Have been a bit lazy around the end-of-year holidays, so apologies for the rather belated review of the latest LEGO Friends magazine issue, technically representing the first 2022 edition, of course.
The beauty of the Friends magazines is that there’s not much to write and I’m done quickly because they usually re rather *meh*, anyway, and this one makes it even easier by literally being the laziest of lazy efforts. The hair styling theme ties into the comic as part of the preparations for a party, but that’s pretty much it. Otherwise the comic and the ugly characters remain an acquired taste at best. Interestingly, though, there are bits in there that show that the artists could draw better stuff if only someone let them.
There’s a few puzzles, inevitably, and a bunch of activity pages such as this coloring spread, some “connect the dots” stuff and one where you are supposed to scribble in hair styles on top of Emma‘s and Andrea‘s heads.
The poster’s are okay-ish with the front one being a montage of sorts of existing character one-shots and the back showing a hairdressers threesome. In fact I probably should have picked that one for display here.
The extra is just the umpteenth collection of the well-known make-up and hair styling utensils we’ve seen so many times, but on the bright side there’s at least golden pistol/ nozzle/ bar elements for the arm rests on the chair. The Magenta hair piece is also nice, as it otherwise can only be found in the Magical Funfair Roller Coaster (41685) set. If you’re into customizing minifigures/ minidolls, respectively, this could be the one decisive factor to get this magazine.
To say this issue is disappointing would be an understatement even by the low standards we’ve come to expect from the Friends magazines, so I definitely would not urge you to buy it except for the reasons I mentioned regarding the buildable parts. In the tenth year of the Friends series existing, at least the mag could use a major overhaul…