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Map-drawers of Newbury must be pulling their hair though...with the locations changing relatively to each other 🤣
Because it's a $10 set? Honestly I don't think it could really spare parts being pulled away from the lab build itself just to make a big cannon like the ones that are already prevalent in the larger sets. You're right that the lab is easily the least essential set of the debut wave thanks in no small part to its lack of any unique figs, but to be honest that's been the case with the vast majority of entry-level sets for as long as I can remember.
It's a boring 25$ set for Canadians. The biggest draw of the set is a cheap way to get Minifigures from Hidden Side, there are no decent play features, the model has nothing of great value outside of possibly the stickers. This is my opinion, anything would have been better to see from the model, it even has a part on it that serves no purpose. The image on the box makes it seem like the character pops out via some kind of spinning play gimmick, the model uses parts that seems to indicate it could do this, but it doesn't officially do anything like that. It's also somewhat small for this price range honestly.
I feel the set could have been better or had an interesting side-build. It's my opinion though.
Hmmm.... Not sure I'm a fan of the app update. I don't like that the solo mode for being a ghost appears to be gone as that was my main method of playing. and I don't like that the difficulty settings in the hunter mode is not turned on.
I did get in a couple of games of the new ghost multiplayer mode. and it was actually pretty fun but some of the ghost abilities have been changed. Captain Archibald no longer has his Kraken tentacles.
That said, there's something sort of nice about having a few sets (like the GWPs or polybags) that can be designed independently of gameplay concerns like having a color wheel, platforms for figures, and other visual markers. It not only allows those smaller sets to devote more of their part count to the visuals, but also helps to inspire builders to MOC their own Hidden Side ideas without having them feel as substandard for their lack of app recognition. While the current wave of sets actually touched on the same ideas I had had for Hidden Side MOCs (like a stunt plane for El Fuego, a possessed lighthouse with a light that could turn into a ghostly eye, and a haunted funfair), I've still got plenty of other ideas I've been thinking about—things like a haunted construction site that could reuse the construction worker figs from the bus set, a haunted mini-golf course, a haunted hot air balloon, or a ghost-fighting helicopter.
On a completely different note, looking forward to the future of the theme, I'm hoping that we might get more sets like the "Inside the Hidden Side" set with physical ghosts and new versions of the human protagonists. I especially hope that the summer wave this coming year might have a larger set based on that conceit, with faded versions of characters like Parker and J.B. as well as more physical ghosts (hopefully including a blue "sad" ghost and perhaps even a bigfig-style ghost like many of the boss ghosts in the app). Maybe the bluish shadowy aesthetic of the hidden side itself could also allow for a unique take on a more "conventional" spooky subject like a haunted mansion?
If the theme continues beyond this year, I also wonder if it might be possible to introduce small sets that DO function in the app without having one of the larger sets. Something akin to the Nexo Knights "Ultimate" sets, with a unique fig and a small brick-built base to scan them on, might work. Perhaps they could even do something like this year's Nexo Knights arcade pods with multiple interchangeable figs in each.
But I really don’t get this app yet. It’ll keep telling you to degloom spots where you’re supposed to turn the color wheel. But it’s totally random whether it thinks you’ve got the right color or not. I can scan red & it finds blue spots & brings out a ghost. Which is fine, you can shoot it then, but then your battery runs out. It tells you to find more gloom spots for more battery but you can’t do that because the ghost kills you right away. Feeling old now, LOL I know I’m not in the target market age for this but still! :D.
Brickset's forum automatically adds advertising links to random text on occasion. It ranges from harmless to annoying, but whatever it takes to keep the site solvent, I guess.
and I thought it was odd that my post was used to look like Faaramin had said it.
Still, I kind of hope that some of the other wave one characters who didn't appear in earlier episodes (like Chef Enzo from the Shrimp Shack) might still get a chance to get their due before the episodes move on to mostly wave two material.