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LEGO Hidden Side - Brickology Halloween Special 2021

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

It's spooky season again, and LegoLee is back with another Halloween-themed episode of Brickology! To celebrate the scarier side of LEGO, or should we say hidden, Lee talks about the first wave of the short-lived but (somewhat) beloved, albeit controversial, theme called Hidden Side! Lee expresses what he loves about the original line of LEGO sets, but also the disdain he has for the App-integration features and more in this Halloween Special episode of Brickology!

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, whenever, wherever you are listening. Thank you so much for making me a part of your day. My name is Lee Party might know me as Lego Lee or Lego Lee three to nine from facebook, instagram, twitter, Youtube, pagtre on your name it. I'm all over the Internet and this is the brick Ology podcast, the study of small plastic bricks. How are you doing today? I sincerely hope you're having an absolutely fantastic day. And this is the third total episode of Brick Ology in the month of October and, honestly, considering that I uploaded, I believe, one episode of brick oology all of September, I think this is a good step in the right direction. October actually got to a great start for me. I did two episodes in the first like twelve days and I haven't done one in the past couple weeks because I have been extremely busy. But you know what October is, as everybody knows and calls it now, spooky season, and last year I did a brick ology spooky season special about lego monster fighters and I was like, Lee, you got to do it again. You got do an that our special Halloween themed episode of Brick Ology. So this is the brick oology spooky season spectacular. I am so excited for this episode and if you've read the title, you obviously already know what we're talking about. But before we get into this week's topics, of course I'm going to do some shameless plugs, but before that I'm going to kind of just tell you a little bit about the future of brick ology for the remainder of two thousand and twenty one. Now, I do have a schedule of every episode I have planned for season six of brick oology. We're not going to hit every single topic on that schedule in the order they are in that schedule, but I'm going to get through all of those topics by the point I finish this season. However, there's a couple of extra episodes that I'm going to insert in as well because they're very topical and you know, I kind of thought I might be done with this season of the time I got to when this is going to come out, but you know, it's just not how the cookie crumpled. So we're actually going to have to talk about those particular topics in season six, which means this is going to be the longest season of brick ology ever. It's going to be of what, fifteen episodes, I believe. So that is going to be super, Super Fun. So here's what you have to look forward to for the rest of two thousand and twenty one on this show. Next week eternals comes out and Lego actually made a pretty substantial line of eternal sets. So, kind of like I don't want black widow and Shaun Chi, I will be doing an episode about that. Now I don't feel like I can adequately do that episode without having seen the movie. Already have my opening night imax tickets and even though the reviews the movie or concerning me and a little bit concern I might be one of the worst movies in the mcu, of course I am going night one. I'll form my own opinion of the movie. I will do a review for the movie on my other podcast. Are you not look forward for all of that? And then as soon as I see the movie, I will quickly rush the eternals episode of Brick Ecology into production. So expect that episode within the next couple of weeks. It shouldn't be more than about two weeks from this episode. So look out for the eternals episode. They'll probably be one filler episode sometime in mid November which will probably end up being a star wars episode or a Ninjago episode. Want to get out, you know, a popular topic for the holiday season and then as we move into December leading up to spider man no way home. So lots of marvel stuff going on here, but it is very topical. I'm going to do a couple of different spider man topics. I want to do one about these spider man Lego sets based off the original Sam Rami trilogy with Toby McGuire, and then I'll do a separate episode about Spider Man Lego sets in the mcu, of course, with Tom Holland. Obviously there's also the weird like animated spider man stuff, all a weird spider man stuff lego has made up. I will not be talking about that quite yet. At some point the future I'm sure I will. I'll just be focusing on the movie spider man stuff before spider man no way home comes out on December seventeen and then hopefully around Christmas time I will do a winter village episode of brick oology. So there will be a Christmas special in addition to the spooky season special that we are doing right now. So some fun stuff to look forward to for the last couple of months of two thousand and twenty one on this show. Now, before we get started with today's spectacular episode, of course, go find your boy online. I'm on Facebook, twitter, instagram, Youtube, Patreon,...

