Quidditch forms a vital part of J. K. Rowling's Wizarding World and has been the subject of several Harry Potter sets, the first of which was released in 2002. 75956 Quidditch Match is the latest such model and might feel quite familiar to seasoned collectors as both 4726 Quidditch Practice and 4737 Quidditch Match from 2010 depicted a very similar scene.
However, this set is significantly larger than its predecessors, containing 500 pieces and six minifigures. Its price of £34.99 in the UK or $39.99 in the US therefore seems extraordinarily reasonable and I am pleased to see four separate towers for spectators which are decorated with the colours of each Hogwarts house.
This set includes four Quidditch players, the first of whom Harry Potter. I love the tousled hair piece which has been created for Harry in the new Wizarding World theme and his double-sided head looks fantastic, featuring a pair of round glasses as well as two different expressions. In addition, his famous lightning-shaped scar is visible through a parting in the hair piece which shows tremendous attention to detail.
Harry sports a Gryffindor Quidditch uniform which is also worn by Oliver Wood. This consists of a thick jumper, white trousers and a dark red robe that includes the Gryffindor sigil, thereby matching the robes from the first two films in the series. The hood on the back of the torso is generally concealed by a long cape worn around the neck of each minifigure. A shorter cape might have been more suitable for Harry but its length might reflect that First Year students rarely make the school Quidditch teams at Hogwarts.
Oliver Wood features a common head with a single expression. I think it looks alright though and the reddish brown hair piece is faithful to his appearance in the films . Both characters are equipped with reddish brown broomsticks and Harry carries the Golden Snitch which is now represented by a unique piece rather than a gold 1x1 round plate. Its textured wings are lovely and I like the hand grip beneath the ball, allowing minifigures to hold it.
Marcus Flint was the captain of the Slytherin Quidditch team during Harry's first and second years at Hogwarts and previously appeared in 2010's 4737 Quidditch Match. His black hair piece is not entirely accurate to the films but seems appropriate for a thuggish character such as Flint and I like his snarling expression which shows two prominent teeth. Unfortunately, the figure does not include an alternative face but he does come with a black broomstick, to which you can attach a stud shooter for launching the Quaffle.
Another black broomstick is available for Lucian Bole and he wields a club, reflecting his role of Beater. Bole did not appear prominently in the Harry Potter films so the designer could have chosen any male head for the character. Pleasingly, this rare element has only appeared in two previous sets. The dark green Slytherin uniform is identical to that worn by Gryffindor players but for its colour scheme and the emblem on the torso, both of which look perfect.
This set is based upon a scene from Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone so includes Professor Snape who is believed to be jinxing Harry's broomstick. The same figure appears in 75953 Hogwarts Whomping Willow and he looks superb, featuring a black hair piece and a double-sided head which includes two different facial expressions. The first looks rather disapproving while the alternative is overtly angry.
Snape wears a black jacket over a purple shirt which looks brilliant, although I think he would have felt more complete with a fabric cape, matching his heavy robes in the movies. Hermione Granger, on the other hand, looks absolutely perfect. Her reddish brown hair piece is intricately textured and looks good in relation to the character's wavy hair style in the first couple of films.
I like the smile on one side of Hermione's head but have mentioned in other reviews of the Wizarding World sets that a frustrated expression might have been preferable to this worried face. However, the current expression is suitable for the Quidditch scene in my opinion and the Gryffindor uniform looks great, as usual. Hermione is equipped with a dark tan wand while Professor Snape wields a black wand.
The Completed Model
This set contains four towers for spectators and three hooped goal posts, as well as some accessories. Each tower includes some Technic pins at its base so is intended to connect with the goal structure and that assembly looks impressive, measuring just over 34cm wide in the configuration shown below. This represents a considerable improvement over past Quidditch sets, both of which have included a stand for spectators but not a cohesive point to link them.
