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When LEGO Friends was first released back in 2012 there was a lot of curiosity – and even controversy – surrounding this new line of sets developed for girls. Since then LEGO Friends has become one of the most successful and popular themes, along with LEGO Disney Princess and LEGO Elves. All three of these series use LEGO Friends style mini-dolls instead of standard LEGO minifigures – another cause for controversy. 🙂

LEGO Friends Mini Dolls

Some LEGO fans immediately started experimenting with the new type of figures to see their potential. In a previous article we discussed some of the customizations (see LEGO Friends Undergo Plastic Surgery…). I haven’t seen such drastic customization efforts since that time, and LEGO Friends figures have been pretty much accepted as they are – especially since the introduction of more male characters. However there are still LEGO fans who alter the mini-dolls by painting and custom accessories. Today I thought to show you some of my favorite altered LEGO Friends mini-dolls.

LEGO Friends Custom Figures by Melan-E

The LEGO Friends Star Wars figures above were hand-painted by Melan-E. I think Rey, Finn and the Rebel Pilot look particularly fantastic. Old Han Solo also looks good. The only figure that’s a little odd is the First Order stormtrooper, but I think the big helmet just makes it more funny.

LEGO Friends Custom Figures by Tyler Thomson & Victor Hernandez

Tyler Thompson shares that he really likes the LEGO Friends mini-dolls and is planning to make a whole series of Friends of the Apocalypse. The figure on the right is his first attempt. GI Julie on the left is by Victor Fernandez who also got inspired to customize LEGO Friends characters.

LEGo Friends Custom Figures by Larry Lars

This pair of heavily armored figures by Larry Lars are actually fully brick built, except for using LEGO Friends head pieces. LEGO Friends characters look really good with LEGO Exo-Force hair elements, so if you have some in your collection try out this combination.

LEGO Friends Custom Figures by AFK My Homework

LEGO fan AFK My Homework created these two fantasy LEGO Friends figures (the left one inspired by Mandalorians). Besides the custom paintjob, they also come with custom accessories.

LEGO Friends Custom Figures by .SilentMode

Here you can see LEGO Friends characters Andrea, Olivia, Emma and Mia as Ghostbusters. Simple, but very nice paint application by .SilentMode. Unfortunately they don’t have ghostbusting backpacks because their hair is in the way – but that’s a problem girls often have. 😀

LEGO Friends Custom Figures by Mark Stafford

The pilots pictured above are by my favorite LEGO designer, Mark Stafford. He even wrote a little back story for the two blue pilots: The mutant community of Heartlake City sits in the middle of a massive wasteland of nuclear devastation. Patrolling it’s borders are many heavily armed vehicles. The Dolpinex was built to patrol Heart Lake itself. Full of underwater caves and tunnels the Lake is often invaded by monstrous creatures who eat the picnicking citizens on the lakeside. Protecting the civilian families who live in idyllic Heartlake City from this harsh world and it’s dangers, is the destiny of all citizens who must complete a five year service period or leave forever. Zanta and Mike both want to be Marine Biologists, if they survive their mandatory service, their experience will be invaluable to Heartlake Aquarium. The recklessness of men in combat situations has led to a high death rate amongst them and has led to population distortion with almost nine women to every man. That might make it seem like a good place to live, but death is around every corner in Heartlake City… The Ultra Violet Pilot on the right doesn’t come with a story, but she still looks fabulous.

LEGO Friends Custom FIgures by tikitikitempo & Fat Tony

The LEGO Friends Wonder Woman by tikitikitempo on the left, and Stephanie in a Supergirl outfit on the right by Fat Tony both look really sweet with nice paint applications.

LEGO Friends Custom Figures by M.R. Yoder

And no discussion on custom LEGO Friends characters would be complete without mentioning the work of M.R. Yoder, who was one of the first to customize LEGO Friends figures and created a whole series titled LEGO Friends in Space. His beautiful steady-handed paintjob inspired many other LEGO Friends customizers.

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So what do you think? How do you like these custom LEGO Friends characters? Do you have a favorite? What other styles or themes would you like to see LEGO customizers to explore with the mini-dolls? Have you ever customized your own LEGO Friends figures? Feel free to share in the comment section below! 😉

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With all the new sets that were just recently released, I forgot to mention that the #21128 LEGO Minecraft The Village set is also now available, but currently only to LEGO VIP members. General release will be in just a couple of days, on June 1st. The LEGO Minecraft The Village is the largest LEGO Minecraft set to date, so it is worth taking a closer look. 🙂

#21128 LEGO Minecraft The Village Box Front

Let’s begin with the official description of the set: Build and protect The Village! Enjoy endless adventures at the busy Minecraft village. This hive of activity features a library, blacksmith, butcher and a marketplace. Have the iron golem patrol the streets to ward off zombies and other hostile mobs. Join forces with Alex, and combine your Minecraft know-how to mine, craft, create, grow vital crops and tend to the livestock. But keep an eye out for the exploding Creeper and the enderman that roam after nightfall! Includes 4 minifigures: Steve, Alex, zombie and a zombie villager, plus a Creeper, enderman, pig, baby pig, iron golem and 2 villagers (a farmer and a librarian). 1600 pieces. Measures over 5” (15cm) high, 19” (49cm) wide and 17” (44cm) deep. Price: $199.99 – BUY HERE

#21128 LEGO Minecraft The Village Box Back

I have to say that the set has a very pleasing overall look. The buildings, the colors, and the layout all come together nicely. This is just a very good looking Minecraft village. It is interesting to note that while the village looks like a cohesive unit, it includes rainforest, snow and desert biomes, so you can seamlessly integrate them with other Minecraft sets.

