Review: 71022 Wizarding World Collectable Minifigures (Part 3)

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The latest range of Collectable Minifigures consists primarily of characters from the Harry Potter series but it also includes six minifigures based upon Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Newt and Tina have already appeared in Dimensions sets so I am excited to add some other significant characters to my collection.

You can read the first part of our review here and the second section here, or continue reading below for part three...

Minifigures

Newt Scamander made his first appearance in 71253 Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Play the Complete Movie, a LEGO Dimensions Story Pack from 2016. This minifigure is fairly similar to its predecessor, wearing the same dark blue coat and dark orange waistcoat, albeit with a slightly updated design. The most notable difference is the addition of a small Bowtruckle named Pickett who is shown emerging from Newt's jacket pocket.

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The medium nougat hair piece remains unchanged. This is probably the most suitable of the elements which are currently available, although a new part may have been preferable. In addition, Newt's head features more wrinkles than are really necessary and I prefer the simpler design from the Dimensions pack. However, this is definitely a superior minifigure overall, aided in particular by a nice pair of dual-moulded legs.

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Newt's briefcase is perhaps his most treasured possession, carrying a menagerie of magical creatures from all around the world. This case makes clever use of a reddish brown book cover that forms the lid and two golden latches are situated beside the handle on top. A brand new Niffler is also included and it looks absolutely adorable, featuring medium nougat paws, beady eyes and a long snout for hunting treasure.

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The first Tina Goldstein minifigure was released in 2016's 71257 Tina Goldstein, a LEGO Dimensions Fun Pack. That version wore a light bluish grey jacket while the new figure features a sand blue coat which is both more visually appealing and more faithful to the source material than its predecessor. Dual-moulded legs are used to excellent effect here and I like the decorative buttons that continue across Tina's torso and onto her hips.

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Tina's combined hat and hair piece looks fantastic too. This element first appeared in the Dimensions pack from a couple of years ago but now features a dark blue cloche hat instead of a dark bluish grey one. Tina wears an oval locket around her neck, just as in the film, while her head features a smile on one side and a frustrated expression on the other.

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A reddish brown wand and a hot dog accompany the minifigure. The latter accessory makes reference to a scene from Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, during which Tina observes a New Salem Philanthropic Society rally while eating a hot dog. The dark red sausage was introduced with the Hot Dog Man from the seventeenth series of Collectable Minifigures while the bun is brand new in medium nougat.

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After a chance meeting with Newt Scamander at the Steen National Bank, Jacob Kowalski is drawn into the magical world and aids Newt in recapturing the creatures causing chaos across New York. He appeared alongside Newt Scamander and Tina Goldstein in the LEGO Dimensions video game but this minifigure looks even better than its digital counterpart, featuring a moustache, a prominent chin and a rare dark brown hair piece that has only been used once before.

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Jacob's dark bluish grey suit looks comparatively plain but I like his red and white spotted tie and the bulging waistcoat is a marvellous detail, reflecting Jacob's portly figure. However, his jacket does not continue onto the legs which is somewhat disappointing and the back of the torso is not printed either so appears rather bland.

71022 Wizarding World Collectable Minifigures

The reddish brown briefcase carried by Jacob is identical to Newt's, as one would expect given the confusion between them in the movie. There is enough room for two 1x1 round tiles inside, each of which is decorated to represent a different item of confectionery. I appreciate such attention to detail on the part of the graphic designer as I was only expecting to find one printed design.

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Like Jacob, Queenie Goldstein appeared in the LEGO Dimensions video game and this minifigure is identical to the digital version, sporting a striking dark blue dress which looks perfect in relation to the film. I am particularly impressed by the subtle pearl silver highlights around the hem of her skirt and these continue onto the sides of the dual-moulded legs.

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The designer has chosen to cast Queenie's hair piece in nougat which is an interesting decision as this colour is very rarely used for anything other than minifigure heads. Nevertheless, I think it looks good when compared with the movie as a lighter blonde colour, such as that used on Draco Malfoy, would not be suitable. This curly hair style is ideal for the character too.

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Queenie comes with a black wand which is unique to her as well as a brand new strudel. This element includes some lovely moulded detail and is decorated with speckled flour and intricate rosette designs on top. An anti-stud on the underside allows you to place this accessory in a minifigure's hand or on a studded surface.

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Credence Barebone is probably the simplest of the 22 figures in this series but he plays an important role in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them so is undoubtedly deserving of a place beside other characters from the film. His black bowl cut hair style and miserable expression are both accurate to the source material, conveying a great deal about Credence's nervous personality.

