krimimimi

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    Wizarding World 2024 - Rumors & Discussion

    Now that you mention it, we still need BoH Ron. Any ideas for a set he could appear in?
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    Wizarding World 2024 - Rumors & Discussion

    Iirc, Narcissa was onscreen in the neighbourhood of 8 minutes. Anyone know how many outfits she had?
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    Wizarding World 2024 - Rumors & Discussion

    When I first saw the set, I was inclined to agree with your assessment of the Owl Post, but the more I looked at the source material, the better the rendition sat. It's basically nothing but a (vertical) booth at the shopping centre. An extra story would have better echoed some of the artwork for shops in the books & co., but I can't say I particularly wanted to pay for it either... lol. The shops were either wider or taller and narrower. For me, the narrow shops in those drawings added to the whimsy of the street and emphasised the different operating parameters a magical proprietor might have vis-à-vis a Muggle. Consider it, the customers needn't enter the OP at all, and with the aid of magic to clean the owls' nests, not even the postmaster is required to visit the upper floors. The owls have the place to themselves; I find the notion fun. The one that bothers me more is the Magical Menagerie in the Gringotts set, which is absurd in size and has more obvious inventory that could / should have been included than the OP by far. And unlike the OP, the MM is a shop where the customer would need to browse. Or was Crooks Reducioed? The store undetectably extended? Neither feels satisfactory in explanation. As for Ollivanders and Malkins in the set this summer... I think they're a tough combo for the price, looking at recent rates. If they stick with the canonical designs, which might be the first casualty, I'd say the absolute narrowest the builds can be are 12 and 16 studs, 16 and 16 are more likely (any more and you may as well stick to the 20 stud width of the D2C version), and both have a solid 2 story front. Budgetwise, it has to be easier to swing that width with the sloped roofs in Hogsmeade. As you mentioned, just see the microfootprint (6x6) of the Owl Post that counterbalances w3's size for the price point. You'd save some from reducing a bit of the height of w3, but it was only 14 (or 16, depends how you count the window) studs wide to begin with. How do you claw back more for Ollivander or Malkins? Or any of the other stores, for that matter? (Serious question as to the design. I'd like to hear people's thoughts. Are they more likely to deviate from the material and shrink the window / door count, or add stores we didn't see in the sets that are narrower? Or maybe sell only the occasional storefront? Has that been done outside of a movie set?) The other issue is while I do believe there's a market for a more accessible DA, I also think there's a market for a DA2 D2C, potentially even a DA3, and I think that's going to be difficult for them not to cannibalise that market the more substantial the DA-lite sets become. How do we think they find that balance? Or is it ultimately just a question of offering fewer builds in total and staggering the time of sale? For example, W3, the Leaky, and maybe Ollivanders? Maybe Borgin and Burkes if we're fortunate. (Although that one they could combine with Phalanges, because like OP, we haven't a real interior there, so a show window would do nicely.)
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    Wizarding World 2024 - Rumors & Discussion

    Quidditch is such a favourite with the young fans, that I can't see them making it so inaccessible. If they did something like that, and I agree there's a market for a larger pitch, I could only picture it in conjunction with some other inexpensive set with at least Harry and Malfoy. Then again, they gated the four House uniforms behind the trunk, so I may be completely off base here. I still can't believe we haven't seen an Accessory Pack with the Quidditch uniforms. Portraits - Has anyone identified the new sleeping / reading ginger?