...all you those are under your Lego Lee or Lego Lee three, two and nine, not super difficult to find. I also have a couple of other podcasts. I have one called are you not right, talking about movies and pop culture and whatnot. I will be reviewing eternals on there, so go check that out as well. And I do a podcast with a buddy of mine called the very manly muppet show, which, shocker, is actually about the muppets, and we did a spooky season special about the muppets haunted mansion over there, and I'm going to be doing a spooky season special on are you not so just all the spooky season stuff from me this week. Go check out all those podcasts. And speaking of PODCASTS, wherever you are listening, hitting with a follow, if you're listening on spotify or if you're on apple podcasts. Subscribe, I and consider rating this podcast out of five stars and leaving a written review. That really helps me out and I'd love to hear your feedback. So, all of the announcements out of the way, let's jump in and finally talk about this week's, or this season's, this year's, spooky, season spectacular episode of Brick Ology, Lego hidden side. So what is hidden side, you may ask. Well, if you are a Lego fan right now and you've been a Lego fan just for a couple of years, doesn't have to be that long, you're probably aware of what hidden side is. The theme is only two years old at this point. It's not like some of my other classic lego themes. I talked about something from two thousand and one. You might have no idea what that theme is. This theme is fairly recent and it is an inhouse original lego theme, which I have made a point on brick oology to try and talk about as many original lego themes as I can, because while I love stuff like Star Wars, I mean I'm staring at my shelf full of marvel and DC Lego sets right now. In House, a like original stuff is kind of the bread and butter of Lego and some of their most fun ideas have been spawned from these original themes. And hidden side is an original theme. Now, if you talked about this ten years ago, that wouldn't matter. Lego was making original themes, you know, left and right. Two years ago. However, in recent years, you know, basically it's a kind of the same thing as like Hollywood. You see in Hollywood right now there aren't that many like original properties. Everything is based off something. That's a remake US something, it's a sequel to something. There aren't too many big original ideas and Lego in some ways has completely gone the exact same route. Every single theme now, besides the exceptions of like the evergreen original themes like city and now Ninjago, pretty much everything else, I guess friends also might fall into that category. But everything else is a license theme based off something. And Look, I love that stuff and honestly, if I had to choose, I would choose Lego Star Wars over, you know, like Lego Alpha team. However, I do kind of miss the fun original themes from Lego and they had a dead spot there where. They didn't make an original theme for over three years correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe hid inside, which launched in summer two thousand and nineteen, was the first original lego theme since Winter Two Thousand and sixteen, when we got the first wave of Lego next so nights. So for real, they really just have not given original themes all that much love. So this theme, love it or hate it, it was kind of exciting for like classic Lego fans because it's like, oh, finally, like a new lego theme that they have created. Now, unfortunately, some of the new themes recently, a video to be specific, I fic, have kind of crash and burned, which hopefully doesn't make lego completely straight away from doing any more original stuff. And I kind of have a feeling this theme didn't do great either, because there are some weird gimmicks that I'll talk about throughout this episode that might have hurt the theme overall. But let's talk a little bit the specifics of hidden side before we talk about the sets of hidden side. So what is the story here? Surprisingly, actually foreign original lego theme. They didn't give it that much story. Like everybody has a name in hidden side, but there isn't like a comic or a big TV show or anything. Let there isn't a ton of Lore here. It's a fairly simple premise. Basically it follows two high schoolers are main two characters who, at least one of them appears and like every single set besides maybe some polybags, and they are Jack and Parker, and we'll talk about them throughout today's episode of Brick Ology. And they investigate some paranormal activity and they're small town called newberry. Now this really has a lot of tropes that it borrows from tons of other spooky stories. So I think...

SCOOBYDOO comes to mind. Also, this is very much so ghostbusters inspired, and I'll talk more about how a lot of things from this theme Mirror Ghostbusters, but also to including some lego stuff like monster fighters. Are definitely borrowing lots of ideas from other themes. So while this was a new original theme, technically speaking from Lego, it doesn't feel that original because it's very similar to other themes and other properties that Lego has tackled in the past. Now there's also one very strange thing about hidden side, and I just mentioned a little bit ago about the gimmicky side of this theme and the Weird thing here is that there's an APP that accompanied the release of this theme, and when I say APP I mean an APP Ford iphone or IPAD. Basically, the hidden side APP had this weird interactive augmented reality thing where it had like a camera. Obviously your phone has a camera and you could scan pieces from the Lego sets and it would make like these ghosts come to life on your phone. By mean completely honest, I think like phone augmented reality is funny on like snapchat filters, but for the most part it's very trivial and I think it's kind of stupid and I don't think it worked very well here. And lego did this again with video, which has, you know, absolutely bombed recently. So I don't know if the augmented reality way is good for Lego and personally I actually have some fairly heated opinions about this. It also kind of spawns from the Lego Mario sets. Now the Mario sets are selling well, but it's awesome Mario, so it's not really a big surprise that people are excited about Super Mario stuff. But these original themes have kind of crashed and burned with this, you know, APP integration in with Lego. And the reason I'm not super fond of Lego and APP kind of going together is because I've always thought as Lego as like an alternative to video games, an alternative to doing something on a screen, and there's so many video games, so many phone games and obviously the Internet these days that I feel like Lego is a great way, especially for young kids who are just growing up with so much exposure to technology, to kind of escape from that. So now we have