Wednesday, January 18, 2017

REVIEW: LEGO Friends 41133: Amusement Park Bumper Cars

My Custom LEGO City in my "man cave" has a portion of the city dedicated to an amusement park.  In that park, I currently have the Ferris Wheel set and the Fairground Mixer...but unfortunately I wasn't collecting LEGO when the Merry Go Round was released (and I'll never be able to afford that set now).  Thus, you can imagine my excitement when I learned that LEGO Friends would have an entire amusement park subtheme last year!

I now own three different LEGO Friends sets from the Amusement Park subtheme.  This is the first of the three (and the largest) that I own:  the Amusement Park Bumper Cars (LEGO 41133).

The Amusement Park Bumper Cars name is a bit of a misnomer because this set really involves two different rides, the aforementioned bumper cars and a swing ride (that has a bit of an action mechanism).  As a whole, the set contains 424 pieces and two minidolls.

To begin the build, you start by assembling the small bits (which happen to use up all six of the stickers in the set as well).

In the first bag, you get both of the minidolls (Olivia and Ben).  I have to admit, all of the small builds are quite nice.  The cotton candy cart is particularly nice (the flag is a sticker, but you get two stickers so the decoration is on both sides of the flag).  The ticket booth has a sticker for the bumper cars sign and there are two other stickers representing a radio and music for inside the booth (those stickers aren't really necessary but I built the set as designed to begin with).  The final two stickers are the "1" and "2" on the two bumper cars (which are otherwise identical builds except for some color variations).

Next, you build the bumper car "arena."

This build wasn't nearly as interesting - though the large purple plates with studs along only three edges are new to me.  The speaker builds are alright, though I think it makes this look more like a dance floor...you really need to add the bumper cars to make it look "right."

There, that's better.

Finally, you get to the final bag of pieces - and the second amusement ride of the set, the swing.

This build was certainly more interesting - and there is even a Technic-lite aspect to the build with the gears along the left (as you see it in the photograph).  There is a knob that you can use to rotate the swing around 360 degrees - and while you do so the swing itself also rotates (making for a nauseating ride I'm sure)!  I will say that this is the only part of the build that felt overly "girly."  There are way too many unnecessary flowers along the base of the ride.  I don't mind the two "potted" plants on the corners but the red flowers scattered about the rest of the base plate are out of place (they'd be trampled by the guests)!

The Bottom Line (out of 10):
Fun:  10
Play Value:  10
Kid Value:  10
Adult Value:  9
Overall:  10

This is one of those sets that really knocks it out of the park for me.  You get two rides which are both very nice (honestly the swing might even be better than the bumper cars for which the set is named).  You also get a ticket stand and a nice little cotton candy cart...  Even if you don't own any other amusement park sets, this one by itself will give you a nice little park area.  The ticket stand can easily be used for the park at large (just remove the bumper cars sign at the top).  As with most (?) Friends sets, this one does have some "girly" elements to it - but it's not overdone (and the bright color scheme that Friends is known for works well for amusement park sets anyhow).


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