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Ji'dai
09-09-2005, 05:14 PM
I received the Fall Shop@Home catalog yesterday, which features new sets from Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I haven't bought any HP sets before since I'm not interested in the medieval/castle themes, but there is one set I'm definitely gonna get:

4766_A (http://uploads.bardiir.de/20050909232053114973.jpg)

4766_B (http://uploads.bardiir.de/20050909232053114974.jpg)

Just in time for Halloween, it's 4766 Graveyard Duel ($30), a 548-piece set that features a showdown between Harry and Lord Voldemort in the middle of a cemetary. The set has plenty of cool tombstomes and graves, a burial cart, cemetary gate and fence, spooky tree, and a small mortuary. Also included are bats, owls, and both white and black skeletons, which I've never seen in that color.

Other sets in the HP (http://shop.lego.com/leaf.asp?cn=233&d=7&t=3) line-up include a set with dragon, an undersea set with a mini-fig mermaid, and a ship with the hull parts from the preschool Pirate sets.

I think the Harry Potter Graveyard Duel will work well with my Studios "Monster" :twisted: sets, which I'm going to display for Halloween this year:

1380 Werewolf Ambush (http://guide.lugnet.com/set/1380)

1381 Vampire Crypt (http://guide.lugnet.com/set/1381)

1382 Scary Laboratory (http://guide.lugnet.com/set/1382)

As part of the 50th Anniversary, LEGO S@H is also giving away a small bag of gold bricks (5 Duplo OR 5 System) with a $50 purchase through September 30.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
09-09-2005, 08:35 PM
Are those other minifigs supposed to be Lucius (with mask) and Wormtail (silver hand)? That looks absolutely nothing like Wormtail, and I don't know if the Death Eaters will have those masks like that. Hopefully, Voldemort will look similar to that in the film (I'm worried they'll just have Ralph Fienne's normal face).

Same thing with the undersea one, I hope they really do keep Krum's shark head in the film!

I don't really have the money or space to buy any Legos (which seem to be disproportionately expensive IMO), but these are pretty sweet.

LusiferSam
09-09-2005, 09:15 PM
I don't really have the money or space to buy any Legos (which seem to be disproportionately expensive IMO), but these are pretty sweet.
Your paying for the brand the everything that comes with it.

I'm not into the books or the movies or the whole Harry thing in any way. But like both Ji'dai and Mr. JabbaJohnL I think this set looks pretty cool. I might get this one because the grave yard just looks too cool. There's even a few pieces I'm psyched about. The Death Eater's (what ever that is) has long blond hair!

As far a the other sets go... The ship is interesting but I don't think I'll get it (I see another ship on the Lego horizon). The mermaid set has a few good looking elements, like the shark head and mermaid (Lego calls it a merman). I'll pass one the dragon set. Nothing there worth getting in my opinion (again I see another dragon on the Lego horizon).

Ji'dai
09-09-2005, 10:06 PM
Are those other minifigs supposed to be Lucius (with mask) and Wormtail (silver hand)? That looks absolutely nothing like Wormtail, and I don't know if the Death Eaters will have those masks like that. Hopefully, Voldemort will look similar to that in the film (I'm worried they'll just have Ralph Fienne's normal face).

Same thing with the undersea one, I hope they really do keep Krum's shark head in the film! Yep, the figures are Voldemort (with glow-in-the-dark-head), Wormtail, Harry, and the Death Eater, which I presume is Lucius Malfoy? (I haven't read the books). The cemetary has black owls, but no white ones - I'd have to find another set to get a Hedwig. Tom Riddle's grave has an Angel of Death on his tombstone. Man, a LEGO cemetary... I'm ordering it, 'nuff said.

The Rescue from the Merpeople set is neat for the mermaid tail and the Krum shark head, which I could use as sight gag on my Town beach, maybe a kid wearing it to scare bathers as seen in Jaws.