these lego themes that, basically, to gain the full experience of the theme, you need to have like an iphone or an ipad with a camera, or else you won't be able to understand it. And, like the Mario sets, don't even have paper instructions anymore than instructions are literally on a phone. And like, I hate that. I really think it's dumb. I think it kind of goes against what I think Lego should stand for. And I am not a fan of APP integration in with Lego sets. Not like you want to have an APP that has mintional information and stuff. That's fine, I don't really care about that sort of thing, but like the whole crux of this theme with this theme. It was marketed on the whole augmented reality thing and I think it was a huge misfire. Now I kind of have a feeling that Lego was going to notice it was a missfire with this theme and especially with video, and someday I'll do an episode on video so I can stick you late just how awful that particular theme is. But yeah, I just don't think the whole augmented reality thing is good for the brand. And even the Mario sets, which are better and had been more successful, I wish they had the classic, you know, paper Lego instructions and not just the APP base stuff. So not a big fan of the APP thing, but it is a crucial element of this line, so I will be mentioning it for every single set here. Another weird thing about hidden side is the boxes. Now, normally I don't really talk that much about the boxes. I might describe the box art a little bit, but like, this is obviously an audio podcast and it's kind of hard to describe exactly how a box looks. Now lego has been doing interesting things with their boxes here lately. They've made all their eighteen plus lego sets have the same kind of box design, which I'm not a big fan that, you know, uniformity of it, but whatever, they still look decent. They had that one wonder woman set where the front of the box which is like a big blown up picture of wonder woman and Cheetah and you had no idea was actually in the set. So lego has been doing some things with their boxes lately, but nothing quite like this theme. Hidden side has probably the most experimental box art in Lego history, where in the front of the boxes for this theme don't show the set. It's artwork. It's literally just like artwork...

...of the set with all these added ghosts and like it does have the scene somewhere in there, but it's indistinguishably not Lego, like you don't under you can't like understand that it is Lego in the artwork for the box and the kind of look like the you know, artwork you might see like on the side of a Lego box or on the website or Lego shop at home page, or maybe something you might see is like a poster that comes with a set, or it could be like a board game. I feel like Board Games a lot of times have these kind of like more action e. vague looking covers and the back of the box shows off like actually what's inside. That's kind of what it reminds me of. But these are Lego sets and the front of the box doesn't really show the LEGO set. That is very bizarre, in my opinion, and I think that's probably one of the reasons that this theme didn't do super well on show, just because kids walk into these stores and like, obviously I knew what the sets are because I've follow Lego leaks on Instagram, like I know what the heck is going on with this company. But like a kid who doesn't follow this kind of stuff online, if they go into a target and they saw on these sets, they'd probably just go right by it because nothing about it makes any sense based off the box artwork. It is very, very strange and, in my opinion, a very poor decision on legos part. And I also have seen pictures of stores literally flipping the boxes around because the back of the box does show off the set like a normal lego box would, so that is very interesting to me. So lots of weird things already kind of going against this theme, which is odd to say the least. But of course let's now jump in and talk about the sets. Now there are over thirty hidden side sets and because I've been struggling to get these podcasts out anyways and I'm a little bit pressed for a time and I have a job now and all these things, I'm not going to cover every single hidden side set here today. I'm only going to be covering the first wave of hidden side, which is the biggest wave and probably the best wave of the theme from Summer Two Thousand and nineteen. They did make three separate waves of this theme. There's one in winter two thousand and twenty and then in one last year and summer of two thousand and twenty as well. I will cover those hidden side sets eventually, maybe next October for kind of a sequel episode to that. Not sure when that will be, but today's episode is just going to be summer two thousand and nineteen for Lego hidden side. So let's jump in and talk about those sets. So lego hidden side dropped in summer two thousand and nineteen, specifically August, first summer two thousand and nineteen, and there actually was a good bit of hight behind this theme because it was a new, original inhouse lego theme and I remember getting my first hidden side set, I believe, at Brick Fair Virginia that year, which is actually the last brick fair that I went to because I hadn't been to the past couple of ones because they actually have been canceled. But let's talk about that set, the smallest set from this line in particular, which was JEB's Ghost Leb. This was a twenty dollar set with one hundred and seventy four pieces. Now a little bit odd to me that the smallest set from this line was twenty bucks. Normally when they do a theme like this, the smallest set is like seven to ten, to maybe like one Thousan, threeen and fifteen at the most. Seems kind of strange to me that there wasn't a smaller set than this. Now they're technically we're a couple of smaller sets, but they weren't available for sale. They were promotional box sets, so those don't really count. As it stands, the main line smallest set here is this Twenty Dollar Jab's ghost lab. I think they kind of missed opportunity to make maybe like a thirteen dollar set that was easier to get people into this theme as for this set of particular the figures included here. The first one here is Jack, who had at the time a brand new hood hat combination piece that looked very cool. It was a red cap and he also had a red jacket that went over the calf, but his hood was a white piece, so he's wearing a white hoodie with a red jacket over it, and there are variations on this character that will talk about throughout the episode. He also had a printed cell phone piece that showed a ghost on it, which was pretty cool, and he also included Spencer the ghost dog. Know this was a brand new mold for this theme, dual molded in clear, transparent plastic and white, and it basically looked like a dog with like a blanket over it, and I love it. It's a great piece and not hard to find because I believe...