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    Wizarding World 2024 - Rumors & Discussion

    Iirc, @Brick Clicker had said the BrickHeadz set was going to be a set of five, which would fit better with the price as well.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    @BrickMatit, I think some real contributors to the drop in discussion are the reduction in leaks and the fact lego now puts out good quality photos on their site relatively soon after the leaked set pix appear. When we're looking at unidentified parts or small, fuzzy photos, we spend pages upon pages speculating and discussing, only to revise our positions once the real material appears. Just think about how people's opinions changed once the official 2021 pictures appeared. At least half of that discussion disappears with the way they're handling things now, it just sort of deflates. That and no CMF series recently. The real question is probably who the sets are meant for, new fans or old. They can also do it in stages, the GH as one set, and then later any combination of potions classroom / Snape's office / Slytherin / Hufflepuff in (a) separate set(s) to gain the height that will show off the Boathouse to best advantage. Reel the customer in bit by bit. It would work even better if there were some flexibility to which sets were required, for example if you only needed two of those four for that section, but a later bridge set perhaps makes the remaining two more appealing once more. If you tell fans from the outset it will cost them $600-700 (the modular's were already ca. $470; how much "stepping up" can most folks reasonably afford?), they're more likely to balk.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    If they gatekeep the Great Hall behind a $200 dollar buy in, especially from the outset, I think the new castle is going to be a non-starter for a lot of people. One of the things that helped the massive 2021+ modular version was that most of the sets were in the $50 - 80 range (the two outliers were $20 and $150, and iirc, it started out less), which meant people were more likely to stretch for a set they might not have otherwise bought to have a complete castle. By and large, they were manageable steps. Plus CoS is still on the shelves, which would cannibalise potential sales. If it really does belong to the castle, I wonder if they could do something like a Bell Tower, greenhouse & bridge set, though, which would feel more optional, and still be able to fit the 2021+ castle, too, with minimal tweaks.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    Well you mob, I've greatly enjoyed discussing Harry Potter lego with you this year, and I look forward to doing more of the same in 2024. And to get things started, I'll ask, in retrospect, what were your 3 favourite HP sets of 2023 and can you name 3 things you enjoyed about the line (or the direction it took / seems to be taking) this year? I'm going with the second task (Black Lake) as my favourite set. It really shows how far the set design has come over the years. I love that it was so beautifully captured yet affordable, had a small footprint, and filled a real gap in the theme. I also really liked the Battle of Hogwarts and RoR. Reasonably affordable DH sets were so welcome, and I liked the built in versatility, particularly as more and more people seem to be leaving their sets intact. It's good to nudge them into non-static builds. As for the line, I really like that they've continued their Hogsmeade series (third year running; hoping for more), that they seem intent on giving us new characters, and I was so glad that the advent calendar seems to have found its way again, returning both to minifig scale and winter themes. That's a yearly highlight, so it was a real relief seeing it back on path. I hope everyone has a happy new year. 🍀
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    @Seaber, do you have a list of those characters? Is it still based on @Yope's list?
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    Based on the two castle sections slated for release so far (Boathouse and Owlery), I wouldn't be surprised if they went with more previously unreleased locations next. Something like the Bell Towers is ideal. It's a perfect candidate to fit in with the modular system's castle as they faze it out. Maybe another courtyard. And just like we're getting the Hagrid's Hut we didn't have in 2021+, I'd also expect a Quidditch Pitch, maybe in the 2025 winter wave, and more Forbidden Forest sections, all three of which belong to the castle in my mind. Plus we'll need more centaurs, and finally getting a unicorn would be lovely. I think a popular criticism of the 2021+ modular system was "where are the classrooms? it's supposed to be