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    Harry Potter 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    For those discussing moderation and the like: back on topic to LEGO now please. Repeat spammers get banned. Rude people get a private chat. Do not reply and instead use the report button when you come across either; it keeps this thread pleasant and helps us MODs take action when necessary. Thank you.
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    Harry Potter 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    I'm afraid Bessabuild won't be able to come to the phone anymore because... they've been banned. Carry on.
  3. LEGO Harry Potter fever is in full swing with a new Minifigure series and massive Exclusive set, so it's time for another Harry Potter Gift with Purchase. But is it a gift you'll treasure, or toss straight in the parts bin? 40412 Hagrid & Buckbeak | 2020 | 270 Pieces FREE Gift with Purchase of Harry Potter sets September 2020 Worth USD $20 | GBP 18 | EUR 19.50 (variable) | CAD 25 | AUS$ 30 according to LEGO.com This set was kindly provided by LEGO but all opinions are my own. __________________________________________ BOX I won't dwell much on the packaging but to say a couple of things. First, the box clearly brands it as part of the Brickheadz line, so if you're a Brickheadz completist you'll need to either spend the money to hit the threshold now or buy this on the secondary market. Second, the box and official images really make Buckbeak's middle plumes look like they're very light bluish gray rather than white, though that colour was only mostly in use from 2004-2006. Just odd that they don't look white. Also not that this matters at all but the side design looks oddly choppy with the white text in such a stark black box pasted over top the lovely brick background. I already tossed out my other Harry Potter boxes from this wave though, so I don't know if that's across the whole line. BUILD & PARTS I gather this goes for all dual-pack Brickheadz but it's really nice to see two separate instruction booklets in a set like this so two people can enjoy building it together. LEGO has gotten very good at splitting things up like this to make it a communal experience. The build technically starts with Hagrid so here are the parts. There's nothing particularly exciting about them, and unlike literally every other Licensed Brickhead this one contains no unique printed parts. I checked. Also of note is that the previous Harry Potter Gift with Purchase, Micro Diagon Alley, did come with an exclusive printed part (repeated 6 times) and a minifigure with two exclusive prints. Hagrid has a McDonalds coloured drum in his middle. Maybe he forayed out into the Muggle world for a Big Mac recently. But it's not Hagrid at all! It's a faceless robot come to kill! There is a bit of nice offset work for the side of his hair/beard, like we've come to expect from hairy Brickheadz. Buckbeak also doesn't contain any parts of great note, but here they are. I haven't included build pictures for Buckbeak because you can really see everything that goes into him from looking at the final model. You build the body, then the head, then put the body on the head. FINISHED BRICKHEADZ Here we are, Hagrid and Buckbeak. To be honest, they look pretty bland. Hagrid's belt buckle stands out as about the only nice detail, but he really needs a printed piece above that to convey his layered shirts. He also has way too much forehead showing for Hagrid, who has really very little skin showing on his face due to his massive shaggy hair and beard. It'd be ludicrous to knock the set for being blocky when it's literally supposed to be blocky, but Buckbeak looks just so square and plain around his head with the plumage abruptly stopping after the front, when in reality Buckbeak has spiky plumes on his whole head. His back legs also look wrong being just grey squares. I know most Brickheadz have plain rectangular feet, but these could have really used something even as simple as being a stack of plates with dark gray on the bottom for the hooves. The use of 2x4 tiles for Hagrid's long coat is nice, but here it's again really glaring how plain Buckbeak's head is. The tail and wings are alright though. Design-wise I did find it odd that LEGO picked a completely different colour scheme for Hagrid than his minifigure form based on nearly the same outfit - possible a different colour coat from different movie scense. I suspect it's because not all of the pieces would have already been available in those colours, and there are obviously no "new" pieces with either colour changes or prints in this set. The side of the box thankfully provides a "real-life" picture of Hagrid & Buckbeak, so I don't even have to source them from the internet. This helps illustrate the primary issue I have with the set: being unrecognisable. Do these models convey the characters? I have to say: not really. The litmus test for any Brickhead is that it has to be recognisable as what it is. When you abstract a character into a form like this, it could be a challenge to keep it recognisable - a critique I've seen leveled at Funko Pops, for example. However, until now, I'd say LEGO has always managed it. I say "until now" because these really only barely look like themselves, especially individually. If you saw Hagrid on his own you might be able to tell it's Hagrid just because of his pink umbrella coupled with a lantern as accessories. Buckbeak on his own looks like an awkward pigeon maybe, but if he's with Hagrid you could figure out what he's supposed to be because it's a big bird-y thing with Hagrid. Hagrid's actual design just looks like a guy with black hair in a coat, not particularly Hagrid-y, especially because his hair doesn't even look all that shaggy and all-encompassing and his torso is completely plain. These need prints like every other Brickhead. Movie Hagrid has big brass buttons and a bright red shirt - both missing. Buckbeak has bright yellow eyes, and a normal retail Brickhead version would surely have that just like the previous ones that have had different eye colours. Ultimately without those appropriate parts, these two feel scraped together from what was already available, and look bland and nearly unrecognisable as a result. All that said, the Buckbeak Funko Pop looks like nightmare fuel. MOD One of Hagrid's most glaring issues is his massive exposed forehead. Here's a simple MOD swapping the 2x4 tan tile for a 1x4 tan tile and 1x4 black plate. I think it's a little better, but his hair still lacks an overall feeling of volume which would need to be conveyed by over-exaggerating its thickness. CONCLUSION & RATINGS This set being a free gift, you might say I've been too harsh on it. I'd counter by saying that LEGO can do awesome free gifts that are much much better. The Micro Diagon Alley GWP from 2018 is case in point. That one felt like a lot of care was put into it to make it a premium gift, with pleasing designs, printed parts and all. Hagrid & Buckbeak feel either like someone had to scrape something together quick from whatever parts were readily available in the warehouse, OR like a draft Brickheadz model already lying around that would've had some extra resources put into it had it been released to normal retail, but as it wasn't, no (necessary) printed parts or colour changes were done. Either way, Hagrid wasn't going to be as good as this MOC (also obviously done from only available parts, since it's a MOC): Parts: 4/10 - Utilitarian and nothing exceptional. Build: 5/10 - Good offset techniques on Hagrid, but otherwise pretty dull even for a Brickhead. Design: 2/10 - Like I've already explained, borderline unrecognisable, and sorely lacking necessary details. The couple of points are for aspects of Hagrid's beard/hair and the overcoat, which is very simple but effective. Total: 3.6/10 - This might be the lowest score I've ever given a set. It's unfortunately really unsuccessful. I opened this review by asking whether you'd want to treasure this gift or throw it to spare parts. Bottom line: spare parts bin it is.
  4. Wooow, incredible! This is the real deal - a complete representation of what it's supposed to be, side builds and items that are fresh and/or relevant enough to not feel like they've cannibalized parts, and a huge range of minifigures including a good number of exclusives. That's the whole package! I can't wait to see all of the finer details.
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    New VIP system

