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LEGO Fantastic Beasts sets review & thoughts

We already discussed the first wave of the LEGO Harry Potter sets that has been released last month (see: LEGO Harry Potter Sets Overview & Thoughts), and we also talked about the recently released LEGO Harry Potter Collectible Minifig Series (see: LEGO Harry Potter Collectible Minifigures), and the massive #71043 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle (see: LEGO Harry Potter Castle Available Now!). However, there are two more sets we haven’t touched on yet, both related to the Fantastic Beasts films. So, let’s take a look. 🙂

In case you haven’t seen the movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is a spin-off and prequel to the Harry Potter film series, and was written and produced by J.K. Rowling herself, based on her 2001 book of the same name. Both the book and the 2016 film are great fun, mostly focusing on the magical creatures in the Harry Potter universe. A sequel, titled Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, is scheduled for November of this year.

Fantastic Beasts offers great potential for turning many of its scenes and characters into LEGO sets, but for now, we are only getting two. The #75952 LEGO Harry Potter Newt’s Case of Magical Creatures features Newt’s famous magical briefcase built of basic LEGO elements. The case can open up and fold out to reveal a nest with an Occamy egg, shelter, and grooming areas. The case measures over 5” (13cm) high, 6” (16cm) wide and 1” (4cm) deep when closed, and over 2” (6cm) high, 11” (30cm) wide and 3” (10cm) deep when opened out.

Characters include three lovely brick-built creatures; Erumpent, Occamy and Thunderbird. In addition we also get a cute little Niffler, and a Bowtruckle, represented by a carrot top, which is funny. The four highly-detailed minifigures are Newt Scamander, Jacob Kowalski, Tina Goldstein, and Queenie Goldstein. A good set overall, although it would have been nice if the creatures can actually fit inside the case for transportation. I think even a solid plastic case could have worked, with pieces inside to build different creatures. For a brick-built case that can transform, however, this set is as good as it gets at a low price-point. You can check out the details of the set in the video-review below. 694 pieces. Price: $49.99 – BUY HERE

The second new Fantastic Beast set, #75951 LEGO Harry Potter Grindelwald’s Escape is based on the upcoming film, so we don’t know all the details yet, but we can see the inspiration for the carriage in the film’s trailer. The simultaneously beautiful and creepy horse-looking winged creature is a Thestral, which can only be seen by those who have witnessed death… as I said, creepy…

The two minifigures included are Gellert Grindelwald and Seraphina Picquery. Both come with their respective wands (including a purple one!), and some shooting spell accessories. This is a nice set overall, especially as the carriage is generic enough to be used in other applications. 132 pieces. Price: $19.99 – BUY HERE

The LEGO Harry Potter sets have been excellent overall, with special focus on getting the details as authentic as possible both for the structures and for the characters. It looks like the LEGO Fantastic Beasts sets are also just as nice, and hopefully we will get more in the near future. I especially would like to see more creatures, and the recreation of some of the magical settings. You can find all the currently available sets at the LEGO Harry Potter section of the Online LEGO Shop.

Also, remember that during the entire month of August, LEGO VIP members can earn Double VIP Points on two LEGO Harry Potter sets; the #75952 LEGO Harry Potter Newt’s Case of Magical Creatures, and the #75953 LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Whomping Willow. See the LEGO Harry Potter section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? How do you like the LEGO Fantastic Beasts sets? Do you have either of them already? And how about any of the LEGO Harry Potter sets? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below! 😉

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  • Jay-Mouth of Lightning August 23, 2018, 10:50 AM

    this is off topic but did anyone else see that lego is rebooting ninjago? like they’re remaking old sets including spinners??!! is this true?? cause if it is im hyped i’ve been wanting new spinners so bad lol

    • admin August 23, 2018, 2:33 PM

      Yes, there is some news circulating like that, based on the information that was shared at the San Diego Comic-Con. What the details are is not clear yet, but I would also love to have the spinners back! 😀

      • Håkan August 23, 2018, 5:32 PM

        Ha. Everything old is new again!

        Of course, the core audience would be too young to remember the original sets, anyway…

        • admin August 23, 2018, 5:53 PM

          That’s very true. Unless, they parents had them or something. 😀

  • brickmaster August 23, 2018, 2:30 PM

    The carriage is great. Not sure about the suitcase.

    • admin August 23, 2018, 2:34 PM

      Yeah, the carriage is generic enough to use in pretty much any setting. The case is an interesting concept we haven’t seen before.

  • Legostuff14 August 23, 2018, 2:52 PM

    Newt’ S suitcase is a fun build. While you are building the inside, it takes you on the outside . Almost like it’s reminding us ” oh, remember you are still building a suitcase.” I love the creatures. Off topic I just finished building ninjago’s dragon pit . A very intricate build.

    • admin August 23, 2018, 5:21 PM

      Oh, that’s clever about the suitcase! How do you like the Dragon Pit?

  • FrenchToast August 23, 2018, 2:55 PM

    We will wait until we see if there are other FB sets to see if it is worth getting them or just stick with the HP sets.

    • admin August 23, 2018, 5:20 PM

      Sounds like a good plan! 😀

  • sammy August 23, 2018, 3:21 PM

    The two bird looking things in the suitcase are very beautiful. The rest I don’t care that much about.

  • TomTom August 23, 2018, 3:34 PM

    Did you guys see the video where Jang talk about the Hogwarts Castle having an illegal technique? Admin, can you confirm this?

    • admin August 23, 2018, 5:20 PM

      Yeah, I want to check that out myself as some people are saying they didn’t have that issue.

  • Legostuff14 August 23, 2018, 8:08 PM

    I love the dragon pit . Next week I’m going to build the two dragon sets.(can’t wait). Next purchase, the dieselnaut.( not for a couple of months). Oh, wait until I tell about the ninjago city docks set ( after I build it of course). I’m thinking about of having an all battle with all of the older ninjago sets and bad/Good guys. This means I would have put away my Harry potter sets . It’s almost worth it just to see the display.

    • admin August 23, 2018, 9:59 PM

      That sounds like a great idea and an awesome battle! Make sure Pythor is there! 😈

  • Legostuff14 August 23, 2018, 11:22 PM

    Sadly I don’t have that character. So, I’m going to have garmadon rule it all ( for the bad guys aways).

    • admin August 24, 2018, 5:52 PM

      That’s even better! 😈

  • Legostuff14 August 23, 2018, 11:36 PM

    …..Or maybe the overlord ? I have the battle for ninjago city so the overlord has that spider walker thing that looks very menacing.

    • admin August 24, 2018, 5:53 PM

      More even better! 😈 😈

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