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    Toy Fair 2014: Friends & Disney Princess
    Hot Bionicle NewsFriday, February 21st, 2014 at 6:22pm by Andrew, BZPower News Manager

    While not everyone may be interested in Friends and the Disney Princess lines, they're still very popular in the market. They also tend to include pieces in colors you wouldn't normally find, and introduce plenty of new elements too. So why don't you come check out what LEGO has in store for fans of the mini-dolls!

    Friends

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 01

    Winter Sets

    41026 Sunshine Harvest

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 31

    223 pieces. Age 6+.
    $19.99 (USD) $24.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    41027 Mia's Lemonade Stand

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 33

    112 pieces. Age 5+.
    $9.99 (USD) $12.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    41028 Emma's Lifeguard Post

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 34

    78 pieces. Age 5+.
    $9.99 (USD) $12.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    41029 Stephanie's New Born Lamb

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 35

    78 pieces. Age 5+.
    $9.99 (USD) $12.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    41035 Heartlake Juice Bar

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 32

    277 pieces. Age 6+.
    $29.99 (USD) $39.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    41037 Stephanie's Beach House

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 29 Toy Fair 2014 Friends 30

    369 pieces. Age 6+.
    $39.99 (USD) $49.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    41056 Heartlake News Van

    278 pieces. Age 6+.
    $24.99 (USD) $29.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    41057 Heartlake Horseshow

    355 pieces. Age 6+.
    $39.99 (USD) $49.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    The first batch of sets continues the trend of bright, vibrant colors. There's lots of yellow, lime green, pink, purple, and fuchsia, which you don't often see in many other lines. They also incorporate a lot of animals, from a dog to a dolphin to a lamb, greatly increasing the variety of LEGO creatures out there.

    41039 Sunshine Ranch

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 27 Toy Fair 2014 Friends 28

    721 pieces. Age 6+.
    $69.99 (USD) $89.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    The ranch is the largest set of the winter wave, and definitely offers a lot of play value. There's lots and lots of critters, and the two story barn has quite the fleshed-out interior.

    Summer Sets

    41030 Olivia's Ice Cream Bike

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 25

    98 pieces. Age 5+.
    $9.99 (USD) $12.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    41031 Andrea's Mountain Hut

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 26

    119 pieces. Age 5+.
    $9.99 (USD) $12.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    41032 First Aid Jungle Bike

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 16

    156 pieces. Age 6+.
    $14.99 (USD) $17.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    41033 Jungle Falls Rescue

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 13

    183 pieces. Age 6+.
    $19.99 (USD) $24.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    41034 Summer Caravan

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 18

    297 pieces. Age 6+.
    $29.99 (USD) $39.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    41036 Jungle Bridge Rescue

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 17

    365 pieces. Age 7+.
    $29.99 (USD) $39.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    Many of the summer sets seem to follow a 'jungle' theme, which I think is a great direction for the line and possibly shows that LEGO is trying to not conform to gender stereotypes. Some of the sets, like the two jungle rescues, really stand out to me, and I like that helicopter and jeep a lot! Also, make sure you notice the animals, including a tiger cub and a chameleon!

    41038 Jungle Rescue Base

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 14 Toy Fair 2014 Friends 15

    473 pieces. Age 7+.
    $59.99 (USD) $69.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    I'm not sure why a rescue base needs a slide that dumps you into a boat, but it sure is fun at least! There's also a zip line to add to the play features, and some nicely-detailed first aid stations. I'm not sure it's worth $60, but it does look pretty cool!

    41040 LEGO Friends Advent Calendar

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 02 Toy Fair 2014 Friends 03 Toy Fair 2014 Friends 04 Toy Fair 2014 Friends 05

    228 pieces. Age 5+.
    $29.99 (USD) $39.99 (CAD)
    Available in September

    Like Star Wars, Friends gets its own Advent calendar again this year. I feel like the quality of some of the the mini models (if you can call them that) is rather lacking, but there are some good ones like the sleigh.

