"Lovely colored bricks" is how this builder describes Friends

Sometimes a tweet is sweet!  I came across a lovely creation of LEGO Friends bricks ~ a Flower Shop and Cafe rendition that present details by the bunch and designs to savor. "Deepblueroses" built them as modulars.  These storefronts could easily fit along any street in Heartlake City!

If you click on this link to her tweet, you can see a few more angles and the buildings separate.


Friendly Modulars

It’s no secret that modular buildings and Friends are my two favourite LEGO themes, so any building that combines the two is sure to catch my eye.  Even more so when it’s done really well, as is the case with these 16-stud wide modulars from DDoshni.
DDoshni’s Friendly modular line up is based on, from left to right, Heartlake High (41005), Summer Riding Camp (3185) and Heartlake Vet (3188).  My favourite of these is the Heartlake Vet, with the Olive Green working surprisingly well with the Medium Azure and Tan.
See additional buildings and views in his Flickr image set.


Pop of Pink!

Pop of Pink Building Challenge
    Our eyes react to color; especially when one in particular is used sparingly, it can divert visual attention.  The goal of this challenge was to build a creation and have the color pink seem to 'pop' into view in contrast to the other colors.  Do your eyes go to the i's dot above in our poster?
    Pink bricks are not new (have been around since 1990s) yet they have garnered a spotlight these past two years.
    Pink used in MOCs isn't as rare as it was two years ago, yet it still isn't commonplace.  Some day it may be, perhaps.  For now, enjoy these builders' attempts to make it pop.
Jungle Discovery
"Jungle Discovery" by LegoMyMamma

Sunday Photo Tour
"Sunday Photo Tour" by Palixa

Pop of Pink
"Black and white version of the lounge in Olivia's House" by Kristel

And to showcase the when pink is used as the main color in a creation, which really pops, Mike M. built this:
"Her Pink Garden"

So, enjoy your new pink bricks and use them to enhance your next creation! ;-)


LEGO Rainbow Holiday Center

Anne Mette VestergÄrd of Denmark built this MOC for exhibition at LEGOLAND Friends Days in Billund in June 2014.
The layout contains LEGO bricks in more than 60 different colours.
A rainbow of bricks inspired by Friends sets and lots of mini-dolls from Heartlake City enjoying the holiday!  Tennis courts, picnics, fun in the water -- all surrounded by trees and lovely resort style houses.
 The walkways are paved, the balconies are wonderful vantage points to enjoy all the activity & fun! If you look closely to the upper left, by the green house patio, you can see Mini-Dolls building with LEGO bricks!
The outer perimeter has a road and additional views of the resort homes, along with cars in every hue.
It's all to celebrate the LEGO Friends theme and possibilities of creation.

An overview:
You should check out all the various views on Anne's set on Flickr - with 40 images to drool over!


Friends Modular Street by Kristel

Built to keep the original feel of LEGO Friends buildings, yet re-created in a more compact style of Modular, Kristel shares her Friends Street.
Friends Modular Street
Friends Modular Street - viewing all the buildings.

Friends Modular Street
Here you can see a better close-up of the activity.
A very busy street scene in Heartlake City!
She started converting the various Friends sets into Modular as a way to keep the sets built for her daughter to play with, yet also taking up less space.  Since each section is a module that is removable, each floor is accessible -- so, it's possible for play and display!

Each of the shops were created separately before added to the street:
You can view each separately with additional angle and interior views by clicking on which building you want to see more of -- it will open its own set of images on Flickr.

Naya's PlaceAndrea's Place
(MOD/MOC) Emma's PlaceJoanna's Place

Enjoy and be inspired!


Spring Scenes have Sprung!

Friends Bricks Building Challenge: Spring Scene
For our "Spring Scene" Building Challenge we have some very lively and colorful creations to share!
(Lovely poster scene above was created by Kristel :-)

Also created by Kristel is this happy scene full of color, whimsy, and Friends!
It is intended as a flower sculpture / art, funded by Heartlake City to welcome the new season.
It certainly announces it in a bold and curvy style!

"Stephanie and Kate go out for a boat trip with lunch" creation by dutchlegofan50 (Martin5478) shows those Friends getting out for a fun nature activity that many people can't wait for Spring each year to enjoy!

Spring cleaning the Patio
Depicting a Spring task, LegoMyMamma created a familiar scene of "Cleaning the Patio" after all those flowers bloom and spread their pollen!

