Which Hidden Side set are you most looking forward to?

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Hidden Side will become available very soon and this interesting theme has inspired considerable discussion and excitement from many fans!

I have certainly been looking forward to building these sets and am wondering which ones people are most looking forward to. Share your opinion in our poll after the break...

Which Hidden Side set are you most looking forward to?

70418 J.B.'s Ghost Lab
70419 Wrecked Shrimp Boat
70420 Graveyard Mystery
70421 El Fuego's Stunt Truck
70422 Shrimp Shack Attack
70423 Paranormal Intercept Bus 3000
70424 Ghost Train Express
70425 Newbury Haunted High School


We hope to review most, if not all, of the new sets so your responses will guide our priorities for those reviews. You can already read our review of 70420 Graveyard Mystery here.

Which set received your vote or does Hidden Side not interest you? Let us know in the comments.

79 comments on this article

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By in United States,

I'm planning to get the shrimp boat and the shrimp shack but the shack gets my vote as it will integrate perfectly with some mocs I am planning.

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By in United States,

These sets look really cool. I won’t be getting any of them for myself. Gotta be disciplined with what I buy and keep since I only have so much space to display what I have.

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By in United States,

3 of the Graveyard Mystery for sure and probably most of the rest. These are perfect for our LUG Halloween Display!

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By in United Kingdom,

Voted High school, as it looks great, but doubt I will buy for a while if at all, cost etc..... But Im pretty sure ill get the lab very soon. And see how good the app is after 10 goes...........

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By in Denmark,

Cool the shrimp boat is so popular. My fave too. The shack second. All the sets look exceptionally great, but I am particularly looking forwards to a brick build boat.

... could it be LEGO has really cracked the code for narratively driven themes?

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By in United States,

so far just the boat one but thats not that great though, a lame theme IMO

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By in United States,

Boat boat boat! Also graveyard, shack, train just because it's a train, and maybe the lab.

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By in Canada,

Like, alllll of them? I'm really stoked for this line! I think if I had to choose a front runner at this point though, it'd be the Shrimp Shack. It's just such a unique structure, unlike anything else we've seen from Lego before.

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By in United States,

I'd have to say, probably the train, shrimp shack, or school bus. They are all really well designed IMO. Not a huge fan of the graveyard, though. It's an alright build

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By in United States,

so off brand stranger things?

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By in United States,

First choice is the Graveyard followed by the lab. Most of them are quite interesting but right now I'm more into the Harry Potter, some Disney & a few others so unless I can make it work with other things I have my $ is going to other sets. Too much coming out over the next couple of months that I want more.

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By in United States,

The lab and graveyard are going to be my first Hidden side sets.

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By in France,

surprised the bus is so high, well, I guess it's interesting for city builders, though I'm not sure if's a good scale with lego city vehicles. the 3 other top ones were expected.

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By in Portugal,

Wrecked Shrimp Boat, Graveyard Mystery, Shrimp Shack Attack are my must have sets. Later, if i can, Newbury Haunted High School and Paranormal Intercept Bus 3000. I´ll put also in wishing list the riders minifigures from El Fuego's Stunt Truck and 3 aditional from Ghost Train Express. My wallet is not happy at all with this theme.

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By in Latvia,

I'm looking forward to the boat and the school! Maybe also to the lab

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By in United States,

I’m waiting for the Ghost Train Express.
Note though - the App is now available in the US iOS store, but it needs recent iPads and iPhones. It won’t install on my iPad Air 2. It says the App needs features not available on your device :-(

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By in United States,

I do not know if I will get any. Most interested in the pieces. ButI voted for the high school. I am sorry I did because I would rather have the shrimp boat. Love the pieces in it.

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By in United States,

I will be getting the bus and the lab first. I don't think they will work in my city. I will have to make a section just for this theme. I'm so excited. They all look awesome. I think I will get the high school for Christmas and probably get the other sets sometime between now and then.

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By in United States,

The bus looks so cool! The shrimp shack is an interesting build as well. Probably not going to buy any since I still haven't bought all of the Overwatch line but it's a really neat theme! Excited to see what they do with the characters since the minifig designs are interesting.

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By in Canada,

The Magic School Bus

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By in United States,

The Classic Space one.

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By in Netherlands,

I just build the shrimp boat and it is a nice build. The cabin is a brick to tall, nothing that can't be modded. The vegetation is basically a nice parts pack. The minifigures however steal the show

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By in United States,

Graveyard Mystery, here, for the parts.

Here is to hoping that they add a ghost cat at some point!

