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Lego Friends for Girls Top Seller for Christmas 2012
Lego sets aimed specially at girls are predicted to be extremely hot sellers for Christmas 2012. This past January Lego launched Lego Friends for Girls amidst a hailstorm of protest. In spite of being accused of being sexist Lego Friends was an immediate success. The Danish Lego company saw sales increase by 35%. It is estimated that sales of Lego to girls has risen from 9% to 27% since the line launched.
Controversy or no controversy girls love this new line of Lego Friends. Right from the beginning there have been shortages in supplies and this Christmas shopping season is no exception. If you think your girls ages 5 to 12 will have a new or beginning interest in building Leg sets be sure to order early.
The designers of Lego used a very scientific approach to design this line. They hit all the girl type interest points with such things as houses, tree houses, cafés, puppy houses, beauty shops, campers, vets, stables, pools, and bakeries.
Lego Friends Houses
LEGO Friends Olivia’s House
Girls love dollhouses of all descriptions and this Lego Friends Olivia’s House is a real hit with them. It consists of a total of 695 pieces. When it is built it becomes a house similar in many ways to the Playmobil House. One of the great things about this Lego set is that it comes with a shower, toilet, sink, bed, vanity, couch, sofa chair, coffee table, TV, refrigerator with opening door, cabinets, oven, sink, kitchen table and chairs; plus accessories diary, hairbrush, blender, salt and pepper shakers, frying pan, spatula, muffin tins, mixer, utensils, baking tray, bowl, sausage, chicken drumstick, carrots, apple, bunch of cherries, milk carton and flower accessory pack. The included figures are Olivia, Mom (Anna) and Dad (Peter) and cat Kitty.
In shades of mauve and pink it is very eye appealing. It is a big set and when assembled can be played with from the front and the rear. It is fun and the girls love to build it.
LEGO Friends Olivia’s Tree House
LEGO Friends Olivia’s Tree House is a great add-on to Olivia’s House or as a smaller less expensive set from which to get started with Lego Friends. Again Lego has included all the pieces. The 191 pieces include Olivia mini-doll figure, pet cat Maxie, 4 ladybirds, a bird Goldie with birdhouse, 4 butterflies, hidden compartment and folding ladders. The accessories are telescope, milk carton, food dish, fish and flower pack.
Olivia’s Tree house looks great as the garden feature for Lego Friends Olivia’s House. It can be decorated with butterflies, flowers, and ladybirds.
Lego Friends Animals
LEGO Friends Heartlake Vet
So many young girls who have their own pets long to be veterinarians. They know what trips to the vet are all about. The Lego Friends Heartlake Vet set is 343 pieces that contains an aquarium, examination table, mailbox, horse pen, hedgehog cage, x-ray and scale along with Mia and Veterinarian Sophie mini-doll figures, horse Bella, dog Scarlett and hedgehog Oscar. The accessories are the thermometer, clipboard, ice pack, stethoscope, spoon, syringe, registration chart and flower accessory pack with 3×4 flowers, 4 butterflies and 4 ladybirds.
One of my esthetician’s daughters loves this set. They have a dog and several cats so this is an imaginative extension of her every day life. She is busy adding sets like the Lego Friends Stephanie’s Pet Patrol, the Lego Friends White Kitten, Puppy Mini-figures, and the Lego Friends Heartlake Dog Show to her collection.
LEGO Friends Summer Riding Camp
This Lego Friends Summer Riding Camp set is perfect for all the girls learning to ride, many of whom will be off to a summer riding camp. With 1145 pieces this is a huge set. In fact it is the largest set in the Lego Friends line. It is already showing signs of being sold out everywhere.
There are 4 figures – Emma, Stephanie, Instructor Theresa and Ella. The structures once built are 2 two-story buildings: the camp canteen, classroom, 2 bedrooms, and bathhouse with toilet, horse staging area and paddock. The set includes a mini-bus and detachable trailer. Animals include a hedgehog and 3 different colored horses: Champion, Foxy and Sunshine. A full set of accessories are a camera, storybook, riding helmets, croissants, salad, sausages, dining furniture, blackboard, 3 saddles, 3 bridles, pitch fork, whip, bonfire, marshmallows, cups; animal accessory set: brushes, comb, bows, hairspray, soap and prize ribbons; and flower accessory set: flowers, ladybirds and butterflies.
