March 29, 2017

LEGO Friends Summer 2017 sets

LEGO Friends Summer 2017 (2HY2017) set images:

Heartlake City warm setting sets: 


Heartlake Hospital 41318

Heartlake surf Shop 41315

Andrea's Speedboat Transporter 41316

Sunshine Catamaran 41317
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Snow Resort winter setting sets: 

 Snow Resort Off-Roader 41321

Snow Resort Ice Skating Rink 41322

Snow Resort Chalet 41323

Snow Resort Ski Lift 41324


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February 21, 2017

Review: 41313 Heartlake Summer Pool



Heartlake Summer Pool is the second public swimming pool in town! 
Andrea who loves to spend her time at a pool has made sure to be there on the opening day! 
Let’s see how the new pool compares to its predecessor from 2013! 


This set was provided by the AFOL Relations & Programs team (AR&P) of The LEGO Group for the purpose of sharing set details with fans.
Opinions provided here solely reflect those of our reviewer. 
Photographs are property of Friends Bricks and are not directed by TLG in any fashion.



This is the front of the box. It looks like the usual box design, but the picture of the five Friends characters on the top right had to be divided by the upper part of the product image, leaving the girls awkwardly separated.



The back of the box is always fun with lots of fun scenes from the set! 

Heartlake Summer Pool is located right by the ocean, and it looks like a great place to spend your next summer vacation at!


February 12, 2017

Review: 41310 Heartlake Gift Delivery


This awesome little set really delivers when it comes to play-ability and features.  The main features in this set are Stephanie and her delivery van.  The van is nicely shaped, and has lots of room for parcels in the back.  You can also sit two mini-dolls in the cab.  This set also includes a small store front, which has some parcels, flowers, balloons, a mailbox, a check out stand, and a hand cart.  This really rounds out the set and provides a lot of additional opportunities for play.

This set was provided by the AFOL Relations & Programs team (AR&P) of The LEGO Group for the purpose of sharing set details with fans. Opinions provided here solely reflect those of our reviewer. Photographs are property of Friends Bricks and are not directed by TLG in any fashion.

In the above image you can see Stephanie loading up the van before making an important delivery.

The front of the box is adorned with the usual Friends logo, BFF's and a colorful ribbon which runs across the box.

The contents of this set is well represented here.

The back of the box shows how the doors at the back van can be opened up, and provides more details regarding the store front. 

In these images you can see a scale to weigh parcels, a mailbox, and some items for purchase.  This set box is easily opened by pressing down on the thumb indicators. 

Inside the box is two numbered bags, a sticker sheet, and the instruction booklet.


February 3, 2017

Review: 41311 Heartlake Pizzeria



"Buongiorno!" Welcome to Heartlake City's newest hot-spot for sit-down/take-out Italian fare! Will we give it five stars? Read on to see...

This set was provided by the AFOL Relations & Programs (AR&P) team of The LEGO Group for the purpose of sharing set details with fans. Opinions provided here solely reflect those of our reviewer. Photographs are property of Friends Bricks and are not directed by TLG in any fashion.



Is 2017 "The Year of the Pizza?" It sure seems like it! No less than four of the announced 2017 LEGO sets feature the yummy circular food. Everywhere you look, from DUPLO to Friends, to City and Batman - our little characters are munching slices of Italian pie. 

Did I just say, "slices?" Yes! Hot on the heels of last year's watermelon wedges and pie portions, we now have glorious quarter-tile slices of crispy pizza! Now... I was all set to write a brief history of LEGO pizzas here but, someone has beaten me to it. They even created the exact pizza tile comparison shot that I was envisioning! So, rather than duplicate their work, I'll link to it. But if you do take a peek, please come right back because we still have a Friends set to discuss...!



Briefly putting this set in historical context, a few other sets come to mind. One is, of course, 2015's "Stephanie's Pizzeria" (41092) which, though smaller, had some similar features. Meanwhile, a spark of nostalgia strikes as I fondly recall my first LEGO pizza experience: 1994's "Pizza To Go" (6350). That same era brought us the "Breezeway CafĂ©" (6376) and its elegant upstairs dining experience. One could say that the "Heartlake Pizzeria" is a modern (and improved) combination of those classics. I may refer to these sets again later for comparison. But first, let's take a look at this box! 



January 31, 2017

Review: 41301 Puppy Parade



This cute little set offers something different. It’s about puppies, doing what they do best, showing off and winning! This set includes a puppy named Apollo, a winner’s podium, a movie camera, a themed parade limousine, and Andrea (Apollo’s master).

This set was provided by the AFOL Relations & Programs team (AR&P) of The LEGO Group for the purpose of sharing set details with fans. Opinions provided here solely reflect those of our reviewer. Photographs are property of Friends Bricks and are not directed by TLG in any fashion.

This set is part of a new Friends sub theme which will introduce six new puppies into the Friends world:


The box art for this new theme has a modified ribbon which is appropriately, a dog collar, that wraps around the entire box.

The front of the box highlights a parade Limousine which Andrea uses to show off her canine companion.  A winner’s podium and video camera are shown in the background.  These little add-on’s round out this set providing some additional play features.  Andrea and her BFF’s appear in the top right corner, as usual.

January 26, 2017

Review: 41314 Stephanie's House




When she’s not lounging around at the Beach House, Stephanie can be found at her parents’ house.  Let’s take a closer look!

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Opinions provided here solely reflect those of our reviewer.
Photographs are property of Friends Bricks and are not directed by TLG in any fashion.

