"This is a great BrickHead that I have had on display since I got it and it will be built every October.
The seasonal BrickHeads come with some additional side builds which really create a scene for the figure. In this case a cauldron over a fire and a spooky tree.
Although there are no printed pieces on the figure the addition of a nose and the curled toes on her boots are really great touches. I also like how the cloak wraps around her shoulders giving it a more complete look.
"I got started with BrickHeadz because of my Harry Potter fandom. I saw this set in a store and decided to get it and I am glad I did!
This is a great looking model. The hair is the most difficult part of the build but it is worth it! It looks amazing with all the shaping and textures from all the pieces.
I really like the printed 2X4 tile with the BrickHeadz logo and series number, which isn't found in the newer sets. I also appreciate all the printed pieces that are used to bring the character to life.
The hair makes the model a bit heavy in the back and it can tip easily. The first series of BrickHeadz came with a 4X6 plate for the base, whereas, the newer ones come with a 6X6 plate for more stability.
To me, BrickHeadz are really designed as display pieces so not much playability with this set.
Overall a very great display piece and a great addition to your BrickHeadz collection."
"I ordered this set as soon as it was available. The promotional pictures looked really good and I was excited to see a set based on a scene from the Fantastic Beasts sequel. The set didn't disappoint the completed carriage looks great and the two minifigures are well done.
I thought the build was easy to average to complete. I liked the new Thestral and the incorporation of the harness is really well done. The dual molded wings look great!
The carriage looks really good with the newer doors and some recolored vegetation pieces cleverly used as accents. It is easy to access the carriage through the doors or by removing the roof. The wheels look really good and complete the overall look.
There are a few drawbacks, this is a relatively delicate set so it can't take any rough play. The connection to the Thestral comes apart easily and the wheels are a bit wobbly because they are so narrow. The range of motion on the front wheels is only about 90 degrees so the carriage makes wide turns.
Although I really like the new skirt piece it is too big to allow Seraphina Picquery to be placed correctly into the driver's seat.
There is some decent play value with the shooting spell accessories which work well. You can also drive or fly the carriage when using a bit of care.
I also appreciate Seraphina's purple wand, nice to see this part in a different color.
This set makes a great display model and a decent play model for older kids."
"As a fan of the new Fantastic Beasts series, I was very happy to see Lego releasing some sets. I bought this set for the magical creatures that looked great in the promotional pictures. They did not disappoint!
There are three creatures to build Erumpent, Occamy and Thunderbird. Each is an interesting build but the Thunderbird is the most impressive. The Occamy has a lot of articulation and can be posed many ways but takes some effort to get it to stand on its own. The Erumpent is a very solid build and a good representation of the animal.
The case takes some time to build with many small pieces. It looks really nice closed and there are several play features when opened. I like some of the little details like the rock pathway, bucket and the photo of Leta Lestrange.
The minifigures are very good with all the main characters in the movie. Providing a good way to recreate scenes from the movie or your own ideas.
The overall set was smaller than I expected but it does have a lot of small details. The buildable creatures are certainly the highlight of the set. Although the niffler is a great character as well."
"I was extremely pleased to see the new release of the Hogwart's Express. I wasn't able to get one of the previous versions so I was very excited to get this new one.
This is a great set starting off with some incredible minifigures. Of course, you get the big three; Harry, Ron and Hermonie, but I really like the addition of the trolley lady, Professor Lupin and the Dementor. I think the Dementor is the best figure in the set. I really like the transparent base with the black painting. It really gives a spooky floating look to the figure.
Platform 9 3/4 is a great build and it looks fantastic. I really like how they incorporated both a muggle and wizarding world side. The printed newspapers and stickers add some great detail to the scene. I especially like how the lamps are very different on each side of the hidden door.
Building the train was straightforward but it required some attention to detail. The finished train looks really good and follows the 2-3-0 configuration of the engine from the movie. There is a hinged piece in front that allows the front wheels to be locked in place for play or released to run on a track.
I would have liked to have had at least a few track pieces included with the set. I think it would have really finished off the look of the platform. Fortunately, there is enough space to add tracks if you wish. I would have also like to have seen instructions for incorporating the new Powered UP system. Just think of the possibilities of some Hogwart's Express sound in the Lego Powered UP app.
The passenger car is a simple build but it has a good amount of detail. It includes seating for four and a spot to store the trolley. It is too narrow to move the trolley through the car with all the sides on though. Fortunately, the designers made sure the roof and one side are easy to remove for play.
A few of tiny nitpicks, there is no engineer included with the set, I suppose the train is driven by magic. I would have liked a caboose which is a rarity with Lego trains. A second car with a different scene would also be a nice feature. Perhaps an expansion set?
If you like Lego trains or Harry Potter this is a great addition to your collection."
"I have been a Harry Potter fan since the books first came out. I have several of the original Harry Potter Lego sets and I was very pleased to see some new sets being released this year.
This is a very well priced set with two great minifigures Ron and Harry. I really like the new lantern and candle pieces that are included with the set as well. Although the lantern is a bit heavy for the short-legged minifigures so they will need to be on a baseplate to stand while holding it.
The new spider mold makes great looking spiders and you get five of them in two different colors!
Most of the build is quite easy and there is a friction shooter piece that allows you to shoot a web. Aragog himself is a bit more difficult to build and to get all the legs positioned well. However, it does allow for a lot of movement of the figure. It took me a little bit to get all the legs positioned to all be touching the ground.
The forest build is a bit small but it does have some nice detail. It provides a decent backdrop for the scene as well as a place for a couple of those great small spiders.
This is a great set for any Harry Potter fan to own. It is inexpensive and very fun to build. It has some good playability for younger fans and also looks great as a display piece for us older fans."
"This is a must have for any Harry Potter fan. Quidditch is a big part of the Harry Potter universe and an essential part of a Harry Potter collection.
This is a very colorful set that includes all four houses and a lot of playability. From being able to move the keeper, shooting bludgers and quaffles not to mention Hermione's flame distraction of Snape. This set can be used to re-create many of the movie scenes.
The towers use bright colors and the use of stickers is appropriate. The towers are a bit small and two of the towers float which is good and bad. It allows for creating a bigger playing field but also reduces the look of a complete Quidditch pitch.
As some have mentioned a companion set with additional players, Ron as a keeper perhaps? Would be a welcome addition to the Wizarding World. I would like to see another goal set up along with some bleachers to complete the Quidditch pitch.
Overall a great display piece with a lot of playability as well. If you're a Harry Potter fan I would recommend getting this set."
"I have been anticipating this set since it was announced and I purchased it on the first day it was available. The set did not disappoint! The build was challenging but very fun with several interesting building techniques. There is some repetition on the pedestal section which is to be expected. However, the base looks excellent when finished. Lady Liberty herself looks great from all angles. The use of many smaller bricks and building techniques adds realistic texture to the model. Truly an impressive representation of an iconic symbol. Because of all the small pieces and texture, the model can be a bit fragile. Some of the pieces can fall off when handling or moving the model. This means playability of this set is limited. Of course, this is not a factor when it is used as a display piece. Using the flat plate for the face is a bit of a disappointment it would have been nice to have a print or texture instead.
Overall this is a fantastic set and a great addition to the architecture line."