July 21, 2016

Review: 10252 Volkswagen Beetle


SURF’s UP DUDE!

Load up the cooler and get your best board ready!  It’s time to drive down to the beach and catch some waves!

This new Lego Creator set represents the good times, when surfing was cool, the beach party lifestyle was hip, and rolling around in your bug was all the freedom you needed.



This is not a FRIENDS SET, but just look at all those Dark Azure bricks!!!!  Its so pretty...  so we just had to review it!


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.





Front of the Box

The box art on the front of this new Creator set shows the Volkswagen Beetle cruising down a sandy road towards the ocean.  The car has a roof rack sporting a cooler and surf board.  There is also top view of the car showing the roof rack detail and the models' real dimensions.



Back of the Box

The back of the box continues the theme from the front, showing the Volkswagen Beetle parked at the beach with the blanket, cooler, and surf board ready for use.  The inset photos show many details highlighting important play features and the high level of detail provided throughout.



Long Side of Box

I very much appreciate that the Creator series Lego sets all include a parts list right on the box! Seeing what parts are in the box is useful information that I wish Lego would include on the boxes of all Lego Sets.

July 14, 2016

Review: 41134 Heartlake Performance School

Heartlake Performance School is where future star performers take lessons in singing, dancing and acting, and of course, Andrea is a dedicated student there! 
Are you interested in their ballet class or voice lesson? Then why don’t you take a tour of the new school! 

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

The school building looks enormous! The familiar purple background on the box art is not fully shown because the upper part of the building is partially blocking it! 


Box Back


Box Top

June 29, 2016

Review: 41130 Amusement Park Roller Coaster

Ladies and gentlemen, children big and small, please join me for an afternoon of fun in the new spacey blue roller coaster and the park's other attractions!



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Wow! Not that I didn't know it already before, but this is a big set. I believe it is the main attraction at the amusement park this summer. I will do my best in showing you all it has to offer, but as you can see from the box, there is a lot going on!!



Let's open up the box and find no less than eight numbered bags plus two other bags! The instructions are also in a bag and there are two swirly yellow bars as well. Somehow I have a feeling there will be a lot of technic pins! Notice how bags numbered 7 and 8 are the old fashioned ones. Well, they are not that old, but I guess TLG must still have some unused leftovers in their factory stock.



For once, and surprisingly for such a set, there is only one booklet, a nice sturdy heavy one. And as good as new since it was protected by the plastic bag along with a single sheet of stickers.

June 28, 2016

Review: 41133 Amusement Park Bumper Cars

It's time for some summer thrills! With this Lego set Olivia and Ben can buy tickets for the park, challenge each other in the bumper cars, eat some cotton candy, and then try to keep it all in while spinning around on the swing ride!



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.



Front of the Box

The box art of this set has all the usual Friends Amusement Park elements including beveled sides, bright purplish colors, and sparkly lights in the ribbon banner. The background art faintly shows the Space Ride, which would be great addition to this set.

The box also shows that this set comes with Olivia and Ben, and that they both like cotton candy!


Back of the Box

The back has illustrations showing how to use the swing ride and suggests some ways kids can play with the bumper cars and ticket booth. I find it quite interesting that this set is called Bumper Cars, but the main element described on the back is the swing ride.  Olivia and her BFF’s are also shown at the bottom left wearing their Amusement Park themed outfits. Olivia appears to have borrowed Mia’s tank top for this trip to the amusement park!

It’s time to see what’s inside the box!

June 23, 2016

Review: 41126 Heartlake Riding Club



The Heartlake Riding Club is a new place where horse lovers gather! 
Meet the two new horses, Ninja and Spice! 
Not into horses? You should still stop by and try their famous homemade cherry pie! 


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

The background scenery is simply perfect. The lovely wisteria flowers go so well with the purple accents used here and there in this set. 


Box Back

Interestingly, the featured Friend of the set is Stephanie! Although Mia was originally the animal lover and the skilled horseback rider of the group, Stephanie has been included in a horse-themed set just as often as Mia.


Box Top


June 19, 2016

Review: 41129 Amusement Park Hot Dog Stand



Summer is almost here, time to take a break, the amusement park is open late, time is just about right to go check out the wiener shaped hot dog stand!!


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I hear the word is that reviews should be geared more towards AFOL's than children (that's Adults Fan Of Lego!). In this day and age, I wonder what makes us adults buy and play with LEGO. The news around us are quite dreary and there is always this one special place where one can escape reality and let their imagination flow freely, reconnecting with the innocence, I want to say candidness, of childhood. Whether we like to collect sets for display or reuse parts to build our own fantasies, we are all big children at heart and we should never forget that. In reviewing the two sets I have on my to-do list, I will do my best in staying faithfull to my inner child. Without further ado, lets see what these sets that were on the top of my list this season have to say. Starting with #41129: the Amusement Park Hot Dog Stand.