a school, innit?" so I could see them focus on including those in any locations they make. All we had 2021+ in terms of classrooms as castle parts were Lockhart's DADA, a minuscule Astronomy location, and the First Flying Lesson. Divination is a favourite, as is Herbology. It's not Hogwarts without Potions, and it would be nice to get a better Snape. It's hard to believe we've only had two since the reboot (fine, three if you count the Boggart; perversely we've had just as many Slughorns, and he had a fraction of the role), and they're both worse than hp100. Pretty much all other minifigs since the reboot have been improvements, but for some reason not Snape. And of course there are plenty of non-Lockhart DADA rooms. It would be great if the classrooms weren't stuck in sets > 100 EUR; just the occasional classroom you can connect up into the whole would be nice. Personally I'd really like a History of Magic with Binns even if he wasn't in the films, ditto Peeves. There are scenes from the 2010 and previous series that they haven't revisited, where it would be good to go there again. Troll on the Loose, Lupin's Classroom / Boggart cabinet, Narcissa in the Forbidden Forest, Final Challenge, Winged Keys, Dobby's Release / Freeing Dobby, Slytherin, Harry and the Marauder's Map... Equally there are scenes they've never covered like Harry's Patronus lesson with Lupin, the Death Eater's invasion of the school through the Vanishing Cabinet... I think you can make an interesting set with the Patronus lesson with Lupin, I'm wondering if the Legilimency lessons with Snape could be equally engaging. You'd still get the classroom as a location, so you wouldn't have to sacrifice Potions class... And it would be really nice if they didn't feel the need to just stick to the source material and included Hufflepuff. But I honestly think I'm looking forward to seeing how they expand Diagon Alley and Hogsmeade more than Hogwarts itself.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    Fwiw, the sets on are the lego site now, and they confirm Pig, Trevor and Beaky by name in this wave. (Plus Hedwig, Scabbers, Fang and Norbert(a).) We've got pretty good creature representation now.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    Speaking of which, I still can't believe that they never released official alternate builds for the regular Patronus set. We get the wolf that never appears, but no instructions for doe and otter and co. What gives? I'd actually really like a Crooks BrickHeadz at some point, because they do such nice work with weird things. Bellatrix' hair and Nagini remain two of my favourites.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    Great suggestions, @Accio Lego and @Black Falcon. I can't believe I keep forgetting creatures... Scabbers and Crooks come to mind. Snape's doe patronus and Harry's stag. Fawkes and Fang, although we haven't seen Fang or the Doe in a set yet. (Here's hoping they address that next year.) Padfoot and maybe Lupin's werewolf.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    So... Speculation? Speculation! What are your guesses? Five is a weird number. The Marauders and Lily Assorted Weasleys - Ginny, Fred, George, Molly, Arthur; all of them seem more likely than Percy, and Bill and Charlie don't even have minifigs of their own, on the other hand, with all the ginger (and I say this as a redhead), it wouldn't visually pop. Or put the parents in an OotP set and include Ron and Percy with their siblings Order of the Phoenix - we have Tonks, Kingsley, Snape, Moody, Dumbledore and Hagrid, so Lupin and Sirius seem like good options, maybe Mundungus and Mrs. Figg, Molly and Arthur if there isn't a Weasley set, but I think the rest seem less probable Death Eaters - Lucius, Narcissa, a generic Death Eater, Pettigrew... here again, the rest seem less probable as we have Voldemort, Bellatrix, and Nagini already. Maybe the Carrows in this context, they can serve double duty by fleshing out the ranks of the teachers as well DADA instructors - we've got Snape and Moody; Quirrell, Lockhart, Lupin, Umbridge, and maybe DA's Carrow Professors of Hogwarts 2 - we're missing Flitwick and Sprout from the Heads of House; in addition to any of the DADA instructors above, Hooch, Slughorn, Pomfrey, Pince... But Binns, Babbling, Vector, Burbage and Alecto Carrow seem unlikely. Sinistra is more probable both for having a minifig and lego's interest in more diversity. Aside from Cho and Kingsley (and maybe Voldemort), I don't think any of the BrickHeadz in the HP line have been POC. I don't think you can scrape together five recognisable people from the MoM, unless we include Umbridge and Arthur here, and that's still pushing things Nothing else leapt to mind. Any one have any other ideas?