Doesn't look like we're getting a new Hogwarts this time around. Looks like the one from Prisoner of Azkaban with the Dementors.


As far a the other sets go... The ship is interesting but I don't think I'll get it (I see another ship on the Lego horizon). The mermaid set has a few good looking elements, like the shark head and mermaid (Lego calls it a merman). I'll pass one the dragon set. Nothing there worth getting in my opinion (again I see another dragon on the Lego horizon). I was expecting to see the Vikings sets when I cracked open my catalog. Maybe they'll be offered in the Holiday catalog, closer to christmas. The ships and the fortress look pretty good.

JediTricks
09-10-2005, 04:07 AM
That Graveyard set looks pretty decent, waaaay more pieces than the Mos Eisley Cantina yet this is the same price as that set. Although I like the HP movies, I don't own any of the toys, even Hagrid's Hut (which I had fully intended to get at the time, then... didn't), but I probably will get this graveyard set.


Oh, I forgot, I own 1 toy, the Joke Wand from Mattel.

Ji'dai
09-10-2005, 11:52 PM
I intended to buy the first Hagrid's Hut (http://guide.lugnet.com/set/4707) (the one from the Sorcerer's Stone) but never got around to it either. I kept passing on it around clearance time, trying to get it for next to nothing.. and then it was gone.

I did buy Dumbledore's Office (http://guide.lugnet.com/set/4729) on clearance for $10, but ended up giving it to my cousin for christmas. Shoulda kept it and gave him ten bucks ;)

The only other HP set I have is the Knight Bus (http://guide.lugnet.com/set/4755), which I got for $5 on clearance earlier this year. Purple bricks!

"Yeah, take it away Ern!"

LusiferSam
09-12-2005, 01:41 AM
I was expecting to see the Vikings sets when I cracked open my catalog. Maybe they'll be offered in the Holiday catalog, closer to christmas. The ships and the fortress look pretty good.
I was hoping to see the Vikings sets too. I thought read somewhere that they wouldn't be available until the Holiday catalog. That means a few more months of drooling over the photos and envying those folks in the European market.

Mr. JabbaJohnL
09-12-2005, 05:45 PM
I have around 10 or so sets from the first two movies (combined), but as I said above, I don't really have any money for any more. All of it is being sucked out of my pockets by our good friends at Hasbro.

I also have several figures from the first two films, but then they changed the scale and now they just look stupid.

Ji'dai
10-11-2005, 11:00 PM
I received the 4766 Graveyard Duel last week and finally got around to assembling it Monday evening. The box art (http://tinypic.com/ei8ot4.jpg) for the new Harry Potter line is striking with yellow-orange-red hues (http://tinypic.com/ei8qj6.jpg); I suppose it's appropriate since this installment is the Goblet of Fire.

The part bags are numbered with corresponding sections in the instructions so this 548-piece set will be easier to assemble for younger builders. I'll admit it was a chore for me, even when I was only opening one part bag and building one thing at a time. The confusing thing is the color selection - black, dark gray, light gray, white - which are sometimes hard to distinguish from each other in the instructions.

This is the first LEGO cemetary! The set builds four burial plots of various sizes, each with some type of action feature. The two smaller graves (http://tinypic.com/ei9ipv.jpg) open to reveal a casket with pre-printed skeleton graphics. The mid-size grave (http://tinypic.com/ei9h89.jpg) has a mechanism to raise an actual skeleton to crash through the top of the plot. Tom Riddle's (http://tinypic.com/ei9fmf.jpg) resting place is the largest and features a chain fence, large marker with Angel of Death figure, and opens to reveal several snakes.

