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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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