At this point we’re still on the first of four instructions books, but we move onto bag #2, which contains all the necessary parts for the next stage of the build.
And look at all these lucrative parts… I don’t think you heard me; LOOK AT THEM! I don’t really have much to add at this point – if you’re not salivating at the thought of using some of these in your MOCs, it’s time to check your pulse.
Please welcome newcomer Julian to the show. Julian is the fifth male character in the Friends universe, and one of only two male minidolls in this wave (the second being another appearance by Matthew).
So where does Julian fit into the grand scheme of things? Well, he’s an import from somewhere in the south of England, and to make an effort to fit in with the Heartlake City culture, he’s taken to befriending many of the main characters. He fancies himself as a photographer (not just as a means to get up close and intimate with the females), and hopes to make his debut as a professional journalist.
(It would be mind-blowing if there was a minidoll modelled after me in a future wave: his name would be Drew, he’d be brown with a black sweater, perhaps blue or grey trousers, and would somehow end up in a set with Emma. Make it happen, LEGO. 😉 )
Vivid thoughts aside, we’re moving on to the first main build in this set: the entrance to the shopping mall. Every good shopping centre has one of these… except for Westfield in Shepherds Bush, which doesn’t have an obvious front entrance!
Anyway: the interior of the entrance has a chequered pattern of Medium Blue tiles and Magenta jumper plates, almost teasing us with the prospect of having Magenta 2×2 tiles. These jumper plates give minidolls (and minfigures) somewhere to stand. You’ll notice we’re also using that precious 16×16 White plate.
It’s not immediately obvious this is an entrance to the mall, until we get to building the display (near the back). The 1x4x3 White panel serves as a map of the complex, while the precariously balanced 1×2 Bright Pink tiles serve as leaflets – all of these are meant to have stickers on them.
Gotta add some fencing!
While the walls of the entrance are being constructed, now’s the time to break open that pack of Red flower parts. You won’t notice until we get to the end, however, that this is the only time one of the bugs is ever used in the entire set.
The revolving door – another clever piece of LEGO technology – makes use of those large round Magenta plates, and four White door frames with glass parts. Once you figure out how this is built, you’ll probably want to incorporate something like this into your builds.
Here you can see the revolving doors in place, mounted on that turntable we saw earlier. Note an additional turntable placed on top of the doors, which will be used to hold it in place.
This bag is fairly stingy with the leftovers! In reality, most of the butterflies and the ladybugs from the pack of Red flower parts would also be spares.