"to begin, the jet is a pretty good one for a kid. my 7 year old enjoys it as he does all things that fly. the cargo area is a bit tight, so a few modifications were needed to more smoothly shove several minifigures inside.
the minifigure selection is basic: capt marvel looks ok, young fury looks good, and the skrull Talos looks decent enough, though a bit too bright skinned in my opinion.
this being the only set from the movie i believe it could've/should've been more. one jet, three figures and a cat? just from the previews alone there's so much more than that to this movie. there's space battles, Ronan the Accuser, Korath the Pursuer. much more could've been added to this set, or a second set, to help it shine a lot more."
"pretty basic set: sewer babies, citizen, and emmet. along with the front end of an early '90's taxi.
the sewer babies are a great addition for an apocalypsberg accessory set, since we've never had them in a set before. the random citizen is a great addition as well, since random minifigures are always great for a city scene (even a half destroyed city) emmet...really? we currently have 11 sets with emmet, as well as a collectible minifigure of emmet, as well as a polybag with emmet, and a pod with emmet. ah, heck...we also have a keychain with emmet. the spot in this accessory kit would have been better served with another random citizen, a 3rd sewer baby, or even another apocalypse cat variation for Sherry Scratchen-Post. accessory kits like this should be reserved for the more limited minifigures in order to build up scenes. um...please."
"there's not much that can really be said about these pods. they're basic, and pretty cool. a great way to store and display all your ninjas (or other minifigures like the Vader pod).
the only thing that tryly bugs me about these ninjago pods is the fact that all the ninjas weren't released in a single wave like the various spinners and fliers have been. it'd been great to get them all in a single wave instead of hoping that all of them will ever be released as a kendo training pod and finish the collection.
so more pods please, especially as a more completed wave."
"this is a cool little set and the batman is as good as any collectible minifigure. the parademons are the same from other sets they've been in and this set helps build their numbers. the nightmare batman is an awesome idea with great detail. i bought two of these sets, one for me to stick the batman minifigure on my shelf, and one set for my son so he can have some play. the only thing I can really come up with that would've improved this set is for a cloth trench coat that the minifigure can actually wear. in general, there is one thing that could be improved upon for all batmen: the cowl (helmet) which has been around for a long time. i'm thinking a dual moulded cowl consisting of the helm piece with eye hole inserts in white or red or something else. that would enable a full bruce wayne face (without the white head band to mimic the eyes) to be used. when you take off the cowl, just put on some hair; that would also allow builders to use any face they want. in closing, anyone who just enjoys a unique batman, especially one that is in the future, will consider this a must have."
"definitely a good addition to the whomping willow set. it's pretty basic, but still fun to play with. the Aragog spider build is great, even having front mandibles that can move. and the posing of the legs is great; even able to set him on the roof of the Hogwart's castle. you get a handful of the new spiderlings, which are pretty nice. except no clip at the front of the mouth anymore. The side build is pretty decent. don't play with the shooting web feature much but the print for it looks good. ron and harry are nicely printed, as are all the minifigures in this new release of harry potter sets.
Just a great little set; about the size of a star wars battle pack (minus two figures). makes me wonder if we can get a harry potter character pack, similiar to a star wars battle pack in size. 4 new characters, 1 from each house (griffendor, slitherin, ravenclaw, hufflepuff) so we can get a basic uniform top in 4 different colors. 1 short leg, 1 of the newer short legs, 2 adult legs. then we can mix and match and build up more students for MOCs."
"I missed all the past Harry Potter releases throughout the years, and i have to say I'm not upset about it because this new wave is refreshing. I'll start with a brief upset over this set (it's like the only real gripe i can come up with): Dumbledore's office is...missing. It's only a brief upset because after i added the whomping willow set to this one i did a few changes to snapes office and turned it into Dumbledore's office (even added Dumbledore's vision plate and Tom Riddle's diary from the collectible minifigures) Oh, well...one more minor complaint...the pier keeps falling off. Will have to anchor it on better when i get a chance. The rest of this set is great and visually satisfying; especially from the exterior. There's just so much to appreciate that's it's best to just make the purchase, build, and enjoy. Even the sorting hat is awesome to look at. Oh, and if you get the triwizard cup from the collectible minifigures consider placing it behind the professor's table in the great hall. I'm hoping they release more additions to the castle like the Whomping Willow set. Maybe adding a library, green house, and defense against dark arts class room along with Hagrid's hut?"
