June 1, 2020

Review: 41422 Panda Jungle Tree House

Set: 41422 Panda Jungle Tree House
Year: 2020
Pieces: 265




Caring for curious baby pandas is a lot of work, but Mia and Olivia are up to the task!



The box front sets the scene for the Panda Jungle Tree House in a forest clearing with a mountain fed stream. The BFF heart insert is consistent with the the other sets in this sub theme, as is the National Geographic Explorers logo on the bottom left. The character insets on the lower right show that Olivia and Mia are included in this set. 



The back of the box shows the pandas enjoying their tree house home and has several insets calling out scenes for imaginative play. Mia is featured on this set in graphical form with a sloth. It's a cute illustration but seems like an odd choice since the sloth is not included in this set. All five friends are illustrated in their jungle rescue clothing on the bottom left corner. Doodles and emojis are scattered throughout the box design.

This is another box that is glued rather than taped, so the half-moon knockouts for opening are included on the back. 



The scene slice on the side of the box sets up another play scene with Mia sending the pandas down the slide to Olivia waiting to give them a bath. 



The top of the box uses Mia for the 1:1 part size ratio, but Olivia is also shown on a jungle leaf background at a similar size. A few doodles and an "I ♥ HLC" mug are also included. The other two sides of the box (not shown) have product warnings, recycling info, and the Instructions Plus logo.



Opening up the box, we have an instruction booklet, sticker sheet, LegoLand ad, three bags of parts, a lime green 8 x 16 plate, and a 6 x 6 x 6 90 degree curved slide in dark pink, which is a new color for the slide. 



Here's a closer look at the sticker sheet. There are a minimal number of stickers. The standouts are the cute panda and the jungle rescue logo. I really like that logo for this sub theme.



Inside bag 1: dark orange is a new color for the 1 x 4 x 1 panels. We also have Mia in her new jungle rescue outfit (we'll take a closer look at that below). 

The 2 x 4 light bright yellow tile is not very common; appearing in just 4 other sets. It was first seen in Set 1329 Olivia's Deluxe Bedroom (2018)



The only new parts in the inner bag of bag 1 are the 5 petal flower in vibrant coral. 

Let's get building...

 

The first step is to build Mia and set aside the baby panda. Mia is wearing a Nordic printed vest over an olive green shirt. Her look is finished with olive green cargo shorts and purple lace-up shoes with olive green soles. This outfit is new for this subtheme but not unique to this set. It also appears in sets 41424 Jungle Rescue Base and 41432 Alpaca Mountain Jungle Rescue.

I can never have too many Friends animals. This baby panda has lime green eyes and heart shaped foot pads, both of which are a change from the previous Friends panda. The panda first appeared 2014 in the original Jungle Rescue Base (set 41038) and 41049 Panda's Bamboo both with azure eyes and a different foot pad shape. 

Bag one includes parts for three small side builds and the start of the main treehouse structure. 

 

The first build is a small scale to check how our pandas are growing. This is a simple but effective build and a sticker is used for the scale dial. 

 

Next we build a small, wooden cart and a stalk of bamboo. The three new dark orange panels get woodgrain stickers. The wheels are round 1x1 tiles attached with grey 1/2 technic pins. While the pin does allow the tiles to rotate, the wheels don't really turn when pulling the cart. Still, it's a fun little cart for moving around bamboo or pandas. 

The stalk of bamboo is an interesting mix of greens using sand green 1 x 1 cones, a lime green 1 x 1 round plate with open stud, and a green bamboo leaf piece. 

 

The final side build is a seesaw. I think the pandas will have fun playing on it.

Let's get started on the mail tree house build...



Bag one builds the first floor of the tree house and some of the surrounding terrain.



There is a sleeping mat on one side of the tree house. Mini dolls are too tall to sleep comfortably on the bed, but a couple of pandas could cuddle up together. 



There is also a spider hanging out on the side of the tree.

On to bag two ...



Standout parts include a second panda, Olivia in her new jungle rescue outfit, and two 7 x 3 ladders with double clips in dark pink - a new color for the ladder. I'm actually surprised that it hasn't appeared in pink previously, but I couldn't find any reference to it in this color. I'm happy to see it now.