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    @jwhitney, there are two book exclusive Harrys, hp125 and hp133 and there's a book exclusive Tom Riddle hp242.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    @dvw2 there's one on mecabricks, but I don't know if that'll help, because I don't think you can export to Stud.io. On the other hand you can generate a part list there as both CSV and bricklink XML, so that might be sufficient. (It also depends on how many missing pieces there were in the MB database.) Go to the model's inventory tab, and there's link for it. edits: link: https://www.mecabricks.com/en/models/MgaXnJGpjz0 search the page for the "inventory" tab and click on it at the top of the inventory you'll find "Download model inventory: CSV | Bricklink XML" Except you just want the station, so open the model in the editor, delete the folders you don't need (save to be safe), edit the url of your workshop link to replace "workshop" with "models", and you can generate the pared down list by going to the inventory tab and clicking on the format of the model inventory you want to download. (If that's unclear, let me know. I can do it for you, but you'd have to take a look at the model list yourself to see what / how many parts were missing.) Edit again: so I just did that stuff because it was easier than trying to figure out how to explain it more clearly. If you want the files, just DM to lemme know how to get them to you. You'll still have to check the missing pieces list on mecabricks though.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    As am I, although I still think we might see a Hog's Head and perhaps Zonko's or Puddifoot's next summer as part of their growing Hogsmeade village. We've had Hogsmeade builds every year for three years straight now, and there are still some pretty obvious things missing. Also it appears Aberforth might finally be getting his goat (first reappearance in the 25th CMF series), so a set with him would give them another chance to use the mould.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    The wedding as an AC has the problem of not being Xmassy, which we're given to whinging about, particularly as they have plenty of canonical Xmas material to choose from. Ideally, if they really feel they have to stretch things out, I'd like to see them at least alternate the Christmases with other concepts that compliment sets on the shelves at the time, but in a perfect world the focus would be overwhelmingly wintery. I still can't believe they didn't do a Christmas at Grimmauld AC as long as they have the set on the shelves. In fact, it's weird when they skip Christmas, because other themes will forgo any attempt at an actual scene in their ACs in the interests of putting Palpatine or Spider-man in Christmas jumpers, so why do they then forgo Xmas / winter for HP two years running (2021-2022), particularly in light of the abundance of canonical Christmas knitwear? (To be clear, I don't object to something like the 2021 set which provided many items we weren't likely to get in other sets, or sets / scenes which would be too pricey and abstruse for all but the hardcore fans (eg cabin on the island in PS). Harry's birthday cake, for example, although CMFs might be part of the solution here.) But let's say they tighten things up. So this year is Hogsmeade visit from 3rd year, which compliments the Shrieking Shack from 2022 2HY, maybe next summer we see a Hog's Head and Zonko's set (sort of like 2021's Hogsmeade Visit) to go with the 2023 AC, although the inverse order might have been better. Next year they could bump the 2024 HP AC's focus up to the signing up for the DA in OotP and expand the Hogsmeade scene again, but with different characters / ages. I can't help thinking they hurt their sales whenever they repeat the minifigs too heavily; I know that was often an objection to the otherwise excellent Yule Ball AC in 2020. If you keep the location from the set but change the scene you're recreating, you get more mileage, and there should be enough generic winter wear torsos out there to avoid having to make too many new prints. I'm not sure how I feel about the idea of tying the AC in to incredibly expensive D2C sets, though, especially if the AC was mostly third / fourth tier minifigs. That sounds like something for a CMF series or an Accessory Pack you'd only buy one of. (I'm curious how many regular fans can name Doge and Muriel, although Luna's dad made an impression in the video game, so I think there's a good chance to see him eventually. Krum would be another possibility as a well known character, despite the brevity of the exchange.) The only way it works for me is if they create enough of the scene in the AC that you can play it out without the set, but that's a big ask, and I'd probably want to see things like Kingsley's patronus to sweeten the deal, as I'm not going to have the D2C to complete the scene. I imagine that's true for most. Similarly, I don't really like the idea of tying scenes that can be done for far less, like the wedding or the visit to Gringotts, to such expensive sets either. If the 2023 WWW didn't signal we're likely to see an affordable Gringotts at some point in the not so very distant future, I'd be steamed that such a key part of DA is gated behind such a high price tag, especially because half of it is stuff I couldn't even display with DA if I wanted to.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    Then we need Pike as well. https://harrypotter.fandom.com/wiki/Pike 😊
