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LEGO Friends Butterfly Beauty Shop

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PRODUCT: LEGO Friends Butterfly Beauty Shop ( Friends Butterfly Beauty Shop

DESCRIPTION: A 221-piece construction set from the LEGO Friends range. Includes buildable beauty salon with salon furniture, bench and scenic fountain, many makeup and hair accessories, 2 x LEGO mini-doll minifigures, stickers and instructions. Dimensions are 4” (12cm) tall, 6” (16cm) wide and 6” (16cm) long. Suitable for children aged 5 years upwards.

GOOD POINTS: The fantastic LEGO Friends range opens up a brand new refreshing world of LEGO construction, and one that has been very much designed with girls in mind! There are many LEGO Friends playsets to collect, but the Butterfly Beauty Shop certainly makes a great introduction to this new themed range which centres around an imaginary Heartlake City and a group of LEGO mini-doll friends. 

The Butterfly Beauty Shop is a fantastically designed beauty salon, with all the attention to detail and hair and beauty accessories that will maximise playability among young girls in particular. 

LEGO Friends Butterfly Beauty ShopThe set contains a generous number of good quality buildable pieces in pretty colours, and the many LEGO components are divided up into two numbered bags to assist with assembly. The accompanying instructions manual is easy for young children to follow and contains clear step-by-step diagrams for each stage of the build.

Plenty of shiny stickers are also included to add extra detailing to the playset, along with not one but two wonderful LEGO mini-doll figures: Sarah, who works at the salon and her fashion-designer friend Emma. These mini-dolls, like all LEGO play figures, come in several articulated parts for your child to assemble prior to play, however they have a more defined design and appearance than the standard LEGO minifigures, with wonderfully detailed feminine features and hair pieces, as well as pretty top and skirt outfits. Emma even comes with a cute matching handbag.

The shop is really fun to construct, and has a wonderfully modern shop frontage with large windows and dome-shaped perspex entrance, with open access at the back for maximum playability. The interior of the shop (which can be rearranged to your hearts content) will not disappoint, with lots of salon furniture including window display units and counters, styling head, swivel salon chair and large pivoted mirror, and a curved cashiers desk with keyboard, visual display unit and opening pink cash drawer! Outside there are more features to add, including bench, fountain, advertising board, and stand-along make-up unit with mirror.LEGO Friends Butterfly Beauty Shop

The level of detail throughout really is superb, with the fun stickers adding some great finishing touches to the shop signs, windows, mirrors, pictures and makeup counters. The accessories included are also excellent, including a money brick, eight lipsticks (which fit neatly into the display counters), hair brush, comb, hairdryer and hand mirror (which can be stored on various attachments around the shop floor), not to mention a whole range of hair decorations and sunglasses which fit cleverly into holes on the top, sides or back of the mini-dolls' hair pieces for some great customisation.

In our opinion, the LEGO Friends Butterfly Beauty Shop is a brilliantly thought-out playset with instant appeal for young girls, and some amazing detailing and accessories which really make for some great role-play. Can't wait to see more of the range!

BAD POINTS: The set is quite expensive, but does include lots of pieces. As with any such type of product, there are many tiny parts which are prone to being lost over time. The LEGO mini-dolls are not as articulated as traditional LEGO figures and are limited in movement and posing.

PRICE: Approx. £24.99

Available from Amazon,
 Toys R Us and Argosalt 

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