Theme: Hidden Side
Release Year: 2019
Cost: AU $49.99
Pieces: 310 pieces (with four minifigures)
Time for another Hidden Side review! We’ve moved on from the cemetery and have boarded a shrimp boat. There are some exciting elements in this relatively small set, so let’s dive in. Inside the box will be three numbered bags, an instruction booklet, and a sticker sheet with 14 stickers.
Let’s start with new elements, and there’s no going past that tan crocodile! He’s a beauty! The red eyes, just like an albino croc might have, are a nice touch. There’s also the new raincoat minifigure (which I’ll get to in a minute), a spring yellowish green sword, the tentacles, and a couple more. For the rare side of things, there’s a yellow kayak (my first one, so I’m very excited), some shell pieces for the hull of the boat, some more excellent spring yellowish green teeth, and the windscreen of the boat, to name a few.
The minifigures include our heroes Jack and Parker, who look identical to the cemetery set except for the facial expressions. I’m still a big fan of the looks of these two minifigures, but if you want to know more, check out the cemetery review. We’ve also got another copy of Spencer, Jack’s ghost pup.
The other two minifigures are Captain Jonas, and Jonas Jr. The Captain looks absolutely superb in his raincoat and Sou’wester hat. It’s awesome to have this included in the set! He’s also got a sand blue jumper underneath the raincoat, to keep warm. His son, Jonas Jr has a dark blue beanie, overalls, and a jumper, with a very confused look on his face! That’s because his dear Dad has changed a little. Or a lot.
When Captain Jonas becomes possessed, his face turns pretty nasty and he’s got trans-neon green tentacles coming out his back! It looks fantastic.
The build is good fun, but the ‘wrecked’ side of things is not obvious from the start, however throughout the build it’s seen. The rock monster satellite build has two pins on either side of the central face, which allow for the boat build (which is built in two separate halves) to be mounted on it, just like it has been wrecked on the rocks. The rock section looks good, and it comes complete with some roots, so we can assume it was a mangrove or similar. It’s just a shame that with a nautical themed set, there’s no sign of water!
The flip up section that reveals the face looks intimidating, and when flipped down, it’s like it isn’t there at all.
The boat is actually bigger than I anticipated (another one of those times where I underestimated the size of a set!). It’s chock full of a lot of subtle details that accentuate the look of the boat. The build for the boat is straight forward – there’s no real crazy techniques, but it ends up being a simple but striking build. It looks like a proper working vessel. The stickers on the boat add some good details, especially the cracked windows.
The only section of the boat that looks a little off is the dial for the app. It’s chunky and bright, and while it kind of is hidden, it still sticks out. There’s not a lot of other play elements with this set, as it’s all within the app. It would be great for a display, but not for play independent of the app.
For $50, it’s good value! It looks great, has some quality new elements, and because of those elements, it’ll be collectible. So far, Hidden Side seems to be a winner! At least on the set side of things…
ELEMENTS & MINIFIGURES: 17/20
DESIGN / APPEARANCE: 18/20
VALUE FOR MONEY: 8/10
A special thank you to LEGO for sending me a copy to review. All thoughts on this set are my own and are not influenced in any way, shape or form. The provision of sets for review does not guarantee a favourable review.