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  1. AnnaBuildsLego

    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    Wow! Really impressed with the suitcase set! I wasn't expecting to like it so much, but it looks absolutely fantastic. The designers on this HP/Fantastic Beasts wave have done a killer job across the board.
  2. AnnaBuildsLego

    What did you buy today?

    Managed to find Speed Force Freeze Pursuit for 20 euro on clearance at Tesco. There was no way I was going to buy that set at full price just for Reverse Flash, so this was a really welcome surprise.
  3. AnnaBuildsLego

    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    The FB minifigs look fantastic! Very pleased to see them, it's making me way more curious about the Suitcase set. I'm not a fan of the brick-built Fawkes and Basilisk in the Great Hall set (although they don't bother me much because they're only side builds) but it'll be interesting to see what the brick-built creatures in the Suitcase look like. I think that the Erumpent will likely be built similarly to the rhino in the Black Panther set Rhino Face Off at the Mine (76099).
  4. AnnaBuildsLego

    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    It looks real to me, and looks really good too. But yeah, would not be surprised to find that this is an unfinished prototype given Nagini's colour and the lack of a printed base. Unique bases seem to be a thing for CMF now so I expect that this series will have it's own special bases, possibly with the Wizarding World symbol or the glasses and scar symbol.
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    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    If there were a HP Advent Calendar we'd probably have heard about it, and it would most likely have been revealed with the other Advent Calendars. They've shown us the Star Wars, Friends and City ones. So there almost certainly is no HP one.
  6. AnnaBuildsLego

    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    Apologies if this has been covered before - but is it possible that Ollivander could be a promotional figure when the wave launches? I know that people were suggesting that his minifigure could be included with an upcoming book (which I do think is pretty likely), but I'm just putting the possibility out there given that we were talking about promos?
  7. AnnaBuildsLego

    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    More likely IMO is that they don't want to show the next CMF series while the current series is still being promoted. They don't want to steal the spotlight from Series 18.
  8. AnnaBuildsLego

    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    I agree. I'm sure it's fairly easy to modify to make it taller, too. I think many people's disappointment comes from what we had expected this set to be. We thought that the set would be mainly the tree with a little side build of Castle - however, it was the other way around. I'm perfectly fine with the portion of the castle being larger, but it's understandable that people would be a bit miffed if they were expecting the main build to be the Willow. There's not much really wrong with the Willow itself in my opinion though; at least, not much that can't be tinkered around with. I think the Willow overall looks vastly improved when the Ford Anglia is placed in the branches - it just makes it look more substantial to me. I'm glad as well that it has the swinging branches feature, I'll be interested to see how that works. I'm looking forward to seeing what the Shop at Home promotions are for August. Hopefully that LEGO Store set.
  9. AnnaBuildsLego

    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    I'm considering picking up the new Hogwarts Express even though I have the old 2001 train; do you guys think that I could mesh the two together, or would it look garish? I'm generally not much good at MOCing or customising, but it'd be nice if I could add an additional carriage onto the train. August 1st, I believe. I'm looking forward to finding out what Gift With Purchase will be offered in August so I can justify this all somehow.
  10. AnnaBuildsLego

    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    I remember one of the designers saying on this thread that they exceeded their budget for these sets and had to take some of the budget from Jurassic World. If that's the case - and I don't doubt it at all, considering the amount of builds, prints and new pieces here - I think a few stickers are completely excusable. I'm just glad that everything looks so good. Man, I hope so! I'm worried that these won't be available in Ireland at all. We don't have any official LEGO stores or Toys R' Us. Here's hoping Smyths, Tesco or Argos get these, but I don't think any Bricktober packs or figure packs have surfaced anywhere here before.
  11. AnnaBuildsLego

    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    HOT DAMN. These sets are beautiful! I wish the Whomping Willow itself was a bit larger, and that the back of the castle was covered more, but overall there isn't much to complain about. Fantastic stuff. LEGO is out to bankrupt us all.
  12. AnnaBuildsLego

