December 21, 2014

Review: 41091 Mia's Roadster

Time to go cruising the streets of Heartlake City in Mia’s Cruiser! First though, we’ll need to charge it up, give it a good wash so it looks shiny and new, and make sure the wheel nuts are on tight!  

The FriendsBricks community wishes to thank TLG’s CEE Team for generous support of this set to review and share with fans.

The front of the box shows the whole build, with Mia getting ready to give the Roadster a wash.

The back of the box highlights some of the play features including the tool trolley, charging station and the opening boot on the Roadster.

Inside the box is one loose instruction booklet, which has the same main image as the box cover.  There are also three un-numbered parts bag, a baggie with the new style tools (yippee!), sticker sheet and two 2x12 White plates.

December 19, 2014

Review: 41092 Stephanie's Pizzeria

Welcome to Stephanie’s Pizzeria! Our favorite baker & organizer Stephanie has a newest endeavor in cooking business: to make her tasty pizza for her friends and all people in Heartlake City to enjoy! She is known to make tasty cupcakes and other yummy baked goods, so everyone is excited to try her piping hot pizza served right out of the oven! You can enjoy your meal inside her cozy pizzeria, or just give her a call and get the food delivered to your door. You may see her riding her new red scooter, delivering pizza all over Heartlake City! 

The FriendsBricks community wishes to thank TLG’s CEE Team for generous support of this set to review and share with fans.

Box Art: Front

Box Art: Back

Box Contents: 1 Booklet & 2 Bags

December 17, 2014

Review: 41090 Olivia's Garden Pool


It’s summer time in Heartlake City! Olivia’s got a new purple bikini top she recently bought at Heartlake Shopping Mall, and she’s ready to spend the afternoon at the heart-shaped garden pool! Of course she has her sunscreen and an ice cold drink by her side. After having fun with the slide, she loves to relax sitting in her floating ring while listening to her favorite music! The friendly turtle comes by, attracted by the cherries Olivia has brought out for a snack.

The FriendsBricks community wishes to thank TLG’s CEE Team for generous support of this set to review and share with fans.


Box Art: Front

Box Art: Back 

Box Contents: 1 Booklet, 2 Bags, 1 6x8 Plate

Review: Heartlake Lighthouse

Heartlake City finally gets a brick-built Lighthouse everyone can build & enjoy! No matter the weather - sun or fog, an Ice Cream from Kate's shop at the base of the Lighthouse is a fun outing. Stephanie visits for some photography, nature, exploring, and a sweet treat for boat rowing energy!
Let's see just how strong this Heartlake Lighthouse will be against coastal winds.

The FriendsBricks community wishes to thank TLG’s CEE Team for generous support of this set to review and share with fans.

Box Art: Front

Box Art: Back

Box Contents: 4 Bags, 2 Instructions Booklets, Baseplate, and Sticker sheet

December 14, 2014

Review: 41097 Heartlake Hot Air Balloon

The holiday season is here, yet we already seem to be longing for longer days and warmer temperatures (on the northern hemisphere at least!!). Like me, our five Friends have started thinking about how to fill these long beautiful days! Spring is closer than you think!
Andrea has teamed up with her pal Noah to go on a special excursion! Or is it a romantic date? They made reservations for a whole day trip flying in a hot air balloon!

The FriendsBricks community wishes to thank TLG’s CEE Team for generous support of this set to review and share with fans.

Box front and back:

Andrea and Noah are flying over a lush valley inside the star of the set, the hot air balloon. We have a glimpse of Heartlake City in the background. There is also a campsite near a small water cascade. On the back of the box, it looks like there is plenty to see and do: pic-nic, campfire with marshmallows, wildlife, a treasure in a book!

Inside the box:

The box contains one booklet, one 8x16 baseplate, two numbered bags, and one bag containing what look to be the parts for the balloon. As you can see, there are no stickers.


Bag n°1

Here is the content of the first bag. There are neat pieces, like octogonal silver plates, lime green domes and inverted domes, a few medium nougat coloured bricks including a door, tan 2x2 macaronis…

December 1, 2014

LEGO Friends 2014 Advent Calendar Reveal & Review!

