Pre-order your Hogwarts at US brand stores

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Hogwarts Castle

Hogwarts Castle

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LEGO is expecting demand for 71043 Hogwarts Castle to be high because brand stores in the US are taking pre-orders for the set already.

Pay a deposit of $40 and your name will be put on the list to receive the set when it becomes available on the 15th of August, without having to queue up at the crack of dawn to get it.

For full details, ask at your local brand store.

Thanks to legowerba and theJANG for the news.

 

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24 comments on this article

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By in Bulgaria,

Should be a much better system. Hopefully it gets more sets in the hands of fans over scalpers.

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By in United States,

Ha. I think LEGO overestimated how many people would be willing to pay $40 more on top of the $400 price and tax to get it a little earlier.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Norikins - The $40 deposit will either be refunded or taken off the cost of the set when it is collected.

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By in Netherlands,

Should have done this for the Falcon, maybe I could have gotten my hands on one back at release.

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By in United States,

I’ll wait for the hype to die down. But it is a good idea. We will see how many are being sold on eBay come Christmas.

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By in United Kingdom,

Seems like they learnt after the fiasco with the Falcon

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By in United Kingdom,

Any news if this is also the case for non US stores?

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By in Belgium,

@Rainmaker77
The pre-order is only for the US. I e-mailed customer service to ask about it. It's a test and that's the reason why it is only in the US.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks @Kjellevirus, it will be interesting to see if the sets sell out as quick in the UK (and elsewhere) when they release Wednesday as they did in the US.

If so it might make getting Hogwarts Castle a bit difficult - hopefully they've learnt their lesson from the Falcon and have made plenty of sets in advance.

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By in United Kingdom,

Hopefully it will be better than the falcon fiasco last year. I do want this set but it’s not as high on my priority list as 75192 was so I’m prepared to wait for this if it sells out quickly.

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By in Canada,

Canadian stores are also doing this. You have to go to the store to do it. I was told that there's 80 slots available.

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By in Australia,

@Norikins
I'm not sure you are aware of what the definition of "deposit" is. It is a partial payment of a product you wish to buy, the $40 will be deducted from the full price once it becomes available.
I think this is a good idea for select sets.

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By in United States,

Now that I think about it, I’m surprised this wasn’t thought of earlier. Good on Lego for trying something new!

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By in United States,

Gee, where was this when the UCS Falcon was released last year? Glad to see they've learned and are trying this pre-order process out. I'm not a Harry Potter fan, but is it still that popular in this day and age that this set could sell out as fast as the Falcon on release? I am aware of these spin-off movies about the "Fantastic Beasts", but I don't recall hearing about the first one making that big of a splash on the consumer consciousness.

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By in United States,

^ yes

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By in United States,

This seems to be a very good idea how to prevent the Falcon launch disaster from happening again, GJ TLG!

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By in Russian Federation,

nvm lego , you saved many people 400$ at the press release of that set.

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By in United States,

@LegoLordMayorca

Fantastic Beasts was extremely popular. It won an Academy Award and did pretty well in theaters. Besides, Harry Potter is the most successful film franchise of all time, up there with Marvel and SW, and look where those themes are- super popular sets with insane aftermarket prices.

Btw sorry for all of you in the UK who will have to get your set for an insane price or four months later than you’d like.

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By in United States,

@Henry_D

I won't be buying it simply because of the microscale, as I only collect minifig scaled sets.

Still, the set is beautiful and I believe there cannot be much criticism applied to it.

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By in Canada,

@Kjellevirus

Canada also doing pre-orders. I just did mine at Sherway Gardens, Toronto

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By in United States,

I love the idea but would love it even more if they'd do it on [email protected] The drive to my local Lego store is a fair distance away and they also charge an additional 10-15% on RRP sets.

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By in Canada,

I'm not convinced there's going to be as much day-1 panic on this set as there was with the UCS MF last year. With the HP minifig line and a variety great HP sets hitting the shelves, there's an abundance of options available for both kids and adults alike. Had this set been released without any other HP sets available, the demand would have been much higher. I'm interested in this set, but don't mind waiting for 2x VIP points and a cool free gift.

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By in United States,

@eliminator:
Someone said their store wouldn't accept VIP points to cover the down payment, and that the store manager hinted that there was a good reason for it. The only reason I can think of to pay cash over points is if they're offering double points or better. At $400, even paying 10% in points would be over 3x what was needed to get the tote bag a while back.

For those who are complaining that this is microscale, look up Alice Finch's Hogwarts and consider what it would be like trying to save up for a set priced in the low to mid five figure range. "Whole Hogwarts" in minifig scale just isn't practical if you want it to look good. With three more Fantastic Beasts due out, and some hard lessons learned starting around the time the final wave of the original HP line hit store shelves, I suspect we'll see sections comparable to the Great Hall spaced out while they've still got a movie series to drive sales. They could end up doing a runtish, yet somewhat complete Hogwarts in a piecemeal format, and by spreading it out over a few years it'll be much more affordable than anything they could do in one shot. It also leaves them something to go back to for subsequent waves, which they've had problems with in the past. Rush to get _everything_ to market in one go, and you'll have a hard time following it up the next time. Dole it out a bit at a time and it'll be easy to drop a "must have" flagship set in every wave...and easier to afford them when they arrive.

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By in Canada,

@Purple Dave
Ref not being able to put the deposit down with points, my guess would simply be that the system doesn't allow for, as this is a test trial. I would be presently surprised, however, if they offered double VIP points for those who put down the deposit and purchased. Even better, a day-1 ultra limited edition minifig would be a nice touch!

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