- For the video game, see 5707 LEGO Friends.
Friends is a theme that was introduced in early 2012, although some sets were available in late 2011. It replaced Belville as the "girl" theme. Twenty-three sets have been confirmed so far. The theme is more story-based then most, and follows the activities of five girls; Andrea, Emma, Mia, Olivia, and Stephanie. The theme also introduced the Mini-doll figure and over two dozen new moulds not seen elsewhere.A television show named, LEGO Friends of Heartlake City based on the theme is currently available in at least three different languages.
Friends follows five main characters: Olivia, Mia, Andrea, Emma, and Stephanie, and their lives in Heartlake City depicting their houses, hobbies, cars and favourite places to spend free time. The different interests of the girls reflect on the sets they are included in and are meant to help a girl find a character whose interests identify with her own. Even though their personalities are different, the friends seem to have some common fancies. For example, even though Mia seems to be the biggest animal lover and volunteers at the Heartlake Vet, Stephanie, the social butterfly, has also been seen rescuing animals on pet patrol.
While previous "girl" themes such as Scala and Belville gave into juniorization, Friends generally has as much building as other City-styled sets and themes. Friends still has a unique architecture with brightly coloured, modern structures.
Unlike most other current themes, Friends uses brighter, pastel colours. The colour palette used for Friends is much broader than retired "girl" themes which mainly used pink. While pink is not absent from the Friends line, purples and azures are more dominant than before. In fact, according to press releases and catalogues, Friends has introduced a total of six new brick colours, Medium Lavender, Lavender, Yellowish green, Dark Azur, Medium Azur, and Aqua. In reality, many of these colours were seen on the 2011 Colour Palette and even used in other themes in 2011, such as dark azure in Alien Conquest and Aqua in Cars. Friends is still one of the first times these colours were used regularly rather than parts for characters. The first time would be in the SpongeBob SquarePants theme where one of the azures appeared in 2011's 3815 Heroic Heroes of The Deep.
Apart from building elements, Friends sets include many specially moulded accessories, which increases their playbility. Over two dozen new moulds of this kind were introduced, such as new bowls, kitchen untensils, pens, hairstyling accessories, several new flowers and unique rubber hairpieces designed for female characters. Friends also reuse a few parts from Minifigures, like pies, pretzels, beakers, microphones.
Friends has also introduced many new animal moulds including redesigned horses and a foal, rabbits, parrots, dolphins, butterflies and bugs, also cats and dogs in different poses. There are also some entirely new moulds, such as a hedgehog, a squirrel and a turtle. Most of these figures appear in different colour variants. The Friends Animals subtheme released in 2013 was entirely dedicated to the Heart Lake City fauna. These small sets are sold in polybags, with three bags per series.
The first winter wave of sets released in 2012 follows the adventures of the girls in a suburban setting, the summer wave also focuses on a more rural setting with Emma and Stephanie going to a horse-back riding camp outside of Heartlake city and Olivia taking a camping trip. The 2013 winter wave goes back to the suburban setting, it also has two water themed sets, which go outside Heartlake City to the beach and ocean.
Main article Mini-doll figure
The mini-dolls are exclusive to the line. The mini-doll is much closer in scale to classic minifigures than the figures from previous "girl" themes, such as Scala and Belville. They are around 5 millimeters taller than a standard minifigure and are less blocky and stylized. The mini-dolls are made out of four parts, like most regular minifigures: legs, torso, head and hair. In 2012 29 mini-dolls were introduced, not counting second variations. In 2013 3 new mini-dolls were introduced.
The theme takes place in the fictional Heartlake City, and centres around the lives of five girls, Olivia, Mia, Andrea, Emma, and Stephanie, and their adventures in and around the city. In the winter wave of 2012, the sets were mostly based the girl's intrests or their hangouts. In the summer wave of 2012 it had more of a summer sub theme having Summer camp for Emma and Stephanie, there was also a bonus Christmas set to have Olivia and Christina celebrate Christmas. In 2013, the girls look at new interests such as going to the pool, grooming dogs and karate.
- Andrea is one of the five main friends, she is the music lover of the group.
