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Should you buy it? 75979 Hedwig

After my first taste of the world of Harry Potter with Diagon Alley I am back with my second Wizardy set review.  As part of my latest order from LEGO I decided to add in 75979 Hedwig simply because it seemed to be really popular. It’s also pretty cool looking.

In the opinion of somebody who doesn’t know his butterbeer from his Buckbeak, should you buy it?

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LEGO sent me Diagon Alley – Don’t tell them I’ve never read the books or seen the movies

A few weeks ago LEGO reached out to me with an offer – “Hey Michael, want to review something Harry Potter related?” Sure I said, assuming it was probably going to be the new Harry Potter minifigures. What arrived was the $599.99 Diagon Alley set. So let’s all agree not to tell LEGO that I’ve never actually seen a Harry Potter movie or read one of the books.

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Welcome to a review of Diagon Alley unburdened by concerns about accuracy, powered by quick Google searches and wiki pages.

Diagon Alley apparently has a lot of shops but included here are 6, split across 4 separate sections. You essentially get 4 half-modulars. With the street split over 4 baseplates you do have some flexibility in terms of how you present the finished model.

75978 Diagon Alley back in stock

It had been saying Sold Out at LEGO.com, but it appears that Diagon Alley has magically reappeared.

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If you are after this set I suggest getting in quick before it goes again.

Get yours here. [affiliate link]

LEGO Announces 75978 Diagon Alley

I am not sure why they are only announcing this a few hours before it becomes available but here we are…

Introducing 75978 Diagon Alley

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This massive set features 5,544 pieces and when built measures over a metre long.

Based on the first appearance of Diagon Alley in the first Harry Potter film, the set includes an impressive lineup of 14 minifigures: Harry, Ron, Hermione, Draco, Ginny, Molly Weasley, Ollivander, Fred and George, Gilderoy Lockhart, Lucius Malfoy, Hagrid, Florean Fortescue, the Daily Prophet photographer.

The set includes the following shops: Ollivanders™ Wand Shop, Scribbulus™ Writing Implements, Quality Quidditch™ Supplies, the Daily Prophet™, Florean Fortescue’s Ice Cream Parlor, Flourish & Blotts™ bookseller and Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes™. This is a modular design so each shop is separate.

There are so many details to this so you really need to check out the images below.

This set will be available here [affiliate link] on September 1st, for an Australian price of $599.99. I don’t know if this will go live exactly at midnight but I’d probably be staying up to check if you really want this one.

I received one of these just a few days ago so stay tuned for my review soon.

Gallery and official set description below.

On Sale: 25% Off Harry Potter At Myer

Myer is having a special one day only deal on all Harry Potter merchandise. Surprisingly this does actually include the LEGO Harry Potter range.

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You can check out the range on offer here. [affiliate link]

This sale ends at 11:59 PM AEST tonight so get in quick.

Unfortunately I can’t see a listing for Hogwarts Castle on the Myer website, but it probably would have been excluded anyway.

New Harry Potter Sets Are Here To Magically Drain Your Bank Account

Here is some exciting news for fans of the LEGO Harry Potter range – 6 new sets! These sets have officially been announced today with availability from June 1st. Pre-orders open April 30.

Here’s the detail of each set announced today… (additional box photos at the end of the post)

LEGO® Harry Potter™ Hogwarts™ Room of Requirement (75966)

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  • 193 pieces
  • The full model, when connected, measures over 2″ (7cm) high, 7″ (19cm) long and 2″ (6cm) deep. The different sections of the set can be attached in a variety of configurations to inspire new ways to play.
  • Includes 3 minifigures: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Luna Lovegood.
  • $29.99

LEGO® Harry Potter™ Forbidden Forest: Umbridge’s Encounter (75967) harry-potter-2020-sets-3

  • 253 pieces
  • The full model measures over 4” (12cm) high and Grawp stands over 5” (13cm) high, providing a magical large-scale model for use as part of kids’ role-play adventures or on display in their rooms.
  • Includes 3 minifigures: Harry Potter, Hermione Granger and Dolores Umbridge.
  • $49.99

LEGO® Harry Potter™ Hogwarts™ Astronomy Tower (75969)

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  • 971 pieces
  • The model measures over 15” (40cm) high, 11” (29cm) wide and 6” (17cm) deep and connects seamlessly with LEGO® Hogwarts™ sets 75953, 75954 and 75948.
  • Includes 8 minifigures Harry Potter, Hermione Granger, Horace Slughorn, Luna Lovegood, Neville Longbottom, Ron Weasley, Lavender Brown and Draco Malfoy.
  • $179.99

LEGO® Harry Potter™ 4 Privet Drive (75968)

