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May 5, 2015 5:06 PM   Subscribe

The LEGO Friends series has received a lot of criticism (previously) since it was released over three years ago, but as any fan of LEGO will tell you: Parts is Parts. And it's what you do with them that makes the difference. To Wit: The LEGO Friends Death Star.

For the sake of comparison, this is the original LEGO Death Star model on which it is based.

Tyler Sky has some additional Friends / Star Wars mashups for your viewing pleasure.

And for those of you not prone to migraines, there is Simon Liu's "FriendSHIP One"
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI (20 comments total) 25 users marked this as a favorite
 
My son loves Lego Friends. He also loves Star Wars. Now, what will he think of this?
posted by Seamus at 5:17 PM on May 5, 2015


Oh, very nice!

My sons get a little upset when I want to mingle all the Harry Potter parts with the Star Wars parts -- to say nothing of the parts with no connection to any franchise -- and so I may not be able to show this to them. But *I* love it!
posted by wenestvedt at 5:20 PM on May 5, 2015


There are lego hedgehogs!?

I need some! They're so cute...
posted by Zalzidrax at 5:25 PM on May 5, 2015 [3 favorites]


So I assume that the super-laser is for firing at Bronies?
posted by Chocolate Pickle at 5:27 PM on May 5, 2015 [5 favorites]


So I assume that the super-laser is for firing at Bronies?

You should see what happened to the Imperial Troop Transport I built with my daughter.
posted by Artw at 5:34 PM on May 5, 2015 [12 favorites]




I don;t know who the chicken is.

I don't need to know who the chicken is.

All hail the space chicken!
posted by The Underpants Monster at 5:42 PM on May 5, 2015


And while I'm the first one in line for down with gender segregation in toys, this is why I'm thr first one in line for it's not because the "girl toys" are inherently bad in and of themselves.Because look at what you can do with them!

Who the crud says Barbie dolls discourage active play? My Barbie dolls saw as much action as any damn G.I. Joe! The first plays I wrote, directed, designed, built, and costumed were all for Barbie (well, cheap Barbie clone) performers and audiences. These are all things I've gotten paid to do as an adult. This photo series shows that the bad thing isn't the toy itself, it's telling kids which toys they're supposed to like or not like.
posted by The Underpants Monster at 5:49 PM on May 5, 2015 [7 favorites]


I have altered your hemline. Pray I do not alter it any further.

(shamelessly stolen)
posted by TheWhiteSkull at 6:00 PM on May 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


Black Widow Barbie

(Technically the base model is Fawn from Disney Fairies, nearasdammit a Barbie though.)
posted by Artw at 6:07 PM on May 5, 2015 [1 favorite]


Friends Star? I was on that site, back in like 2004...
posted by 7segment at 6:08 PM on May 5, 2015


Related
posted by Mr.Encyclopedia at 6:44 PM on May 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


Does anyone else hear music from the Super Mario Galaxy games when they look at this?
posted by trackofalljades at 6:58 PM on May 5, 2015


I love this so much.

So, after a lot of stupid job drama, I came into more money than I really knew what to do with. I did plenty of sensible things (paying off credit cards, putting it into savings, padding my checking account) but I thought "What do I want that I wouldn't buy otherwise?"

And really, it was just one of those Lego Elves sets. So I bough the biggest, most expensive one and honestly, putting it together was the least stressed out I had felt in months.

I like the Friends/Elves style figures -- yeah, the traditional minifigs are traditional, but I was surprised to see the "new" ones aren't that much taller. And I think they have more flexibility -- I grew up with the traditional smiley face where if you swapped the hair, it was now a girl/woman. After a point, Lego moved far away from that. With the Friends/Elves characters, I see characters I could see myself being (especially when I was a kid -- and I would've been all over the Elves stuff).

I keep expressing this -- but there is so much of "boys' toys are good; girls' toys are bad" in the world. And it's sad for me. I was a girl who loved everything -- superheroes and unicorns. There was no difference for me.

(Things like Monster High seem ... odd ... because it's definitely a specific body type/aesthetic. But I also sort of love that there are girls who are "Monsters are cool!" and go down that path. I don't know if that happens, but I want it to.)

Basically: Smart kids will do smart things with the toys you give them. If they build a Death Star, that's cool. If they don't, that's cool too.

(Honestly, I see more instances of "my son can't play with dolls!" than I see "action figures aren't for girls!" If a Friends Death Star shows that Legos are all the same, that's cool. Boys should get to play in that world, too.)
posted by darksong at 7:19 PM on May 5, 2015 [5 favorites]


My Barbie dolls saw as much action as any damn G.I. Joe!
Growing up in the OLD days when G.I. Joe was approximately the same size as Barbie's Ken, my Joe saw MORE action with the neighbor girl's Barbie than I saw with the neighbor girl. Sigh. (I think my mistake was I had the Joe with a beard but I didn't start shaving until after I moved away)
posted by oneswellfoop at 7:33 PM on May 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


And really, it was just one of those Lego Elves sets. So I bough the biggest, most expensive one and honestly, putting it together was the least stressed out I had felt in months.

Not to be all Lord Business, but I too find assembling the kits extremely relaxing and a great, if pricey, way to destress.

And then when I've finished "helping" the kids build it they'll play with it and modify it and tear it apart, as is right and good.
posted by Artw at 7:55 PM on May 5, 2015 [3 favorites]


I liked that the 'kennel' in the pet garden abuts onto the oven in the pizza parlor... Mmmmmmm, stone puppy fired pizza.
posted by dazed_one at 8:19 PM on May 5, 2015 [2 favorites]


This should be the anti-Duplo super-weapon in the Lego Movie sequel.
posted by EndsOfInvention at 12:59 AM on May 6, 2015 [3 favorites]


And really, it was just one of those Lego Elves sets. So I bough the biggest, most expensive one and honestly, putting it together was the least stressed out I had felt in months.

Assembling LEGO is great stress relief. I can remember one time being fucked over by my employer, so i left work early, went to Target to buy a Samurai Mech, then went home to build it and cool off.

David Beckham is a fan, too.
posted by AlonzoMosleyFBI at 4:13 AM on May 6, 2015 [1 favorite]


I love the AT-AV with..antlers?
posted by jenfullmoon at 7:29 AM on May 7, 2015


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