April 20, 2018

Summer 2018 LEGO Friends set images!


Andrea's Bedroom 41341


Emma's Bedroom 41342


Andrea's Accessories Store 41344

 Friendship Box 41346


Heartlake City Resort 41347




Service & Care Truck 41348


 Drifting Diner 41349



Creative Tuning Shop 41351

The Big Race Day 41352
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Advent Calendar 41353

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Review: 41333 Olivia's Mission Vehicle



When there's trouble in Heartlake City, "Who ya gonna call?" ... Olivia and her Friends, of course!  Follow Olivia and Zobo as they head out on an important mission.

This set was provided by the AFOL Engagement 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 medium-sized set features Olivia. I love this character, so I’m thrilled to take a closer look at this kit! On the front of the box, she appears with a station-wagon-like car and some high-tech equipment, in what looks like a public park, by the lake. As others have observed, this vehicle closely resembles the “Ecto-1” (which has been available as a LEGO set, a number of times) from the Ghostbusters movies. This reference is in keeping with the Friendship House [41340] having similarities to the Ghostbusters Headquarters.



This year’s new Friends branding graphics adorn the box. The LEGO Friends logo has lost its butterfly – now replaced with a “TM” symbol. The five girls form a heart shape by posing in a “go-team” hand stack. The loss of the purple brand ribbon area now allows more space for background painting details, which really set the scene nicely here. It looks like there’s some construction going on in Heartlake City!

A detail picture in the lower left corner illustrates that the car has a removable roof and top layer of equipment. We see that this set features Olivia. Her portrait is framed by a hot pink 8-toothed gear.



From the box back, we can see that Zobo will have a command station atop the vehicle, where he rides along, in open air. LEGO’s product description mentions that we will need to remove this top level of the vehicle for it to fit inside the garage of the Friendship House. Hand-drawn doodles and frames lend a casual creative feel, like a scrapbook. A photographic diagram illustrates minidoll assembly, and painted portraits of the five characters are labled with their names. Unfortunately, Olivia is blocked by a non-resale sticker.


The European packaging includes disclaimers in many languages. But along one of the tall sides we have a wonderful vertical image of the set. I love this new use of space on the boxes! If I get spare copies of sets, now I might cut these out to use as fun bookmarks. (bonus!)

April 15, 2018

Review: 41339 Mia's Camper Van



"Mia to Stephanie. Come in, Stephanie. Let's start our camping adventure fun..."

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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 features the new 2018 look with the new Friends inside a heart and doodle artwork on the purple flanges. There is a nice wooded settings for Mia's Camper Van with a hint of Heartlake City's skyline in the distance. In one corner we have Mia and Stephanie as the main characters in this set. In the other corner, we have some of the play features of the camper van. This is a non-North America box, no piece count information is provided on the box.


April 11, 2018

Review: 41332 Emma's Art Stand


Art in the Park! Emma is setting up her stand to *create* artwork surrounded by nature and her cat Chico!
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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: Positioned near Heart Lake, Emma's Art Stand looks lovely in this natural setting, with Heartlake City skyscrapers in the distance.
I love that wooden and metal-railing foot bridge!
The purple flanges showcase the new 2018 graphics, which appear to be Emma's artsy doodles.


Box back: It's good that LEGO has begun adding the box back images to their product pages; we get to see Emma setting up her Art Stand.
Poor Emma ... her face get covered by that ugly "not for sale" sticker on her own set :-(

April 8, 2018

Review: 41338 Stephanie's Sports Arena



2 Love. Stephanie loves sports. Join her and Vicky at the Sports Arena as they compete for the golden trophy.

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Opinions provided here solely reflect those of our reviewer.
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The box features the new look for 2018. The five Friends have been re-imagined. The solid purple colored flanges now have line art graphics on them. The skyline of Heartlake City has changed and shows a tower crane. There is a soccer field in the background. I wonder if that is a hint to combine this set with Stephanie's Soccer Practice. On the bottom corner are Stephanie and the new Vicky.



The back of the box emphasizes the play features of the set. Gone is the tape sealed flaps for the larger sized boxes. Now to open the box, you have to push to break the tabs and pull. Poor Emma, she got covered by the Not-For-Sale sticker.


April 4, 2018

Review: 41335 Mia's Tree House


Slide down right on target for a "hand-me-down" Tree House getting a
Friendly "Mia" makeover!

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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 larger Friends boxes still have the lovely flanges and this year they are decorated with fun "artsy" doodle drawings of the various 'icons' of our main 5 Friends. The corner heart-shaped inset of the (new) main characters sets the tone for loads of other Hearts.
Something that seems new for 2018 is that even this large of a box now has push-tabs for opening, instead of the tape. Perhaps it's due to naughty people buying these large sets, being able to slice and replace the tape after swapping out bricks for dried pasta.

The new 2018 Heartlake city skyline is nice. Although not very prominent on this box, it is inside the instructions book. I like the idea of construction cranes being ever-present; as if there's always "building" going on here.


Interaction and play are the focus of the back of the boxes; it's good to see LEGO finally uploading these images to their product pages -- in the past only retailers had them.
At least the "Not for Sale" sticker covering the UPC doesn't cover any Friends faces on this box.


Top of the box is now used for characters and animal features.

April 1, 2018

Review: 41327 Mia's Bedroom


Bringing her favorite outdoor spots and activities into her bedroom, Mia has a special spot for Twister!

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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 is non-flanged, yet purple illusions of them are filled with 2018's new "artsy" sketchy graphics on the front.
I really like the ceiling depicted in the drawing of her room.


Back of the box art shows ... oh, wait there's a sticker covering Stephanie and Andrea due to some AFOLs, apparently, selling their support sets. Tsk-tsk.
Skateboarding down that ramp is pretty ambitious. Mia's hair is now bright orange in all the new graphics.


Top of the box shows her pet rabbit, Twister. It's nice to get confirmation of this information on the packaging, rather than hoping the product description copywrite is correct.