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If you haven’t heard of LEGO, then you’ve seriously been living under a rock! In this household, and millions of others across the world, LEGO is loved by all. I admit, I’ll never be able to cope with the pain of standing on a LEGO brick, but I love doing LEGO with the children. The iconic construction toy has the ability to capture the minds of both children and adults. The possibilities are endless. Recently there has been a rise in interactive, augmented reality toys and games. Many of which involve the use of an app. LEGO has embraced this rising trend with the release of LEGO Hidden Side (aff). We were lucky enough to be given the opportunity to try one of many fantastic LEGO Hidden Side sets, the El Fuego’s Stunt Truck (aff).
The set has a guideline age rating of 8+, so to avoid any cries of frustration the three of us sat down together to build our stunt truck. We very rarely spend a Sunday afternoon doing something together now that the children have entirely different interests, but LEGO never fails to unite us. LEGO Hidden Side El Fuego’s Stunt Truck was no different, both myself and the children were excited to start building and explore the LEGO Hidden Side iPhone app.
The app is compatible with selected iOS, Android and other smartphone devices. You can check whether your phone/tablet is compatible here.
El Fuego’s Stunt Truck, like all other LEGO construction sets, comes with a step-by-step manual to help you build with ease. With three pairs of hands and our trusty LEGO manual, we built the stunt truck and 3-wheeled chopper faster than you can say ‘hidden side’! It’s easy to see why the set is labelled as 8+, some parts of the stunt truck construction are quite fiddly. However, with my patience and the children’s eye for finding the exact piece we require amongst a sea of plastic bricks our stunt truck was up, running and ready to be brought to life with minimal stress.
The attention to detail on this LEGO Hidden Side set is exquisite. Everything has been thought of, from the tiny details on the speed gage to vlogger Jack Davids smartphone. Details like this aren’t something you see on the average construction toy, LEGO really does set the standard high. Even the story behind LEGO Hidden Side has been thoroughly explored.
Something spooky is simmering under the surface of the town of Newbury. Being the new kid in town is never easy, and 13-year-old Jack Davids is trying hard to adapt to his new hometown. Before long, Newbury’s Hidden Side – a bone-chilling, long-forgotten realm filled with ghosts – threatens to take over the town. With his new best friend Parker and the brilliant scientist J.B., he’ll use a new interactive app to embark on the ghost-catching ride of his life!
This construction set includes 4 minifigures. Vlogger Jack Davids and his smartphone, caped stuntman, El Fuego, bikers Joey and Dwayne, plus Spencer the ghost dog. In my opinion, combining the magic of LEGO construction sets with an interactive app with a brilliant backstory is a stroke of genius. Both of the children were unbelievably excited to use the app with their freshly built stunt truck. If you are a regular reader of Just The Three Of Us, you’ll know that my views on screen time are quite controversial. LEGO Hidden Side showcases every reason why I don’t limit screen time.
I, and over 34% of parents feel that their child is better prepared for the future as a result of playing with interactive digital toys according to The Lego Group ‘Phygital Play report’. Interactive, augmented reality and other similar toys and games teach our children problem solving, digital literacy, creativity and so much more. LEGO Hidden Side bridges the gap between physical and digital play by creating ‘phygital’ play. I really hope that this new experience helps to dissolve the stigma that surrounds screen time and its promenance in the modern world.
I’m guessing that your wondering what the LEGO Hidden Side app actually does? Well… let me tell you. The app allows you to explore the interactive world surrounding your LEGO creation. Simply scan your creation with the app and watch it come alive on screen.
Find and capture ghosts floating around your LEGO Hidden Side creation using the app. Unlock boss ghost Samuel Mason, activate the suspension on your stunt truck to play out cool stunts and jumps and watch JB’s cannon interact with the in app mini game. It’s high speed, fully interactive, truly fascinating ghost chasing which is sure to set the standard for future construction toys.
If you are looking for something unique and exciting for your child/children which is both educational and fun then I highly recommend the LEGO Hidden Side range. We’ve already had hours of fun using our stunt truck and the LEGO Hidden Side app and you will too! Yes, I mean you, not just your children! It really is fun for the whole family, screen time doesn’t have drive a wedge between your family, it can be what pulls you all together. Lego Hidden Side is perfect for modern family time.