"I really love these storybook sets and I’m really glad this one is no different.
This might have my favourite centrepiece of all these books. I really love the design! It has lots of places to sit the microdolls (thanks to those new fire pieces that have two studs on each side). It is a really good representation of the cave from the film too. Then on one side you have 1x1 transparent blue bricks representing the memories is fine, but I really like the simple design of the canoe on the other. Sure the canoe canonically doesn’t go there, but kids can take it off and sit it back there when the book is closed. The printed half of the book has a small section of the enchanted forest with the wind spirit, Gale and a Rock Giant and a small section of the rocky beach. Both are mostly well designed, but it’s unfortunate that you can’t sit someone on the rock and close the book. Plus the lavender should’ve been used instead of magenta for the forest’s ground. The other side of these books is as usual bare with just a bridge and two pieces of ice.
The Nokk looks beautiful. It received a new mould to get its signature long waterfall mane and tail! The rock giant is also perfectly designed! Gale is okay and would’ve been improved by having either the leaves or carrot stalk be magenta. I think the cylinder being done in transparent (which is an existing colour) would’ve also vastly improved her. Olaf is unchanged but still looks great. Honestly the micro dolls are the worst part of this set. Elsa’s dresses in the film didn’t go over her feet and I think it kind of ruins both figures. :P The hair for the white dress Elsa also feels completely off. Iduna looks perfect, but I think kids would’ve preferred her be a sticker and have Anna in her black or queen dress, Honeymaren, Ryder Yelena or Matthias instead.
For those who care about recolours there’s a lot in this set including several pieces in the beautiful but rare transparent blue with opalescent finish.
I believe LEGO has listened to customer feedback and fixed the problem with the spine. Many young fans of the first one had a problem with the builds sticking down. I am disappointed they didn’t fix the instructions to these sets as I think they really let them down. Many have pointed out their very difficult to follow as they’re in a poster format and contain too many steps at once. The instructions don’t ruin a great set of course, but I think they might limit the appeal and prevent people who have bad building experiences get multiple of these sets. That would be such a shame as I want as many princesses to get a set in this style as possible!"
"All the mystery tiles here are beautifully designed. There’s a nice variety with tarot cards, animals, locks and notes. I’m not entirely sure what the typing quotation mark and starry smoke have to do with the rest of the theme but they both W look nice! The colours the tiles are printed in go beautifully together too which make their already great designs feel better. I did notice an error with the packaging - the background to them fortune teller’s ball there is teal where the actual version is medium lavender. Speaking of the packaging, I think it continues to be misleading about what the mystery tiles are. I know many bought the first series thinking all the images on the package plus an additional 10 mystery tiles would be included, not that the images on the packaging were the mystery tiles. It seems pretty consistent amongst reviews that you get 6-8 unique tiles in each set and the rest are spares.
The mystery tiles aren’t the only stars of the show here as the dual moulded tiles are also both excellent. Both look wonderful and are very cleverly designed as they have more of a concave shape. When I wore 1x1 plates or cheese slopes on my DOTs bracelets going to college they’d often fall off when hitting against something or could get caught very easily. These two tiles seem to be designed with that in mind so I’m sure they won’t fall off even the most active of kids’ bracelets. I’m really impressed. :) The remanding pieces will be very common in DOTs fans’ collection as they all appear in multiple sets. I only collect some of the bracelets so I actually had only one spare medium azure quarter tile (my other ones are still connected to the brick built turtle from Elves) I’m delighted that colour was included. I had more than enough of the rest all ready though, so I only bought one copy of this set. :)"
"As suspected I really don’t like the 1 stud wide bracelets. You have a lot less room for creativity compared to the previous 2 stud wide ones. I don’t think the problem is fixed by wearing the two in the set beside each other, unless your a person who is not into consistent colour schemes, which just isn’t me. I did have a friend when I was in primary school who wore a load of different bracelets from different countries and brands on his arm and I think these bracelets are ideal for people who do that. I do think the bracelets are made of excellent quality and the tiles stick to them nicely. I don’t recommend using bricks, plates and tiles from outside the DOTs theme as they have a tendency to fall off. Also while I’m 20 years old all but the tightest setting of bracelet fits comfortably on my arm. This won’t be the same for everyone, but I’m glad at least some AFOLs can enjoy the DOTs experience.
I am very happy with the generous inclusion of six exclusive prints, exclusive medium azure 1x1 rounds and 1x1 rounds in flamish yellowish orange which only come in one LEGO Art set. I will put those all to good use! The four colours of quarter tiles seem kind of random which is disappointing as most DOTs sets have consistent colour schemes. None of the quarter tiles are particularly rare you collect DOTs, especially because DOTs includes these tiles in such large quantities. I still think these bracelet sets are a good value for money though. I just recommend people be more selective of which ones they’d buy to eliminate too many duplicate pieces. If like me you only want one of the new 1 stud wide bracelets I’d recommend this set."
"This is my favourite out of the new storybooks, though I think they’re all pretty good. :P I think this one feels the most complete and makes the most use of it’s parts budget. You have Triton’s throne, a performance section and a statue of Eric to represent Ariel’s grotto. I think the colour coral, trans opal slide, seaweed and sea shells successfully gives this an underwater feeling and makes it the most visually distinctive out of all of the books. The small beach section and boat also add a lot for play and it feels like a truly separate area unlike the other sets’ printed covers. You also have the two animal sidekicks you’d want most, Eric and both versions of Ariel. Oh it’s also the one that needs stickers the least. :P I don’t think it’s realistic to ask for more for the price.
The only negative I have is the instructions were kind of hard to follow. There were too many steps at once in an effort to fit them all on the poster like instructions."