A new wave of LEGO Friends sets is upon us! Adventures at the horse stables or beach are all exciting and fun, but after a long day of action in Heartlake City, a girl needs some time to relax! So, having a serene bedroom with everything you need is the perfect solution. So where does Mia go once the adventure has worn her out? 3939 Mia's Bedroom of course! Read on to take a look at this exciting new set that is full of fun pieces, plus a fun-filled scale analysis.
Set Number: 3939
Set Name: Mia's Bedroom
Release Date: 2012
LEGO S@H (Not yet available)
The cheerful Friends box returns with its subtle bevels and bright colors. When you see these sets on the shelves your eyes are immediately drawn to look at them. This can create an awkward situation for men, especially at places like my local Target where the Friends sets are in the Barbie aisle...
I really like this box art, as it helps to visualize how this set works as a bedroom, since the actual set has no walls.
The back shows Mia using each of the 3 components that make up this set. The bed + dresser, the drum set, and the desk with radio and flowers. I'm not quite sure what the letter is doing in the book. Perhaps it is Mia's spot for hiding the letters from her secret admirer. In addition, the back of the box has a large picture of Mia in her "real life" form, along with the four other Friends characters with their new sets.
The Pieces and Instructions
In the box are two bags and the instruction manual.
The first page shows the 5 friends and how to build Mia.
Each page has piece call outs along with some butterflies and a swirly pattern in the corners.
A lovely selection of colors and pieces. This is my first Friends set, and I was pleasantly surprised by both the fun color palette and the good variety of bricks. The aqua blue and dark pink colors are especially nice in my opinion. Another bonus are the lovely printed pieces. Mia's legs and torso are both separately packaged.
Some pieces of interest. The printed pieces are fantastic; I especially like the sheet music. However, it would have been nice if the music was not Friends-themed, meaning regular black and white. I feel that that would have made it more useful in other scenarios without affecting the overall feel of the set. At any rate, it's still a great piece. The orange basket is another fun piece, as is the dark gray clip piece that is used for the note stand. I'm not sure if this is a new piece, but it certainly is new for me.
Here is Mia, the set's lone minifig/minidoll in her pink skirt, light blue shirt with paw prints, and pink shoes. Before acquiring this set, I had never come across a Friends minifigure, and I was surprised at how skinny the arms and legs were. Now, I'm one that would have preferred to see regular minifigs in the Friends sets, but I think that TLG at least did a good job with these. The hair is still compatible with regular minifigures, and the Friends figures still have that "LEGO" feel to them.
From the side.
And from the back. The printing on the backs of Mia's legs is a nice touch.
Interesting Build Section and Extra Pieces
Most of the build is relatively straightforward, but this was one technique that I thought was clever. The black barrel-shaped piece snaps onto the pin to form the bass drum.
Finished bass drum.
Everything is now built! Let's look at each individual component, and then look at it all together.
The Drum Set
First we have Mia's drum set. The drums were very well designed; the colors pop out and the printed "Mia" piece looks great. Of course, the proportions are a bit off, but one can't really expect the model to be perfectly scaled.
From the other side. Here we can see the drum set from the view of the player, along with Mia's drum sticks. The only thing I would have maybe changed with this section is to change the color of the seat of the drum throne so that it does not look like an actual drum. Something like brown or tan might have worked a bit better.
Mia's Bed and Desk/Side Table
Another two models with eye-catching colors! On the left is Mia's bed and dresser. For the most part. this looks fantastic. The bed has a nice smooth look, and the dresser is well-integrated with the rest of the model. I also like the little basket on her bed. However, there are a few minor problems as well. First, I don't understand the purpose of having only one drawer in the dresser. It would have been much better to have two in order to avoid that gaping hole, unless I'm missing the latest trends in dresser design... Second, the bed is so nice and seamless, but for some reason there are two studs showing near the pillow on each side. Lowering the level by one stud and adding a tile would have been a better choice in my opinion, but that's a very minor problem and an easy fix if you so choose. Finally, the lamp on top of the dresser is a bit strange. It looks more like a lantern than a proper light, but maybe that is what the designers were going for.
As for the desk/side table, I am very fond of the shape. It would have been easy to go with a standard table shape, but instead TLG went for shape with nice rounded edges. This gives the model a very nice smooth look that meshes excellently with the rest of the set's components, all of which have smooth lines. The radio and flower vase add some character to the desk, and are both smart designs. I particularly like the use of the clear minifig head as the vase. My only gripe with this portion is the fact that the pink book is just kind of thrown under the table and sticks far out. In my life, I have never seen a book that is so big that it is almost as big as the table it sits on (or in this case, under). I think TLG should consider making a new book mold, preferably one that minifigs can actually hold, perhaps even as part of the Collectable Minifigures line. I'm sure it would be a useful piece to have.
The desk/side table by itself.
The Completed Set
Mia is thrilled that you built her such a nice bedroom! Now she can have a nice peaceful place to rest.
But sometimes a girl just wants to rock!
Now, I mentioned that the LEGO book mold is a bit too large for its purpose. Another part in this set that seems to defy the logic of size is Mia's drum sticks. Now, I did some rough, non-scientific calculations, and if my estimations are correct, if Mia's "drum sticks" were to exist in real life, they would be taller than the average man's waist.
Or, to put a picture to it, about the size of this shovel (with a real drum stick for comparison).
Now that is one super sized drum stick!
This doesn't really bother me that much, but I can't help but wish for a real drum stick mold in the future. After all, in the collectable minifigs, we have already seen a new guitar and microphone, so give the drummers something that they can actually lift!
Like Mia, I enjoy playing the drums. So, I thought I would take a picture of Mia and her drum set on top of my drum set.
And here is a comparison between Mia's sheet music and mine. Hers is sure more colorful (and a whole lot simpler)! Maybe I should get some butterfly stickers and sparkles for my music as well... Also, I can't say that I have ever seen an F-sharp being played on the drums. Those Heartlake City girls sure have some interesting music!
For the most part, Mia's bedroom is designed very well. All of the furniture pieces have great shape and color, and Mia's drum set looks just as it should. The only weaknesses in my mind are the odd spot for the book and the studs on the bed.
I am thrilled with the parts selection in this set. Tons of exciting new colors, and a wide variety of useful pieces, not to mention the printed parts.
Compared with the builds of typical $10 sets, this one is actually quite good. Each model has a slightly different style which keeps things interesting.
Nothing too interesting or surprising here. Mia is nice, but nothing brand-new.
This is the sort of set that playability depends on the user's personality. The set has no flick-fire missiles, or vehicles to roll around, but some people will be able to use it similarly to a doll house type set, which should appeal to girls (who are after all the set's primary audience).
I don't think one can expect much more from a $10 set. The set really has some great pieces, and when you compare what you get here to what you get in a Star Wars set for $12, the value is definitely good.
This is a set that I really enjoyed. Useful pieces for new MOCs, well-designed models, and just that fun Friends feel that is so appealing. I would certainly recommend this set to anyone, especially those (like me) who have not yet built a Friends set and want to try it out.
Heartlake City's best bedroom band, The Heartlakers! (Get it, heartlakers, heartbreakers?) Thanks, I'm here all week...
Thanks for reading!