As mentioned by my fellow Friends Bricks reviewers, the lit up glittery ribbon makes the amusement park sub theme instantly recognizable. We've witnessed other LEGO parks like the 76035 Jokerland or 10247 Ferris Wheel and I find it really cool to develop that idea in one of LEGO's own licenses. And since there are quite a few different sets to chose from in that range, it makes it a wallet friendly theme as well that should be able to please boys and girls alike.



There are many reasons why I chose this set. I could tell from the back of the box it would be full of groovy accessories and surprises. Let's not waste any time scanning the box again, it's been sitting around for a good week, that's how busy I've been, I let the urgency come, now that it's here, let's open it up already!

June 17, 2016

Review: 41127 Amusement Park Arcade




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Front of the Box

The box is typical of Friends sets with beveled sides and pastel colors. The 2016 Friends “Amusement Park” themed sets are easily identified by the sparkling lights embedded into the ribbon banner. On this box cover you can also see a roller coaster in the background. There is also a lit path that leads to other areas of the park.

The sides of this box are typical of all Friends sets, including the usual Warnings, Friends logo and the set number. The right side of the box shows the sparkly ribbon banner wrapping around from the front to the back of the box.


Back of the Box

The sparkly ribbon is also displayed on the back of the box. The usual BFF’s can be seen at the bottom left wearing their Amusement Park themed attire. Mia is wearing a light green tank top, with dark green dots across the front of it.

In the middle of the box, each mini-game is highlighted showing off their action features. Mia appears to be having a ton of fun!

Seeing these action photos make me want to rip the box open and start building this set right away! So let’s do just that and see what’s inside the box!

June 11, 2016

Review: 41124 Heartlake Puppy Daycare


Welcome to Heartlake Puppy Daycare! Will it be your puppy’s home away from home? 

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Opinions provided here solely reflect those of our reviewer. 
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To be honest, I did not know such a thing as dog daycare existed until I found out about this LEGO Friends version. Apparently, it is a place where owners can leave their dog during the day. 


Box Front

This set has the standard box design, with no indication of it being in any special sub-theme. 


Box Back

A few of the play features of the set are shown on the back. Those fun images will make you want to open the box and start building and playing immediately!


Box Top


June 9, 2016

Amusement Park Space Ride #41128 Review & Video


Heartlake Amusement Park's overall theme is "Space" and this set gets Olivia into her 
very own rocketship for a Space Ride!
Spinning around an orbit of the crystal chamber, the 3 rocketships launch and then spin 
higher with centrifugal force.
Let's see how confident in this build she is to flash a smile at the camera for a keepsake photo!

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 box's ribbon graphic is tailored to this sub-theme with fairground lights trimmed in neon that forms a swirl at the flange.
The girls all have fun-park attire or items in their top right appearance. The yellow neon arrow sign above Andrea points to some fun and appears on other items in this sub-theme.  The subdued monotone stripes on the flanges also echo Olivia's top.
Lights, sparkles, and other rides in the background lend to the action excitement this year.


The ribbon graphics continue around to the back of the box where we can see a demo of the rocketship lifting higher, the camera stand, and treats for returning to terra firma.
Again, the neon swirl helps designate this as an Amusement Park set.

May 17, 2016

2016 LEGO brick color palette

The official 2016 LEGO brick color palette:

LEGO_Color_Palette_2016
Click through to see largest version for clear color name text.
-- provided through the LEGO Ambassador Network

May 7, 2016

Review: 41135 Livi's Pop Star House



Heartlake’s resident pop star, Livi, gives us a glimpse into her private life by opening her doors to the public. Let’s see how the “rich and famous” of Heartlake live.

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 Livi’s Pop Star House at nightime, nestled away high in the hills above Heartlake City. It also highlights the two mini-dolls included in this set - Livi and Andrea.


The box design features the design that associates this set with the pop star sub-theme and includes Livi as one of the Friends in the top right hand corner.

The back of the box highlights that the building is modular, as well as the many playing features and accessories included. It also shows the that the pool section can be swung around to be at the back of the house.

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


Box Top

March 17, 2016

2016 Summer LEGO Friends sets

Amusement Park Roller Coaster 41130
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Heartlake Party Shop 41132
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Amusement Park Bumper Cars 41133
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Heartlake Performance School 41134

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