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  • 797 pieces
  • The house measures over 6” (17cm) high, 6” (16cm) wide and 4” (12cm) deep and the car is over 4” (12cm) long. The large scale and authentic detail make this playset ideal for display as well as hands-on play.
  • Includes 6 minifigures: Includes 6 minifigures – Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Dudley Dursley, Vernon Dursley, Petunia Dursley and Dobby.
  • $99.99

LEGO® Harry Potter™ Hedwig™ (75979)

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  • 630 pieces
  • With a wingspan of over 13” (34cm) and a beak-to-tail measurement of over 7” (20cm), this mechanical Hedwig™ collectible LEGO® set makes an impressive display that is sure to be the center of attention.
  • $69.99

LEGO® Harry Potter™ Attack on The Burrow (75980)

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  • 1,047 pieces
  • The Weasley family house measures over 13” (34cm) high, 8” (22cm) wide and 7” (18cm) deep.
  • Includes 8 LEGO® minifigures: Ron, Ginny, Arthur and Molly Weasley, Nymphadora Tonks, Bellatrix Lestrange, Fenrir Greyback and Harry Potter
  • $149.99

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Official Details of The 2019 Harry Potter Sets

The 2018 return of LEGO Harry Potter was a huge success, so it’s no surprise that in 2019 we are getting a new wave.

LEGO have today sent out official details including Australian pricing. Here are all the sets that are going to destroy your bank balance. These sets are available from June 1st.

75945 Expecto Patronum!

$29.99 – 121 pieces

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  • Based on scenes from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™
  • Includes Harry Potter, Sirius Black and 2x Dementor LEGO Minifigures
  • Includes all new Stag Patronus charm element and a tree-based shooting function for when Harry casts the Expecto Patronum spell!
  • Features Harry Potter™ summoning his stag Patronus for the first time to protect Sirius Black from the Dementors

Trainspotting: Where To Get Your Hogwarts Express

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Over the last few days quite a few of you have got in touch with me to let me know that the Hogwarts Express has been spotted in the wild. The set was originally intended to be a Toys R Us exclusive but has now been set for a general release. With so much interest in this set I’m going to have a look at the various buying options for this set.

The set has an official RRP of $139.99

LEGO Online – Backorder with a bonus

If you are not in a particular rush for the set then ordering it from LEGO online is one option you may want to consider. You’ll be paying RRP but a new promotion has just launched that will see you also get an exclusive Diagon Alley promotional set. The set is on backorder but should be shipping this week according to the website.

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The only issue with buying from LEGO online is that you’ll need to add $10 extra to your order to qualify for free shipping. With shipping at $12.50 it cheaper to get more LEGO rather than pay for shipping. You can find the product listing here.

Target – $139.00

Scanning the barcode for the set with the Target app reveals that Target’s asking price is just below RRP at $139. If you can find one in-store and want it today then this isn’t a terrible option. There is no bonus though. You can find the Target product page here, but the set is not available to buy online.

Big W – $139 (or $149)

The Big W app shows the price as $139 but I have heard from multiple people that they were asking for $149 for the set. It’s possible that they have since updated their pricing or the in-store system is showing an incorrect price. You should be able to easily get it at $139 (their own app shows that price) but it might be a little more work than Target. This set is not currently listed on the Big W website.

Kmart – Unknown

I am not aware of any Kmart sightings at this stage. Expect to pay $139 here too but it’s possible that Kmart may go a little lower. It’s not currently listed on the Kmart website.

Myer/David Jones – RRP Probably

Both Myer and David Jones generally charge RRP for sets. If David Jones has a sale then it may be included as they aren’t as tough with exclusions. Expect the set to be excluded from any Myer sales as Harry Potter has been left out regularly.

Dreamworld or LEGOLAND Discovery Centre

Both of these stores should be stocking the set. For Queenslanders the Dreamworld store does currently have a bonus Christmas Carousel offer that you’ll get with the Hogwarts Express.

If you spot this set at a store not mentioned above let me know in the comments.

Win A Percival Graves Minifigure

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Despite the fact that everybody seems to hate the idea LEGO decided to release the Harry Potter minifigure series with another chase minifigure. This time there is only one Percival Graves minifigure per box, which as we all know makes finding them a pain. I know that some of you out there are still looking to complete your collections.

Luckily I’ve been keeping an eye out for new boxes and managed to track down a couple of these guys to give away. There are two minifigures up for grabs.

All you need to do to win one of them is to enter your details in the form below.

71043 Hogwarts Castle Now Available For VIPs

I know you’ve been mashing the refresh button all day, but 71043 Hogwarts Castle is now available for LEGO VIPs.

Until an owl shows up with your acceptance letter this giant LEGO set may be as close as you get to Hogwarts, so don’t miss out.

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You can get yours here for $649.99.
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