Review: 70422 Shrimp Shack Attack

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Ghosts vary significantly in their capabilities and those appearing in the Hidden Side theme seem especially powerful. They are absolutely invisible so commonly avoid capture and may possess an incredible range of different minifigures, objects and even buildings!

70422 Shrimp Shack Attack certainly exemplifies this extraordinary ability, focusing upon a simple restaurant which can transform between standard and ghoulish designs. This distinctive set looks brilliant in official images and has elicited considerable anticipation among many fans, especially given its price of £44.99 or $49.99 which appears rather reasonable in my opinion.

Minifigures

Almost every Hidden Side set contains Jack Davids and this minifigure wears a white hooded jacket which looks consistent with his new hood component. This lovely dual-moulded element includes a red cap with decorative streaks and the same pattern is present on his jacket. Furthermore, the legs feature a metallic silver bone-shaped tag, making reference to Jack's dog who has recently passed away.

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Parker L. Jackson includes even greater detail, sporting a bright light blue denim jacket with matching jeans. Their ragged appearance is effective and I like the colourful stickers which are fixed to the jacket and seem appropriate for a teenage character. Her bright light yellow hat looks excellent too, despite its pairing with garish lavender hair that works perfectly for such a fantastical theme!

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Both minifigures include double-sided heads with similar smiling and determined expressions. Their mobile phones appear comparable as well, exhibiting ghosts which have been uncovered through the Hidden Side app. The black and vibrant coral colour phones look good but I would appreciate slightly more variety as exactly the same accessories appear in the majority of these sets.

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Jack's faithful pet, named Spencer, is equally prolific but this ghostly dog looks absolutely adorable, incorporating a printed nose and eyes alongside drooping ears. White and trans-clear plastic creates an impressive ethereal effect and that is further accentuated by the smooth texture of this specialised element. Even so, it can still connect to any studded surface.

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Pepper Roni was introduced during the LEGO Island video game and presumably inspired Ronny, whose distinctive shirt is decorated with a pizza. This corresponds with Pepper's famous attire, even featuring the same slice which has been partially removed. Unfortunately, his dark blue trousers lack kneepad printing and Ronny does not come with a skateboard, instead carrying a hot dog.

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The double-sided head was originally designed for 10244 Fairground Mixer and is intended to represent someone feeling unwell. However, it seems perfectly suitable to depict eating in this context. I like his cheerful alternative expression and the dark orange hair piece looks superb, although bright red hair would have been more faithful to Pepper Roni's appearance.

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Chef Enzo prepares meals at the Shrimp Shack so features new torso and leg components, both of which are decorated with a sand green apron. This seems fairly realistic, incorporating some detailed stains alongside a notepad and pencil. The head has appeared previously but suits this character well and I am similarly satisfied with his angled hat.

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Food is delivered from the serving counter to customers by Sally. The hair piece has only appeared twice before in blonde and this light aqua uniform, covering the torso and legs, is completely new. It looks great and lacks unique branding for the Shrimp Shack which is pleasing as these parts could undoubtedly prove useful. I like Sally's head as well, appearing cheerful on one side but frightened on the other.

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Ghouls can possess both Chef Enzo and Sally, transforming these figures from genial Shrimp Shack staff into terrifying monsters! An additional pair of spring yellowish green arms are attached to Enzo's torso while his head is replaced with a trans-neon green component. Sally's ghostly form also includes a trans-neon green head with an intimidating expression and the hair element beautifully combines two colours.

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The Completed Model

70423 Paranormal Intercept Bus 3000 is extensively equipped for any ghost-catching eventuality but the heroes can also deploy a smaller vehicle when necessary. This dark azure kart is constructed around a central cab element which looks superb and has not appeared in this colour previously. Metallic panels are formed using stickers on either flank and some controls are positioned beside the weapon.

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This corresponds with the cannons which are found on the Paranormal Intercept Bus 3000, featuring trans-purple dishes. I like the yellow chainsaw handle at its centre and this weapon includes a light bluish grey handle so a passenger can target ghosts. Moreover, the black bullbar looks great and an attractive headlamp is situated beside the cannon, as exhibited above.

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A couple of trans-red 1x1 half circle tiles are connected to the model, forming its rear light. This piece has not been produced in trans-red before and could prove useful elsewhere. The printed 1x2 hazard stripe tile looks brilliant too and I like the balloon tyres, suggesting that this vehicle could travel across rough terrain in pursuit of paranormal entities.

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Restaurants have appeared in numerous LEGO sets but the Shrimp Shack differs considerably when compared with previous buildings. Its simple architecture certainly resembles the structures that one might encounter along the edge of a beach and the model is larger than I was anticipating, measuring 32cm across. The restaurant itself only occupies half that width but has been nicely integrated with its surroundings.

