New York Toy Fair 2019 - Hidden Side

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The brand new Hidden Side sets were on display at New York Toy Fair today and Jedi News has kindly taken some photos of the boxes.

As one might expect, the front of each box is dominated by images demonstrating the augmented reality content. The models are exhibited more clearly on the reverse.

You can view all eight sets after the break...


70418 Lab

70419 Boat

70420 Graveyard

70421 Truck

70422 Diner

70423 Bus

70424 Train

70425 High School


Are you looking forward to the Hidden Side range? Let us know in the comments.

71 comments on this article

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By in Australia,

I like the graveyard, and the diner looks suitably terrifying (both of which would fit into a City setting easily enough). I had high hopes for the train, until I saw it grew wings and teeth, but I think it'll grow on me. Lego's put out worse trains in the last few years, and I never did buy the Monster Hunters ghost train.

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By in United States,

I love the boat, it's really well done. The dinner is a mess but even that mess has the great Adventures car piece in azare! love it!

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By in United States,

After seeing the sets I am only interested in that wacky bus, watching TLM2!

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By in South Africa,

The one theme I can safely skip.

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By in Portugal,

Very interesting sets, nice parts usage, they look good just by themselves, even looking unfinished or out of place. The High School would look superb as a firehouse, imho! The school bus is very cool as well! I would do something inspired on that Diner for sure!

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By in United Kingdom,

I like how the boat can be made into a shipwreck on the rocks, and those tentacles and spooky crocodile look excellent. Overall all the sets seem to have lots of nice functions and parts. A genuinely nice theme all around, and its not licensed either!

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By in Australia,

Seriously impressed with this theme. The boat, bus and diner are very awesome

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By in United States,

I'd love to have the un-spookified versions of the High School, Bus, Diner, and Boat! That's just great city stuff that we never get in City sets! The Graveyard is awesome too and I'd leave that exactly as it is. Looking forward to these, but my wallet is not!

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By in United States,

While LEGO and mobile apps usually aren’t successfully paired well, these sets look promising. Let’s hope for the best!

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By in United States,

Nope. Definite pass. I would definitely move outa that town.

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By in United States,

Don't fully understand the app part. Not impressed with all of these, one figure seems to be in all and another in most. But like other said could fit into a town setting and I'm thinking about building my own town so some of these could work. That train (and probably all of the sets) would make some good Ghost Buster builds.

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By in Russian Federation,

I think that they shouldn't have included main characters in each set.

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By in United States,

I mean the pictures aren't very high quality, so better pictures might help change my point of view, but the characters seem to repeat in each set and the sets just aren't super attractive, but it seems like a nice theme. I'll probably pick up either the graveyard or the boat (or both) but I liked the idea at first, but this second set of images looks fairly disappointing.

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By in United States,

Do I see a new track part on the right-hand side of the train set that translates between rails and a flat floor?

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By in United Kingdom,

Like the look of a couple of these sets but its not as appealing as the old Monster Hunters ones to me.

Think the AR aspect of these sets will probably bomb.

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By in United States,

Interesting to see the bus share some details with my Lego Ideas project. I’m not accusing anyone of copying - there’s obvious design choices that will be made. I plan to relaunch it, and even with it being a similar scale I think there’s enough to differentiate it.

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By in United States,

cluening, I've been curious about that all day myself. I can't see LEGO making a new piece like that when LEGO had to be convinced by designers to make new train wheels. But who knows. I'm hoping for more pictures tomorrow.

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By in Brazil,

Naming of the sets: CREATIVITY 100

But their designs look really good.

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By in United States,

The diner, fishing boat, and high school have all caught my eye. I’m a big fan of what has been shown so far of this new product line.

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By in United States,

Kids might like these.but what will the parents tink?me?nope pass!

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By in Taiwan,

Can anyone tell me why the set images look like they were built in stud.io?

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By in United States,

These look great even without the hidden side.