...he comes in every single set in this line. Spencer the Ghost dog is a very easy piece to acquire, but I'm not complaining because it's a very adorable little lego Dago. Moving on from Jack and Spencer, we also had Professor Jab, the titular character of this set. She kind of gives off a mad scientist type VIBE has these crazy goggles on, this lavender hair piece that is all spiked up gives off you know, that typical like Dr Frankenstein as fibe, this time just a female character in particular. Also included here is the character of Douglas Elton, who is the possessed ghost figure in this set. So one thing that's consistent through all of these sets is there's always some kind of figure that's not the main character that is being possessed by a ghost, and the way they do this is they actually just start up give you an additional headpiece. The headpieces for the ghosts are always kind of a transparent neon green color, and then they had that kind of like really light lime green color for their hair, not really transparent, but it still looked very murky and cool. I believe that color was like introduced with the Ninjago sets from two thousand and fifteen. Overall, very very cool looking ghostly figures that I do quite enjoy. So those are the ghost figures of this theme and I'll talk about every single different haunted character throughout this entire wave. But moving on to the build of this set in particular, it's just a facade of a lab it's got some tools, control panels, some wires, some cords, some pumps, some electricity things like you might see from Frankenstein. Again, definitely a Frankenstein's monster kind of vibe to this lab. But the playability was very weak. I wrote is building this set and being like man, there aren't really like any fun play features here. It's just kind of like in a random assortment of things, but there's nothing crazy that you can actually do. I was a little bit underwhelmed what the play value here, but it does look decent on display and has some cool pieces. And then finally there's like this generator thing that's attached this main light transformation feature that really doesn't even actually have a playability feature, and this generator thing has a spinning wheel with four different colors. This is where the APP integration comes into play with this set. Essentially you can spin between these different colors scanned the colors in the APP, and the different colors will make different things appear. It's very stupid and sometimes it kind of gets in the way of the look of these sets and I will be talking about that throughout this episode. But moving on from the smallest set, let's talk about the next smallest set here, which was a three dollar set with three hundred and ten pieces, called the wrecked shrimp boat. This set included the figures here of Jack. Yet again, this one does not have the jacket print, so it's just the White Hoodie version of Jack, and of course Spencer is included as well. You also get our first appearance of the other main character from hidden side, and that is Parker. She is a girl who has purple hair wears a yellow beanie with a nice hair hat combination piece. She has kind of like a biker jacket vest and some stitched up jeans and she has a Jane Jackets. That's kind of her variation on the figure throughout this line. As for the exclusive characters included with this set, you get Captain Jonas and Jonas Junior. Captain Jonas is our shrimp boat captain. He has a typical kind of sailors wet suit with that kind of funny looking banana is shaped hat. I really love the look of this minifigure. He looks great and he is also the one that can become a ghost, and this ghost not only has the ghosts headpiece but also has a back attachment with some straight up tentacles. That looks super weird and Super Spooky, but I really do enjoy it. And also you get Jonas junior here. He was wearing overalls. One of them is ripped, which is a fun little detail. He also has a beanie and a very shocked expression. Also included here not really a figure, but it is a creature, and that is an albino ghost alligator. It's an alligator in Tan, completely exclusive to this set and a very, very cool figure to get, so I really enjoyed the inclusion of that. They're so honestly a great selection of figures and creatures with this set. But do the build hold up? The first build is a side build of a swamp. Obviously shrimp boat kind of gives off a Louisiana vibe and one of the next sets,...

