Lego Friends - Amusement Park Roller Coaster 41130 Review
When Lego officially announced that they were releasing several amusement park-themed builds for the Lego Friends series, everyone rejoiced at the roller coaster build. But when official pictures of the build were released by the company, they were initially met with shock and disappointment from fans. Some of them complained that the coaster was too small, that it didn’t take advantage of the tracks, that the build contained other rides apart from the roller coaster, and that it only had a singular loop instead of many.
These complaints turned out to be the opposite of what the Lego 41130 Amusement Park Roller Coaster build was really about.
The front side of the box showcases the completed build together with the auxiliary rides that all comprise the entire build.
The backside of the box also features a couple of closeups, highlighting the many features of this particular set. The box art is pretty much the same for every single amusement park subtheme out there – You’ve got brilliant arcade lights surrounding the box itself.
A bunch of new pieces come with the build itself. The track has a bright blue shade to it. There are two types of tracks featured in here: Curved pieces that look flat, while the second one has straightened pieces that go upwards to at least a height of over three standard Lego bricks. There are several bright green baseplates, and the bigger one of these can be found in this build, as well as Lego Friends’ other sets in the amusement park theme. The bright pink hued-supports meant for the rides are new as well, alongside the transparent pink poles that you will have to use for the Ferris wheel later on. Apart from that, there’s a brand new watermelon slice found in the set, as well as a hotdog accessory.
Found inside the box are eight bags of bricks. Out of the eight of them, there are three unnumbered bags. Two of them have tracks, while the other one contains base plates. There are also two long twizzlers, which are meant to be used in the spinning ride. There’s also an instruction booklet which, thankfully, has been kept secure in between two pieces of cardboard, alongside a sparkly sticker sheet. A brick separator is included here as well.
Included in the 41130 are four mini-dolls. Two of the characters are a part of the original Lego Friends character lineup – Andrea and Emma. The remaining two are recurring characters in the series – Matthew and Maya. All of them are dressed nicely, ready to go out for a day at the amusement park, although plenty of the outfits that they wear are things that we have already seen beforehand, with the exception of Matthew and Maya’s shorts. All of the female mini-dolls also come equipped with their own accessories, which is either a flower for their hair, or a pair of sunglasses.
The first part of the build is constructing the popcorn cart. We do enjoy the use of a previous smoke piece that is supposed to demonstrate the popping popcorn. The next part is a ticket booth that comes with a turnstile. This part of the build requires you to put many stickers on – The biggest one on top of a ticket booth shows off all of the rides that come with the 41130.
The next part is a stand that you can usually find at the entrance of most major amusement parks – A huge map of the entire park, together with a whole host of other tiny paper maps that visitors can grab and take with them. A trash can finishes this mini-build.
The third part here is constructing the roller coaster cars. These look the same with the exception of the car at the very front of the ride, since it’s got a light brick positioned in front of it. The cars have been made with bow pieces on top of all of them. This is supposed to be some sort of mechanism to keep the mini-dolls firmly locked into place, since their feet will be wedged beneath it. The lead car has been created so that whenever you place a mini-doll inside the car, his or her feet end up pressing the light switch back on again.
Once the roller coaster cars are finished, we can now begin to build the roller coaster ride. The first step here is to lay down a bunch of curved tracks, so you can construct the queue mechanism, together with the control panel found on both sides of the track itself. The operator panel contains a printed tile meant for one part, but not for the other one.
The next part is to include the raised part of the track. After every portion of the track goes up in height, you have to place a brace underneath it. One of these braces will eventually serve as a base for the camera stand, which is a common accessory found in many amusement parks. You will notice that the camera has its own bright yellow antenna.
Later on, a bunch of Lego Technic pieces are utilized to place in a bobber with a world map placed above it. The bobber moves back and forth while the coaster passes by. The entire process is repeated while the oval is finished – At nearly each joint in the middle of every track piece, there will be a brace paired up with some sort of decoration. Found inside are huge gates where the roller coaster cars can pass through a spinner with a giant rocket, a UFO, and several crystal decorations.
The farthest end of the coaster build also has a giant poster that deals with you placing in the biggest sticker in the sheet. This shows off a stylized variant of the coaster build itself. This is probably the hardest sticker to place on. The adhesive used in these stickers are quite resilient, not to mention, very strong – And this is a great thing since it will take you more than at least five tries or even more to position the sticker on the giant plate in a straight and smooth fashion – And even then, it still doesn’t look right.
The coaster, when finished, will glide smoothly across the tracks you build, and when you let it go at the top side of the hill, it ends up circling nearly halfway across the oval. Considering the track’s many sloped portions, it might seem like there are a couple of other permutations here that you might find interesting, instead of the standard straight loop found in the build. There are plenty of possibilities to be had here, all thanks to the raised track portions. One of the complaints that people have about this set is the fact that it doesn’t resemble a real-life roller coaster. Even though it contains more than just one hill, it does remind us a bit of those tame roller coasters that were made with little children in mind, which we feel like it’s completely appropriate since the Lego Friends series is meant to be for younger children anyway.
During this part, you should already have emptied four out of the eight bags of bricks, despite finishing the other part of the roller coaster. There’s four more bags left!
The fifth bag contains parts for the drop tower. The tower is first constructed with the aid of some greenery surrounding the base. This is accompanied by several base plates in a brighter green color. There’s also a camera installed at the top of the first bright pink strut. The ride itself measures over two struts high, and each of them is a piece measuring 2 x 2 x 16. There are holes in all of those pieces, and are connected to each other with a double snap that has a hole piece in it.
The roller coaster build happens to be just one of those rides in which you can head off to the top then spin your way downwards. There are several Lego Technic parts used here to finish this job, along with the help of a rubber band. But there isn’t any crank to get those cars to go upwards – Instead, you have to lift them all up manually, then let them spin again downwards. There’s a clever usage of parts here, too bad the lifting has to be done manually.
The last parts of the build are for the Ferris wheel. There’s a white piece measuring 2 x 2 x 16 that contains holes in it, meant as supports for this part of the ride. There’s also a sticker with a hot air balloon thrown on a tile, probably to give people the notion that this Ferris wheel is similar to riding a gorgeous hot air balloon. One side contains a tiny control panel, and there’s also a small boarding staircase constructed with some neon lighting details to match the remainder of the ride.