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However, turning Credence's head around reveals a pair of white and metallic silver eyes, representing his deadly Obscurial form! I am very pleased that this was included and am similarly impressed by his traditional three-piece suit which features some intricate white stitching along the lapels and a striped waistcoat, matching the character's attire in the movie exactly.

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As the adopted son of Mary Lou Barebone, Credence spends most of his time handing out pamphlets at New Salem Philanthropic Society events. The minifigure therefore comes with one of those leaflets, represented by a printed 1x2 tile and showing a group of witches dancing around a fire in the woods.

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A whole box of 71022 Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Collectable Minifigures will contain only one Percival Graves minifigure, following the recent example of the Classic Police Officer from Series 18. This is somewhat disappointing as the Auror is among the most detailed figures in the series, wearing a dark blue scarf and an elegant jacket with a white lining that continues on the torso and legs. His arms are also decorated with white stripes.

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Percival Graves includes a distinctive black hair piece which is printed with light bluish grey streaks on either side. I like this design but wonder whether Doctor Strange's textured hair from 76108 Sanctum Sanctorum Showdown might have been even better as that element is a little more voluminous than this one.

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It is revealed towards the end of Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them that Gellert Grindelwald has in fact taken on Graves' identity, using Polyjuice Potion to duplicate the character's appearance. A second hair piece is therefore included for Grindelwald along with an alternative face, featuring a white moustache and a dark bluish grey right eye that matches the movie. A dark tan wand completes the minifigure.

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Overall

LEGO has produced 28 different series of Collectable Minifigures during the last eight years and I have enjoyed collecting all of them. However, 71022 Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts may be my favourite series yet, due not only to the impressive range of characters included but also the tremendous detail captured by many of them. Luna Lovegood, Professor Trelawney, Albus Dumbledore and Tina Goldstein stand out in particular.

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Nevertheless, I think there is still room for improvement. A few more alternative expressions would have been welcome and printing on the back of torsos has become very common in recent years so its absence from some of these minifigures is noticeable. The decision to include another chase figure is also somewhat disappointing. Even so, this is an excellent selection of minifigures and I would highly recommend them to fans of the Wizarding World.

I hope you have found this review informative. Let us know by liking this article and share your thoughts on the minifigures in the comments below.

This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.

 

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37 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Great review, great pics. I prefer the spelling "collectible".

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By in United States,

Great review. You had stated that Tina has only one face print but your pictures show two expressions. Had you used a different head for the second picture?

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By in United Kingdom,

Awesome. Can't wait to stand awkwardly in the toy aisle of Tesco for 20 minutes feeling every single bag while people wonder what I'm doing.

And this is the all time high for number of figs from the series I will be looking for.

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By in United Kingdom,

@speshy - I am from the UK so use the favoured British spelling of 'collectable' rather than 'collectible' which is more common in North America.

@boneheadhh1 - Thanks, Tina does indeed have two expressions and I have corrected the review. Such are the dangers of writing late at night!

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By in United Kingdom,

^^
I noticed that. Does Tina have a double sided head?

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By in Ireland,

Wonder why Percival is the rarest in the box. Could it be the 'high production cost' of the printed arms? Surely 1 extra hair piece doesn't cost much.

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By in United States,

The small ceatures (Headwing, Nagini and the Niffler) are my favorite part of this line honestly.

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By in United States,

I love the fact that this series even exists and I plan to pick up many of these figures! I don't really mind the chase figure either--I didn't have much trouble eventually getting a S18 Police Officer, so I don't anticipate having trouble finding Graves (however, I do agree that he's an odd choice for a chase figure).

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By in Ireland,

Yeah only one Percival per box is particularly annoying as I'd like to display both Percival Graves and Gellert Grindelwald, which would need two, and this is the first set I've seen where I'd seriously consider buying a box!

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By in United Kingdom,

This is a great set of minifigures that compliment one of my favourite themes. However, I find it really annoying and frustrating that the Lego group have decided yet again to place just one of a particular minifigure in a box. All it does is create an inflated secondary market for those lucky enough to find one. £17 plus for the police officer! We must be mad to pay it, but sadly we have to... Come on Lego - put the money into your own profits and ditch the chase figure!!!

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By in Sweden,

I think the dark red sausage piece has appeared in that color before (as an accessory to the Hot Dog Guy in series 17).

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By in United States,

This is definitely my favorite CMF series to date. For the first time in my life, I bought a complete box of 60 from Minifigure Maddness even though I probably shouldn't have spent that much on minifigures.

