Posts Tagged ‘LEGO Friends’

Bunny and Babies LEGO Set 41087

May 28, 2015

Okay, so I know I haven’t posted for a couple of months, traveling to Australia, Baltimore and Utah in the span of those same couple months, along with building 3 big commissions has taken up most of my time lately, so this blog languishes in inactivity. I do post regularly on my Facebook Page and on My Twitter feed, so follow both of those if you want more recent and up to date posts. I do plan on doing a proper post for my Australia trip, however since I am flying to Virginia tomorrow for Scouting for Bricks and then Nashville before I get a break for a couple weeks till BrickWorld Chicago, I still haven’t had time to process and go through all my pics yet.

So, in the interim I’m doing a quick fun set review.

It all started this morning when I looked on BrickSet and saw this set.

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Just from the pictures I knew I had to get it.

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Do you see what I see? Did you read the title? Bunny and

    babies!!!!

At $4.99 USD, its a fairly reasonably priced set. LEGO Friends replaced their pet polybags with these new mini set boxes, which I’m totally fine with. The other two in this series set are a baby horse an a puppy, but I passed on both of those in preference of this set for one very good reason — bunny babies!!!

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To get a better idea of size, here’s the three sizes of bunny and as you can see the baby bunny is minifig scale.
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The set itself is okay, a decent parts pack.
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But of course when I saw the babies I didn’t want just two, I wanted a whole herd of bunnies! So I had to buy all the sets on the shelf 😀
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Much better 😉
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Set overall — 5 stars!! The baby bunnies are beyond awesome!
Pros — Baby bunnies!!!!!!!
Cons — Not enough baby bunnies 😀

I really hope they make these in other colors.

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LEGO Birds Set Review

January 20, 2015

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So on Saturday, I picked up the new Birds set with the plan of building it as soon as possible. Even before the set came out I knew that I would love this set. Its something new and teaches great building techniques. But as I was staying with friends, I ended up having a guest junior master builder — Max Lee. 🙂

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Max said he would “help” me build, but he ended up doing most of it all — I can always buy another one for me to build right? 😉

Even though the set suggested age is 12+, at 9 Max had no problems building the set. Of course his dad Paul Lee is also an AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO) and a comic artist for the LEGO Club Magazine, so Max is a LEGO kid through and through.

If you follow me on my Model Building Secrets Facebook Page, then you already saw several of my pictures of the hummingbird build. We did the birds “out of order,” starting with the humming bird, then doing the red robin and finally the blue jay. You can do them in any order of course. 😉

I love the look of the box, both the front and the back are very pretty and totally theme appropriate.
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On to building!
Hummingbird

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As you can see, there’s a lot of good parts in this set, in fact this is a great parts pack. At $45 USD its a decent price too, especially if you consider that the Disney Friends Frozen set is $40, and has a lot less pieces.

The book is great with gorgeous pics of the actual birds and cool info about them
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First build is the base and flower. I like how the flower is built, simple but nice.
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What I really like is the nonconventional building, most of the hummingbird body is upside down
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Now sure, I build like this all the time, but for the burgeoning junior Master Builder, its a great teaching set.

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Red Robin

The Robin is my favorite of all three birds, I love how cute it is when its all built.

Each instruction book features a picture of Thomas Poulsom, the set’s creator, holding one of his birds.
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Max had a lot of fun building these.
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Here you can see the central core of the Robin, this allows for having studs in all directions
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I love how the finished Robin looks
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Not the greatest pic, but you can see how nice the back looks even if the photo is blurry
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Blue Jay

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This is my least favorite of the three birds, that’s not to say that I don’t like it, I just don’t like the gaps that are in the final build.

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I do like the interior core that is in both the Blue Jay and Robin models.

Besides the gaps, I don’t like the back connection, it is a tad week and tends to fall off
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Final Thoughts

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I love, love, love this set! When I was still just dreaming of being a Master Model Builder this is the kind of set I would have wanted to teach me the tricks of the trade. Its a great value at $45 and should be added to your collection as soon as possible!

