Mini review: 41017 Squirrel's Tree House

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41017 Squirrel's Tree House2013 sets are appearing in many places now, and I thank everyone who emailed while I was away to report their sightings. They are still thin on the ground in the UK, although my local Smyths (which you recall only opened a month ago) had most of the January Legends of Chima and Friends sets when I looked this morning, including the three polybag sets, which I bought.

They are perhaps the most anticipated of the new Friends line-up because of their interesting pieces and lack of a mini-doll, which has enabled a low price point (£2.99 in the UK).

They are packaged like the Ninjago booster packs, in a heavyweight plastic bag. Inside, the parts are in a regular bag along with the instructions.

 

41017 Squirrel's Tree House41017-1 Squirrel's Tree House consists, as its name suggests, of a squirrel and a tree house :-)

It's an elaborate, sturdy structure, built onto a useful array of brown slopes. A brown arched window frame in the centre of the house keeps the roof square.

 

41017 Squirrel's Tree HouseDoesn't the squirrel look cute with a bow in his tail? Actually I think he'd probably look better without, to be honest. Can you imagine trying to put a ribbon on a real squirrel's tail? You'd probably end up with less fingers than you started with!

This is a nice set that will be a big hit with Friends fans. It fills a gap in the market for pocket money priced sets that girls will want to buy and collect. Furthermore, it contains a useful selection of parts that AFOLs will find useful, at a price point that will encourage duplicate purchases.

Would you like me to photograph the other two sets? Let me know in the comments.

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By in United Kingdom,

if you could photo the other sets that would be great
also can you remove the bow from the tail

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By in Slovakia,

Hmm. I wasn't previously aware squirrels required houses. Nor bows in their tails. There's about a dozen un-housed bowless squirrels in my garden, how neglectful of me.

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By in United Kingdom,

please show us the other sets!! i can't wait to see the turtle (minus bows)

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By in United Kingdom,

thats so cute, i want the set for adding to my arkham asylum. the squirrel will of course need its eyes painted red too...

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By in United Kingdom,

Yes please show us the other Friends sets!!

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By in United States,

Yes, please show the others.

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By in Canada,

Yes please! Your pics are much better than what is found elsewhere and gives a much better idea of the set in detail. Thanks!

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By in United Kingdom,

As with everyone else, yes please Huw!

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By in Sweden,

I really like the look of the treehouse, but it's too bad the squirrel (and all the Friends animals) don't fit at all (stylistically) with regular LEGO.

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By in Canada,

Impressive photographing skills mate, ugh, 2.99$ Does that translate into 5.99$ CND exchange wise? Because that's how much they are priced here, or will be according to the site, which makes sense as the Ninjago Booster Packs are 6.99$ And yet, for the amount of pieces and what not involved doesn't make sense, because 6$ a bag is a bit high to swallow when for 5$ you can get one of the Friends Polybags in stead.

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By in United States,

Actually there are such things as squirrel houses, my neighbor has one. Besides where do you think squirrels sleep?

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By in United States,

My daughter is going to love this one.

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By in United Kingdom,

My wife is not well, so to get the kids out of the house and give her some quiet time, I'm taking them to Smyths in a few minutes.

In no way is this an excuse to buy new Chima and Friends sets. Honest.

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By in United States,

@Graysmith: I think a lot of them would fit perfectly well with other LEGO animals if they had different face prints. Certainly no worse than the LEGO mouse/rat or the Belville kitten that have been in use in System sets for so long.

Back around Easter the LEGO Shop site had a promotional image featuring some minifigures alongside the Friends bunny and chick. Despite the animals' substantial size, they seemed to fit in pretty well!

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By in United Kingdom,

bought this set and a load of LOC sets when i was in Asda earlier, very impressed with the cuteness and interesting design

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By in United States,

We opened these last night. The one thing that was not mentioned in this review is that each of these set has a '2nd build', which is supposedly found via a link (which I don't think is operational yet). In addition, there is a 'super build' that one can do by combining all three of these sets together.
This alone adds a ton of value to the price for these three sets.

I have to agree, I really love the build on the squirrel house. The flaps fold down, which opens the house, and adds more play value to it.

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By in Indonesia,

5 dollars? That would be like 11 dollars in Indonesia...

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