    Ultimately I was able to find a way around by going to the redeeming points section instead of the overall VIP section, and I would've contacted customer service if I couldn't have solved it, but I wanted to voice my experience here just to echo others in how complex and fruitless LEGO had made the whole VIP system. @ShaydDeGrai you've put it quite well, and ultimately the new system has turned me off of shopping directly with LEGO, or at least caring about my VIP card ever again. In fact I only decided to redeem points for a raffle because I was sure I'd never end up using them any other way. Perhaps LEGO knows that it'll never compete with the sales at retailers, so it's diversified the VIP system, but then again it was never such a great deal. IMO the old system was just a nice, simple little "thank you" for shopping with them - an extra good feeling when a trip to a LEGO store was already a good feeling. Now that good feeling has been transformed into a bad feeling with the extra hassle just to redeem some points.
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    New VIP system

    Wow LEGO's website is incredibly broken. Though I live in Australia, I have an old USA account that I used when I lived there which still has a point balance. I log in, region set to USA, go to VIP center, region still USA - click the Phoenix minifigure sweepstakes and it changes my region to Australia and asks if I want to change to my account's home region of USA because I can't access the sweepstakes otherwise When I change my region st that stage, it just shoots me back to the homepage and I'm stuck in a loop.
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    Harry Potter 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    Has anyone seen the CMF box layout posted anywhere (i.e. which characters are in each row)? This has proven to be a useful and fairly accurate guide for the last few series.
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    Harry Potter 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    There's always Bricklink if what's making you consider giving up all Harry Potter sets is just missing out on a couple of figures from the DA. Personally I say buy what you can afford and have space for, and don't worry about the rest! This year I got three of the sets and will buy some of the CMF and that's just fine for me.
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    RUMOR ROUNDUP - August 19, 2020