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By in Austria,

School Bus is my favourite

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By in Germany,

the little shrip boat is by far the best

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm planning to get the lab and the Shrimp Boat. the Shrimp Boat is the best

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By in United States,

Without a doubt I am.looking forwards Pananormal Intercept Bus and I wouldn't mind the Tiki juice bar.

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By in Canada,

The Juice Bar set that should have been the August 1 GWP instead of the year old Velociraptor Playpen. ;)

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By in United States,

Shrimp Shack Attack because of the return of the discontinued 30149 two-seater car piece!

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By in United States,

I'm not sure how many of the Hidden Side sets I'll end up getting, but if I get any I'm fairly certain I'll want one of them to be that high school. Such neat transformation functions, and a great selection of characters.

Beyond that I'm not quite sure. I know I'd probably want to pick up sets that include J.B. as well as Jack and Parker's alternate outfits. The bus might be my second pick since it has Parker in her jean jacket as well as J.B., plus the two construction workers who might be great for MOCs (I've been thinking of MOCing them some haunted construction vehicles instead of just a port-a-potty).

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By in Sweden,

I don't know! I'm hoping your reviews here help me to better spend my lego allowance! I'll probably order one or two small sets 1 August just to check them out. Especially if there is a gift with purchase. :)

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By in Hungary,

I don't like spooky related things/themes, so this is not my cup of tea at all. However, if I had to choose just one set, that would be the one with the boat.

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By in Netherlands,

The hidden side app is now in the apple App Store

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By in United States,

shrimp boat definitely, train maybe. all pretty cool but no way i can afford the whole line (both cost and display space)

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By in United Kingdom,

I really want the shrimp shack one and the grave yard and the lab the rest are passable for me.

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By in Greece,

Shrimp boat and the graveyard are top notch! Yet, the school bus looks cool too. Now that I am thinking like a big , sober man, I LOVE THEM ALL!!! This line is one of the most interesting (along with ninjago) for quite some time!

Off topic: Bring back the non juniorized castle theme!!!

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By in India,

Ummm... what is "The Hidden Side"?

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By in United States,

I’m getting the seafood shack and shrimp boat. They both will look amazing together

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By in United Kingdom,

I like the bus the most, but the whole theme has that silly-spooky feel I like a lot.

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By in United States,

Actually all of them.... just like all of their predecessor themes.
These sets will get used as props and backdrops for my regular D&D games.

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By in Sweden,

There's a few I really like, and a few less I probably get in the end. But as for so many, the boat is at the top of my list. I'd consider it a definite buy

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By in Canada,

Huh, wasn't expecting to see the boat that high. The school and the bus being the next two make sense, though.

I absolutely love this line-up of sets! If I was a kid, or was making my own City, I'd be in love right now. Sadly, I don't have the shelf space, so I'll probably only pick up the lab to get a taste of the experience.

I really fear this lineup won't last past two release seasons (as they likely already have a second season in the works). I don't know if the company has done a good job of marketing these sets to a target audience or not. I don't feel that the front box art explains the app, nor showcases the builds very well (though the art is fantastic, mind you). LEGO Shop online doesn't even have pictures of the non-hidden-side versions.

The sets themselves are fantastic, but I just have a bad feeling about this one.

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By in United States,

I went with Graveyard Mystery because when I first saw it I had plans to put it with the Haunted House. But the Wrecked Shrimp Boat is close, because it the cheapest way to get the two main kids & dog.

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By in Sweden,

I think most of the sets look really great. Can't say I care for the app though; "See your sets come alive". Back in the 80's we had imagination to make our sets come alive.

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By in United States,

Most of them look cool, though the stunt truck is a hard pass. Gonna wait until specifics concerning the juice bar GWP are known before pulling the trigger on any of these.

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By in United Kingdom,

The sets all look really interesting. Building those hidden functions will likely be good fun, and the possessed minifigs have really stood out to me. I wasn’t excited for the app, but seeing the collectible (or should I say capture-able) ghosts on the boxes has me surprisingly intrigued by that as well!

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By in United States,

I can't decide between the bus, the shrimp boat, and the shrimp shack.

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By in United States,

@ninjabiomech: Not really? Stranger Things doesn't really deal with supernatural horror stuff like ghosts or hauntings so much as sci-fi horror like extradimensional monsters, portal machines, alien parasites, psychic powers, etc.

This feels a lot more like Ghostbusters or Luigi's Mansion, in that it has heroes using high-tech "weird science" gadgets, but their adversaries are supernatural/spiritual/occult threats that lean more towards fantasy horror than sci-fi horror.