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By in United Kingdom,

Chef 'Garmadon' in the Diner, and Captain 'Quint' on the Boat (just add a ghost shark!) are two fun characters amongst many!

This is a fine collection of really fun models which will, thankfully, continue to have play value long after the cool app has disappeared to join the likes of Life of George and Dimensions.

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By in United States,

This wave is interesting, impressive, exciting, inspiring, moving, exhilarating, inspirational, engrossing, fascinating, stimulating, thought-provoking, appealing, captivating, riveting, gripping, compelling, and very, very, weird.

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By in United States,

Is that a... ghost dog?

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By in United States,

Interesting. I'll want to these up close before making a finally decision. Maybe the grave year, dinner and school. The rest are meh for me.

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By in United States,

I watched the video from the New York toy fair and these sets are all fantastic. There are a ton of features built into the app and it will continue to be expanded. The sets are great like monster fighter. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vqNQmnPB7KI

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By in United States,

These set look really interesting and like they would have some fun play value, but aren't really a fit for me personally. Cool idea and sets, but not for me. I would have to have the space, the time, and money to have a dedicated Halloween town (which would be super cool) for this to work, although I do kind of like the idea of getting a couple of the smaller ones to go with the Ghostbusters Firehouse and Ecto 1. Now, if they did a Nightmare Before Christmas theme, I would be completely powerless to not buy all of it.

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By in United States,

i love these

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By in United States,

That boat's a snazzy little thing

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By in United States,

Looks fun and definitely something out of the norm for Lego. This reminds me of a mash up between Time Cruisers and Monster Fighters. If this is the closest that we'll get to a return of Monster Fighters then I'll take it!

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By in United States,

Looks like Hogwarts and Fortnite had a kid.

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By in Germany,

- The building looks better than the one in the 2019 fire set or the one from 2018's Jurrasic World set.
- There are few (very few) interesting special bits but nothing that would get me to buy any of those as sets.
- They should have used train windows and doors for the school bus. As it is it kind of reminds me of the cheap random stuff on Aliexpress.
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- That train is just awful. Let's hope that they don't actually feel that they are doing the trains guys a favour by making this set available. It's not even useful as a parts donor. Sad, really.

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By in United States,

Let me remind everyone that the sets transform from normal to possessed modes. That train's wings and teeth are hidden inside the model and a switch activates them out. The High school's teeth, claws, eyes, and other ghostly features are hidden an can be launched out.

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By in United States,

These looks like a super fun combination of Gravity Falls, Real Ghostbusters, and Scooby Doo. As an AFOL I will be picking these up. However my concern is that these aren't aimed at me, instead a younger age demographic that does not have disposable income. Which is unfortunate that the entry into this fun looking series is $20 and then steadily increases, as usual for Lego sets, but I would think that Lego would release a few less costly sets from 10-20 to intice parents to jump on it. I hope this series does well and we get a second set, because it just looks so fun.

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By in United States,

Hit and miss. Some interesting tidbits. I’ll likely pick up something cheap, but will pass on most.

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By in United States,

Very creative line . . . but how many kids have a new phone capable of AR?

Also--why no City sets? Was hoping to see the new space series.

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By in Australia,

I believe LEGO have started keeping certain releases for later in the year (like the 2h City sets) secret in order to avoid giving the bootleg companies too much insight into what's comming out (and giving those bootleggers more opportunity to bring product to market to compete)

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By in United States,

I forgot to mention, I need that ghost dog.

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By in United States,

Man, CGI was not a good move for the box art considering how good the news report images from the last article were.

Regardless, already loving it! A new monster based IP sounds great, and most of the builds feel lovable and wacky.

@mafon2 I'm gonna have to disagree with that. I miss the old days when each member of the team would appear in three or four sets and you'd have to figure out the best combination of sets to get them all. Pretty much every figure nowadays is exclusive and it kind of annoys me having to buy an entire wave just for 5 or 6 people. Just make the antagonists or the bystanders exclusive if you really have you, don't limit appearances of the person you're rooting for.