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An enormous shrimp advertises the restaurant and this model looks absolutely fantastic, featuring two white skeleton arms and black whips which represent its pereiopods and antenna, respectively. The textured detail is outstanding and I like the stickers on the sign above. However, the spacing between the letters appears slightly awkward, even when these stickers are applied at the edge of each 1x3 tile.

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Rotating the shrimp reveals several black and spring yellowish green pieces on its other side. This is intended to depict the signage becoming possessed as an imposing green eye is revealed and the ground transforms into an opening mouth! Turning a black Technic gear on the back of the model will cause this mouth to open and shut and you can also extend the sign, revealing some hideous scales.

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An ice dispenser and is situated at the base of this sign, including an excellent sticker which could be re-used for other models. Another sticker is applied to the base and looks odd beside the textured 1x4 masonry brick, although I think that helps in conveying the ramshackle environment. There is plenty of room for minifigures to stand on this platform and the neighbouring beach also provides some space.

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The beach consists primarily of tan curved plates which is reasonably effective and I appreciate the medium nougat highlights. Similarly muted colours dominate the Shrimp Shack but it looks wonderful, appearing somewhat decrepit and accordingly matching other buildings within the Hidden Side theme, even before they have actually been possessed.

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Possession functions in this set are focused predominantly upon the sign but the restaurant does include an evil red eye, hidden behind a decorative crab. Opening its serving hatches reveals some interior detail while the exterior features several stickers, depicting wooden planks with lovely texture. The tiny Squids sticker is particularly delightful, corresponding with 70425 Newbury Haunted High School.

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Furthermore, this model was evidently designed to interact with 70419 Wrecked Shrimp Boat as that vessel can dock beside the Shrimp Shack and deliver fresh seafood. In fact, the same shrimp symbol appears on both the shrimp trawler and the advertisement which towers above this restaurant. Printed wooden planks are fixed to the jetty and I think the foliage looks nice, although using Technic elements for the tree trunk remains divisive.

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Steps provide access to the roof of the Shrimp Shack and food is stored underneath them. This crate contains fish, a chicken leg and an egg but no shrimp which is disappointing, particularly since 70419 Wrecked Shrimp Boat demonstrates that red tooth elements and 1x1 round plates with a hole through the centre can create a fairly realistic shrimp.

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Nevertheless, the restaurant interior looks marvellous. I love its black and white tiled floor which includes some exposed studs for minifigures and the cooking equipment looks reasonable as well. Moreover, two colour wheels appear here for interaction with the Hidden Side app. Both functions are nicely hidden, although the sliver of yellow which is visible above the cooker seems rather awkward.

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However, that connection is required to reveal the bright green brick by rotating one of the dark brown barrels on the roof. You might also imagine that these Technic parts represent the simple chimney flue as a black stovepipe chimney does extend from behind the model. There is definitely enough room for another table on the roof so perhaps that would be a sensible modification, especially if you are hoping to integrate this set with your LEGO city.

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Overall

70422 Shrimp Shack Attack is undoubtedly among my favourite Hidden Side sets, striking the perfect balance between mundanity and fantasy. The restaurant looks quite realistic in its standard form and I like how the designer has hidden its transformative features while also suggesting that Newbury might be under some negative influence, based upon the dilapidated aesthetic of certain buildings.

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The ghost-catching vehicle looks less appealing in my opinion but offers significant play value and the minifigure selection is impressive. In addition, this set contains 579 pieces and costs £44.99 or $49.99 which seems appropriate so I would recommend 70422 Shrimp Shack Attack, even to those who have relatively little interest in Hidden Side but would like to expand their city display.

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29 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Enzo? Muted color scheme? I'm getting a Stranger Things vibe off of this one.

Regardless, it's a great set that I won't be buying! ;P

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By in United States,

It's great how unique many of the designs in Hidden Side are!

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By in United States,

Wow, the interior is so much better than I was expecting. I imagined it would be furnished to City standards, but it's actually furnished to Modular Building standards. This really would be a great addition to any Lego town layout, wouldn't it?

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By in United Kingdom,

Wholeheartedly approve of Lego’s historical references in this theme so far. It’s nice to know they appreciate the likes of Lego Island as much as us old codgers.

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By in United Kingdom,

great review.great reference

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By in United States,

Good review. I love that instead of giving us another slick, clean, urban diner like the Downtown Diner, they opted for a boardwalk-based "greasy spoon" diner like the sort you might find in a seaside town.