All four towers are constructed in a similar manner, consisting of alternating coloured squares which are created using 1x2x2 bricks and stickers. They are significantly scaled down in relation to the movies but I think the designer has captured their shape effectively, with an open area for a minifigure to watch the match and a pointed canopy with a flag on top. The building experience is therefore rather repetitive, although the towers do include unique functions.
The Hufflepuff tower is decorated with a black and yellow chequered pattern and includes a scoreboard display on the front. This works simply by fitting 1x1 round tiles printed with a metallic silver circle to the exposed Technic pins below the crest of each house. You can store any unused tiles in a box between the scoreboards and this is an enjoyable feature, despite not entirely capturing the scoring system of Quidditch.
Four different house crests are included, formed using stickers on 2x2 tiles. There are slots for storing any unused crests inside Hufflepuff's tower and the below image also demonstrates how it links to the goalpost section. The connection is strengthened by a Technic liftarm that looks slightly odd but serves a vital structural purpose.
Ravenclaw's blue and light bluish grey spectator tower is the simplest of the four, distinguished only by a large megaphone for yelling support or commentating on the action. Stickers are used extensively in this set and those forming the chequered pattern on the front of each tower are particularly important, including different symbols that are unique to Ravenclaw, Hufflepuff, Gryffindor and Slytherin.
This set includes numerous accessories and I was hoping that they could be stored inside Ravenclaw's tower. Unfortunately, there is only enough room for the Quidditch cup on its stand as the chest holding Quaffles is too wide and it looks rather awkward when placed sideways. The set also comes with six black 1x1 round plates that depict Bludgers and you can launch them from a stud shooter at the base of the goalposts.
The three goal hoops rest on tall poles and are set at slightly different heights, much like in the movies. There should be a slightly more dramatic difference between their heights but that would cause issues with the goalkeeping function. Pearl gold tyres are used to form the goal hoops and these are perfect, matching the source material while also offering an appropriate target for the Quaffle to pass through. However, the poles are only attached to the base by a single stud so they can break off quite easily.
A trans-clear stick is placed in front of the goalposts, to which you can attach a minifigure who serves as the Keeper. This will swing back and forth as you move a Technic lever behind the goals, allowing the Keeper to block all three hoops! There is a surprising focus upon gameplay in this set, not unlike the classic Sports range, which is a lot of fun as the functions have been implemented very effectively.
Two more spectator towers complete the set. These include the same holes to receive Technic pins as the Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw towers but there are no A-frame elements to fix them at an angle which feels like a missed opportunity. Nevertheless, I love the bright colours on Gryffindor's tower while the Slytherin stand is green and light bluish grey. Dark green might have been more suitable but it still looks pretty good in my opinion.
Gryffindor's spectator tower includes a large flap at the front and minifigures can fly through here on their broomsticks. This design does look somewhat out of place among the other towers but I like the function and appreciate that the red and yellow colour scheme continues inside the structure. However, these features also mean that there is only room to place a single minifigure in the seating beneath the canopy.
The Slytherin stand also includes a function that takes direct inspiration from the Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone. Believing that Snape is trying to jinx Harry's broomstick, Hermione starts a small fire beneath the Potions Master in the hope of distracting his attention. A single flame can accordingly appear at Snape's feet and this is activated by rotating a Technic gear on the rear of the model.
Among the seven new Wizarding World sets, 75956 Quidditch Match is probably the one that inspired the least excitement. Nevertheless, I think this is a magnificent addition to the theme! It improves upon the older versions in every respect, including a far more extensive Quidditch pitch and a superior range of minifigures but still costs just £34.99 or $39.99 which seems reasonable to me. In addition, a second set would allow you to construct a complete Quidditch pitch.
The only areas of this set which might realistically be improved are the goal posts as these feel rather fragile. Structures to connect the spectator towers would have been welcome too. However, this is a great set and I would recommend adding it to your collection, particularly if you have missed out on past Quidditch-based models.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.