MaxHeadroom

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  1. MaxHeadroom

    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Blaise Zabini is one of my favorite minor characters so I’m really glad we’re finally getting a figure of them. Not too sure about the set in general just because it’s presumably in the 2021+ castle format, those have slowly been getting better though. Nice to finally have two whole DH sets. The second task is what it is and I’m sure it will be solid, was only a matter of time until they made it. This is definitely the best winter wave of the reboot but that’s saying very little.
  2. MaxHeadroom

    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Bought Grimmauld place and the Shrieking Shack to get the two GWPs. The Ministry was the set I wanted most but I figured since it's not a retail exclusive it would be showing up elsewhere on sale sooner than the others, along with the carriage which I would also like to get some point. I'm also tempted by the dragon since it's minifigure scale but I'll definitely pass on the castle sets, especially with the price on Dumbledore's office being raised. They're an improvement on last year's castle builds and I think the combined castle looks much better than it did but it's too little too late for me and I really couldn't justify getting into it now. Only one more year of this system until they introduce a new one anyway, hopefully it's exterior based again and they've taken some time to actually plan it using what they've learned from the last two. Pretty happy overall with this wave for what it is. It's given OOTP some much needed representation, finally scratched the surface of DH, and the shack filled one of the few remaining gaps in 1-4. Looking forward to finally building it. Still plenty left on my wishlist though. Along with the obvious Gringotts and dragon I'd like to see (in order of importance), a battle of Hogwarts focused set, the trio's tent, the second task, Borgin and Burke's, and the Durmstrang ship since we have the BB carriage. If we get a couple of those and at least one set is DH focused I'd probably be content with any wave.
  3. MaxHeadroom

    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Are these movies meant for adults? I remember the first one at least was marketed as introducing the Wizarding World brand to a new generation of children. That would explain the lack of LEGO sets based on it but the first two both had a couple of LEGO products each.
  4. MaxHeadroom

    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Hearing that WB won't make any more FB movies if this doesn't do well has massively incentivized me to avoid the new film despite my mild curiosity, and I saw the last two on their opening nights. The original was a clunky mixed bag but there was just enough whimsical creature stuff to make it passable. COG seemed to learn all the wrong lessons though and was a real disaster. I can't imagine the kids who saw it got anything out of it and (based on reviews) I'd guess that is the case for the new film too. This could've been a perfect film series for kids and merchandisers if they just focused on Newt and the titular beasts. I'm still a little bit surprised LEGO got away with releasing absolutely nothing for this movie (not even the brickbuilt Niffler many of us speculated about) but it doesn't seem like WB has any deals for this movie with any merchandisers. I at least haven't seen anything for it anywhere. Based on the negative reception the last two entries have gotten I think these movies are probably doing the brand more harm than good. I'm not sure this theme is really a great example of LEGO not avoiding critical things. DH was avoided for a long time (still only two CMF figures and a brickheads set for part 2) plus they're completely avoiding the new FB movie for the people who care about those.
  5. MaxHeadroom

    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    No Gringgotts, what a relief. There are enough good sets to keep me occupied already without another $470 dropped. I'd rather have it be a $200 set with a dragon anyway without any forgettable shops as padding.
  6. MaxHeadroom

    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Well things are definitely going to get expensive and we haven't even seen the D2C yet (after seeing these I really hope its easy to skip and not Gringotts). After 2020 the things I wanted were the Shrieking Shack, more OOTP sets, and DH1+2 sets. At least two of those are fully crossed off for me. Shrieking shack looks great (if overpriced, I might wait for a sale on that one) and OOTP now has enough stuff that it matches the 2018-2020 sets for movies 1-4, and 6 for me. It's nice that we're getting a start on DH but I would need the tent and the battle of Hogwarts before I'd be content (wouldn't say no to a set for Gringotts or the dragon either). I didn't expect to be interested in the Horntail but since it's minifigure scale and the stand isn't too conspicuous I actually really like it. Those castle sets are shocking IMO. The stand on a completely different level than the 2021 sets (flying lesson notwithstanding) and spring 2022 set. CURVES! Curved walls of castles! Not just ugly curved brown windows awkwardly jutting out of squares, but actual parts of the structure! Plus there's only one awkward "window with roof popping out of flat wall" design to go with the standard single stud wide hole windows and the standard lattice windows (although we get both gold and black lattice windows for some reason). That's without even mentioning the buildings finally having angles (and not in the middle of what's actually meant to be one flat structure like the clock tower was). Why they didn't start out with sets like this is beyond me. The 2001 sets had angles and curves too so they really had no excuse to be so flat and dull. The texturing is also far better on these sets, they aren't remotely as labored and it doesn't feel like the designers are desperately trying to make the boxes interesting by forcing in as many window designs, build techniques, and textured parts as possible. At first I thought they were so much of an improvement that I actually considered actually buying them but giving it more thought I would still hesitate to call them good. As for interiors Dumbledores' office is good and the library is fine if a bit bland and empty, but the rest of the interiors are all mostly empty which really defeats the whole point of this system. It's also great to have angles again but the courtyard is a 90 degree angle and Dumbledores office as a whole seems to be able to do 90-180 at most. That means that if we put these sets together the exteriors will mostly close in on themselves exposing the interiors which is is what eventually convinced me to not buy these. Don't get me wrong, these are a massive step forward but there's still a ways to go. They could perfect this format next year but at that point this system will probably be on its way out. I don't like having most of this post be negative since I really like this wave overall but the good stuff about all the fantastic non-Hogwarts sets have already been discussed here. The one thing I really like that hasn't been said yet is that it's nice to get a bit more forest again which I think was really missing last year. The trees aren't always amazing but I like getting a bit of nature and slowly building a forbidden forest. In general my ranking of all the 2018 revival waves would be 2019> 2020> 2022> 2018> 2020.
  7. MaxHeadroom