This is a very ambitious set but for those just getting started the LEGO Friends Heartlake Stables is the answer. With a total of 401 pieces it includes 2 mini-doll figures: Mia and Katharina. Not as many buildings as Lego Friends Summer Riding Camp this set has a barn with 2 horse stables, hand trolley, a well with bucket and fencing. The animals are 2 horses, a cat and a frog. A complete set of accessories includes carrots, cups, a book, pitchfork, a brick separator, 2 practice jumps, 2 riding helmets, 2 saddles and 2 bridles and an animal accessory set with brushes, comb, bows, hair spray, soap and prize ribbons. This is tremendous value.
Lego Friends Girls’ Hangouts
LEGO Friends Butterfly Beauty Shop
Every girl knows all about hair. From a young age girls have their hair brushed, washed, put in ponytails, and many times curled. They have all been to a beauty salon with Mom and many have had haircuts. It seems that at an early age they are exposed to nail polish and lipstick, even if they don’t use these things themselves. The Lego Friends Butterfly Beauty Shop caters to imaginative play about this important part of their lives. This set is a great starter set with 221 pieces, pieces for Butterfly shop, Emma and Sarah mini-doll figures, plus a fountain, a bench and the salon furniture. The accessories include a money bill, hair elements, lipsticks, a purse, bows, sunglasses, a hairdryer, hairbrush and a mirror.
My twin Granddaughters are not quite old enough for this but down the road I think this would be a perfect Lego set for them. Every morning we have the ponytail struggle with the reluctance to have their long curly hair brushed and their need to dictate what fasteners should be used. This a great set for girly girls.
LEGO Friends City Park Café
This Lego Friends City Park Café represents something that all children experience – a trip to a restaurant, coffee house, or fast food chain. They love to make pretend food for themselves, siblings, friends, and parents. With 222 pieces that make the café, kitchen area, inside and outside dining areas, counter and cash register. Included in this set are Andrea and Marie mini-doll figures plus money bricks, frying pan, spatula, muffin tins, mixer, utensils, baking tray, bowl, pie and juice carton.
The Lego Friends City Park Café is another of the smaller Friends sets and makes a suitable introduction to Lego sets for girls.
What Others Think About Lego Friends For Girls
On Amazon.com almost all the Lego Friends For Girls sets are rated 4.5 to 5 stars. Here are some of the reviews that have been given by parents or grandparents just like you or me.
“My 6 year old granddaughter is really into the friends legos, she has become very efficient with putting them together really fast. She wants all the friends so she can play with the friends and all their stores.”
“My daughter received this as a gift, she absolutely loves it. Detailed instructions are easy to follow for 6 year olds after little explaination. She constructed it in about half an hour, and she and her little sister played with it all day. After dismantle, it has been put together with imaginative construction, as well as following the instructions, over and over.”
“This was purchased as a birthday gift for my 8 yr. old grandaughter. She was very excited when she opened it. She loves all her Lego Friends and has become very efficient at following the directions and assembles them quite quickly.
I would reccomend it highly.”
“My 7 year old Granddaughter LOVES this toy! I have heard that girls play with Lego’s differently than boys. They tell themselves a story while building the set, and then they can play with it afterwards–it doesn’t have to sit and gather dust like so many of the movie themed ones.”
“My 5+ daughter chose this lego set when we were browsing online. I was hesitant at first to buy it because it was so girlie. However, it turned out to be cleverly designed and educational. There are a lot of pieces and easy to follow instruction booklet. Once my daughter started learning how it worked she was able to put together some of the parts on her own. It was a fun family activity. And, of course, now she loves playing with it!”
I like the idea that Lego includes all these items so you don’t have to buy the accessories before you can play with the item. The other great thing about the Lego Friends for Girls sets is that they are compatible with the other Lego sets. This means that both boys and girls can intersperse their sets to create new imaginative play places.
Where to Buy Lego Friends for Girls
A reminder if Lego Friends for Girls is on your Christmas 2012 list SHOP EARLY! With the shortages already appearing I truly believe you your best bet is to shop Amazon.com. In many cases the shipping is free, it is delivered right to your front door, you know ahead of time if it is in stock (no running from store to store trying to find the desired item), and Amazon has outstanding customer service.