2012, 191 pieces, $20
Re: One of the first entries in the new Lego Friends line, designed to appeal to girls. Olivia's retreat, complete with cat, birdhouse, plenty of flowers bugs and secret places.
Outstanding: Very cute. The colors, though undeniably girly feel remarkably fresh and fun. I adore the insects. The minifigure, Olivia is built more solidly than I'd expected. The set is fun, decidedly different and quite playable.
Summary: Overall, I was really impressed with this cute little set. A ton of accessories, and built on a more realistic scale for play than a lot of the recent regular releases from Lego. Her tree house is almost the same size as the Harry Potter Burrow, which is supposed to be the home for half a dozen people. I love the idea of getting more people into Legos and this could be the trick, with its new colors, slightly cartoony pieces and lower price points. I will be checking out the other sets in the series!