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LEGO Friends Dolphin Cruiser

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PRODUCT: LEGO Friends Dolphin Cruiser (friends.lego.com)LEGO Friends Dolphin Cruiser

DESCRIPTION: A 612-piece construction set from the LEGO Friends range. Includes buildable two-story yacht featuring waterslide, captain’s deck, kitchen, living room, bedroom, bathroom, shower, bow deck with snack bar and chaise lounges and a personal water scooter, plus lots of furniture and accessories, 3 x LEGO mini-doll minifigures, stickers and instructions. Compatible with other sets from the Lego Friends range. Dimensions are 6" (17cm) high, 14" (38cm) long and 7" (19cm) wide. Suitable for children aged 7 years upwards.

GOOD POINTS: The Dolphin Cruiser from the superb LEGO Friends collection is every little girl's dream playset - a fantastic constructable yacht for the Heartlake City mini-doll friends to cruise around Lighthouse Island in search of their favourite dolphins. What's more, the playset is full of fantastic features and accessories to really set the scene!

The set contains a substantial number of high quality construction parts and pieces in varying shapes, sizes and bright colours (pinks and blues), and these components are divided up into five numbered bags to aid assembly of the cruiser. The two accompanying instruction manuals are really detailed, but presented in a straightforward way for young children to follow easily, with simple step-by-step diagrams relating to each story of the yacht.

Not only is the dolphin cruiser fun to build, but the finished construction is simply brilliant, and packed full of various compartments and imaginative features to make for some great role-play adventures. The cruiser is set across two stories, comprising a number of colourful living areas (divided by arched doorways), and the top floor of the yacht can simply be lifted off to allow access inside for maximum playability.

LEGO Friends Dolphin CruiserThe lower story consists of a bedroom with twin beds, bedside lamp and storage chest, a bathroom with toilet, wash basin and all sorts of hair styling accessories, and a lounge-come-kitchen with sink, oven and sofa; in addition, the back of the cruiser offers an outside shower, as well as a funky pink slide for splashing around in the sea, and a ladder to get back out!

The front of the cruiser, or bow deck, is kitted out with sun loungers for some relaxation and refreshments, while the captain's deck houses the steering and control panels, plus a bar area and speakers! As if this wasn't enough, the set also includes a fab little separate power boat and waterskis, complete with tow rope for pulling the mini dolls along.

The attention to detail in the design and accessories are what really finish this set - for example, the 'glass' panels down the sides of the yacht, the safety rails around the outside, the sticker detailing (such as the wall pictures, notice board and life jacket), the dolphin dolphins, dolphin sonar and fish food, decorative plant, not forgetting the variety of food and drinks accessories.

The accompanying 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 facial features, hair pieces, outfits and shoes. There are also a number of fun hair accessories included (such as bows, tiaras and sunglasses) that fit into holes on the top of the mini dolls heads to dress them up ready to party!

The Dolphin Cruiser is, in our opinion, a really fun, well thought out playset that young girls will adore, with a great design, delightful detailing and plenty of cute accessories to ensure hours of fun in both building and playing!

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

PRICE: £59.99

 

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