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By in United States,

Thanks for the review! Has anyone built this and placed against the Old Fishing Store? I’m wondering if the somewhat run-down styles compliment each either or if the size difference is too stark.

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By in United States,

I still don't understand why TLG keeps trying to do app-based themes. It failed with Ultra Agents, it failed with Nexo Knights, what's to say this will be any different?

On a side note, the buggy is pretty cool, and I still need both the hoodie piece and Spencer.

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By in United States,

I love the creativity with this theme. If LEGO feels like it needs to get the creativity bug by using an app, keep it up!

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By in United States,

I had no idea they even produced that vehicle base any more.

I do love this set- it’s the one that looks most “normal” to me while also integrating the play features exceedingly well.

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By in United States,

Thanks for yet another excellent review, of yet another excellent Hidden Side set! Looking forward to picking this up, and plunking it down onto my city's beach. Not even going to mod. it much, and I think it'll look great a few steps from The Old Fishing Store.

Also digging that it goes so well w/the Shrimp Boat, which has been our first foray into the Hidden Side theme.

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By in Poland,

My only complain: NOT ENOUGH SHRIMPS! I wish we get 1x1 tile with printing!

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By in Canada,

From where I stand, the spacing between the letters on the stickers, although awkward, it’s Far less awkward than the spacing of the letters forming the Jurassic Park sign in the T-Rex rampage set!!

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By in United States,

With that brick-built shrimp, one has to contemplate if some of the ideas for this set were taken from a scrapped 2019 Ninjago City expansion.

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By in United States,

The one I'm most looking forward to! The diner could be at home in a MOC Fallout post-apocalyptic setting, or in a modular City beach side layout. I can't wait!

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By in United States,

@SeekerBear: Nexo Knights wasn't a failure, though, which sort of invalidates your point. Two and a half years of sets is nothing to sneeze at, and in fact outlasts many one or two-year themes that lacked any sort of app component.

If anything, the trajectory from early, experimental attempts like Life of George and Fusion to Ultra Agents to Nexo Knights to Hidden Side shows how far Lego is advancing with this sort of physical-digital integration. And even those less successful early attempts provided a foundation for the later ones to build on. It'd be a mistake to throw out all that progress instead of continuing to refine and experiment with newer, better ways of integrating those types of play. The moment Lego stops innovating entirely is the moment they cease to be a leader in the toy industry.

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By in Australia,

Really, the only downside here is there's just too many stickers. And, personally, I'd find that giant red shrimp absolutely terrifying, even before it gets possessed.

Everything else about this is great. I love that the entirety of Newbury has fallen victim to some kind of urban decay. Everything looks like it's falling apart, even without the ghosts, and the ramshackle, decaying buildings give a everthing a real personality (which City sets seriously lack, these days).

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By in United States,

I loved those cars in the Adventures theme and it's great to see that mold back. This set and Hidden Side in general has a lot of character which is really nice.

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By in Australia,

A minor correction: the sick head used for Ronny actually appeared in 10244 Fairground Mixer before it was in the Rollercoaster.

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By in Puerto Rico,

This set as well as the Wrecked Ship works very well integrated into the Old Fishing Store. I may add the school and lab as well to work on my City.

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By in United States,

It would be even more menacing if the DINER sign could of been designed to blot out the N and R when converted to the haunted version, ala Motel Hell(o).

Mwaahahahaahaaa!

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By in United States,

Just like Monster Fighters, I love this type of somewhat paranormal/spooky theme TLG is returning towards. I hope it does well to green light successive waves.

Only downsides for me personally with this set is it could use more renditions of shrimps (not chicken legs or eggs) and that the Parker minifig just rubs me the wrong way for some reason (it's probably the douchey facial expressions).

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By in Australia,

Not a fan of this theme but that shrimp and kitchen are pretty cool

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By in United Kingdom,

The diner staff look fantastic Pre transformation and make this set highly desirable, the shrimp boats figures are also amazing. Will buy both sets if I can get the diner on discount. This series's app stuff couldn't be less interesting to me but I don't feel like its impacted price or value so it's not an issue for me.

I'd be interested in watching this theme grow out in to a evergreen with the quality of design on the sets and figures. Maybe in waves to come they can travel through time or travel the world

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By in United Kingdom,

@Albus - Thank you. That information has been corrected.

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By in United Kingdom,

A bit of a silly idea but I'd love to see some Moc's of classic sets with a hidden side twist to them, or newer stuff like the treehouse or Disney train set.
Perhaps a Brickset competition idea?
Alter an existing Lego set to incorporate Lego hidden side twists...

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By in Russian Federation,

I'm glad they still use that old car piece.

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By in Germany,

Great useage of the word pereiopod :o) It certainly needed dusting off.

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