Random set of the day: Quidditch Practice

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Quidditch Practice

Quidditch Practice

©2002 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 4726 Quidditch Practice, released in 2002. It's one of 17 Harry Potter sets produced that year. It contains 128 pieces and 3 minifigs, and its retail price was US$13/£11.99.

It's owned by 2998 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


 

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16 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

The first random set in a while that I actually own. A brilliant set for its size and price, with all that you need for a simplified quidditch game. If you wanted more you could quite easily (and cheaply) but another copy. Not to mention the chrome gold snitch, which I'd argue to this day is about as exciting as studs ever got.

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By in Australia,

Anyone know the reason why they switched from Lego yellow minifigs, to flesh-coloured minifigs, in the HP line?

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By in Australia,

@Zordboy they changed to flesh-tones for all licensed themes, including Star Wars and HP, around 2004

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By in United States,

Love its secret compartments and its charming treasures.

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By in United States,

@Albus And Spider-Man

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By in Australia,

Cleaned and rebuilt this set a few days ago, neat build but I seem to be missing both Harry and Draco in their Quidditch attire :( I have Madam Hooch without the cape though.

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By in Norway,

There is rumors that we will get a quidditch set this year as well, looking forward to see pictures of them all! This is a good set, but I expect to see some improvements in this years edition ;)

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By in United Kingdom,

I actually got two of this set at the time, as birthday presents from two different people, so I was able to make two complete towers (one for each team). Had so much fun with this at the time.

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By in Netherlands,

A great set, but the 2010 version was better. This set and the brooms shop had a nice golden snitch.

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By in United Kingdom,

I love pre-2004 yellow skinned licensed sets, I get a wonderful nostalgic feeling from them. I wish I had more...
I always found these broomsticks a little awkward; the appearance of holding onto them with one hand as it flies off, poor Harry and co. being dragged along, holding on for their lives. A form of mountable broomstick might be interesting to see. I wonder what the new HP sets will treat us with.
That Snitch is absolutely flawless though. Does it come with those pencilled on wings and trial line? ;)

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By in United States,

I have 2.5 of these sets, 1.5 in a random LEGO bin I got, then 1 from a friend of mine! Great set overall wish I had more of the series :)

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By in United States,

Ah good 'ol HP, looking forward to the new line of sets this year!

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By in United States,

I have this set and the very similar blue/silver toysrus store building event version.

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By in Netherlands,

Sweet set. I still regret not buying any Harry Potter sets. Maybe second time around.

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By in United States,

@Zordboy: The switch to realistic flesh tones for minifigures based on real people or actors was probably due to the issue of how to handle minifigure likenesses of dark-skinned people.
Notably, the first System theme to use realistic skin tones was the LEGO Sports NBA subtheme in 2003, which was also the first theme to have a significant number of black characters.

The official line from LEGO is that the classic yellow minifigure is meant to be racially neutral. But in practice, a yellow minifigure would be a poor likeness of figures like Lando Calrissian or Shaquille O'Neal. And just inserting brown-skinned minifigures into a world of yellow-skinned minifigures, as the first set featuring Lando attempted to do, has the unfortunate side effect of basically retconning all previous yellow minifigures as white or otherwise light-skinned.

The solution of using realistic skin tones only for likenesses of real people and actors and continuing to treat yellow as a neutral tone in other themes is admittedly imperfect. I've heard numerous queries from about why there aren't black-skinned minifigures in themes like City, but never why there aren't white-skinned minifigures in these themes. It's generally taken for granted that a yellow-skinned minifigure is an acceptable substitute for lighter skin tones, but not for darker ones. It's still much easier for a white person like myself to hold up a yellow-skinned minifigure and say "this represents me" than for a black person to do the same.

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By in United States,

I think it was this set that simultaneously introduced me to Harry Potter and LEGO. Still have the parts somewhere in my bins, though the minifigs were all but destroyed in rough play (Harry flew off a lot of shelves...).

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