#447 Favourite Brick Friday: 1x2 Modified Plate with Extension and Flexible Tip

This week's favourite piece is quite a rare one, having only appeared in 4 sets between 2009-2011. It is the 1x2 Modified Plate with Extension and Flexible Tip, an incredibly unique piece thanks to its shape and flexible tip.

It's shape can be put to use in a number of ways; Chris Crowley uses it sideways to create the perfect slope angle for his A-Wing MOC: https://www.flickr.com/photos/153182633@N04/39756440455/in/photolist-25vna1W-HrjRuf-24utfW7-24utfYb-FV1qkk-24Wgk8P-22bjWFW-24SAh75-24Wgh9T-23z99DV-22bjTmj-23z95dv-23RzQUC-G25K5T-ZXHR5M-YT4WLY/

In this use, it's an alternative to 10x3 wedge slope classically used in A-Wing designs, but with the modified plate a very different shape can be created.

Tobias Buckdahn also came up with a circle using this technique; which does have a distinct use but it's an interesting way to use the part: https://www.brickup.de/technic/1x2-plate-tooth-ring?sf_paged=11

So we've established it's shape is unique and useful, but what about the flexible tip? Why is it even made from flexible plastic? I think it's because the tip comes to a sharp point so if it was made from the normal plastic, it would a safety hazard for children.

Here is the piece on BrickLink: https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=61406pb03&idColor=85#T=S&C=85&O={"color":85,"loc":"UK","iconly":0}