- Andrew likes exploring the seas.
- Anna is Olivia's mom and Peter's wife. She likes cooking and mowing the lawn.
- Chloe loves telling stories and going on adventures with Mia.
- Christina is big into Christmas.
- Danielle likes fresh home baked cakes, cupcakes and bread.
- Ella likes horse riding.
- Emma is one of the five main friends, she is the beautician of the group.
- Isabella is big into swimming and going to the pool.
- Joanna works at the pet salon.
- Lacy is Mia's arch rival and a horse rider.
- Kate loves the ocean and exploring it.
- Katharina is a expert horse rider.
- Matthew likes painting pictures.
- Maya likes water skiing and exploring the seas.
- Mia is one of the five main friends, she is the animal lover of the group.
- Ms. Stevens is a teacher at Heartlake High.
- Nicole likes camping and cooking.
- Olivia is one of the five main friends, she is the smart one of the group.
- Peter is Olivia's dad and Anna's husband. He likes cooking and watching t.v.
- Sarah works at the beauty shop and loves style.
- Sophie is Olivia's aunt and Peter's sister. She's also the vet.
- Stephanie is one of the five main friends, she is the soical girl of the group.
- Theresa is the horse riding instructor.
- There are several online games including Dress up Game, Cafe Game, and Beauty Salon Game.
- Several parts from the Minifigures theme are used; the Crazy Scientist's beaker, the Pop Star's microphone, Small Clown's pie, the Surfer Girl's surfboard, and the Artist's paintbrush.
- A mini LEGO Friends of Heartlake City TV Series was created and airs occasionally on the Disney Channel.
- In 2012 it was the 4th most popular theme, Behind City (No. 1), Star Wars (No. 2) and Ninjago (No. 3).
- Three of the five main characters such as Andrea, Emma and Olivia are named after those characters from Scala.
Descriptions from LEGO.com
|LEGO Friends Special Edition||Free||2012|
|Friends Forever||US $3.99||2012|
|Welcome to Heartlake City||US $3.99||June 18, 2012|
|Brickmaster Friends||103||Mia, Chloe||US $29.99||September 17, 2012|
|New Girl in Town: Mini Movie Chapter Book (LEGO Friends)||US $4.99||2013|
|Ultimate Sticker Collection: LEGO Friends||2013|
|LEGO Friends: Let's Go Riding!||US $14.99||February 18, 2013|
|LEGO Friends: Lights, Camera, Girl Power!||US $4.99||March 1, 2013|
|LEGO Friends: Olivia's Rainbow||13||Maxie||UK £6.99||March 7, 2013|
|Meet the Friends||US $3.99||April 30, 2013|
|LEGO Friends: A Treat for Goldie||15||Goldie||UK £6.99||May 2, 2013|
|LEGO Friends: A Day in Heartlake City||August 1, 2013|
|LEGO Friends: A Puppy Tale||August 1, 2013|
|LEGO Friends: Andrea Takes the Stage||August 1, 2013|
|LEGO Friends: Emma's Big Splash||July 29, 2014|
|40501717||Friends Blue Lunchbox|
|40551716||Friends Green Water Bottle|
|40551717||Friends Blue Water Bottle||2012|
|4659599||Friends Sticker Sheet|
|5002801||Friends Brick Light (Purple)||1||2013|
|6006139||Friends Promotional Bricks||2||February 4, 2012|
|6024305||Best Friends Bricks||2||2012|
|6031636||Friends Promotional Pack||4||2013|
|853393||Friends Picture Frame||49||$14.99||2012|
|Friends||Willkommen Tote Bag|
|40080||Pencil Holder||138||$14.99 / €12.99||2013|
|850591||Friends Name Sign||29||2013|
|850596||Heartlake City Playmat||1||€12.99||2012|
|850597||Friends Carry Case||31||2013|
|850781||Friends Carry Case House||1||$12.99||June 27 2013|
|850789||Friends Horse Bag Charm||1||$4.99||2013|
|850849||LEGO Friends Doghouse Holiday Bauble||29||$7.99||November 2013|