Review: 41346 Friendship Box

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41346 Friendship Box is a little different for a Friends set. Instead of depicting a scene, the builds are accessories for each of the Friends. As this was a little out of my normal range of reviews, I decided that I needed some help.

With Bricks by the Bay happening last month, I asked my local LUG, BayLUG, for a couple of experts who could provide some key insights into the set - kids in the target age range for the set. Fortunately for me, Lucie and Jasper, two BayLUG members' children, volunteered to help.

See what Lucie and Jasper thought of the Friendship Box after the break.


The set comes in a different package than most sets - a suitcase type of box with a blue plastic handle at the top. The front of the box shows all five Friends with their associated accessory, with pictures of the accessories. The heart shaped inset in the upper right where you normally see the Friends - for this set instead there's a heart shaped caption that reads “Best Friends Build Together”. Small graphics also show that there is a light brick and batteries are included. The back of the box shows girls playing with each one of the accessories and making it again clear which toy goes with each Friend: Emma/camera, Stephanie/trophy, Mia/walk-in talkies, Andrea/microphone, Olivia/robot.

This is makes sense because, as Lucie explained to me, "Olivia likes science, Emma likes to take pictures, Mia likes talking with her friends, Andrea likes to sing and Stephanie…likes to win?"

Works for me.

Inside the box there are five numbered bags and five numbered instruction booklets, one of each for each build.

First came the important work - deciding who builds what. Thanks to both Lucie's and Jasper's parents for their permission to include their pictures in this review.

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It was ultimately decided that Lucie would build the robot and the microphone and Jasper would build the trophy and the camera. They'd share the walkie talkie build unless someone finished theirs first. Lucie informed me that she wanted the microphone because she enjoys singing and performing, and the microphone would be perfect for that.

Even though Jasper and Lucie built theirs separately, there was a lot of checking in during the builds to see how things were coming out.

Lucie started building the robot and decided to build on the floor. She quickly proclaimed that the steps were really easy to follow.

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Jasper started with the camera, and decided to build on one of the tables in the room.

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There's a mechanism built inside the camera that when you press on the shutter, the light brick included in the set makes the "flash" go off. The mechanism to allow for a working camera was a big hit with both Jasper and Lucie. The camera shows both an optical and LCD viewfinder - the first as a translucent brick and the second represented as a sticker. We had found a quiet room at the conference center to do the builds, so that photography for this somewhat challenging.

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As mentioned above, pressing the shutter (the ball) at the top of the camera allows for the "flash" to go off.

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Jasper wasted no time taking "pictures" - including selfies with his mom, and one of me taking a picture of him.

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Lucie also tried her hand with the camera.

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Meanwhile, Lucie's robot was still taking shape. She observed that at first it was looking like a chair, and then like a box. The reason for the box became clear - there's a compartment inside the torso of the robot with some dessert inside. Because, even though this is a different Friends set, apparently it still isn't a Friends set without food involved somehow.

"It's a toaster robot!" exclaimed Jasper.

Jasper went on the build the trophy - a very straightforward build.

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As Lucie was just finishing the robot, Jasper continued with building the walkie talkies.

The robot is by far the most complex of all the builds - while there's some intricacy with the camera, the other three items are very straightforward builds.

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Lucie demonstrated to me the different angles of the robot. She showed me the dessert compartment in the front (with the dessert) as well as with the compartment closed.

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The desserts do fit neatly inside.

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The back of the robot has a technic pin "leg" for stability.

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The microphone was built last, and took a bit longer than it likely would have as Jasper had just finished with the walkie talkies. Several minutes were devoted to playing with the walkie talkies from opposite sides of the room.

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Time was getting short - Lucie, Jasper and their parents had graciously given up their lunch hour for me - so it was good that the microphone was a quick build. The top of the microphone was very reminiscent of a Brickheadz to me. Unfortunately I did not get a picture of the microphone on its own.

Finally, I got a picture of the two expert builders with their builds. Lucie looks like she means business with that walkie talkie.

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Overall thoughts

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My sincere thanks to Lucie and Jasper (and their parents) for giving up their lunch hour one day during Bricks by the Bay for this review.

I wasn't really sure what to expect with this set, which is the reason I brought in the experts, Lucie and Jasper. Both told me they had a good time building the pieces. It was very enjoyable for me to watch Lucie and Jasper enjoying the different builds as they were completed - it reminded me of how kids build differently than adults, who would mostly likely just move from one build to the next. When asked if they had a favourite, Lucie and Jasper were hard pressed to name one, though the camera, robot and walkie talkies all got a lot of attention.

I was surprised to see that there are a number of unique and rare parts in this set, as shown on the inventory page here. The set has 563 pieces and retails for $49.99, 49.99€, and £44.99.

As for whether the Friendship Box worked, I think it did. Jasper and Lucie hadn't met before this review, and at the end of our time together, plans were being made to meet again at a BayLUG meeting so they could play with the walkie talkies again (they each took one home).