What I really like about this set is it doesn’t look like every other LEGO set out there. It looks like the birds Master Builders make to add to a tree or bird house at LEGOLAND. It has appeal for the non LEGO builder and for that rarest of creatures, the older female collector. I’m not saying that boys won’t like this set. Max certainly did. But girls like animals, especially cute animals. Hint, hint LEGO company. 🙂

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Thanks Max for all the help!

LEGO Friends or Foe?

August 20, 2013

Hi all, I know I fell completely off the blog register. Traveling to two LEGO Conventions in less than two weeks will do that to you. That and the current commission I’m working on have sapped all my time. I will be writing posts on both BrickFair Virginia and Bricks by the Bay a little later, but a recent post on GeekMom really jumped out to me.

The issue was LEGO Friends. GeekMom Cristen Pantano was like many others before LEGO Friends was out. She wanted to hate it for all the gender stereotypes that it “perpetuated.”

This Studs comic from FBTB showed how silly it all was becoming.

So LEGO Friends came out, and soon became one of the best selling lines of LEGO. And yet still the taint of them being “for girls” left a bad taste that for some it couldn’t shake.

I wrote a whole post on the controversy. And I love my LEGO Friends parts (not so much the mini dolls) as I love all the rest of my LEGO.

And that’s where GeekMom Cristen Pantano comes in. Oh she fought it, but when her daughter finally started asking for LEGO of her own instead of playing with her brother’s Cristen gave in and actually bought a couple sets.

No surprise to me, her daughter loved them. And now her daughter plays with both her LEGO and her brother’s.

You can read the whole article here, but to sum it up:

The most important thing is that girls are now building. They are gaining confidence, developing spatial and math skills, figuring out how things work, and having fun. There are aspects of the line that I do not agree with. I think that the animated characters on the web page are too old and sexualized for the target audience and our daughter is a bit confused why all of her boxes and instructions are purple. Maybe this line could have been sold with boy and girl mini-figs, since boys like my son and his friends love her kits too.

I had to respond on the post, heck I couldn’t help it. Here’s part of what I wrote:

Many people who were complaining about with the Friends line never took into account that Friends was an addition, not a substitution for “regular” LEGO. I’m all for new parts and colors — any colors. I like the new Legends of Chima theme for the same reason — new parts and colors. I’m not a big fan of those animal minifigs either, but I still like all the bright orange and olive green parts that come in the sets. LEGO isn’t about one particular theme. The whole point is for ALL the bricks from all the themes to be mixed together to create something new.

I’m glad she’s come around. I just wish she had bought the sets before she complained about them. What really surprises me is that there’s no petitions and ranting blog posts over the new Mega Blocs Barbie sets which are pretty much exactly what they were complaining about with LEGO Friends — Just saying. 😉

BricksCascade just around the corner

February 2, 2013

Have nothing to do the second weekend of March? Why not come and join us at BricksCascade in Portland, Oregon?

For full attendees, the fun starts on March 7th and goes through March 10th. Last year was a lot of fun and this year looks like it is shaping up to be a good one too. And of course there will be public hours Saturday and Sunday. I’ll be there all weekend. Its the first of 4-5 LEGO Cons I plan on attending this year, and I always have fun at them. 🙂

Need another reason to come? You can purchase this awesome shirt created by the one and only Doctor Mobius (aka Jason). 😉
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If you can’t come, I will of course be there and do my best to cover it here on my blog.

I will also be attending Emerald City Comic Con for the first time the week before that in Seattle March 1st-3rd. I’ll be talking more about this event soon. If you happen to be going to that, I will be at the BrickShirts booth or at the LEGO layout so come by and say hi. 🙂

Lollipop Forest from Candy Land

January 13, 2013

Lollipop Forest (Candy Land)

This was one of those models that the thumbnail fooled me. I really thought that the lollipops were real and that only the base and figure were LEGO. Once I looked at the actual photo, I realized it was all LEGO and even the plastic coverings were poly bags from sets!

