Today’s set, 30205 Pop Star Red Carpet, is from the LEGO Friends theme. It’s the third set from that theme that has so far graced our little project. The first one, 30115 Jungle Boat, got a thumbs down for being an airboat adorned with a flower. Does nonsensical flower make an appearance in 30205 Pop Star Red Carpet?
Yep! Because the one major thing that irked me about the Jungle Boat set was the adornment of said boat with a flower to make it girly. Like, I get that the LEGO Friends line is for girls, but does everything have to have a flower on it to make it appealing? Why can’t things be nicely designed. like a regular LEGO set can be, but with a Friends theme color palette and just populated with minidolls? Wouldn’t that be enough? Does the flower have to be part of that design language? Apparently so because in this set it’s the camera stand that has the flower. And not just adorned on the side, but used as part of the base like a cheap anklet or something.
I mean come on, what is this?!?
I was okay with the little stage and podium. Clearly this is from an awards show where the pop star, in this case Andrea, won an award, the LEGO Friends equivalent to the Grammy.
I am disappointed in the lack of an actual red carpet, given the name of the set. Some red tiles in place of the magenta ones and red plates instead of the black ones would have been great and would actually look like, you know, a red carpet. I guess since the name of the set isn’t actually printed on the bag, no one’s the wiser but us LEGO nerds will know.
Despite that one detail, I’m still thumbs-upping this set because the Andrea minidoll you get is unique, and not is it only unique, it’s themed appropriately for this set. Andrea’s top is printed with a necklace that has music charms on it. Pretty great detail. Also, if they needed to adorn anything in this set with a flower, why not put a flower hair accessory on Andrea instead of the bow? No matter. I’m guessing the flower element is a requirement for a LEGO Friends set, no matter how big or small.
Does It Suck or Does It Rock?
This set rocks! I was ready to thumbs down this one as it seems to be suffering from the same low-effort design language as the Jungle Boat set. The inclusion of the flower element at the base of the camera stand is just inanely stupid. But if you take that build out of the set completely, the rest of the set isn’t bad. Plus getting an Andrea minidoll with the unique torso really saves it for me.
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