By Ed Sum
(The Vintage Tempest)
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Played on YTV in Canada, Oct 30, 4:00pm PST
Unless you’ve been avoiding going to the toy stores and have not been playing with LEGO’s Hidden Side product line, the cartoon series (available online) can easily be missed. To have a debut on television with a Halloween special (“Night of the Harbinger”) is a surprise; newcomers will be scratching their heads.
Jumping into this special is not as understandable as going back to fond franchises–Legends of Chima or Ninjago. At least with these older properties, it’s easy to tell one is an anthropomorphic King Arthur style fantasy and the other about Ninjas kicking butt Power Rangers’ style. Both were designed to help sell the toys, and the world building was fantastic. Hidden Side is essentially Ghostbusters the animated series, but with fancier tech. The products are cool because there’s an augmented reality component.
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