The latest series of Collectable Minifigures includes an impressive total of 22 different characters from across the entire Wizarding World. We have therefore decided to divide our full review into three parts, the second of which features such characters as Albus Dumbledore, 'Mad-Eye' Moody and Lord Voldemort himself!
You can read the first section of our review here or continue reading below for part two...
LEGO has only produced four previous versions of Lord Voldemort in his physical manifestation and this minifigure is far superior to its predecessors. The new skirt piece is used to very good effect here, forming the lower half of the Dark Lord's robes and featuring a few simple creases that continue onto the front of his torso. There is no printing on the back of either element, unfortunately, so he appears rather bland from the rear.
Lord Voldemort's head, on the other hand, looks superb. I love his sunken eyes and elongated nostrils, both of which match the source material exactly. His severe expression also seems appropriate for the villain, although a second head with a cruel smile would have welcome so hopefully that will appear on a different version of the character in a future Harry Potter set. The minifigure carries a distinctive white wand.
Voldemort is accompanied by Nagini, one of his seven Horcruxes and a faithful pet. Her enormous size is certainly reflected in this LEGO rendition which measures over 6cm long and is decorated with a pair of black eyes. The snake does not fit onto studded surfaces so it can be quite difficult to connect with other elements, although part of her tail is the same width as a standard bar which is useful.
Dobby first appeared in 4731 Dobby's Release from 2002 and a similar model was produced in 2010, containing an updated version of the loyal house-elf. The new incarnation features less moulded detail than either earlier minifigure, which is somewhat surprising, but the printing represents a considerable improvement. I am particularly glad to see Dobby with a smile in this instance, replacing his previous miserable expressions.
The figure wears a ragged pillowcase across his chest, both sides of which have become stained with age. A pair of dual-moulded legs depict the lower part of the pillowcase, although the tan plastic is not entirely distinct beside the flesh skin tone of Dobby's feet. Nevertheless, this is definitely my favourite Dobby minifigure to date as I think it more effectively captures his optimistic demeanour than the versions from 2002 and 2010.
House-elves can only be freed from their master's service when given clothing so Dobby comes with a printed sock tile and Tom Riddle's diary. This black book is another of Lord Voldemort's Horcruxes and shows the damage caused when it was penetrated by a Basilisk fang towards the end of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
This series of Collectable Minifigures contains several professors from Hogwarts, including Professor Sybill Trelawney who teaches Divination and has only appeared as a minifigure once before in 4757 Hogwarts Castle. I am delighted to see her return as this figure is far more detailed than past versions, featuring a brand new hair piece with a decorated band which looks absolutely perfect in relation to the source material.
The character wears a pair of round glasses and a sand green dress with dark tan highlights. I like the tassels on the lower half of the dress but was disappointed to find that this figure, like Lord Voldemort, lacks back printing. In addition, Professor Trelawney does not have an alternative expression on the other side of her head which feels like a missed opportunity, especially given her tendency to enter trances!
Trelawney comes with a dark brown wand as well as a new teacup and saucer for viewing tea leaves. I was expecting this to be a single component but the two pieces can actually be separated, revealing an attractive teal pattern on the saucer. The underside of both the cup and saucer includes an anti-stud and the handle is an ideal size for a minifigure to grip, as demonstrated in the image below.
LEGO released several sets based upon Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire in 2005 but one of its most significant characters, Cedric Diggory, was omitted from the subtheme. This minifigure is immediately recognisable, wearing the black and yellow shirt of a Triwizard Champion as well as dark bluish grey trousers with yellow stripes on either side. I like the Hogwarts crest on the front of his shirt while the back is emblazoned with Cedric's surname.
This textured hair piece was designed for the Dog Show Winner in the sixteenth series of Collectable Minifigures but has not previously been moulded in reddish brown. It suits Cedric very well and his confident smile reflects the character's personality. However, the minifigure does not include an alternative expression, like so many others in this series.
Cedric comes with a reddish brown wand and the Triwizard Cup. The latter accessory is represented by a standard light bluish grey trophy which features a metallic silver rim and the distinctive 'TRI-WIZ-ARD' inscription. This trophy does not capture the shape of the original cup very well and trans-clear would probably have been a more appropriate colour but I am still pleased to see the Triwizard Cup here given its vital role in the book.