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By in Australia,

Before I say anything else Id just like to point out that lovely old fashioned fisherman hat and torso on the fishing boat (for the possessed chap) Ive been wanting one of those for ages! Plus finally an actual fishing boat rather then just a marina yacht with a person doing recreational fishing. That whole set (take away 'spooky' elements) would look great with old fishing store.

Diner is also great too and its good that in both the diner and fishing boat the 'spooky' parts are easily removed to create a great City set.

The train is good. Definitely not great but good, shame its the only way to get that new dark red conductor torso.

The bus and truck are wayyy too big and just stupid. Cemetery is a great build for a realistic cemetery.

The high school looks pretty good in its regular form, I hate the whole monster thing though. Someones been watching too much Monster House and Goosebumps. Why not just have it taken over by ghosts? Also, since its such a fasade it would take a lot of pieces to make it into a proper building.

I HATE the HUGE emphasis on technology in this. Monster Fighters was and still is very popular and didnt need a phone app to make it great. Hidden Side does feel like an attempt to bring back Dimensions and rip off Stranger Things, just because its currently popular.

I doubt this theme will last very long.

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By in United States,

The sets themselves look interesting but the augmented reality feature feels very gimmicky to me, perhaps kids will like it though. Will probably pass on these.

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By in United States,

Dang, I was super excited about this at first, but it doesn't look like we'll be getting much in the way of monster minifigures, which is a huge disappointment. Now I'm thinking the only set I might buy is the graveyard.

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By in Italy,

Saw the video, those are all awesome sets. I'm surprised nobody mentioned Stranger Thinks, to me il looks like the main source of inspiration. Make it a tad less horror and more kid friendly and you get this. Beside the bunch of Kids as protagonists and the general vibe, the Hidden is basically the Upside down.

I think i'll buy some

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By in United Kingdom,

THATS THE SPIRIT LEGO...

Love that red truck and new brick built motorcycle, the bus and obviously the school are impressive too..

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By in United Kingdom,

Ghost Dog! yes please, and the train looks like it could be pretty decent...without the teeth and wings

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By in United Kingdom,

This is a great looking theme, I think it appeals to kids and AFOLs alike. I really like the bus.

But what's going on with the box art? The picture of the truck looks like a poor computer render - I mean look at the headlights!

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By in United Kingdom,

Love some of the new parts and colours, especially the 2 people on the kayaking the host set. That hood over a cap looks awesome

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By in United Kingdom,

Most of these look great. Lego being creative again. Great!!

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By in United Kingdom,

Love them all. After last years poor offerings, this year is off to a good start with the Lego movie sets and hidden to come later in the year.

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By in United Kingdom,

Like what they have done. Shows a lot of efforts and creativity, which is what we all "expect" and is closer to the TLG's core identity, whether we, kids or adults, buy these sets or not. Lot of crossovers and good ideas, plus transformation features. Some neat minifigs (the fisherman for example).
I may fall for the truck (and the lab). Like the dog too.

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By in United States,

Look promising. Not so excited about the augmented reality part, but the builds themselves look fun to do.

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By in Norway,

Great sets and theme. I don’t care much for the monster theme itself but seems like great builds! Most of them will fit right into Apocalypseburg <3

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By in United States,

@MataNui2009: Keep in mind that these boxes are probably preliminary and may change by the time they are released. That said, the fronts of these boxes are perhaps an even more interesting choice—they seem to feature illustrations of the sets rather than photographs or renders.

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By in United States,

I'm definitely intrigued and I'm not into monsters and that sort of stuff at all. Looks like a lot of fun.

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By in United Kingdom,

It's like they've come up with their own Ghostbusters/Stranger Things. There's a strong sense of place, which is helpful in telling absorbing stories, and I particularly like that four of the sets are location- rather than vehicle-based - something I know many AFOLs have been clamouring for over the years. I'd imagine that with the investment they've made in AR for this theme, they're hoping for another multi-year success. I wouldn't be surprised if it gets a TV show, comics etc.

