For me, it had always seemed that Lego was one of those toy brands that really ignored all except the main fact that ANYONE could enjoy building and playing with just about any set. Even if the theme was not one of your liking. Boy, girl, father, mother, whatever... it's all about creating either the object of the instructions, or not.
Now I will admit, that if I'd not happened across this set as a Target online return, that happened to be on an endcap shelf where the clearance items were, with a sticker on it that had the returned price of $2.98 on it, I might have not picked it up.
|This set is pretty nifty if I do say so myself. (Inset) The set has 97 pieces in it, of which 93 are used in the instructions as part of the build. You get 5 extra bricks and accessories.|
See, first, I noticed that there were swords, and some sort of helm, and then what appeared to be Japanese Kanji on a wall part...
|It was purple and pink dammit, but the set still looked cool!|
|For being compared to Mattel's Barbie line, I can't say I remember Barbie ever having swords in her wide range of fashion accessories.|
So I picked up a few other things to review for Tenacious Toys later next week, and this set, and went home to check out what all the hub bub was about.
|Two polybags and a slim instruction booklet were all that were in the box.|
|The bonsai tree in the front is a cool aspect, but I really like the trophy and sword display shelf unit.|
But this is the first time that the sizes are not that off from the scale of the modern standard minifigs.
|"Bring it shorty!" "En garde, mademoiselle!"|
|I didn't think her Kendo helmet would fit at first.|
|I want to thank the designer that came up with this set, because a brunette with two katanas and just a touch of Anime inspired eyes is never a bad thing. Even in Lego form!|
|Parents, prepare to hand over your wallets.|
|I like this set a lot, and some of the others I've gotten a chance to see look amazing.|
That's all for this particular update. It was one I'd not thought I would have done because I did the unthinkable and judged something by it's cover.
Until next time, cherish the good things in life, keep your hobbies and interests alive, and be kind to your fellow beings. - Mario, the Rogue Hobbyist.
|Item||Lego Friends Emma's Karate Class 41002|
|Rarity||Uncommon - Has been discontinued. Started trending on Pintrest heavily.|
|Classification||Modern - Released in 2014|
|Condition||Excellent - Found as an online return on clearance, but brand new in package.|
|Procured||Target in Kansas City|
|Worth||$14 (starting to rise on the secondary market now)|
|Trivia & Fun Facts||"Belleville" is the now fairly forgotten 1994 Lego theme release (that most people screaming about Friends being controversial probably overlooked), that was the direct predecessor to the current Lego Friends line. The overall look of the Belleville assortment was WAY more akin to Barbie and other pink aisle sort of toy lines.
Even earlier than these two were girl directed lines such as Paradisia and in the early 70's there was one literally titled Lego Homemaker.