Before the summer wave of Friends comes to the U.S. (I know the new sets are already available in Europe), I wanted to do one more review of the wave from earlier in the year. I wasn't all that excited about much of that first wave, but on a recent visit to the LEGO store 41365 Emma's Art Studio caught my eye. The outer décor reminded me of 41340 Friendship House. It would be nice if the designers had a little store for each of the Friends that complemented the Friendship House in the coming years. Or maybe I'm reading too much into it…..but let's take a look at this cute little set.
The two minidolls in this set are Emma (of course) and Andrea. Emma is dressed casually in jeans and tank top with spaghetti straps. Her dark pink top has a lovely intricate pale pink pattern on it. She also wears a pair of necklaces; a string of beads and a chunkier necklace with a pink jewel. She carries an artist's palette and a paintbrush and looks ready for some creative time in her studio. Andrea has an absolutely fabulous outfit on, very befitting her musical performance interests. She wears a gold shirt with cutouts beneath the neck, and a denim vest with gold fringe. She pairs that with a short dark blue skirt, and her outfit is finished by absolutely amazing gold boots with blue stripes. She looks ready to take the stage in this outfit.
The obligatory cute Friends animal in the set is Chico the cat. Chico is a blue grey colour and has white detailing, including a white heart patch on her chest. For the purposes of efficiency I included one of the auxiliary builds in this picture, a sign posted outside the shop showing the upcoming time for an event at the shop.
The completed model
The art studio has two floors. The ground floor is an arts and craft shop. This compact space features a wall of supplies just inside the front door, along with some jars of paint (I'm assuming) as well as some scissors.
Behind the register we see a couple examples of Emma's work also for sale.
The next floor is Emma's studio, where she conceives and creates her art. One side of the room is dedicated to the potter's wheel. True to many Friends sets, there's a basic gear built into the set so you can turn the potter's wheel. The addition of a nanofig here is a nice touch. There are also more paint supplies on the window ledge.
The other half of the room is dedicated to a large easel. There's a water reactive textile included; when the cloth is dampened Emma's artwork is revealed! I've purposely taken the picture prior to dampening so as not to ruin the surprise.
The rooftop of the studio also serves as a small café, with table, chair, umbrella, and (of course) a snack. Creating art is hungry work!
A bonus for decorations on this set are the large murals on the side of the building. I like that the graphic designer has taken advantage of stickers to make this area interesting when in many sets this would just be a blank wall.
The completed building looks attractive from both the front and back.
I overlooked this set earlier in the year, so I'm glad I had a chance to circle back and look at it again. I really like the décor on the outside making it look similar to the Friendship House.
The footprint is quite small for the set but there are a lot of great details included in this small space. I enjoy this type of set as it really shows off one of the Friends' interests (in this case, Emma and art), and I like that there are two minidolls included. I also absolutely love Andrea's outfit! I find it surprising she has such a terrific outfit in this set as opposed to a set that's dedicated to her, but I'll take it nonetheless.
For the price (235 pieces, $24.99, 24.99€, £19.99), it's a nice little set for a small present or to save up some pocket money.
I'm anxiously awaiting the release of the summer wave of Friends sets here in the U.S. Which ones are you looking forward to? Which ones should we review first? Let us know in the comments.