May 17, 2021

Review: 41684 Heartlake City Grand Hotel


Stay at the new Heartlake City Grand Hotel during your favorite season!


Let's check in and explore all the amenities ...

Review: 41683 Forest Horseback Riding Center


Let's visit the Ranch where Savannah lives in the forest outside of HLC and the Horseback Riding Center there, as she trains animals for other visually impaired riders, plus service and support.

May 16, 2021

Review: 41693 Surfer Beachfront


Arriving at her Grandma's Beachfront property, Mia looks to park as Andrea and Nora wave ~~ speaking of waves ... Look at this Surfer paradise!

Review: 41687 Magical Funfair Stalls


Step right up to see Emma *magically* float in the air!

Camila's levitation trick is just the beginning of the Magical Funfair!


Let's go through the turnstile entrance to see behind at the how the magic is created.

May 14, 2021

Review: 10292 The F•R•I•E•N•D•S Apartments

Eight years before LEGO brought us our favorite mini-doll Friends, an American sitcom was coming to an end. F•R•I•E•N•D•S ran for 10 seasons from 1994 - 2004, and to celebrate their 25th anniversary in 2019, LEGO Ideas released set 21319 Central Perk. 

Today we are building the two iconic apartments where Chandler, Joey, Monica, Phoebe, Rachel, and Ross hung out when they weren't at Central Perk. 

Can you BE more excited?



The light rigs on the corners remind us that we are on a film set, and this set up works really well for a LEGO play set. Inside the apartments, you will find little details highlighting favorite and memorable moments from the TV show. It's these details that will delight fans of the show, but if you've never watched an episode, it's still a great set. 

May 3, 2021

Review: 41432 Alpaca Mountain Jungle Rescue



The jungle mountain volcano is rumbling. Execute the evacuation plan before the eruption.

April 19, 2021

Review: 41440 Heartlake City Bakery

Celebrate spring with a tasty treat from Heartlake City Bakery. We're open for take-out, delivery, or outdoor dining. 

Heartlake City Bakery is a fun, fast build in the 4+ line. The quick build is designed to help young builders get to playing faster, but there's plenty of fun here for kids of all ages. 

April 7, 2021

Review: 41450 Heartlake City Shopping Mall


It's Friends and Family time at the new Heartlake City Shopping Mall.


Let's take a look behind the scenes of how we build this mall ...

April 5, 2021

Review: 41442 Vet Clinic Rescue Buggy



Oh no, a powerful gust of wind has blown the tree over, trapping Stephanie's puppy. 

March 30, 2021

Review: 41446 Heartlake City Vet Clinic


A busy day for Dr. Donna at the Heartlake City Vet Clinic by the Lake!


Meet new Friend - Savannah, who along with her guide dog Goldie, offers training for service and support animals. Having grown up on a ranch outside HLC, she loves horseback riding. Mia is helping her train Bella, as other animal friends pay attention.

March 26, 2021

Review: 41444 Heartlake City Organic Cafe

Join Mia and her friends as you munch your lunch or slurp a rainbow of flavors outside Heartlake City’s healthy café!

It is so great to see age and gender diversity in Heartlake City! New figures open up new possibilities for role play and I’m pleased to add these to our set of characters. 

The second thing I noticed was the fresh color palette—perfect for the subject matter of fruity drinks and freshly-grown foods. This yellow-orange color is one of my favs from LEGO and it looks great here with hot pink and lime green. It even inspired me to freshen up my backdrop color to match.

Looking at the box front, I can see that our guest characters are named Marcel and Ava. I get the impression they may be a grandfather and granddaughter. They join Mia outside a one-story open-backed eatery. Mia has a pedal-powered vending cart from which she can make fresh juice drinks and she’s holding one out to them. They appear to be in a hedged outdoor location such as Heartlake City Park.

March 16, 2021

Review: 41443 Olivia's Electric Car



"Road trip!" Olivia and Mia, with their puppy pal, are out adventuring. They pause in their travels to power up with a snack, a stretch, and a car battery recharge.