Anyway, I think the high school seems most exciting since it has really varied details, features, and characters, but that's sort of to be expected given its size. The other sets are also super exciting, but more on the basis of their variety and the sort of setting they suggest as a group than having a whole lot of varied and elaborate detail on an individual basis.

I suppose a comparison can be made to other themes like Agents, Ultra Agents, Knights' Kingdom 2, Orient Expedition, and World Racers where each set represents a different event, mission, leg of a quest, etc, with different stakes or a different setting, but with the same factions throughout. Their strengths have less to do with any one set than having a premise that allows for widely varied yet conceptually unified scenarios.

That differentiates themes like these from ones like Ninjago, Legends of Chima, and Nexo Knights, which take more after the classic Castle/Pirates/Space design philosophy where the builds are based around the general needs of a particular faction or character: a few different categories of vehicle, a base/headquarters, etc. But overall the builds and characters for a particular faction are fairly interchangeable and can interact with one another or with an opposing faction in any way you like.

I know some people dislike this sort of design philosophy since they feel it's too "scripted", unlike themes where the sets can be mixed and matched to your heart's content. There's no reason that the Black Seas Barracuda can't lay siege to Eldorado Fortress or the Enchanted Island. But it'd be much tougher to create interactions between the shrimp boat or kayak and the school or lab, or interactions between the chef and waitress ghost and the graveyard scene. They are geared towards set-specific settings/conflicts, not to a more generalized one that can describe that wave or subtheme in its entirety.

On the other hand, I do think that this type of design philosophy can help to keep sets from feeling as repetitive as if they're all part of the same setting or conflict scenario. In the latest wave of City Fire Brigade sets, for example, the helicopter and hook-and-ladder truck fight a construction site fire (with a three-story building and tower crane), the fire truck with deluge gun fights a fast-food restaurant fire the fire boat fights a fire at the docks, and fire plane and off-road buggy fight a fire in the wilderness. This helps to give each set a unique, readily apparent purpose, rather than the smaller cars/trucks/boats simply feeling like downgraded versions of the bigger ones.

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By in Austria,

Shrimp Boat is a perfect addition for the Lego Idea 21310 old fishing store

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By in United States,

I want some of the pieces, but have zero interest in any of the actual sets. Plus, I don’t do apps, so that feature is lost on me.

But I voted for the shrimp boat because of some of the pieces. Although I doubt I could ever justify $30 for that set.

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By in United States,

ALL OF THEM!

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By in United Kingdom,

None of them!
40336 maybe to see what the fuss is about...

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By in United States,

I like all of them except J.B's Ghost Lab and El Fuego's Stunt Truck for whatever reason, but these look like some fun sets.

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By in Australia,

I'm looking forward to the train, just because Lego trains are my passion, and as a train fan, I'll take any scraps they sling my way.

I also find myself agreeing with the consensus that the Shrimp Boat looks very cool.

I like the high school and the shrimp shack, but not enough to actually buy them, and I don't care for the rest of them (although I do like the Juice Bar set).

I've seen the boxes in person, and they look pretty awful. I don't know what the thinking was, of the design team, but it's very difficult to see what's actually in the box, from the front, and I can't see that as anything but a mistake.

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By in United States,

I voted for the High School but am interested in all but the last-placed set--in fact, since I can't justify buying them all, I'm relying on reviews of the top five at least (as they currently stand) to help me decide which ones I can't do without. That would be the Shrimp Boat, the High School, the Shrimp Shack, the bus, and the train. And thank you for already having reviewed the Graveyard!

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By in United States,

Already bought the Shrimp Boat. Really want most of the rest. It is a knock-off Stranger Things but so what? A school, diesel train and shrimp shack weren't being built in Legoland any time soon without it.

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By in Canada,

Train. While not the best train ever, I'm still a very big fan of Lego trains.

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By in Japan,

High School and Boat, for sure!

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By in Canada,

for those that are interested, app is now live on play store.

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By in United States,

The shrimp boat and seafood shack

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By in United States,

@ToyTownBreakDown I respectively disagree, I don't see any similarities with Stranger Things other than "kids" and "scary". The entire town is infested with ghosts!

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By in United States,

Shrimp boat

It will go great with the Scooby Doo Lighthouse.

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By in Canada,

All of them which means that much like the theme I'm going to have to ask my friends to hide my wallet

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By in United States,

The Shrimp Shack is the only one that interests me and I could see myself buying as it could be worked into a dilapidated town.
The School has some good parts, but I think I would only get it on sale or clearance.

