Review: 41099 Heartlake Skate Park

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When I picked up my 75099 Rey’s Speeder set at Toys R Us the other day, I decided to take advantage of their sale and pick up another set for half price. It seemed like a good opportunity to buy something from a theme I don’t usually buy. So here we are – my first ever proper Friends set.

41099 Heartlake Skate Park

RRP $29.99
199 Pieces ($0.15 per piece)
Available online and most retailers.

I had seen pictures of this set online as I had been reporting on LEGO news and thought it looked interesting. There are some of the Friends sets that seem a bit boring but a skate park seemed like something different. The box contains two numbered bags containing different parts of the set.

The set includes a Mia minidoll and a white puppy. I believe the printing on Mia’s outfit is quite common. The hair and helmet are combined into a single element made out of the softer rubber material. While I appreciate the need for safety I would have liked to see a normal hair piece included as an alternative.

The Friends style animals are very cute, and the included puppy is no exception. It also fits perfectly on the skateboard.

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The actual build begins with the construction of the half pipe. I really like the colours used here. I didn’t apply the stickers but I don’t think the finished model is worse without them.

The half-pipe is made from two identical sections joined by a hinge plate. It allows for the half pipe to be displayed as a traditional half-pipe layout or more open.

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The build then moves on to the vending machine. This was a great little element to put together. It doesn’t feature anything tricky but the way they have created a functional vending machine at this scale is impressive.

The finished vending machine could easily work in a city setting.

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Bag one could easily exist as a smaller set with just the half-pipe and vending machine builds.

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Bag two features the construction of the small pier and the sliding ramp. The pier part of the set looks a little small on the front of the box due to where it is positioned and because of that I thought the pier was going to be the least impressive part of the build. I am happy to admit that I was wrong.

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There are some odd colour choices, but that is to be expected with this theme. I always prefer printing over stickers so I like that the life preserver tile is a printed element. The sign on the palm tree does look a bit odd without the sticker though.

Brown minifigure heads as coconuts is a great use of the part. The seaweed might be a bit too much.

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After building the pier it didn’t seem there were enough parts for the sliding ramp. Surprisingly though it does come together to be a reasonably sized part of the skate park.

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With just a few pieces the boom-box is immediately identifiable. I appreciate that they went for a brick-built option rather than using a moulded element like the one included with the Series 5 Fitness Instructor minifigure.

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Rather than being one big build this set contains lots of smaller independent builds. I am a fan of this way of doing things as I think it adds more play value and flexibility in terms of displaying the set.

Verdict

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There are certainly some mixed opinions on the Friends theme. The thing that struck me while building this set is that it’s a LEGO experience. Reviewing this set isn’t any different to reviewing any other LEGO set. I sat down with a pile of bricks and some instructions and created something and had a great time doing it.

Before building the set I was a little confused on how the pier fitted in. It seems that LEGO were going for a Venice Beach type feel with the mix of skater and beach concepts. I think it actually works quite well.

The set has a great range of colours too – it’s a very bright set. It might be a little bit less realistic but I am a big fan of the more colourful parts usage.

The only complaint I can think of is very minor – have a standard hairpiece for Mia when she wasn’t skating.

For existing Friends fans: This set would be a great addition to any collection.
For non-fans of Friends: This build stands up on it’s own as a fun LEGO experience regardless of how they are marketed.

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One Response to Review: 41099 Heartlake Skate Park

  1. Thanks for the review and pics.

    I have found with the Friends range that the many mini builds within a set holds my 8 y.o.’s attention better than some of the city or creator builds.

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