Spring scene
Speaking of flowers: A Spring scene few are lucky to ever see is a Poppy Fairy! Inspired by a green hose piece from the new Jungle sets Fujiia created this very detailed and life-like red poppy in an almost 3D-like setting. Her goal was to present "A single poppy flower standing out in a green and flowery prairie." The surrounding flowers using the cookie tile as stamen cleverly look like Hydrangea flowers. Her fairy combination of a Disney mini-doll, with Chima parts (chest plate and wings) all pulled together with the blue cape, is a great example of how all LEGO sets and themes exist mutually. The poppy itself has petals made of LEGO capes.
Let no brick, part or element of your collection go un-discovered of its
creative potential!


Friends Street

A modular Friends street by Anita (tikitikitembo) showcases the versatility of the bricks & elements of the LEGO Friends line.  Towns across the globe *are* full of color and creative businesses, designs and architecture.  It's very inspiring to see this reflected in a building toy/medium which inspires tomorrow!

Friends street
With brick-built road (rather than plate with road printed)

Friends street
With some characters from another theme visiting.

Lego Friends modular vet
A closeup of her modular Heartlake Vet clinic.

Lego Friends street
The street finished and ready for display.


Expanded Beach House

Suzi has doubled the fun with her expanded Beach House.  Made from two sets of Stephanie's Beach House (#41037) and other spare parts, she has added a much needed lounge room, another bedroom and a music room.

My favourite part of this modification is the lounge room, which has some very cool medium azure and white furniture!  This colour theme is continued through the additional bedroom and music room.

Suzi included a little bench along the back wall of the kitchen.  As I noted in the review for Stephanie's Beach House, the area behind the main kitchen bench is really lacking in detail in the official set.

Suzi also included a mobile stairs to allow the mini-dolls to easily move between the different floors. This is a great addition, and one of the first things my daughter (a 7 y.o. and thus an expert on all Friends matters :)) mentioned when she saw this modification.

Visit Heartlake Times for my review of Stephanie's Beach House, with original set build and complete parts images.


Fantasy Castle

   With a username name of Pink Pterodactyl this LEGO builder certainly showcases a specific color with a wonderful brick-built designed castle and construction.
The left tower of this castle and a courtyard for the lovely carriage.

The center entrance with ornate doors gives barely a peek at some detailed interiors.

The view from the right reveals another tower, except this one is round. 
All the lush green adds a nice classic castle look to this creation!

Certainly not the first castle built by this fan -- enjoy a polar palace too.


Hearts in Heartlake City

   February's most famous holiday is about matters of the heart.
Our building challenge asked for a Valentine's in Heartlake City.
Can you see the hearts?

It's a date!!
"It's a date!" by fujiia blends the shape into the landscape.

A moment at the front door
"A moment at the front door" by Kristel blends the shape subliminally.
For more creations visit: FriendsBricks.com


A Zoo to visit with your Friends!

Anita's Friend-ly Zoo combines lovely bricks from Friends sets with others across the LEGO spectrum.

Lego zoo

A fun little zoo tram runs around on LEGO train tracks. System bricks from other themes all blend seamlessly. She incorporates animals from DUPLO and other systems sets (such as Prince of Persia's Ostriches), plus many LEGO Friends animals too. They go together just like the alphabet: A-to-Z(oo)!

Here's another angle view.  She built it as modules, to allow it to grow and be re-arranged.

And the sign with a very clever use of those Friends life-preservers!
Entry to zoo

There should be a smile on your face now! :-)


Time~Warp #2 Creations

   Our second Time~Warp Building Challenge (in which we ask fans to imagine what their 10-year-old self would build as a set) reveals a museum visit from school and a very active playground!

   At first glance it may seem unexpected that this glorious castle holds a museum of Modern Art.  Yet this type of feast-for-the-eyes build is not unexpected at all when knowing fujiia created it!

The MOMA Heartlake
The MOMA Heartlake

The MOMA Heartlake
Modern art designs really 'pop' from the inside of this greystone castle. There are so many luscious colors, shapes and combinations that it takes a few minutes to see all the imaginative designs as clever uses of LEGO elements.

The MOMA Heartlake
As if the overall build wasn't creative enough, it is even modular!
For additional views of the various rooms, rooftop, and art, take
a stroll around the photo set.

Certainly after a day at the museum, the next best activity is a Playground with
loads fun contraptions to explore. Sharing a vision of active play light_sab_r
includes technic construction for the "Flying Fox" and other moving parts.

See-saw, Sandpit and Swing are all time-enduring favorites of kids all over the
globe! There are also lots of places to climb for a view, or just hang out.

Here is a close-up of the Slide's destination -- a trip to the Ball Pit!
Who wouldn't want to try that out?!
You can see a few more angles of the playground here.
Join in the fun for our next building challenge!


