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The #71043 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle is a seriously impressive set with over 6,000 pieces, and an overall size of over 22” (58cm) high, 27” (69cm) wide and 16” (43cm) deep. This massive set features the Great Hall, the Defense Against the Dark Arts classroom, the Chessboard Chamber, the Room of Requirement, the Chamber of Secrets, the hidden Devils Snare room, the Gryffindor common room, Professor Dolores Umbridge’s office, the library, and Professor Dumbledore’s office. Also included are the hut of Hagrid, the Whomping Willow tree, 5 little boats, 4 regular minifigs (Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Salazar Slytherin and Rowena Ravenclaw), and 27 microfigures to populate the castle. 🙂

While the #71043 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle is huge and very impressive, it does not include the entire Hogwarts Castle from the films. This inspired a number of Harry Potter fans to expand the original set and design the additional structures themselves. One such project was done by a German LEGO fan who goes by the name DERDOOR. His XXL Hogwarts Castle expands from the original set by adding additional buildings and rockwork around the entire structure. He even included lights!

Although not everyone may be able to invest such a significant amount of time and money in a LEGO project, it is still very inspirational to look through the pictures. I have included some of them above, and you can find more at DERDOOR’s flickr gallery. And below, I have added video footage, highlighting how beautiful the set looks at night with all those lights!

Another, somewhat smaller expansion of the #71043 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle was done by LEGO fan, ryankroboth. This version of the Hogwarts Castle is around 34″x54″ in size, and includes around 25,000 pieces in total. Ryankroboth purchased two sets, built the first one, and used the pieces from the second one for the extension. However, he still needed extra pieces to finish the project. Some nice features of this version is that the original set didn’t need much alteration, and that the additional structures are built in the same style, using similar decorations and other details to blend in with the original set.

This project is actually quite doable. If you are able to purchase two #71043 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle set (they are $399.99 each), you are already a good way there. For the rest of the needed pieces that you don’t have, you can use BrickLink.com. Although step-by-step building instructions are not available at the moment, ryankroboth freely shares the Stud.io digital file as well as the parts-list for the build. You can download them here: HARRY POTTER CASTLE DROPBOX FILE. To open the file, download Stud.io, BrickLink’s own digital design and rendering software for LEGO models. It is free to use, and it is tied together with the BrickLink shopping site, so you can easily order the extra parts you need.

The #71043 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle is a beautiful set in itself. It provides a satisfying building experience, looks great on display, and is full of references to the Harry Potter saga. If you want to expand the enjoyment of the set and make it even more special, you might consider building an extension for it. To learn more about the original set, go to the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle Review, and if you don’t have it already, you can find it at the LEGO Harry Potter section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? Do you have the #71043 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle already? Have you thought about expanding it to make it a more complete Castle based on the films? And what do you think of the expansion ideas featured here? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉

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Over the past months, the LEGO Ideas review board has been eagerly reviewing the ten creative product ideas that reached 10,000 supporters between May and September 2018. A couple of days ago, the LEGO Ideas review team announced two projects that will be produced as official LEGO sets. See details below. 🙂

Steamboat Willie by Hungarian LEGO fan Máté Szabó (a.k.a. szabomate90) celebrates over 90 years of Disney’s Iconic True Original Mickey Mouse with its nostalgic design. Máté beautifully captured the classic animated film in rarely seen grayscale to achieve a beautiful black-and-white effect. If you’d like to learn more about Máté then make sure to check out his 10K Club Interview at the LEGO Ideas website.

The Central Perk Coffee of Friends by French LEGO fan Aymeric Fievet (a.k.a. Mric76) is a faithful replica of the Central Perk café from the hit TV show Friends, including all the favorite and memorable characters. From Phoebe and her guitar (surely about to play “Smelly Cat”) to the whole gang chilling in the sofa’s enjoying their drinks, Aymeric’s submission captures all the iconic moments from the TV show. For more than 10 years, this series has gathered millions of fans around the world, and continues to attract both old fans and younger generations. If you’d like to learn more about Aymeric then make sure to check out his 10K Club Interview at the LEGO Ideas website.

