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PRODUCT: LEGO Friends Olivia's House (friends.lego.com)LEGO Friends Olivias House

DESCRIPTION: A 695-piece construction set from the LEGO Friends range. Includes buildable house with re-arrangeable design, featuring kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, living room, rooftop patio, and garden with barbecue and swing, plus lots of furniture and accessories including flower accessory pack, 3 x LEGO mini-doll minifigures, stickers and instructions. Compatible with other sets from the Lego Friends range. Suitable for children aged 6 years upwards.

GOOD POINTS: Olivia's House is quite simply a superb construction set, great for role-play and packed full of wow-factor features and exciting accessories that young girls will absolutely love.

Centred around the wonderfully imaginative Heartlake City, Olivia's House, or rather No. 30 Heartlake Heights, is home to mini-doll Olivia, her parents Anna and Peter, and her cat Kitty! 

LEGO Friends Olivias HouseThe set contains a really good number of buildable pieces in varying shapes, sizes and pretty colours, of the usual high standard of quality and durability that LEGO is renowned for, and these components  are divided up into seven numbered bags to assist with assembly of the house. The two accompanying instructions manuals are straightforward for young children to follow and contain clear step-by-step diagrams to enable your child to build up individual sections of the house into a two-storey design, although the construction lends itself also to several different re-configurements and custom builds for your child to experiment with.

The house itself is really cute and colourful in design (primarily candy pink, purple and green) and is divided into a number of living areas, with complete open access at the back for maximum playability in each of the rooms. The accompanying furniture and accessories are what really make this set, and the attention to detail is outstanding, with additional sticker detailing included for your child to add some fun finishing touches to the house.

The exterior of the house has a wonderful design, with opening front door and windows (with overhead canopies and window sills), balcony with pretty 'clip-on' flowers, hanging lanterns, sloping roof with chimney, and ornate flower/butterfly sticker decoration.

The garden is simply fantastic, with front path, picket fencing and opening mail box and letter, along with plenty of attractive 'self-build' plantsLEGO Friends Olivias House and flowers, and a brilliant vegetable patch complete with carrots! In addition, there is a working swing for Olivia to play on, a round outdoor table, an amazingly detailed barbecue (with opening hood with handle, and somewhere to hang the cooking tools!), and even an authentic looking lawn mower.

Inside, the house is full of fun furniture and features - the lounge comes equipped with swivel arm chair, couch, coffee table, flat screen TV and a framed picture of Olivia, while the bathroom includes a brilliant tiled floor, shower cubicle, sink, toilet and opening drawer unit with mirror.

The stylish 'fitted' kitchen is also superbly kitted out with sink, opening oven with hob, working drawer unit, fridge with opening door and sticker shopping list/postcards, as well as a family dining table and stools. There are also many fun kitchen accessories including food blender and hand mixer, cutlery (which fit inside the drawers), plates, glass, frying pan, bowl, baking tray, salt and pepper shakers and sauce bottle, as well as food items such as cupcakes, apple, bunch of cherries, sausage, chicken drumstick, and milk carton (which fits in the fridge).

Olivia also has her own deluxe bedroom to hang out in with friends, complete with french doors, large bed, side table and lamp, and a vanity unit to sit at, with drawer, mirror and lights, and some cute perfume bottles, handbag and comb, as well as Olivia's treasured secret diary (which opens up!) which she keeps by her bed. If that's not enough, there's even a lovely little walled roof terrace area on top of the house with sun lounger and parasol out ready for a spot of sunbathing!

LEGO Friends Olivias HouseThe accompanying mini-dolls, like all LEGO play figures, come in several articulated parts for your child to assemble prior to play, however they have a more defined design and appearance than the standard LEGO minifigures, with wonderfully detailed facial features (including designer stubble for Dad!), hair pieces, outfits and shoes.

In our opinion, Olivia's House makes a great introduction to this themed LEGO range for girls. The thought and attention to detail that have gone into the set are certainly worthy of praise, with a simple construction design that even children at the younger end of the recommended age range can easily manage, along with plenty of 'girlie' accessories to ensure endless role play and imaginative Heartlake adventures!

BAD POINTS: The set is quite expensive, but does include lots of pieces. The required construction here is not as challenging as other LEGO builds and may result in limited interest from older children. The LEGO mini-dolls are not as articulated as traditional LEGO figures and are limited in movement and posing. As with any such type of product, there are many tiny parts which may easily get lost.

PRICE: £69.99

 

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