REVIEW: Turtle’s Little Oasis

Set number:
41019
Release year:
2013
Theme(s):
,
# of parts:
33
# of figures:
0
RRP
GBP 2.99 / USD 4.99

Promotional image
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Build an island oasis for the turtle, then take care of him online!

Build a beautiful island oasis for the turtle with a tiny tiki hut made just for him! Lower the ramp so he can climb inside! Put a pretty bow on his head then take him for a swim in the pond to find a clamshell with a pearl inside. Help make him the happiest turtle in Heartlake City! Take care of the turtle online at LEGO.com/friends and download more building inspiration. Combine with 41017 Squirrel’s Tree House and 41018 Cat’s Playground to create a bigger house or playground for all 3 animals with building instructions available on LEGO.com/friends.

  • Features turtle, bow, clamshell with pearl and tiki hut with hinged ramp
  • Lower the ramp to let the turtle into the tiki hut!
  • Open the clamshell to find a pearl!
  • Take care of the turtle online, or find more building inspiration at LEGO.com/friends!
  • Combine with 41017 Squirrel’s Tree House and 41018 Cat’s Playground to create a bigger house or playground for all 3 animals with building instructions available on LEGO.com/friends.
  • LEGO® Friends pieces are fully compatible with all LEGO bricks
  • Collect all of the LEGO Friends sets for a whole world of LEGO Friends fun!
  • Measures over 1″ (5cm) high, 1″ (5cm) wide and 1″ (5cm) long

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By the way: don’t forget to visit LEGO.com/friends at the LEGO.com/friends web site, at LEGO.com/friends. 😛

Once again this is SilentMode, probably the hardest-working reviewer for miles around, and this is my review of the last set in the Friends Collectibles Series 1. We’ve had a squirrel, which so far is the stand-out animal in the series, and a slightly less appealing but still decent set with a cat; this time we have a brand new turtle!
The turtle was the animal I was most looking forward to out of the three, so it will be interesting to see how it compares.

The Package

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Yet again someone at the LEGO store was able to get the apostrophe correct on the pricing barcode, but in any case here is the packaging for the turtle. All three sets are distinctive enough that you can tell which is which without looking very hard. Notice on the bottom left how Andrea seems to be the only one who cares about the turtle.

The Contents

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Immediately noticeable is that Turtle’s Little Oasis contains larger parts in general than the other two sets, and in this case these obscure the other, smaller parts. However, there are 33 parts in this set compared to Squirrel’s Tree House (41) and Cat’s Playground (33). We also get the folded but crisp instruction book.

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In common with Squirrel’s Tree House is the lack of parts in the new and reintroduced Friends colours: in fact only the Medium Azure plate fits that description. Consider, however, that its only other appearance was in Stephanie’s Cool Convertible, which has probably disappeared from shelves now. The other parts, apart from the Lavender bows, are fairly common.

Turtle

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No relation to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles who got their own LEGO theme this year, this turtle (the star of the show in this set) is male, although again it’s been left unnamed. It’s an okay animal, though I’m not liking the shell design. It could just as easily be a tortoise, I think.

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Discontent with the turtle’s sex, someone decided to give the turtle a bow to put on its head: the one place it can wear an accessory. That bow just seems way too big, but I guess they had to provide accessory options!

The Build

Turtle’s treat

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The first thing given to the turtle is this shellfish with something inside. Is it a pearl, some kind of precious jewel, or dinner? They say it’s a pearl, but given that the squirrel had acorns and the cat had fish, anything’s possible.

Turtle’s tiki hut

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A combination of the Medium Azure and Tan plates creates a very simple shoreline, with the foundations of the hut being added later on.

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The floor of the hut is added along with a textured ramp, made from some hinge plates and two Tan grille tiles. The walls of the hut – resembling bamboo, I guess – are constructed using Pearl Gold “telescope” pieces.

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The finishing touch to this interesting build is a yellow roof with a green leaf on top. The leaf is held in place by two Green jumper plates.

The Complete Set

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That’s all there is to it, and there’s nothing for the turtle to do except relax in its hut. It’s scared to come out because some fool put a girly bow on its head.

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Only the shellfish understands the turtle’s woes, as it constantly teases it with precious gemstones.

Leftovers

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The same number of leftovers as Cat’s Playground, and the selection of parts could be useful for some. Again we have two spare bows in case we want to accessorise anything else.

Alternate builds

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If you feel like treating the turtle more like royalty than they already are, head on over to the LEGO Friends web site for this alternative build. If you don’t know what the web address is, you haven’t been listening very well.

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Finally, along with the other fluff at the back of the instructions, Gewinne!th makes another appearance.

Rating breakdown

Design: 9 out of 10
A pretty impressive build for around 30 pieces, with enough detail provided by the palisade (log) bricks and "telescope" pieces. Not sure about the use of a Trans Dark Pink stud piece for the "pearl", though I suppose it makes the set girly. The turtle could have had a less detailed shell design.
Build: 8 out of 10
A slightly more challenging and less quick build then the tree house or the playground, but it was a good experience.
Parts: 7 out of 10
While this set uses mostly common parts, again they all have a purpose and are very well used. Consider the inclusion of the Medium Azure plate a bonus. The turtle, while being a unique animal, didn't really impress.
Playability: 7 out of 10
The set on its lends itself more to imagination than the Playground, and just as much as the Tree House. It is a little difficult to place the turtle inside the hut and take it out, but it is possible with practice and doesn't disturb the model.
Price: 8 out of 10
Not far off from being good value for money, but let down by the number of common parts in the set. Worth getting to complete the collection, and for that Medium Azure plate.

Based on these scores, turtle gets 7.8/10 – just enough to be approved of.

That concludes my coverage of the Friends Collectibles Series 1: if you haven’t already check out my reviews of the other two animals.

Oh, and one last thing…

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Psycho Dog!