The Wizarding World created by J. K. Rowling is inhabited by a vast range of popular characters but there is insufficient room for them all in the brand new Harry Potter LEGO sets. Fortunately, several of those absent characters are found in the latest Collectable Minifigures series, 71022 Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts.
Collectable Minifigures are always extremely popular but this series received an exceptional response when it was revealed a couple of weeks ago, due perhaps in part to the fantastic range of different characters included. We have therefore decided to divide this review into three separate parts, the first of which is focused upon pupils from Hogwarts such as Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom and Dean Thomas.
Each box contains a total of 60 minifigures which are distributed as follows:
- 3 - Harry Potter (Hogwarts Uniform)
- 3 - Hermione Granger
- 3 - Ron Weasley
- 3 - Draco Malfoy
- 2 - Luna Lovegood
- 3 - Neville Longbottom
- 3 - Cho Chang
- 3 - Dean Thomas
- 3 - Lord Voldemort
- 3 - Dobby
- 2 - Sybill Trelawney
- 3 - Cedric Diggory
- 3 - Filius Flitwick
- 3 - Alastor Moody
- 2 - Harry Potter (Invisibility Cloak)
- 3 - Albus Dumbledore
- 3 - Newt Scamander
- 3 - Tina Goldstein
- 3 - Jacob Kowalski
- 3 - Queenie Goldstein
- 2 - Credence Barebone
- 1 - Percival Graves
Harry Potter appears in almost every Wizarding World set, as one might expect of the series' protagonist. This variant is unique, sporting a Hogwarts robe as well as smoother hair and longer legs than its counterpart from first year. Medium-sized legs are a new feature of this Collectable Minifigures series, offering the same articulation as standard legs but reflecting the character's relative youth. You can find out more about them here.
The black robe is fairly simple but includes an attractive dark red lining around the lapels as well as the Gryffindor emblem. Harry also wears a striped Gryffindor tie and a dark bluish grey jumper underneath, both of which match the younger version of the character that appears in many of the new sets. This swept hair piece was previously used in 71247 Harry Potter Team Pack from LEGO Dimensions and looks great so I am pleased to see it return.
Hedwig accompanies Harry and remains unchanged from the 2010 Harry Potter theme. I like the layered feathers and her piercing yellow eyes look brilliant. Moreover, Harry is equipped with a dark brown wand which is packaged on a sprue beside a spare. This is very useful as the wands are made from a soft plastic so are sometimes damaged when they are fitted into a minifigure's hand.
A matching Gryffindor robe is worn by Hermione Granger as well and she, like Harry, features a different hair piece to the minifigure found in some of the new sets. This element was created in 2010 but has not appeared in reddish brown before and it looks reasonably faithful to Hermione's hairstyle from Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban. Her head is exclusive too and is decorated with a wry smile.
Hermione's robes are fastened at the front so show more of their dark red lining than Harry's, running across the torso and onto the legs. This provides a welcome splash of colour and I like how the robes are worn in different ways by each pupil, thereby avoiding excessive repetition. A new dark tan wand completes the figure.
Crookshanks was introduced in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban and is a half-Kneazle so his hair is particularly long and bushy. Unfortunately, he is represented by a standard cat on this occasion which does not match the source material, although I like the medium dark flesh hair colour and the printed streaks between its eyes look excellent.
Ron Weasley is also based upon Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, as demonstrated by his scruffy hair style and Gryffindor tie which look perfect when compared with the movie. This hair piece was originally designed for Han Solo but is ideal for Ron and I think it looks even better in dark orange than it does in reddish brown, perhaps because the textured detail is more visible against a brighter colour.
However, the printing on Ron's head looks slightly awkward in my view, as though the mouth and the eyes have been placed too far apart. Furthermore, alternative expressions for each of the three main characters would have been welcome as having only one face provides limited display options. Ron's untidy robe looks brilliant though and feels entirely appropriate given his personality.
A moulded rat was created for the original Harry Potter theme in 2001 and has been in continued use for the last seventeen years, until now. The new element is far more detailed than its predecessor and represents Scabbers very effectively, featuring two beady eyes and a tuft of pale hair on top of its head. Scabbers also appears in 75954 Hogwarts Great Hall and 75955 Hogwarts Express but those versions lack the printed hair.
75956 Quidditch Match includes two members of the Slytherin Quidditch team and they are joined here by Draco Malfoy who wears the same Quidditch attire as his teammates. These robes look marvellous in dark green and feature the Slytherin crest as well as a soft fabric cape. Draco's short legs suggest that this figure is based upon his first appearance as a member of the Quidditch team in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
Removing the cape reveals a folded hood on the back of the torso, again matching the other members of Slytherin's Quidditch team. Draco's head is only decorated on one side but his sneering expression conveys a great deal about the pupil's unpleasant personality and the slicked blonde hair piece looks fantastic too, matching Draco's hair style from the first two movies.