    RUMOR ROUNDUP - Big Sets & D2Cs Incoming Rumored information about three quite large sets and a number of other Direct to Consumer sets has been circulating on the internet in recent weeks, and we have the discussion topics here on Eurobricks for you to weigh in with your thoughts and hear what other people are thinking! Click the name of each set to join the discussion. Remember that until information has been officially revealed by LEGO, take it with a grain of salt! Licensed Themes: 75978 Diagon Alley - fairly full details are now available. [Source: IG] Action Themes: A new expansion to the Ninjago City line is rumored to be 71741 Ninjago City Gardens, contain 5685 parts, and include (over) 20 minifigures. That's more pieces and minifigures than the original! [Source: promobricks] Town Themes: For the LEGO Creator Winter Village fans, there's the 10275 Elf Clubhouse expected, and it might even contain the first moulded LEGO reindeer! [Source: IG & various] Special Themes: The next LEGO Creator Expert Landmark set might be 10276 Colosseum, and contain a whopping 9000+ pieces. [Source: IG & various] Special Themes: Next in the line of LEGO Creator Expert vehicle sets is rumored to be 10274 Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters. [Source: IG & various] NEWS And in confirmed news, 75294 Bespin Duel, thought to be originally be an event exclusive, will be available directly from LEGO in September with 295 pieces and a price of USD $39.99. Would you want to see more Star Wars display pieces like this publicly available? Discuss in the Star Wars forum. [Source: The Brick Fan] Finally, LEGO has officially revealed 71028 LEGO Minifigures Harry Potter Series 2, and our Global Moderator WhiteFang will be coming out of Minifigure reviewing retirement to bring you one of his thorough and fun reviews. Watch this space!
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    Harry Potter 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    Well that minifigure lineup has certainly assuaged any sadness I might've had about not being able to pick up this set due to price and size. Like others have said, I'm sure the build will be a knockout, but the minifigures sure are dull. Funny when a minifigure from 2002 does a better job for a character than one from 2020, in my opinion. I'm perfectly happy with my 02 Lockharts with fleshie heads - and while the original hairpiece wasn't a perfect match, it was more representative than this! I really wish they'd done Lockhart as a CMF so he could've gotten the treatment he deserves of being highly detailed and probably having a new hairpiece to boot. Waiting to see if he even gets a unique face print in this set - it's hard to tell from the crappy picture EDIT: YEP the set is gorgeous. Minifigures are still dull.
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    Lego Licensed Parts available from Bricks & Pieces

    Because of what now? Nice to see some of the Series 20 parts available. I never went out to get any so maybe this is the way to go.
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    Latest news about Lego animal moulds

    That reindeer is glorious! So glad to see that mould reused for a live animal.
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    Harry Potter 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    Has anyone else noticed that the temporary Lego.com listing has the set as 16+, not the new "adult" 18+? Does that mean it'll come in a pleasant HP-style box and not the all black "for adults" packaging? That would be interesting given the piece-count/size.
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    Harry Potter 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    If the theme continues past next year, when they'll have done one through of the films, I think the chance is higher than 0% but no more than 50%. It wouldn't be a semi complete building like the ones we'll probably get in the DA, but I could see a Leaky Cauldron in the style of this year's Privet Drive happening. Tables etc downstairs, room where Harry stays upstairs, etc. In any case, since it's sealed off from the rest of DA with a brick wall, I can see why LEGO didn't include the Leaky Cauldron just for aesthetic reasons. I reckon this set is going to be one long streetscape.
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    Harry Potter 2020 - Rumors & Discussion

    In a way, not including the two most iconic and/or important parts of Diagon Alley, the Leaky Cauldron and Gringotts, is a nice move for consumers and especially kids. Yes LEGO is a premium expensive item but the fact of the matter is that the huge sets like Diagon Alley will be out of reach for a lot of people. Gringotts and the Leaky Cauldron can both work as standalone sets, which means more people and more kids will be able to access those important, recognisable locations. This big set is going to be like a replica of the studio Diagon Alley. There are a lot of unrecognisable shops, but it's for devoted fans after all.