MaxHeadroom

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  1. MaxHeadroom

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    They were, but Hedwig was still numbered before the burrow whereas this year the $40 set comes before the $30. It's also odd for there to be two exclusives in support of a wave with only two standard sets. The incredibly high piece counts for everything but the $30 set just makes things even more strange. I hate constantly referencing and analyzing individual comments from forum members (constantly analyzing everything a leaker says felt much less weird last year when our "leaker" wasn't directly involved with the forum) but people who didn't like the June wave probably not liking the August wave just makes this even more strange. What exactly do the June and August waves have in common? None of them had PPP even close to the PPP for the August sets (with the exception of the $29.99 set) so I'm assuming it's not more castle blocks. Is it just that they're from the earlier movies? I really have no idea. With how confusing the information we have is and how we know whatever we some up with likely won't be remotely accurate with how "surprising" the wave supposedly is there isn't much point in speculating about the August wave. It's too open and unpredictable for any speculating to be worthwhile. Until we get any new info we're doomed to just keep repeating the best/worst wave wishlists until we go off topic and get locked. Really makes me miss the Otter/Hare antics of last year.
  2. MaxHeadroom

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    The Mattel micro figure is an exact match for this art down to the angle of the head and crossed arms. I wouldn't be surprised if this art was also given to LEGO as I imagine both were produced and in development at the same time. The original visual dictionary from 2010 also shows a few sculptures in the background of early designs for a few HP characters. As for best/worst case scenarios the worst would be remakes with interesting new figures and minor set updates. If they're going to do remakes they should either be massive updates or rereleases with a few minor changes for the people who missed the originals. I'd rather have a set be a total skip than something I have to deliberate over and have some amount of regret either way. The best case scenario would either be very easy a wave made of incredibly boring and easy skips (Night Bus 2, Hogwarts express with Ford Anglia, ect.) or more anniversary sets. I don't think any of those ideas will make up the entire wave though. I've found the set numbers not increasing with the prices a strange sign since the set numbers were first leaked and it's only gotten more ominous with us being told how surprising it will be. Last year the Burrow and Hedwig didn't fit the numbering of the main wave and for August the $40 and $30 sets don't fit. I guess that means the $70 and $130 sets will be more conventional?
  3. MaxHeadroom

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    The original glow in the dark snape minifigure is evidence of this. It's very similar to other early depictions of him. The Snape figure from Mattel's mini play sets in the early 2000s has a similar white/green/gray shade for his skin and is sculpted in a pose that's an exact match for some early art of the character.
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    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    His second face is actually him sleeping. This print was originally created for the second task set.
  5. MaxHeadroom

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    I seriously doubt buildable figures are something LEGO would even consider for HP. Not only was the concept not entirely successful for Star Wars (although I think that was down to having to produce new characters that most people had little interest in) but the concept had most of is success with helmeted characters which worked well for the style. SW could get away with a few odd looking fleshy figures to compliment the helmeted/robotic ones. Another issue is just looking at figures in general. Star Wars has had a consistently loved and consistently produced action figure line from hasbro since the 1990s, Harry Potter has had the opposite. Figure ranges only covered 2 films at most. The only one to branch out past two films (NECA) barely did and they were complete nightmares of quality control. The LEGO Harry Potter minifigures, even just the 2010-2011 line was undeniably the best collection of Harry Potter figures period from any company before the HP merch resurgence in the late 2010s. Now the best HP figure line is a bit more debatable between LEGO, funko, and those metal things but I still think LEGO may be the winner. They definitely have the best articulation and likenesses at least.
  6. MaxHeadroom

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    The issue with another Hogwarts moment set the the theming of the book. The books are themed around the four houses, there aren't any houses left. The books themselves are the main feature advertised on the front of the box so it is an important part of the set. The only thing I could see is a Hogwarts crest themed book, likely containing yet another Great Hall (every other year of this theme has had 2+ sets with great hall related things if you include Yule Ball related things). Honestly through if LEGO wants to make repetitive Hogwarts walls with interesting interior builds I would prefer the Girls Bathroom format over the book format. They're a fun novelty but most of the time all I see is just a book spine which isn't that exciting, and the opened displays take up a large amount of space and can look a bit messy. I'll take a tan square with an open interior any day.
  7. MaxHeadroom

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    I definitely prefer having a floor, I've always hated sets that don't have enough room for all of the figures. Always a bit annoying to have to move a wall, a chalkboard, 3 figures, 3 patroni, and a dummy every time I want to move the set. Including the floor also makes the build look far more substantial to me. Taking that into account as well as the large sink and bathroom stall, if I was a parent I would definitely buy the bathroom set for my kid over the ROR. It just looks like more stuff. As a collector I also prefer this format for Hogwarts interior focused sets. Being able to stack the sets on top of one another makes them far easier to display and takes up less shelf space.
  8. MaxHeadroom