#21128 LEGO Minecraft The Village View

The village itself features a watchtower, library, blacksmith, butcher’s building and a marketplace. The library and butcher’s building can fold out for a different look and for playing inside, and the marketplace has a really clever fold-up roof to access the interior (watch the video-review below to see how it works).

#21128 LEGO Minecraft The Village Layout

Speaking of different looks, the entire village is modular with smaller units, so you can easily reconfigure the layout. There is also a second instruction booklet with suggestions for alternate layouts. Having so many options for configuration makes this a very dynamic set. (I should note here that all the other LEGO Minecraft sets also come with alternate instructions and configurations.)

#21128 LEGO Minecraft The Village Details

As far as the minifigures included, there are plusses and minuses. The four regular minifigures are Steve, Alex, a zombie and a zombie villager – we have gotten these characters in other sets, so nothing too exciting here. There are also two villagers; a farmer (brown robe) and a librarian (white robe). These minifigs use short legs and a very interesting extended torso piece. I’m very surprised that LEGO didn’t include the other Minecraft villager professions; priest, blacksmith, and butcher. Especially since they did include a blacksmith and butcher’s building. With the price, size and exclusivity of this set, and the fact that this supposed to be a village, not including enough villagers just feels wrong to me. And I would have also liked some baby villagers! We do get a Creeper, an enderman, and an iron golem as extra characters, plus a pig and a baby pig. Some cows would have been nice too.

#21128 LEGO Minecraft The Village Minifigures

Piece selection is excellent in all LEGO Minecraft sets, and The Village is no exception. They are basically big boxes of standard LEGO elements in beautiful earth-tone colors. Also LEGO Minecraft sets are a great source of large plates. I have no complaints about any of the sets in this regard, and would highly recommend them even to those who are not into Minecraft, but would like a nice selection of LEGO bricks in earthy colors. In the video review below JANGBRiCKS will show you the set in more detail.

As you can see, the LEGO Minecraft The Village is an undoubtedly nice set. If you own any of the other LEGO Minecraft sets, I’m sure you will be pleased with this one as well. My only complain is not getting enough villagers… and the price. This is a 1600 piece set for $200, which comes to 12 cents a piece. That is too high for a set that pretty much only includes basic LEGO elements and only a couple of unique minifigures. A $150-$160 price would have been a lot more reasonable. It seems like we have been talking quite a bit about the high prices of recently released LEGO sets. I hope this is not going to become a general trend, as LEGO is an expensive hobby to begin with. However if you do have a solid LEGO budget, and/or some VIP Points saved up, this is definitely the ultimate LEGO Minecraft set to get. You can find it under the LEGO Minecraft section of the Online LEGO Shop.

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What do you think? How do you like the LEGO Minecraft The Village set? Do you like the buildings, the layout, the minifigures, and other features? Have you been collecting the LEGO Minecraft sets? Which one is your favorite so far? Feel free to share in the comment section below! 😉

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2016 LEGO City summer sets review

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There is a large number of LEGO City sets that were released just a few days ago. We have already discussed the #60134 LEGO City Fun in the Park – City People Pack (see link at the end of this post), because it is one of the most talked about new LEGO sets. And we […]

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Fun with the LEGO Disney Minifigure Series

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LEGO fans have been having a lot of fun with the LEGO Disney Collectible Minifigure Series characters, so I thought to show you some of the creations I found and particularly liked. 🙂 In the picture above you can see Donald Duck checking his mailbox. Neighbor Jones is in the garden, taking care of his roses. […]

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2016 LEGO Creator summer sets review

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Four new LEGO Creator sets were just released a few days ago, with three of them being some of the most anticipated sets of the year. The sets are the #31049 LEGO Creator Twin Spin Helicopter, the #31051 LEGO Creator Lighthouse Point, the #31052 LEGO Creator Vacation Getaways, and the #21053 LEGO Creator Treehouse Adventures. […]

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The greatest villain of LEGO Ninjago contest

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There is a new contest on ReBrick, this time focusing on LEGO Ninjago. As you may remember from our previous discussions (see links at the end of this post), LEGO’s ReBrick website was recently re-launched to focus on LEGO contests for teen and adult LEGO fans, and there has been several interesting contests with great […]

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LEGO Lunar Exploration Geological Outpost

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If you are a fan of LEGO Classic Space, you may like the LEGO Lunar Exploration Geological Outpost project posted on LEGO Ideas. It has that sweet LEGO Classic Space light-gray/blue/translucent-yellow color-scheme, plus bumblebee stripes on the ships, and red wheel-hubs on vehicles. The retro look is refreshed by the use of some more modern […]

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LEGO books: Brick Vehicles & Brick History

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A couple of years ago I showed you a series of LEGO books by Warren Elsmore (see: LEGO Brick City, Brick Wonders, Brick Flicks). The first book we discussed that time was Brick City: Global Icons to Make from LEGO, the second Brick Wonders: Ancient, Modern, and Natural Wonders Made from LEGO, and the third […]

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