May 23, 2018

Friends Designer on "The Toys That Made Us" documentary

The Netflix documentary series "The Toys That Made Us" included LEGO last season.
LEGO is featured again this season -- available on Netflix starting May 25,
and will include a LEGO Friends Designer - Fenella.
She has been with the LEGO Friends team since before the theme launched January 1, 2012.

So, if you have access to Netflix -- enjoy the insights!

May 21, 2018

Friends Go-Karts crossed the finish line on ReBrick!

   The winning entries for the ReBrick "Friends Customize Your Go-Kart" building contest have crossed the finish line!
Grand Prize Winner ~ Supersonic Star

1st runner-up ~ Number 1 Tiny Bunny

2nd runner-up ~ Olivia's Flying Go-Kart

Congratulations to the winners -- lots of building inspiration racing along!

May 20, 2018

Review: 5005236 Clubhouse Pod

Bring a bit of Heartlake City wherever you go, with this purple pod playset!

I was delighted when I first spotted this little gem. I’ve always had a weakness for carrying around select bits of LEGO, and this cute kit includes many of my absolute favorite new 2018 Friends elements. Even when I later saw pictures of the five other Friends pods (one featuring each girl), this set still felt special – like a micro sampling of the Friendship House, which unifies the characters. The LEGO Company seems to have special thoughts for this pod too, as it’s been packaged and distributed differently.

My set arrived, in new condition, from a third-party seller. Unlike the other Friends pods, this one is not under a plastic blister, mounted on a card, ready for retail sale. Instead, it is sealed inside a heavy-duty polybag. On the front, I see the new logo and art for 2018 Friends plus writing in eight different languages. 

May 15, 2018

Review: 30403 Olivia's Remote Control Boat

Olivia has brought her remote-control sailboat to a pond near Heart Lake.

Polybag front -- a bit crinkled from being in a retailer's shelf bin.
We get a peek of the curvy "Heart-topped" building in downtown HLC ... beyond the pond area and trees.

All the parts are loose in the polybag (some previous polybags had interior bags for parts) with the folded instructions sheet.

May 5, 2018

Review: 41334 Andrea's Park Performance

An ordinary stroll through the park turns into something spectacular with tasty lunch and a live production! Get ready for puppets and parrots and pianos – Oh my!

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 wave of sets brought all five of the Friends girls to Heartlake City Park, each for her own purpose, and with her own building set. Olivia is on a mission [41333], Emma has set up shop [41332], etc. Well, Andrea is here with her own trademark specialty: musical performance. 

At nearly 14” long, this box seems surprisingly large for the number of pieces (229), but it certainly looks inviting. The front has new Friends brand graphics for 2018 with updated logo and group picture. The main scene gives me the impression that Heartlake City citizens are appreciative of the arts and support an active public theater group – complete with their own outdoor venue. How nice! 

A detail shot in the lower left corner indicates that the stage can rotate (cool!). Portraits of this set’s featured characters appear in the lower right. The concentric circles framing Andrea remind me of a vinyl record. She is joined by two new faces: the bearded Steve and baby Diana. 

Detail shots on the box's back highlight special parts and features. I notice that we can press the keys of the piano!