Review: 75945 Expecto Patronum

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Harry's casting of an advanced Patronus Charm during Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban might be considered among the most significant moments from throughout the series, exhibiting his excellent wizarding potential. 75945 Expecto Patronum is the first set to represent that scene and I think it looks marvellous.

The beautiful trans-light blue stag has attracted considerable attention and the new Sirius Black minifigure is impressive too, especially since this popular character has not been available in a LEGO set since 2004! This should therefore be an outstanding set and its comparatively modest price of £19.99 or $19.99 seems enticing.

Minifigures

The same Harry Potter minifigure appears in three sets from the latest wave. That seems appropriate here as Harry wears the same casual attire in numerous scenes from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, including his climactic casting of a Patronus. This dark blue jacket looks fairly plain but does compare favourably with the film, although white stripes on the arms would have been welcome.

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Moreover, a new double-sided head has been introduced this year, featuring cheerful and determined expressions. Harry's hair piece remains the same though which is surprising as the recent Collectable Minifigure was also based upon Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban but featured a different hair design. Nevertheless, this is a great minifigure and he is suitably equipped with a wand.

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Sirius Black has only appeared in two previous sets which seems incredible given his influential role across the Harry Potter series. This minifigure features a dark brown version of Luke Skywalker's hair from 75200 Ahch-To Island Training while the head is totally new and perfectly captures the duality of Sirius' personality, so soon after escaping from Azkaban.

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In fact, the minifigure is still wearing striped prison fatigues beneath his dark bluish grey coat and this looks fantastic in relation to the movie. I am particularly impressed with the intricate tattoos printed on his chest, although the flesh tone underneath could be improved. The back of his torso looks similarly detailed, thereby completing a brilliant rendition of this overwhelmingly popular character.

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Two terrifying Dementors are included, following their appearance in 75955 Hogwarts Express during 2018. These ghoulish figures feature black hoods and tattered cloaks so appear fairly accurate to their onscreen design, although I would prefer a fabric component enclosing their entire body. However, the printed designs are excellent and I love the wraith piece which lends a suitably spectral quality to each Dementor.

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The Completed Model

Further to the admirable minifigure selection, this set also contains a trans-light blue Patronus which takes the form of a stag. This only appears briefly during the movie so its presence here is surprising but very pleasing as the stag looks spectacular! I love its glittery finish while the integration of flexible plastic for the delicate horns is superb. In addition, little structure is visible inside the figure, despite it being almost entirely translucent.

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Harry's confrontation with the Dementors occurs in a wooded area beside the Great Lake. This set is accordingly focused upon two trees which sounds fairly dull but they look wonderful, employing some unusual building techniques. The diverging branches are formed using reddish brown A-frame pieces which represents a departure from the copious LEGO trees that have been created before.

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Olive green leaves are fixed to the branches and these look effective, although the transition between vertical and angled leaves could be improved. That may be challenging at such at this small scale so I would be curious to build a larger tree with the same structure that might surpass this one. The rock at the foot of the tree provides somewhere to display Sirius as the Dementors approach.

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Both trees are considerably less attractive when viewed from behind. However, that detracts little from their appearance in my view. They are evidently designed for display from one side which is adequate for a smaller set, especially since the action happens in front of this tree. Even so, the red axle shown below could have been replaced with a black one.

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The second tree is slightly shorter but incorporates the same building techniques. The stud shooter is an unusual addition though, launching a glittery trans-light blue dish that represents the non-corporeal Patronus primarily exhibited in the film. I appreciate this simple addition but it does look odd on display so can be removed with ease, if you prefer.

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Overall

75945 Expecto Patronum is an essential purchase for any Harry Potter fan. The minifigure selection is great and Harry's famed stag Patronus looks absolutely magnificent. Moreover, the surrounding trees are very interesting, incorporating some unusual building techniques which result in a distinctive and remarkably effective design.

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This set only contains 121 pieces so its price of £19.99 or $19.99 might seem rather expensive initially. However, I think the quantity of minifigures and the unique stag element justify that cost so would have no hesitation in recommending this set. Hopefully subsequent products will equally focus upon scenes which have not appeared in LEGO form previously!

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

50 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

To try to distract from the negativity of the last 24 hours maybe we should all try to only comment if we like something, or at least only mildy criticise or "suggest improvements". This set was a purchase for me as soon as I saw pics...... I bought it for my daughter, not built yet but looking forward to it.....

