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Friends

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Friends
LEGO Friends Logo.svg
Years:

2012-present

Subthemes:

Friends Animals
Jungle Rescue
Pop Star

Related themes:

Belville
Disney Princess
Elves
Paradisa

For the video game, see 5707 LEGO Friends.

Friends is a theme that was introduced in early 2012, although some sets were available in late 2011. It replaced Belville as the "girl" theme. The theme is more story-based then most, and follows the activities of five girls; Andrea, Emma, Mia, Olivia, and Stephanie. The theme also introduced the Mini-doll figure and over two dozen new moulds not seen elsewhere.

A television show named, LEGO Friends of Heartlake City based on the theme is currently available in at least seven different languages.
The five main girls. Left to right: Olivia, Mia, Andrea, Emma, and Stephanie

The theme was ever greened in 2014 due to its humongous success. Friends is the most successful "girl" theme ever and in 2013 it became LEGO's 3rd most popular theme.

Description

The Friends theme is mainly targeted towards girls between the ages of five and twelve. Rather than having minifigures, the theme has introduced a new Mini-doll figure.

Friends follows five main characters: Olivia, Mia, Andrea, Emma, and Stephanie, and mainly focuses their lives in Heartlake City depicting their houses, hobbies, cars and favourite places to spend free time. In summer 2014 Friends features a new jungle sub theme, outside of Heartlake City. The different interests of the girls reflect on the sets they are included in and are meant to help a girl find a character whose interests identify with her own. Even though their personalities are different, the friends seem to have some common fancies. For example, even though Mia seems to be the biggest animal lover and volunteers at the Heartlake Vet, Stephanie, the social butterfly, has also been seen rescuing animals on pet patrol.

While previous "girl" themes such as Scala and Belville gave into juniorization, Friends generally has as much building as other City-styled sets and themes. Friends still has a unique architecture with brightly coloured, modern structures.

Unlike most other current themes, Friends uses brighter, pastel colours. The colour palette used for Friends is much broader than retired "girl" themes which mainly used pink. While pink is not absent from the Friends line, purples and azures are more dominant than before. In fact, according to press releases and catalogues, Friends has introduced a total of six new brick colours, Medium Lavender, Lavender, Yellowish green, Dark Azur, Medium Azur, and Aqua. In reality, many of these colours were seen on the 2011 Colour Palette and even used in other themes in 2011, such as dark azure in Alien Conquest and Aqua in Cars. Friends is still one of the first times these colours were used regularly rather than parts for characters. The first time would be in the SpongeBob SquarePants theme where one of the azures appeared in 2011's 3815 Heroic Heroes of The Deep. As well as the new colours and shades of pinks and purples, Cool Yellow, Tan, White and Brown (in the jungle subtheme) are prominent colours.

Apart from building elements, Friends sets include many specially moulded accessories, which increases their playbility. Over two dozen new moulds of this kind were introduced, such as new bowls, kitchen untensils, pens, hairstyling accessories, several new flowers and unique rubber hairpieces designed for female characters. Friends also reuse a few parts from Minifigures, like pies, pretzels, beakers, microphones. Brick built accessories are also present, such as the radio in 3932 Andrea's Stage.

Friends has also introduced many new animal moulds including redesigned horses, foals, rabbits, parrots, dolphins, bears also cats and dogs in different poses. There are also some entirely new animals, such as a hedgehog, a squirrel and a turtle. Most of these animals appear in different colour variants. Few animals from other themes have made their way into Friends,the frog, fish, clamb are the exceptions. The Friends Animals subtheme released in 2013 was entirely dedicated to the Heartlake City fauna. These small sets are sold in polybags, with three bags per series. In 2014 the animal sets escaped Heartlake City and put in several other cultures — for example 41042 Tiger’s Beautiful Temple was set in India. Most animals produced are only baby/children; the horse, cats and the green turtle are the exceptions.