    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    I didn't realise that the banner image doesn't just show the Great Hall, but also a bit of the Whomping Willow and presumably the portion of the castle that is included in that set. It all looks utterly delightful and I cannot wait for this!
  13. AnnaBuildsLego

    Harry Potter CMF Guessing Game

    Some of these are pure guesses as I had no idea, haha. Going on the assumption that these are mostly based on Years 1-2 like the sets are, and with a little bit of Azkaban, these are my guesses: Harry Potter. (Philosopher's Stone - blue shirt from Platform 9 and 3/4 scene and first journey on Hogwarts Express). With Hedwig and wand. Ron Weasley. (Philosopher's Stone - Weasley Christmas jumper). With wand and chocolate frog card. Hermione Granger. (Philosopher's Stone - Gryffindor robes). With wand and Crookshanks. Albus Dumbledore (Philosopher's Stone - outfit from opening scene). With wand and baby Harry. Vernon Dursley (Philosopher's Stone - outfit from the letters scene). With Hogwarts letter and owl. Petunia Dursley (Philosopher's Stone). With Dursley family photo. Dudley Dursley (Philosopher's Stone - pyjamas, complete with pig's tail). With Harry's birthday cake from Hagrid. Ollivander (Philosopher's Stone outfit). With wand and wand box. Neville Longbottom (Philosopher's Stone - pyjamas from the scene when he gets petrified). With wand and Trevor. Hannah Abbott/generic student (Philosopher's Stone - Hufflepuff robes). With wand and book. Penelope Clearwater/generic student (Ravenclaw robes). With wand and book. Ginny Weasley (Chamber of Secrets - Gryffindor robes). With wand and Riddle's diary. Gilderoy Lockhart (Chamber of Secrets - light brown robes, cape). With wand and picture of himself. Professor Sprout (Chamber of Secrets outfit with earmuffs). With wand and mandrake in pot. Moaning Myrtle (Chamber of Secrets). With polyjuice potion. Tom Riddle (Chamber of Secrets flashback; black and white ghost). With wand and snake. Filch (Chamber of Secrets outfit). With lamp and Mrs. Norris. Fred Weasley (Weasley sweater). With wand and Marauder's Map. George Weasley (Weasley sweater). With wand and firework. Dementor. With Sirius Black wanted poster. Sirius Black (Prisoner of Azkaban - prisoner outfit). With wand and handcuffs/chain. Sybil Trelawney (Prisoner of Azkaban). With teacup and cup.
  14. AnnaBuildsLego

    2018 City Sets - Rumours and Discussion

    The Hospital is AMAZING. All those figures, a really nice-looking building, such a cute ambulance... My town has never had a hospital, so this was sorely needed. There are definitely places where I would have liked walls that could be on hinges or such and open, but I understand that the designers wanted the interior to be easily accessible for playability (and it's easily modified). Just a really lovely set. Do we know how much it will cost?
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    Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    Considering that the designer was discussing sets, I reckon the PoA influence is absolutely going to be in the Whomping Willow set. It will have the Ford Anglica for the scene in Book 2 where the car crashes, but I will be immensely surprised if it doesn't also come with Lupin or Snape or Sirius in dog form for a bit of PoA flavour. It's one of the most important locations in PoA and considering that LEGO probably won't make a Shrieking Shack again, this set is where you stage your Lupin/Sirius fight. It doesn't sound bizarre to me then that Harry and Ron could be in muggle clothing and have regular legs in this set. The details of the Aragog set sound slightly too good to be true. I would expect an Aragog similar in size to the one from the 2010 Hagrid's Hut, coupled with Harry and Ron (short legged versions in school uniform), and maybe one small tree build with an action feature. If we do get Fang with it though, that'd be amazing. I don't think Peeves being in the D2C Hogwarts is in any way outside of the realm of possibility. It's a massive set generally aimed at hardcore adult collectors; having a few obscure, special minifigs is probably fairly likely.