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Actually, I believe mixing up the girls’ roles is a great idea. After many sets (see end of review) with Stephanie doing the baking, why not give Olivia a try, right? Actually, Emma was given her own café too, last year; so I shouldn't be surprised. But long ago, I had read that Stephanie's favorite food was cupcakes, and it got stuck in my mind that she's the Cupcake Queen. (I even built a MOC about it!) Anyway, taking our characters outside their comfort zones is refreshing and could even be an opportunity for some humor! Well, as it turns out, LEGO does not disappoint, and they’ve inserted a funny play scenario here which proves that our Heartlake City characters are certainly not perfect. More on that later.
First, let’s have a look at this straight-from-Denmark copy of the set. It’s in a sturdy and colorful corrugated cardboard box. The text and warnings are Europe-style, so they may vary a bit from what you find on your local shelf.
The inviting cover shot depicts an open-front shop in an evening urban setting. It almost looks like a kiosk, placed on a sidewalk island, amid neon lights in a big city. LEGO tells us that we are in the Heartlake City’s “tech district” which, for me, is conjuring up happy memories of gorgeous sweet treats bought on the streets of Tokyo. The set’s color palette is distinctively Olivia’s: light yellow, dark azure, dark pink, and white, with a touch of dark blue and magenta. The giant berry atop the cupcake-shaped shop is a cute touch! My son thinks this is a strawberry, but I thought maybe a raspberry? An inset photo demonstrates the functioning gears, rotating a selection of cupcakes. We also can see that two minidolls are included, Emma and Olivia.
The box-back includes depictions of many fun set highlights. We can see: the rear view of the building and its main features, suggested play scenarios, and more mechanical functionality. The surrounding decorative frames and doodles give a scrapbook feel to the imagery. A portrait of Olivia at top-right reminds us that she’s the featured character.