Seaber

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  1. The maraca piece (also used as a flask in Harry Potter) would work quite well I think.
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    Feels to me like a wired have been crossed somewhere. Why cancel one of the best selling lines when there is a new video game out this year (not for a minute saying there will be sets based on it, but it will keep HP/Hogwarts more in the spotlight than ever), there are so many locations,characters and varients to make without repeating (so no Star Wars Snowspeeders sets every 2 years), there is no big theme to replace the shelf space (IJ will have a few sets and perhaps LotR will get a wave, but not the quantity of HP sets which hang around for years), and the line is constantly praised and has some of the best sets the company has ever made?
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    Thanks for the confirmation 🙂 It would have been a bit funny if it was called Hogwarts:Battle of Hogwarts I guess 😁
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    76414 Expecto Patronum - Really not sure what to make of this. I missed the promobricks video, did they say it was a diorama like set, or only that it might be based on price? I know it's been raised before that is doesn't have 'Hogwarts' in the set name, so may not be a modular castle build, but if it was the set could take place in the Astronomy Classroom (where Harry trains) and Gryffindor Tower with the torn Fat Lady Portrait. With DADA, Divination and Hospital Wing sets are currently on shelves, those two rooms would pretty much complete the Hogwarts rooms from PoA and could be set up similar to last year's Dumbledore's Office, which combined the office and library. 76415 The Battle of Hogwarts - I imagine we'll see plenty of sets based on the BoH in future as there is plenty of action with multiple characters and locations (wooden bridge, viaduct, forbidden forest, boathouse, courtyard, etc) so hopefully people don't get upset if their favourite bit doesn't get included. To be honest there is enough material for a whole wave of BoH sets! My personal preference would include the wooden bridge or boat house. 76416 Quidditch Trunk - I'm looking forward to this. I hope it comes with the 2018-22 style of Quidditch robes which do not require the Cape, although fully expect them to have the new style. If we get 6 minifigs, one for each house, I hope Lee Jordan comes in some form as well as either Hooch or McGonnagall in her cold weather hat. 76417 Gringotts Bank - ahh, the big one for some on here. As long as it is compatible with Da, all is well. I'm sure the below ground features will be detachable so the bank can be displayed either with the street or with the vaults. I would hope some more shops would be included, but would rather keep Knockturn Alley and Leaky Cauldron for another day, and bundle in a few other shops with them so we can complete the street. 76419 The Knight Bus - I'm sure the set will look great, but as for figures I'm not sure the ones from 2019 can be improved too much. It could include Tom or Fudge I suppose. 76421 Dobby the House Elf - not too bothered, apart from I may well be interested in the figure it comes with and any stickers. 
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    Wizarding World 2023 - Rumors & Discussion

    $64.99 | 754 pieces Fred and George's Escape from Hogwarts (Harry, Ron Fred George, Umbridge, Grubbly Plank, in a breakable uilding with exam desks and the big timer) $79.99 | 730 pieces Borgin and Burke's (Malfoy, Narcissa, Mr Borgin, Trio) $64.99 | 599 pieces Chamber of the Winged Keys (Trio, winged keys and small chess area) $xx.xx | 403 pieces The Trio's Tent (Trio, Doe) $89.99 Dumstrang Ship (compact but tall, Krum, Karkaroff, Hermione, Dumbledore) $129.99 Battle of Hogwarts AC based on Grimmauld Place in OotP. We won't get the D2C reveled will we?