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By in Canada,

Defiantly the bus (been waiting...HOW many years for a school bus; and even if it's...'Jacked Up', I'll take it)... Lab looks fun though too...

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By in United Kingdom,

The Boat as its the only one that really has multiple uses, and is a good looking model in its own right.

Still think that the app aspect of this range will end up flopping. Need we mention Nexo Knights and how their app didn't do well? Because of that I can see these being discounted soon.

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By in Germany,

I am quite sure the theme will bomb over here, not least due to the box-art that doesn't show what you get. I can't see any parent (or even kid) wander along the toy aisle and go "hey, let's get this set, it looks awesome".

I am absolutely certain those sets would sell far better if they showed the (mostly awesome) builds much more prominently. Or retailers could stock their shelves with the sets showing the back of the box.

The upside for me is, as the theme will be sold with huge discounts I can afford more and don't have to choose as rigidly which one to get.

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By in United States,

In it for the pale gator!

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By in Netherlands,

Allright so I've just build the seafood shack.. It is great! Lovely build, detailed interior, nice weathered exterior. Would look great next to the Fishermans Store!

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By in Turkey,

I'm not very open to new things. So, I'm not interested any of them. Bring back Classic Space!!

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By in Canada,

Graveyard is my top pick -- perfect addition to our family's Halloween display! Plus, I love the malevolent tree. :) Boat is second, which is significant because no one in my home usually has much interest in boats. But the possessed fisherman, pale gator, and overall good looks make it really appealing.

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By in Australia,

@AustinPowers ... the boxes aren't even that colourful. The spectral-sides of the box fronts are all washed out with dark greys and misty blacks. The colourful ghost figures? Not that colourful. And you're right. The builds are pretty amazing. I get that they were trying to tell customers a *lot* of things, in the one picture, and I just don't think it's worked very well.

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By in Croatia,

Why no love for pick-up?!? I get it that LEGO in last few years give us few similar set, trucks, pick-ups, but this one is different! This one belong to the future! Why? This is the future of LEGO cars, pick ups, wagons,... 8-wide vehicle with 6-wide cabin that can fit driver and co-driver. Like cars from 'The LEGO Batman Movie'. The future now, 8-wide vehicles with driver and co-driver (pilot and co-pilot) space: trucks (7998, 7900, 31085,...), vans (31079, 31052), planes (7893, 60104,...), helicopters (60046, 60166,...) and future brings 8-wide trains and 8-wide buses. More realistic than now 6-wide vehicles.
Pick-up with smaller wheels without all this "paranormal" stuff off it will be nice addon to City + you get chopper like bike with 2 bikers.
I'm buying it!

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By in Netherlands,

Shrimp boat to go with the Scooby Doo haunted lighthouse (and the old fishing store), and some i-brix whenever they may arrive...

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By in Norway,

As many others I voted for the boat, as it's a small set that would fit nicely with the fishing store. The graveyard is also interesting, while I'm a bit more on the fence about the school due to its price and the need for two (+ additional parts) to make it a complete building.

As AustinPowers and Zordboy mentions I'm a bit unsure how well this will actually sell. The box art is really confusing (not showing the actual model on the front) and focuses too much on the app part, leading potential buyers to believe it's *required* to use the set. Think of some of Lego's other recent digital offerings - Boost only works with a limited number of phones and tablets (with no PC/Mac option at all), the Batmobile offers pretty little in return for not including an actual remote, while Dimensions lacked printed instructions and half the price was for digital content of no interest to many of us.

While they seem to have done a decent job on combining the app functionality with physical play this also comes at a price, as the app only tolerates minor changes to the model before it craps out. This means that the sets discourages modding and other changes, which Lego really should be all about.

Personally I think they'd been better off selling this as more "normal" Lego sets, only mentioning the app as a "bonus feature" rather than the main attraction.

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By in United Kingdom,

Axeleng pretty much summing up my thoughts on this.

Just showed the pictures of the boxes to my friends kids. They immediately asked 'Is it just a phone game?' rather then thinking it was a proper lego set.

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By in United States,

Unfortunately incompatible with Moto e5 Cruise. this is not an ancient device. LEGO or their developers need to address this issue. The sets look interesting, but i was looking forward to seeing the app in action. After removing Merlock 2.0, all that remain are the Star Wars Microfighters and the Mighty Micros games, and they don't use AR. i missed Monster Fighters, and came in as an adult collector with Series 14 monsters

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By in Germany,

Yay, Amazon Germany has the Shrimp Boat already available at 33% off for 19.99 Euro.
Just ordered.
;-)

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