krimimimi

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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    Tonks is a welcome addition, although it's a bit odd they didn't include her in a pack with Lupin. Not that I don't like Kingsley by himself, but I thought it was a weird choice for a standalone when they paired Ron with Dumbles, and most others with someone or another. Hermione is the only one who pops to mind as being sold on her own. Were there others I've forgotten?
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    That's my dream CMF line-up, things I won't get elsewhere or are too expensive to do justice to in a set. Hermione in her red dress. Yes, please. They had some excellent costumes in those films, I'd love to see more of them. Excellent edit, @ZeLuiz08, very nice work. I agree with @Yopeon the dark brown. I'm not completely sold on the new hair piece for Tom, although when you place them side by side like that, I suspect it's more accurate to the source material. (I think some of the reluctance is probably just from being used to the original version of teen Riddle.) I imagine the proper hair might be somewhere between what they used and this new one, though. This feels a bit too... rough? (I think that's the word.) He feels like a character who'd be exceedingly keen to disguise his poor background and unlikely to look too un-taken-care-of. (It's a word if I say so?)
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    Definitely! I added one as well. I think the cloak was fully half the character. 😆 I love that so many of the minifigs have double-sided faces, but some of the expressions... 😐 Snape's is one where I feel they haven't captured him, and I agree Lockhart is another. But with all those beautiful, OTT costumes, Lockhart if CMF material. They can keep doing series of them and put him in everyone and I doubt I'd be disappointed.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    With the exception of Werewolf Lupin (who had to double as Lupin Lupin 😉), which minifigs had capes that shouldn't have? To the best of my knowledge there were no Muggles, goblins, house elves, statues, suits of amour, chess pieces, half giants or trolls with capes - Muggles probably being the most critical of the lot. Capes were were simply plentiful. 😊 I wish they'd give them a revival. 😕
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    Which beard piece are you going to go with?
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    Went and had a look on BL, and you were correct. Spotted three capes in the Star Wars ACs, 2 Darth Vaders and one Darth Maul. Still, that makes me more hopeful for a skirt piece than no cloaks would. Aberforth's socks could be dark red, perhaps, with a strip of flesh visible for the knee. I agree the purple is likely a reflection (and simplification) of his robes.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    There could still be a kilt piece though? The leaked fig needn't be complete. That said, has there ever been an AC minifig with a cloth part?
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    Well I bought enough PPMs that Slytherin now has an army of Firsties of its own, so it's all good. 😉 (Agreed as to the activities in the books. Part of why I think a scenic backdrop would be a step up. I don't understand not age-proofing the content a little more. The Hogwarts / DA display was all ages, why not do more of that? It can't be any more work to create than their 'puzzles' and mazes are.)
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    @karrit It's on page 33-34 of the ameet catalogue: https://www.ameet.eu/lego-books/ameet-lego-books-2023-publishing-program/ It's definitely not going to be as large as the cardboard Hogwarts (that I absolutely cherish) was, but I enjoy their artwork and am curious to see what they come up with. I don't know that we 'need' the parts included (there's also a Hedwig and a very, very tiny chess set), but unless it's ridiculously priced, the bodies will simply join my army of Gryffindors. @Huigberts Builds I wouldn't even mind it as a backdrop really. If they made a number of them, it could be rather cool. I've used the AC boxes for that in the past, but the effect is ruined somewhat by the numbers, and the proportions are sometimes off. A small 'room' could be ideal. Yes, for some reason we know about the Ameet books an absolute age in advance. I think the catalogues are aimed at stores that will sell the products, which is why they need to know what's coming that much earlier, and in the past they've advertised that they put together books & tins to order, pick a fig, add the booklets / content, etc., so you could design your own product for (re)sale which sounded very intriguing.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    Yeah, the DK books are definitely a different category pricewise. They've given us exclusive student Tom Riddle and Prefect Percy Weasley, and this year we should see Rita Skeeter, but those are all exclusives. By contrast Ameet had made a couple of rare minifigs more affordable, which I greatly appreciated, and I'm still hoping we'll see the Ravenclaw Quidditch robes one day, or maybe something else. Who knows, the figs from the deluxe Hogwarts Express or something. Thanks, @Huigberts Builds, I've found those now. They seem to be part of the 2024 lineup, and once again not rare minifigs. I wonder why they changed that, it was such a great draw. There seems to be a new version of pop up book coming this year as well with HHR and a few props (Christmas tree, table present and food). I loved the pop up Hogwarts/ Diagon Alley with Harry and Draco, so I'm looking forward to seeing what they do with this one.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    In past years the Ameet lego HP books have included rare minifigs like Lucius Malfoy and the Hufflepuff Quidditch robes (in the form of a Cedric Diggory minifig), both from the Diagon Alley set. This year it looks like we're getting Harry, Hermione and Ron and McGonagall. Is there anything less common in the pipeline, maybe for the 2HY, that I missed?
