavier, but getting the job done.
  • aimlesspursuitsaimlesspursuits USMember Posts: 207
    For me my favorite element types are brackets and bricks with a stud on the side for SNOT building.

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    I base a lot of my purchasing based on how many of these type of pieces are included in the sets. :)
    Natebw
  • dannyrwwdannyrww WisconsinMember Posts: 1,395
    This
    bobabricksplasmodiumAndorBOBJACK_JACKBOB
  • sgarrahysgarrahy Member Posts: 26
    Definitely the space seat #4598 crucial for fitting those airtanks and great for tiny spaceships with snot
    red5bobabricks
  • binaryeyebinaryeye USMember Posts: 1,734
    I'm a big fan of pieces that enable SNOT and pieces that allow movement (bar and clip plates, hinge plates, etc.). But there are a lot of those and it would be difficult to pick just one. So I'll go with the 1x2 jumper plate because there aren't as many other pieces that enable a half-stud offset.
    Natebwdougts
  • CapnRex101CapnRex101 United KingdomAdministrator Posts: 2,298
    A very specific piece for me, 1x1 'cheese' slopes in trans-fluorescent blue:

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    I just love the colour of them!
    NatebwdannyrwwbobabricksBOBJACK_JACKBOB
  • zipsforbananaszipsforbananas WalesMember Posts: 250
    Tough call, the beauty of Lego is the way all the parts work together. If I had to pick just one brick I think it'd have to be the old headlight brick thingy (or whatever you call it).
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    It's been such an important part of so many sets for so long from car headlights to space control panels, I believe it's one of the earliest SNOT pieces, the square hole at the back can be used in all sorts of inventive ways as well as accepting a stud. And when I found out about the ratios of the bricks, all the ways that the missing half-plate of width can be used (the windows of the Horizon express, the gap for the doors to open on the new Mini Cooper, etc), and how the bracket snot pieces that go the other way and add half a plate on the side can work with it, my mind was blown!
    2501slovakiasteph
  • durazno33durazno33 Member Posts: 47
    A 1 x 2 light gray piece is my favorite. I always need them for my castles but I can never find them in a pick a brick wall.
  • ShibShib UKMember Posts: 5,358
    Randomly I really like these...

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    And it's only really as a result of building the little good guys jet thing from #70702 Warp Stinger and seeing the usual axel used as a way of joining two pieces together by the undersides.
    binaryeyezipsforbananasbobabricks
  • bobabricksbobabricks Vancouver, BC, CanadaMember Posts: 1,840
    LOTR rings are good to use as spacers for half of a Technic pin. I also like the flat studs and studs with hole. The last thing I like, don't get mad :P, is all of of the big ugly pieces... This is because I look at the high time for these parts in the 90's and all of those sets packed a lot of fun into less than 300 pieces.
  • CCCCCC UKMember Posts: 19,331
    Either 1x2 brick or 1x1 with stud on side.

    But what I use most is 1x4 brick.

    And I collect 1x2 plates and 2x4 bricks in every colour I can.
  • IstokgIstokg MichiganMember Posts: 2,207
    My favorite LEGO element(s) were the old macaroni bricks. In 1955 TLG introduced the macaroni brick in 4 different size/types. Although there were 4 types, only 2 types were really necessary... but 4 were produced. Unfortunately 3 of 4 types were retired by 1957... and it's too bad that the 2x2 macaroni brick without the missing notch of plastic was retired as well.... it would have been useful for building.... ;-)
  • plasmodiumplasmodium UKMember Posts: 1,941
    ^Nice! I never realised there were 180 degree ones. I've only ever seen the 90 degree ones.
  • DaxrsaDaxrsa Member Posts: 4
    I don't know if you would consider it a LEGO element per se but my favourite part ever is the classic Cypress tree.
    plasmodiumNatebwBrickDancerbobabricks
  • IstokgIstokg MichiganMember Posts: 2,207
    Daxrsa.... from my LEGO Collectors Guide chapter on LEGO prototype sets and parts... these 2 wonderful tall trees.... the oversized Cypress and Pine Trees... ;-)

  • cody6268cody6268 Member Posts: 291
    The smallest available rubber tire. Both the skinny and medium size come in handy as replacement tires for Matchbox regular wheel models.

    The fat version comes in handy as replacement tires for some slot cars.
  • bluemoosebluemoose Member Posts: 1,716
    This one for me too - the 'headlight' / 'washing machine' / 'erling' brick. So many possibilities!
    http://www.holgermatthes.de/bricks/en/lampenstein.php

    Tough call, the beauty of Lego is the way all the parts work together. If I had to pick just one brick I think it'd have to be the old headlight brick thingy (or whatever you call it).
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    Natebwzipsforbananas
  • IstokgIstokg MichiganMember Posts: 2,207
    edited September 2014
    Bluemoose, that brick is actually one of my favorite... AND one of my least favorite...

    It is so very practical and useful in so many ways... a definite PLUS!!

    But I absolutely HATE it when TLG uses the backside open square of this brick as a lame substitute for a small window... to replace the long retired yet very desirable 1x1x1 window. :-(

    Such as using that headlight brick in the Ole Kirk House model... you can still see the smaller round openings even when used here....

    You would think that the world's leading construction toy would have a bit more available in their windows availability....
  • cheshirecatcheshirecat Member Posts: 5,332
    edited September 2014
    Choosing a favourite lego piece would be like choosing my favourite child. Obviously I have one but I could never say which.
    GothamConstructionCozipsforbananas
  • SchwallexSchwallex Member Posts: 121
    In the Tower Bridge designer video, Jamie said his favorite parts were the erling, the jumper plate, and the cheese slope.
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