The inner bag of parts has 6 of the new satin trans-light blue 1 x 1 round tiles. I'm happy to get a few more of those, since there were only two in set 41421 Baby Elephant Jungle Rescue. We also get more vibrant coral flowers, and bright yellow is also a new color for the flowers. 

It's not a new part, but I'm happy that the stump tile is printed and not a sticker. 

 

Here is Olivia and our second panda. This panda is the same as the one in bag one. 

Olivia is wearing a sand green pinafore with a jungle print bib over a coral shirt. She is also wearing a neck scarf, two belts with a belt pouch, and coral shoes with purple soles. This is her new look across the jungle rescue sub theme and can also be found in set 41424 Jungle Rescue Base.



Bag two adds more terrain to the tree house, including a wandering stream. We also add a wash bucket for cleaning the pandas, the start of the next floor, and ladder access. 

Everything will be finished up with bag three.



Bag three adds a 4 x 6 x 6 straight slide in dark pink to go with the curved slide we saw when opening the box and a third panda (we'll take a closer look at this below). Nothing else stands out as new or rare, just nice pieces for finishing off the tree house.



The inner bag of bag three has more vibrant coral and bright yellow flowers.  The 1 x 1 round plate with Horizontal Swirl (aka the poop piece) is fairly new, and was first introduced in 2019 with the Dog Sitter collectible mini figure. This is its first appearance in reddish brown in a Friends set, previously seen in white in set 41431 Heartlake City Brick Box and several Disney Princess sets. 

We also get a couple of the 1 x 1 round cookie tiles with magenta center. I confess I was hoping these would be the new ones with the heart shaped center, as I don't have any yet in my collection. But I'm sure the pandas will enjoy them.

More coral heart tiles are also nice to get. 



The third baby panda is new and so far exclusive to this set. This panda has the same heart shaped foot pads as the other pandas, but has teal eyes instead of lime green. The print also has tufts of fur around the eyes and dirt smudges on the head and body.



All three pandas are very cute!



Bag three finishes building the treehouse. The upper floor is a work area. The roof is finished off with a brick built panda face - super cute and simple. The Jungle Rescue logo sticker is used on a flag outside the treehouse. There is also a tire swing for the pandas to play on (though you can't really put them inside the tire). 





This is a set that definitely looks better from the front, but there is some detailing, including a spider, that keeps the back from being plain.


Looking into the office, you can see the panda sticker used for the computer monitor.



Here are the leftover pieces from all three bags. It's always nice to get some extra flowers so I have a wide variety of colors available for future builds. 





At the end of the instructions we have two pages showing real pandas and the scene that inspired this build. I appreciate these extra pages of inspiration in the Jungle Rescue sub theme.



Here are a few more shots of the finished build.



Olivia scrubs up one panda, while Mia delivers a cart of fresh bamboo for dinner. Two of the pandas play together on the seesaw.



After dinner, Mia checks the pandas weight to make sure they are growing properly, and one of the pandas climbs up to the upstair lab. 



Mia climbs up to the panda on the ladder, while Olivia enters the new data into lab computer. 



Around the back, you can get a better look at Olivia in the lab, and Mia delivers more bamboo to the always hungry pandas.

Here's a few closeups to get at more of the details:



Scrubbing up a baby panda. The white ice creams scoops piece acts as soap bubbles, and the satin trans-light blue 1 x 1 round tiles are used to represent the water. I think it could use a few more for that big wash tub.



Mia cleans up the habitat. 



Olivia entering data on the pandas growth. 



A bottle of formula is the perfect thing for this panda before a nap. 



Summary: This is a fun build. The play spaces are small for my big adult hands, but are probably fine for the recommended age of 7+. With the small side builds it really encourages play to move beyond the structure into the table space around it. 

Of course I LOVE the baby pandas, and getting our friends in their jungle rescue attire. 

Disclaimer: 
This set was provided by 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.

3 comments:

Unknown said...

cool!

Anonymous said...

I lovwe the sets of this sub theme

Unknown said...

When is it coming to amazon?

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