I am pleased and proud to present to you, my very first 2010 Harry Potter review. I wasn't a big Harry Potter fan in the past and the 4750 Draco's Encounter with Buckbeak was my only review and one of the few sets I own. Right now, TLG is giving me a chance to own the brand new Harry Potter sets and this happens to be one of my very first train building experience. Yes you are not hearing me wrong. I had never built a train before and most of my other train sets are still in mint condition.
I simply could not resist the beauty of the Hogwarts Express when I was holding it in my arms last night and I have decided to break the seal and continue with the built. TheBrickster, do you feel happy for me? I am sure you waited a long while for me to get myself started with trains and I now enjoys this experience very much. By the way, do pardon my poor knowledge of Harry Potter and Trains as I just got myself involved in these new areas very recently and of course, largely because I was heavily influenced by Sandy's outstanding mafia game, known as the Hogwarts Mafia. Let's get this review started.
Name: 4841 Hogwarts Express
Theme: LEGO System / Harry Potter
Minifigs: 5 minifigures
Price: USD $79.99, GBP 79.99, SGD $165.90
Resources: Brickset, BrickLink
An original box image of the 4841 Hogwarts Express
Back view of the original box image of 4841 Hogwarts Express
Are these new Harry Potter minifigures worth to get? Read on to find out more
Let's board the Hogwarts Express
The 4841 Hogwarts Express is the 4th edition since the start of Harry Potter in 2001. I don't owns any of the past editions before but it appears the front of the train engine seems pretty similar from the previous editions. In 2001, the 4708 was the first edition, until in 2004 where TLG has released 4758 and a motorised 10132 which is very similar with the earlier 4708. The main differences lie with the amount of minifigures and its supporting surrounding elements.
Coincidentally, the 4841 is now known to have the highest amount of minifigures made available without a train platform or station but now includes a flying car. To me, I think this is a very good promising start.
The Hogwarts Express is the name of the train that brings Hogwarts Students in London to Hogwarts Castle. The train stops at London, King's Cross Station Platform 9¾ and made its way to Hogsmeade Station. In this set, the trains comes with a train engine, cargo wagon, passenger car and a flying car that will provide a positive magical building experience.
6 numbered polybags with train base and parts
Hogwarts Express Sticker Sheet
I never really fond of using stickers as it will show signs of peeling over the course of time. This sticker sheet encompass the decals of the Hogwarts Railways pointing their destination to Hogwarts Castle. At the right side of the sticker sheet, you will notice 3 cases that store the magical brooms and one of them seems very dear. Then, you will have the engine measurements and the trolley cart featuring Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans. This is a much clearer image obtained from BrickLink.
The main cast
In this set, we will be seeing the exclusive brand new Harry Potter minifigures. Introducing from left to right, we have Luna Lovegood, Ginny Weasley, Harry Potter, Ron Weasley and Draco Malfoy. All of these characters' names are adapted from the author, J K Rowling.
Apart from the main cast, I felt this set needs an additional person and it could definitely be a train staff. He/She can be a train conductor or train engineer. Apparently, there is no one else onboard to keep law and order or to pilot this train to Hogwarts. Oh well, previous editions don't have such minifigures and it appears TLG is focusing more on creating individualistic Harry Potter characters which isn't a bad thing, but to me this is quite a minor flaw.
However, all of these minifigures inside this set are exclusively unique and could not be found in any other sets. That is very incredible.
Back printings of all minifigures
All of these minifigures come with detailed back printings. It's extremely uncommon to see a set with such good amount of minifigures to have back printings. Oh, don't mind the creepy looking dual expression of the minifigures. I did it out of convenience.
The lovely ladies
I really adore both of these beautiful ladies. Their expression are priceless and for myself I liked the Luna character very much, especially with her pink and blue starry skirt. Oh, in case you are wondering what is her original expression, she is actually wearing a glasses that comes with the Quibbler edition. Do note that the current Quibbler edition does not come with those glasses. She appears in the movie for the first time inside the Half-Blood Prince. Thanks Clone O'Patra for this small little tibit. By the way, I can't ascertain for sure if that hairpiece actually came from the Series 1 Cheerleader production line.