The first winter wave of sets released in 2012 follows the adventures of the girls in a suburban setting, mainly focussing on buildings. The summer wave also focuses on a more rural setting with Emma and Stephanie going to a horse-back riding camp outside of Heartlake City and Olivia taking a camping trip. The 2013 winter wave goes back to the suburban setting, it also has two water themed sets, which go outside Heartlake City to the beach and ocean. The girls take part in more uni-sex hobbies like soccer, swimming and magic rather than "girly" ones like baking, singing and dancing. This was due to the negative feedback from feminists and fans saying the first year was "sexist" and "gender-sterotyped". The summer sets stayed in the suburban setting, with sets like the high school and Andrea's bedroom. It also featured two beach sets and the largest vehicle to appear in the Friends series, 41015 Dolphin Cruiser - the only vehicle made up of more than 150 bricks. The wave featuring only six sets, contains the current least amount of sets in a Friends wave. The girls now take part in activities with new male friends, two have appeared in each wave since. The 2014 winter wave featured a coastal setting for half its sets and rural for the other half. The only suburban set of this wave is 41058 Heartlake Shopping Mall. The girls had a sudden passion of smoothies and the Juice Bar is their new favourite hangout. The summer of 2014 is set to also feature two settings, this time suburban and jungle(their second sub theme). The jungle sets features a new colour pallet more shades of brown and green, and greys with azure water as appose to pinks and purples. Pink and purple is not absent and used for the odd flowers in the jungle and builds they built themselves like helicopters, and a headquarters in the 41038 Jungle Rescue Base.

Mini-dolls

Main article Mini-doll figure

Construction of the Minidoll, Olivia

The mini-dolls were exclusive to the line, until 2014 when the Disney Princess sets reused the mini-dolls. The mini-doll is much closer in scale to classic minifigures than the figures from previous "girl" themes, such as Scala and Belville. They are around 5 millimeters taller than a standard minifigure and are less blocky and more stylized. The mini-dolls are made out of four parts, like most regular minifigures: legs, torso, head and hair. The hands on the mini-doll do not swivel, and the legs can not rotate. In 2012 29 mini-dolls were released. In 2013 21 new mini-dolls were introduced. In 2014 32 Friends mini-dolls were released.

Background

The theme takes place in the fictional Heartlake City, and centres around the lives of five girls, Olivia, Mia, Andrea, Emma, and Stephanie, and their adventures in and around the city.

Olivia moves to Heartlake City because her dad got a large job at Heartlake Times. Olivia meets four girls, Andrea, Emma, Mia, and Stephanie, the girls quickly be friend each other. The friends start a friends club which takes part in 3065 Olivia's Treehouse. Common interests between the girls are horse back riding, baking, going to the beach, and shopping. The girls enjoy trying out each other's interests, Stephanie gets Emma a journalism job at Heartlake News.

The girls even travel the world together building homes for animals across the globe and rescuing baby animals in a jungle.

Characters

  • Andrea is one of the five main friends, she is the music lover of the group.
  • Andrew likes exploring the seas, and works for Heartlake News.
  • Anna is Olivia's mom and Peter's wife. She is a doctor and adores gardening.
  • Chloe loves telling stories and going on adventures with Mia.
  • Christina is big into Christmas.
  • Danielle likes fresh home baked cakes, cupcakes and bread.
  • Ella likes horse riding, and cats.
  • Emma is one of the five main friends, she is the beautician of the group.
  • Isabella is big into swimming and going to the pool.
  • Joanna works at the pet salon, and likes glamping.
  • Kate loves the ocean and exploring it.
  • Katharina is a expert horse rider.
  • Liza enjoys taking care of animals at the Sunshine Ranch.
  • Lily likes ice scating, hot chocolate and squirrels.
  • Matthew likes painting pictures, and is the only non best friend to go to the jungle.
  • Maya likes water skiing, dolphins and exploring the seas.
  • Mia is one of the five main friends, she is the animal lover of the group.
  • Ms. Stevens is a science and geography teacher at Heartlake High.
  • Naya is a bar attendant working in the Heartlake Juice Bar.
  • Nicole likes camping and cooking.
  • Olivia is one of the five main friends, she is the smart one of the group.
  • Peter is Olivia's dad and Anna's husband. He likes cooking and works for Heartlake Times.
  • Robert attends horses during the Heartlake Horse Show.
  • Sarah works at the beauty shop and loves style.
  • Sophie is Olivia's aunt and Peter's sister. She's also the vet. Sophie also enjoys attending the spa.
  • Stephanie is one of the five main friends, she is the soical girl of the group.
  • Theresa is the horse riding instructor.

Non-Physical Characters

Notes

Descriptions from LEGO.com

Red2x2.png This is a description taken from LEGO.com. Please do not modify it. Welcome to Heartlake City
The LEGO Friends story centers on the everyday lives and personalities of five girls in a fictional hometown called Heartlake City. Each of the friends—Olivia, Mia, Andrea, Stephanie and Emma—has a distinct personality and interests, such as animals, performing arts, invention and design, that are reflected in the models. Building sets reflect different parts of town where the girls’ adventures take place—downtown, suburbs, beach, camping grounds and mountains.