...will talk about here in a few moments, is definitely going to give you a Louisiana vibe. And this set definitely has kind of a swamp esthetic going on, which I do really enjoy. Leg It doesn't tackle swamp stuff all too often, so I think it's cool to get that here. The only other swamp stuff I can think of from Lego is the like swamp police sets they did back in the mid two thousand and tens. Those were also pretty cool. But the side build here is a creepy swamp area build and there's also a feature here where part of a rock can turn into a monster with a face, and that's going to be a recurring theme throughout this episode, is inanimate objects becoming a live ghost monsters. I guess that's kind of like the WHO hidden side of this theme. But of course the main build here is the shrimp boat and while the shrimp boat does not become a monster, it's actually a very nice design. First off, I don't know if Legos ever made a shrimp but before so, anybody just has like a Lego city kind of deal. I think this would be a pretty cool thing to get and I really like the look of this build. It is small, but it's compact, has a lot of detail and it has a little storage crate for some small shrimp which is used like you know, red teeth pieces, but it's a pretty decent representation of a shrimp. It's also named Maria specifically, which is a sticker on the boat. The main kind of like hole section looks very good. The engine section at the back does have a dumb spinning feature with some awkward colors that integrates with the APP. Of course that is not my favorite thing in the world. But besides that, a very cool shrimp boat and the shrimp boat had a pretty dope playability function. You can literally just break the whole thing in half. You could split it in half and take those two pieces and connect them to the aforementioned side swamp build and that makes the wrecked shrimp boat display. Now I think it looks better not wrecked, but I do think this is a very cool playability function and adds some life to this set. So overall, great set for thirty it packs a lot of punch for the value. Really really good set and one of my personal favorite hidden side sets that I got. Now I will say I own the twenty dollar set. I had this set and there's one more set that I have and then I have a few sets from your too. But for the most part I didn't get too invested in this theme and I'm kind of glad I didn't, because some of the sets I don't think are really worth the money and I'm definitely glad I spent my money elsewhere. Just saved my money from these sets. So some of my thoughts here are just based off of the pictures in the reviews I've seen for these sets. But plenty of these sets I don't actually own myself. Moving on to a set I don't own myself, that is the other set from this line at thirty dollars, with a little bit more pieces. Three hundred and fifty five, thirty five to be exact, is the graveyard mystery. This set here includes the figures of Jack with the Hoodie on, and you also get Parker here without the jacket, and you get Spencer, of course, and then the exclusive civilian type character included with this set here is Mr Branson, who has a crazy ghost head and hairpiece. Very interesting figure, really crazy looking hairpiece that I do quite enjoy. As for the build of this set, shocker. It's a graveyard, which Lego has done graveyards before, especially in the Harry Potter line for that scene from the goblet of fire, which I talked about on my goblet of fire episode of Brick Ology last season. The graveyard here it has a gate at the front using this typical kind of spooky lego gate pieces that can open up there is one gray with an angel on top that uses a gray version of the quote unquote, care are in hair piece from Lego. See a map that people love to make fun of. Very interesting and cool inclusion here, definitely reminiscent of the lego Harry Potter graveyard set, and that one has a spinning thing on the bottom. That's odd. Weird colors that completely take you out of the set. For the APP integration, not a fan of that. But there is a middle grave that has a playability function with a skeleton hidden inside, and there's a small grave next to that one which can slide open to reveal another different tile piece that you can scan. The APP EYS are probably noticing. I don't like the APP integration, obviously, and so many of the playability functions in these hiddenside sets rely on the APP stuff. They just kind of right off a lot...

...of the play features and a lot of the play feature to just straight up the APP things, which is not good playbillard to be and in fact it actually makes some of the sets look worse. So I'm not a big fan of a lot of what's happening with the playability in these hidden side sets. Definitely not my favorite deal. Now, next to these graves there's also a small little grave keepers house with some accessories included, and there is a tree on top of that and the tree can become haunted. It's whatever. It's not great, it doesn't look great and overall, look, Legg has done this graveyard concept before and I think they had done it better in other sets like Harry Potter or even monster fighters. And overall, I think this is kind of a lame set and one of the most forgettable sets from the first wave of hidden side. But it might not be the worst set, because in some waysn't the worst set is the next set, and that is El fuegoes stunt truck. This was a forty hidden side set with four hundred and twenty eight pieces. The figures included here are Jack with the White Hoodie and Spencer. Yet again, you also get El Fuego, more on this character throughout the episode, who basically, Al Fuego is, you know, evil kinevil of this universe. He is a daredevil stunt man, and you also get Dwayne and Joey here. Dwayne and Joey are bikers who are possessed. Is also is our first appearance of the ghostly beard piece and I do like these figures. I love the Biker Gang Lego esthetic and I think they look pretty cool with their ghost pieces as well. So I like the figures in this set. The builds here are amazing. The first side build is obviously you get bikers, so you get a motorcycle and it's a very like, you know, high handle bar looking motorcycle and it is a little bit oversized, but it does hold two figures effectively and it's not comically big, which is nice because obviously I've complained a lot of times on this podcast about Lego making these metorcycles that are just absolutely ridiculously huge. This is not one of them, so I do appreciate that aspect about