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REVIEW: 3935 Stephanie's Pet Patrol


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  1. Poor (5 votes [22.73%])

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  2. Below Average (8 votes [36.36%])

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  3. Average (7 votes [31.82%])

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Who is your favourite Friends character?

  1. Andrea, the singing sensation (2 votes [9.09%])

    Percentage of vote: 9.09%

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  3. Mia, the animal lover (7 votes [31.82%])

    Percentage of vote: 31.82%

  4. Olivia, the inventor (7 votes [31.82%])

    Percentage of vote: 31.82%

  5. Stephanie, the social butterfly (3 votes [13.64%])

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#1 SilentMode

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 01:46 AM

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"Help Stephanie to patrol for pets on her cool quad bike!"

Previous reviews
3065 Olivia's Tree House - 8/10
3188 Heartlake Vet - 7/10
3931 Emma's Splash Pool - 8/10
3932 Andrea's Stage - 6/10

No red carpet required: I am back to give one more review of one of the new Lego Friends sets, going five for five. Tonight it's the turn of the remaining Friends character Stephanie, in her Pet Patrol set. The resemblance to Paradisa seems to come to a head from the outset, although Paradisa had never involved wheels and tyres of that size...

Apologies in advance for the quality of photos.

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Stephanie's Pet Patrol
Set 3935
Release year: 2012
RRP: GBP 9.99 / USD 9.99
# of parts: 73
# of figures: 1

Links: Brickset Lego S@H

More pictures in my Brickshelf folder.



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Shop @ Lego said:

Stephanie has her cool quad bike warmed up and ready to patrol for lost or wounded pets. Help her to rescue the animals of Heartlake City! Go off-road and find animals to bring to the veterinarian or to take back home to their owners. Just load them in the trailer and ride! Bring the bunny to the veterinarian and give her a carrot! Includes Stephanie mini-doll figure and bunny.
  • Includes Stephanie mini-doll figure and bunny Daisy
  • Features bike trailer, outdoor scenery, bunny cage and carrot
  • Feed the bunny a carrot!
  • LEGO® Friends pieces are fully compatible with all LEGO and LEGO DUPLO bricks
  • Collect all of the LEGO Friends sets for a whole world of LEGO Friends fun!
  • LEGO mini-dolls are LEGO minifigures made especially for the world of LEGO Friends with thousands of customizable hair and fashion combinations
  • Quad bike measures over 1” (5cm) tall, 1” (4cm) wide and 1” (5cm) long
  • Bunny house Measures over 1” (3cm) tall, 1” (3cm) wide and 1” (4cm) long

No group of female friends would be complete without the archetypal blonde, whom legend has it has the most fun. I didn't really have any opinion of this set when I first saw it in the shops, other than it looked a bit too small for 9.99. It's also a little shocking to see that a GBP 9.99 set, for the first time I can recall, is selling in the States for USD 9.99 (which works out at around GBP 7 at today's prices). So will we end up crying over price differences? Let's find out, with a box of [insert preferred brand name] tissues to hand just in case.


The Box

The back of the box
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The picture of the quad bike on the back looks incredibly similar to the one on the front; the difference is at the back with the positioning of the bunny, the grille brick and the carrot. We can also see Stephanie - the featured Friends character - feeding the bunny at its penthouse. Compared to the other sets I've reviewed, the back of this box just screams "no frills".

Having bought this set from Argos, I now have four of the promotional BFF stickers - now I just have to find the BFF book and find out what I can get for them.

To scale
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Stephanie rather enjoys posing to show herself at scale, and it looks like she's dressed up especially for the occasion.

The Contents

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We still get two small bags, barely containing anything at all, and the instructions. There's nothing else; no large plate, no DSS, no nothing. But already we can see a few parts in eye-catching colours.
Whether or not you're aware there's only 73 parts in the set, we're probably asking ourselves; what on earth did I pay for? But let's keep our spirits up.

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Stephanie in all her dismembered glory. Her torso is one of the few available that has sleeves, and resembles the top of a gymnast's outfit. We just can't fail to notice that blonde hair, either.

