LEGO Friends Team Addresses The 2018 Friends Redesigns

When the first images of the 2018 Friends sets started appearing online I noticed that Olivia looked odd. I sent off a message to LEGO to find out what was going on and they got back to me tonight. You can read their full statement in full at the end of the article.

Essentially the visual changes to the characters are actually only one part of the change. Heartlake City will be undergoing changes as well. The town will become more realistic, with different districts and other citizens.

With regards to the five main characters the LEGO Friends team assures us that they will each still have the same personalities and interests as before. Their design changes are just to diversify their appearance.

What are those design changes? Here is a rundown, starting with the most different…

Olivia

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The most obvious difference is that new Olivia has a darker skin tone and now wears glasses. Her hair style is also slightly different, with a braid in the front.

Emma

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Emma’s eye colour changes from a deep green to brown in the redesign. It could just be me but it seems that they have also changed the eye shape slightly.

Andrea

2018 Friends Redesign Andrea
New Andrea also gets an eye colour change from green to brown. The lip colour has been darkened too. The new hair style is longer and looser than current version.

Mia

2018 Friends Redesign Mia
While Emma and Andrea switch from green to brown eyes, Mia’s eyes go the other way changing from brown to green. Her lips also have been changed to a more subtle tone.

Stephanie

2018 Friends Redesign Stephanie
Stephanie seems unchanged.

What do you think of the changes?

You can read the LEGO Friends team’s statement below.

2017 Advent Calendars – Day 6 – City, Friends & Star Wars

I had quite a busy day today (not just playing with LEGO AR Studio) so I’m only just getting a chance to post today’s builds now.

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LEGO Launches New Augmented Reality App

Earlier today I watched an animated Lloyd fly a LEGO dragon around my workplace, shooting fireballs at the printer. This is the kind of fun you can have with the new LEGO AR Studio app, now available in the iOS app store.

The LEGO AR Studio uses your phone’s camera and sensors to place 3D LEGO sets in the real world. It’s kind of like Pokemon Go, but instead of Pokemon it features a selection of LEGO sets.

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The initial selection of sets is fairly limited, but there are still some fun options. The current range includes LEGO City Police Station 60047, LEGO City Train Set 60052, LEGO City Fire Station 60110, LEGO Ninjago The Green NRG Dragon 70593, LEGO Ninjago Movie – Cole’s Mech 70632 and LEGO Ninjago Movie – Destiny’s Bounty 70618.

I had the Destiny’s Bounty sailing around the floor, complete with water effect.

The app is easy to use – it’s designed for younger LEGO fans after all. Upon opening you select a flat surface as your play area. It can be a little tricky to get the app to find the surface you want to use. Once the surface is mapped you can then start adding sets to the area. The sets feature various animated or interactive elements (such as making the dragon breathe fire).

The 3D models are very accurate to the sets and you can get up really close by moving your phone closer to where the set was placed.

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For an extra level of playability the models also feature hidden Golden Bricks. There are 12 to collect currently. Also present in the app are buttons to capture photos and videos of your action.

The app is available on the following iOS 11 devices: iPhone SE, iPhone 6s and later, iPad (2017), iPad Pro (1st Generation and later). Unfortunately being an AR app not every device can run it.

Via https://www.lego.com/en-us/aboutus/news-room/2017/december/lego-ar-studio/

LEGO Batman Movie Series 2 Minifigures Unveiled

The LEGO Facebook page has overnight shared pictures the second series of The LEGO Batman Movie minifigures.

It’s an interesting lineup of minifigures – there are only two new Batman variants, some villains and a few less known members of the Justice League. As expected there are lots of humorous little details, such as Zod holding a newspaper with the headline “Kneel Before Zod in polls”

Click through the gallery to see the full lineup.

Are any of these must haves to you? These minifigures will be out in January.

2017 Advent Calendars – Day 5 – City, Friends & Star Wars

Today may be all about the slightly underwhelming launch of Amazon but the inevitable approach of Christmas is not slowing down. It’s already day 5!

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Amazon Australia Officially Launches

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The media said that Amazon Australia would launch by Black Friday but that came and went without any word from Amazon. Instead they have opted for the momentous occasion of Tuesday December 5th to launch the Australian site.

So now that it has launched, are the prices amazing? Has it instantly killed local LEGO retail trade? The answer to both is no. If I had to summarise the Amazon.com.au for LEGO fans in one word it would be “Okay”. It’s not amazing but it’s also not terrible.

Really the only factor that people really care about is price. There are two sides to this – Listings from Amazon themselves all seem to be around the 20% off mark, the sort of prices you can either find on sale at Myer, Toys R Us and David Jones or often the regular shelf prices at Kmart, Big W and even Target.

I often tell people that 20% off RRP should be the price you aim to pay, if not better and Amazon does have some better prices – For example the LEGO BB-8 set for $99 is a good deal at around 37% off RRP.

This link should have all of the LEGO listings from Amazon.

2017 Advent Calendars – Day 4 – City, Friends & Star Wars

It’s been a horrible rainy day here in Brisbane. Hopefully the day 4 builds are better than the weather.

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Free Iconic Christmas Set Now Available From LEGO

LEGO have a new Christmas promotion listed on their website but despite what the headline says I think they are being a bit generous with the term Iconic.

Spend over $100 and you’ll receive a free 5004934 Iconic Christmas Set

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The set features two minifigures and a selection of small builds. The box itself also forms part of the completed model. The fact that the cardboard box is a big part of this makes it a little less iconic than the name suggests.

The site is also promoting a Double VIP period from December 15th – 17th but any orders placed on the 15th or later almost certainly won’t make it by Christmas. 

2017 Advent Calendars – Day 3 – City, Friends & Star Wars

Day 3, which also happens to be Sunday. Hopefully these builds are fun and will make us all feel better about tomorrow being Monday.

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2017 Advent Calendars – Day 2 – City, Friends & Star Wars

Welcome back! Let’s get stuck in to our day two builds.

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