When I first heard that Lego was partnering up with Universal Music Group to produce a new theme, I was curious as to what kind of theme they’d put out. And when the codename “Vidiyo” was leaked, I was baffled. Then the set names were revealed, and the names “Candy Mermaid Beatbox” and “Party Llama Beatbox” were even more intriguing. And today, Lego released a trailer for the new Vidiyo theme. Apparently each “beatbox” set is gonna have a minifigure and a set of printed 2X2 tiles that can be scanned via a free app. The idea is that you can arrange the tiles in any order to create new songs.
I’m sure a lot of people are gonna hate on Lego Vidiyo, but…I kinda like what I’ve seen. Sure, I probably won’t get too involved with the app, but there’s just something about this theme that I kinda like. It’s gimmicky, but it’s not as one-dimensional as the Lego Super Mario line from last year. Instead of just picking up Mario and making him bounce on everything, you can actually get creative with the Vidiyo sets and use the tiles to create a wide variety of tunes.
But the main thing I like about Vidiyo is the sets themselves. There’s just something about small, cheap pods with minifigures that I like (Ninjago 2020 arcade pods, anyone?). And the minifigures themselves are just…whoa. They’re weird and off-the-walls with their concepts, but in a good way. The standouts for me are the robot guy, the ice cream guy, and the “party llama” guy. When the theme does release in March, I think I’ll pick some of the sets up.
So what are your guys’ thoughts?