Stephanie
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Our final guest is Stephanie, who is generally described as a social butterfly (read: won't shut up). According to her official profile, she likes outdoorsy activities and healthy cupcakes, and aspires to become a journalist. Her friends say she's too controlling, which quite frankly I'd have a hard time not believing. We'd also suspect that she'd be the high school cheerleader of the group, and maybe develop more quickly than the others.
First thought: it's a little unusual seeing her in a light blue torso, and we'll see why shortly. For some reason her outfit doesn't look like it's composed very well; those shoes don't match the torso at all.</projectrunway> Otherwise, she certainly looks the part of a young whippersnapper - she would definitely be in her teens.
As we can see very clearly, her hairpiece has two holes for accessories: one on top and one on her left side. In fact...

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Remember Sophie from Heartlake Vet? It turns out that she and Stephanie have the exact same hairpiece, just in different colours. They also appear to have the same head, and near-matching outfits.

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Putting Stephanie together with the other main Friends characters (Olivia couldn't make it to the shoot; rumour has it she's stuck on top of the Tree House) highlights something that didn't sit well - all the characters have very similar faces, with the only differences being eye colour, open/closed mouths (and in Andrea's case lip colour) and the presence of Mia's freckles. Although the hairstyles help to distinguish the different characters, I would have liked to see facial designs closer to the illustrations on the boxes.

Anyway...

Minifigure with Stephanie's hair
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Speaking of social butterflies, Angineryka's back (yay - not) to model Stephanie's hairstyle. The blonde colour makes her look less Monica Lewinsky, but it still adds weight to her face.
The minifigure hair on Stephanie isn't a particularly good one, to the point that it doesn't even suit a minidoll. However, it was provided as a demonstration.

Some other blonde minifigure hairpieces
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These were the four I've tried, and I'm not sure any of them work very well... For the time being we'll give her the usual rubbery hair.

New colours
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Two of the six new colours in the Friends theme are introduced in this set. We've already seen the Medium Azure parts (right), which have appeared in a few of the other reviewed sets.
The parts on the left are in what BrickLink now officially calls Light Aqua; a pleasant blue-green colour that has to be seen to be believed. Thanks to the Disney Cars sets, none of these parts are exclusive to this Friends set - but more useful Light Aqua parts can be found in the Café, and of course with the accessories in Heartlake Vet.

Greenery
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Lime is a silently dominant colour in the Friends theme, and this set has no less than seven very noticeable Lime parts. But to balance it out, we also have some green bamboo bricks and a 2x2 in Green, and some Bright Green plant elements. Put together, Lime isn't so bad after all... I just don't like the proliferation of Lime parts compared to the other greens.

New handlebar
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This new handlebar part was designed specifically for Friends figures/minidolls - unfortunately, unless gripped in a very unnatural fashion, they're incompatible with minifigures. Something like this for minifigures is sorely missing, but the current handlebar - while a pain to use in Lego Digital Designer - will do for now.

Daisy the bunny
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This is Daisy: a bunny that only Stephanie can see, and the only living thing in Heartlake City that shares her penchant for nosiness. While I dislike the facial print, the bunny actually has a nice shape to it. There's a modding challenge for you.
(There is a difference between rabbits and bunnies/hares - see this page for info.)

Stars of the show
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Really, there isn't much to pick from this set, but here's my selection. It's an opportunity to pick up an inexpensive carrot, as well as some plant stalks - and while we're here that Light Aqua plate isn't bad either. If you're into building your own vehicles and things for Friends, the handlebars will come in very useful.


The Build

A bush?
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Seven parts go into making this bush, and the best thing I can say about it is... it gives us those plant parts. I would rather have two of the plants in the Splash Pool set, although this bush would be better suited to the outdoors.

Daisy's penthouse
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My initial thought was that rabbits live in hutches or in burrows... but Daisy is a bunny, and an invisible one that only Stephanie can see, to boot. So Daisy deserves a very special house - a penthouse.
Pretty much the only thing you can do with this penthouse is position Daisy onto the jumper plate, and maybe place the assembled carrot into one of the flower plates. It's a nice small build; one you could probably use with the puppy or the kitten if you so choose.

