February 4, 2016

Build a display stand

Blending LEGO building with useful items we use around our homes has recently gained in popularity -- with all types of lifestyle and fashion uses across society.  That's why these building tutorials from the LEGO Friends team are not only helpful for learning building techniques -- they are also in style!
So far the items are: a flower-box (that would be handy for Valentines or Mothers Day), string art (create your name for your door perhaps), a kaleidoscope (with bricks creating the groovy shapes & color illusions), a "bricked" floral addition to a headband (or a cool crown one at the end of that tutorial), and the Cupcake display stand that has been embed below (could be built for different food items, or fun for AFOL weddings, and the tutorial also shows other styles ideas at the end):

Click through to YouTube and you should see the prompts for the rest of the tutorials on the right sidebar.
Enjoy the inspiration!

January 27, 2016

2016 Toy Fair - LEGO Friends Summer sets

Nuremberg Toy Fair displays of LEGO Friends Summer 2016 sets:

LEGO Friends Amusement Park Roller Coaster - 41130

LEGO Friends Amusement Park Space Ride - 41128

LEGO Friends Amusement Park Arcade - 41127

LEGO Friends Amusement Park Hot Dog Stand - 41129

LEGO Friends Heartlake Horse Riding Club - 41126

LEGO Friends Puppy Daycare - 41124

LEGO Friends Vet Horse Trailer - 41125

LEGO Friends Foal's Washing Station - 41123

display images via Promobricks
box art via Brickset

January 17, 2016

Spotlight: Heartlake Supermarket

LEGO Friends Heartlake Supermarket (41118) welcomes customers with a
bright & curvy design complete with built-in displays, plus it
opens up for restocking the super-fun new printed food items!
Box shows Mia passing the news stand as Daniel gets ready to greet new customers.
The inset image features the new 2016 cash register design printed on a 2x4 slope
brick.  You can also see the store's location -- across from the Cupcake Cafe!
Box back illustrates built-in hinges, tongs for handling delicate pastries (thanks to Exo-Force),
Mia checking out the beauty products, and the cold food display case.

January 16, 2016

Spotlight: Heartlake Cupcake Cafe

LEGO Friends Heartlake Cupcake Cafe (41119) is the new hangout in 2016!
Build the moving features to spin the display case by the rooftop swirl finial.

Box front shows Stephanie and new Friends character Naomi looking over fresh baked goods.

Box back shows inside the cafe and all the various activities you get to build.

January 15, 2016

Spotlight: Olivia's Exploration Car

LEGO Friends Olivia's Exploration Car (41116) looks to the stars.  We get to build a rotating
telescope platform using her treehouse as a base.
Box art shows Olivia on a hill near the treetop telescope checking star charts with
her robot Zobo that she created 4 years ago, and is ready with a cup of hot chocolate.
Box back shows her looking through the telescope, then posting her findings online
with her new purple laptop.

January 14, 2016

Spotlight: Emma's Creative Workshop

LEGO Friends Emma's Creative Workshop (41115) is a creative set about creativity.
Building it can inspire your own aspirations for being a maker.  Learning the clever ways to build a
machine for sewing can help you with techniques for your own LEGO designs.

Box art shows the placement inside Emma's house and how her desk is part of an architectural
section you build that frames the window.  Lovely bows are on display as the header.
The Lamp design echoes the style in other parts of her house.

Spotlight: Pop Star House & TV Studio

LEGO Friends Livi's Pop Star House (41135) is modern and modular!
The house is built a module section at a time, connected, and hinge open for play access.

Box art shows her house high above the city lights.
Box back highlights all the fun you get to build for Andrea's visit to Livi's house.

Another look at how you build modular sections, then build together with the hinges to allow
access inside the house.

