Review: 5005237 Friendship Rings

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The current gift with purchase available at LEGO brand stores is the 5005237 Friendship Rings polybag. It's currently available (September 1-20) with a Friends purchase of $25 or more. Is it worth buying a Friends set to get the rings?

Similar to the 41346 Friendship Box review, this set is a little out of my typical range, so I called in some experts to help me in evaluating the set. In this case, I was lucky enough to have one of my coworker's daughters, Addy and Emery, help me out. Find out what they thought of the rings after the break.

The set is packaged in a typical sized polybag. Inside there's a small bag with assorted parts (and rings), a metallic finished sheet that looks like stickers, as well as a sheet showing different combinations of how the rings can be put together. One side of the sheet features a graphic of each of the Friends combined with some of the rings that Friend might wear.

There are two rings in the polybag, each with a stud on top to allow for easy attachment. These are definitely kid-sized rings, as they didn't fit me at all.

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The metallic sheet I mentioned earlier actually aren't stickers, but are intended to provide a backing for the other decorations. There are different shapes: a heart, flower, circle and star.

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Finally, there's an assortment of small parts that can be used to decorate the rings. I found the clutch power varied depending on the combination of decorations.

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Now for the important part - what did Addy and Emery think?

Addy and Emery loved putting together the rings. Here are a few of the combinations that they came up with:

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Overall thoughts

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First, let's hear from the experts pictured here with some of their favourite combinations:

Addy: I really like there were a lot of options for the ring tops. It was fun to put together and try different combinations. It was hard because you couldn't adjust the ring size.

Emery: I liked that you can design your own rings. I didn't like that they fell off really easy. I liked that there wasn't a lot of directions.

My sincere thanks to Addy and Emery for their thoughts on the friendship rings (and to their parents, for allowing me to share their pictures).

If you'd like to get the rings for the Friends in your life, the promo runs for at least another week, assuming supplies last.


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

 

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9 comments on this article

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By in Bulgaria,

I have girls the right age to enjoy this but I worry it would just lead to a lot of lost Lego parts.

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By in Australia,

I like that there's a hot dog option.

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By in United States,

My daughter had lots of fun with the larger Rings set, which I can't seem to find the set # for. I think it retailed for 9.99 and we got it at the LEGO store on her birthday. It seems the two sets are basically identical except for the larger one has 4 rings and roughtly twice as many pieces, including some nice watermelon print 1/4 circle tiles, gold topped microphones, and 8 backing "stickers." We're keeping all the pieces inside her 40171 Hedgehog Storage set, which was also a fun little set that turned out to be very handy!

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By in France,

My daughter really likes the 41346 box set. It really calls on what Lego is all about : different parts, sizes, shapes and colors, that you have to organize to make something nice eventually. It all depends on your imagination. And some results can really be beautiful. Even her mother said that some of the Rings could be worn by an adult. And pretty easy to use other spare parts (mainly 1x1 of different kinds, often with bright colors, or golden, silver and so) coming from Elves or Friends sets, to increase the possibilities of your creations.

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By in United Kingdom,

A ring donut... Perfect lol:

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By in United States,

Update, finally found the name and # for the larger rings set; 853780 - Creative Rings. That was really bugging me lol.

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By in United States,

Hmm, it seems like a nice idea but based on the review it's not super versatile and the size can be kind of impractical for both kids and adults. I know other toys and products (like Ring Pop candy) make the ring size small but also very flexible so it can wrap securely around a small finger or bend outward to fit larger fingers. But I suspect that a product like that which is more or less disposable doesn't have to meet quite the same standards for longevity that a LEGO piece does.

If I were building my own rings with a kit like this, I know I would feel uneasy using a part like the hot dog that connects with just one stud and has a lot of room to wobble back and forth if you bump your finger into things. Losing LEGO pieces is no fun! I suspect that what I'd be most likely to wear is one or more of the printed 1x1 or 2x2 elemental tiles from the LEGO Elves theme.

On that note, with LEGO Friends dabbling in life-size toys and accessories in sets like this and the Friendship Box, it's kind of a bummer that LEGO Elves never had a polybag or other set featuring a life-size version of Emily's magical amulet. Not that it's a super big deal for me, because I managed to make my own that I'm reasonably satisfied with for BrickFair Virginia this year, but it seems like it could have been a neat opportunity that kids might also have appreciated.

The press-out foil elements are a neat choice since they let you vary the shape and pattern of the ring without adding a lot of thickness or removing connection points. I think my favorite might be the flower shape with five differently colored hearts.

It'd be interesting if a DC Super Heroes set featuring Green Lantern used this piece in green along with a printed tile so that in addition to the normal miniaturized play features you also get a lantern ring for role play!

In general, as a LEGO fan who's only just beginning to explore my comfort level wearing different types of jewelry, I like that LEGO is exploring ways that they can appeal to those types of interests while staying true to the core LEGO creative building experience and the iconic look that comes with it. I wonder what other types of LEGO jewelry they might dabble in — maybe necklaces, bracelets, or clip-on earrings. Considering they don't make a lot of clothing sized specifically for adults, particularly adult women, it could be a neat alternative way for AFOLs like myself to show off our LEGO pride!

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By in United States,

Seems like a McDonalds toy. Glad I won't be getting this promo.

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By in United States,

@Norikins: An old McDonalds toy, maybe. Modern day McDonalds toys almost never have small parts like this or require any meaningful assembly/disassembly. Compare the 8-piece Bionicle Matoran/Tohunga polybag sets given out in 2001 (https://www.bricklink.com/catalogList.asp?catType=S&catString=273.675&itemBrand=1000) to the no-assembly-required, zero connection point Piraka and Toa Inika action figures given out in 2006 (https://www.bricklink.com/catalogList.asp?itemYear=2006&catType=G&promoCatID=8&itemBrand=1000).

Of course, these days as far as LEGO is concerned it's kind of a moot point since LEGO made a categorical decision around eight years ago to stop doing co-promotions with unhealthy food brands, so the only LEGO-related McDonalds prizes since then have been partnerships between McDonalds and Warner Bros. to promote their LEGO movies. But in any case you'll no longer find McDonalds toys with lots of small pieces like this representing other brands, either.

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