Friends jungle rescue sets images

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First Aid Jungle Bike

First Aid Jungle Bike

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British retailer Tesco has published images of four of the summer Friends sets: three of the Jungle ones, plus Summer Caravan.

We can see clearly now that the sets are focussed around rescuing animals but the range of animals is a bit disappointing: a monkey, a tiger cub and some other feline using the same mould as the lion and tiger but in sand blue. I've no idea what species it's supposed to be. Any ideas? (Update: the consensus in the comments is that it's actually a bear...)

Hopefully Tesco will publish an image for 41038 Jungle Rescue Base as well soon.

(Thanks Keith for the news).

 

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37 comments on this article

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By in Germany,

Hmm maybe it's supposed to be a bear or something. Or a cougar?

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By in United Kingdom,

I did wonder about a cougar but they seem to be 'tan' looking a the images at Wikipedia.

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By in United Kingdom,

A panther ?

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By in United Kingdom,

There is also a chameleon. Same mold as Rapunzel's Tower.

A problem with these bigger animals sets is that the animals are very similar to if not the same as the small "collectable" series. At least changing the print / colouring helps to give something unique to the set.

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By in United Kingdom,

Curse you DrDave, I was about to say the same !
I'm not sure about the theme - how old are the Friends supposed to be ? My daughter has the camper van, so the Caravan would be redundant. It's nice to see the theme moving beyond horse riding and sitting on the beach, and they look like they have good playability. If I don't buy the First Aid bike, I will at least check out the instructions on how to attach the side car, but I REALLY wish they'd stop making lilac cars.

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By in United Kingdom,

It looks like it is sitting so could be the same mould as 41046 and therefore a bear. The vines look nice.

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By in Belgium,

It's a bear I believe. And the mould looks slightly different to me, especially around the paws.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Good call, I think you're right. I'll update the text.

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By in United Kingdom,

Tesco also has pictures of two of the Chima summer sets ;)

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By in United States,

These look great, my daughter will love them.

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By in Germany,

I really do not care about the species, I am buying these sets for parts only, anyway. The animals I give away, they are great little treats for kids.

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By in United Kingdom,

Is anyone else a little disappointed that the life ring doesn't have a hole in the middle, now that a 2x2 round tile with a hole exists? I suppose it's only been done in dark grey so far.

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By in United Kingdom,

With that colour I'd go with Panther rather than Bear.

Nice bike, but a shame Emma can't actually hold the handlebars. Makes riding it a little unsafe. Interesting question of how old you have to be to drive a car, and now fly a helicopter! Or even to realise that you need to uncouple the caravan, apply the handbrake and get the jacks down before going inside, especially on a hill above a lake!

The helicopter and car and caravan are nice models. The flexible vine is an interesting piece, and it's great to see the chamleon re-used.

Slightly worrying is how Olivia has just put the pan on, Joanna has a knife and fork ready, and the two caravanners are now both eyeing up a rather nervous-looking hedgehog...

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By in Sweden,

Though I have very little interest in the sets themselves, I do appreciate the Friends theme for giving us parts in all kinds of colours we'd never have otherwise.

Oh, and I'm pretty thrilled to see a caravan that has a door on it (rather than the whole side opening on a hinge).

By the way, there are some Arctic sets listed with images as well, as is the Star Wars Phantom set. Grab those pics while they're still up!

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By in United Kingdom,

I was going to make some humorous comments about Emma's motorcyle riding abilities and Olivia and Joanna's choice of diet (cupcakes and hedgehog?) but Joefish made them all.

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By in United States,

I won't care for the jungle sets, but that caravan set is awesome. I love the look. Much better than the camper van I picked up last fall. Not a lot of useful pieces for me, but I think my daughter will like it.

And yellow (or yellow-orange) walkie talkies! That'll be interesting.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Graysmith, it's a right PITA extracting the images and given we already have decent enough images for the sets you mention, at least until the official ones are available at LEGO.com, I'll leave it for someone else to do :)

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By in United States,

I may have to shamefacedly get some of these from the LEGO store...at the very least for that trans-blue rock.

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By in Canada,

Is this the first time the walkie talkie is in another color than black?

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By in Norway,

I like the pieces in the waterfall set, but I draw the line well before Friends.

At first I thought the hedgehog in the caravan set looked like a severed head...

