First let’s look at the building containing what I call the “canteen” on the ground floor, and bunk beds on the upper floor. The canteen has some nice parts usages to build a counter and what I guess is a vending machine for drinks, and upstairs we have room for two campers to sleep in bunk beds. Out front we have a hedgehog with his food dish, and some nice flowers. Like Olivia’s House, it comes apart into separate modules for each level so you could mix and match them.
The next building is similar, with a classroom on the ground floor (using the printed 4×6 piece from Olivia’s Invention Workshop) and two regular beds instead of bunk beds. Lots of wonderful light purple 1×6 tiles here!
Next there’s a little tack station with a place to hang the reins and store the saddles, and supplies for scrubbing down the horses.
Now we consider one of the most interesting parts of this set – the bathroom facilities. There’s a shower and a room with a toilet and sink. The privacy afforded to our campers here is minimal at best – they’d better hope no boys come sneaking around to peer over or under those shutter doors!
We round out the camp’s furnishings by looking at the front gate, campfire, and corral. These offer some great play possibilities but few great parts. I like all the white axles in the corral though!
My favorite part of this set is the next part, a van and trailer. Clearly inspired by the Volkswagen van of the 1960s-70s, the van really captures the look of that iconic vehicle, except for the fact that those wimpy air-cooled motors were rubbish for towing anything. Hopefully there’s not much in that trunk in the trailer.
This set sure is massive, and certainly hits the mark in terms of playability factor for girls. But as for parts for an adult builder goes, I’m not sure it’s worth the cost. Like the other buildings in the Friends line, the bricks are mainly tan, which is not that special. There are a lot of parts in the new Friends colors, but it’s probably more economical to source them via BrickLink.
That concludes my review of the Friends sets. Hope you’ve enjoyed them. If you buy these for any kids in your life, or for yourself, post a comment and let me know what you thought. And as always thank you for supporting the site by using my Amazon links!