this set in particular. However, I still don't think it's a great looking build. And the build that is comically oversize is the next build, and that is Elfigo stunt truck. Now, look, this turn doesn't look terrible. It's not like an ugly design. Look, it's a pretty decent looking kind of pickup truck esque design with some good red color schemes, but it just kind of reminds me of stuff I've talked about in Dino and agents and other lego themes. It's a boring oversized truck. It has some ghostbuster ask like ghost traps and lasers at the back, which is interesting enough, but for the most part nothing about this build stands out to me. It's not really bad per se, I just think it's kind of a dumb and dull concept for a Lego set. So not one of my favorite sets from this line. But luckily things get better from here. The next set here has maybe my favorite Lego set name of all time. Actually know it's number two. The best name for Lego said ever is G Rilla Grad goes bananas from Lego DC superheroes. But this is my second favorite Lego set name. It is shrimp shack attack. I love it. It's it rhymes, has the word shrimp in it. What is not to adore about the name of this set and what's not to a door about this set? Really, this was a fifty dollar set with five hundred and seventy nine pieces, and include the figures here of Jack with the Hoodie. You get Parker with the first appearance of her Gene Jack Out. Of course, you also get spencer the ghost dog, as well the exclusive characters here. One is Ronnie, who has a great pizza shirt reference on his torso print to Lego island. That is a fantastic minifigure included here. You also get sally, who is a possessed waitress for this set, and of course you also get a chef. or there is a waitress, and that chef here is chef Enzo, and when he becomes a ghost they use the Garma don piece from Ninjago. That makes a double torso she has four arms. They use that piece for him and it's glorious. I just absolutely love the way this figure looks. Might be my personal favorite of all the ghostly characters from hidden side. That is a brilliant looking minifigure. As for the builds of this set, you can decide build of a small blue car...

...for Jack and it's fine. It's a fine build. It's not ugly or anything like it. It serves its purpose pretty well, but overall it's nothing to write hum about. The main built here, of course, is the shrimp shack, which is one large bill but has kind of a couple of sections. You get a sign off to the side that says diner on it and it also has this big brick built shrimp that has some really fun building techniques, including using the whip pieces kind of the weird little like tentacles on the front of a shrimp's face and of course you can rearrange some things and it becomes spooky and haunted. Also, next to it the ground with a trash can is can come up with a mouth as well. So that is all pretty fun. As for the main restaurant itself, it's kind of small but it packs a lot of detail into a fairly small area. There's a detail kitchen which of course has some features throughout the integrate with the APP which is super annoying, but it has that kind of icon or checkered tile floor you'd expect from a diner and overall it looks pretty cool. Now the whole thing does have kind of a walk up window vibe and there's outdoor seating, but the outdoor seating is on top of the shack. Kind of weird a new mentor restaurant where there's like a staircase from outdoor seating. I don't know, very strange. Hard to explain how it's laid out, but I'm guessing it's just the most safe and, like space, least effective way Lego was able to build this set. Over all, and the top it's kind of whatever. I don't really think that's the best part of the set, but overall, such a fun, cool build and I regret not getting the set. I just ride on the set for five minutes and I don't even own it. I really this is the one set from this line where I was like that set wasn't that expensive and I neglected to ever purchase it. So I definitely wish I had picked up this set at some point in time. And you guys love this set to because it was voted the best lego hidden side set. Honestly, kind of a shock to me, like I knew this set was popular, I was not expecting it to win the voting contest, but it did. So congratulations to the shrimp shack attack on being voted the best lego hidden side set by brick oology fans. Now the next set from this line is the one other set that I own from this wave of hidden side and that is the Para normal intercept bus. This was a sixtyllar set with six hundred and eighty nine pieces. It include the figures here of Jack and his red jacket. You also get Parker and her jene jacket, of course, you get Spencer the Ghost Dog, you get professor jb yet again, and then the exclusive characters here are bill and Nana, who are construction workers who, of course, both have ghostly looking faces and hair pieces and even the ghost beard as well for the character of Bill. Over all, pretty great figures selection. Now there is a couple of construction based side builds here, including some cones and that fun stuff. But there's also one thing that is commonly seen on a construction site that Lego has made maybe like one or two times in the past, and it's not a very typical thing, and a Lego set. There's a freaking Porta potty in this set and it's honestly like a pretty effective and accurate design. Like it looks like a Porta Potty, it has all the details you would want from a Porta Potty, but this is also hidden side, so this is a haunted Porta potty. So it actually has some legs, which is fun. It has some hidden eyeball pieces and some teeth, all fun. And then there's a disc shooter on the inside that shoots off Brown disc pieces. Yes, the PORTA potty shoots Brown disk pieces. I'm going to let your imagination fill in the blanks as what that is representing, because I think everybody has the same thought and I can't really believe Lego got away with some Porta potty humor, if you will, and this set. As for the main build of the set, here it is the bus itself. This is a school bus, a pretty large, honestly, about to scale with a Lego figure school bus in the correct color. That is oftentimes called school bus orange. Lego fans, classic bionicle Fans Love to call it key Tongoo orange because it appeared with the Kreeke Tonggoo bionicle set back in the day originally. But it's an accurate color for a school bus, because I think Lego made a school bus for Lego city once, but it was just a normal yellow and that ain't going to...

