Review: 41098 Emma's Tourist Kiosk

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The Friends line has been divided into two halves this Summer, with one based on Livi, a pop star visiting Heartlake City, and the other focusing on tourism. 41098 Emma's Tourist Kiosk is the smallest of these, priced at just £9.99 and containing 98-pieces as well as one minidoll.

41101 Heartlake Grand Hotel might be the most visually impressive Friends set of the Summer, but this set offers a fantastic parts selection for the price and looks great as a stand-alone model or as part of a larger scene.

Box and Contents

The small box shows the tourist kiosk situated in the park, with the Grand Hotel and airport visible in the distance. The back simply shows some potential play scenarios with Emma working at the kiosk, posting a letter or relaxing on the bench.

41098 Emma's Tourist Kiosk

Inside is a single instruction manual and two bags. I very much like the Heartlake city map which features at the back of every Friends instruction booklet, which shows where the model is located within the city.

41098 Emma's Tourist Kiosk

Minidoll

Emma is one of the five original Friends characters and this is her only appearance in the tourism subtheme this Summer. Her hair piece and head are the same as ever while the torso is printed with a large flower and has only appeared before in a couple of the larger sets. The purple skirt and magenta shoes have been featured in four earlier sets, including the recent 30204 Wish Fountain polybag, which I suspect is intended to accompany this model.

41098 Emma's Tourist Kiosk

A number of accessories are included which can be attached to Emma's hair and she also comes with a pair of orange roller skates, allowing for some customisation.

The Completed Model

This is only a small model but it offers a great deal in relation to its size. The parts selection is what drew me to it initially as most of the new Friends pieces for this Summer appear in this inexpensive set. For me, the 'capital' brick is particularly interesting as it is naturally very useful for adding some nice detailing to the interior or exterior of buildings. The ionic design is very versatile and the addition of a stud to the top of the protuberance makes it even more useful as not only a decorative brick, but also a structural one.

41098 Emma's Tourist Kiosk

The newspaper and postcard tiles are also very nice, but the 1x1 round tile with pin is unique and therefore stands out. Five of these are found in this set, including a spare, as attachment points for Friends accessories. The hole in the pin is only large enough to fit one of these tiny pieces but the pin itself is the diameter of a standard bar so can be held in a minifigure's hand or a clip. This makes it an incredibly useful piece, more so than the 'capital' brick or any other I can think of to be introduced this year in fact!

41098 Emma's Tourist Kiosk

I would like to talk in greater detail about the parts, but I will move on to the set itself and leave that for caperberry and The New Elementary. The rotating accessories stand is a simple build but it looks nice, as do the bench and post box. The bench is dark orange rather than reddish brown which was a welcome surprise as I think this brighter colour suits the Friends vibe well.

41098 Emma's Tourist Kiosk

The tourism kiosk itself is also a lovely little model, with a nice colour scheme of tan, medium dark flesh and medium blue. There is room for one minidoll to stand behind the counter and various wares for sale, including a postcard, a newspaper and a lolly.

41098 Emma's Tourist Kiosk

Overall

Whether or not you are a Friends fan I think this is a worthy purchase for the parts alone, perhaps even in multiples. The 'capital' brick and the 1x1 tile with pin are both fantastic new pieces with lots of potential for incorporation into your own models.

41098 Emma's Tourist Kiosk

For the price of £9.99 I think this is an excellent set, even if you choose to keep it together and add it to your City layout. There really isn't anything not to like about it in my opinion and I absolutely recommend it.

14 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

I had been looking at pictures of this one trying to figure out some of the parts...now I see why I couldn't ID them. Looks worth picking up when it gets discounted a bit.

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By in Netherlands,

Wow, TLG really throws in fantastic new pieces/recolours in the Friends line. This set is just awesome! I hope we will see many recolours of that capital brick, it's just gorgeous....

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By in United Kingdom,

I was going to get this one anyway, although now I am a bit more enthusiastic about it. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not so sure about that capital brick. No doubt it will become common and used in many colours. But I think (at least for now) I prefer the more traditional solution of building them using for example SNOT bricks and 1x1 round plates.

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By in United States,

Jaw, meet floor. Okay jaw, you've met floor, let's move along now. Okay, seriously jaw, let's go.

That new mini-peg holder mod stud/tile piece is something I've been desperate for since the Friends accessories came into existence, but I never imagined they'd actually make it, especially in the most perfect color of all, trans-clear! I see many small upgrades coming to my shopping mall MOC in the very near future.

The new flourish piece, on the other hand, strikes me as quite un-LEGO-like in both concept and finished aesthetic. I'm sure I'll get used to it, but it'll take time...

Thank you for opening my eyes with this nice review.

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By in Belgium,

Does anybody know if Lego plans on adding little scenes like this in the City line, and at the same price point? It seems like the smallest boxes only offer more swamp, fire and crime :) Of course there are larger (creator) boxes, but nothing at the 9,99 price point.

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By in United States,

Where did they pull that number from? I must have that pin/tile...

The capital brick I wasn't expecting at all. That guy would look nice in a Greek column atop round grill bricks.

The set itself is meh in my opinion, but as a parts pack, that's fantastic...

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By in United States,

I can see so many Greek Ionic columns being made for temples now that we have the scroll bricks. I honestly think they stick out too far from the actual brick, but that's justified by the 1x2 top.

I honestly think the new pin-tile is useful but specialized. Besides an accessory stand for the Friends, I'd be hard-pressed to find another use for the piece. Perhaps it could be the lid/straw of a drinking cup when placed atop a 1x1 round brick?

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By in United States,

Wow, can't wait to see those capital parts put to good use in the next modular building. Those parts are fantastic.

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By in United States,

"Does anybody know if Lego plans on adding little scenes like this in the City line, and at the same price point? It seems like the smallest boxes only offer more swamp, fire and crime :) Of course there are larger (creator) boxes, but nothing at the 9,99 price point."

I buy these Friends sets specifically for my minifigure city. I change colors where I can with common bricks, but they fit in very well with minimal changes.

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By in United States,

FINALLY I can create a scene of flying crows that don't look like they are carrying flowers.

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By in Netherlands,

I need two of these and put them back to back for 1 nice big news stand/kiosk :)

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By in Australia,

@ 8brickmario, can't think of a use for them? A small item that clips to a stud then has a standard diameter shaft? You can add two cones together nose to nose, use a technic pin, clip, any indented stud, the possibilities are almost endless. Expect these to be highly sought after for MOC's. Hopefully they appear in more sets soon.

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By in United Kingdom,

Another excellent addition for my CITY park.

City does not seem to have many of these sorts of things (other than a few things in boxes a while ago, such as the hot-dog vendor), so the friends line does a good line in filling in the spaces...Just need to make sure I have enough of the right shaped "muted" bricks to replace the brighter colours...

Can't wait for the "veg market" is it, and juice bar...

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