Red2x2.png This is a description taken from LEGO.com. Please do not modify it. Join your 5 new friends in Heartlake City! LEGO® Friends is the story of five friends : Olivia, Andrea, Emma, Mia and Stephanie. They live in HeartLake City, a charming town built around a heart-shaped lake. Together they create the LEGO® Friends Club to share their secrets, organize parties and help the people of the city. These five friends are always ready for fun adventures!

A world of dreams to build! At the City Park Cafe in HeartLake City, you can design a place for Andrea and Marie to meet for a snack. Over at the Tree House, you can build a sky high lookout. Organize a barbecue, play with the cat Minou or redecorate any room in Olivia's house. Or you can build a clinic to take care of animals at the Heartlake City Vet's office with Sophie and Emma!

Want to meet the LEGO® Friends? Click here!


Sets

Please see Category:Friends sets

Books

Image Set Pieces Figures Price Released
Friendsspecialedition.JPG LEGO Friends Special Edition Free 2012
FriendsForever.jpg Friends Forever US $3.99 2012
WelcomeToHeartlakeBook.jpg Welcome to Heartlake City US $3.99 June 18, 2012
Friendsbrickmaster-1.jpg Brickmaster Friends 103 Mia, Chloe US $29.99 September 17, 2012
New girl in town.jpg New Girl in Town: Mini Movie Chapter Book (LEGO Friends) US $4.99 2013
Ultimate Sticker.jpg Ultimate Sticker Collection: LEGO Friends 2013
Friends Riding Book.jpg LEGO Friends: Let's Go Riding! US $14.99 February 18, 2013
FriendsLightsCameraGirlPower.jpg LEGO Friends: Lights, Camera, Girl Power! US $4.99 March 1, 2013
Olivia's Rainbow.jpg LEGO Friends: Olivia's Rainbow 13 Maxie UK £6.99 March 7, 2013
Meet the Friends.jpg Meet the Friends US $3.99 April 30, 2013
A Treat for Goldie.jpg LEGO Friends: A Treat for Goldie 15 Goldie UK £6.99 May 2, 2013
100px LEGO Friends: A Day in Heartlake City August 1, 2013
Friends Puppy Tale.JPG LEGO Friends: A Puppy Tale August 1, 2013
Andrea Takes the Stage.jpg LEGO Friends: Andrea Takes the Stage August 1, 2013
LEGO Friends: Emma's Big Splash July 29, 2014