...cut it and needs to be this kind of medium yellow light orange color and it looks very, very good. And of course this school bus is modified for fighting ghosts, and this is where I think the biggest ecto one comparison comes between this theme and ghostbusters this feels like the ECTO, one of hidden side. It's a vehicle you see all the time, like a hearse and ghostbusters, or at the believe the original ghostbusters, supposed to be an ambulance and it's actually a hearse for the new ghostbusters. This is a school bus that these teenagers have modified entered their mobile command center, headquarters of fighting ghosts, and overall it looks pretty cool. It's got some big rims ready to battle. It's got some gunned at the front, some spikes, tons and tones of lights, it has the driver's seat with some barred doors and there's actually tons of space on the inside to fit mini figures, which is great. The top section also has a big laser cannon thing for hunting ghosts. And guess what, it also has a dumb rotating tile feature for the APP. I'm just not even complain about that anymore. It looks terrible, but the middle section, here the doors do fold down, there's some more storage, more places to put mini figures, more lasers and there is a ladder to the roof as well, and the roof, as you move towards the back section, has a radar dish, which is very, very cool. Now the roof can't be removed. However, the back door opens and you can slide out the entire back half of the interior of this bus, and this is kind of like a small lab with tons of space for mini figures. There's computers and all these things for scientific experiments and whatnot, and one of the computers has a reference to Lego bionicle. The original bionicle has like a Tahoo looking mask on it. Oh my gosh, the fact that legos everything bionicle in this set borious. I absolutely love that. So overall, super unique, Super Fun set and definitely the best hidden side set that I own personally. Now, I did get this set for half off at Walmart. That's the reason I bought this. Sad particular, I wish I had found the shrimp shack attack set for half off as well. So I wasn't going to buy this set at list price, but honestly, let's price is still a pretty good value and I think this set is brilliant regardless. So over all, great set across the board. We're dotting close to the end here. This is the pen ultimate set of the hidden sideline. This is an eighty dollar set with six hundred and ninety eight pieces. I find it very interesting it has only, what nine more pieces than the last set, but a twenty dollar jump in price. So this is actually the worst price to part ratio of any set from this first way of hidden side, and this is the ghost train express. This to here include the figures of Jack with his red jacket. You also get Parker with her gene jacket and you get Spencer, the ghost dog. You also get professor JB here as well. So a lot of repeat characters. But then, like every other set, you get some exclusive characters. You get Paul, who is a random civilian with some goofy looking glasses, with a very scared expression and kind of a funny hairpiece, and then you also get chuck and Mrs Santos, who are the people running this train, and miss as Santa has a crazy hair piece that their guy has a beard and hair and overall they look very cool, but probably some of the more underwhelming looking ghost figures. They're just a little bit more boring, but they are still fairly decent additions here. As for the build of this set, it's a small train station and a very, very simple bill, but there's nothing really for me to write hum about until there are hidden claws, hidden eyes forward again. So yet again and inanimate object becomes alive in one of these hidden side sets. But not much else to talk about there. The train here. First off you get a few pieces of Lego train track, but not a full lego train track, which makes it a little bit disappointing in my opinion, and you also get the train itself. Now the train here, I don't really like it, and I'll talk about why right now. There's three different cars. There's the bat car, which is kind of like the caboose, but honestly it looks like a normal storage car for a train and it's big and it's square and it's ugly. It does hold a ghost laser trap gun thing cool, but that's all there is to it. Nothing else there. The middle car is...

