Today’s set, 30404 Friendship Flower, is great in three ways.
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The first way is quite obvious in that it’s a great looking set. It’s a simple flower that makes for a nice shelf, desktop, or window sill decoration. The stem is built solidly with a 6L bar going through the 1×1 round bricks and connecting the flower head with the vase.
The petals are built three different ways in two different colors.
It’s pretty symmetrical except for one part of the vase that has a purple heart on the front because, you know, this is a Friends set and needs something like a heart on it. Honestly, if they removed the flower and made it 100% symmetrical it probably would have
My only complaint though is that the base is a small only occupying a space a hair larger than a 2×2 area. But that can be remedied very easily with a 2×2 brick or plate and a larger baseplate to prevent any tipping over.
The second way is that this thing is chock full of great parts. I suppose that’s only relevant to you if you don’t mind those parts being colorful but I haven’t met any LEGO nerd that’s ever said, “Oh, those 1×1’s with studs on two sides only comes in medium blue? Pass.” or anything like it. Parts are parts, and parts in interesting colors are even more appealing. Just look at the Bricklink inventory for 30404 Friendship Flower. Here’s a small sampling if you don’t feel like clicking through:
I say small sampling but that’s pretty much the majority of what makes this set pretty great as a parts pack. 30404 Friendship Flower has 100 pieces total. And it’s such a nice parts pack that we may or may not have drafted about 12 copies of this thing during a slow time at Star Wars Days at LEGOLAND California. Maybe twice.
All that for a $4.00 polybag? How can this thing not be awesome? That’s the third way this set is great, 100 pieces for $4.00 is a stupidly great value.
Does It Suck or Does It Rock?
This set rocks! Whether you have just one copy or one hundred copies of this sets, you’ve won. It’s a great set as both a model and a parts pack and you can’t say that about a lot of polybags. After a couple of Friends polybags that, looking back, haven’t been all that great, it’s nice to see such a an awesome one come out of the theme.
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