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Lego Goes Pink
Lego 3187 Friends: Butterfly Beauty Shop
Member Name: SJ2011
Lego 3187 Friends: Butterfly Beauty Shop
Advantages: All the fun of Lego in a girly design
Disadvantages: End result is smaller than I thought it would be
Lego have finally realised that it's 2012 not 1912 and thanks to the shock discovery that girls like
playing with Lego too they've realised there's a 50% share of the toy market they've been
missing out on for years. So for all the little girls who've had to make do with building fire stations,
space ships, boats and borrowing their brothers Lego there's now a girly version called Lego Friends.
My 7 year old niece is a huge fan of Lego and loves these new Friends sets although she still
really likes Lego fire engine sets as well but there's nothing wrong with a girl liking firefighters
after all I still like firemen as well although my reasons are very different to my nieces! When she
came to stay with us recently she brought along her latest Lego Friends set the Butterfly Beauty
Shop along with another Friends set Olivia's Tree House.
The beauty shop set contains 221 pieces in total and comes with 2 Lego Friends dolls called Emma
and Sarah and is suitable for ages 6-12. The instruction manual that comes with the set gives clear
easy to read instructions and diagrams and although some of the parts are quite small and fiddly
my niece was able to build this herself in just over an hour with only occasional help from us. The
hardest part of building this set was adding the stickers as some of them are tiny and hard to put
The beauty shop has plenty of play value after it's built up you have a bright girly coloured shop
with a "glass" archway entrance, large shop windows with advertising stickers and a bench,
fountain, flower beds and advertising board for outside of the shop. The building is 3 sided so
you can access the inside from the back of the shop. On the inside there's a till, mirror,beauty
chair,make up stand and the set comes with plenty of accessories such as money, lipsticks, hair, hairbrushes, hairdryer,handbag and hair accessories. The set also has some nice touches such
as the swiveling chair, opening till drawer and the transparent lego blocks acting as lights above
My niece happily played with this set for hours after it was built either making up stories for the
characters or moving stuff around and swapping parts with other Lego sets. She loves the fact that
she can change the dolls hair or add bows etc to it and the fact that the dolls can hold some of the
items such as the handbag, money, hairdryer and lipsticks and doesn't seem to mind that the
lipsticks are nearly the same length as the dolls arms and the hairbrushes are nearly as big as
The Lego figures have had a makeover for the Friends sets and are now more doll like. Gone are
the bright yellow faces and square bodies,arms and legs of the usual chunky brick Lego men the
Lego Friends figures have normal skin tones,shapely figures,pretty faces and trendy clothes. The
figures still have clamp shaped hands and holes under their feet so they can stand on Lego and
hold Lego accessories.
My niece loves the new Lego figures especially the fact that you can still take their hair off and
replace it with hair and hats from any other Lego sets although neither doll looked too impressed
when their flowing locks were replaced with a Harry Potter hairdo and Rons ginger locks from my
nephews Hogwarts set. The only thing she doesn't like is the fact that unlike normal Lego figures
the legs can't be moved independently so you can only have the figure standing or sitting so she
can't pose the figures to look like they are walking. Also the hands don't rotate so the dolls look
like they are trying to throw a javelin rather than brushing their hair.
What I really like about the Lego sets is after the fun of building the set kids have a toy they can
play with rather than building a model that ends up on a shelf gathering dust. Like all Lego sets the pieces are interchangeable with other Lego sets so when kids get bored of it they can change it
around or use the parts to make something else. The only downside I've found with this and other
Lego sets we've built with the kids was it was smaller built up than you would expect from the size
of the box it arrives in. On the plus side it doesn't take up much room so kids can leave the sets
built up and create a mini village as they get more sets.
There are plenty of options in the Friends range with prices ranging from £5 for the small accessory
sets like Emma's Splash Pool through to the large sets such as Olivia's House which costs around £70.
The Lego Friends Butterfly Beauty Shop currently costs £20-£25 depending on where you shop.
Summary: All the fun of Lego designed for girls
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