...even smaller and it has little chamber to hold the Chuck Ghost figure, so you can do some experiments on him with Professor Jb, I guess. And of course there's a spinning APP feature that goes with the AB B Blah Blah. Not Great. So overall, the two back cars are there whatever, but you know what, you don't get a train set for the smaller cars. You get it for the main engine and I'm not going to lie, thiss main engine is ugly. It is just square. It's so, so square and it is not my favorite looking train. Definitely an underwhelming looking design. I guess it's kind of a more modern looking train. I just don't think it looks all that great. It's a very ugly looking train if you ask me. But of course the train is still haunted. So when you moved this thing on the train tracks, the front section moves up and down with an opening mouth feature, which Lego has done that feature on a number of sets recently, so it's kind of getting repetitive. But there also is a feature to have these surprised wings appear from the side of the train. That feature is pretty cool and getting the wings and that green piece, it's like the Batman wing piece from the mid two thousands. That was pretty cool. So overall, not a great set in my opinion. Over priced. I wish it had a bigger train track. I think the train, all the cars just look pretty underwhelming and my opinion, I am not a big fan of this ghost train set and I think comparing it to the ghost train from monster fighters. There's just no contest. That was a great set for monster fighters and a very medium average set from hidden side. However, there is one more set from this first wave of hidden side that can possibly redeem this wave, and that is by far the biggest set of this theme. It is newbury haunted high school. This was a one hundred and thirty dollars set. That's a big set for a brand new unknown lego theme, and it had one four hundred and seventy four pieces. So this is a big, big LEGO set. It include the figures here of Jack with his red jacket, parker no jacket, spenser the ghost dog, of course. You also get Douglas Elton again, and this is the time I realized that Douglas is also El Fuego. They're the same person. They're the exact same person. El Flego is just his stunt double look alike, you know, alter ego. Very Weird. You also get a normal student here named Paula. You also get Wade, who is a short leg student. Not sure where there's a short leg guy in the high school. Maybe just hasn't had his puberty Croasper yet, but he does turn into a winged ghost, you get Mr Clark, who is a teacher that also becomes a winged ghost, and finally you get principal Rose David's, now Jack David's, our main character. I didn't mention their last names because they're super boring, but this is Jack's mother and she is the principle of the high school and, shocker, she also can become a ghost in this set. As for the build of this set, it's a giant high school facade. Not Surprising at all. It's a dollhouse style Lego high school and look, leg it doesn't make high schools very much. They made some with the friends line and they made that DC superhero girls line, but one those are obviously gender specific sets for young girls. So for a theme that's not targeted a young girls and, you know, skewsed more towards young boys, this is really like the first big Lego high school set they have made, and I think that's very cool because it's very relatable to pretty much everybody who builds Lego is we all go to school at some point, so it's cool getting something like this, especially for your Lego City, and I think what just a few modifications this would look like a school and your Lego city and it wouldn't feel like a haunted high school. But of course we will talk about those haunted play features throughout the rest of this episode. Now it's mostly in dark red, which makes sense. Kind of gives off a brick vibe. I mean, my high school was made of brick. I'm willing to bet your high school was probably Awsome, made of some brick to some extent, and it looks very old. It's definitely kind of got like a Gothic vibe and it seems a little bit dilapidated, which is one of the things that I would change if I work to modify this set. But that adds to the haunted aspects of the story here. Now you flip it around the inside. There are two levels and the interiors fine. It's decent. It's not huge. I don't love it, it is perfectly fine. There is a classroom on the top floor that looks okay. has some displays, her trophies, has some seats, a Whiteboard,...

...this creepy painting of some girl who has this haunted teddy bear. Not much else to talk about there. The bottom floor has one a bathroom, so that's the second bathroom from this wave. There's also a library and then a cafeteria, so it does really check off all the essentials you would want from a high school. And then, of course, the whole day thing is haunted. So the clock at top can of course one clock makes a ton sense half for a high school, for like, you know, the alarm, but you turn the clock and it reveals some eyeballs. There's also some claws that come up from the side pillars of the high school and the whole front entrance. You can kind of move these two pieces to the side and it reveals teeth and a mouth. So the entire thing becomes a big living, very creepy high school, which is very fun for playabilities Sake and overall, a very cool set. No, look, I was never going to drop a hundred and thirty bucks on a hoodside set. I have trouble dropping a hundred thirty bucks on any LEGO set. I mean that is a very large sum of money and for an in house Lego theme it was way too much and I was never going to spend that much money on that set. But I do think it's a very cool set and if I were to find it at Walmart for half off. I would definitely copy it as soon as possible. And that is it for hidden side wave one. I'm really glad I decided to split up this theme into multiple card parts. I guess this episode is almost an hour long. I am losing my voice and I don't think I could have kept going efficiently to talk about another like fifteen lego hidden side set. But that is it for the first year of Lego hidden side and for this year's brick Ology spook tacular, spooky season Halloween special episode. Thank you all so much for listening. I hope you have an absolutely fantastic halloween. I love this holiday. I love spooky season stuff. All very, very cool and seriously, thank you all so much for listening. Have a great rest of your day, week, month, year and holiday, whatever it is for you whenever you're listening. Chow, peace out, gut and tg bye, bye, God bless see you later.

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