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    I wish this was the case (it would be a VERY easy skip) but weren't the Harry Potter art sets categorized under both the art line and the standard HP line?
  9. MaxHeadroom

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    Must have if it's a large-scale version of the 1x2 tile from the original Dobby's Release set, complete with grey rectangle. Absolute have if the rectangle is the old grey. Alternatively, I'd buy it if the sock is functional. That way I could have two and wear them out and about! As the person who originally leaked the info that a UCS Dobby's sock set was planned (pretty sure that was me but that was a year ago and my memory isn't the best) I think I need to step in to remind everyone that the UCS Dobby's sock set isn't planned for release until at least 2022, and even then with how they're delaying other important sets I wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't get released next year either. LEGO may even delay it until the very end of the HP line so they can keep us buying these sets for awhile. Really hate to lower everyone's expectations even more after the main august wave but the 2021 D2C will not be a UCS Dobby's Sock.
  10. MaxHeadroom

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    I've always assumed those sets were released as a separate wave because they were meant to be retail exclusives but were upgraded to full releases due to the success of the line. The carriage is very niche and the graveyard is a bit dark for LEGO so I wouldn't be surprised if LEGO weren't initially as confident in those sets as the others. Also something I've never seen mentioned anywhere online is that the Hogwarts Express was originally meant to be a ToysRUs exclusive in the US and that's why it was incredibly hard to find and constantly sold out in the US when it was first released. I wasn't able to track down the set until I found it in a LEGO store where the cashier told me the original plan. Not sure how true it is though.
  11. MaxHeadroom

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    I understand that you're just trying to be positive but I think collectors (and from what I've seen, kids) have a right to be disappointed in these sets. You said these sets matched their leaked descriptions and while that is true they don't match the mostly realistic expectations people have had about them. It's completely valid to expect the staircase tower to be vaguely circular, the same way it's valid to expect the wheels on a LEGO car to be circular. LEGO has had the ability to make circular towers for decades. Similarly it's valid for people to expect the trio included with the forbidden corridor to be wearing the clothes they wore in that scene. LEGO has almost always given us the appropriate variants of characters so there's no reason that should change here. There is no rule that people need to own everything but these are sets people have wanted for years. If LEGO released sets that were complete throwaways like the buildable hedwig or released sets that were completely irredeemable then I don't think people would mind whatever issues they have with the sets as much. Imagination and building whatever you want has its place in LEGO but the sets exist for a reason.
  12. MaxHeadroom

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    Honestly I wouldn't mind the wave if it was true. A $250 microscale anything would be amazing and a very easy skip for me. I'd rather have an easy skip over an uneasy purchase. The quidditch pitch isn't great but at least it wouldn't be too expensive and it's better than a D2C quidditch set like some have suggested. The rest of the wishlist/wave is solid. Under normal circumstances it would be rather weak but knowing what we know... I'm expecting the actual august wave to be far worse.
  13. MaxHeadroom

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    This seems rather unlikely to me. I'd not only recommend taking it with a grain of salt but with an entire salt mine.
  14. MaxHeadroom

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    I have plenty of nostalgia for the 2001 castle and love it, but I hate the new Hogwarts castle/great hall/chamber of secrets set. The staircase tower on the 2021 set is somehow considerably less accurate and looks far worse than the 2001 version. Why is there a rectangle of tan castle under the courtyard and tower? Why the courtyard on the right? Why is the tower a square? Curved panels have existed since 2001 and angles panels have existed since the 80s. It looks more like a 1971 build than a 2001 build. I'd love to know what "botched polyjuice potion" the designer was drinking when they designed the tower. I'll also take the arched gaps of the 2001 set over those ugly brown window squares covering the tower sections of the build any day. I hate being so negative about LEGO, especially LEGO Hogwarts sets. I love the rest of the set for the most part but everything above the rocks on that right section of the build is abysmal. I'm fine with made up castle sections like the forbidden corridor set as long as the sections that are actually from the films look vaguely how they did in the films. This is how it was done in 2001 and I don't understand why it wasn't in 2021.
  15. MaxHeadroom

    Harry Potter 2021 - Rumors & Discussion

    Have you ever seen the modern sets? It would be incredibly difficult to make something structurally stable that would fit under the GH and not be ridiculously expensive. Also how would the dock on the GH work? How would you explain the dark blue plates representing water? The largest issue of course is that the chunks of the 2018-2020 Hogwarts all have specific and unique shapes. Any rock set would need to fit under a specific set which would be a nightmare for casual consumers who don't buy everything. What is a kid supposed to do with the astronomy tower and rocks for the Whomping Willow? While the interchangeability was taken too far on the new sets with the square staircase tower there does need to be interchangeability both horizontally and vertically for sets meant to be placed below other sets to work.