There’s time for yet another LEGO Friends review, and this time we’re paying a visit to the coldest place in Heartlake City… Unfortunately for me, that joke sounded a lot better in my head.
In any case, if I’ve counted correctly, this marks Andrea’s fifth unique appearance in the Friends universe.
The front of the box shows Andrea doing something we probably wouldn’t expect her to do: checking her emails whilst standing. It’s probably easier to showcase the minidoll in the set that way.
A sight we haven’t seen in quite a while is Andrea gracing the back of the box, along with the set’s play features. Look closely at the drawn cast on the bottom left, and you’ll see the girls trying to keep up appearances while the rift between Andrea and Stephanie widens.
Today’s scale reference is a vase with flowers, consisting a transparent minifigure head and plant parts.
Let’s tear open this box…
This looks like a familiar configuration: two bags, the instructions and yet another DSS. There’s something rather comforting about the colour selection, however…
Parts to look forward to in this set are the Bright Light Orange 1×4 plates and 1×2 “cheese” slopes, the Magenta 1×6 plates and tiles, and particularly the Medium Lavender parts. I’m not 100% certain (I haven’t bothered to check this time) but this is probably the first time 2×4 bricks in Medium Lavender have been found in a set: usually you’d
have to steal see them as part of the LEGO store’s in-store Friends display, along with elements in the other Friends colours.
Also interesting in this set are the 4×8 plates in Tan, and let’s not overlook the new moulded 2×2 round plate in White. These are becoming more commonplace than expected, which can only be a good thing.
Another interesting part included in this set is the Pearl Gold “fez” part, which is a rather uncommon part to begin with. All the other parts are ones you’ve seen before, but the Transparent Pink jewel – for me at least – is something new.
You’ve probably also noticed that a set of hair accessories in Medium Azure have been included.
Without further ado, we welcome Andrea back to the show. Andrea is sporting a Bright Light Orange skirt – which I’m very sure is a first for any of the Friends characters – and a brand new torso design with some basic jewellery. Just the colour combination alone makes this minidoll essential for your collection, I think.
A small table
The first thing to build in this set is this incredibly basic side piece, which makes use of the 2×4 plates in Medium Lavender. The vase (as shown on the side of the box) is very easily constructed.
The beginnings of the sofa-bed makes use of most of the Medium Lavender parts, and the Light Stone Grey hinge part is set in place.
The structure is then given a colour garnish, using the cheese slopes for the supports and a Magenta tile for the slippery seat. (You know a brickfilm is legendary when you think about it every time you build a set.)
What appears to be an assortment of expensive perfumes is then added on top of the structure. They really do look expensive: better not knock them over, eh?
The last thing to do is add the remaining piece of the sofa, which attaches to the hinge. It was only at this point that I realised it was a sofa-bed: why Andrea has one in her bedroom, as opposed to a dedicated bed, is… best not answered in one of my reviews.
The two Magenta plates come into play for building the base of the dressing table, as well as the Medium Lavender cupboards. It would have been nice to have Lavender doors for these cupboards, but White has already been produced. We can always paint them, I guess.
Jumper plates acting as placeholders for items are placed on the table, as well as a small build representing the mirror. Instead of a full-sized mirror, we’re unusually given a round reflective sticker to place on the panel.
The very last thing to do is add a seat and the hair utensils. All of the hair accessories can be stored conveniently in the cupboards.
The Completed Set
You have complete freedom to arrange Andrea’s bedroom however you like. In this configuration it looks rather cosy, but it looks a lot more like backstage than a bedroom. What do you think?
As we’d expect, all the usual suspects have spares. That flower plate will fit very nicely into my collection, thank you.
Fun with the set
Andrea: “# Like a rainbow fading in the twinkling of an eye, my career… #”
Andrea: *sigh* “I was, like, so close to getting signed… I did, like, everything! And they still, like, gave it her! Why does she get all the attention?”
Andrea: “Now I’ll never, like, be a famous singer. My life is so over…”
Andrea: “…but wait, there’s still Matthew. Oh Matthew, why won’t you, like, notice me?”
The next morning…
Matthew: “Hola Andrea, your swimsuit gallery look very pretty. I sorry I cannot join you, my mother say I have to go to school. But Stephanie help me with lesson, she really nice. She take me to see movie, and…”
I’ve got mixed feelings about this set, but thankfully not too mixed. The main points to celebrate are the presence of Andrea once again in a lower priced set, as well as the inclusion of some very interesting (and possibly exclusive) parts in Friends colours. The Bright Light Orange elements are definitely keepers, while it’s great to see the number of parts in Magenta and Medium Lavender slowly increasing.
The set itself is a different take on a bedroom scene, particularly as it makes use of a sofa-bed instead of a traditional bed. At the very least, it introduces the technique of using hinge plates to create an angled surface, even if it isn’t my first choice for a girl’s bedroom. That said, one could easily mix things up and have the set serve as a dressing room or lounge instead. Perhaps that was intended as Andrea is pursuing a singing career?
My only complaint with the contents is with the yet another bag of hair accessories, but in my case I would have a whole bunch of them with the number of sets I’ve reviewed. Just as I used to buy certain sets for particular parts and figures, both before and after my “dark age”, someone will want to buy this set (and others like it) for the accessories.
Based on the above, I’m giving this set 6.8/10. If you want it you can get it! Just ask EvilMode.