  6. Morning all, This is my first ever review, and I picked a tiny set for it! 5003082 is a promotional pirates set, with 24 pieces, one minifigure and a nice instruction booklet with a postcard. I bought this for a fiver on eBay, which seems to be the going rate. It's also available on Bricklink for a similar price. The box is sealed with a sellotape disk, and a tray slides out containing the bricks, instructions and bonus postcard. There is a nice little graphic on the box of Lego Pirates through the ages, which is shown in more detail later on. Unlike most other sets, the bag holding the bricks is glues down rather than vacuum sealed. Underneath the bricks and instructions is the postcard. The theme of this little set seems to be reflecting on the past, and it looks like they have split the theme into 1989-1993, 1994-1997, 2009-2010 and 2015. The skeleton is from the 2015 Pirates Juniors set I believe. The dotted line on the map-like background is a recurring theme in these instructions. Each of the pirates is a sticker, but I'll be keeping them on their backing for now. Finally, on the bottom of the tray is this pirate, again, I believe he is from the 2015 Pirates Junior set. Arrrrr! The instructions have the same cover design as the box, but with an old looking Lego System banner. I don't recall which era this was used in, but I feel it was before my time. There are three steps for the pirate in his barrel, two for the shark and six for the deserted island. The dotted line runs throughout the pages. But hang on, we've reached the end of the instructions, but we aren't even halfway through the booklet yet! More on that later! It wasn't until I got to this image that I realised how bad the lighting was! There are no unique parts here, except for the Pirate's torso. There are no spare pieces in this set, but you get a nice selection of piratey bits. The printed shark is nice, and is making it's Pirate theme debut, although I think it now might be included in the Pirates Junior set. It now has printed eyes and gills. Most other sets it has been included in have been expensive, so it's a nice way to get hold of one cheaply. The barrels and tan parts are always useful for MOCs, and the pirate flag is only available in this set and the aforementioned Juniors one. It's more child-like than the other versions, but has a certain charm. The chrome gold bar and coins make a welcome replacement for the pearl gold ones, and are in their own separate bag. And here is the complete assembly. The palm tree is similar, but smaller in design than the one that appears in 70412 Soldier's Fort, and suffers from the same problem with a grey hook holding it up, when either a tan or brown one would be better, and the palm tree top is in black, rather than either green or brown. Other than that, the set is very neat and useful for expanding 70411 Treasure Island, your pirate army and sea creatures. There are no play features, unless you count spinning the palm tree round and round, but a few good scenarios can be found with so few pieces: Pirate colonising new island Pirate finds treasure on new island Pirate gets drunk on rum after finding treasure on new island Shark attacks Pirate drunk on rum after finding treasure on new island Shark eats Pirate drunk on rum after finding treasure on new island Shark comes back for treasure. Here is the pirate in question. He comes with one of the new style hats and a clear bottle, which as far as I can make out are less common than green or black ones, which is nice. His torso was the main reason that lead me to getting this set though, as I do like variation in my ranks. The belt detailing is fantastic on the front, with a nice skull buckle across the chest. The back has a pouch, a letter and a coin purse. By the looks of it he has been robbed before. And that's the set! However, I promised you the rest of the instruction booklet, so here it is. A rather sweet trip down memory lane, a tribute to the Pirate theme. It's interesting to see the 4+ and Lego Movie sets included! It's lovely the way the dotted line chronologically connects the sets. In conclusion, this little set is great for the minifigure and animal, as well as pirate themed elements. It also has some sort of memorabilia or collectable status with the booklet. The only downside is the poor choice of colour on the hook and the palm tree top. It's hard to say whether it's worth the money as it's a promotional set, but for £5 this is a great little set.
  7. Hi, I'm expecting my first of two VIP Add-On packs to be delivered this morning, I've not seen a great deal of discussion around them, so if this is the wrong place to post this let me know. I'm not sure how many UK VIPs have been selected, but I'd be happy to post reviews and information about the sets when I get them if that's of interest to anyone? First up is the 40512 set - Fun and Funky.
