Hidden Side is a new LEGO theme coming out later this year that combines traditional brick-based building with augmented reality to create a seamless physical and digital play experience.
We had a opportunity to see some of the sets and interview Murray Andrews, senior product lead, LEGO Games, while in Billund. We'll publish the interview later but for now here are some photos and information about three of the sets.
70418 Lab is one of the smallest sets of the theme and will come with three minifigures. The cylindrical container on the right includes a colour wheel that interacts with the app.
70420 Graveyard is a middle of the range set that, like all of them, has a host of interactive features that interface with the AR game. For example, the statue rotates to reveal different coloured tiles that are detected by it and the grave in the centre lifts to reveal a skeleton. You can also control the branches on the tree, should that be possessed.
The game involves finding ghosts and eliminating 'gloom'. Murray demonstrated the game, which looks very slick.
When photos were first seen, several of you questioned why they contained no ghosts. The answer is simple: because they are invisible so can only be seen on-screen via the app!
Actually, there is some evidence of the ghosts in physical form as the minifigures can become possessed, which you'll see below.
The High School
70425 High School is the largest set of the range and will come with six or so minifigures, although we didn't see many of them.
Its facade looks fairly normal but it has a whole host of transformational features.
Opening the porch sides reveals two portals surrounded by teeth...
Twisting the clock will cause eyes to appear and you can lower the bay windows to unleash claws!
I suspect the game detects all this and changes its behaviour.
The reverse is packed with all the details you'd expect to find in a school, including a toilet on the ground floor, left.
The small quarter-circle of blue you can see on the left is rotated to reveal different colours which, again, are a way to interact with the game.
This minifigure is named Jack, one of the protagonists of the game. He is accompanied by his recently-deceased dog which has returned to aid in capturing the ghosts! More will be revealed about the dog in the future.
Professor JB works in the lab and she created the ghost-catching app which our lead characters use to track the ghosts.
Minifigures can be built in one of two states: this mechanic is shown in his possessed state, with a green head and hair, but a normal head and hair are also provided.
There was a lot to take in in the short time we had exposure to the sets and I'm sure a lot more information about the game, its purpose, and how it interacts with the sets will become apparent in due course. However, I hope this article has given you a taste for the theme.
I have to say, the sets looked better than I expected and the AR element of the theme looked to be well executed and a lot of fun for kids.