The quad bike
Here's the meat of the set, to the two veg above.

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The bike starts off with this base - watch those instructions carefully. I've never had to use those mudguard parts myself, but we get a general idea of the bike's shape.

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Strap on a fairly meaty engine, because when it comes to patrolling for pets we don't play.

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But once we add the wheels and tyres to this thing, as well as the handlebars, worry starts to set in. We know about women's liberation and all that, but should we really be letting this teen jump on something that looks that powerful? Seriously, it looks like it has a kick - but it's a testament to the designer's vision.

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One of the biggest talking points about the Friends sets (overlooking the feminism rubbish) is the idea of having someone stand on a quad bike. I'm sure people ride standing on real quad bikes, although it might be ridiculous to be standing that high on one! But short of designing an actual bike part for mindolls, I'm not sure there's anything that could be done - other than to have a different vehicle.
Here's Stephanie threatening girl power, as she models the Stephmobile.

The tiny-a** trailer
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For some reason the final build in this set is a very small trailer that hooks onto the quad bike. We've seen on the back of the box that it's used for transporting the yellow grille brick (resembling hay) and the carrot, but you can also make an invisible bunny hang on for dear life inside it. Alternatively the bunny can sit on the yellow jumper plate at the back of the quad bike.

The completed set
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Believe it or not, this is it. Stephanie decides to impress Daisy by revving the engine on the Stephmobile, trailer in tow, while she waits for her call. She can't wait to get that thing moving.


Leftovers

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As with Andrea's Stage, four small parts remain - but they're actually useful parts. Hold on to those plant parts.


The Verdict
The strength and playability in this set lies in the quad bike itself, minus the trailer. The only girly thing about it is the colour scheme; it works just like a City vehicle and it's just as swooshable. Whether or not you're bothered by the minidoll having to stand on it, the handlebars make sure it stays in place - although the hook plate might come loose, as it usually does. You could easily adapt it for minifigures by adding minifigure-specific handlebars or a steering wheel, if you wanted.

Although not as desirable as the hedgehog or perhaps the horse in Heartlake Vet, the bunny will probably be one of the more popular Friends animals, and it won't cost as much to accumulate more than one. I don't like the face print, but then I'm not the target audience.

The set as a whole is underwhelming: not just because of the part count and price, but the generally poor choice of parts. Yes Light Aqua is a newly introduced colour, but I thought there should have been more of it included in the quad bike design than just three parts - especially with so few parts in the set. Emma's Design Studio - probably my highest rated Friends set of the ones I have right now - had an incredible selection of parts and colours at the same price, and even Andrea's Stage represented.
I also think that Stephanie is best accumulated with the less expensive Bakery set, or the more expensive Convertible set, as the outfit in those sets looks a lot nicer.

I'd basically say that this should have been a polybag/impulse set with just the quad bike and the minidoll. Everything else is a nice to have, including the bunny, but unnecessary.


Design: 5/10
A great job was done on the quad bike's design, but everything else looks like it was built from a Lego store's grab bag (not a bad thing, but not at this price).

Build: 7/10
Only the quad bike posed a small challenge, being the most detailed build, but everything else was fairly straightforward.

Parts: 4/10
Nothing really special about the parts selection; only three Light Aqua parts in the set makes the colour redundant. Hate to say it, but Stephanie was also underwhelming as a minidoll.

Playability: 6/10
The quad bike is good to play with on its own, as a starter vehicle for minidolls.

Price: 3/10
At GBP 9.99, no way would I purchase this again. It should be (IMO) just the bike and Stephanie for 4.99 - no premiums.

Based on these scores, Stephanie's Pet Patrol gets a 5/10. How dare you exist as a Lego set... just kidding.


To Lighten the Mood

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"What?! Henry hedgehog's escaped from Heartlake Vet? And is being chased by a carniv... ca... c... whatever, like a dinosaur?!"

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"Come on Daisy, we've, like, got our first ever call! To the Stephmobile!"

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"You wanna, like, sit up front, huh? Like, hold on tight! Here we go!"
vrrrrOOOOMMMMM...