Ginny in her Gryffindor uniform is nicely designed as compared to the previous edition. Her new hairpiece acts alot of punch into her character personality, making her looks like one. Of course, her current expression above looks quite taunting and telling others not to mess with her. I wonder why I don't have a shy expression of her when she is beside Harry.
Luna bonus image
The suave gentlemen
Among the 3 gentlemen, oh well, I won't consider Draco as one, so it should be 2. Harry is wearing in his typical dark blue jacket, whereas Ron is wearing the nice looking red tartan vest. Personally, I really like Ron's torso very much. I can't help but to wonder if this hairpiece has appeared for the 4th time in a different colour. Then again, I am welcoming this new colour as this male hairpiece is one of my favourite. As for Draco, he is still wearing his crafty Slytherin uniform and his new hairpiece is very charming indeed.
Building of Packet 1
I must admit that the best exciting part of building this entire set could lies in the first packet. First of all, all of the minifigures are placed in this packet, while other highly sought elements such as the new printed owls, invisibility cloak, printed newspaper tiles, etc. Let's move on to cover this packet in greater detail.
I love these 2x2 printed tiles
It's just so amazing to see both highly detailed tiles where it featured the Daily Prophet on the Mass Breakout from Azkaban, while the Quibbler is talking about Harry Potter. I will love to have more of these and use it for a newspaper stand. While, the other 2 magic star wands are some useful additions, especially the uncommon pink Belville star wand.
The new printed Harry Potter owls
The 3 owls with beautiful prints simply takes my breath away. Unlike the dull plain single looking colour, seeing these new owls made me felt very refreshing. I have some nice ideas for these owls. By the way, do you know which owls belongs to who? No prizes for guessing it right.
The trolley cart
The trolley cart sells many popular confection such as the Bertie Bott's Every Flavour Beans and Chocolate Frog where each random packet contains a collectable trading card. Don't you find this concept pretty familiar?
What can the invisibility cloak do?
The invisibility cloak is a magical garment which grants the user to become invisible. Harry Potter was seen sneaking up on Draco Malfoy by using the invisibility cloak in the Hogwarts Express during the fifth year in the
Will he succeed?
The complete section of Packet 1
Building of Packet 2
Having those numbered packets really helps alot in saving my time to sort and knowing what I am supposed to build. For this packet, I will be touching on the enchanted Mr. Weasley's Flying Car, otherwise known as the light blue 105E Ford Anglia. This car was enchanted by Arthur Weasley to make it possible for the car to fly and turning invisible.
This 6-studs unconventional vehicle design mainly made of light blue and grey parts. Even the uncommon windscreen is very much suitable for a 6-studs wide design.
Completed model with remaining spare parts
Mr. Weasley Flying Car
The overall design is very much pleasing with the exception of the wheels and the mudguard. I find the space to be a little much wider than what I expected. Take a look at this first edition of the Flying Car from the 4728 Escape from Privet Drive review done by Inconspicuous. The earlier car does not have such wide gaps or tall built, unlike this version. However, I do like the front of this current design but personally, I felt the first edition was better.
This is the boot cover where the baggage and owls are placed in there. Do note that the boot cover is quite loose if you mishandled it. It tends to drop off easily.
Harry and Ron are ready and set
Off they fly!
Building of Packet 3
Now, we have finally gone to the start of building the red train engine. In packet 3, the parts are meant for building the base and half of the train engine exterior.
Completed section with remaining spare parts
Building of Packet 4
Continuing from Packet 3, Packet 4 is required to finish up the rest of the train engine. Among the parts in the pile, the notable iconic 5972 Hogwarts Express logo is actually a printed radar dish. This is a very nice decorating element.
