Here’s the second Friends set that I’ve built after Emma’s Fashion Design Studio and it’s quite obvious that I’m a huge friend of the Friends line. Yes, I love civilian Lego sets, and yes, the minidolls have grown on me that I don’t flinch every time I see one side by side with a regular Lego minifig.
Name: Stephanie’s Cool Convertible
Set Number: 3183
Price: RM 79.90 @ Toys ‘R’ Us Malaysia (I THINK)
Year of Release: 2012
Here we have the obligatory box shots in all its purply glory featuring regular action shots of the set and all its ‘play features’, if you could call them that. One of the standout features of this set is the bevy of hair accessories for both the dog and Stephanie (they’re interchangeable) which I’ll highlight on a bit later.
Here are the bags of parts (notice the horrendous sticker sheet) which was what drawed me to the set, other than the not-too-shabby price point. As with any Friends set, pink, purple and azure bricks are aplenty. Here are some of the standout parts
Here we have the accessories in pink! Highlights include:
- Tons of pins/ribbons
- Hair dryer(!)
- Pearl Gold Tap
- Pink Basket
Final musings: Not a bad set at the RM75(or was it RM80?) price point. You get a large number of slopey purple parts, a nice purple hood and the whole convertible looks great as a whole. You also get a puppy! Having a convertible in mostly “doll-house” type sets works well as it breaks the monotony out a little, and it’s a great set if you want to get Stephanie without getting her obviously gimped bakery set. I had voucher for this, so it was an obvious buy for me, seeing as how I am so in love with Friends.
Playability: 6/10 I’m really finding it hard to rate playability, since this is obviously designed for girls and as we all know, boys don’t play the same as girls. You get a neat bunch of accessories which I suppose is a lot of fun if you’re into dressing up minidolls, but for me, there wasn’t much playability in this. I’m not one to role-play washing a Lego puppy.
Design: 7/10 The car looks and feels great from a minidoll scale, although some minor flaws like the steering wheel being too far away irks me a little. I have to give props for the colour scheme, they totally nailed how the girly convertible colour scheme.
Price: 8/10 RM75 for a neat bunch of car parts in the funky new colours is good bang for your buck. You also get a bevy of hair accesories AND A LEGO HAIR DRYER. What more could you want!!?
Minifidolls: 7/10 Stephanie looks great, I like her shoes as mentioned previously. She looks plain and simple enough to generate that wholesome and sweet girl next door look. Her blonde hair piece is particularly cool!
Parts: 8/10 Lots of cool colours, lots of cool accesories AND a puppy! You also get another mobile phone tile which I don’t think I mentioned.
Total: 36/50 Not too bad if you’re thinking for a slightly more expensive Friends set that isn’t some sort of doll-house. I opted for this, because I refused to pay full price for the grossly overpriced Olivia’s Tree House or the makeup place and I wanted the blonde minidoll too. Then again, it didn’t cause me much pain as I had a whole load of vouchers that I had to use. I would say.. a buy if you’re into Friends, but if you’re not, you can probably skip this and not miss out on much.