A look at the upcoming Harry Potter GWP set: 40252 Hogwarts Gryffindor Dorms [Review] – The Brick of the Brothers
Any fan of the Harry Potter films can remember the iconic scene where he is introduced to his first chocolate frog. Unfortunately, he jumps out of the train window before he can taste it, but the real focal point is the included collectible card. Suddenly Harry discovers wizarding candy, a hobby, touching portraits and, of course, Professor Dumbledore. (Plus, as we’ll recall later, the existence of an important friend of Dumbledore, Nicolas Flamel.) These collectable cards have now become a “collect them all” feature of recent sets – a smart move by Lego. If you are looking for the maps (2 × 2 tiles) or if you are completing a Hogwarts castle, you may want to consider planning your next LEGO shopping trip between October 25 and November 7, where you can get 40452 Hogwarts Gryffindor Dorms as a free gift with any Harry Potter-themed purchase over US $ 100 | CAN $ 100 | £ 100 in UK.
The LEGO Group has provided The Brothers Brick with a first copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review does not guarantee coverage or positive reviews.
Unpacking Parts and Instructions
The box is the same size as the Amelia Earhart gift for purchase, although her set contains 203 pieces and this one only has 148. While they are the same value, so is the price. to pay for the license I guess… The box also makes it very clear that the collectible tiles inside are chosen at random.
Inside you will find your typical little instruction booklet as well as 3 poly bags and 4 loose items: a 1 × 16 beige brick, a 1 × 14 beige brick with a garage door groove, a beige plaque dark 8 × 16 and a medium nougat 8 × 8 plate.
This set contains 4 of the 16 collectible card tiles available. This is a big deal if you’re a collector, because in comparison only two other sets have that much – 76388 Hogsmeade Village (a $ 80 set) and 76389 Hogwarts Chamber of Secrets (a $ 130 set). They have 4 and 6 tiles respectively. Of course, with the random nature of the tiles, you could technically buy the entire line of Harry Potter sets and not get a full set of 16. Naturally, the tiles had to be sorted from the polybags first, and this particular kit came with Godric Gryffindor, Salazar Slytherin, Seraphina Picquery and Garrick Ollivander.
Because this is Gryffindor’s dormitory, it is only fitting that he accompanies her. It wouldn’t be surprising if it was “random” in every copy of this set, but it probably isn’t. The Slytherin tile is disappointing, because the impression is a bit missed. A few lines look a bit broken or smudged, and the black space behind it hasn’t been completely filled. He also doesn’t look angry or scary enough. On the other hand, Seraphina Picquery (president of the Magical Congress of the United States in Fantastic beasts) and Ollivander the baguette maker both look crispy. Although Seraphina is pictured with fair skin tone, while she is an African American female.
As expected, the larger of the plates lays the foundation for the small dormitory, with columns and a rug in the colors of the Gryffindor house. The sides are almost identical, except for a few decorative bricks in medium nougat.
Next, we build a pair of mirrored sections. The reddish-brown lattice fences make for stunning castle windows. Between the windows in each section is a black modified 2 × 8 plate with a rail. They come out of the room with their rails facing each other.
Between the window sections is a simple beige window panel, topped off at each end with medium profile nougat bricks, just to make it interesting. Everything is maintained with this long 1 × 16 brick and these dark beige tiles.
Now that our room is complete, it’s time for the furniture. With a simple trunk (treasure chest), a letter and a candle, is a pair of four-poster beds. They’re cute, even though they lack the fancy draped awnings. On the one hand, they are really nice little models to be so small. The pearl gold lightsaber grips give them a lot of detail. On the other, there are questions. Was there really no way to add curtains? And how were the colors chosen? Maybe the fact that the handle wasn’t reddish brown was part of it. Plus, pearl gold and red are a bit more interesting than just dark red and brown, like the real ones.
The finished model
Once the furniture is in, the place becomes a little cramped but cozy. Unfortunately, the trunk does not contain anything. But the beds are easily accessible through the arches on the sides.
Speaking of these arcades, I had never really paid attention to the beauty of this mold. Instead of your average bracing element designers gave this one an eloquent whirlwind. It’s a nice detail in a focal point that might otherwise be boring.
Both sides also have 1 × 1 bricks with holes, which when inserted with a pin connect this set with others in the Hogwarts modular line. They aren’t very noticeable so it’s finicky, but it’s weird that these bricks aren’t tan to blend in, as that’s not an uncommon part. (Even appearing in other HP sets this year.)
A dorm is not a house without students hanging things up on the wall. In the movies, boys usually had Quidditch memorabilia on the walls, but in LEGO it’s a perfect environment for chocolate frog trading card tiles. The 8 × 8 plate fits perfectly into the aforementioned rails and has enough room to accommodate the 16 possible tiles.
Because the chest / trunk rests on a jumper plate, it leaves room for the tiles to slide behind it. Nice, although you won’t be able to view / display them that way very well. At least the wall behind isn’t entirely empty or uninteresting in case you’d rather not display it that way.
It’s always nice to have a few more good figs in your collection, even if these aren’t too exciting. From head to toe, all of their pieces have been in more than one other set. But then again, having more decent figs, even if only for parts, is a win.
We’ll start by taking a look at Harry. He wears a dark red flannel with a blue-gray undershirt. At the bottom, it has short dark gray legs. Her tousled black hair hides the back of a double-sided head. On the one hand, Harry is smiling, while on the other, he looks shocked. He also wears his usual dark brown wand.
Ron wears a dark beige crumpled sweater with pinstripes or ribbing and a red shirt underneath. In addition, he has dark brown paws. And like Harry, his face is double-sided. One smirks while the other looks terrified. He also has the trademark Weasley freckles on his cheeks. Ron’s hair is interesting to note as the mold line is really evident in this print. You can easily see and feel it in the form of a crown or halo ridge.
Conclusions and Recommendations
So you wonder if you should shell out a hundred dollars to get this gift. Well, the holidays are fast approaching. If you were already planning on making a Harry Potter-themed purchase soon (maybe 76391 Hogwarts Icons Collectors’ Edition or another that you might have missed from the Harry Potter Summer Wave), it would definitely be worth it. get your money’s worth. . In particular, if you want to collect all of the trade tiles, it gets you closer to the end of the set.
Lego harry potter 40252 Hogwarts Gryffindor Dorms includes 148 pieces and 2 minifigs. Although the website suggests the value is $ 29.99 USD, it will not be offered for individual sale. Instead, this Gift With Purchase (GWP) will come with a qualifying Harry Potter-themed purchase from 100 USD | CAN $ 100 | £ 100 in UK or more. It will be available between October 25 and November 7.