March 20, 2015

Shovels of bricks break ground for Heartlake City

Look at all those bricks flying in the air -- like dirt!  I'd like a bucket to catch them!

It's a Heartlake City groundbreaking ceremony and these lucky Girl Scouts / LEGO Friends fans get to be part of the building process. These new Legoland areas will be opening at most of the parks across the world in late May, or early June (check the website of the one near you).
In addition to a riding camp, carousel, car driving track, animal rescue, and building areas with LEGO bricks, there will be a performance stage and loads other Friends activities to enjoy.

March 5, 2015

Mini-movie Episode 7

Finally, the brand new mini-movie is scheduled to air this month! Episode 7 is called *"Kate's Island" , and should be 22 minutes long just like the previous six episodes. It will be broadcast on Disney Channel at 9:00AM on Sunday, March 15th in my area of the US. Please check if and when it will come on in your region or country. I know it will premier a week earlier on French TV.

*Edited on March 12th: the title for the new episode has recently been changed from "Kate's Island" to "Andrea's Big Moment". "Kate's Island" must be another episode for later this season. 

If you are also a fan of the new Elves Elves theme, don't forget to watch the Elves mini-movie, either! In my area it will come on at 9:00 AM on Sunday, March 8th on Disney Channel.

*Spoiler Alert* (added on March 12th)

Fabie, a forum member in France, has told me about the new episode which aired on Gulli in France on Saturday, March 7th!

January 31, 2015

Friendly Food February - Building Challenge

Friendly Food February - Building Challenge

Become a food vendor and Build a Food Cart or Food Truck that would be welcome along the sidewalks and streets of Heartlake City!
  • Construction must be of real LEGO bricks and elements, no clones or digital.
  • Create something new, never before posted online or shown at event.
  • Give your MOC a friendly name.
  • Post your favorite image in the entry thread on Flickr and up to 3 in the photo pool.
  • Post your favorite image in the entry thread on our Forum and create its own MOC topic if you have additional images to share.
  • Mini-doll customers are welcome!
What are your Friends hungry for?

The dinner bell rings midnight February 28th, so don't be late!
Here are the final tasty creations from this building challenge!


January 27, 2015

LEGO Friends Summer 2015 sets

LEGO Friends Summer 2015 set list information started coming out a few weeks ago (yes, I know, we barely are getting to enjoy the January released sets ;-) and now the Nuremberg Toy Fair allows for some first images:

This is the first image of 41105 Pop Star Show Stage that we've seen, taken by Atamaii.
The new character is Livi out front singing!  Her hair piece looks like the same shape as Disney's Ariel, yet in a new color.
Update: final toy fair images of set boxes, courtesy of Brickset:

Emma's Tourist Kiosk 41098

Heartlake Skate Park 41098

Heartlake Private Jet 41100

Heartlake Grand Hotel 41101

Pop Star Recording Studio 41103

Pop Star Dressing Room 41104

Pop Star Show Stage 41105

Pop Star Tour Bus 41106

Pop Star Limo 41107 [possible TLG exclusive]
Grocery Store 41108 [possible TLG exclusive]
From the New York Toy Fair press release by The LEGO Group: 
LEGO Friends offers realistic building paired with richly detailed elements and role play centered on the adventures of five girls who reside in Heartlake City. Twenty-one new building sets in new Vet Clinic, Tourism and Pop Star subthemes, such as Vet Ambulance, Air Balloon and Recording Studio are complemented by digital and television content that will be introduced throughout the year. Sets range from $4.99 to $59.99.
Following are initial images and the post updated as information came forward. 

 41106 Pop Star Tour Bus
concert set-up
Tour Bus box - notice the flanges have star motif

Bathroom in the back of Tour Bus
41101 Heartlake Grand Hotel
inside hotel

Heartlake Skate Park 41099 and Private Jet 41100
 Heartlake Skate Park close-up
41100 Heartlake Private Jet
41104 Pop Star Dressing Room
41103 Pop Star Recording Studio

Display at Nuremberg Toy Fair - poster for the Pop Star sub-theme.
 images by Atamaii

*spoiler below*
As every year since Friends launch, Autumn is when the annual Advent Calendar appears in stores:

 LEGO Friends Advent Calendar 41102
Images via Atamaii, ukonio 

It's possible there are some additional, (some hints of a grocery store) based on some reports from the London Toy Fair.  We will keep a watch and update this post, so bookmark and check back! 
[Updated with image]
Heartlake City Grocery Store 41108

January 22, 2015

A LEGO Friends Pop Star movie?!

I have just come across this movie audition info posted back in November, 2014.
Here's what it said on one site:
Wanna be in the upcoming LEGO FRIENDS movie?