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    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    I hope there is a change in design for the Hogwarts sections, although I have enjoyed both the 2018-20 and 2021-present styles. Hopefully any changes in future can be best of both. 1. A return to exteriors based on how the buildings appear in the films and a return to grey roofs from the 18-20 sets would be preferable, with uniform window piece colours. For example, all window frames reddish brown and window panes black, rather than the mix we've had recently. 2. The interiors have really improved recently, so it would be good to keep getting sets with full interiors, unlike the 2018 Great Hall with its barren rooms in the tower. 3. Since the start being able to connect buildings in multiple places to other modules is great and should be continued, but the modular style of the 2021-present shouldn't be to the detraction of the first point. 4. There are still many parts of Hogwarts that have never had a proper set, like the Owlery, Bell Towers and Boathouse. Even though the Owlery is serperate from the castle, having it as a connectable module would be fine, the same for the Boathouse. Using a more recognisably shaped building like the Bell Towers would have been a good way of doing the 2023 Room of Requirement. Like the 2020 Astronomy Tower had the Viaduct Entrance as the location for Slughorn's Party, the new ROR could have replaced the miscellaneous exterior for something more pleasant. 5. Bridges! There are four very different looking bridges in Hogwarts, all could be constructed as a module between two buildings, allowing the longer Viaduct and Wooden Bridge to be extended with extra sets to the buyer's content. They're also a good way of getting height without using too many pieces. At least two of the bridges get destroyed too, so play features right there.
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    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    It's brilliant that Rita is coming out, an excellent character to include in a book too. Like Percy she's recognisable but not essential to many scenes that scream set potential. There are still four other variants of her, so she could show up again at some point if this theme is as evergreen as many say (and I hope) it is. Won't bother updating the list on here as only put it out a couple of days ago 😁 I also think a third CMS would be great and worthwhile, as well as easy to populate, but there is no indication we will get another at this time. I've never spent more than £4 on the book with figure, just be patient for a bargain is my advice :)
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    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Unnamed yes. They look a like the characters but the list is just about who has definitely been named, so Borgin who was in the same pack has been ticked off I agree to an extent, but we're in a situation where Susan Bones and Hannah Abbot (who do not speak) have two figs each since 2018 and characters like Narcissa and Rita have 0, I think it's a case of fitting characters to the scene rather than building sets around major characters. I take you point, it's a list of unmade characters and not a wishlist. I'd also suggest there are some varients of existing characters more important than some of the new characters in the list. By the way, with the new Gryffindor Quidditch jumper I think that's the TWENTIETH different Gryffindor torso since 2018!
  11. Yes it was, my point was Lego have made expensive sets on themes with far smaller catchments than LOTR.
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    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    When we got Sinistra in 2020 (and Pince the following year) I expanded the list to include absolutely every named character in the films that're from the books. I wasn't making a judgement on if they were much wanted or likely to be produced. For example, if we got a movie only character for example, say, Nigel at any point, I'd add Faye and Bem and Kellah to the list - not that I have much interest in them 😁
  13. I'm afraid I agree with those saying LOTR's pull isn't as great as others on here may think. That's not to say kids don't like it (they do) or it isn't great (it is), but franchises like Star Wars, MCU, Harry Potter, Pokemon, the Simpson, Batman and other Disney stuff seem to be higher up the list of things parents buy for their children, and most of those have Lego themes to go along with them. However, the Muppets got a CMS, Avatar got a range of sets and Queer Eye got a large set, and LOTR would be more popular than those three I think.
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    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Ahh, fair enough, both blond male Hufflepuff after all! The OotP and HBP games were very easy and focused on exploration more than adventures of the first three, but are so expensive now.
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    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Now the full range of figures from the wave is known, time for the list of minifigure we're still missing from Harry Potter: PS: Lee Jordan, Tom the barman, Dedalus Diggle, Doris Crockford, Kings Cross Guard, Prof Vector, Bloody Baron, Fat Friar, Augusta Longbottom (9) COS: Millicent Bukstrode, Mr and Mrs Mason, Ernie Macmillain, Penelope Clearwater (6) POA: Aunt Marge (1) GOF: Roger Davies, Eloise Midgen, Rita Skeeter, Barry Crouch Senior, Prof Karkaroff, Amos Diggory, Frank Bryce (7) OOTP: Mrs Figg, Zacharias Smith, Madame Bones, John Dawlish, Antonin Dolohov, Prof Grubbly-Plank (6) HBP: Narcissa Malfoy, Alecto Carrow, Amycus Carrow, Thofinn Rowle, Romilda Vane, Leanne, Katie Bell, Cormac McLaggan, Marcus Belby (9) DH: Prof Burbage, Bill Weasley, Mundungus Fletcher, Elphius Doge, Scabior, Rufus Scrimgeour, Xenophilius Lovegood, Aunt Muriel, Bathilda Bagshot, Aberforth Dumbledore, Dirk Cresswell (11) In terms of creatures, we still need the Troll in the Dungeons, the Unicorn, Inferi, Giants and Fang. There are some dragons we need too - Norbert and the Ironbelly being the obvious two, I guess you could include the other three dragons from the first task. We've also not yet had Errol, Trevor, or Firenze as named characters, although we've had their species in sets. On the flip side, we've had Griphook but no other Goblins. By my count that's now fewer than 50 characters we need. I suppose some more could be added from the Gryffindor and Slytherin Quidditch teams though.