"I've never wanted a complete minifigure collection before...until now. Anyone who loves Harry Potter will love these minifigs. And not just one or two of them, but all of them. I'll list my only real gripe about this set before I get to the good things. The 3x4 display plates don't have print on them like the last Batman series had. I know there's technically two sagas represented here (Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts) but some print would've been cool. The best part are the short, bendable legs. I didn't even know they were doing this for this series. It sort of fills in an age gap with Legos minifigures; I guess they'd be early teens? When you put a minifig torso on the old style legs, they're just a little shorter than when you put them on these new short legs. Another awesome new thing is the new dresses or long robes piece that used to be a 2x2x3 slope. This updated version has longer studs on it (just like the legs) so the torso doesn't fall off every time you move your minifigure. It's also a little shorter than the 2x2x3 so when your minifigure stands next to a minifigure with regular long legs they're the same height. All the characters have great accessories. My favorites are all of the pets (which all have unique prints) and anything that goes perfectly with the Hogwarts castle (I put Dumbledore's vision dish in his office and the Triwizard Cup is behind the teacher's table in the great hall; replacing that cheesy gold one). I'm really hoping for one or two more of these minifigure series collections over the next year or so to fill in more of the students and professors."
"this is only my second train and it's really a beauty. we built it per instructions first to get us started and appreciate it. my 2 year old took to it immediately, even climbing the baby gate to assault the train. because it's not motorized it's a prety simple build, and even a simple review. it's good looking with nice gold accents. the effect the wheels have as they turn is really fun to watch. the coal car is empty and has had several minifigures hidden in there already. the passenger car is simple, but effective. i love that the side can detach for easier access and the candy cart is a decent addition. the rail station is pretty nice looking for the price, and i love the newspaper stand and the "sirius black" wanted poster is cool. the clock's hands on the bridge can actually move and i keep using it to quiz my 6 year old on how to tell time.
i have since motorized the hogwarts train. my first train was the christmas village train that i motorized so i already had a battery box and receiver. i bought a medium motor and stuck it in the hogwarts engine with the receiver. the battery box is in the coal car. it was a slight rebuild but worth it. my only gripes about this set are the lack of tracks and even the lack of ease to attach the station to already owned tracks. i'm not too annoyed about the train not being motorized (not everyone wants a motorized train) but making it motorized sure could've been a little easier. lastly, having the magnetic bumpers from coal car to passener car would've been a lot nicer looking. adding two more passenger cars is on my to do list as is upgrading the train station a little bit."
"though i don't quite get the rules of quidditch (he who catches the snitch wins the entire game...no matter how hard every other player on the opposite team has been trying) this was a new harry potter set and therefore had to get it. actually, i didn't buy this one til a couple days after i bought the rest of the new sets because i wasn't going to get it at first. my 6 year old talked me into it. the set in general is definitely more of a kid's set. it'd take about 4 of these sets all combined into one for this set to really be impressive for most adults. it's just a quidditch game field: 4 small towers and a goal. the minifigures are colorful and detailed. my kid likes "playing" the game of quidditch, though i've talked him out of using the snitch game piece. just seems too easy to "win" the game. i've added a couple jumper pieces to the build under the goals to hold the storage chest and the trophy. that way everything has a place. going to add some clips to the side or rear of the towers to hold all the brooms that came with the set and drako's green broom too. probably a few more clips for a few more brooms in case we get more quidditch players. a place for everything. it's not a great set to me, but my boy likes it enough."
"this set is a great addition for the new wave of H.P. sets coming out, especially is you have the castle to attach it to.
the car is pretty cool, and it can actually hold both minifigs (not side by side though) and the trunk can open and holds two suitcases. the whomping willow can hold the car and spin it until the car goes flying (comes with a couple huge stickers, but they're not too bad to attach). though the set is named after the whomping willow, the castle build is what i was truly aiming for to add it to the larger hogwarts castle. snapes office is pretty cool but i turned it to dumbledore's office instead (dumbledore needed more space). even added a pedestal to hold his memory plate from the collectible minifigures series and a clip to hold tom riddle's book that came with dobby. the potions lab is pretty fun to play in though my 6 year old wanted desks, so i threw some together from my other pieces and they just sit on the table near the classroom. also added a clip on the wall to hold mad eye moody's potion from the collectible minis. i love that the car can drive through the entry gate, and i can't wait to see if the carriage from the upcoming grindlewald's escape can fit also. slightly remodled the owlery so it can fit both the owls now (harry's and cho's) the dormitory is pretty basic, just a couple of beds.
i'm hoping more expansion sets like this are in the works; or will be soon. maybe the next expansion can include settings such as the defence against dark arts classroom and a greenhouse so i have someplace to put my mandrakes which are also from the collectible minis series.
all i can say in final is if you get the castle, get this set too. it's well worth it to expand your school."