February 21, 2017

Review: 41313 Heartlake Summer Pool



Heartlake Summer Pool is the second public swimming pool in town! 
Andrea who loves to spend her time at a pool has made sure to be there on the opening day! 
Let’s see how the new pool compares to its predecessor from 2013! 


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.



This is the front of the box. It looks like the usual box design, but the picture of the five Friends characters on the top right had to be divided by the upper part of the product image, leaving the girls awkwardly separated.



The back of the box is always fun with lots of fun scenes from the set! 

Heartlake Summer Pool is located right by the ocean, and it looks like a great place to spend your next summer vacation at!


February 12, 2017

Review: 41310 Heartlake Gift Delivery


This awesome little set really delivers when it comes to play-ability and features.  The main features in this set are Stephanie and her delivery van.  The van is nicely shaped, and has lots of room for parcels in the back.  You can also sit two mini-dolls in the cab.  This set also includes a small store front, which has some parcels, flowers, balloons, a mailbox, a check out stand, and a hand cart.  This really rounds out the set and provides a lot of additional opportunities for play.

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.

In the above image you can see Stephanie loading up the van before making an important delivery.

The front of the box is adorned with the usual Friends logo, BFF's and a colorful ribbon which runs across the box.

The contents of this set is well represented here.

The back of the box shows how the doors at the back van can be opened up, and provides more details regarding the store front. 

In these images you can see a scale to weigh parcels, a mailbox, and some items for purchase.  This set box is easily opened by pressing down on the thumb indicators. 

Inside the box is two numbered bags, a sticker sheet, and the instruction booklet.


February 3, 2017

Review: 41311 Heartlake Pizzeria



"Buongiorno!" Welcome to Heartlake City's newest hot-spot for sit-down/take-out Italian fare! Will we give it five stars? Read on to see...

This set was provided by the AFOL Relations & Programs (AR&P) team 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.



Is 2017 "The Year of the Pizza?" It sure seems like it! No less than four of the announced 2017 LEGO sets feature the yummy circular food. Everywhere you look, from DUPLO to Friends, to City and Batman - our little characters are munching slices of Italian pie. 

Did I just say, "slices?" Yes! Hot on the heels of last year's watermelon wedges and pie portions, we now have glorious quarter-tile slices of crispy pizza! Now... I was all set to write a brief history of LEGO pizzas here but, someone has beaten me to it. They even created the exact pizza tile comparison shot that I was envisioning! So, rather than duplicate their work, I'll link to it. But if you do take a peek, please come right back because we still have a Friends set to discuss...!



Briefly putting this set in historical context, a few other sets come to mind. One is, of course, 2015's "Stephanie's Pizzeria" (41092) which, though smaller, had some similar features. Meanwhile, a spark of nostalgia strikes as I fondly recall my first LEGO pizza experience: 1994's "Pizza To Go" (6350). That same era brought us the "Breezeway CafĂ©" (6376) and its elegant upstairs dining experience. One could say that the "Heartlake Pizzeria" is a modern (and improved) combination of those classics. I may refer to these sets again later for comparison. But first, let's take a look at this box!