Completed section with remaining spare parts
Once everything is put together, you are able to see the entire train engine without stickers, of course, in its symbolic black and red theme. At this point, I asked myself a question and I am not experienced enough to answer it on my own.
Train Experts, is it possible for us to use PF (Power Functons) to modify and enhance the capability by introducing such features to enable it to move like other LEGO powered locomotives. I had not tried doing so, but I hope it's possible, because this is such a nice steam locomotive which I could easily introduced it to my Town Passenger Rail Lines one day.
Another thing which I noticed was the usage of magnets to hold the carriages together with the support of the front and back of its train buffers. I can't help it but wondered if the magnets could possibly de-magnetise over the course of time, and if that's the case, is there any solution to resolve it? I am really thinking out of the box, hoping to learn a thing or two about this new feature which was introduced in very recent trains like the Emerald Night. At the same time, I hope I can make a right assumption that this train can be supported onto flexi railway tracks.
Side view of the Train Engine
Front view of the Train Engine
This is the fuel that runs the train
Although the train does not requires any steam technology to fuel the train, but I suppose it still needs the driver to shove coal into the boiler to keep it running, or at least to convince others that this is a steam locomotive.
Push the tray inside
Bottom view of the Train Engine
Top view of the Train Engine
Building of Packet 5
Packet 5 contains such a small content. Can you guess what it is? It's actually the Cargo Wagon.
Completed section with remaining spare parts
By including the train wheels together, you will form a complete Cargo Wagon and what does this wagon supposes to store? It keeps the passengers' baggages and their prized magical broomsticks inside Packet 1. It is a simple and effective design and judging from the image below, it appears the conductor will just dump everything in there.
Side view of the Cargo Wagon
Front view of the Cargo Wagon
Opens the top and you can placed your baggage and cargo in there
Bottom view of the Cargo Wagon
Building of Packet 6
Now, we are up to the very last packet and it's very much anticipating for train builders. Many train builders yearn for a passenger car and normally passenger cars come in limited quantity on a per set basis. So, in this case, I am very much suspect or felt that online traders or merchants could like take this single packet 6 out of the set and sell it as a separate. To the buyers, do note that a single packet 6 will allows you to construct an additional passenger car that can be added to your Hogwarts Express.
This red enclosed passenger car is just splendid. It comes with furnished interior and seating. You could simply removes the black rooftop and place your minifigures inside. I am really very tempted to get an additional passenger car. It could make the whole Hogwarts Express looks much complete than before.
Lift the top roof
You can place 4 minifigures inside this Passenger Car and allowing them to enjoy some sweet desserts.
Close up view of the Passenger Car
Luna is sitting comfortably enjoying her ice cream
The entire Hogwarts Express
Wait for us!
This is one of the most enjoyable Harry Potter train sets ever!
To conclude, this is the most amazing and enjoyable Harry Potter train building experience ever. I am really feeling very excited with the minifigures. By far, those minifigures are really amazingly detailed and you will have to hold onto your hands to feel it. Furthermore, with some of the printed elements, it made the deal even sweeter.
Perhaps for those Harry Potter collectors who own the earlier train editions could find this repetitive, but trust me the overall appeal and experience is definitely very different in terms of value added experience and factors. I wished this set could be supported by power functions though. Nevertheless, I highly recommend all collectors who enjoys a Harry Potter magical experience to grab this into your collection before its discontinued and lives to regret. I am even considering to buy a second set to keep.
Playability: 9/10 (Very enjoyable to play but it will be even better if it includes Power Functions.)
Design: 10/10 (For my very first time to build a train, I love this design very much plus those amazing detailed minifigures.)
Price: 8.5/10 (Reasonably priced but it could be better if its slightly lowered in my country.)
Overall: 9.2/10 (Highly recommended to get this entire series or at least to get your favourite minifigure.)
I gave it a "5" based on my Review Score Card. What about yours?
I hope every one of you enjoyed reading this simple review of mine. Comments and Criticisms are strongly welcomed.
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