Both of the sets are expected to launch sometime in 2019, however the LEGO Ideas team is still working out the final product design, pricing and availability. Check out the announcement below presented by host Ali Plumb and LEGO Ideas Associate Engagement Manager, Hasan Jensen. They will talk more about both of the selected projects.

In the meantime, the next batch of LEGO Ideas projects are already in review. The LEGO Ideas team is considering five product ideas that reached 10,000 supporters between September 2018 and early January 2019 as possible future LEGO sets. Results will be shared of the in the summer of 2019. There are some really good projects in this period, including the Dinosaurs Fossils Skeletons Natural History Collection, the Chemical Plant, the Food Stand Diners, the Playable Piano, and the Queen Victoria Cruise Ship.

Also, don’t forget that the #21316 LEGO Ideas The Flintstones set is available for LEGO VIP members starting today (general release will be on March 1st). You can find the set, along with all the other LEGO Ideas sets originally submitted by LEGO fans, at the LEGO Ideas section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? How do you like the Steamboat Willie and The Central Perk Coffee of Friends projects? Are you planning to get either of them, or both? And which one of the projects do you like most from the next review period? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉

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LEGO Movie Maker set, app & challenge!

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One of the recently released sets for The LEGO Movie 2 is the #70820 LEGO Movie 2 Movie Maker. This is the third LEGO Movie Maker set, after the #853650 LEGO Batman Movie Maker, and the #853702 LEGO Ninjago Movie Maker. All three of the sets feature a brick-built movie stage, a double-sided cardboard backdrop […]

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New York Toy Fair new LEGO sets & themes

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LEGO The Flintstones pictures & more!

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You might remember that back in October of last year, the LEGO Ideas team announced that The Flintstones project by Andrew Clark was selected to become an official LEGO Ideas set. (You can read more about the designer and the project here: LEGO Ideas Treehouse & The Flintstones). This morning, the LEGO Ideas team revealed […]

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LEGO tiny house on wheels & pickup truck

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The tiny-house movement is an architectural and social movement that advocates living simply in small homes. It’s a return to simplicity from the ever-increasing size of family homes. Although the movement has been around since at least the 1970s, it got a lot of traction after the 2008 recession. There were even TV shows dedicated […]

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Valentine’s Day projects, products & more!

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For LEGO fans, any holiday or event is a great excuse/opportunity to be creative. To celebrate Valentine’s Day, LEGO fan Jason Allemann built a custom Valentine’s Day pop-up book based on the #21315 LEGO Ideas Pop-Up Book, originally submitted to LEGO Ideas by Jason and fellow LEGO fan, Grant Davis. Check out this sweet red […]

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LEGO Chinese Dragon Dance design & more!

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The recently released #80102 LEGO Chinese New Year Dragon Dance is a beautiful set many LEGO fans wish they could add to their collection. Unfortunately, the set (along with two other Chinese New Year sets) is limited-release and only available in China and Asia Pacific markets (you can read more about all three sets here: […]

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My LEGO City: a personal story – Part 7

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(Written by Mark H. Avery) In this series, I have been sharing my own personal story in the LEGO hobby, including slowly building up a collection of sets from the 1970s to the 1990s, and constructing a LEGO city. If you like, you can read Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5 […]

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LEGO Movie 2 Collectible Minifigs & more!

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While most of The LEGO Movie 2 sets were released in January, The LEGO Movie 2 Collectible Minifigures didn’t become available until the beginning of February. The LEGO Movie 2 Collectible Minifigures series includes twenty characters. They are as follows: Emmet, Battle-Ready Lucy, Apocalypse Benny, Giraffe Guy, Crayon Girl, Sherry Scratchen-Post with Scarfield, Hula Lula, […]

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