Friday, May 1st, 2015 at 8:46am by Andrew, BZPower News Manager
Spring has sprung across North America, so what better time to review a hoppy-go-lucky LEGO Friends set? 41087 Bunny & Babies is one of the smaller boxed sets in the Friends Vet subtheme focusing on some adorable rabbits. To see if you should hop to it and pick up this set, read on and check out our video!
From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.
The box of this set is quite vibrant, with purple and green being the primary colors you see. In the top right, we notice this set is part of the Friends Vet subtheme, as indicated by the pink cross with the paw on it. The LEGO and Friends logos are also present, as are the requisite age range, set number, name, piece count, and choking warning. This leaves a little space left for the actual set, which shows off the bunnies in their enclosure with plenty of things for them to do. They look quite happy!
The back shows off a small section of the set with some play ideas. There's also some artwork of the bunny and his or her babies, as well as a callout to the LEGO Friends Vet subtheme website complete with artwork featuring a whole bunch of adorable animals.
Half the fun is had building the set. How fun is it to build and how easy or challenging is it?
At only forty-seven pieces, there's not much to build here. Pretty much everything is studs-up and will go together in no time at all. This set isn't going to be much of a challenge for most builders.
Now that the set is complete, we can critique how it looks from every angle. New or interesting pieces can also be examined here.
There's not a lot of interesting pieces here, but there's not nothing! The 6x8 plate in lime green is exclusive to this set, and I could certainly see some people wanting a lot of them for certain projects. The brown 1x2 jumper, red-violet 1x2 curved slope, bottle, and basket all come in fewer than ten sets, so there's not a lot of ways to pick them up.
Aside from the parts pictured above, the rest is pretty basic. There's some bricks (standard, masonry, and ridged), plates, and slopes, as you'd expect in most sets. You get some foliage and plant elements too, which add some nice variety. All in all though, there's not much here to drive most to purchase the set just for the pieces.
The first part of the set we'll look at is the little garden. It features a carrot (of course!), a flower, and what I assume is supposed to be a radish or turnip or similar vegetable for the bunnies to munch on. It all fits on a 2x4 plate, and there's not much to say beyond that.
The majority of this set is the little hutch for the rabbits to stay in. It features a slide, a gate, a water dispenser, and a bottle holder. There's also some steps for the bunnies to hop up to get to the slide, and a plant to break up the corner a bit. It's all very simple, but it's still clear what it's supposed to be. For less than fifty pieces, I think the designers did a good job.
If you're outside of the target demographic for this set, you're probably buying this for the bunnies. The set includes one adult rabbit, who is also available in a few other sets, and two babies, who are exclusive here. The little bunnies are essentially scaled-down versions of the big one, and feature much simpler printing with only one color versus three on the adult. They're both adorable and can make great additions to any sort of LEGO town layout or MOC.
The other half of the fun is in playing with the set. How well does the set function and is it enjoyable to play with?
From an adult perspective, looking at this set, the only play feature is an opening gate. But from the point of view from someone in the target audience, there's so much to do here. You've got the slide, the water dispenser, the bottle, the garden, the steps - tons of roleplaying opportunities! The only thing I feel is missing is a Friends minidoll. The bunnies are clearly under the care of someone who put them in the hutch, but where are they? I think most people who buy this set probably already have another Friends set to combine it with or share minidolls across, but it would have been a nice touch.
Once it's all said and done, how does the set stack up? Should I get it?
What's to like?
- Adorable bunny rabbits
- A couple uncommon and exclusive pieces
- Lots of play potential
What's not to like?
- No minidoll to play with the bunnies
- Simple build
For $5 in the US, I'd say this set has some good value, especially if you're a fan of the Friends sets or want more LEGO animals for your collection. If you think the bunnies are cute, pick it up! Otherwise, find something else that strikes your fancy.
Thank you all as always for reading and watching this review. I hope you found it informative and helpful. Let us know what you think in the Talkback or ask any questions you may have there too. And of course, keep checking back on BZPower for more LEGO and Bionicle set reviews and news!
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