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By in United Kingdom,

The stag is gorgeous, though it’s a shame the trees are so one sided. Still, I appreciate them trying to come up with a different building technique.

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By in United States,

Great set, will certainly get it. Also, what happened to the previous version of this review? I could’ve sworn I saw another one yesterday.

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By in United Kingdom,

good review. The stag is it new or old element?

^ I saw another one yesterday too

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By in United Kingdom,

This review was originally published yesterday but we decided to move it back as discussion was continuing on the previous article.

@Profbrick489 - The stag is a new element.

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By in United Kingdom,

^ Thanks very much!

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By in United States,

Interesting technique on the trees, and the stag is gorgeous. Still waiting for it’s release in the US

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By in Norway,

This is a rare occasion where I have actually gotten a set before you reviewed it! Usually I sit around waiting for online discounts, but you get so much for your money here that I decided to spring on it first chance and support my local toy shop. 19.99£/$/€ sets usually «translate» to 299 NOK, but this one is only 229,- so it felt like it was already discounted. Hope the Graveyard will have the same price!

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By in United States,

This is one of those sets that goes to show price per piece isn’t everything. It’s sort of like a Jurassic World set but better value with four good minifigures and an animal for $20. The trees aren’t perfect, but I like to see Lego trying new building techniques.

My only gripe is that it’s releasing so much later in the US, but that’s a marketing problem not a design problem.

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By in Israel,

Its a very good set, I didn't expect the patronum!

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By in Canada,

I don't collect HP but am always looking to add to my Lego animal kingdom. I hope the stag element is reused in the future and comes in a printed colour pattern.

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By in United Kingdom,

^No one expects the patronum.

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By in United States,

This is a great set for $ 20.00. That great stag and 4 minifigures!! Plus, those 2 brown flower stems are rare and pricey, too. Thanks for a great review. I will probably buy at least two of these sets, maybe more.

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By in United States,

This set, along with The Rise of Voldemort, boasts incredible value. 4 minifigures, an animal, and side builds make this set very much worth the money!

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By in Germany,

Cool to see confirmation that the antlers are dual-moulded. I suspected as much because there's no glitter in them, and I think it bodes well for an eventual release of the part as a real animal, with the antlers in tan or dark tan and body in brown.

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By in Germany,

I’m just waiting for a brown stag now. I’m betting there’s going to be a few Santa’s sleigh MOCs happening when that happens, maybe even an official set?

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By in Hungary,

I bought 2 today. The patronum is phenomenal, sadly static, none of the limbs or head can be moved. But imagine a brown saddle on it and an elf, the best ride for an elven army :)

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By in Latvia,

Actually Jang, it's a stag (watch the Jangbricks ' video review to understand the joke)

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By in Netherlands,

While this looks like a great set, I hope some in-house Castle Forestmen type set could come from such deer mold.

Imagine this, with a brown deer with a saddle, 2 forestmen elves, and 2 knights or fantasy orcs/skeletons of some sort, maybe a tree with a treasure space in it.

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By in United States,

Cool set.

Why wait for a brown version - good opportunity for a repaint project with model paints (a technique utilized by LEGO designers when they don't have the part in that color yet).

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By in France,

I have just catched and opened 70675-1 Katana 4x4 of the ninjago range, and have been once again so excited about the minifigs, those dual molded snake's heads, with light passing through the eyes and their amber color, and overall by all the minifigs of this set. If we are in a golden age for Lego, it's also because details, printings and colors and global quality of the minifigs have improved so much during the past years - it's incredible IMO. Maybe Lego makes mistakes, have to make hard choices and compromises sometimes, trying to satisfy as more people (customers) as possible, but if something is really a delight for me, as an AFOL, it's the quality of actual minifigs. And this HP set, which I won't get because not a fan, prooves this again, if necessary. This beautiful transculecent stag is a great part of it. Thank you for pics and review.

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By in United States,

Are the antlers removable, or permanently affixed/ dual molded?

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By in United Kingdom,

Really hoping the stag element means woodland elves riding stags are coming.

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By in United States,

Lest anyone think that I only ever post complaints about pricing, I think that this is a great value for the price. The figures included would normally only be in much more expensive sets, the Patronus stag looks amazing, and the detail and playability of the trees and playset are perfect. Would absolutely be interested in this set.