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By in United States,

Boat is a must-own for me!

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By in United States,

Interested in the train set. Could it be that the new track part (if it actually is one) could be the LEGO track version of a re-railer that's used in HO model train layouts?

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By in Germany,

The whole theme looks nice, the boat set is what I'm really interested in, as it gives this special Fog-like classic horror movie vibe, and it has ... a glow in the dark crocodile?! Nice!

It's just irritating that the main characters are repeated so often, collecting all the sets doesn't make you end up with a full class of kids for the school but rather.. clones? I'm sure there is a reason, as usual, but for me getting a whole set or collecting the theme becomes a little less attractive.

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By in United States,

@The Hacker: I'm very curious what it is about this theme that would make it the ONLY theme you'd skip! Like, even if you don't care for the app features, I can't see anything about the sets themselves that would be alienating if you're not already turned away by other themes with "offbeat" subject matter!

@Your future president: Moving out is just letting the ghosts win! :P

@Old school LEGO fan: It's sort of a video game like experience where you find and capture ghosts hiding in various places around each location, but unlike a traditional video game a lot of the interactions are through actually interacting with the set itself while looking at it through your device's camera. For example, by opening up one of the graves in the graveyard set, you can reveal a colored tile that makes the grave in the game open up to reveal a ghost or a hidden item you'll use later on.

I think it's a really neat feature myself, since while past LEGO apps and video games have been fun, their connection to LEGO is often mostly cosmetic. In other words, most of the actual gameplay elements like collecting in-game currency, customizing characters/vehicles, crafting items, battling enemies, breaking or fixing things that let you progress through the levels, etc. are things that just as frequently show up in non-LEGO games.

But here, the physical sets are an integral part of both the regular LEGO play experience and the digital app play experience. In future themes I could even imagine seeing a concept like this evolve even further, with the potential for an app that interacts not only with official playsets but also allows you to customize them or build your own scenes and have the customized elements recognized within the game.

@mafon2: I kind of think it makes sense since the theme is character-driven. And while getting a bunch of duplicate figures would certainly be frustrating, I think they've ameliorated that somewhat by giving the characters different outfits in some of the sets (so, for instance, Jack's red jacket and Parker's blue jacket appear in some of the sets but not in others).

@David1985: In general LEGO is in a stronger position as a company than they were in 2009, which might make introducing new molds easier than it used to be. Also, this is a part that they could potentially put in just about any train set with track to help offset the molding costs, whereas the larger driver and blind driver wheels from the Emerald Night are not so well suited to the modern-day look of most LEGO trains.

KFOL-targeted play themes like this or LEGO City also typically have a bigger budget for new molds than Creator Expert sets, which tend to be produced and sold in lower numbers. I'm sure part of the "convincing" process for those train wheels was just making a case that they could be produced in enough sets and sold in enough units to offset the molding cost.

There have been some really good pictures and hands-on video from The Brothers Brick! https://www.brothers-brick.com/2019/02/16/lego-hidden-side-sets-in-person-at-the-2019-new-york-toy-fair-news/

@Lyichir: Yeah, the boxes are seem SUPER preliminary. Some of the other box pics from ToyArk ( https://news.toyark.com/2019/02/16/toy-fair-2019-lego-hidden-side-333586 ) have inconsistent or missing character names on the top of the boxes and "Confidential" watermarks still covering the illustrations on the front of the boxes (note that the pics in the article above are the BACK of the boxes, punch tabs and all). I suspect the finished box art will at LEAST use photos instead of renders in the pics that feature hand models interacting with the physical play features.

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By in United States,

@Supergoose: The 1x4x3 train windows and window panes seem to be retired, presumably for three reasons:
• Making window panes and frames at any given size more universally compatible — compare how 1x2x2 and 1x2x4 plane windows now use the same style of window pane as standard 1x2x2 window frames.
• Opting for functionality/playability over realism — a lot of kids probably prefer a window that opens in a less realistic way over a window that looks like it would slide open but doesn't.
• Modernizing the appearance of most passenger train sets by using smaller windows entirely — this eliminates a lot of the potential uses that would have helped justify the existence of specific 1x4x3 window frame and pane elements in the first place.

