Earlier this week, the brand new #71043 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle became available for LEGO VIP members (general release will be on September 1st). This is currently one of the most talked about sets in LEGO fan communities and on social media, and for good reasons. For some, it was an instant buy, while others are still on the fence about it. It’s a massive model that comes with a hefty price tag, so it makes sense to hear the opinions of other LEGO fans, and read and watch reviews before pulling out your wallet. 🙂
The designer-video by the LEGO set designer and graphic designer was very interesting (watch here), however, it is still a good idea to watch independent reviews from LEGO fans who are not affiliated with the LEGO Group. Fortunately, yesterday JANGBRiCKS uploaded his own review with both the positive and negative (yes, there are some) aspects of the set. This is a big set, so the review is long (about 40 minutes), but you will have a chance to check out all the details and features. So sit back, and enjoy to tour of the Hogwarts Castle!
The video was very informative, isn’t it? I appreciate JANG covering not just what he appreciated about the set, but also some of the features that could have been done better, like including more of the iconic buildings (and less interior details), having less stickers, and avoiding building techniques that put elements under stress. I also found the comparison pictures at the end of the video very helpful, with the #71043 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle next to other large LEGO sets, like the #71040 LEGO Disney Castle, LEGO Modular Buildings, #75159 LEGO Star Wars Death Star, some large LEGO Technic sets, and more. Hopefully, the review will help you make a more informed decision when deciding to purchase this set.
For your convenience, I’m also reposting the official description of the set with all the stats and details to aid you in watching the review: Make the magic come alive at the #61043 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle! This highly detailed LEGO Harry Potter collectible has over 6,000 pieces and offers a rewarding build experience. It comes packed with highlights from the Harry Potter series, where you will discover towers, turrets, chambers, classrooms, creatures, the Whomping Willow and Hagrid´s hut, plus many more iconic features. Includes 4 minifigures: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Salazar Slytherin and Rowena Ravenclaw, with a buildable minifigure display stand. Also features 27 microfigures: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Draco Malfoy, Albus Dumbledore, Professor Snape, Professor McGonagall, Remus Lupin, Professor Dolores Umbridge, Argus Filch, Lord Voldemort, Bellatrix Lestrange, 3 students from each of the 4 houses, 2 chess pieces and the Architect of Hogwarts statue, and 5 Dementors, plus Aragog the spider and the Basilisk figures, and a buildable Hungarian Horntail dragon. Hogwarts Castle measures over 22” (58cm) high, 27” (69cm) wide and 16” (43cm) deep. 6,020 pieces. Price: $399.99 – BUY HERE
Personally, I really like the #71043 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle, but I’m coming from the perspective of a LEGO Castle fan, not a Harry Potter fan. I think that it is a gorgeous castle that could be easily repurposed to host medieval knights, kings and queens! If you are primarily a Harry Potter fan, you may consider the #71043 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle for display, or you might just want to stick with the minifig-scale sets, which come with equally well-designed structures, and I’m sure there will be more to come. You can find all the new sets at the LEGO Harry Potter section of the Online LEGO Shop.
What do you think? How do you like the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle? Did you find the review informative? Did it change your mind in regards to purchasing or passing on this set? Are there any features that you really like or don’t like? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉
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