    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Are the sets coming out in June even in the US? I wasn't paying attention much after the leaked prototypes last year but I do remember the sets being delayed until July in 2019 and roughly August in 2020. Haven't been this interested in new sets since the DA so I'm really looking forward to seeing them, hopefully it's not the last theme to get revealed in full.
  8. MaxHeadroom

    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    It's not a hard rule anyway since we didn't have one at all last year and the previous year was just a flying car repackage. Vehicle sets were never my favorites but I miss them, along with the HP line in general after last year.
  9. MaxHeadroom

    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Completely forgot that included the carriage. For some reason I thought it was just the thestrals and some trees.
  10. MaxHeadroom

    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Manor and Battle of Hogwarts were both very obvious choices a few years ago when LEGO was getting a bit closer to death scenes but now that we know LEGO is generally avoiding the later films and trying to keep things whimsical both of those sets seem unlikely. The DH Ministry scene is one thing but the Manor is closely tied with Dobby's death (and to a lesser extent Pettigrew's death). Meanwhile the battle of Hogwarts had quite a few deaths. Honestly I think the only reason we're getting the ministry from DH is to avoid the death scene there from OOTP. Durmstrang ship seems like the most likely possibility to me as this wave is without a vehicle set (although so was last year, maybe the bird sculptures have replaced the need for them).
  11. MaxHeadroom

    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    1. Clock Tower/Yule Ball 2. Burrow 3. Astronomy Tower 4. Hagrid's Hut 5. Graveyard Duel 6. Diagon Alley 7. Umbridge encounter 8. Hogwarts Express 9. Great Hall 10. Privet Drive
  12. MaxHeadroom

    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    I keep checking in, writing half an in-depth post, and then giving up halfway through once a month lol. An idea that inspired me to check and post here; have we considered that the D2C could be a slightly expanded rerelease of the 2018 Hogwarts Castle set? Similar to what went down with the Death Star a few years ago where it was briefly discontinued before returning with some slight revisions and a $70ish price increase. Considering that set was the opposite of the current play scale Hogwarts (adult focused, exterior based, visually appealing, tiny interior) I could see LEGO still wanting it or something similar on the market.
  13. MaxHeadroom

    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    If I can't get sets based on DH or castle exteriors (my favorite type of set) this wave is the next best thing. Nice to see OOTP finally get its due and it's nice to get the last major POA thing we were missing. As for the ministry figure situation I don't think any option makes much more sense than the rest. DH would go against the gold statue build and LEGO's previous DH avoidance (although the DH scene is probably more tame than the OOTP battle), but the dementors don't make sense anywhere else. In general I don't think we should read too much into Umbrige being there. I could see them throwing her in just to give kids someone to put in one of the offices and she's a far more visually interesting figure than the OOTP minister of magic who would just blend in with the rest of the figures in dark clothes.
  14. MaxHeadroom

    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Making my now bimonthly visit here and I'm glad to see Dobby's sock still remains. If the ridiculously expensive D2C is Gringotts/DA2 then I hope the summer sets are so blatantly awful I don't have the slightest temptation to purchase them and spend potential DA money. Otherwise I hope that like last year we get one good set this wave. I definitely don't have the excitement and optimism I used to with this line but I still feel like we could still get something worthwhile amongst the brickbuilt creatures and rectangles. This name/description reveal feels a bit like taking a bandage off. I know it'll sting no matter what but I just want it over with.
  15. MaxHeadroom

    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    You've only listed three buildings (the pervious set had four and was $70 less) and only two of those buildings are actually from Diagon Alley. There just aren't enough buildings to justify another $470 set. Another DA set would just be Gringotts, the Leaky Cauldron (although considering LEGO won't even do DH sets for the HP line I'm not sure they would do a bar), and a number of forgettable shops to pad out the set like Scribbulus and the Daily Prophet in the 2020 set. I'd rather see Gringotts get a stand-alone $200 set compatible with the 2020 DA than an entire second street also featuring rejects from the 2020 set and maybe a Leaky Cauldron if we're lucky.