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    LEGO Friends Team Responds to Character Changes
    Hot Bionicle NewsWednesday, December 6th, 2017 at 1:42pm by Andrew, BZPower News Manager

    With 2018 sets starting to appear on shelves and images showing up online, many have noticed some interesting changes. A couple of the characters have an updated appearance for the new year with varying degrees of notability. There have been a lot of questions about why this change has happened, and now the LEGO Friends team has released an official statement. Read on to learn more!

    Every year we strive to innovate and make our products even better for children all over the world. A lot of effort has gone into the development of the LEGO characters and universes across our entire product range, so it makes us very happy when changes are noticed.

    LEGO Friends in 2018 looks a bit different than what it has in the past. To be specific, the 5 main characters have a slightly different look but also the city and the citizens of Heartlake City have changed.

    But what are the reasons for the change?

    Firstly, we want to assure you that all 5 friends are still there in 2018. Andrea, Mia, Emma, Stephanie and Olivia – they all still exist! Also the character’s main interests and personalities remain mainly unchanged.

    What you will see in 2018 is an evolution of LEGO Friends, a progression of the story and characters to make sure children get an even greater play experience. Every year more than a million children and parents reach out to us and share what they love and what they would like to change. In the LEGO Friends range children told us that they would like even more differentiated characters and also suggested improvements to Heartlake City.

    We always take great care to listen to input from children, and the LEGO Friends team has worked hard to make even more engaging and relevant experiences for children – and also make the LEGO Friends universe more true to the actual world children live in.

    Taking a starting point in reality, we’ve made the characters more diverse in their appearance and have added more depth to their personality. And of course, they still live in Heartlake City. But just as the characters have changed, Heartlake City has become more differentiated and rich. There are different districts and there are other citizens that play a more active role in the story.

    The changes we have made does not change the fact that previous and new LEGO Friends sets will cater for great building and play experience in 2018 and beyond, and we hope to inspire even more stories and play opportunities for children in the future.

    Thanks to Kim Thomsen from the LEGO Community Team for sharing this information. What do you think of these changes and the official statement? Let us know in the Talkback!

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