May 27, 2015

Review: 41103 Pop Star Recording Studio

The summer is almost here, and something exciting is coming up: Livi the pop star is touring in Heartlake City! This set is one of the five sets from the brand new Pop Star sub-theme, and our tech-savvy Friend Olivia volunteers to help with the recording equipment in the studio!

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

The overall package design is the same as the regular Friends sets, but this one, as well as the other Pop Star sets, has a bold look with dark purple, pink and bright yellow sprinkled with shining stars and spot lights in white.
And exclusive to the Pop Star box design is the appearance of Livi in the box art together with the five Friends.

Box Art: Back

Box Contents: 1 Booklet, 1 Sticker Sheet & 3 Bags. There are 172 (plus extra) pieces in this set.

The booklet contains a few exciting pages at the end, showing what else to expect from the summer wave of 2015!
41107 Pop Star Limousine is missing from the page on the left; there are actually five Pop Star sets coming out this season!

Now let's open the three bags in this set.

Contents of Large Bag

Contents of Medium Bag

Contents of Small Bag

The newspaper piece is very cute, and can be found in a few other sets of this wave.

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the gold disk is actually a printed piece!

The gold microphone is a nice change from the regular one with a silver head.

But the most special piece in this set is probably the dark purple guitar with Livi’s special star logo and its accompanying geometric design.

Compared here is the new guitar with the other Friends guitar. The old one first appeared in 41004 Rehearsal Stage with Stephanie, and that’s why it's also decorated with stars, Stephanie’s signature motif. The microphones, new and old, are also shown here for comparison.

Here is our Olivia mini-doll. She is made up of previously used parts.

Her top was originally part of Stephanie’s Rehearsal Stage outfit from 2013, which was then given to Naya to wear in the Juice Bar in 2014.

But for practical Olivia, the latest design is not what’s important! Combined with her recent favorite Sand Blue skirt and the matching shoes with the Magenta line, she looks ready to join Livi for an exciting recording session!

Now let’s start building with something simple: chairs and recording equipment!

Don’t forget the sheet music for ‘Frère Jacques’!

Now comes the main build of the set: the walls/partition.

Building Step 9 completes the popping mechanism of the gold disc!

Here you see Olivia and Stephanie helping me build at Step 14.

Here are the completed walls viewed from the front, with a few more pieces of equipment on the front ready to be attached!

And here’s what it looks with the equipment installed!

What a brilliant idea to use the large musical notes for the main decoration of the studio! It’s a simple build, and yet, very effective!

Now, let’s turn it around and see the other side! The guitar can be displayed on the wall or stored in the small storage pocket by the wall on the left.

It looks rather empty in here, so let’s bring Olivia and a few accessories in!

With all accessories properly placed, the studio is now open. Olivia can’t wait to meet Livi in this cute Pop Star Recording Studio! I think the hinged structure gives a perfect look of a recording studio.

Extra Pieces 

Oh well, Livi is not here yet, so Stephanie has come by and is singing ‘Frère Jacques’ in her place!

Thanks for reading, and keep building with LEGO Friends!


Anonymous said...

Awesome, detailed review!

Maya said...

Thank you! :)

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