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#2 JackJonespaw

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 02:21 AM

Nice review! I really like this one. Do you have all 5 ten dollar sets now?

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 02:23 AM

View PostJackJonespaw, on 17 January 2012 - 02:21 AM, said:

Nice review! I really like this one. Do you have all 5 ten dollar sets now?
I've only got the three reviewed ones, not sure whether to go for the others before a possible clearance. But thank you.
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 02:40 AM

Nice review! :thumbup:
I've always been curious about this set, and when I was about to get it, I received Stephanie's Outdoor Bakery by surprise, which diminished all my interest in buying this set.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 03:07 AM

Hmm.. not really much to this set, is there?  I certainly have enough wheels, anyway!

Thanks for letting me know I can pass.   :classic:   I'd rather get Stephanie's kitchen.
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 03:27 AM

Nice review - I've enjoyed all of your Friends reviews so far, they're certainly helping me to whittle down which ones to get for which pieces and in which of the fancy new colours.

I can tick this one off of my list - looks like a pretty poor value for your tenner and I can see that the cheaper sets could contain a better sleection of parts for my MOCs.

Thanks for the great review anyhow - and good luck with tracking down your  "BFF Book" or whatever guff it is you've got to subject yourself to in order for you to have this mysterious "gift" from the Argos gods bestowed upon you...hopefully it's one of the recently revealed Polybag sets but I'm kind of expecting it to be something underwheling.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 03:29 AM

Thanks for the review!
I was considering this one, but will pass due to the lack of interesting parts. Seems like they forgot half of the set on this one.  Some of the other into sets are fine, though. And I love most of the larger sets, so please don't let this one turn you off on the entire Friends line.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 05:26 AM

Thanks for the review 'SilentMode', yeah....not as excited about this set as the others....that little trailer is quite lame. :wink:
And who stands constantly on the back of a quad eh ? :laugh:
Anyway, I guess it will sell well only when it's on clearance perhaps ? :wink:
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Posted 17 January 2012 - 03:33 PM

Thanks for the review and great pictures. Aaaaaaaaargh picture is excellent! :grin:

I didn't like this set from the beginning simply because I hate quad bikes in real life. Therefore I don't like this pastel one either and there's nothing interesting in this set for me. Except for the carrot and the bunny. Daisy is the reason why I'll probably get this set when I find it for a nice price.

Daisy is insanely cute, too cute to be true and I'm convinced that at full moon she turns into a were-rabbit (ok, were-bunny) and murders the minidolls sinking her teeth in their tiny necks.

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Posted 17 January 2012 - 04:43 PM

Great review! I think that naturally the selling point of this set is the bunny, at least for me. It's amazingly cute, and I think with a simpler face print it could easily be used in System-- at least, better than the absurdly-large Belville rabbit, which was previously the only specialized option, or a brick-built rabbit, which can often be hard to distinguish from a brick-built mouse, cat, or dog. Brick-built animals are difficult at such a small scale!

Stephanie's outfit is a bit odd in this set. I'd think it would be more realistic to show her in some type of work clothes, like maybe a vest and a pair of jeans. Her clothes in this set look like what you might wear at a mall, not what you'd wear on an ATV driving to care for a pet rabbit. I hope future waves of Friends sets have a wider variety of fashions for different sorts of contexts.

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Posted 19 January 2012 - 10:45 PM

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Posted 20 January 2012 - 12:45 AM

Great review of another Friends set. I would expect more in this set, but I guess to collect them all, you have to get it.

I don't own any of them yet, but some of the new colors are really neat. The animals are nice, but a little too playful for my regular minifigures.

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Posted 21 January 2012 - 12:33 AM

Thanks for the review, SilentMode. It was funny and enjoyable  :sweet: , where I can't say the same for the set. I do prefer Stephanie's bakery to this one. The wheels are just too big, and there's not much interesting colours/pieces. Also, the bunny has an unusual face (for a bunny, that is).
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Posted 23 April 2012 - 05:18 AM

Thank you for your nice review.
I am thinking of buying this one because I want that bunny, but one bunny for 9.99 dollars?
Also I am thinking to collect the friends set all ~~  :sceptic:



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