LEGO Monkie Kid 80022 Spider Queen’s Arachnoid Base includes a really obscure reference

The LEGO Group’s references are starting to get really obscure, as LEGO Monkie Kid 80022 Spider Queen’s Arachnoid Base includes a nod to… a YouTube playlist.

Okay, so lo-fi girl is technically a viral sensation with her own Wikipedia page, but that doesn’t stop this sticker from being one of the LEGO Group’s more unorthodox hat-tips to pop culture.

Brickfinder first noticed the reference in an early review of the new Monkie Kid set from YouTuber Bricks By Mind, and shared a comparison image on Instagram.

LEGO Monkie Kid lo fi girl reference

For the uninitiated, lo-fi girl is an animated character created by Juan Pablo Machado for the ChilledCow YouTube channel. She’s the face of the channel’s lo-fi hip hop radio playlist, which streams chilled tracks for working or studying to – and has racked up more than 218 million views.

The graphic designer behind 80022 Spider Queen’s Arachnoid Base is clearly a fan, as one of the set’s stickers includes a very obvious LEGO recreation of the lo-fi girl, immortalising her in brick history.

Machado’s design deliberately apes Studio Ghibli’s art style, which the ChilledCow channel originally used before getting hit with copyright violations, so this is technically as close to LEGO Studio Ghibli as we’ve ever gotten.

The next wave of LEGO Monkie Kid sets – including 80022 Spider Queen’s Arachnoid Base – launches at on March 1.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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