April 23, 2016

Review: 41119 Heartlake Cupcake Cafe



For the largest selection of cupcakes in Heartlake City, head straight to Stephanie’s favourite place, the Heartlake Cupcake Cafe. Let’s see what makes this a favourite place to hang out.

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 cafe and the two mini-dolls featured - Stephanie and Naomi. Naomi is tempting Stephanie with a selection of the scrumptious cupcakes on offer.



The box design with the standard purple flanges and ribbon wave across the top indicates that this set belongs to the base theme. Love the cherry blossoms.

The back of the box highlights the many playing features and the accessories included. 

April 9, 2016

Review: 41118 Heartlake Supermarket



Mia is taking time out from looking after her favourite animals to do her weekly shop at the Heartlake Supermarket (41118). Let’s check it out.

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.
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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 supermarket and the two mini-dolls featured - Mia and Daniel. Yay for a new boy mini-doll!



We can see from the standard purple flanges and ribbon wave across the top that this set belongs to the base theme and not a sub-theme. It looks like the supermarket is located near the new Heartlake Cupcake Cafe (41119).

The back of the box highlights the playing features and the accessories included, and that the building is hinged. I can’t wait to have a closer look at some of those printed tiles!



April 8, 2016

LEGO House: Naming Food & Beverage areas

Let's help LEGO with names for the Food & Beverage areas at the new LEGO House!

                                                     LEGO House - Home of the Brick
A new and never seen before world-class LEGO experience to open in second half in 2017
LEGO House is a hands-on minds-on experience center where LEGO fans of all ages are invited to discover the magic behind the LEGO brand, experience the LEGO story and be inspired by the endless play and learning possibilities of the LEGO brick. Six different experience zones, three restaurants and a state of the art brand store invite guests from all over the world to interact, build and play in a breathtaking setting.
The building is designed by BIG architect Bjarke Ingels, will be 23 m tall and include 12,000 m² full of LEGO experiences.

Located in Billund, Denmark, LEGO House will have three areas for Food & Beverages. The working title for the three areas are Café, Family restaurant and The Mezzanine. Each area has an own concept. 

The Café:
The Café is a trendy food & beverage area providing easy to pick refreshments to the LEGO House guests. You will spend approx. 15 min in the Café to enjoy a good coffee, lemonade or a glass of beer or wine while you are having a snack, sandwich or a piece of cake. You can order from a display of prepared food.

The Family restaurant:
The Family restaurant is the place to eat lunch or dinner for families visiting the LEGO House. You order your meal by building it in a LEGO way with a fun, interactive and playful family experience and can enjoy high quality food. There will be a menu card. You will spend approx. 45-60 min in the Family restaurant.

The Mezzanine:
The Mezzanine is the place to go for an evening out with business partners or friends. It provides fine dining with a fun and subtle LEGO twist. You spend +90 min in this culinary gastronomy to enjoy high-level food and spend quality time with your network.
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More information about the LEGO House
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Friends Bricks members: We've been asked to come up with names for these new Dining areas and we will submit them to LEGO via the LEGO Ambassador Network.  The top 3 names for each of the three spots will be submitted.

Deadline for your name ideas is May 5th, 2016
Reply with your ideas in a comment here on Heartlake Times, or on the Friends Bricks Facebook page, or Forum, or Flickr's LEGO Friends group.

March 22, 2016

Review: 41173 Elvendale School of Dragons



Welcome to Elvendale School of Dragons! Meet the Dragon Trainer, the water elf named Tidus Stormsurfer. Currently, the only student he has is Miku, but he will soon have some more baby dragons to train since the trust has recently restored between Elves and Dragons…

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.



Box Front
What a mesmerizing artwork for the background!


Box Back
Images show fun scenes featuring the moveable parts and functions


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March 17, 2016

2016 Summer LEGO Friends sets

Amusement Park Roller Coaster 41130
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Amusement Park Bumper Cars 41133
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March 15, 2016

Review: 41172 The Water Dragon Adventure



Naida is spending some time with her new dragon friend Merina and getting to know her better. They both have the ability to control water, and they feel right at home by the pretty waterfall! Together, they can walk in the woods, fly in the sky or swim in the ocean. They are like two sisters who are best friends!

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.