It's that time of year again to reveal & review the 24 daily surprises of the LEGO Friends Advent Calendar!  [Bookmark this post to check back for Daily reveals December 1st through 24th]
 The front of the box has the familiar pink and purple ribbon banner, 
but we don't get any flanges on this box. (41040)
 The back of the box shows that the box opens up to reveal a home, 
giving a clue as to the general theme we can expect from this year's advent calendar.  
Day 1 starts with Mia. She is always cute as a button with her freckled cheeks, even if she is wearing Stephanie's shirt from last year's Advent Calendar (41016). The pants may also be familiar, as they are the same as Matthew was wearing in Jungle Bridge Rescue (41036).
Day 2 of the Friends Advent Calendar is a Sled featuring two of my favourite colours - pink and purple.
I automatically assumed that there would be a little trailer for it in one of the other days, but it doesn't have a hook or equivalent mechanism at the back. The highlight in terms of parts for me is the two 1x3 plates in Dark Purple which have only been released in two other sets (one of them being Olivia's Beach Buggy (41010)).
 Day 3 of the Friends Advent Calendar is a small Gift in a Medium Lavender Basket.
Day 4 of the Friends Advent Calendar is a vignette with Fawn and small tree.
It took a while for the fawn to grow on me when it was first released (in the Fawn's Forest (41023), but I became a fan of the super-cute fawn once I was able to get a closer look.

Day 5 of the Friends Advent Calendar is a Window scene with holiday trim. This is the first of the mini builds that extends the scene on the back of the set box and is also a neat little parts pack!
On Day 6 of the Friends Advent Calendar we are introduced to Ewa, who is a new character. While it's always nice to have a new character, Ewa is extra special as she has a torso pattern that we haven't seen before. It's a cute little red jacket with white faux fur trim and scarf.
Day 7 of the Friends Advent Calendar is a Table with a pink and red striped table cloth. By itself, the table is not so functional, but it suggests we will probably get some chairs and some food to put on the table!
Day 8 of the Friends Advent Calendar follows up immediately with two pink and red Chairs to go with the table from Day 7. Now we just need some crockery, cutlery, food and drinks, and Mia and Ewa will be set for a festive feast!
Day 9 of the Friends Advent Calendar is a Candle. Perhaps a centrepiece for the table?
Day 10 of the Friends Advent Calendar provides the Plates and Cutlery for the table as well as the Cooking Utensils Mia and Ewa will need to prepare the feast!
Day 11 of the Friends Advent Calendar is a Stove in a very Friendly dark purple and medium azure colour scheme.
Day 12 of the Friends Advent Calendar is a Saucepan and Food.
Day 13 of the Friends Advent Calendar provides a sideboard to extend the kitchen. The sideboard, with a cheese platter and salt and pepper shakers, looks great and makes for a nice parts pack too!
Day 14 of the Friends Advent Calendar brings more food and drink to the table. It looks like the girls are serving up pink soda, carrots, drumsticks and something else. Anyone want to take a guess at today's mystery food? Perhaps lettuce on an open bun?
Day 15 of the Friends Advent Calendar adds another module to the kitchen, this one being the kitchen sink complete with dishwashing liquid. I guess those dishes aren't going to clean themselves after the party is over!
Day 16 of the Friends Advent Calendar brings more food and drinks, this time what I assume is a pudding, a gingerbread cookie and mugs for hot chocolate. I'm not sure that's exactly what TLG had in mind, but as I've said before, that's the beauty of LEGO - you can make it be whatever you want it to be!
Day 17 moves us to a different part of the house, with a cosy fireplace for the lounge room.
Day 18 of the Friends Advent Calendar gets us started on the furniture for the lounge room with a small end table with a lamp and book. Now we just need a sofa to curl up on to read the book!
Day 19 of the Friends Advent Calendar gets us the comfy sofa we need for reading our book and letting our stomach settle after the massive feast.
The sofa comes with two 1x2 slopes in Medium Lavender. While this is not a new part, it is the first time it has been in this colour.
Day 20 of the Friends Advent Calendar is a cute white cat, sitting on a pet pillow. Not sure there's more to say than that really!
Day 21 of the Friends Advent Calendar is a cell phone and docking station. Music for those who still have enough energy at the end of the day to dance? Or maybe its playing carols for those who have found their way to the lounge?
Day 22 of the Friends Advent Calendar is a present - a Medium Azure bow - in a Bright Pink and Red gift box. While this is a relatively small and simple build, this is actually one of my favourites from this year's calendar. It looks good, is functional and can easily be adapted for a range of scenarios. It was also an instant winner with my daughter as it was another place to hide her gems!

