Welcome one and all to this edition of a Friends set review! This is my 85th review: my 100th will mark my retirement, so let’s make the remaining ones as pleasurable as possible.
Today we’re going to be paying Olivia some attention, as we follow her around with her newest invention: an ice cream bike. Or rather, an ice cream cart attached to a bike.
The front of the box is very similar to Mia’s Lemonade Stand from the last wave: Olivia has taken some initiative and has set up a stall in the city park. In Heartlake City, licensing and government red tape isn’t an issue.
Back of the box
Olivia hasn’t restricted her self to selling ice cream, mind you: there are other things she can do, such as posting letters to her dear parents on the other side of town (even though she lives with them!), riding her bike and making wishes using other people’s money.
A little sign serves as this set’s scale reference.
We’re certainly being spoiled for parts in this wave so far, and this set is no exception: a handful of new parts we’d expect to find in more expensive sets can be found here.
LEGO may have been reading my reviews – although they’ll never admit it – because Conegate seems to have been addressed! One of my favourite parts from last year, the ice cream cone, comes as a pair… and so it should!
The 1×1 finials, or as I call them “whips”, make an appearance in Bright Pink and Reddish Brown, obviously representing delicious ice cream. Accompanying them are two popsicles in Trans Neon Yellow, which is a fairly common colour, but we can’t have too many of them.
In terms of Friends-induced colours: we have the 6×6 round plate in Medium Azure, which had previously been exclusive to Heartlake City Pool but has been making more appearances as of late; a Bright Light Orange 4×4 dish; a 2×2 Medium Azure jumper plate, and some 2×4 tiles and 1×4 plates in Medium Lavender. 1×2 Medium Dark Flesh palisade (log) bricks also make a welcome appearance, as well as a White 1×2/1×2 bracket and a brand new part for 2014, a 2×2 “bowl” in White (bottom left).
Red bicycles are as common as anything, and it would have been awesome to see a new colour variant in this wave – but we can’t have everything.
Olivia has been spending too much time in the office, but has dressed down for the summer with great effect.
This time around she’s sporting a Sand Blue skirt: Sand Blue has made a comeback in the last year or so, having been retired with the other Sand colours (except for Sand Green). Sand Blue was my favourite of those colours.
The torso is the same as the one as in Olivia’s Beach Buggy.
The Incredibly Simple Build™ in this set is this postbox, which makes use of a Red 2×2 container door for a more authentic look. You may be used to seeing that part in White.
Water fountain (of doom)
The fountain uses the 6×6 Medium Azure round plate as a base, and the 2×2 jumper plate goes in the centre.
From there the build is very straightforward, with the new bowl part coming into play as the fountain’s ornament. A couple of 1×1 round tiles (Pearl Gold and Flat Silver) have even been provided as coins, so minidolls and minifigures can make wishes at their discretion.
Park table and benches
This build starts with a patch of grass, which is two 4×4 Lime plates joined together.
Yet again those beautiful 2×4 tiles are relegated to butt duty, but then again they serve that purpose very well. We can also see where the 1×2 palisade bricks come into play.
On completion of the benches and table, another of those water bottle builds graces the table, along with a secret love letter. Who could it be from, and is that water safe to drink? Find out next week, same Friends time, same Friends channel!
Ice cream cart
This build is a little more advanced than in a similar set from back in the day, 6409 Island Arcade. Note that a 2×2 Black tile – rather than a plate – was used here, perhaps to aid in taking this build apart..
The lid of the freezer compartment is one of these very rare 1x2x3 Transparent panels, making use of the sole 1×2/1×2 White bracket. The “whip” finials represent chocolate and strawberry ice cream, and just looking at them is making me hungry. I’ll bet Olivia has some vanilla she doesn’t want people knowing about.
In addition to the cart wheels and the two ice cream cones stacked on top of each other, the cart also gets a combined parasol and sign. For two dollars (or whatever currency they use) Olivia will make things sweet for you – that’s what the sign says!
Finally, the red bicycle comes into play by using a 1×1 plate with clip to attach to the cart. There’s enough clearance from the 1×2 Bright Pink brick sitting under the cart to wheel both away easily.
The Completed Set
This set comes with everything you see here, and it looks like fairly good value. Bring along another minidoll or two and this place will be jumping, with enough frozen treats to go around.
I approve of pretty much all of these leftovers, especially as there are two ice cream cones in the set. You could use each of these to come up with your own flavours.
I like this set. On its own it has enough to play around with and incorporate into your own displays or big layout; it also lends itself well to being expanded and having multiples, particularly of the park bench. The selection of parts is just great.
It would have also been great to have a new bicycle colour, or even bring an obscure one back (such as the Black one from Community City Workers, the White one from 7498 Police Station or even the exclusive Dark Pink one in 1198 Biker with Bicycle). However, bicycles themselves aren’t as common as some other parts, so we’re fortunate to have one in the set. A new variation would be my only real improvement.
I’m giving this one 7.6/10, which means it earns a Silent Approval badge! Look out for it in the shops, you hopefully won’t be disappointed!
Fun with the set
Stephanie: “Wow, it’s like, so hot!”
Emma: “Are you okay Stephanie?”
Stephanie: “I’m fine; my leg still, like, hurts a bit… but I can walk!”
Olivia: “Hey girls!”
Stephanie: “O hai!”
Emma: “Hi Olivia! What are you doing here? Is this your cart?”
Olivia: “Yeah, I like, had it made, so I can sell ice cream to the kids!”
Olivia: “OMG, it’s like, so hot out here! You should try some of my ice cream!”
Stephanie: “Oh wow, pudding pops! I love these!”
Emma: “Gosh, I could really use one of these! You know, the weirdest thing happened earlier…”
Olivia: “EvilMode?! Like, what do you want?”
Stephanie: “Like, stay away from me!”
EvilMode: “Can a figure get some ice cream though?”
Stephanie: “He’s come to get me!”
Emma: “Leave us alone, you’re always causing trouble!”
EvilMode: “Ay, I ain’t got time for that! It’s hot, I need me somethin’a eat, I want somethin’!”
Olivia: “If I give you some ice cream, will you, like, go away?”
EvilMode: “Gimme somethin’, man!”
Olivia: “… all right, but like, no tricks!”
EvilMode: “Whatever, just feed me!”
* Stephanie whimpers *
Olivia: “Like, what flavour do you want?”
EvilMode: “I dunno, man.”
Olivia: “Like, here, you can have some of my cherry.”
* gasp *
Jailbait: “I hear it’s delicious.”