Other Releases

Please see Category:Friends sets

Mini-dolls

Please see Category:Friends minifigures

Animals


Gallery

See also

External links

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2012: 3061 City Park Café | 3063 Heartlake Flying Club | 3065 Olivia's Treehouse | 3183 Stephanie's Cool Convertible | 3184 Adventure Camper | 3185 Summer Riding Camp | 3186 Emma's Horse Trailer | 3187 Butterfly Beauty Shop | 3188 Heartlake Vet | 3315 Olivia's House | 3930 Stephanie's Outdoor Bakery | 3931 Emma's Splash Pool | 3932 Andrea's Stage | 3933 Olivia's Invention Workshop | 3934 Mia's Puppy House | 3935 Stephanie’s Pet Patrol | 3936 Emma's Fashion Design Studio | 3937 Olivia's Speedboat | 3938 Andrea's Bunny House | 3939 Mia's Bedroom | 3942 Heartlake Dog Show | 30100 Andrea at the Beach | 30101 Mia on Skateboard | 30102 Olivia's Desk | 30103 Emma's Car | 30105 Stephanie and Mailbox | 4659602 Display Stand | 5000245 Stephanie | 6006139 Friends Promotional Bricks | 66434-1 Friends Super Pack 3 in 1 | 66435-1 Friends Super Pack 4 in 1
2013: 41000 Water Scooter Fun | 41001 Mia's Magic Show | 41002 Emma's Karate Class | 41003 Olivia's Newborn Foal | 41004 Stephanie's Grand Entrance | | 41005 Heartlake High | 41006 Downtown Bakery | 41007 Heartlake Pet Parlour | 41008 Heartlake City Pool | 41009 Andrea's Bedroom | 41010 Olivia's Beach Buggy | 41011 Soccer Training with Stephanie | 41013 Emma's Sports Car | 41015 Dolphin Cruiser | 41016 Friends Advent Calendar | 41017 Squirrel's Tree House | 41018 Cat's Playground | 41019 Turtle's Little Oasis | 41020 Hedgehog's Hideaway | 41021 Poodle's Little Palace | 41022 Bunny's Hutch | 41023 Fawn's Forest | 41024 Parrot's Perch | 41025 Puppy's Playhouse | 30106 Ice Cream Stand | 30107 Birthday Party | 30108 Summer Picnic | 6031636 Friends Promotional Pack
2014: 30112 Flower Stand | 30113 Stephanie's Bakery Stand | 30114 Andrea's Beach Lounge | 40114 Buildable Jewelry Box | 41026 Sunshine Harvest | 41027 Mia's Lemonade Stand | 41028 Emma's Lifeguard Post | 41029 Stephanie's Newborn Lamb | 41030 Olivia's Ice Cream Bike | 41031 Andrea's Mountain Hut | 41032 First Aid Jungle Bike | 41033 Jungle Falls Rescue | 41034 Summer Caravan | 40135 Heartlake Juice Bar | 40136 Jungle Bridge Rescue | 40137 Stephanie's Beach House | 41038 Jungle Rescue Base | 41039 Sunshine Ranch | 41040 Friends Advent Calendar | 41041 Turtle's Little Paradise | 41042 Tiger's Beautiful Temple | 41043 Penguin's Playground | 41044 Macaw's Fountain | 41045 Orangutan's Banana Tree | 41046 Brown Bear's River | 41047 Seal | 41048 Lion | 41049 Panda | 41056 Heartlake News Van | 41057 Heartlake Horse Show | 41058 Heartlake Shopping Mall | 41059 Jungle Tree Sanctuary | 5002112 Bracelets
2015: 41085 Animal Care Clinic | 41086 Vet Ambulance | 41087 Bunny and Babies | 41088 Puppy Training | 41089 Foal Care Stable | 41090 Olivia's Garden Pool | 41091 Mia's Roadster | 41092 Stephanie's Pizzeria | 41093 Heartlake Hair Salon | 41094 Heartlake Lighthouse | 41095 Emma's House | 41097 Heartlake Hot Air Balloon | 41098 Emma’s Tourist Kiosk | 41099 Heartlake Skate Park | 41100 Heartlake Private Jet | 41101 Heartlake Grand Hotel | 41102 Advent Calendar | 41103 Pop Star Recording Studio | 41104 Pop Star Dressing Room | 41105 Pop Star Show Stage | 41106 Pop Star Tour Bus | 41107 Pop Star Limousine
2016: 41110 Birthday Party | 41111 Party Train | 41112 Party Cakes | 41113 Party Gift Shop | 41114 Party Styling | 41115 Emma's Creative Workshop | 41116 Olivia's Expedition Car | 41117 Pop Star T.V. Studio | 41118 Heartlake Supermarket | 41119 Heartlake Cupcake Café | 41120 Adventure Camp Archery | 41121 Adventure Camp Rafting | 41122 Adventure Camp Tree House | 41123 Foal Washing Station | 41124 Heartlake Puppy Daycare | 41125 Vet Horse Trailer | 41126 Heartlake Horse Riding Club | 41127 Amusement Park Arcade | 41128 Amusement Park Space Ride | 41129 Amusement Park Hot Dog Van | 41130 Rollercoaster | 41131 Friends Advent Calendar | 41132 Heartlake Party Shop | 41133 Bumper Cars | 41134 Heartlake Performance School | 41135 Livi's Pop Star House
Other Releases: Brickmaster Friends | LEGO Friends: Olivia's Rainbow | LEGO Friends: A Treat for Goldie | Friends Key Chain One | Friends Key Chain Two | Friends Valentine Cards | Hanging Out in Heartlake City | Perfect Pet Show | LEGO Friends Lemonade Stand Promotion
2017: 41300 (Friends set) | 41301 (Friends set)‎ | 41302 (Friends set)‎ | 41303 (Friends set)‎ | 41304 (Friends set)‎ | 41305 Emma's Photo Studio | 41306 Mia's Beach Bike | 41307 (Friends set) | 41308 Stephanie's Bakery | 41309 Andrea's Show | 41310 Heartlake Present Service | 41311 Heartlake Pizzeria | 41312 Heartlake Gym | 41313 Heartlake Swimming Bath | 41314 Stephanie's House