There is also a cemetary fence (http://tinypic.com/ei8ttw.jpg) with wrought-iron gate and a chain to keep nosey Hogwarts students out. The fence will swivel to enclose a grave or open and extend out to form one long barrier. The tree (http://tinypic.com/ei9iwy.jpg) is constructed from brown slopes, bricks, and arches and looks pretty good. It's definitely better than the tree that came with the Werewolf set. The burial wagon (http://tinypic.com/ei9jbt.jpg) is fairly basic with room for a driver and a coffin in the back. I'll have to figure out a way to connect it to a horse or two. The masoleum building (http://tinypic.com/ei8v38.jpg) is small but it's still a nice inclusion to the cemetary. It features a removable roof (http://tinypic.com/ei8ubc.jpg) for interior access and a removable tile floor that opens to reveal skeletons. A small wall is connected to the masoleum that will swivel depending on how you want it situated. This wall stores all the undertaker's tools of the trade. You also get a small campfire with cauldron (http://tinypic.com/ei8r2c.jpg) to cast spells and make potions.

Lots of critters in this one. The cemetary is practicially teeming with bats, owls, snakes, frogs, falcons, griffins, and spiders. There are enough parts to make four skeletons: two white, one black, and a green & black one (http://tinypic.com/ei9h0p.jpg). Fortunately there are only five decals (http://tinypic.com/ei8ro2.jpg), which decorate the graves or markers. Extra parts (http://tinypic.com/ei8ruw.jpg) include 1x1 round plates (translucent and solid), plus a 1x1 tan tile, and a 1x1 tan tile with pre-printed "padlock" graphic (which is nice since kids might lose one).

The one mistake I found was the mini-fig head for this dude (http://tinypic.com/ei9fdj.jpg) doesn't match the one on the box (http://tinypic.com/ei8tx3.jpg). In fact, the one I got looks like Peter Pettigrew (who morphs into Scabbers the Rat in Azkaban) with his buck teeth. (The pic of the figure in the instructions differs from the box cover version too). LEGO has been printing facial graphics on both sides of the head so they can be rotated, but only the "Death Eater" fig has printing on both sides in this set. All the figures (http://tinypic.com/ei8tck.jpg) are flesh-colored (http://tinypic.com/ei9j5x.jpg) and Voldemort's head glows-in-the-dark. This set also comes with a long-blonde mini-fig hairpiece, which is cool since everyone knows male mini-figs love blondes (http://tinypic.com/ei8qrl.jpg). The ragged cloaks that the Death Eater and Voldemort wear are a heavier material than what I've seen used for cloaks before. These cloaks have a fuzzy-soft side to them.

Graveyard Duel is a neat set all around whether you're a Harry Potter fan or not. The set can easily fit into the other System themes, such as Town, Castle, Pirates, and even Western. I may have to pick up a few more of these at clearance time. But even for full price I think it's a good value - 548 parts for $30 - which works out to about five cents a piece.

JediTricks
10-12-2005, 04:34 PM
Very cool review! Lots of great stuff in this set, nice pics of each. I like those cloth capes the 2 figures are wearing as well, I wish they'd do more capes like that for the SW figs, the Royal Guard could really use a 2-sided one.

JediTricks
10-15-2005, 06:38 AM
I saw the new Harry Potter sailing ship at Target, the Durmstrang Ship, and it came with 4 extra HP minifigs which I believe separates it from the version of the set that other retailers are getting (yes, that's my way of saying it was an exclusive). It looked like a nifty set, but from the box alone probably not a $50 one. Here's the Lego.com listing for the regular one without the 4 extra HP figs: http://shop.lego.com/product.asp?p=4768

DarkArtist
10-23-2005, 11:27 AM
I was at the downtown disney lego store on thrusday and got to see all the GOF sets put together and they do look to be some of the best sets to date. I love the graveyard and have o get this one when I see it out here in jersey. Awesome review by the way, gave me even more incentive to buy

Mandalorian Candidat
10-24-2005, 07:50 PM
I found the Graveyard, Durmstrang ship, and the one with the Dragon at TRU on Sat. (also the ship w/extra minifigs at Target). Some nice sets, but man are the prices high.