Here’s a cute set that I expect will be especially popular with families who have (or wish they had) an electric vehicle at home. "Goodbye, Octan!" At first I thought the idea of such a car-charging station was a bit fanciful, but a little research revealed that, indeed, these hybrid solar/wind facilities have been built for years. You can even order a kit to set up your own off-grid power point. So cool! And it feels appropriate that STEM-loving Olivia would make use of this technology for her Earth-friendly EV.


My N. American box was dense and smallish—a perfect size for a Spring holiday gift. It sports the standard Friends branding (no sub-theme). Looking at the pictures, I see we will have: a rolling car, spinning windmill, park setting, an animal figure, and TWO (yay!) minidolls. This set seems a great deal for the suggested price of $15 USD. I wonder if minidolls are getting less expensive to manufacture. There seem to be quite a few dual-figured sets lately in the $10 – $20 range.

March 4, 2021

41924 DOTS Secret Holder - Review and Rebuild



Can you keep a secret? This kitty can. With endless ways to personalize your design, this fun box will keep your small secrets safe. 

February 23, 2021

Review: 41433 Party Boat


Let's have some fun in the water with our social bubble. There are a number of options at the rental booth. What should we rent first?

First we build the dark pink flamingo float. It has room for two minidolls plus snacks and drinks. It can be towed by the hitch on its neck. It looks happy to have you on for a ride. At the bottom are the extra pieces in bag #1

February 8, 2021

Review: 41447 Heartlake City Park

I started building on a snow day, and I'm finishing up this review in the following cold snap, but inside I'm enjoying a perfect spring day at the park with Olivia and Emma.

I am personally biased in favor of this set. That swan boat brings back fond memories of a trip to Japan, but I will try to set aside my bias for this review. I think it will be a fun set to build and play with, so let's go through it together. 

January 19, 2021

Review: 41692 Vet Clinic Rescue Helicopter


Swoop in to rescue Cinnamon from that not-so-friendly crab! Let's get Mia's baby bunny back to the Lakeside jetty.

First we build this lovely heart-shaped island with Lotus flowers and lapping waves from the waters of Heartlake.

I like the way the azure slopes and aqua tiles are used for that effect.

January 16, 2021

Review: 41691 Doggy Day Care

Getting dogs to take baths can be tricky ... it seems Emma and Roxy are experts in suggestive rewards!  Welcome to Doggy Day Care!

The tiny star of this set is the new-for-2021 Puppy!  It's mold is in dark nougat with a heart fur marking above one eye and freckles.  Plus, the cutest tail ever!  The play agility tunnel is built first using a section of straight light blue transparent tube that came out last year.

December 18, 2020

Review: 41448 Heartlake City Movie Theater

 
The new Movie Theater is a nice complement to the shops and restaurants in Heartlake City. It has a retro-classic Cinema style and clever building function to watch actual movies.

It's opening night for "A HLC Story" with new character Amelia and she's ready to give Andrea her autograph.


Let's go inside!

December 15, 2020

Review: 41449 Andrea's Family House

 

Welcome to Andrea's Family House!  This lively 2-story traditional home in a Heartlake City suburb is a modular style of build.  It has plenty of built-in features and fun techniques.  The beautiful new curvy floor-to-ceiling bay windows of the kitchen continue up to the sitting room upstairs. An arched center displays a star and house number 28.
Since music is Andrea's passion -- which runs in the family -- there is room in the garage for jam sessions.


Let's take a look inside: Pepper is perched above a photo, while checking on Mom in the Sitting Room upstairs.  Her little Sister is reading in their room, while her Dad decides on drum sticks or laundry ...
Stephanie is getting ready for lunch at the swing-out counter, just as Andrea munches a sandwich!



This house consists of three separate modules we build, then attach to make a whole house.

December 1, 2020

Friends Advent Calendar 2020

 Day 1 - Emma in royal blue pajamas with sleeping moon print, Lavender boots & azure hairbrush.

August 7, 2020

Friends Summer Cubes

LEGO Friends Series #3 Play Cubes - Vacation themed:

 
Andrea's 41410