Review: 5005254 Harry Potter Minifigure Collection

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An impressive range of characters populate the latest wave of Harry Potter sets, although many have yet to appear in minifigure form. 5005254 Harry Potter Minifigure Collection is therefore a lovely prospect as this Bricktober pack contains one new character beside three others who are returning after several years.

These figures look superb so I was disappointed to learn that they would not be distributed within the UK. However, the pack was readily available in Germany and North America and can be purchased relatively inexpensively on the secondary market. Hopefully these four characters will prove to be worth waiting for!

Minifigures

Two previous Rolanda Hooch minifigures have been produced, appearing in 4726 Quidditch Practice and 4737 Quidditch Match. This example looks relatively similar to the minifigure released during 2010, featuring an identical light bluish grey hair piece and a double-sided head that includes different smiling expressions. I am particularly pleased with the yellow-tinted goggles printed on her alternative face.

5005254 Harry Potter Minifigure Collection

Hooch wears a substantial robe which is fastened across her chest and features a golden Hogwarts crest. The colourful quartered design shown in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone would have been preferable but this torso looks wonderful, including a tiny whistle which hangs around the Flying instructor's neck. This minifigure comes with a dark tan wand and a reddish brown broom.

5005254 Harry Potter Minifigure Collection

Later installments in the Harry Potter series have inspired relatively few LEGO sets. Horace Slughorn is therefore appearing for the first time and this minifigure looks brilliant. His dark orange jacket closely resembles the onscreen character and I love the tweed jacket underneath. Some golden pocket watch chains are also printed on the torso, presenting a nice contrast against the otherwise muted colours.

5005254 Harry Potter Minifigure Collection

The head is decorated with two facial expressions, one of which appears happy while the other seems calm. Both designs are impressively detailed but a nervous expression would have been more faithful to the character's actual personality. His dark bluish grey hair piece, on the other hand, is perfect and features a couple of light bluish grey highlights on each side. Slughorn's wand should be grey but the reddish brown accessory is a nice alternative and he also carries a flask holding a trans-green potion.

5005254 Harry Potter Minifigure Collection

Dolores Umbridge is among the most despised villains from throughout the entire Harry Potter series and the only previous minifigure was released in 5378 Hogwarts Castle from 2007. This version of the character looks magnificent, sporting a pink knitted jumper which includes some textured detail and a darker dress underneath. I like the subtle square pattern and Umbridge wears a metallic gold brooch, reflecting her love for cats.

5005254 Harry Potter Minifigure Collection

However, my favourite aspect of this minifigure is her double-sided head, featuring a friendly smile on one side and a cruel snarling expression on the other. The reddish brown hair piece looks brilliant too. Dolores Umbridge's wand is dark brown and she comes with a white tea cup. This piece was created for Professor Sybill Trelawney in the recent Collectable Minifigures series but it feels suitable here as well.

5005254 Harry Potter Minifigure Collection

The fourth minifigure is unusual, depicting a Boggart after being vanquished by Neville Longbottom. This interesting creature took the form of Professor Snape against Neville but was dressed in clothes belonging to his grandmother by a Riddikulus charm, hence its outlandish appearance here! The dark green dress looks quite good when compared with Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, although striped legs would have been ideal.

5005254 Harry Potter Minifigure Collection

In addition, the bird that appears on this character in the movie is absent which is slightly surprising as an appropriate piece is available and fits onto this hat. I like the tan fur around this minifigure's neck though, lining up neatly with a cat printed on the torso. Snape's alternative face is not entirely covered by the hat, unfortunately. Nevertheless, I am pleased with this figure and the Boggart carries a dark red handbag to match the film.

5005254 Harry Potter Minifigure Collection

Overall

5005254 Harry Potter Minifigure Collection is an excellent set. The exclusive Horace Slughorn delightful and I love this version of Dolores Umbridge, particularly since she has only appeared on one previous occasion. Rolanda Hooch is probably my least favourite of these minifigures and there are alternatives that would have been preferable, although she makes a perfect addition to 75956 Quidditch Match.

Harry Potter fans will certainly appreciate this minifigure pack and I would recommend adding it to your collection. It is currently available for about £20 or $25 on the secondary market and I think that seems reasonable when compared with other Bricktober sets.View image at flickr

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28 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

I can't seem to find it for £20. seems to be more around the £35 + Postage

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By in United Kingdom,

^ 7 sellers currently on Bricklink for £25 and under. Best price is from Hungary £19.15 plus postage.

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By in United Kingdom,

Interesting that they gave Snape a bit of hip definition, making me wonder if "Grandmother with Snape's face" is the real transformed Boggart rather than "Snape in Grandmother's clothes".

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By in United States,

LOVE these figs! Had to purchase a separate crow piece to put on the top of the Snape/Boggart fig to complete it...

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By in United States,

Wait, I thought for some reason that these had already been reviewed!?!?

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By in United Kingdom,

Why were the bricktober packs not released in the UK? I know a couple were released in the US at other retailers once ToysRus closed down. I could imagine WHSmiths or Smyths taking them on to sell them.

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By in United States,

^ Dave, in Continental Europe they seem to have been sold by the European ToysRUs stores as a gift with purchase, which seem to have been excluded from the bankruptcy in the US. So they would probably have been property of the parts of teh TRU conglomerate that survived.