Professor Filius Flitwick last appeared in 2010's 4842 Hogwarts Castle and I was thoroughly impressed with that minifigure. However, this version is even better, featuring a new dark brown hair piece which looks brilliant when compared with the source material. I love the layering which is visible from the rear, although this angle also reveals an unsightly mark that was created during the moulding process.
The professor's friendly expression is excellent and I like the enormous bow tie worn around his neck, closely resembling his attire in the film. Flitwick also sports a black jacket, a light bluish grey waistcoat and a lovely pleated shirt. A fabric component forms the tails of his jacket and these extend beyond the base of his feet which is a fun detail.
Flitwick is best known for teaching Charms at Hogwarts and sometimes has difficulty making his voice heard so comes with a pearl silver megaphone. This element includes a handle for a minifigure and its narrower end can be fitted to a standard bar so it could prove to be fairly versatile. The figure carries a reddish brown wand too.
Of all the characters in the Wizarding World, Alastor 'Mad-Eye' Moody might be my favourite. I have therefore been looking forward to this minifigure very much and am delighted to report that it does not disappoint. Professor Moody's scarred face looks superb and I love his tan hair piece which is making its first appearance here, although it seems reasonably likely that a future Sirius Black figure might use the same part given his appearance on a wanted poster in 75955 Hogwarts Express.
The character wears a shabby dark tan jacket which is printed on both sides of his torso and continues onto a pair of dual-moulded legs. The lower half of Moody's left leg is pearl silver, depicting an artificial limb, while the right is dark blue to match the rest of his trousers. He is armed with a dark brown wand so remains true to his mantra of constant vigilance!
Those who have read or watched Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire will be aware that there is more to 'Mad-Eye' Moody than first appears. In fact, his identity has been taken on by Barty Crouch Junior, one of Voldemort's acolytes, so the reverse of Alastor Moody's head instead shows Barty's snarling face! A reddish brown hair piece is included to complete the villain, along with a flask of Polyjuice Potion which is cleverly represented by a printed maraca.
Harry Potter receives the Invisibility Cloak during his first Christmas at Hogwarts and this minifigure captures the moment beautifully, wearing blue and white-striped pyjamas which are printed on both sides of the torso as well as printed legs. Printed arms would have been welcome too but the minifigure looks good without them in my opinion.
I like Harry's beaming smile and his famous lightning bolt scar is visible through a convenient parting in the new hair piece. This element is realistically textured and looks magnificent for younger Harry Potter minifigures but I am glad that a different component is used on older versions of the character, reflecting his changing hair style throughout the series.
LEGO first produced an Invisibility Cloak for the Harry Potter theme in 2010, using a loosely woven material to depict its ethereal quality. However, this design looks far better, featuring a tremendous shiny finish on one side and an intricate pattern on the other. The reflective surface captures a full spectrum of colours while the matte finish looks great for when the cloak is not being worn.
75954 Hogwarts Great Hall contains a younger version of Professor Albus Dumbledore, portrayed by Richard Harris during the first two films. This minifigure is based upon Michael Gambon's interpretation of the character so wears a wonderful bright light blue robe with silver fasteners along the front and an incredibly detailed diamond pattern. It is a little disappointing that these designs do not continue onto the back of the torso.
A brand new piece depicts the headmaster's impressive beard and his long hair is unique too, featuring a sand blue hat with a golden tassel on top. Both components look absolutely brilliant from every angle and you can remove Dumbledore's beard to reveal a kindly expression underneath. He also wears a pair of half-moon spectacles, just like those in the Harry Potter movies.
Dumbledore carries a dark tan wand along with the Pensieve, a basin which allows the user to review memories of past events. This accessory plays an integral role during the later years of Harry Potter's schooling and is represented here by a pearl silver dish with a metallic blue substance at the bottom. This is definitely my favourite of the numerous Albus Dumbledore minifigures that LEGO have created.
The Collectable Minifigures from 71022 Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts are continuing to impress! These are definitely among the most detailed figures that LEGO has ever produced and I think the designers chose a great selection of characters for this series, perhaps leaving others for future sets. My only significant complaint relates to the notable lack of alternative expressions and back printing on some of the minifigures, although their accessories more than make up for this in my opinion.
Look out for the third and final part of our review, focused upon characters from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, very soon.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.