When the third movie came out, the library in Provo, UT cleared out their normal display items from the kids' section and put in HP stuff including every HP Lego set from the beginning. Pretty neat to see all that stuff put together. It made me wish that we had more playset kind of sets from Lego for SW.

Ji'dai
11-07-2005, 01:22 PM
I saw the other sets in the theme at TRU. I don't have a Target locally so I haven't seen the Durmstrang ship exclusive. I like the graveyard duel but I'm not too impressed with the other sets. I might get the 4762 Rescue from the Merpeople (http://guide.lugnet.com/set/4762) if I can find it on sale, just for the Merman, shark head, and "sleeping" mini-fig heads. I don't think we've ever got sleeping mini-figs before.

Mandalorian Candidat
12-21-2005, 03:35 PM
Boy, did these sets come and go quickly! Target right now has zero of anything except for some Bionicle and Dino Attack but I don't remember them ever stocking the HP ones other than the ship. My TRU's been out of them for ages, thought they did get some Mermaid sets yesterday. For $20 I don't know if it's worth it. Maybe I'm nickel-and-diming it but $15 seems like a better price, though you do get Harry, Hermione, Ron, Krum (w/shark and human heads), and the merperson (that should make HRC happy).

I broke down and got my four kids a Durmstrang ship last night at Target. They have them advertised as a clearance item in their ad this week. I got the last one for $39.

I've also seen that WM is out of both SW and HP sets and don't have marked spot on their shelves for them anymore.

Ji'dai
12-21-2005, 04:35 PM
I've also seen that WM is out of both SW and HP sets and don't have marked spot on their shelves for them anymore. I've never seen HP sets in Wal-Mart at all. Why they only carried a huge movie toy line solely on their website is a mystery known only to WM management. And I think LEGO was the only product out there to capitalize on the movie this time around.

My TRU recently restocked their HP selection last week, except for the Hungarian Horntail set. I go into WM today and find the LEGO shelves filled (and I mean filled) with Mega Bloks Dragons eggs and Knights Kingdom figures. I did see one last ROTS Ultimate Lightsaber Duel which I bought since I think that one and the Wookie Catamaran are going to be discontinued.

Wal-Mart usually does a reset in January so that probably means the LEGO section will be condensed and crammed into a tiny space the size of an endcap. Stupid move on their part since LEGO is selling like hotcakes this year. The reason we're seeing so many empty shelves is that sales are outstripping production, according to LEGO community liason Jake McKee:


We're selling out faster than we can replenish the stock.

It's not just Shop At Home either, the stores are cranking through product faster than we get them fresh inventory.

The fact is, we're having what every manufacturer wishes for - a period where product is going out faster than we can produce it. Our factories are working overtime, and we're exceeding our sales forecasts from earlier in the year. We do as much planning in advance as we can, but sometimes you blow out your plans. Good problem to have.

Mandalorian Candidat
12-01-2006, 10:30 PM
Hey guys,

It's been some time since I really posted on the site since I finished the phd and moved up to Wisconsin. For some dopey reason I've started to get more interested in the HP Legos; perhaps I'm just getting restless with SW and need a shot in the arm.

I finally broke down and bought the Merpeople set from HP4 at TRU, the last store that seems to stock HP sets, because I'm betting it'll get clearanced and bought out soon. $20 for the set is waaaay too much, IMO. It's so friggin dinky it puts the Mos Eisley Cantina set to shame. The only redeeming value is the five minifigs. It is kind of neat to have when you combine it with the Durmstrang Ship, though.

I also got the Hungarian Horntail set but have yet to open it. I wish I had held out for the Graveyard Duel. It seems more fun.

I started looking around on ebay for some older HP sets. I came across a large lot (15-20 sets) for a BIN of $225. Didn't get it because the seller accepted an OBO of $195 over my $205 offer. It came with most of the HP1 and 2 sets, including the castle, but it was missing a couple of minifigs, like Hagrid. I've been itching to get another deal like that, but it was probably pretty rare. On the bright side, I took that $$ and got a Clone Turbo Tank from amazon.com for $71 and a system Star Destroyer from Shopko for $80.

