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Review: 41333 Olivia’s Mission Vehicle

The Friends theme is getting a reboot in 2018. Not only are the characters redesigned but the theme has a new feel to it. Everything seems to be a bit more colourful and cartoonish than before.

The most radically different of the Friends characters is the 2018 version of Olivia, so I was keen to grab a set with her in it to review.

Here is my look at 41333 Olivia’s Mission Vehicle

41333 Olivias Mission Vehicle Main

Olivia Looks Different In The 2018 Friends Sets

Pictures have started appearing online for some of the 2018 sets. While I haven’t had a chance to collate these and share them I noticed something odd when checking out the 2018 Friends sets.

Olivia isn’t the Olivia we are all used to. In fact it seems that she has been completely redesigned.

Here is what Olivia currently looks like…

Olivia 2017

And here is what Olivia looks like in the 2018 sets…

Olivia 2018

There are numerous differences. New Olivia has a different hair colour and style, she now wears glasses and her skin tone is slightly darker.

I don’t have any issue with the Friends lineup having a bit more diversity in terms of skin tone but I feel like LEGO should have done that from the start. Completely redesigning an existing character is odd and likely to cause issues for kids when their favourite LEGO Friend suddenly looks completely different.

I also think the glasses are a bit disappointing. Why? Because Olivia has always been the nerdy character with an interest in science and technology. Giving the character with an interest in STEM glasses feels like a lazy stereotype.

What do you think of the change? Is this an outrage, or a non-issue?

You can see the 2018 Friends set images here.