The front of the box shows Stephanie’s House located in a quiet suburban street, with lots of grass for the bunny. The inset at the bottom left gives a snapshot of the back of the building, while the inset at the right shows us that this set includes her parents, Alicia and James.

The set box carries the familiar purple flanges on the sides and ribbon wave across the top, indicating that this set belong to the base theme and not a sub-theme.

The back of the box highlights the numerous playing features and accessories included in this set.


January 20, 2017

Review: 41307 Olivia's Creative Lab



Zobo is back – and now he has a family! Let's meet them as we check out this fabulous updated version of Olivia's lab.

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Up-front warning: I may be biased in this review... Olivia is totally my favorite Friends character! Her love of science, building, and technology, and even her brown wavy hair, are all things I relate to. As we all waited for the January 2017 Friends sets, this one had me the most excited. Why? Five years ago, my first foray into the Friends line was "Olivia's Invention Workshop" (3933), which could be described as an earlier incarnation of this set - and it got me hooked. So, naturally I was curious to see how The LEGO Company would re-imagine my fav character and her metal sidekick in a new workspace. Well, I wasn't disappointed! I'll take you through everything I found...

My copy of this set was kindly provided by the LEGO Company and came from Denmark. This European box printing differs slightly from the North American, but the artwork is the same. Selling for around $10 USD and containing 91 pieces, the packaging is of expected size. 



The cover shot shows everything well except for a few additional tools and the baby bottle element. Motion lines in the picture indicate that Olivia is controlling Zobito. The lower left corner illustrates Zobo waving at us, while the lower right shows Olivia with her remote control. We are told there that she loves ...remote controls? Haha! With that big antenna, it almost looks like a retro cellphone to me, but ok. The back of the box does a great job of showing the elements that were missing from the front plus some play ideas. It also suggests additional small sets featuring the other Friends characters.

Note: Background artwork on the box front places our model in what looks like a ground-level setting. We see flowers, gravel and sunlight beyond some large double doors - implying that we may be in a large shed or outbuilding next to a garden. This differs from the recent official video setting which places Olivia's lab in a finished basement (see below). Personally, I'd prefer working in the lovely sun-lit spot. But I do also love the idea of constructing a lower level for my copy of "Olivia's House" (3315), just to accommodate this set! 



January 17, 2017

Review: 41312 Heartlake Sports Center




Happy New Year. 2017 is the 5th anniversary of LEGO Friends. To start off 2017, Robert is going to the Heartlake Sports Center (41312) to work on his New Year's resolution with Mia's help. Let's get active.


This set was provided by the AFOL Relations & Programs team (AR&P) of The LEGO Group for the purpose of sharing set details with fans.
Opinions provided here solely reflect those of our reviewer.
Photographs are property of Friends Bricks and are not directed by TLG in any fashion.


The front of the box shows the front of the sports center with Mia and Robert. There is an insert showing the inside and back of the sports center.



The box has the familiar purple flanges and ribbon wave across the top indicating this set is part of the base theme.

The back of the box highlights the many play features and accessories included with this set.




January 16, 2017

Review: 41308 Stephanie's Friendship Cakes




2017 is LEGO Friends’ 5th anniversary! To celebrate the occasion, Stephanie has baked a special cupcake for each of her 4 best friends and herself! 

This set was provided by the AFOL Relations & Programs team (AR&P) of The LEGO Group for the purpose of sharing set details with fans.
Opinions provided here solely reflect those of our reviewer. 
Photographs are property of Friends Bricks and are not directed by TLG in any fashion.



This set is part of the Hobby sub-theme, and as previously seen, each of the five sets has special pictures of the Friends character and her favorite pet on the front of the box.


The back of the box shows a few play features of the set as well as the other four sets in the Friendship Collection.


On the top of the box, the actual size of the best friend charm is shown. Yes, it is too small for your baby brother, and no, don’t let him eat it!

January 15, 2017

Review: 41309 Andrea's Musical Duet



2017 is LEGO Friends’ 5th anniversary! To celebrate the occasion, Andrea goes on stage with her new singing partner, Cleo the parrot! 

This set was provided by the AFOL Relations & Programs team (AR&P) of The LEGO Group for the purpose of sharing set details with fans.
Opinions provided here solely reflect those of our reviewer. 
Photographs are property of Friends Bricks and are not directed by TLG in any fashion.



The overall box front design is the same as last year’s, but it also has the pictures of Andrea and her pet friend, which is unique to this new “Hobby” sub-theme. 

This set is one of the 5 in the sub-theme also known as “Friendship Collection”.


Each set in the Friendship Collection features one of the 5 main Friends characters and her favorite non-human friend. 

It also comes with a buildable heart (“best friends charm”) in the character’s favorite color.

It is shown on the box top for the size reference.

January 14, 2017

Review: 41305 Emma's Photo Studio




We know that Emma loves all things fashion and design, so it's no surprise she is also into photography. Let's see how Emma's Photo Studio stacks up!

This set was provided by the AFOL Relations & Programs team (AR&P) of The LEGO Group for the 
purpose of sharing set details with fans.
Opinions provided here solely reflect those of our reviewer. 
Photographs are property of Friends Bricks and are not directed by TLG in any fashion.

The front of the box shows Emma's Photo Studio located in a building with large windows that let in lots of natural light. 



The set box carries the familiar purple flanges on the sides and ribbon wave across the top, indicating that this set belong to the base theme and not a sub-theme. 

The back of the box highlights the three main playing features - the grooming station, the backdrop and the printer. It also shows the small sets for the other four Friends, which I don't recall seeing on set boxes previously.



The sides of the box show the usual warnings in various languages.