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    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Unless next year they go for some sort of general Hogwarts banner, like the one that came in the 2021 Chamber of Secrets set, perhaps with a Great Hall interior, it's hard to see the banners getting a second wave. I guess they could do Hogwarts, Beauxbatons and Durmstrang? If not, I wonder if we'll return to Moments style sets, or something new for the winter wave gimmicky sets. Interesting that we get the Quidditch jumpers without the cloth capes in these sets, but the 2018 Quidditch Match and CMS Malfoy figure all got capes when they were not needed
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    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Smith is between Michael Corner and Ginny. He isn't named in the credits, but the actor's appearance and voice is named as Smith in the video game.
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    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Are the Quidditch jumpers new colours? Ravenclaw looks normal blue rather than dark to me for example.
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    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    I'm looking forward the the banner reveals most of all. The other sets we can sort of guess what's included - I am still stoked to see them - but the banner sets are potentially something very cool. So far there has only been one set I've been very underwhelmed by, so it's likely I'll be impressed by the second task etc.
  20. I only meant that Lego have done HP right so I trust they'll do the same with LOTR - the price of Rivendell makes me think they won't skimp if it comes to a full wave. HP also has a lot of single use minifig and accesaory molds, LOTR doesn't have too many in my opinion so more money for prints, dual molding and pieces hopefully.
  21. I think Uruk-Hai Army and the Mirkwood Elves sets from the last lot of sets were near enough battle packs. Both were sold to be massable (extra Helm's Deep/elf fortress walls, army building figs, army building animals, ballista/siege ladders) and so comparable to the Star Wars 501st set in terms of price and content. There are several types of figure packs available now from Lego over various themes, ranging from about £12-£30 which could be served by LOTR. I really hope this goes on to be a full line, but the fact they're starting with a huge set looks promising. I hope they hit the key locations and figures so we don't end up with huge holes like the last waves, but I think Harry Potter has been an indication about how well a revisited franchise can be done, hopefully LOTR and Indy fare the same.
  22. Rivendell is something of a double edged sword here - it does not have a consistent layout in the films so some structures could be dropped if needs be, or it could be set out like the Hogwarts sets, where you connect the various buildings together in whatever orientation you want. Most of the key locations can be seen here. The Council of Elrond is behind the big building on the left and Frodo's room is in a building off the left of the picture. The big building and gatehouse with the covered walkways either side are what I'd say are the most obvious buildingsto include, with the smaller hall on the right, bridges and gazebos being less important but still cool. As for figure possibilities, there are the nine members of the Fellowship, Elrond, Arwen, Gloin, Bilbo and various other Elves Men and Dwarves as well as statues from LOTR alone.
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    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    Has anyone else seen the 50 minute or so Hogwarts Legacy stream tonight? Really whets the appetite, and I felt so much more in the world of HP than even the Hogwarts scenes of the FB films. I doubt we'll get sets for it, but I reckon Lego will set a set or two more when fans get this game. More than from wizards unite anyway
  24. It's a shame that it's not just a new mold for bow without the gimmick - like the relatively new SW Bowcaster, it would have been better if it was just a molded weapon with no playfeature. Still, cool little piece.
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    Wizarding World 2022 - Rumors & Discussion

    I would love to see the Fountain completed one day, but doubt it would be this soon. All that would be required is a recolours of the centaur body and the correct head/hair pieces for the four figures. The centaur looks like it is holding a bow which could be made with existing gold pieces.