January 13, 2016

Spotlight: Birthday Party sets

LEGO Friends Birthday Party (41110) set is the largest of this year's sub-theme at 191 pieces.  Although Andrea appeared in a Birthday-themed polybag previously (Birthday Party was released in January 2013, which coincided with Friends 1st Birthday) this is the first box-set of the theme.
The box art shows a lively backyard setting that Andrea has decorated for her bunny Daisy
and her bird friend Violet to enjoy.  The brick-built gift box has a printed tile for a lid.
We get to build 2 sizes of balloons.
Box back shows the activities for the party include: a swing, rotating stage, gift opening, plus a piano & microphone for singing.  It's nice that even a small set teaches moving parts function-builds.

January 11, 2016

Spotlight: Adventure Camp Tree House

LEGO Friends Adventure Camp Tree House (41122) takes adventure building to the next level!
With lots of action-functions using bricks in clever ways, it also opens up for play & imagination once built.

We get introduced to a new character, Joy, who is the Camp Leader -- and get Emma & Stephanie in fun new "outdoorsy" outfits.  Plus, a cute Fox and Joy's trained Eagle named Elvis!

The base section is built with hinges so you can open it up for play, plus the roof sections
hinge open to reveal the cozy sleeping loft.

January 10, 2016

Spotlight: Adventure Camp Archery

LEGO Friends Adventure Camp Archery (41120) 
Another 2016 Adventure Camp set for Friends that's right on target!
Building this set is only the first part of the fun ...
Flick-fire action elements in LEGO sets have been around for a years, yet this is the first for Friends.  The center "bulls-eye" target sits on a tile behind the lavender plate, so it can actually be shot out.  Cool!

Watch Mia in the product video hone her skills with a crossbow!

January 9, 2016

Spotlight: Adventure Camp Rafting

LEGO Friends Adventure Camp Rafting (41121)
2016 is the year Friends go to Adventure camps -- here is the Rafting one -- you can see 
Olivia waving with her camera near the bridge.
The box art shows Heartlake City's mountains, plus brick functions & Andrea is also included.

Watch the product video to see how well they navigate the course!

December 30, 2015

Build New Adventures in 2016

   The Adventure Camp Bridge polybag is the new year's first gift-with-purchase when you spend $35 on LEGO Friends, LEGO Elves, or Disney Princess sets at LEGO Brand Stores or online at LEGO Shop-at-Home starting January 16th through the 31st, while supplies last.
   This looks to be a fun addition to build with the rest of the Adventure Camp sets.  It could also go well in a Heartlake City park.  The bridge-building technique looks similar to the Friends Jungle sets from 2014.

December 1, 2015

2015 Friends Advent Calendar

Winter Village in Heartlake City Square
Day 1: Andrea mini-doll in a festive sweater

Day 2: Ice Skates and a cozy seat near the frozen lake for putting
them on, plus a festive poinsettia flower

November 27, 2015

LEGO Friends magazine & mini-sets

If you live in Europe, you are likely to have come across the LEGO Friends magazine at your local newsstand. This magazine is produced under license from the LEGO Group by the German publisher called Blue Ocean Entertainment AG. They sell the German edition, but various publishers in Europe offer the magazine translated in their language. I have seen versions in German, English, French, Dutch, Italian and Polish.  

This monthly magazine first came out in late spring/early summer 2014 in Europe, and attached to every issue is an exclusive LEGO Friends mini-set. 

November 24, 2015

LEGO Friends 2016 Official Set Images!

The wait is over, fellow fans! The official images of the upcoming 2016 Friends sets are finally out!

41110 Birthday Party

41111 Party Train

41112 Party Cakes

41113 Party Gift Shop
Party Styling 41114 build
Party Styling 41114 - box 
41114 Party Styling

41115 Emma's Creative Workshop
Olivia's Exploration Car - 41116
41116 Olivia's Exploration Car

41118 Heartlake Supermarket
Heartlake Cupcake Cafe - 41119
41119 Heartlake Cupcake Cafe

41120 Adventure Camp Archery

41121 Adventure Camp Rafting

41122 Adventure Camp Treehouse

41117 Pop Star TV Studio

41135 Livi's Pop Star House

See additional images on our web site: January 2016 Friends sets