Posted by: Draddog | April 27, 2012

Review: Olivia’s House (#3315)

Yup, we are back to the Friends’ sets again. This time Sam wanted to take a crack at the “big” set – Olivia’s House. I suspect she just wanted a home for her people to hang out in.

This is another set with a ton of great colors and some very interesting building techniques.  It’s also the only Friends set that contains a male figure (that I can find). I guess they needed a man to work the grill?

Sam and I have built many a house, from the LEGO Creator houses, to the Modular Building Houses. Read on to see how this compared and if it was any fun to build together.

Co-Build Rating: 3/5

This is another tough one to rate. Out of the box, it’s a great co-build experience. There are six major sections (the lawn, the roofs, and four rooms), each of which is individually bagged. Find the room you want to do, find the spot in the book, and get going. So you could technically have up to 6 people building at the same time. However, you don’t build together – you are just each working on your own piece. Don’t get me wrong, it’s fun and all, but if you build the kitchen, you might miss out on the living room.

I wanted to see more co-building and less “building at the same time”. I know, it’s a thin line, but given the modularity of the set, after having everything built it still felt like we just worked on separate models.  If you have a couple of kids who want to build together – I could see it working out well.

Overall Rating: 4/5

We love modular sets and this one does a great job of it. Almost too well!  You can stack rooms, move them around and do all sorts of crazy stuff with them. You are limited to keeping the ground floor on the ground, but the second level rooms can be moved at will. The lawn feature is also suppose to be modular in that you can move it around how you like. The problem is there is no good way to lock it into place once you have it where you want it. Since you have a front and a side, you can’t wedge it around the building.

The rooms themselves are quite neat and have some great building techniques included. The living room has a neat flat screen TV and some cool purple couches. The kitchen is complete with an oven, sink and even a blender (which is just too cool). I really liked the blue panels for the shower stall and was even surprised to see the little toilet – cute!

The set has a lot of little details that really pay off in big ways. I just wish that lawn didn’t feel like such an after thought.

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