The traditional ‘Bricktober’ set series to be released by Toys ‘R’ Us around October is this year a series of minifigure packs, where the first of them features characters from the Harry Potter movies. We have finally got a good official photo of the figures to share (and note that it no longer is branded as a Toys ‘R’ Us exclusive as previous leaked photos showed). Below a quick overview of the figures and my thoughts on them.
With the closing of Toys ‘R’ Us in many countries, how this will be distributed is a bit unclear, but they should be sold in the European countries still to have Toys ‘R’ Us, while Barnes and Noble is rumoured to get them in the US.
The pack suggests 25 pieces are included, with most having two accessories.
The figures included are (from left to right):
- Madam Rolanda Hooch
- Professor Horace Slughorn
- Professor Dolores Umbridge
- Boggart (Snape)
Of the four figures, I find this one the most underwhelming. Madam Rolanda Hooch, who teaches flying at Hogwarts and is referee at the Quidditch games, has previously been in the 2002 set 4726 Quidditch Practice and the 2010 remake (set
4737 Quidditch Match). The first version had yellow head and hands, but the 2010 version is not too different from this one. However, with Hooch not present in the new Quidditch Match set 75956, her addition will please new collectors.
Professor Horace Slughorn makes his first apperance as physical minifig (having appeared digitally in LEGO Harry Potter: Years 5-7). Professor Slughorn is one of the key characters in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, coming out of retirement to teach Potions at Hogwarts when Snape becomes the new Defence against the Dark Arts teacher. He was well known for his dinner parties for selected students, but more importantly he taught Tom Riddle back when he was at Hogwarts and eventually confesses to Harry that he had told Tom about the Horcrux when Tom had asked him some years before. This is therefore the figure I’m looking most forward to.
Madam Undersecretary Professor Dolores Jane Umbridge is the Harry Potter figure most love to hate. From that perspective, it is understandable that the current figures available cost $55 on Bricklink as only being available in the rather limited sold 2007 set 5378 Hogwarts 3rd edition.
The printing has been updated on this one and she has one of the new teacups as accessory, so overall the inclusion of Umbridge is a great addition to this set.
The Boggart taking shape as Snape with facing Neville Longbottom in one of Professor Lupin’s classes is a much improved version of the version that came in set 4752 Professor Lupin’s Classroom. That version used to be easy to get, but is costs have gone up a bit recently to be somewhat above $5.
Given it’s so much better than the version it replaces, I like the addition of this one.