    41058 Heartlake Shopping Mall

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 19 Toy Fair 2014 Friends 20 Toy Fair 2014 Friends 21 Toy Fair 2014 Friends 22 Toy Fair 2014 Friends 23 Toy Fair 2014 Friends 24

    1,120 pieces. Age 7+.
    $109.99 (USD) $129.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    This would appear to be the largest Friends set released to date, and it's great. The main area appears to be a fashion show with a DJ playing music (the photographer is the only male mini-doll I've noticed in this year's sets), but there's plenty of other things too. The photobooth has a great play feature that drops a 1x2 tile out with a print of pictures. There's a food court and a clothing store too. You also get a beauty spa, complete with a mini-doll wearing a facial mask. The attention to detail is impressive and I'm sure it's going to be a hit!

    Animal Sets

    41041 Turtle's Little Paradise

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 07

    43 pieces. Age 5+.
    $3.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in April

    41042 Tiger's Beautiful Temple

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 08

    42 pieces. Age 5+.
    $3.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in April

    41043 Penguin's Playground

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 09

    46 pieces. Age 5+.
    $3.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in April

    41044 Macaw's Fountain

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 12

    39 pieces. Age 5+.
    $3.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in October

    41045 Orangutan's Banana Tree

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 11

    37 pieces. Age 5+.
    $3.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in October

    41046 Brown Bear's River

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 10

    37 pieces. Age 5+.
    $3.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in October

    41047 Seal's Little Rock

    37 pieces. Age 5+.
    $3.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in October

    41048 Lion Cub's Savanna

    43 pieces. Age 5+.
    $3.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in October

    41049 Panda's Bamboo

    47 pieces. Age 5+.
    $3.99 (USD) $5.99 (CAD)
    Available in October

    I believe there were similar sets to these last year, which means they must be working. For $4, you get a little animal and a scene/home for them. It sounds like a winning recipe and they're all pretty cute. I'm particularly a fan of the penguin with its little slide.

    Toy Fair 2014 Friends 06

    I have no idea why this sneaker was there, but it was and I thought it was cool. It reminds me of something our Blog Assistant Nukaya would build, but not as awesome.

    Disney Princess

    Toy Fair 2014 Disney Princess 01

    41050 Ariel's Amazing Treasures

    Toy Fair 2014 Disney Princess 02

    77 pieces. Age 5+.
    $12.99 (USD) $15.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    41051 Merida's Highland Games

    Toy Fair 2014 Disney Princess 03

    145 pieces. Age 5+.
    $19.99 (USD) $24.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    41052 Ariel's Magical Kiss

    Toy Fair 2014 Disney Princess 04

    250 pieces. Age 5+.
    $29.99 (USD) $39.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    41053 Cinderella's Dream Carriage

    Toy Fair 2014 Disney Princess 05

    274 pieces. Age 6+.
    $29.99 (USD) $39.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    41054 Rapunzel's Creativity Tower

    Toy Fair 2014 Disney Princess 06

    299 pieces. Age 6+.
    $39.99 (USD) $49.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    41055 Cinderella's Romantic Castle

    Toy Fair 2014 Disney Princess 07

    646 pieces. Age 6+.
    $69.99 (USD) $89.99 (CAD)
    Available in January

    There's two things that really surprise me about these sets. First, that it took LEGO and Disney so long to make them! Second, that there's only one wave of them this year! With that out of the way, I really like the concept of these sets and am sure that they will sell many, many copies just by having the Disney Princess logo on the box. I'm not a big fan of the execution though, since from my limited memory they don't seem to match scenes or parts from the movies too well. Or maybe I just forgot the part of Cinderella where she sits on her swing outside the castle. Now I understand they're trying to make them more fun for the kids, but I think they could also print their own money if they made more accurate versions of Cinderella and the other princesses' castles. That one's free LEGO, let's see what next year brings!

    If you weren't a fan of the Friends and Disney Princess lines already, hopefully you saw something you liked here. If you didn't, we still have plenty of other Toy Fair 2014 coverage that you can go check out. And what we see next is up to you, so go vote! We'll have more pictures and info for you to check out tomorrow, right here on BZPower.

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