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By in United States,

Only parts I want are the blue motorcycle and the large climbing vine. Wonder what the price on bricklink compared to the set will be.

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By in United States,

Is Matthew the first male character other than Olivia's dad?

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By in United States,

^^ Yes and No. This is actually Matthew's second appearance after Peter, Olivia's dad. Matthew was first released in the Heartlake High kit, and Andrew was released in the Dolphin Cruiser kit during that same wave. So he, along with Andrew, was the second male minidoll. January 2014 brought a second Andrew in the news van kit and new character Robert in the horse show kit. Along with the second release of Matthew this summer, another new male character named Julian will be released in the mall kit.

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By in United States,

Do the jungle sets remind anyone else of Go Diego Go? Or is it just me? Yeah... probably just me.

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By in United States,

@Juno: No, I got a bit of that impression as well. It's probably partly because these specifically involve the rescue of baby animals in most cases, not full-grown ones. And also of course because of the vibrant tropical color palette.

I love this jungle adventure series, as it really does a lot to make up for one criticism of the previous LEGO Friends and LEGO Disney Princess offerings: the idea that the storylines for the Friends tended to be incredibly domestic in their scope compared to the more adventurous boy-oriented themes, up to and including LEGO City. This really does a lot to demonstrate that even teenage girls brought up in a modern urban society can have opportunities to go on more dangerous sorts of adventures. Rockslides! Collapsing bridges! Helicopters! Ziplines! Dirt bikes! And of course, our good friend the inevitable waterfall. I slightly wonder if the saccharine air of domesticity in the Disney Princess sets might have helped allow the LEGO Group to push LEGO Friends in a bolder and more adventurous direction, since it fulfills that need for sets that enshrine more run-of-the-mill "dollhouse play".

My favorite of the new sets remains the Jungle Rescue Base, which we have seen in-depth video of from Toy Fair. A lot of the LEGO Friends theme seems to be characterized by a sense of luxury. This set moves away from that while still maintaining the detail and creature comforts that the theme is known for. There are colorful beds, but they aren't large with decorative plush comforters like the ones in the Dolphin Cruiser or Olivia's House, nor trendy like the futon in Andrea's Bedroom. They are simple 2x6 cots. The only solid walls are around the outhouse/water closet, and the shower is placed outside. There's heated water and electricity (to power the ceiling fan that must be invaluable in these warm, humid climes), but it seems to be provided by a solar panel, not by "the grid". The animals are wild animals, not pets or zoo animals like the ones in previous sets were stated or implied to be. There's a slide, but instead of being for recreation, it's a cool way for the Friends to jump into action and quickly go from the observation deck to the motorboat waiting below.

Don't get me wrong. The girls in this subtheme still all seem to be pretty affluent, to be able to take a trip like this. So there's still a bit of that sense of luxury/entitlement to the theme. But overall, the subtheme reminds me a lot of my January 2011 trip to rural Costa Rica, and as such it's perfectly believable that the teenage girls of the theme could be in this Asiatic jungle on a similar service learning/study abroad program. It's a chance for the girls to learn what life is like in a place far from the cushy, air-conditioned world of Heartlake City.

What other adventures might await the LEGO Friends in the future? After giving it some thought, there are a lot of possibilities even without delving into sci-fi or fantasy territory. How about a mystery-solving theme in the spirit of Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, or even Scooby-Doo? That sort of thing could show us an eerier and more suspenseful side of Heartlake City. A mountain-climbing expedition is also possible. "Tintin in Tibet" is one of my favorite stories in this genre. It really shows how such an expedition can be presented as more than just another vacation.

Don't know if I'll get any of these sets. None are quite a self-contained masterpiece like Dolphin Cruiser, Heartlake High, or Emma's Karate Class. Rather, these sets might have the most value as a part of a larger layout or collection that can really convey the scale and remoteness of this new locale. But maybe I'll change my mind in time.

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By in United States,

I really like how gender neutral/nonconforming/whatever these sets are. Just swap out the mini dolls for proper minifigs and they're virtually indistinguishable from non "girl" themed sets.

Step in the right direction, I'd say.

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By in United States,

...so did nobody notice the MULTICOLORED chameleon?

...other than that, this looks like usual Friends stuff...good for getting parts in basically exclusive "Friends colors". I personally want that trans-blue LURP...