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By in United States,

@CapnRex101 - I love to bring this spelling issue up. And it seems my preference carries some weight. The LEGO UK [email protected] site also spells it "collectible". For example, taken from Batman CMF description, UK site:

This new, awesome lineup of exclusive, Limited Edition collectible characters makes a perfect addition to first THE LEGO BATMAN MOVIE series.

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By in United Kingdom,

@speshy - LEGO almost always uses American English, even on shop.LEGO.com in the UK. The set description for 41455 Unikitty Creative Kingdom, for instance, reads: "Create a fun and colorful Unikingdom..."

Nevertheless, I will continue to use British English unless I believe the situation requires a different approach.

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By in United States,

haha good point. Ok!

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By in Austria,

Does Jacob not have a second face? I think he'd be useful to create a somewhat decent Warlord Zsinj figure.

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By in United States,

I really love the renewal of Lego HP for this year. So much detail and care has been put into these figures, unlike some other themes... (cough marvel cough)

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By in Sweden,

Very nice review again. Appreciate it at this point when I have placed an order for a whole box. Quality figs. I am looking forward to using the spares to make some extra students. I am not that big a fan of the Fantastic Beasts characters as such however the figs are a high standard so I am sure I will find a use for the parts. :)

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By in United Kingdom,

These minifigs are outstanding and will literally fly off the shelves; of the Fantastic Beasts figures I think Tina and Jacob are particularly good, and many of the Harry Potter minifigs are also extremely strong.

Shame on LEGO for persisting with chase figures, though - divisive and completely unnecessary.

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By in United Kingdom,

Am I reading that right, there are 2 heads and 2 hair pieces for Percival Graves? Will make it quite easy to feel for

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By in United States,

True, but there is only one per box, or 1/60 chance of picking it up randomly. If you're the first one to fnid the box on shelves, though, then feeling it up will defenitely be easier.

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By in New Zealand,

Never read a Harry Potter book or watched a Harry Potter movie. Never purchased any Harry Potter LEGO but I think this selection of character (the ones in this second part review) would be great for a 1950s 1960s scene and I build around that era.

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By in United States,

@JordanMenace @Cookboy-123
Graves/Grindelwald has a single head that's double sided.

Too bad they chose that figure to limit to one - if any figure here would benefit from at least 2 per box, it would be this figure. Have fun with that, those of you that buy by the box. You're gonna need to invest in two full boxes if you want to display both renditions of this figure at the same time (without chasing him).

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By in Brazil,

All those dual molded legs wasted on collectable figures...

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By in Australia,

I love the old fashioned clothes on these.

Jacob's torso is great since it does not show any skin around the neck (I will convert these to yellow).

Tina's hat/hair is awesome, as is the new suitcase piece.

Newt has the best torso (I like the colours), although its a real shame about the plant thing sticking out. Good if you want it for Newt Sacamander but bad if you want to use it for a regular 1930s/1940s non wizarding citizen.

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By in Germany,

^ Just make it a regular 1930s/1940s world with a Bodysnatchers twist. :)

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By in United States,

Really like these! For Newt I was hoping that Jay's tousled and wavy hair piece from "The LEGO Ninjago Movie" would be recolored in nougat since I think it fits the character better than the spiky one he has both in this series and in the Dimensions pack.

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By in Bulgaria,

Is it just me or does the Jacob Kowalski minifigure look just like Howard Stark, the father of Tony Stark (Iron Man)?

Edit: Maybe minus the double chin or the belly fat.

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By in United States,

This series is definitely the best yet. I may buy a whole box.

I like how Tina's torso is gender-neutral.

For Credence's leaflet, out of all the posters in the movie Lego chose the one with nude women. And made them into nude minifigures.

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By in United Kingdom,

I do love all these but why 20 figs to a series? As others have mentioned having a chase figure that represents 2 identities really is frustrating. The lower quality mold marks on the hands is inexcusable . If they had to have those why aren't they on the underside of the hands where they will be less noticeable ? Gargh! Hope they are not going to be £3.50 like the uni kitty series.

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By in United States,

I think that Harry with his invisability cloak would've been a better choice for the chase figure than Percival.

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By in United States,

@MataNui2009: i see what you did there, lol.

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By in United States,

Would i buy any of these? Well...

Considering the fact that i only have a passing interest in Harry Potter, and thought Fantastic Beasts (the movie) was okay, but kinda overrated, what i do buy will most likely be parts fodder. That said, some of them (across the entire wave) do look pretty neat as-is...

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By in United States,

This set must be as popular as the Disney MFs were, as in the US shop they are already in backorder (as of 7:30 am PDT).

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By in Australia,

Spent a good 40mins going through searching for Percival this morning and finally found him after going through the entire box once and having to start again. Careless to have missed it the first time!!

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