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    Thanks for the minifig lists, @Seaber and @mark1991t. It might be worth considering age ranges of the character, too? Like I'd very much like to see a DHish Seamus; little Firstie Seamus blowing up a bridge doesn't work for me nearly as well. Ditto the PPM version of Crabbe and Goyle. I need them for the DH RoHT. When the minifig we have of the character is too far at one or the other end of the series, then it does feel there's still a gap. Also, if we're counting Bem and Nigel, then iirc Pike was missing from the PoA list. "pointless" - But that's not how they necessarily approach things. Look at the more expensive Ninjago sets, for example. The Ninjago City & Docks were EOL Dec 2019, but City Gardens wasn't released until Feb 2021, and City Markets June 2023. While I agree that knowing that ultimately there's going to be a more coherent display is a selling point - I didn't pull the trigger on N.City because I thought it would look odd by itself on the shelf - on the other hand having too high a price tag attached to a display per unit of time is also off putting. I had to save up for Diagon Alley, doubling the buy in too quickly would probably have kept me from even starting. I'm certain they have plenty of stats available on the sweet point to maximise sales. As for most prominent, the Leaky, Eyelops and Madam Malkins' are more prominent, for me anyway, than Scribulus, say, although I appreciate the Leaky might be rough as it's an ugly and deliberately plain exterior. (Iirc, in the HP lego video game, they had to resort to placing a busker in front for visual interest.) Even Slug & Jiggers or Mulpepper's (you have to have an apothecary), Sugarplum's (for the colours alone, and its form lends itself better to lego than many others on the street), Potage's and Wiseacre's for the storefronts... Even the Menagerie deserves better treatment than it received in Gringotts. And if we include KA, and they should, then Borgin and Burkes is an exceedingly obvious choice, and has even been part of a set before that could really do with updating. Dystyl Phaelanges is also another standout that really pops that I've been quite keen to see a build for (and that's despite never visiting the WWoHP). Honestly, there's so much there they could sell to me over time, and I can't imagine I'm the only one. lego, take my moneys please. As for 2024 1st HY, 1) Forbidden Forest - spot one for potential new animals. (I wish they'd included Fang here, however.) 2) Boat House, 3) Owlery (but only because I was impatient and built my own), 4) Hagrid's, 5) the Ford - a belated thanks @Accio Lego for your defense of the set; you're so right. 6) Hedwig, 7) Sorting Hat.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    @Yaxley, any chance that's Lucius Malfoy in the Hagrid's Hut set and Draco is in the Forbidden Forest set instead? @NostalgicBricks & @Roebuck, thanks for the reassuring words. Excellent point about how the release dates would affect the total sales. @Agent Kallus, for shame! You may have willed that hat into being.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    I was just looking at lego's press release for the results of the first HY 2023 (promobricks, for one, has it), and they usually list five of their top themes, although not ranked. In the past several years, HP has been explicitly mentioned; this year it wasn't. They mentioned City, Friends, Star Wars, Icons, and Technic but no HP... Technically it's conceivable those aren't even the top 5, and it's simply heavily suggested by the presentation material, but... As I'm hoping for the theme to continue for a good long time to come, particularly as I need an affordable Gringotts to hit the shelves, that has me a touch nervous. Kindly commence to tell me why any such concerns are rubbish, and I've failed to read the PR correctly in the least.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    We've moved on to the new set info so quickly, we've barely taken a moment to celebrate the Advent Calendar. Can we just take a moment to acknowledge (the known) only one repeat minifig (and the others aren't just re-using the same body either), one new fig altogether, a return to minifig scale builds, and (the new) not a single nanobuild in sight! Dead chuffed. What a cute set. And it has me hoping we might see a Zonko's and Hog's Head set next summer in a return to Hogsmeade. (Other hope: they've included the new Galleons and Chocolate Frog 1x1 round tiles, even though they aren't in the art.) Question: is the $15 set with 165 pieces in line with some of the SW three fig Accessory Packs? I can't picture them stretching to four figs at that piece count, certainly not after recent price adjustments , but three and a build should be possible, shouldn't it? Forest of Dean (with Doe Patronus), DH Forbidden Forest with Narcissa, bookended by PS Forbidden Forest with firstie Harry, fearful firstie Draco, Firenze and Fang, and a new Troll on the Loose Also waiting for lots and lots of Death Eaters. I think the final duel (same players) is a lot more iconic and more likely to end up in a diorama than that scene, but if the theme sticks around long enough, we're likely to see everything eventually. Wasn't that the english speaking promobricks video person (whose name I've sadly spaced)? I thought she was the one who inadvertently started it as a guess to what one of the summer sets could be, and then unfortunately everyone ran with it as though she'd said it was definitely going to happen.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    @Seaber, PIG! You forgot Pigwidgeon.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    @Accio Lego, fwiw, we have the AC box art - I know it's on brickset - which means we have about half the contents, plus the two additional leaked figs.