A Friends Corner creation

   Imagine a corner in Heartlake City and see if this creation by Hartinih Liauw resembles what you might have expected.  Blending the Downtown Bakery as the core of the structure with other LEGO bricks creates a lively scene.  There's so much activity going on; it takes a few looks to see it all.

Friends Corner_1

It's always nice to see Minifigures finding their way in Heartlake City enjoying what Friends have in their daily lives.

Check out some interior images here and here for more fun techniques and lovely floor tiling in this Modular building.


Heartlake River

Mordatre's first module for his Heartlake River Project showcases what Friends is all about, combining great scenes, such Stephanie building the jetty, with beautiful details, such as the dolphin swimming in the wake of the jet ski.  The colours are vibrant and really pop, with the lime and pink contrasting beautifully with the more earthy tones of the path and jetty.


More images can be found here.

I'm looking forward to seeing the next module for Heartlake River!


Along for the Ride!

   Getting from point A to point B in Heartlake City requires creativity!
   With streets, parks, a lake, beaches, mountains, and skyline airspace -- Friends have lots of ways to enjoy being along for the ride.
   For our November building challenge, FriendsBricks members have built various modes of transportation to share with you.  Imagine yourself in any of these sweet rides!

rotary snow plow
We need to make sure tracks are clear from snow in this season!  Mia's rotary snow plow with motorized blades created by dr_spock_888 will certainly get the job done.  There's even a video of it in action.

Mia's Roadster
Before the snow reaches another part of the city, going out for a spin we see Mia's Roadster by Bricksky.  Whether she is cruisin' by the lake or heading to the cafe, Mia always takes a friend along for the ride!

Heartlake Troublemecha
No weather, buildings or terrain are getting in the way of this Friends Heartlake Troublemecha by Toto Hermanto along the way to ... Robotics class?  Or perhaps Mechanics 101?

Olivia's Dragon Flyer
Olivia also took a course in mechanics as she is cruising high over Heartlake City in her stylin' Dragon Flyer by Bricksky.  Who hasn't imagined riding on a Dragonfly?

Friends Vic Viper
When Olivia is in a hurry, she takes her Vic Viper!  Since it's also NoVVember, a month of creations honoring the memory Nnenn, a LEGO builder missed by his fans, Bricksky created a 'Friendly' one.

Friends Fishing Boat
Meanwhile on the heart-shaped lake ... it's not a luxury cruiser, yet a trawler built by dr_spock_888 that makes getting to the right spot for Heartlake fishing fun, safe and efficient!

Anna's Tractor
Anna uses her Tractor around the yard and to help out with pulling floats in local parades!  Bricksky built this and demonstrates it pulling a float along for a ride in a collaboration build with Mrs. Sky.

Mia's Attack Copter
Mia's attack helicopter by dr_spock_888.  It is equipped with dual 30mm auto cannons and quad flick-fire missiles.  Luckily the Dragonflyer and Friendly Viper are both impervious to ballipstick missiles.

Stephanie's GHOST
Even ghosts travel in Heartlake City -- well, ghosts for gamers that is:  If Stephanie isn't playing Halo most likely you will find her out and about in her Ghost built by Bricksky

Friends Beach Bunny Quad Race
These girls like to race their Mongoose Quads at the beach for fun.  They especially love to get some air time!  Bricksky built Friends Beach Bunny Quad Race to show another way to go along for a ride!

Heartlake Bus Company
Public transport is the way to go for those girls (and boys) who don't get to have their own car.  Heartlake Bus Company bus built by Kristel takes three passengers sitting and a few more standing.

Smart Car
A Smart Car is another way 'smart' Friends get where they need to go.  Jane's little car (Jane is 6 years old) created and built by wayneallen's daughter is super efficient for city parking!

Two Story Car
Audrey's two story car (Audrey is 8 years old) was built so more friends can come along for the ride.  This car by wayneallen's daughter also gives passengers a great view of Heartlake City!

Mini Cooper
A red Mini-Cooper built by wayneallen is another way to make parking at any Heartlake City spot easy & quick.  It helps leave more room at the City Park Cafe parking lot for sure!

Friends Formula One Racer
For when Friends are in a hurry, wayneallen created a Friends Formula One Racer.  This could also give others an idea for building a Heartlake City racetrack.  Instead of point A to B, it would be laps.

Friends Snowmobile
Looking like it came from the Friends Advent Calendar just in time for the seasonal snow, dr_spock_888 built a Friends Snowmobile for riding along Heartlake City areas that haven't been plowed yet.

Riding a Pegasus may be the ultimate imaginative transportation above the clouds of Heartlake City, and tonistokes529 created her vision by working through the challenges of building with LEGO bricks.
We're glad she did! :-)

October's building challenge entries