A close look at the Lego event at Toy Fair 2013
By Chuck and Rebecca Suffel
79 pieces, 31 steps, about 20 minutes
Difficulty very low
My daughter Becca turned six this month and was inundated with Lego Friends sets. I’ve come out against these sets in the past but I must admit I was wrong. The sets are simple and overpriced (what Lego’s aren’t overpriced?) but as for whether or not it’s a good thing to have sets for girls I think it is. Becca and I have been building sets together since she’s been about 4. In the beginning of course she looked at the pictures and tried to find me the pieces. Slowly but surely though she began putting pieces together with me and now with these new sets I’m turning pages in the manual and watching her build.
Yup, that’s it two bags and a manual. Thirty one steps and you’re done. Definitely not the set to buy if your daughter is looking for a challenging build. In fact if you child is at the top of the age range for this set (the range is from 5 – 12) warn them, this set takes very little time to put together.
Let’s talk about the completed set “Emma’s Fashion Design Studio” is comprised of a drafting table with a ruler, a set of drawers (that open), a project board, another table with a seat, and a step stool. As I said the assembly was easy (I did mention that right?)but as soon as she was done she had to start playing with it. These sets are similar in size to her Polly Pocket’s or her Strawberry Shortcake toys. She kept telling me how cool it is, it’s like a little city. I know my next project is going to be to buy a bunch of Lego boards and boxes to set them up in so all her girls (and boys) can visit and do things together. Oh what I wouldn’t give for a good sized table that we could keep all this stuff laid out on.
We have four more of these piled up ready to build so you can be sure we’ll let you know how the rest shape up!
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