Four new LEGO Friends sets were released at the beginning of the month; three focusing on summer activities and watersports, and the largest is a full size and fully equipped hospital – a very rare subject matter in standard LEGO sets. We will look at each of the sets in more detail, so you know what to expect in case you plan to get them. 🙂
➡ #41315 LEGO FRIENDS HEARTLAKE SURF SHOP: This is the smallest of the 2017 summer sets, however it still comes with some nice pieces and details. Number one is the new kayak mould in dark-purple, the very rare baby seal in a new color, Mia in a new outfit, and a couple of nicely decorated surfboards (unfortunately they are stickered, not printed). Here is the official description of the set: The LEGO Friends Heartlake Surf Shop includes a cash register and all kinds of holiday supplies. Hire a range of watersports equipment, from surfboards, a kayak and paddle to flippers and a waterproof camera. Outside there’s a beach area with sun lounger and shower, a jetty with buoys and a rock, which is home to a seal figure. Includes a Mia mini-doll figure in a wetsuit, plus a Velvet the seal figure. 186 pieces. Price: $19.99 – BUY HERE
➡ #41316 LEGO ANDREA’S SPEEDBOAT TRANSPORTER: This set is also focused on watersports, and comes with a great array of nice accessories. Andrea and Emma both wear new outfits (really lovely ones!), there are a couple of hotdogs, a printed acoustic guitar that previously only came in two other sets, and the fairly rare turtle. The color-combination on the beach car is pretty bold for my taste, but the speedboat and the rest of the set is reasonable. Here is the official description: LEGO Friends Andrea’s Speedboat Transporter is the coolest way to cruise the Heartlake coastline by land or sea. The sporty beach car has a trailer and rope for towing, and the speedboat has steering controls and a turning propeller. Enjoy the party scene with a juice bar, beach area, sun loungers and a barbecue. Includes Andrea and Emma mini-doll figures, plus a Bubbles the turtle figure. 309 pieces. Price: $29.99 – BUY HERE
➡ #41317 LEGO FRIENDS SUNSHINE CATAMARAN: This set is similar in size and color-scheme as the #41015 LEGO Friends Dolphin Cruiser from 2013. While the previous ship was definitely very impressive, in some ways the catamaran is even better. It’s amazing how well the space is used both on the outside and inside, which is not an easy feat with a split hull. There is a lot to see here, so make sure you watch the video-review below by JANGBRiCKS to see all the excellent features. Here is the official description: Take a luxury cruise on the LEGO Friends Sunshine Catamaran, with a sun deck, pool, bridge, slide, spiral stairs, garage and sliding doors into the living quarters. Lift the top off the boat for easy access to the kitchen, bedrooms and lounge with a clear bottom. Use the personal water scooter to pull the banana boat or inflatable ring, and play with the friendly dolphin all day long. Includes 3 mini-doll figures: Olivia, Stephanie and Liam, plus Sheen and Sapphire the dolphin figures. Catamaran with sail measures over 12” (32cm) high, 11” (29cm) long and 6” (17cm) wide. 603 pieces. Price: $69.99 – BUY HERE
➡ #41318 LEGO FRIENDS HEARTLAKE HOSPITAL: I always found it puzzling that LEGO released so few sets related to hospitals and health-care. There has been plenty of fire station and police stations, but only a couple of hospitals in the 1970s and a couple of more in the 1990s. In fact, in the past ten years we only got LEGO DUPLO hospitals meant for very young children (they are super nice though, if you don’t mind playing with bigger bricks). Because of this, the LEGO Friends Hospital has been a big deal for LEGO fans, so much so that the has been on backorder from pretty much the time it was released at the beginning of the month. While the color-scheme is in the typical LEGO Friends style (blues, purples, and pinks), and will need some changes to add to a regular LEGO City diorama, the layout and interior features include everything a proper hospital would need; emergency room, waiting room, examination room, nursery, and even a helicopter landing pad. It’s also worth noting that the hospital is modular, and the different sections could be swapped around. Watch the video-review below to see all the different areas in detail. Here is the official description of the set: The LEGO Friends Heartlake Hospital has 3 floors of medical rooms and equipment to help care for patients. There’s a nursery with crib and weighing scales, an x-ray suite with scanner and lightbox, and an examination room with a bed and microscope for checking samples. The downstairs waiting room has a reception desk and vending machine as well as an emergency entrance for those arriving by ambulance or helicopter. Includes 3 mini-doll figures: Olivia in a nurse’s uniform, Henry and Dr. Patel, plus a newborn baby Ola figure. Hospital measures over 10” (27cm) high, 11” (30cm) wide and 2” (7cm) deep. 871 pieces. Price: $99.99 – BUY HERE
In summary, I would say that all four sets in this wave are really well designed. The first three sets have plenty of play-features and building pieces to work on their own, and they could also be combined with each other, and with previous watersports sets, for a larger layout. And the hospital is an amazing set all on its own. You can find all the new sets under the LEGO Friends section of the Online LEGO Shop.
What do you think? How do you like the new LEGO Friends sets? Do you have any of them already? Or are you planning to get them? Feel free to share your thoughts and own review in the comment section below! 😉
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