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  1. Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    I think what we have is very impressive (though now the suggestion of a skirt for the female students' uniforms sounds like something they ought to have done). The sheer amount of new molds (new hair and new accessories everywhere) and recolors, as well as long-awaited updates to characters (Quirrell, Umbridge, Boggart-Snape) who skipped the second incarnation of the line, and minifigures for characters who have never been seen in the sets before (Susan, Nick, Slughorn, etc.) is pretty impressive. Everything is a step up in my mind.
  2. Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    Okay, so he is there. But I just never really noticed him. He doesn't really do anything other than accompany Harry and Ron, and the Acromantulas far overshadowed the dog.
  3. Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    Was Fang there? I can't recall any important scenes in the films with him, only that he was at the forest detention in the books. I haven't seen the film in ages, but I never noted his presence, so I don't feel his loss if he was there. Anywyay, it's definitely the best Aragog, but it's still at HBP scale. I don't know why he's so much smaller in the later film, but this isn't very imposing for the Chamber of Secrets appearance.
  4. Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    That was referring to the old standard snake being used for Nagini, not the new mold we just saw.
  5. Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    I think the green robes are an interesting second attempt. I wouldn't be surprised if they went with black and green details again like the last prototype/release Voldemort contrast. Finally giving him a robe is great, though, and the face is nice. The molding is shoddy, but I believe it's at least a real prototype.
  6. Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    Unless it's not a minifigure set, it would make a lot of sense for the D2C to be compatible with the other Hogwarts sections. It could be like the Disney Castle or Tower of Orthanc; a huge structure with a lot going on that is still minifigure-oriented and fits in with the other sets. For it to just be a big set covering stuff from the other sets would be a little odd, because even at that price, they wouldn't be able to represent all of those landmarks in one model.
  7. Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    Geez, every hour is like ten more pages on this thread! I'm mixed on the four-pack. While I think it's great, all of them feel better suited for a CMF series. Wouldn't generic Hogwarts figures (students, or even ghosts) be more appropriate for a side release like this. That being said, the figures look nice. Hooch is meh and I'm not totally sold on the Grandma style for Umbridge's hair, but Slughorn is nice to finally see, and Boggart Snape is fantastic. I forgot there was another possible use for the bird/hat combo, but LEGO saw it! On the dead topic of Lucius' hair, it would probably have to be a new piece, like Gandalf/Saruman's hair/beard without the beard. His hair is very straight and most often falls in front of his shoulders, too, so the new Dumbledore's hair would work, but it wouldn't be perfect.
  8. Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    The Hogwarts Express looks great, especially with the station included. I'm not sold on Lupin's hair, but it's much better than before. The Quidditch pitch also looks great, but the Whomping Willow set is a pretty, if non-essential castle add-on that I could pass on. So are the Dementor's hands black or grey? The latter is what we were shown in the leaks, and is more accurate due to the iconic shot of the hand clawing around the door.
  9. Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    Ha, I knew the Dementor would use the new ghost piece! Personally, I like it a lot more. In the first film they were in, at least, their robes were a lot heavier and were actually robes, not like mummy cloth pulled tightly around them, so I don't mind the standard minifigure proportions. The weird skeleton-pogo leg always confused me, too, and I like that we finally get a head that's just a hole in the hood over the face, and not a completely exposed face.
  10. Making Eurobricks More Active

    Huh. This topic gave me a lot to think about. I know I used to be one of the most obnoxious users on here, saying far too much about anything, but now I find I have nothing to say. I've seen good threads go dead and active threads which just have nothing of substance, being wild speculation and wishlisting with no actual opinion or commentary, anything worth reading. I now find myself clicking on threads just to clear my notifications, but not to actually read them. I always liked having discussions about new things coming out, and I remember a higher percentage of thought-out long answers instead of quick comments without much to say, but in the past three years at least, I've seen fewer places for genuine engagement. I don't really know how that would be solved, because moderation does its best, but never have I seen these irrelevant conversations truly improve. There are still things I come for; I love @Robert8's minifigure design thread and discussing designs and writing bios, and whenever a CMF series is out, I'll be there to share my thoughts, but any licensed theme discussion feels like it's full of fluff. I've never been one for general community activity, but I did enjoy having real discussions about sets and fan creations. I see less of that now.
  11. That last picture of the Joker just proves my critique of the clown: the yellow skin clashes with the other colors. If the clown had white makeup like the Joker, it would be one of my favorites in the series...however, it's still worth purchasing for the Clown Prince of Crime himself.
  12. Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    In both of their heydays, Castle and HP happily coexisted, because HP really isn't a Castle theme. The lack of a Castle theme now owes more to the 2013 wave and Nexo Knights than it does to this one emerging. It seems like NK and this will make whatever potential Castle theme coming up more historically-oriented, but I'm not convinced it'll never come back.
  13. Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    I think that was just a pun on the vegetable leek. No way that stem piece could work as a Bowtruckle.
  14. Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    I'm afraid there have been nothing but new messages. We just don't have any new information.
  15. Harry Potter 2018 - Rumors & Discussion

    The Niffler could not be anything else. The eyes are LEGO styled, the colors are distinctly from its palette, there is visible dual-molding, and even the sculpt styling matches their other animal pieces. It's a LEGO mold.