The model was made for the current Iron Builder contest between Siercon and Coral and Bart De Dobbelaer.

If you are not familiar with the Iron Builder challenges. Two builders are given a specific part and have a time frame to make multiple models with that part. You can read the details of this challenge here.

This is Bart De Dobbelaer’s first model for the contest:
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Iron Builder Contests are always fun as the builders push themselves to the edge of building. I look forward to what other creations will emerge.

Pez anyone?

October 21, 2012

Pez Dispenser

Sometimes a part dictates what needs to be made. And in this case the LEGO Friends sponge (or bar of soap, take your pick of the official name) just screamed “Pez” to me. I figured somebody was bound to do it, so it might as well be me. 😉

Mega Bloks Barbie

September 28, 2012

I rarely, very very rarely, report on clone brands, but I really couldn’t pass this one up. Apparently Mega Bloks is feeling the strain from LEGO Friends and will start their own girl specific line partnered with Mattel’s Barbie and, since we can’t leave the boys out of it, Hot Wheels.

Barbie® and Hot Wheels® to be First Mattel Brands Included in New Collection

This strategic alliance leverages the MEGA Bloks brand and its expertise by bringing Mattel’s most powerful properties to life in the fast-growing construction toy category.

The Mega Bloks Barbie™ collection will provide girls with a completely new Barbie play experience. With a focus on creative play and customization, the possibilities are endless. The line will feature Barbie and her friends in a buildable world of fashion and dream locations.

The Mega Bloks Hot Wheels™ collection will center on performance, stunts and the coolest cars. Boys can customize through construction, as vehicle play and construction toys merge to create and build a world of speed and excitement.

“Our exciting partnership with category leader, MEGA Brands, will offer both boys and girls a new way to play with their favorite brands,” says Rosa Zeegers, Senior Vice President Global Consumer Products Licensing for Mattel. “We look forward to continuing to build upon the transformative play experience girls have come to expect when they play with Barbie as well as giving boys the steering wheel to customize their own Hot Wheels brand products.”

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We’ll have to wait till next year to see what the sets look like, but I’m not holding my breath.

Happy Birthday to Me!

April 24, 2012

Happy Birthday to Me

Yes, its my birthday today! I actually created this quick table scrap a few days ago. I thought about using one of the official LEGO cake elements, but then I thought, who actually has a cake like that? Normally you get a sheet cake. Once I decided that I wanted to make that kind of cake it was surprisingly simple to add some custom stickers to create the trim and inside of the cake. The addition of Friends utensils and the birthday cake torso made it perfect!

Although I do have to work on my birthday, I don’t mind. Being in Orlando Florida and getting to build a model at a fun convention is a great birthday gift. And after my commission work I’ll be checking out several of the great theme parks so I am going to have a pretty darned cool birthday!

A Rose is a Rose, except when it isn’t

February 13, 2012

La vie en rose

I meant to post this earlier, but on the eve of Valentine’s Day this is a perfect time for it to be shared.

We’ve seen LEGO roses before, heck, I’ve even built some but Barbara Werth’s rose is the first time I’ve seen minifig capes as petals.

It took me a moment to figure out how the center was made. See if you can figure it out.

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I also really like the Toy Story Army Men bases as the leaves. That part isn’t used nearly enough, at least in my opinion. 😉

Barbara certainly has a fun building style and its always great to find a fellow brick chick 🙂

Guys build with Friends too

January 23, 2012

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Cale Leiphart’s newest MOC (my own creation) is a good example of what LEGO Friends mixed with “normal” LEGO bricks can look like.

As I pointed out to a hesitant AFOL (Adult Fan of LEGO), the building potential of the new friends sets is very high, why limit either guys or girls to gender-specific sets? LEGO is LEGO is LEGO. Even the worst themes have great parts.

Regardless of the LEGO Friends controversy, this is a great model. 😉