I will be presenting my first review on one of the Harry Potter's set. Firstly, I must emphasize that I am not a very big Harry Potter fan or owned many Harry Potter sets. For this review, I will be highlighting what is the beauty of this small little set, and the reasons to own multiple sets of it. Comments and critics are strongly welcomed.
This set is featured in the Harry Potter movie, Prisoner of Azkaban.
This set is orignally released in 2004, align with the Harry Potter's movie. This was actually one of the movie scene where Buckbeak the griffin is appeared in the movie. The group of students are supposed to be having up close and personal with him. However, Draco decided to disturb our lovely Buckbeak. Enough of this movie synopsis, I am sure fans of Harry Potter will know this better.
The scene is a simple garden, which had a very good mixture of spare parts for your MOCs building. On its own, there is nothing outstanding about this set, except for the griffin. You can buy multiple sets for the griffin alone and for Draco mini-fig. Well, you don't need lots of Draco. But for Castle lovers, black cap are exceptionally useful, at least from my view. Now, I will point out the following why this sets is so great for other reasons.
Note that, this is the only mechanism which you can find in this set. It looks rather simple but quite useful. There are some little things hide in it too.
Greens, Foilage and Brown parts
Needless to say much, it offer 3 foilage, a green plant, 3 brown slopes, 2 ideal bricks and 1x1 brown brick for building a tree. Great for jungle building, forest building and etc. I am sure there are many builders will look out for these.
It comes with a wizard book, owl, 2 printed tiles with a spider and stone prints on it. The far right, seriously I don't find any good use for it. Can any EB members enlighten me on that gray thing on the right?
It comes with a good 10 x 4 green plate. Useful for adding as a platform. Some more grey slopes for your MOCs.
There you have it, Draco encounter with Buckbeak comparing with Deep Forest Ambush
As you may remembered recently, there was an impulse set competition. One of my entries, which is under the History theme. The Deep Forest Ambush was firstly inspired by this set, and made an improvement out of it. Look at the improved tree compared with the orignal.
Playability: 4/10 (Not much to play with, except swooshing around the Griffin)
Design: 5/10 (Too simple and its defintely not related with the movie scene)
Parts: 10/10 (Great for parts, explained by the review. A great deal of green and brown parts)
Price: 9/10 (An inexpensive set based on the 2004 pricing)
Overall: 7/10 (A must have for all Harry Potter fans and collectors whom needs a great use of green and brown parts)
Hope everyone of you enjoyed reading this simple review of mine.
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Let the Potter magic begans!
Edited by WhiteFang, 09 June 2008 - 02:45 PM.