I's like to bring up one aspect of this line that angers me.
(Rant incoming, skip if not interested)
I want you to take a look at this set:
This set looks like a good way to pick up some interesting elements for a pretty low price. You get a GITD skeleton horse, some dark brown slopes, some dark tan round corners, small brown wagon wheels, dark red jumper plates, a nougat log piece, some brown curved plates.... Holy shit, that's a lot of colours. Seriously, why did the chariot alone have to have 10 different colours on it? It just looks like a cobbled mess. They already produce the log piece in dark brown, brown AND dark tan, but instead they choose to throw in one nougat piece? And then there's the tan plate on the bottom, which could have been replaced by almost any of the colours on the chariot. It would've looked a lot less stupid if they had replaced the slopes and log piece with brown ones, and used a light grey bushing on the helicopter instead of a bright freaking red one, and changed the white lever base piece to blue. It's just such a clusterfuck.
This is a problem that's plagued small sets for a while now, but that one seems like they were trying to make it look like shit. There's also the random sand green clip plate in the swamp creature set, the dark brown and dark tan slopes on the tree in the Endor battle pack (that set has issues other than colours, but I won't go into that right now), and almost all of the Friends sets. I personally think the biggest mistake Lego made on the Friends line isn't the figures, it's the fuckton of pink, blue, yellow, white, green, turquoise and purple the cram into every set. They seem to think that the only way to attract girls to their sets is to make the sets as flashy as possible, without giving a damn about how they actually look. For example: Emma's Splash Pool has a perfectly good colour scheme of white, lime green, and pink. But then they throw in some blue corner piece on the pool, when they could have easily just used white ones instead. Then there's the out-of-place yellow plates in the tree house set, the mess that is the ATV set, and the list goes on.
I understand that a lot of the time, Lego will throw in some blue or red pieces on the inside of a set to save on money, but why do they do it with surface elements?
TL;DR too many colours.