It'll be neat if 1x4x3 train window frames come back to complement the 1x2x3 ones, which seem to have stuck around longer partly by virtue of still being compatible with the same window panes as other current 1x2x3 window frames. But if they do, I have a feeling they'll be at least somewhat modernized so that they, too, can share their window panes with other similarly-sized window frames. So the slide-open window texture would probably be lost.

@SinKillerNick: I suspect that most kids might not own a phone or tablet of their own with those capabilities, but their parents might… and since many parents are probably going to be wanting control over when and how often their parents get screen time anyhow, the kids having to ask to borrow their phones is a good way to exercise that control.

Since this runs on Google ARCore, this is the list of compatible iOS and Android devices: https://developers.google.com/ar/discover/supported-devices For iOS this seems to include most new device models launched since 2015 except the iPad Mini. I don't know enough about Android devices to know if they maintain consistent specs among newer models.

Re: the lack of City sets, LEGO stopped showing most of their second half year sets at New York Toy Fair last year, and instead saved them for their own separate LEGO Goals press event in May, closer to release. I suppose their plan for this year is the same.

@BrickChap: I agree about the fisherman hat and rain slicker! I've been hoping for a fig like that for a long time (really, ever since the Fisherman from Minifigures Series 3)!

But this gives me way more of a Gravity Falls or Monster House vibe than a Stranger Things vibe, to be honest, particularly with the modern-day setting instead of an 80s setting and the focus on ghostly horror instead of sci-fi or cosmic horror. Also, while I get the sense that the ghosts are on some kind of plane parallel to ours, it looks more like it's meant to convey the sense of physical and spiritual planes that coexist in the same space than two parallel physical worlds that people and monsters can physically pass between in either direction.

I also don't really think Dimensions' NFC-based "toys-to-life" design philosophy and play style is the best comparison here — it's closer to the balance of physical and digital play we saw in Ultra Agents year 2 and Nexo Knights, except incorporating an evolved form of the kind of shape/color recognition we saw in Life of George and Fusion. I think one of its biggest strengths over most of those themes is that a fully playable LEGO scene becomes a visual and tactile part of the digital play experience — not just specific parts with NFC chips, QR codes, or touch-screen-compatible conductive plastic, nor just 2D vertical builds that would be sub-par even in a Juniors or Classic set.

@yamaki: I think the alligator/crocodile is just Tan/Brick Yellow.

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By in United States,

Where are the city pictures?

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By in United Kingdom,

So hey did anyone else notice how one of the characters in the Diner set is wearing Pepper's shirt from the old Lego Island games?

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By in Japan,

I just want a new (traditional) Castle Theme... the last one was so many years ago... :(
(And NEXO KNIGHTS doesn't count!)

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By in United States,

IT'S SCOOBY-DOO WITH A LEGO TWIST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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By in Japan,

@VBaskin2010, It's Scooby Doo without paying Licensing Fees! XD

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By in United States,

The concept intrigues me, and there are at least three sets I want to buy whether or not I bother with the app. Could be the high point of 2019, or at least the first half of 2019. Certainly it all looks capable of launching a lot of imaginative re-interpretations as well as being lots of fun when following the scripted outline. I think TLG have a winner in this one!

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By in Netherlands,

The only downside to me is 8 sets have the exact same boy minifigure, and 6 sets has the same girl minifigure, out of 8 sets total.

I hope that still changes before release.

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By in United States,

There are two versions of the boy and two of the girl, that will not change.

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By in South Africa,

@Aanchir
Regular objects turned into monsters don't really look interesting to me.

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By in United States,

Interesting range; reminds me of Time Cruisers. Some nice buildings!

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