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March 13, 2016

Review: 41115 Emma's Creative Workshop



The first release of the Friends theme back in 2012 included Emma’s Fashion Design Studio (3936). Now four years on, Emma’s studio has had a renovation (or should that be re-incarnation) as Emma’s Creative Workshop (41115). Let’s see how it 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 Creative Workshop, located in the light and airy loft of a building.



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 view out the window suggests the workshop is located in a leafy suburb and not the city.  Maybe the attic in her house? 

The back of the box highlights the playing features, focusing on the sewing machine.



The side of the box reminds us that we should not let the 0 to 3 year olds loose on the LEGO.



Inside the box is an instruction booklet, a sticker sheet and three un-numbered parts bags.  




March 12, 2016

The Secret Market Place Review


Glimpse into the hidden places of Elvendale where you can find a book, 
post a letter by "air mail" or
get your sword sharpened ... and lots more magical elements of LEGO Elves!

We employ Earth, Wind & Fire elements in this lively, unique set introducing 2016 dragons!

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.

Box artwork shows us a flying dragon with its sights on a pumpkin in the market


Box back gives us illustration of activity and functions


Box contents: 5 bags, 3 wings, 1 dragon head top in bag, one 8x16 green baseplate, and
1 thick instructions book in its own protective bag with 2 sticker sheets and one sheet of vinyl-type banners

March 10, 2016

Power of Friendship: New Friends Episodes

New LEGO Friends mini-movie/TV episodes are now available exclusively on Netflix!



It was previously announced that four new episodes would be released this year, and two of them have recently come out on Netflix.

The Friends mini-movie episodes have existed since 2012, and they have been broadcast as a TV series called "Friends of Heartlake City" in the US. This year the series got the new name: "Power of Friendship".

March 6, 2016

Fire Dragon's Lava Cave Review


Elvendale has its own fire-breathing dragon and she matches Azari's 'fiery' personality!
Let's go for a ride, explore a cave and learn what dark elements have come to test LEGO Elves.

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.


Beautiful box graphics show the Queen Dragon - Elandra - on the upper right corner and the baby love dragon in Emily's arms.


Adventure awaits the Elves and their human friend - as depicted on the box back. 
Center bottom shows the evil Elf Witch Ragana.


Contents of the box: 2 instruction booklets, 4 bags, 2 wings, a dragon head, and sticker sheet

March 3, 2016

Review: 41171 Emily Jones & the Baby Wind Dragon



Emily is back in Elvendale, and this time she and her elven friends have the new adventure involving dragons! The baby wind dragon has just been born, and Emily has to teach her to start flying right away!

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.



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Box Contents: 1 Booklet, 2 Bags

March 2, 2016

The Starlight Inn Review


Welcome to The Starlight Inn, as you are greeted by Sira Copperbranch - the Sky Captain.
Azari and baby fire dragon Spark have stopped by for a visit too!


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 Starlight Inn (41174) contains 343 parts - Year released: 2016


Box contents = 3 parts bags, one 8x16 green baseplate, instructions booklet, and sticker sheet.


Side of the box has an image the new 2016 Elf - Sira Copperbranch - The Sky Captain & Inn Keeper!
Plus, it's fun to see the name of the set in various languages.

February 27, 2016

A very up-Lifting new map for Heartlake City!

Fans have certainly noticed the new building-block, monochrome maps for Heartlake City in 2016.  The previous maps were getting quite full and somewhat hard to know where each set structure is actually placed in relation to others.  We know this from using the 2014 map as our set reviews page.
   The 2016 maps are in the instruction booklets of new sets, plus other printed & digital LEGO Friends media -- yet, this map is on the wall of an elevator!  Yep, you get to search for your favorite spot while ascending to the next level.  As added experience, the vinyl walls are scented and the lift includes music.
   This "Let's be Friends" campaign is located in mall lifts in the UK and is called "Adlift, Experience" by its creator, a company called Limited Space.  Lift riders get to see lovely large, glossy images of the new sets, such as the Heartlake Supermarket.

February 25, 2016

Review: 41117 Pop Star TV Studio

 
The mega pop star Livi is back for 2016! 
And Heartlake City got its own TV studio this year!
Come see her sing in front of the TV camera or accept a special music award!

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 second wave of 2015, 5 Pop Star sets were released. This year 2 additional sets joined the sub-theme featuring Livi! 

The five Friends have been getting a taste of the glamorous celebrity lifestyle as they spend time with the famous pop star.

Today we are following Livi to the new TV studio in Heartlake City.


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