Day 23:
              ~ Enjoy the Season

  Review by Kristel
 The FriendsBricks community wishes to thank TLG’s CEE Team for generous support of this set to review and share with fans.  

November 24, 2014

New video series: LEGO® Building with Friends

The LEGO Group's channel has begun a new series called LEGO® Building with Friends featuring two builders: Brooke and Berkeley -- watch as they unbox a world of creativity!

We have created a Playlist on the Friends Bricks channel with the other building videos in this series for you to follow.
It's great seeing the various building steps and hearing special tidbits about the Friends theme!

November 20, 2014

FriendsBricks members asked to take AFOL survey

From the LEGO Group CEE Team:
Dear AFOL community,
To learn more about the adult LEGO fan community, we distribute a survey 2 times a year. The surveys help us understand what you and your fellow AFOLs are engaged in, what you think of your LEGO hobby, and how you perceive the LEGO brand. Survey results guide our team at the LEGO Group as we work to better support the fan community.  As such, the surveys help us decide where to spend our time and money.
Link to 4Q 2014 Survey

The survey takes about 10 minutes to complete. The survey ends December 17, 2014

Thank You!
~Susan (LegoMyMamma)

November 11, 2014

DK books to come out with minidoll & bricks in 2015!

DK has published several LEGO Friends books since 2012, and it appears that three new books will be added to our LEGO Friends library in spring and summer 2015!

Here are the titles:
  • - LEGO Friends Ultimate Factivity Collection
  • - LEGO Friends: The Adventure Guide 
  • - LEGO Friends: Build Your Own Adventure 
LEGO Friends Ultimate Factivity Collection is a 96-page activity book with stickers. What I'm actually more interested in are the other two books, as they will come with real LEGO elements!

The Adventure Guide is supposed to feature "a minidoll with exclusive accessories." I guess it will probably be a minidoll that we have seen before (as it does not say "an exclusive minidoll"), but at least we will get some exclusive accessories. I wonder what they might be... :)

The other book, Build Your Own Adventure, also sounds quite interesting: "(it) combines fan built inspirational ideas for building with enthralling story starters. Get inspired to build with creative building ideas, then play out your own adventure using your own LEGO collection. The book comes with bricks to build one exclusive model that appears throughout the book." I'm really looking forward to the model even if it's a very small one!  

No photos are available yet, but the book descriptions can already be found on sites like Amazon. I can't wait to find out more about those books! 
______________________ ~ Books!

November 6, 2014

LEGO Friends Nina helps launch all new LEGO Club HQ

LEGO Friends online Club mascot, Nina, is helping launch the all new version of LEGO Club HQ online.  They are now hosting the Special Edition LEGO Club inserts which are contained in the mailed magazines (when subscription indicates girl) online in digital format -- available for viewing and downloading.
Here is a graphic of the new launch, with Max and Nina!
Here is the 'virtual' printing press for the magazines -- how cool is that?
   We've added direct links to the most recent special editions of LEGO Friends under the Cover images of each issue on our Friends in Girls Club Magazines page -- along with previous issues hosted by TLG's contractor.  There are lots of fun activities and creation ideas, as well as craft ideas to accompany with your LEGO Friends building hobby.  Some for decorating (like LEGO fans love to do!) and some for expanding the building experience through digital mediums, events, real life activities inspired by LEGO Friends theme sets and places!
   There are instructions for fun builds on the LEGO Club pages as well.

October 7, 2014

2015 LEGO Friends set images

2015 LEGO Friends sets for January release:

41095 - Emma's House

41097 - Heartlake Hot Air Balloon

41094 - Heartlake Lighthouse

41093 - Heartlake Hair Salon

41091 - Mia's Sportscar

41092 - Stephanie's Pizzeria

41090 - Olivia's Garden Pool

 41085 - Animal Care Clinic

 41086 -Vet Ambulance

41088 - Puppy Training
 41089 - Foal Care Stable
 41087 - Rabbit Mother With Babies