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Lego really went all out with these. They have that polish to them that is normally reserved for the Lego Movie sets or Creator Expert. I think the only one that doesn't really grab me is the lab, but I suppose that's really only because it feels slightly out of place, being a vignette among more robust models. It looks to be well detailed for what it is.
I just wish Lego would announce their plans for the juice bar set. I'm hesitating to buy these in case it ends up being a GWP with a requisite spend on Hidden Side sets.
The few retailers that I have visited that have paper bags as an alternative are charging for those as well, even though they were not part of the new tax. Good for the environment, but a genuine pain in the ass at Walmart, where they have checkouts that were specifically designed for using plastic bags. They will need to rip out all those little turntables that had bags on them, because without the bags they don't work. Maybe they'll do like Aldi, and replace the turntable with a shopping cart.
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Ok a related note, I have at least one extra of these lenticular cards that would be available to send (for free) to any international non-US address – provided its confirmed that this is not readily available to international folks from LEGO directly. Only other catch is that interested parties would need to pay shipping costs, which I hope wouldn’t be too much for a thin package :)
At $50, this is a very attainable amount – especially given it’s $50 spent on anything, and not specifically just for Hidden Side product.
I'm just curious, as it's clearly there for something. :p
Might try to rejig it into a better setup later but for now at least it runs, and my two year old thinks it's the most amazing thing ever! (if only everyone was so easily impressed)
(Digression: I've often wondered why that became an issue for parents when it did. Maybe trends in kids' toy packaging generally shifted to exactly match what the in-box instructions describe? Or maybe there's now a generation of young parents who played as much, or more, with compatible brands, so they're not familiar with Lego packaging conventions like "the pics on the back are just for inspiration"...)
The other interesting thing about the impact of the theme is that someone in another thread mentioned that parents they knew were reluctant to buy it because they like Lego as an alternative to screen-based activities. If that's a bigger turn-off to parents than the illustrated boxes, then there's not a lot to be done about it, because the fact phones are significant to play is shown prominently on both sides.
I dunno. I really hope they get some good word of mouth on these sets and that they do well at Christmas (festive upgrades to phones/tablets might mean people who've been holding off on purchasing because of app compatibility to do then), because it's a very appealing theme and it's kind of fun to see illustration art on the boxes as well as the usual photos.
They definitely put a lot of effort into it. It's not at all the typical merch selling vehicle that I was expecting. I don't know if I'm all that interested in actively playing it, but it was fun to tool around with for a couple hours on a lazy afternoon.
It's bewildering how many different runtime environments mobile app developers are having to optimize for anymore… definitely a big difference from video game console development, which at least for most of my lifetime has tended to revolve around three main manufacturers at a time, each with three or fewer devices on the market at any one time.
Naturally, I would have a premium iPad or phone for my premium app for my premium toy.
Guess which saltines I prefer?
Yes, only the best!
*Proceeds to spend hundreds of dollars on Lego*