2013 Friends Advent Calendar Day 4: Lily

Day 4 Lily 1Here we have Lily. Made up of just four parts, she’s decked out in her holiday sweater with festive red santa skirt, red leggings and black boots. With the only two minidolls included in this year’s calendar already out of the way, I can’t wait to see what kind of shenanigans Stephanie and Lily get into for the rest of the days.

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2013 Friends Advent Calendar Day 3: Festive Street Lamp

Day 3 Festive Street Lamp 1Today’s item is a 10-piece street lamp with a festive green and red holiday ornament attached to the post.  The ornament can be adjusted to any height along the post and it can also be adjusted to any angle of your choice.  As a single lamp post, it doesn’t say much…but in multiples it can definitely increase the festive flair to any Friends holiday street scene.

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2013 Friends Advent Calendar Day 1: Stephanie

Did you miss out on getting your Friends Advent Calendar this year? They sold out extremely quickly from every retailer this year long before the winter LEGO Shop@Home catalog came out featuring the calendar. Total bummer. But we’re here to virtually help. LIke last year, Heartlake Friends will be doing a daily reveal of each day’s sets for the next 24 days. It may not be the same as having your own calendar to build through, but hopefully you’ll at least get a little enjoyment out of it.

Today’s set: Stephanie

Day 1: Stephanie

The first item of the Lego Friends Advent Calendar features blond-haired Stephanie sporting cute navy blue lace-up boots, white leggings, a lavender cardigan, a light blue pleated skirt with a matching blue scarf.  She is certainly ready to frolic and play in her holiday wonderland.  The figure consists of four total pieces – hair, head, torso and legs.

5000245 Stephanie Review

5000245-Stephanie-1Here is another polybag set for Stephanie…yes just Stephanie and nothing else.  This is kind of a pointless set in my opinion because there’s nothing to really talk about. This particular version of Stephanie is available in three other sets: 3063 Heartlake Flying Club, 30105 Mailbox (which we just reviewed), and 3183 Stephanie’s Cool Convertible, so this version is not really that hard to get. It would have been nice to have her in a new outfit to make it worth acquiring one. I suppose I can mention that the set includes a blue 2×2 brick which acts as the stand for the mini-doll.  Also my three year-old daughter took Stephanie’s hairpiece and tried to put it on her own head and said “that’s not for me.”  She then proceeded to put it on my head as well.  I thought that was just too cute not to share! 5000245-Stephanie-2Here’s what the packaging looked like:

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LEGO Friends: 2012 Best Seller

I came across this article about the LEGO Friends series awhile back and thought it would be nice to share with our kind readers who have all been so supportive of our growing little blog.  According to the article, LEGO Friends far exceeded sales expectations in 2012 by selling twice as much and has even continued to gain greater momentum despite all the initial controversy surrounding issues of gender specificity.  The article provides a great recap about the controversial issues including responses from LEGO headquarters and the protesting group SPARK (Sexualization Protest: Action Resistance Knowledge).  The ongoing dialog between the two sides has seen positive results thus far, as evident in the growing variety of Friends characters and their accompanying sets.

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