REVIEW: Heartlake Shopping Mall

Set number:
41058
Release year:
2014
Theme(s):
# of parts:
1120
# of figures:
4
RRP
GBP 79.99 / USD 109.99
WARNING: this review may contain content unsuitable for children.

Bag #4

Interesting parts

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Moving on to something different: noticeable with this bag is the different kinds of parts in this one, because we’re obviously going to be building a car.

While we have some lucrative basic elements such as 1×10 and 1×4 Magenta plates, 1×4 Medium Azure tiles and another pair of 1×4 “modular” plates, the parts I’m most excited about are actually the wheels and tyres. While previous versions were either too big or small for minifigure-scale vehicles, these ones are just the right size. I can’t wait to start using them, but I have a bad feeling – unless they start appearing in PAB walls – they’re going to be hard to come by.

Emma’s [other] sports car

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Now hold on: Emma already has a sports car, so what’s she doing with another? Look closely at the scale reference picture on the box: it’s definitely her behind the wheel!

Never mind. As with other Friends vehicles, this one uses a custom-built chassis to accommodate two minidolls.

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This car happens to be White with Magenta details. Watch out for that White steering wheel: I’d almost lost it when taking the parts out of the bag! We may be able to get another one from a PAB wall if we lose it, however.

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Even though there aren’t that many parts in this bag compared to the others, we end up with a rather chunky vehicle. There are meant to be stickers all over it, but I greatly prefer this clean look.

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With the 22″ rims in place, Emma and Stephanie can go cruising around town, trying to impress the dwindling male population, or do the occasional drive-by.

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Having played around with it for a bit, those resized wheels really make the vehicle something special. It’s easily one of the most swooshable – or should I say, cruisable – vehicles I’ve gotten hold of.

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Let’s touch on the car’s killer feature for a second: it has an opening and closing trunk! Okay, it’s a glorified hinge connection, but I think it adds to the design.

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Julian: “I say, room for one more?”

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Emma: “There’s room in the back; get in!”
Julian: “Righty-o!”

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Julian: “Onward, ladies! Woo-hoo!”

Say it ain’t so, Emma

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It seems Emma has gotten a bit full of herself, and challenged Gewinne!th to a duel… and won. Standing victorious over her pummelled corpse, Emma flexes her muscle and claims the trophy, as she proudly takes the title of “WIN”.

Leftovers

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I’m wondering if I’m meant to have those two 1×2 Yellow plates here, but they don’t appear to have done any harm by omitting them.