crafting with and around LEGO minidolls


2012 LEGO Friends Minidolls

reviewJasna Bronić MiklinComment

I got my hands on all of the 2012 LEGO Friends minidolls basically just so I could analyze them. And try to mix & match their outfits.

All of the 2012 LEGO Friends minidolls

All of the 2012 LEGO Friends minidolls

To my actual surprise, I learned a few things about the dolls while examining them. Most of the insights are fairly minor thus I did not put them into the video. But I can mention them here.

Olivia's pink torso in 2012 looks very similar to the torso she wears in later years. Upon a closer inspection of my minidoll parts it turned out I had only 1 of the old prints and I needed 2. The same thing happened with Stephanie and Emma. That’s how the Bricklinking began.

The most common Emma, Stephanie, Olivia, Andrea, and Mia minidolls in 2012

The most common Emma, Stephanie, Olivia, Andrea, and Mia minidolls in 2012

Let me tell you, getting parts form 2012 in “new” condition is not easy. Especially if you want to order several of them from the same store to save on shipping.

Eventually, they arrived. And with them came some other parts, because if you think I’m not going to empty that store of cheap minidolls you are mistaken. So I’m sorting them and I have a “What is this?” moment. A quick Brickset check reveals that Mia had a different colored shirt printing as well.. Luckily, at that point I had 2 of these torsos in my hands, and 2 of them was all I needed. Yes.

A problem that was more of a frustration than a problem was Andrea’s hair. In 2012 she had a hairstyle that slightly changed in 2015. My frustration with that is that Bricklink counts both of them as the same hair piece. I had to look closely at all of the photos to make sure I used the right one. Fortunately, I had already spent a fortune on Andrea minidolls so I had more of them.

Most of the legs pieces needed for the assembly of these dolls I have at home in 2 variants. One molded in one color with the skin and the shoes printed on and the other dual molded with only the shoes (and decorations) printed. My guess is that LEGO started with the single molded legs and then at some point switched to the dual molded ones. But again, Bricklink doesn’t make the distinction, leaving me with no way to track when the change occurred.

I tried to use only the single molded legs, but I decided I will not let that torment me in this nor the future videos, so don’t be too surprised if I at some point I’m not too consistent with that ;)

Almost Completely Spoiler Free "LEGO Movie 2" Thoughts

reviewJasna Bronić MiklinComment

I watched the movie with my family a few days ago. We went to a not-that-nearby cinema that screens movies in English. Because in Germany everything gets dubbed. And I like listening to Chris Pratt. And everything gets a PG rating lately, so we had to lie about how old our son was.

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Needless to say, we all loved the movie. I was playing “is that an official set?” and “is that a new part?” with myself. I got extremely excited every time we got a glimpse of a side character’s neighbor’s magenta hair piece. It was gorgeous. As was one other and a helmet visor with stars. I hope we get them in some future sets.

The LEGO Movie 2 isn’t a masterpiece nor a must-watch like the first one. It is, however, beautiful, fun, and awesome in a more realistic kind of way. I think its role is that of an amusing footnote to the first movie. Whatever that means.

My son loved the action scenes and every nanosecond dinosaurs, or Ultrakitty were visible. My daughter enjoyed the songs so much she was singing in the theater. Don’t worry, only I could hear her ;)

When we got home, she insisted we listen to the soundtrack. For some reason I was skeptical if it was already available on Google Play Music but, lo and behold, it was. So for the next 2 hours, we listened to “Not Evil” and “Everything’s Not Awesome” on repeat.

I would gladly make a joke about how annoying that was and how valiantly I fought to turn the noise off, but I was the one who kept queuing “Not Evil”, so...

LEGO Movie 2 Lucy & CB.jpg

In conclusion, I need the visor with the stars almost as much as I need those 2 new hairpieces. LEGO, hurry up.

Also, I think I should replace my motto “I’ll never hide. I can’t - I’m too shiny” with “I’m the most least evil person you'll ever meet”. Or should I just keep both?