I know, the 'official' launch date is in a few days, but with sets appearing on store shelves
and a full writeup in BusinessWeek
, this can't be considered a leak anymore. Anyway, LEGO's new line aimed at girls, Friends, is coming to a store near you very soon.
The hair, at least, is cross-compatible with figs, but apparently the neck is a slightly different diameter, according to Daoudbazaar's review on Eurobricks
(and some of these are his pictures). That's too bad, as head cross-compatibility might make for some humorous hybrid figs.
There's a pretty broad range of sets:
That picture shows 9 sets, but the BoingBoing article refers to 23 'products' (maybe that includes some gear). The BusinessWeek article notes that these are rolling out today in France, on the 26th in Britain, and January 1 in the US. I'm hoping we see some of these on the shelves sooner than that, as I'd love to get some of these as a Christmas gift for my daughter (earlier rollout is possible - the SuperHeroes sets were supposed to come out in January, but I saw four of them at TRU yesterday, but no Friends). The BusinessWeek article notes 5 main characters with storylines, and another 24 figs as supporting characters. Settings include "a salon, a horse academy, a veterinary clinic, and a café." Those seem to be sets 3187, 3188, not sure, and 3061 from the picture - we also see in the picture a pet show (3942) and a doghouse (3934), so maybe one of those is what they were referring to. We also see in the picture a car, a treehouse, a girls room, and a big house. We also see lots of less-common colors (more 'girly' colors, I suppose), and lots of new animal molds.
So, what do you think? Exciting development to attract more GFOLs? Condescending to girls, implying they don't build like boys? Who cares about the sociology, parts is parts and every new line gives us something new? Personally I think my little girl (age 4) will adore these, and she's just at the point where I'm starting to get her System LEGO, so I'm happy with these, but I'd love to hear what others say.