Draco carries a dark brown wand and a dark green broomstick which is new in this colour and is only available here. I wonder whether LEGO might have designed a new broomstick piece with a more accurate shape, although the existing element looks alright. The Golden Snitch, on the other hand, is a brand new component and features tremendous moulded detail as well as a grip for minifigures to hold.
This version of Luna Lovegood is based upon her appearance in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, wearing a pink jacket and a colourful skirt which is decorated with hearts, birds and horses. Fabric components do not always appeal to me but I think this one looks superb and Luna's medium-sized blue legs are a suitable colour in relation to the source material. However, her torso lacks back printing which is disappointing.
Furthermore, it might have been nice to see a wistful smiling expression on Luna's face as the current design looks fairly bland, although I like the detailed Spectrespecs on the reverse. The new hair piece is excellent too, featuring some realistic texture and accommodating a nice purple satchel which is worn over the minifigure's shoulder. This hair component is ideal for Luna Lovegood but may be difficult to use elsewhere.
As usual, Luna carries an issue of The Quibbler which is represented by a printed 2x3 tile. I love how the design from the film has been adapted for the LEGO Harry Potter universe as the human face from the original magazine has been replaced with a bearded minifigure head! A reddish brown wand is also included.
Neville Longbottom is dressed for a Herbology class in second year, sporting a tan jacket and a pair of dark tan ear defenders over his tousled hair. It therefore seems odd that this figure features medium-length legs rather than short ones as most of the new Harry Potter sets use short legs for characters in first and second year. Fortunately, this can be rectified with ease as short black legs are fairly common.
This torso is quite generic so could be used by any Gryffindor pupil and the jacket includes some lovely creasing on the front and back. Neville appears nervous on one side of his head and his eyes are closed on the other, responding to the Mandrake's scream. Hopefully a more versatile version of Neville, wearing his usual Hogwarts uniform, will appear in a future set.
The Mandrake consists of two brand new parts, one of which depicts the medium dark flesh root while the other forms three bright green leaves. There are two points for the minifigures to hold and the root is beautifully detailed. It slots into the pot, which is represented by a dark orange cauldron, very neatly and I expect this accessory will prove to be extremely popular.
Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw pupils have been omitted from past waves of Harry Potter sets, much to the disappointment of many LEGO fans. Thankfully, the new series features Susan Bones from Hufflepuff and Cho Chang from Ravenclaw! Cho's black hair is represented by a rubbery component and looks great in relation to the films while her jumper is distinguished from Gryffindor characters by a couple of dark blue and light bluish grey stripes.
Medium dark flesh does not feel like an entirely suitable skin tone for Cho Chang but I like her smiling expression and the fabric skirt works quite nicely, as long as it is properly fitted around her waist. The medium-sized legs underneath are plain black and Cho carries a reddish brown wand which can be held straight or pointed forwards to cast a spell.
Cho twice meets Harry in the Owlery so it seems appropriate that both characters come with an owl. This medium nougat variant is unique, featuring some detailed feathers on its chest and head as well as a large pair of eyes. It would be nice to see a flying owl at some point, perhaps following the design style of the new bald eagle from 60202 People Pack - Outdoor Adventures.
Dean Thomas accompanies Harry, Ron and Hermione throughout their schooling at Hogwarts and later joins them in the Second Wizarding War against Voldemort. He has not appeared in any previous sets and wears a Gryffindor robe along with a dark red and flame yellowish orange striped scarf around his neck, perhaps making reference to his involvement with the house Quidditch team.
This hair piece was introduced in 2015 but has only appeared in dark brown once before, worn by the Roman Gladiator from Series 17 of the Collectable Minifigures. It suits Dean perfectly and I like his broad smiling expression too, although this feels like another situation where a double-sided head would have been preferable.
This figure carries a dark brown wand and a Gryffindor flag, again reflecting Dean's love for Quidditch. Unfortunately, only one side of the flag is printed with the Gryffindor crest, leaving the other side blank which is somewhat disappointing. Nevertheless, I can imagine this will prove useful for furnishing the common room, should you wish to expand upon 75953 Hogwarts Whomping Willow.
I have been looking forward to the Wizarding World Collectable Minifigures very much indeed and am thoroughly impressed with these eight characters. Every figure is highly detailed and they come with a brilliant range of accessories, my favourite of which is Neville's brand new Mandrake plant. Moreover, the series provides fairly comprehensive coverage of the books and films, notably including several characters who have not appeared in any previous sets.
You can read the second part of our review here.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.