Anyhoo...I was wondering in anyone knew of a website like fbtb.net but for Harry Potter Legos. I asked one of the fbtb.net guys but lately they seem to be asleep at the wheel (no recent set reviews, sparce news posts). I thought it would be kind of cool to have sister sites like fbtb.net for the difference Lego systems, but haven't uncovered anything like that.

Ji'dai
12-03-2006, 09:05 PM
The Harry Potter newsgroup over at LUGNET (http://news.lugnet.com/harrypotter/) might be worth a look, but it looks like the last post was back in May.

Man, I posted on that site all the time in the late 90s, but when the admins did away with the quick reply due to security concerns, I stopped posting. A lot of other people left LUGNET due to petty squabbling and general fragmentation among collectors as competitor sites sprung up for specific themes (such as fbtb.net).

Ji'dai
01-23-2007, 01:46 PM
I was looking at those '07 Castle sets and noticed the skeleton horses (clear version with mini-fig here (http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=430700)). Those could be used in Harry Potter since a winged version (thestrals) pull the carriages from the Hogwarts Express station to the school. They're only visible by those who have personally experienced death.

Eurobricks (http://eurobricks.hosting.ipsyn.com/euroforum/index.php?act=home) has a pic posted of the new HP castle.

JediTricks
01-24-2007, 06:26 PM
It's gonna be super difficult to say no to sets with clear dead guys!

Mandalorian Candidat
02-05-2007, 09:32 AM
I was looking at those '07 Castle sets and noticed the skeleton horses (clear version with mini-fig here (http://www.brickshelf.com/cgi-bin/gallery.cgi?i=430700)). Those could be used in Harry Potter since a winged version (thestrals) pull the carriages from the Hogwarts Express station to the school. They're only visible by those who have personally experienced death.

Eurobricks (http://eurobricks.hosting.ipsyn.com/euroforum/index.php?act=home) has a pic posted of the new HP castle.

Nice job resurrecting this thread. The HP castle looks pretty much like the old ones. Did Lego reuse the one from the first movie for release during the second movie as well?

I'm curious about the upcoming movie sets. I'm wondering when Lego will release the pix/info.

Ji'dai
02-05-2007, 12:07 PM
Nice job resurrecting this thread. The HP castle looks pretty much like the old ones. Did Lego reuse the one from the first movie for release during the second movie as well?

I'm curious about the upcoming movie sets. I'm wondering when Lego will release the pix/info. LEGO didn't release a new Hogwarts until Prisoner of Azkaban, so the first castle may have been in production until then.

We'll probably see pics of the new sets surface on the 'net what with the upcoming toy fairs and retailer catalogs being shipped out.

Jargo
02-06-2007, 06:39 PM
they're white skeleton horses not clear. with a few black ones. that pic was a prototype apparently.

nice sets though. beat last years sets hands down.

Jargo
02-13-2007, 07:19 PM
just looking at the toyfair galleries over at www.action-figure.com (http://www.action-figure.com), stumbled across the Hogwarts castle set 5378. and what have we here but a black skeleton horse with dragon wings. is that voldemort in the background? I'm not really clued up on this franchise at all.

JediTricks
02-14-2007, 10:14 PM
That looks like the Snape figure they always use, but it's hard to tell.

Ji'dai
02-20-2007, 12:51 PM
just looking at the toyfair galleries over at www.action-figure.com (http://www.action-figure.com), stumbled across the Hogwarts castle set 5378. and what have we here but a black skeleton horse with dragon wings. is that voldemort in the background? I'm not really clued up on this franchise at all. I can't really tell either. Maybe a Death Eater? Here's a pic of Voldemort (http://tinypic.com/ei8tck.jpg) from the Graveyard Duel set that came out last year.