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    Malfoy Manor... Two main problems, in addition to the rather grim selection of scenes everyone's pointed out, more fundamentally: what would they even put in the rooms? The designers have said repeatedly that they run into trouble with getting things approved whenever they have to make up content (pity, as they're good at it), and we have basically only two locations in the Manor: room with table and chandelier (where Burbage is noshed, Hermione tortured, and Dobby cursed knifed), and the dungeon cell, also a bit bleak, although we only kill off Scabbers there. Assuming they could get around the details of the scenes, would folks really be happy with something like 75930 the Lockwood Estate with only the two rooms, one per floor? @Alas_Earwax, RoR does the same thing the Graveyard set did, it leaves out the minifig who dies. Of course if we do that for the MM, we'd have quite a spotty collection of figs, although the creation of Miserable Lucius alone might make it worthwhile. 😆 (But seriously, the chandelier play feature probably couldn't include Hermione, Bellatrix or Dobby, which is also rather amusing when you consider it.)
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    Crabbe wears a black Ushanka, flaps down, in the Shrieking Shack scene. Draco a medium grey Free Trapper, low fur cylinder with visor / brim, which I don't think we have a good replacement for in the lego parts collection (a Ushanka with the flaps up would do (no visor), which we haven't got, as might a SW Imperial Officer's cap without the insignia 16497 (too tailored, not cylindrical enough), and the kepi 30135 is even more tailored). Pike has a simple knitted hat (Flume's 90541 is a better fit than the usual knit cap 41334, or maybe even the swimming cap 99241). The Ushanka recolour in the leak is a pretty good hybrid of Draco's and Crabbe's hats. When we eventually get a better part for Draco, I'm adding Crabbe in the Ushanka to the scene. A crisper look is more in keeping with Malfoy anyway. Ron's is tougher, as it's definitely one of those knitted 'helmets' my gran used to make us. It's the cooler version, though, with the hanging tie things as opposed to the chin straps with button you got when you were very young and presumably more likely to lose it. I wondered if the effect could be achieved with a single colour version of the beanie with braids 52686, except the key features are knitted helmet/skullcap and the hanging roped ties... Edit: @BacktoBricks, while I'm a fan of the double sided heads, generally I'd sacrifice one side for the sake of a more accurate outfit. On the other hand, just for this particular scene, I'm not certain which Malfoy expression I'd be willing to give up, haughty or frightened? I'm afraid I need both. 😉
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    Thank you, I didn't think to check the minidoll parts. Pfft.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    I believe Draco's hat is a recolour of the Ushanka Hat https://www.bricklink.com/v2/catalog/catalogitem.page?P=36933pb01&idColor=2#T=C&C=2 I'm not sure we've seen Hermione's combo before, however. Can anyone ID it for me? Aberforth has magnificent eyebrows, I'm enjoying those. @Slytherin Alumni Wasn't there still an unknown set that could be Hogsmeade / the Hog's Head? Edit: Why yes, yes there is: 76422 ???? $89.99 | 834 pieces It's very much in the same range as both the Hogsmeade and Shrieking Shack sets, our two other Hogsmeade sets. That would be very excellent, were that the case.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    Ach, well, technically it is... 😆
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    No I definitely didn't see anything remotely like that. That would be a fig well worth having. What a great outfit. Thanks.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    There's one picture with a 3 by 2 array of visible logos with five minifigs on the six squares. One of them is Rosmerta, she appears to be the same as the version included in the Hogsmeade set. (Hashtag legoleaks, if we're permitted to say that?) I haven't seen the Aberforth fig at all though. (I'm assuming the one that looks a little like it could be him is actually Gandalf.)