Many thanks to the LEGO Group for providing Brickset with a copy of the set. All opinions expressed in this review are Lucie's, Jasper's and mine.

22 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Well now we know why it's called the Friendship Box. Great review! Something a little different and it was fun seeing the sorts of people it was intended for having fun with it.

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By in United States,

This is a neat concept for a set. I love the idea of life-size accessories made out of Lego, and could see the concept applied to other themes (I would have loved to see a model of Emily's amulet for Elves, but even themes like Star Wars could offer opportunities for things like life-size lightsabers).

However, I can't help but wish some of these models had a bit more real-life functionality. The Zobo model in particular, with its white and dark azur color scheme, seems like it would have been a prime candidate for Lego Boost integration.

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By in United Kingdom,

I really enjoyed reading this review. It is nice for a change to have a review with the target audience included in the building of the set.

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By in Norway,

I've wanted more «life-size» accessories since getting «Ant-Man Final Battle». The colour scheme here doesn't quite work for me, although the designs are nice and it was fun to read how kids enjoyed them.

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By in United States,

Reading this review made me smile and turned my mood around from an otherwise dreadful Monday, thanks MeganL and all involved for that! I never paid much attention to this set, due to its' unusual non-minifigure proportions. However, it does seem appealing and I'll ask my daughter check it out to gauge her interest.

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By in United States,

Nice review, with a cool idea.

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By in Puerto Rico,

This is one of the best reviews yet" mission accomplished

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By in Singapore,

I had high hopes for this set for its target audience the moment I first saw it and I'm really glad to see that it has not disappointed! I really like the concept behind it and it appears to be a compelling parts pack as well with plenty of great colors.

It is 90 bucks where I live, though, which seems a little steep (even taking the light brick into account) considering Friends isn't a licensed theme. But maybe I've just been spoiled by 10404 Ocean's Bottom which is about 60% or less of the price of this both here and in the US for nearly the same part count. This set does have a slightly better price per part than 31062 Robo Explorer, one of the cheapest sets with a light brick, so maybe it's not as bad as it seems.

Nevertheless, putting aside the price per part I think this actually comes down to pretty good value — especially if the cost is shared!

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By in Poland,

Great set, but I am little sad the fact it's FRIENDS not CREATOR set, and this will scare potential buyers.
Wish people don't looked at lego so closeminded.

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By in Sweden,

Great idea for the review, and well executed. Looks like a fun play set.

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By in United States,

This is a different kind of LEGO set for "real-life" roleplay instead of the "doll-house" roleplay which is what all the other LEGO themes with a minifigure or mini-doll are about, and I'm glad you made your review style this way to emphasize this.

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By in Belgium,

I hadn't heard of this set until I bumped into it at the toy store last week.. I was intrigued. After this review I'm sold (daughter also saw it at the lego store and pointed it out too) !

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By in United States,

i would love to get it for Zobo but $50 is a bit much for me. great review!

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By in United States,

Interesting. I would have thought it awesome to build and play with free LEGO and feature in a Brickset review at that age...

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By in United States,

Great review! I love the different approach for this one. It was nice seeing the intended audience for the set thoroughly enjoying it.

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By in Taiwan,

Lovely review with the kids! It is a good set concept with playable accessory toys, and kids would enjoy role-playing as different Friend girl.

It might be off topic but wish that Zobo is a real thing. I always wonder if LEGO Boost can ptovide one alternative building to turn into Zobo.

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By in Sweden,

This was exceedingly fun to read! Thanks! :)

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By in France,

Good and original ideas for this review. If I don't doubt that building was a good and fun moment for the two kids, I really wonder if they really would have played for long with these "toys". I mean, I am not sure that day after day a kid will go on playing with false Walkie talkies or a false camera? And even less with a small lego trophy. Maybe the robot... Once built I am not sure that there is durable interest in this set. Not as with a more "classical" set, with which children can imagine adventures with minifigs once the build is done. But very interesting to see the real target of Lego discovering a new box.

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By in Singapore,

^ I don't think the set will last more than a week or two in terms of play either, though the models seem fairly displayable at least. Of course, this being LEGO, taking apart and rebuilding is always another first-class option (and the set does come with a brick separator!).

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By in United States,

^^ I don't know; my six year old has been playing with the same Fisher Price pretend camera that just clicks for five years. Ditto pretend smartphones that don't light up or do anything at all. I think when we grow up, we forget how much imagination small children still have.

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By in Singapore,

^ I must have grown up faster than most kids then, since even in kindergarten and my preteens I frequently got bored of playing with my individual sets within less than a year or even a month :P I jest, of course. Though fortunately LEGO as a whole has never truly exited my life — even during my Gray Ages I still had all my old MOCs prominently on display and never went a day without admiring them (hence the displayability I mentioned).

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By in United States,

Please have more reviewed like this!

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