Right out of the gate we have some very interesting, and in many cases brand new combinations of parts. The octagonal 10×10 plate makes its appearance in Magenta, for example, and it’s accompanied by such lucrative (and necessary) basic elements in Medium Lavender and Lavender. Most exciting of all in my book are the Medium Azure 1×1 tiles, the Medium Azure 2×2 corner panel, and the 1×1 Medium Lavender plates.
Near the bottom you’ll notice a Dark Stone Grey Technic friction pin, which I haven’t come across before (at least not in that colour). We also have another opportunity to obtain a tennis racquet from the Collectible Minifigures series.
Take a look in the middle: that 1×3 tile is actually printed! with three separate photos of both Emma and Stephanie. Given there are two DSSs, it’s a nice surprise to have a dedicated printed element.
Stephanie and Emma
Both Stephanie and Emma recycle torsos and legs from previous sets: funnily enough Stephanie has Emma’s torso from Heartlake Pet Salon and her legs from Emma’s Splash Pool, while Emma is wearing her torso from Emma’s Sports Car and Olivia’s legs from Olivia’s Newborn Foal. They’re also accompanied by someone’s pet poodle Fluffy or whatever their name is: personally it’s all about the minidolls.
For some unknown reason, Stephanie comes armed with a tennis racquet, while Emma is apparently an avid photographer. I guess they’re both watching out for an inevitable appearance by EvilMode.
Knock-off luxury accessories cart
So the first thing we get to build is this cart, loaded with handbags, baskets and bows. We get four different bags in this set, three of which go on the cart. Also notice the cart wheels: I’m fairly certain they’re in Pearl Dark Grey, but they’re a dark metallic colour.
EvilMode: “Yo Emma, check it out, I have the latest hot ish right here: Vil Loutton, Carter, Kevin Klein, Prady, DYNK, all that good stuff! Ohhh, I see how it is… with yo’ fine-ass self…”
Bag #1 is about getting the smaller builds out of the way, and next up is a rather clever photo booth build. The foundation uses a handful of Technic elements as pictured, while those valuable 1×4 Magenta tiles are used as cushioning, and the 2×2 corner panel in Medium Azure comes into play.
A technique you’ll see a couple more times in this set is placing elements inside the hole in a 1×2 Technic brick. In this case, the technique is used to construct the camera.
The complete photo booth looks like this, and it’s ready for use.
But wait, what purpose did those Technic parts serve?
Remember the printed 1×3 tile? It’s inserted on top of the L-shaped Technic liftarm as pictured, and by twisting the knob it gets dispensed like a real set of photos. What a clever feature!
Another part of the shopping mall – apparently – is this DJ booth, complete with loudspeakers and a laptop. Apparently Emma is skilled in DJing as well, as shown on the front of the box!
This is no ordinary catwalk, mind you: this one comes equipped with a turntable, made possible by the Black turntable base and the 6×6 Medium Azure round plate. We’ve seen a similar technique used with Rehearsal Stage.
Finally, what would a large Friends set be without some foliage? We get to build two identical potted trees, but (almost) sadly there’s still no sign of those palm tree segments from yesteryear – instead we use 1×1 Reddish Brown cones.
Did I say “finally”? My bad, as they say. The very last thing we build from this bag are a couple of sandwich boards, each of which would use a sticker from the DSS. This time around we get to use some nice Pearl Gold 1×2 plates with a bar.
Left over from this bag are the above selection of parts, along with yet another brick separator. That brick separator with its own web site, believe it or not. Why can I get my own web si… never mind!