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    @Huigberts Builds, cheers. The IG stories don't appear for me. I'm guessing you need to be a registered user. 😕 Which, fair enough. @Bugbot20082 focusing on other films makes more sense anyway as we already have a "Battle of Hogwarts" set this summer and the DH2 RoR this march. (Add also any and all things Hogwarts Quidditch, although I'd far rather see a recolour of the otter piece for the scene with Malfoy the younger.) @Clone OPatra, thanks. Yeah, the names are often misleading, like I don't necessarily expect Slughorn's Party or greenhouses in an AT set, or the Yule Ball in the CT, or this March's RoR is actually the RoHT version, etc. Oh, I've updated the list for the first page to include the Dots sets, polybag and removed the Knight Bus rumour, if you'd care to change it? LEGO Harry Potter Summer 2023 wave: 76414 Expecto Patronum $64.99 | 754 рieces (14+) 76415 The Battle of Hogwarts $84.99 | 730 pieces (9+) 76416 Quidditch Trunk $64.99 | 599 рieces (9+) 76417 D2C Gringotts $429.99 | ???? pieces - presumably autumn release (18+) 76418 Advent Calendar $44.99 | 227 pieces - presumably autumn release 76419 D2C UNKNOWN $ ??? | 2260 pieces (NEW! 04 Feb: Promobricks has debunked their rumour as to a possible Knight Bus set.) 76421 Dobby the (buildable) House Elf with sock and cake $39.99 | 403 pieces (8+) A Gringotts vault is expected as a GWP, no mention of when though Three Brickheadz sets: 40616 Harry & Cho $19.99 | ??? pieces 40617 Draco & Cedric $19.99 | ??? pieces 40618 Kinglsley Shacklebolt $9.99 | ??? pieces The Polybag is expected to contain Ron and be Quidditch related. Three Dots sets related to the Harry Potter theme due out presumably in March: 41808 Hogwarts Accessories Pack $14.99 / 15 EUR | 234 pieces (8+) 41809 Hedwig Pencil Holder 20 EUR / £ 17.99 | 518 pieces (6+) 41811 Hogwarts Desktop Kit 45 EUR | 856 pieces (8+) As yet unknown: 76419 D2C UNKNOWN $ ??? | 2260 pieces 76422 ???? $89.99 | 834 pieces 76423 ???? $129.99 | 1074 pieces
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    @Huigberts Builds, on which platform did promobricks recant their Knight Bus rumour?
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    Neither of those were in the modular (2021+) system, though. @JeanGreyForever, no, not Potions. iirc, the only classroom (excepting the Moments sets) since the 2021 switch to modulars is Lockhart's DADA in CoS. There were two further lesson related things, Sinistra's telescope and star chart (also CoS), and the First Flying Lesson set, but they definitely don't seem to like spending time on the traditional school bench. In fact, with the exception of the Polyjuice set, we haven't even seen any individual boxes to just slot into the modular castle, which is weird, especially as they used to do things like Lupin's classroom and Snape's class as stand-alones. It doesn't always need to be part of a bigger set (CoS, WW), classes lend themselves well to this format, and there's such a variety of DADA rooms / scenes to choose from, too. *shrug* @Rolyat24 keep in mind 2011's BoH set, comprised only of two towers and a bridge, was simply called "Hogwarts", so I'm not sure how much to read into a name. They could give us the Bell Towers we keep demanding, a bridge for Seamus to blow up (the wooden bridge hasn't been done yet...), McGonagall in black robes and a Statue for her to animate, then incorporate the Forbidden Forest scene from 2011 as well with Hagrid, Narcissa, Harry and Voldemort. Maybe add another tree or two for spiders to pour out of, a Dementor and a Death Eater. And if we're really lucky, maybe an ogre we can then stick in an extra PPM set to also recreate the scene from first year. That's nine minifigs and a creature so far. So maybe Ron, as he wasn't in the RoR, and perhaps revisit Death Eater Lucius. I don't know if we'd see Neville again so soon after the 2022 AC, but they could include Nagini. We haven't seen her since 2018. Or alternatively, they could avoid BoH altogether and go with Snape's escape from the school in HBP. Bellatrix cackling! Harry raging! The ruins of Hagrid's Hut in flames in the background... @bRICKbRAT I think I had forgotten to mention that one when you asked.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    @Yope I both agree and disagree. (Mileage, it apparently varies. lol) I've not enjoyed the Sirius overload in the least. 2022: no Ginny, no Hagrid, and the only Draco (although excellent) was in a 500 EUR deluxe, non-system scale set. Although I appreciate them covering a variety of characters as opposed to just re-releasing the core every year (as long as the core are available affordably in other sets or will be again soon), four different versions of the same character in one year certainly is not that desired variety. As for gated figs and repeats... I'm in favour of repeats, even when it devalues (to some extent) things in my collection. It shouldn't just be for investors, and if I'm complaining about gating on the one hand (and I am 😊; see below), for consistency's sake it feels fundamentally wrong to then want to gate parts of a story for the fans who come up behind us. There should be a way for younger (or new) fans to join the rest of us without breaking the bank. Fig-gating part 1, Charlie / Bill: Lucius Malfoy and the Hufflepuff Quidditch robes were gated by the very pricey (but at least minifig scale) DA, but soon after they put them in several very affordable books, which was exceedingly decent of them, so I wouldn't give up hope for Charlie / Bill just yet. (Mind, the Ravenclaw team would like a decidedly snarky word, and rightly so... 