Numerous ghoulish themes have been released and these commonly contain laboratories which provide spooky potential. 70418 J.B.'s Ghost Lab looks appealing within official images and offers brilliant detail, corresponding with other Hidden Side sets in that regard.
In addition, the minifigure selection seems fairly generous given the price of £17.99 or $19.99 but some people have justifiably criticised the dearth of exclusive characters. Nevertheless, this model interests me and I have been looking forward to building another creepy laboratory!
Nearly every set from Hidden Side features Jack Davids and this minifigure looks excellent, wearing an attractive red jacket which matches his baseball cap. The dual-moulded hood component includes wonderful detail and I like this double-sided head with smiling and determined expressions decorating each side. As usual, the legs feature a metallic silver charm which is shaped like a bone and probably belonged to Jack's dog, Spencer.
Professor J.B. appears similarly detailed, including an extraordinary dual-moulded hair piece which combines lavender and white plastic. Her double-sided head looks marvellous too and the professor wears a white lab coat, befitting her scientific expertise. Its unkempt aesthetic is perfect and the pink shirt underneath, displaying Frankenstein's Monster, looks fantastic in my opinion.
Both minifigures carry their respective black and purple mobile phones. These display the intangible ghosts which have been revealed through the Hidden Side app and the printing seems exceptionally intricate. I definitely appreciate this connectivity between the LEGO world and reality which share the Hidden Side app.
While the majority of ghosts seem disruptive, Spencer supports the heroes in their mission to defeat these spectral villains. That is not entirely surprising given his association with Jack and this element looks magnificent, featuring white and trans-clear plastic which gives the illusion of floating. I love his simple black nose and eyes too, imbuing this adorable ghost with some personality.
Civilian characters appear in the majority of Hidden Side sets but this example focuses entirely upon the ghost hunters. Douglas Elton lends mechanical skills to the group and wears green overalls that correspond with his janitorial position in 70425 Newbury Haunted High School. The little identification badge looks lovely too and I like the oil splattered on the front of Douglas' torso.
The legs are intricately decorated too, including an interesting starry cloth beside worn kneepads. In addition, the head features smiling and terrified expressions which both look good and the plaster on his cheek gives an indication towards this character's daring personality. The striking dark brown hair piece further captures that aspect of the minifigure.
However, not even the heroes are immune to possession, hence an alternative trans-neon green head accompanies the minifigure. This facial expression seems suitably frightening and the spring yellowish green hair piece is superb too. It was initially created for Kai from the NINJAGO theme but looks great in this colour, loosely matching the Douglas' typical hairstyle.
The Completed Model
Scientific laboratories have appeared in other spooky themes, including 1382 Scary Laboratory from Studios and 9466 The Crazy Scientist & His Monster from the Monster Fighters theme. Nevertheless, this model feels distinct, taking an entirely different approach to the subject. Previous structures have occupied ancient buildings but this model appears brighter so resembles current laboratories, except for the huge electrical conduction coils!
Various interesting stickers are applied across this model, including one that identifies an unusual 3D printer and another which displays the associated computer model. They look wonderful and I like the mysterious canisters placed above the terminal. Their colours should trigger actions within the Hidden Side app and Brickset member klinton reports encountering this while playing, although it seems fairly unusual.
Soul Artefacts are found in each Hidden Side set and they are generally spring yellowish green. This trans-neon green and trans-clear conical flask is accordingly disappointing, although I like the normal colour scheme too. Moreover, the chamber for removing ghosts from possessed minifigures could be improved as no functions are included and this structure lacks detail.
However, the neighbouring sticker looks good and I appreciate the flexible hose which connects this chamber to another device. I imagine the ghosts are stored in here after being removed from figures. The colour wheel on top has been integrated nicely and interacts with the aforementioned app which increases the play value, assuming you have access to an appropriate mobile device.
Further detail decorates the back of the model which is rather surprising. A ladder provides access to the upper level, although any space is limited here, while some posters are formed by another sticker on the wall. These include an x-ray of a minifigure brain and an unidentified skeletal formula. The 2x2 wheel hub part placed behind the possession chamber seems similarly enigmatic, serving no obvious purpose.
Hidden Side products have proven extremely impressive and 70418 J.B.'s Ghost Lab is definitely an enjoyable addition to the range, albeit not as enticing as some larger sets. The model features lovely detail in certain areas but the chamber for removing ghosts appears bland and should have provided some functionality in my opinion.
The minifigure selection also leaves something to be desired. They are individually impressive but no exclusive characters are included which is unique across this whole theme. For those reasons, I think similarly sized Hidden Side sets, such as 70419 Wrecked Shrimp Boat and 70420 Graveyard Mystery, offer superior potential for both play and display.
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