I would not be surprised if - assuming that somehow they would have been available in the UK if TRU had not closed down - the stock that would have gone to the UK was redirected to TRU Germany, as a gift with purchase (which is how I got the Bricktober sets I liked).

I know, because they messed up initially; the 'stand-alone retail price' was 999 euros ($ 1200), which, if the rest your shopping basket had enough value (IIRC 50 euros) and you added this set, meant that with check-out the price would be re-set to zero. Due to some glitch, for the first half of the day these sets were sold as gift-with-purchase, that did not work properly.... and you were charged the full 999 euros...

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By in Germany,

The vulture on the boggart's hat was the best part of that costume though. :(

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By in United States,

I went ahead and got the bird to go on the Boggart's hat and it looks fantastic!!

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By in United States,

Slughorn's hair doesn't quite work for me. I remember it being wavy, but I can't think of a better alternative. Maybe the CMF graduation cap in brown?

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By in Sweden,

Snape as a Boggart has also appeared in a previous set. Not nearly as detailed, but perhaps still worth mentioning.
I agree with @Weepy Donuts that Slughorn's hair doesn't work well. It's a shame, because the outfit is brilliant.

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By in United States,

These were gift with purchase at Barnes and Noble in the US, which generally isn't a go-to place for buying LEGO for me (although I was able to score The Great Hall for 35% off online last year). They seemed to be either low in demand or a lot available. I was able to get two sets with two different orders placed weeks apart and when I went into one of the stores here after Christmas, they still had a dozen or so available there.

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By in United States,

Yes, the "readily available in North America" part made me laugh, a rather bitter and sarcastic laugh I'm afraid. I wanted one as a gift for a friend but it was too arduous to obtain in my region.

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By in United States,

It's fun that we at least had a chance to get this one in the US via B&N. I am still crying over the Avengers one which got zero release here and is very expensive on the secondary market. Anyone have any ideas? I need a Wong!

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By in United States,

These actually shipped internationally as a bonus for $75USD purchases at B&N, which was lucky! Great review and great minifigs.

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By in United States,

@Weepy Donuts:
It varies quite a bit. When he's got himself all pulled together, it does look pretty close to this, or the Clone Wars Obi-Wan hair. When he's flustered, his hair gets a bit disheveled, but not quite enough to make the pompadour used for the original Lockhart and Lupin appropriate. Part of the problem is there are several hairstyles that would look good for his messy look...except the hair is combed to the wrong side. Probably the best option to pair with what they used here would have been the S14 Zombie Businessman. Unfortunately, it only comes in dark-brown and black right now.

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By in United States,

Love the figs.

Good enough the wife made us get two sets at Barnes and Noble ($75 Lego purchase for one free set) so we each could have one.

I'm really impressed with the current line of Harry Potter sets and minifigs with the house consensus favorite being Newt's Suitcase.

EDIT: Our local B&N had sets left over they sent back.

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By in Australia,

Skipped the whole range of Tru bricktober sets since they weren't released in Australia. Hoping they rerelease the desirable figures again in sets or polybags otherwise no way I'm paying the high after market prices. No idea why they didn't make it available anywhere there were Tru shops before the collapse? They would likely have made all the sets. I got my CNY sets for RRP in Australia so that makes up for it a little bit.

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By in Norway,

I wanted to get this, but my local toys R us only let me buy 2 packs. And I couldn't pass up Dr. Ian Malcolm and Wong :/

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By in United Kingdom,

How many do some scalpers have?? One person has 79!?!!?, also on the 21st i contacted CS about the UK availability and they replied with this:

Dear builder,
Thanks for getting in touch with us.
I understand your disappointment at having missed out on our Bricktober promotions. I know how frustrating is to see that other LEGO fans have managed to get hold of the Bricktober exclusives items and are selling it. As you mentioned we restrict the purchase limit available to a single household to ensure fairness for all of our fans. We do our best to make sure the terms and conditions of each promotion are as transparent as possible, and I'm sorry to hear you think we got it wrong this time. It was definitely in our intention to disappoint our loyal LEGO fans.

We know we’re lucky to have so many loyal LEGO fans around the world and we’re always pleased to get feedback – even when it’s about our mistakes. So I have passed on your comments to our Marketing team.

Again we're sorry for the disappointment caused.
Please let us know if you need anything else, we'll be more than happy to help.

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By in United Kingdom,

I just really would've liked to get this HP pack and the Avengers : IW pack

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By in United States,

Barnes and Noble in the US seems to have started offering these again, I went in last weekend and they were free with a $75 Lego purchase. The fine print on their site didn't seem to have been updated since December though, and the cashier hadn't heard about the promotion, so my guess is it's some kind of inventory reduction thing after they had some left over.

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By in Sweden,

These minifig packs used to be available at Toys’R’Us physical stores in Sweden as giveaways if spending around SEK 700. Now that TRU recently went belly up here too and closed all stores I don’t believe these are obtainable in Sweden anymore, not even in the LEGO brand store. Sad to see them go, I hope LEGO will find another retailer for exclusive sets.

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By in United States,

^^^^"It was definitely in our intention to disappoint our loyal LEGO fans."

I really truly hope that's a typo.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ @BovineBrick, I really hope so too, when I read that, I was like WHAT THE FLIP!!!!!!. Why would they do that.

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