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By in New Zealand,

The chameleon is mid colour change right?

The one in the 41054 is green only.

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By in United Kingdom,

The chima sets 70141 and 70142 are also up on the tesco website (with a grainy looking picture)

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By in United Kingdom,

Always annoying. Independent Toy shops have a embargo on releasing and getting access to the latest images from LEGO. We have been told only release the pictures two weeks before launch. As it stands at the moment we do not have access to those pictures released by Tesco the grocer

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By in Taiwan,

> the range of animals is a bit disappointing: a monkey, a tiger cub and some other feline using the same mould as the lion

My crticism against animals is that there are no large adult animals introduced for this line. They could play as the parents of these cubs or enemies when Olivia has to protect her camp or helpless herbivores. I'd also like to see new large elephants though maybe they don't exist in jungle.

> Friends tended to be incredibly domestic in their scope compared to the more adventurous boy-oriented themes, up to and including LEGO City

There are some points compared with regular minifigure themes. Friends is smarter than the weird City Arctic because the title didn't restrict us to stay in Heartlake City. Two is there are City and other independent action themes in minifigure world, but we don't know if TLC would also do the same for minidolls. Jungle adventure is interesting and new, but if we want to develop a real action story for girls, there has to be an independent action story for girls/minidolls, not a subtheme features Olivia's life. I actually think Ultra Agents can release a "minidoll version" for girls because this theme looks very acceptable for girls, same as a minifigure version of Friends.
Licensed theme is another story. Though Disney minidolls are obviously targeted at girls, after all Disney stories have many action plot (such as Brave) and we're not sure if future licensed minidolls sets would have adventure/fighting elements as well.

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By in United Kingdom,

Perhaps these sets are a reaction to early (and uninformed) criticism of the Friends line as being stereotypical girls' themes. If so they need to be careful not to stray too far away from their origins or they risk losing out. But as Aanchir says, it's a reasonable balance to the release of the Disney Princesses.

It is the first time that Friends has had its first major sub-theme (well, this and the Princesses, as a licensed one), and it'll be interesting to see how it works out and whether there will be any more. Whether even Friends may get as many sub-themes as minifig sets. But at least the caravan set shows they're not forgetting to continue the Heartlake City range of sets; I think it would be a mistake to forget those just as if LEGO forgot to make any new City sets one year.

On a slightly less serious note, I'm not sure it would turn out all that well if the adult animals did all turn up at once at the Friends camp, looking for their young, and go all Jurassic Park 2 on their assemblies.

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By in United States,

@Dorayaki: I definitely agree, there need to be more girl-focused themes in order to cover genres that Friends does not allow for. While it's great to see such an adventurous subtheme of LEGO Friends, the theme's modern-day setting does not have the capacity to allow for fantasy or science-fiction storytelling, so new themes will have to fill those niches.

Fantasy is a useful niche to fill, in my opinion, in part because it might help to capture a slightly older demographic than Friends. Look at some of the franchises that have really excited teens and "tween" girls lately. In movies, "The Twilight Saga" and "The Hunger Games" have been immensely popular with girls (as were many previous fantasy series like "Harry Potter", something The LEGO Group definitely didn't overlook in the marketing of their Harry Potter theme). In toys, "Monster High", "Ever After High", and "My Little Pony Equestria Girls" have helped Mattel and Hasbro find a new audience for fashion dolls among girls who are not too interested in run-of-the-mill Barbies.

The LEGO Group should definitely look at creating an in-house fantasy or sci-fi theme to allow for girl-oriented adventures that are less "everyday" than the ones in LEGO Friends. Themes which, like Ninjago or Legends of Chima, have a prevailing sense of otherworldiness. The source material of the Disney Princess sets could have allowed for historical fantasy adventures if the nature of the license didn't constrain the LEGO Group to adhere to Disney's heavily sanitized marketing of these stories, with an emphasis on magic and fairy-tale romance but no real emphasis on danger or conflict of any kind. So there's still a very real opening for the LEGO Group to try and create their own fantasy-adventure hit.

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By in United States,

I can't wait for Arctic Friends. LEGO needs to bring back the fur cloth pieces. They could fit in with Olivia's Mink Hunt and Chloe's Seal Club (and I'm not talking about a membership organization). Now that's glamor and adventure combined!

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