4.02.2014

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.

3.10.2014

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.
  
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The left tower of this castle and a courtyard for the lovely carriage.

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

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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.

3.01.2014

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.
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2.17.2014

A Zoo to visit with your Friends!

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

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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! :-)

2.01.2014

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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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1.13.2014

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.

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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.

1.08.2014

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.

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More images can be found here.

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

12.01.2013

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.

Pegasus
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! :-)
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October's building challenge entries

11.04.2013

Halloween Harvest Creations

Here are some treats from FriendsBricks Halloween building challenge -- 
the trick is to find every clever detail & technique these builders
used from their LEGO vaults.

Of course we need pumpkins for carving Jack-O-Lanterns.
This front-loading tractor by dr_spock_888 helps Friends gather them for the Harvest from a farm just outside Heartlake City.
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Carving pumpkins into decorations for porches, Kristel sets the mood for the fun events on October 31st.  Emma & Mia just need to get them into the wheel barrel, then get their costumes on!  
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"Ding~dong!"  You know what that means?  Bricksky has created a neighborhood home's yard packed with costumed Trick-or-Treaters!
I do wonder what's in that basement ...
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Here is a view from inside the home with clever decorative lights straight from Middle Earth!
Who is dressed as Iron Man ... Stephanie perhaps?
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For more views of the festive Halloween happenings in that neighborhood by Bricksky, please visit the photo set here.

In the early days, people wore masks to hide from the ghosts of those souls long past.  Now that dressing in full costume is a global cultural tradition, it's fun to see all these variants Bricksky created by using Mini-Doll Friends and bits from other LEGO themes & sets!
These combinations are candy for the eyes of any LEGO fan.
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   May you harvest the spirit of building-inspiration from these creations.
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10.01.2013

Corner Room Views

   A view into a room is always nice at a corner angle.  These entries for September's Building Challenge: Corner Room are certainly nice!  With so many LEGO sets offering modular construction, this a is good way to build skills to personalize any set or bucket of bricks.  Friends bricks offer a refreshing array of detailed, multi-use bricks & pieces, as well as colors found throughout our daily lives!

My Happy Place

Creating "My Happy Place" based on her own Office/Photo Studio, Renatta_R gives us a glimpse behind-the-scenes of a LEGO fan. Building is just one aspect; getting the lighting just right for photography is another skill. Combine the two for sharing MOCs and it's creativity squared! 
At this point, the Friends bricks and other LEGO system bricks complement each other so well, it's a seamless blend.
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The Lego Room

"The Lego Room" is another example of how passionate fans are! The amount of resources, time & effort merely sorting bricks into accessible storage containers is dedication. Then building such a clever representation of the very activity is inspiring for all who view it. Even though fujiia was a LEGO fan before, Friends has ignited her creativity to the next level!
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Living Room Playing Legos

Kids and families playing with LEGO is a typical activity 
around the world, yet wayneallen's entry was built by 
his Daughter as depicting herself and her sister playing with their LEGO bricks in the middle of their Living Room floor. The wonderful details and lively scene she created is a 
perfect picture of LEGO Friends fans!
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Friends Exercise Room

One great way to get ready for LEGO building is muscle-building 
as dr_spock_888 has keenly created in his "Friends Exercise Room
where Mia lifts weights, while Emma rides the stationary bike and Andrea can sip Lemonade 'while' lifting free-weights! This room could be part of any number of places in Heartlake City -- the school, Olivia's House, or maybe the new Beach House.
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My Favourite Room

While building "My Favourite Room" Kristel pulled from her memory of times when she was a girl.  She shares with us how using bricks as a creative medium, we are able to transcend time and place while evoking an emotional connection to real life. It's hard to resist drifting to thoughts of our 
own room as a child when we look at all these flawless details.
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Results from last Building Challenge: MOD Month

9.01.2013

MOD Set MOCs

   Modifying a set with personalized builder tweaks -- as long as the original set remains easily recognized -- is a fun way to build out-of-the-box while also transitioning to a MOC (My Own Creation).  It's called a MOD.  We have creations from this month's building challenge: MOD Month.

Heartlake High modification
The second story modification to Heartlake High by tikitikitembo retains the classic school look while adding more room and a solid roof.  The front pavement looks very inviting with an inlaid tile pattern and designated spaces for flora.
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There are clever bike racks to keep walkways clear for students to socialize.
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A room was built around Mia's Karate Studio by KPowers67 for easier transport as a playset, or to fit into a larger creation.  The lovely tiled floor and Ninja screens as windows carry this from mere set to MOD!
Did you notice the Sensei watching her Karate moves?
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Andrea's Place
Several sets modified into modules by Kristel for Andrea's Place creates a playable, yet more organized way to display each design.  Since this MOD is also Modular, it's easier to enjoy the various activities!
Andrea's Place
When not visiting Marie in the City Park Cafe or hanging out in her Bedroom, Andrea can practice her piano skills near near her Stage and beautiful windows!
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Creations from previous Building Challenge: Time~Warp