What an Idea? Celebrating the 25th Anniversary of ‘Friends’ at Central Perk.

So no one told you life was gonna be this way
Your job’s a joke, you’re broke
Your love life’s D.O.A
It’s like you’re always stuck in second gear
When it hasn’t been your day, your week, your month
Or even your year…

The Rembrandts “I’ll Be there for You”

This year, we celebrate 25 years since the debut of Friends. Of course, this is the nineties sitcom Friends, and not the line of girl focussed LEGO sets ‘Friends’ which first appeared back in 2011.

Another set in the Ideas line, this submission by Aymeric Fievet depicts the coffee shop Central Perk, one of the popular recurring locations from the series.

Bringing us mini figure depictions of the core characters, as well Gunther, the long suffering manager of the cafe, this set will be released on September 1 2019. It contains 1070 parts, and will be on sale for $AUD89.99 – $NZD109.99 – US $59.99 – CA $89.99 – DE €69.99 – UK £64.99 – FR €59.99 – DK 649DKK.

I am loving the degree of detail visible in this set, particularly the signage, as well as what can only be described as one of the largest coffee machines ever depicted in an official LEGO set.

Celebrate the 25th anniversary of Friends, the legendary American TV sitcom, with this highly collectible LEGO® Ideas 21319 CENTRAL PERK set! This wonderful LEGO recreation of the café TV studio set is packed with authentic details, making it a must-have Friends memorabilia item for fans. The iconic seating area with a couch, armchair and 2 chairs for the friends is removable for easy play. And check out the stage where Phoebe performed her songs on guitar (and where Ross once played his keyboard and everyone except Phoebe thought he was terrible). The 7 new-for-September-2019 LEGO toy minifigures of Ross, Rachel, Chandler, Monica, Joey, Phoebe and CENTRAL PERK’s long-suffering manager Gunther each come with accessories to role-play famously hilarious scenes. An ideal Friends-themed gift for your own friends and family who love the TV show, this hot toy is great for play and will grab attention when displayed in any room.

This LEGO® Ideas set includes 7 new-for-September-2019 minifigures: Ross Geller, Rachel Green, Chandler Bing, Monica Geller, Joey Tribbiani, Phoebe Buffay and Gunther.

The CENTRAL PERK café construction toy features the iconic main seating area including a sofa, armchair, 2 chairs and a table; service area with a brick-built coffee machine, service counter, cash register, cookie jar with 2 cookie elements, menu board element and other authentic items; a stage for musical performances with a sofa; extra seats and tables; 3 pillar elements in a new-for-September-2019 green color; umbrella stand with 2 umbrella elements; window with ‘CENTRAL PERK’ logo decoration; entrance doors; and 2 brick-built TV studio light rigs with translucent light-style elements.

The seating area for the show’s star characters is removable for easy play.

The minifigures each have their own items inspired by the TV series, including Ross’s brick-built keyboard and the following accessory elements: Rachel’s tray and coffee cup, Monica’s muffin, Joey’s pizza box, pizza slice and ‘man bag’, Chandler’s laptop, Phoebe’s guitar and Gunther’s broom. 

Other accessory elements in this café playset include a newspaper, 15 coffee cups and a ‘Reserved’ sign, plus 3 vases and buildable flowers.

This Friends memorabilia LEGO® building toy includes 1,070 pieces.

This LEGO® Ideas set comes with a booklet with building instructions and information about this awesome set’s fan creator and LEGO designer.

Build and display this Friends collectible construction toy or recreate your favorite scenes from the classic American sitcom.

This Friends-themed gift toy measures over 4” (11cm) high, 11” (29cm) wide and 8” (22cm) deep and will make an eye-catching centerpiece in any room.

I was initially surprised that this submission made the cut when it earned 10000 supporters through LEGO Ideas. however but I can understand the appeal, given the place it holds in the hearts of a generation. I can’t help but think that Waner Bros. saw this as an opportunity to generate some 25th anniversary memorabilia.

I admit that I am impressed with the likeness that the minifigures have to their onscreen counterparts. And all that lovely dark green SNOT work included in the front wall.

However, I do feel there are some other things that LEGO should be celebrating this year. Sure 20 years of LEGO Star Wars was a thing, but what about Fabuland? Bill and Mary and the 6000 Ideas book – both turning 40? What about LEGO Pirates, which turned 30 last month with barely a whisper. I continue to dream that something might materialise, despite not prior leaks.

I can only hope. Until next time,

Play Well.

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