😉) Fig-gating part 2. On the other hand, I couldn't agree with you more about gating three of the golden anniversary minifigs behind the Icons set. That felt like a gut punch, especially as their inclusion was announced later and I'd purchased things in order to "complete" the series that I wouldn't have if I'd known three more golden minifigs were coming at a much higher price. The Chess set was still affordable enough to either BL the missing golden minifig or just get the set. Icons was a completely different league and it seemed a deeply cynical move in a year (and with content) that should have been a celebration. If they'd left those three figs out, no one would have cared overmuch, or not more so than they do that there's no golden Draco, but as is, it's an incompletion in a limited run. 😕 Similarly I wasn't pleased at them attaching Percy and the Prefect's uniform to what is increasingly feeling like a pricey, low effort book series, nor can my shelves afford the wasted cm of literal empty space / cardboard filler in the books. (For that travesty alone someone should be mucking out the Blast-Ended Skrewts' enclosure for Hagrid for the foreseeable future. 😉) Hey, on a different note, when you made your lists of screen time / book mentions of the characters not yet in minifig form (since the reboot), did you happen to have the stats on the most popular ones as well? I wouldn't mind collating one if you can provide me with the raw data? I think it might be interesting when we're done listing must-include-figs to see how those minutes and mentions stack up against our rankings. Sheer time alone isn't the same as the measure of the impact of a scene, and I'm curious how that contrasts.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    The suspiciously truncated "twin" was doing the heavy casting in that sentence. 😛 As their own mother couldn't tell them apart, I'm satisfied with either a Forge or Gred. 😉
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    Emphasis mine, and I propose a change. I suspect fatigue sets in from having something permanently available, and that you need breaks in between. So it should be more like five or six sets in rotation, any two or three of which are always on the shelves. I also think giving them a little breathing room from their predecessor would be beneficial to how a set is received. For example my first place answer is definitely Hogwarts Castle. As much as I like love the 2018 Great Hall, the classrooms (primarily Potions, closely followed by various DADA scenes) are what really make up most of the HP world for me, so a Great Hall without any just isn't as appealing. (And otherwise it needs to take up 2 places in this list, Great Hall set accompanied by a classroom set, as we had with the 1st Whomping Willow set.) In that light, as a stand alone, 2021's CoS is a greater success as a set, it just suffered in immediate contrast to the far superior 2018 design. So here again more breathing room would have helped (admittedly as would a more cohesive rest-of-castle design for the CoS). And of course a range of prices would help a lot. Not all of us are minted. 😆 So maybe one set in the $100-150, one around the $70-80 mark, and a third at $40-50. My six sets in rotation, any two or three of which are always on the shelves: - Hogwarts Castle |or| Great Hall - Knight Bus |or| Hogwart's Express (and I don't even like trains all that much) - Hagrid's Hut |or| Potions / DADA Classroom I've stuck with your format of 12 minifigs, ranked: - Harry - Hermione - Ron - Snape - Draco - Dumbledore - McGonagall - Hagrid - Ginny - Neville - Luna - generic Weasley twin
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    Eh, I don't mind these any more than I mind the Friends minidolls for trying to appeal to a different market. Perhaps it's not what I like or want, but the more interest as a whole, the better the chances for longevity of the product / theme, and that increases the likelihood they'll eventually get around to the sets and minifigs I really want. It's only really a problem if you're keen on completing the collection, and frankly I expect companies to capitalise on and not cater to FOMO. I'm not on board that they're necessarily real in-the-works sets, although that doesn't mean they couldn't be used as stand-ins in a survey. (The Burrow's chimney, for one, looks like a never ever.) On the other hand, if you remember the pictures of the Great Hall from the 2018 toy fair, which was maybe half a year out from the set's actual release, there were a number of inaccuracies in what was displayed when compared to the final version at a point in time when I imagine they'd have had to have nailed the design down more. Lego as a medium lends itself exceptionally well to a few quick distortions which may help with combating the knock-off products, or at least I imagine that was part of the reason for it.