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By in Netherlands,

Still haven't decided if I do or don't buy the new HP sets. Until now I haven't done so, although I really love the sets and the whole Potter world. Something's holding me back though...

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By in Sweden,

I'm a bit disappointed that the stag is not articulated like Lego horses, but perhaps the mechanism would have been too obvious with the stag being translucent.

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By in Netherlands,

@damien
Same here, I love sets like this for the monsters and trees and patronus mostly, and not so much for the story.

Same with the Hogwarts Castle, 3 great buildings, modular walls almost like the 80s Castle style, but still I don't care that much about the characters, the last Wizarding movie was in 2011 and never had a huge hype with me in the first place.

Still does not mean I am being negative about the theme existing, I am happy for the fans that can buy this modernized style, and collect many cool figures and builds.

I collected most of Nexo Knights as I truly was 100% behind the theme, however I don't feel like that for Harry Potter atm.

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By in Canada,

I really hope this means some "real" stags are coming out.

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By in United Kingdom,

I would pay £20 for Sirius Black alone.

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By in Canada,

I just binge looked all the Harry Potter movies over the last few days.
So far I've got The Great Hall(75954), The Whomping Willow(75953) and Aragog's Lair(75950). When they finally arrive in North America, I will definitely get the Clock Tower, the Patronus and Hagrid's Hut when on sale/promotion. Echoing the general sentiment, this set is truly great value. Also hoping for a superb Christmas set with a brown stag/reindeer.

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By in United States,

I am hoping they will now come out with a reindeer based on the transparent one in this set!!!

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By in New Zealand,

The stag is awesome! I actually considering to buy multiple of this just for that when it has clearance! My full thoughts on the set: https://youtu.be/RGv1i6BQCLg

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By in Japan,

Cool set. Fo sho.
And I too would love to see a regular stag (or reindeer) based on this new mold.

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By in Poland,

Great set indeed but the stag looks quite weak in my opinion.
The fact it was designed for being clear figure also killed the poseability.
Imo it would be as good if it was milky glow in the dark, white color. So the steams inside werent as prominent.

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By in United Kingdom,

As others have mentioned, a reddish or dark brown stag would be great.

I’m worried by the idea(r) that it might be a dear deer that costs a *staggering* amount of *doe*.

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By in Australia,

^ No.

I think it's a safe bet that most of us bought this set for that shiny, sparkly stag, right? I know I did. I don't much like the trees (oh no, there's some of that negativity again), and I definitely think they've done better trees before (the Forbidden Forest set that came out in the last HP wave, which had Hagrid and Voldemort? Those trees were gorgeous, I bought a heap of those to spruice out my own Forbidden Forest), but I mean, they're interesting, visually.

Plus, I imagine this will go great alongside the Aragog set that came out last year.

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By in United States,

A truly awesome set at a modest price, that mold can be used in future sets as well.

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By in United States,

Rating sets that are basically minifigure packs is tough. Especially licensed sets that are basically minifigure packs. You are always spending money on a tiny side build (that's actually the main build because it's the only thing in the set).

However, the scene this set is from is basically trees and water so it's a perfect set for a small build. The minifigures included are appropriate and nothing is missing. For $20 or less it basically ticks all of the boxes for such an iconic scene with the stag being a great selling point, even if it does add a few dollars to the price tag all by itself.

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By in United Arab Emirates,

I am imagining that stag will be recoloured and serve as a Sven for some forthcoming Frozen set.

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By in Hungary,

B_Space_Man: It does not seems to be removable.

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By in Serbia,

Minifigures and stag are great. Trees are awful (seriously, we now get facade-only trees as well?).

Looking at the value for price, compare to https://brickset.com/sets/60234-1/People-Pack-Fun-Fair

In this set, we get 4 minifigures and 1 large animal

In the city pack which costs twice as much, we get 14 minifigures and a bicycle cart which I feel is comparable in production cost to the animal. So, is the Harry Potter license worth roughly 3 minifigures? Probably not. Which is why I'll get this set when I can get it discounted.

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By in Norway,

Sven already got a mould in set 41066: Anna & Kristoff's Sleigh Adventure!

I really hope for a red deer stag mould in i natural colour will come in the future, to bad in can not move its head..

It is a great set, and I will probably buy two!

