- 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.
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.
Main article Mini-doll figure
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.
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.
- 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 social girl of the group.
- Theresa is the horse riding instructor.
- Jacob wants to be a pilot and fanaticises about being Olivia's boyfriend.
- Lacy is Mia's arch rival and a horse rider.
- Mr. Mayor is the mayor of Heartlake City, and some what knows the best friends.
- Ms. Whimsy is Heartlake High's art teacher.
- Janitor Bob is the janitor of Heartlake High.
- Mrs. Wyes is the librarian, and English teacher at Heartlake High.
- Principal Harris is Heartlake High's principal.
- Coach Kelly is the soccer coach.
- Mr. Post is a post man in Heartlake City.
- Ms. Petal is a florist in Heartlake City.
- Mr. Tome
- Mr. Geary owns a bike shop in Heartlake City.
- Flo loves partaking in animal competitions with her cat.
- Mrs. French is a posh woman who loves poodles.
- Mrs. Jones
- Ms. Couture
- Mr. Wright
- Mr. Bangman
- Miss Poppy
- Skipper Dan
- Mr. Fern
- Ranger Parks is a park ranger.
- Ms. Daily is Peter's boss at Heartlake times.
- Camper Jack loves camping with his pet squirrel.
- Miss Terry
- Esmeralda is a fortune teller.
- Lifeguard Luke is a lifeguard in Heartlake City.
- Marine loves Dolphins and is a marine biologist.
- Miss Shore
- Captain Branson
- There are several online games including Dress up Game, Cafe Game, and Beauty Salon Game.
- Several parts from the Minifigures theme are used; the Crazy Scientist's beaker, the Pop Star's microphone, Small Clown's pie, the Surfer Girl's surfboard, and the Artist's paintbrush.
- A mini LEGO Friends of Heartlake City TV Series was created and airs occasionally on the Disney Channel.
- In 2012 it was the 4th most popular theme, Behind City (No. 1), Star Wars (No. 2) and Ninjago (No. 3). In the 2013 it took Ninjago's spot as the third. It continued to be the third most popular through 2014.
- Three of the five main characters such as Andrea, Emma and Olivia are named after those characters from Scala.
- Friends boosted the ratio of the ratio of the gender buyers of LEGO from 7% to over 40%.
Descriptions from LEGO.com
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.
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!
|LEGO Friends Special Edition||Free||2012|
|Friends Forever||US $3.99||2012|
|Welcome to Heartlake City||US $3.99||June 18, 2012|
|Brickmaster Friends||103||Mia, Chloe||US $29.99||September 17, 2012|
|New Girl in Town: Mini Movie Chapter Book (LEGO Friends)||US $4.99||2013|
|Ultimate Sticker Collection: LEGO Friends||2013|
|LEGO Friends: Let's Go Riding!||US $14.99||February 18, 2013|
|LEGO Friends: Lights, Camera, Girl Power!||US $4.99||March 1, 2013|
|LEGO Friends: Olivia's Rainbow||13||Maxie||UK £6.99||March 7, 2013|
|Meet the Friends||US $3.99||April 30, 2013|
|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|
|LEGO Friends: A Puppy Tale||August 1, 2013|
|LEGO Friends: Andrea Takes the Stage||August 1, 2013|
|LEGO Friends: Emma's Big Splash||July 29, 2014|
|40501717||Friends Blue Lunchbox||2012|
|40551716||Friends Green Water Bottle|
|40551717||Friends Blue Water Bottle||2012|
|4659599||Friends Sticker Sheet|
|5002801||Friends Brick Light (Purple)||1||2013|
|6006139||Friends Promotional Bricks||2||February 4, 2012|
|6024305||Best Friends Bricks||2||2012|
|6031636||Friends Promotional Pack||4||2013|
|No image||6053183||Children's Jewellery|
|853393||Friends Picture Frame||49||$14.99||2012|
|Friends||Willkommen Tote Bag|
|40080||Pencil Holder||138||$14.99 / €12.99||2013|
|850591||Friends Name Sign||29||2013|
|850596||Heartlake City Playmat||1||€12.99||2012|
|850597||Friends Carry Case||31||2013|
|850781||Friends Carry Case House||1||$12.99||June 27 2013|
|850789||Friends Horse Bag Charm||1||$4.99||2013|
|850849||LEGO Friends Doghouse Holiday Bauble||29||$7.99||November 2013|
|No image||853439||Unscaled Mug|