January 19, 2015

LEGO Elves official images

LEGO Elves due out March 2015 have characters in mini-doll form and a storyline full of imagination.
 (Click image above for more images, set information, and links to videos)
     The sets are: The Elves' Treetop Hideaway (41075), Azari and the Magical Bakery (41074), Farran and the Crystal Hollow (41076), Naida's Spa Secret (41072), Naida's Epic Adventure Ship (41073), and Aira's Creative Workshop (41071).  Those name all belong to Elves.  The human in the story is Emily Jones.
     The teaser display at some retailers reads: Home to find she must be clever ...
Unity is needed more than ever ...

      Notice the Treetop Hideaway set indicates "suggested" age starting at 8, whereas the rest start at age 7.  These builds are a natural progression in complexity for kids (and adults fans) starting out with LEGO Friend sets.  The LEGO Group always said Friends was just the beginning of themes which may gain more girl builders.  So far there's lots of excitement 'buzz' around these and the core audience will no doubt welcome it -- as well as loads of other fans!  
   There are two additional sets that have been found on databases, no images yet: See images below: Aira's Pegasus Sleigh (41077) and Skyra's Mysterious Sky Castle (41078), which are due out in June.  With three Toy Fairs coming in the next 2 months, hopefully more will be revealed ...
~~~Update with images of the June sets~~~
Skyra's mysterious Sky Castle
Skyra's Mysterious Sky Castle (41078) from New York Toy Fair image by Joe Meno
 Below is a front view, showcasing the new Pegasus:
This Nuremberg toy fair image has the Pegasus wings on the wrong sides and 
upside down, feathers pattern should be on top, so they arch up from the body.
Skyra's Mysteriuos Sky Castle box photo by Toyark

Aira's Pegasus Sleigh (41077) photo by Toyark
Aira's Pegasus Sleigh box (41077) photo by Toyark NYTF 2015
Aira's Pegasus Sleigh (41077) photos by spieletest & Atamaii

 Naida in Naida's Epic Adventure Ship (41073) [Feb/March release]

Mini-doll close-ups from Nuremberg Toy Fair:
Farran, Azari and Emily
Side-view of Azari and Farran to show new hair/elf ear details.
  mini-doll images via Promo Bricks
[This post has been updated based on images being available]

January 15, 2015

Heartlake City to open at Legoland Florida Summer 2015

Legoland Billund (Denmark) has a Friends Heartlake City area -- the same type of zones are being built at Legoland California (USA) and Legoland Windsor (UK), and now we have confirmation a LEGO Friends Heartlake City will be built at Legoland Florida (USA).  The 3 newer ones are to open Summer 2015.
   The already existing gift shop will be re-configured as Heartlake Shopping Mall, and there will be a Friends-style Ice Cream Shop, Horse stables themed area and carousel rides, building zones, performing stage and a Friends Rescue attraction!
   For those Legolands with hotels, many will also have a new Friends-themed room guests can reserve to stay in while at the park.
All Legolands are owned by Merlin Entertainment.

January 9, 2015

LEGO requests Feedback on Friends hair pieces

LEGO requests Feedback on Friends hair pieces:
   Do you like the rubbery feel of them -- are they easy to build with -- does the texture allow for easy clutch -- how do they compare to traditional hairpieces of minifigures -- do you like the colors -- what is your experience on the play value -- how about their realism aspect ...?
Please post your comments here (or our Forum, or use our contact form: no later than January 12, so we can report your opinions and viewpoints back through the LEGO Ambassador Network -- and they will report back to the LEGO Designers! Thanks!
Thanks for all your messages sent to us! We've given TLG your opinions. Have fun building!!

January 4, 2015

Review: 41086 Vet Ambulance

Last summer Emma was busy riding on her Jungle Bike and looking out for troubled animals in the jungle. Clearly, she was good at it, as she is now hired to do the same back at home in Heartlake City! She drives her cute little ambulance around town making sure there is no animal in need of medical assistance. Oh no, Jojo the hedgehog tumbled down from the bush! Let’s take her to the Vet Clinic where Mia, our vet in training, is waiting!

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. Unlike my previously reviewed sets, this set was purchased in a US store, so there is a lot more information written on the front side of the box. I prefer the simplicity of the European version.

Box Art: Back. Although this is a set featuring Emma mini-doll, the star of the set actually appears to be the hedgehog as the cute drawings suggest!

Box Contents: 1 Booklet & 2 Bags

January 2, 2015

Review: 41085 Vet Clinic

Friends have a new express Vet Clinic to visit with their pets! Mia is a natural at caring for animals. She started learning in the first Heartlake Vet (3188) in 2012. This new curvy clinic may seem small, yet it has all the medical equipment and supplies needed.
There's also a playground for some fun therapy -- the best prescription!

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 - new Aqua blue flanges on both sides and Aqua ribbon indicate Vet sub-theme.

Angled view to highlight the new Aqua blue flange -- with box art of the animals in this set carried over onto it. It helps identify the Vet sub-themes sets and is very sweet!

Box art - back - showing just some of the clinics functions for play all those animal needing care. Close-up of medical tools, and the Vet Ambulance (41086) that complements this set.