Love the new HP/WW sets we got these last two years :D

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By in Norway,

While I'm not sure if I care about the set myself, I'm still a bit curious how hard it would be to separate the halves of the stag to put some LEDs inside (those cheap "lunar white" ones should fit nicely, but blue is also an option). Are they snapped or fused together, and would you need to get two and sacrifice one half of each?

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By in United Kingdom,

I think I'd have preferred the stag to have a 2x2 cutout in the back but that's for better compatability with all the Friends riding stuff.
Still want several.
The rest of the set, not being a HP fan, I can pass on

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By in Venezuela,

Great minifigs, a beautiful new element, a bunch of leaves, and it's cheap enough!
This one goes straight to my Wanted list!
And I definitely see the potential for any army builders out there wanting to terrorise their magical youth!

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By in United States,

I have not collected the HP theme up to this point but this is yet another set from this new wave that I find myself desiring. Hagrid’s Hut being the other. Appreciate the reviews!

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By in United States,

The only HP stuff I've bought have been a few CMFs, since I'm not a huge potterhead, but this set is another example of Harry Potter's excellent resurgence as a Lego theme. The last Sirius Black we got was way back in like, what, 2004? Amazing update, glad to get more Dementors (time to head to BL to start an army), and the stag is awesome. I want the new stag mold in realistic colors, and maybe this year's Winter Village/Christmas set has it in reindeer deco. Honestly, not much more to the set than this. Great figures, awesome animal, decent price. Won't buy the whole set, but the figures and animal are all future Bricklink hunts.

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By in United Kingdom,

Literally only buying this for the stag and the figs. Black might have been more accurate for Harry's jacket. The hair piece is right though. I think the collectable minifigs one was more of a Goblet of Fire Harry despite the different hairpiece in this year's sets.
Love the ghost part on the Dementors.
I actually don't mind the light print for Sirius's chest since he is deathly pale in the film. His hair piece might be good for a Revenge of the Sith Anakin or an Infinity War Bucky.

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By in United States,

I believe the radar dish is supposed to represent the patronus blast that scatters the Dementors away from their intended targets. In a set that actually features Dementors, and given that they regularly try to build play features into sets, it only makes sense that, if the radar dish is attached with a shooting element of some sort, it's meant to be shot rather than just hung there like a picture. It's unclear if that's what you're trying to say in the article.

@Brick't:
I remember being quite disappointed that the first Boba Fett minifig I held in my hands (out of the first minifig-scale-ish Slave I) had cockeyed print on the helmet. It improved with later releases of that element, but nothing they did after the fact could fix my first Boba Fett. Therefore, it came as a considerable surprise that the eyes on the CMF S2 Gorilla Suit Guy lined up _perfectly_ with the eyeholes on the mask. And that every other head from around the same time that I tried it on lined up as well. I also remember how the Batman type 2 cowl sat really low on the Batman minifig heads, to the point that the black line along the bottom of the white eye-band was clearly visible near the centerline of the eye holes. And that sometime after the release of the Electrosuit Batman they revised the mold for that cowl so it sits higher on the head just to make it line up with the existing print. Partly this kept things standardized with the type 1 cowl, and partly it meant that the eye-band wouldn't be more exposed below the hairline when Bruce Wayne isn't wearing the cowl. So, they're still not perfect, but they're clearly intent on keeping quality standards high.

@Zordboy:
The stag is definitely a draw, but it's not the _only_ draw. This caps Dementors at a firm $10 each, where Bricklink has them selling for ~$9 on average over the last six months. Now you get extra parts (including both rare and new elements) and the patronus. The set costs less than the average sold price on the only other minifig of Sirius Black, so a lot of people are going take advantage of this release to fill that hole in their collection, or upgrade from the rather sorry looking previous version. The market is likely to be flooded with this iteration of Harry, so that's one thing that won't really boost sales, but there's a lot more going on here than the stag.

@Roebuck:
Well, yeah...but he's built for a Friends saddle, not a minifig one. So, rounded top, 2x2 notch, cartoony design... I'm not holding out hope that they'll actually kick off a Frozen minifig-based theme (the two CMFs are probably the extent of what we'll see), but the only stuff from the Disney Princess Frozen sets I consider to be compatible with minifigs are Olaf, Marshmallow, and the little Snowgies.

@Toc13:
It was made for a minifig theme, so it gets a minifig-compatible saddle notch.

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By in Denmark,

Looks so cool! First time I have ordered on release day. I am getting 4 copies.

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