In a few weeks, LEGO will be releasing the new LEGO Ideas Central Perk (21319) from the hit TV sitcom Friends. The set contains 1,070 pieces and only retails for $59.99 which is a surprising price for what you get and for it being a licensed set. All the parts are packed into six numbered bags along with the instructions and a small sticker sheet.
Like with pretty much every LEGO Ideas set, the front of the instructions give a little background on what the set is about. Obviously, this one talks about the coffee shop that’s been featured numerous times over the course of the show. There’s also sections that talks about the main characters as well as interviews with the fan and LEGO designers. I will say before the review that I have not watched the show at all.
There are seven minifigures in this set, Ross Geller, Rachel Green, Chandler Bing, Monica Geller, Joey Tribbiani, Phoebe Buffay and Gunthe.
Ross wears a blue shirt and striped tie along with a tan jacket and brown pants. He has a double-sided head showing him with content expression on one side and a worried look on the other. His hair is the somewhat spiky/messy one that he had in a few seasons.
Rachel has on a blue outfit with a floral skirt but I’m not sure which episode that it is based on. She has a double-sided head with a content expression on one side and an angry look on the other. Her hair piece is medium length straight but I wish LEGO would have made “The Rachel” one instead. Her accessory is a serving tray with a cup.
Chandler has on a blue shirt with a black business vest however I wish LEGO would have used the sweater vest style that is closer to images I found online. He has a double-sided head with a content look on one side and an annoyed expression on the other. His accessory is a black laptop.
Monica wears a white shirt with suspenders and brown waist high trousers. Her double-sided head shows her with a happy expression on one side and a stern look on the other. Her accessory is a muffin.
Phoebe is wearing a very eccentric outfit with some nice patterns on the front and back of the torso. Her double-sided head shows her with a smile on one side and a singing expression on the other. Her accessory is a guitar and this is from the scene where the lights went out on her.
Joey wears a red open-buttoned shirt with a white shirt that looks light red due to the printing process. His double-sided head shows him a very happy expression on one side and a somewhat worried expression on the other. His accessories include a shoulder bag, aka man bag, and printed pieces of a pizza box and a slice of pizza.
Finally we have the manager of Central Perk, Gunther who wears a lime green shirt with a very loud large polka dot tie. He has a double-sided head with a content look on one side and an annoyed expression on the other. His accessory is a broom.
The layout of Central Perk is a pretty interesting as it is angled using a very clever design. To do this, there are some wedge plates that connect to four 1×2 hinge plates. We’ll just talk about this area since we’re here already.
Here we have the entrance to Central Perk and there is a printed window pane which you can reverse if you’re looking in from the outside. The outside striped awning uses some red and white slope pieces.
On the inside, we have a small red couch along with some tables as well as the stage. The stage itself is a small area with a microphone as well as a piano that you can switch out. Lastly on the wall next to the doors, there is a rack for umbrellas and for hats above it.
Heading over to the back wall of Central Perk is the service counter and coffee machine. The counter has some pastries in a jar and a brick-built cash register. The coffee maker is made up using pearl-gold pieces and it looks really good. Attached to the back wall are some decorations. The wall on the far side of the counter has a coffee menu which used a printed piece that is very colorful.
The side wall has a striped curtain net to the back door alongside some cups that are hanging up. There’s also a service sign that is hanging above from certain angles but it is just attached on a pole.
We finally get to the middle part of the establishment and first is and table and two chairs that are sitting on a rug which are made up of bricks and plates that are turned sidesays so the section can fit into the slot.
The main section is the iconic couch area in the middle. Like with the section behind it, this whole area can be easily taken off as it is not held on by anything. I actually like how the couch looks using the Plate 1X1X2/3, Outside Bow which you get 14 of in this set. The table in the front isn’t too accurate as the sides of it uses green tiles and it is not worn out. I hate to say this but this may be one of the few times where I suggest adding stickers on to make it more accurate or even go as far as doing some printed tiles for it. Some details on top of the table include the reserved sign, newspaper of The LEGO News, some flowers, and a cup. The chairs on the side have stickers on the back cushion for some floral detailing. Lastly we also have a dark tan armchair on the other side.
One final note are the brick-built studio lights on two corners of the build.
Overall, the 1,070 piece LEGO Ideas Central Perk (21319) is a decent set with a ton of little details from the Friends TV show. The minifigures are very accurate as well showing off just a sample of their numerous outfits throughout the series. Fans of the show may be more inclined to pick up this set even if they haven’t collected LEGO before. Again, Central Perk will be available starting on September 1 for $59.99 in which you’ll earn 390 VIP points for it.
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