March 2021 Friends Sets Announced

The spring wave of LEGO® sets is shaping up well. Recently, the LEGO® Group added to it by releasing official images of the March 2021 Friends sets. Of course, we already got a sneak peak at some of the upcoming sets in January. Five additional sets come out on March 1. Surprise: this collection includes a new bakery.

HEARTLAKE CITY BAKERY

  • SET #: 41440
  • COST: $24.99 CAD
  • BRICK COUNT: 99
  • MINI-DOLLS: 2
  • RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2021
  • COST-PER-BRICK: $0.252 (expensive for what you get)
  • BRICK-TO-FIG RATIO: 50:1 (excellent number of characters for a set of this size)

VET CLINIC RESCUE BUGGY

  • SET #: 41442
  • COST: $13.99 CAD
  • BRICK COUNT: 100
  • MINI-DOLLS: 2
  • RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2021
  • COST-PER-BRICK: $0.139 (average value)
  • BRICK-TO-FIG RATIO: 50:1 (excellent number of characters for a set of this size)

VET CLINIC AMBULANCE

  • SET #: 41445
  • COST: $39.99 CAD
  • BRICK COUNT: 304
  • MINI-DOLLS: 2
  • OF INTEREST: Several small animals
  • RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2021
  • COST-PER-BRICK: $0.131 (good value)
  • BRICK-TO-FIG RATIO: 152:1 (satisfactory number of characters for a set of this size)

HEARTLAKE CITY VET CLINIC

  • SET #: 41446
  • COST: $49.99 CAD
  • BRICK COUNT: 258
  • MINI-DOLLS: 3
  • OF INTEREST: Several animals, including a large horse.
  • RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2021
  • COST-PER-BRICK: $0.194 (passable value)
  • BRICK-TO-FIG RATIO: 65:1 (excellent number of characters for a set of this size)

HEARTLAKE CITY SHOPPING MALL

  • SET #: 41450
  • COST: $139.99 CAD
  • BRICK COUNT: 1032
  • MINI-DOLLS: 5
  • RELEASE DATE: March 1, 2021
  • COST-PER-BRICK: $0.136 (average value)
  • BRICK-TO-FIG RATIO: 206:1 (passable number of characters for a set of this size)

While I am not a Friends theme enthusiast, this wave does offer interesting tidbits. Friends sets are great for windows, colorful bricks, and accessories. Additionally, the signage in these kits looks great, especially the turtle crossing in 41446. However, I question the addition of yet another bakery. Heartlake City seems to open a new cafe or bakery with every wave. Given that the same mini-dolls run every iteration, it makes you wonder about the business sense of these characters. Perhaps the target audience does not mind new twists on the same old ideas. However, I would like an infusion of new concepts for Heartlake City. How about a look at the shadier side of the town? Perhaps a series of vacant, boarded up cafes and bakeries that went out of business? What do you think of the March 2021 Friends sets? Comment below or reach out on social media.

Until next time,

-Tom

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