76382: Hogwarts Moments – Transfiguration Class
Thanks to LEGO’s AFOL Engagement Team, I have had the opportunity to have a look at the new Hogwarts Moments series before they hit the shelves in January 2021. There will be four of those sets, one for each of the Hogwarts Houses. In this third post I will cover Gryffindor, which is centred around a Transfiguration Class. Enjoy…
In this post, I continue the review of the four buildable books in the new Hogwarts Moments series due in stores in January 2021. This time I will have a look at the Gryffindor book, having previously covered two other books:
Box and content
The box is “book shaped” in the sense it is taller than it is wide. The front shows the book as main feature. As discussed in the previous post, the box is pretty large compared to the actual book when built, which could disappoint some customers.
In addition to the photo of the book, the front as usual also lists the minifigures in the lower left corner. In the lower right is an insert photo, teasing what the set looks like when the book is opened up.
Looking at the back, we get to how the opened book looks in more detail. In its opened form, the book represents the transfiguration classroom. We see Ron trying to turn his rat Scabbers into a goblet. Two small insert photos show that the book can be opened – and that there will be four of them (encouraging you to “collect them all”).
Inside the box you find two numbered bags, three plates (including two of the new book cover pieces), the instructions and a sticker sheet. The latter is loose within the box, but in perfect shape when I opened the box.
As seen, one cover piece is printed, the other is not. It is an interesting new piece, and I’m curious to see what it will be used for in the future.
As all other sets in the series, the set includes three figures. In this case we get Professor Minerva McGonagall (Head of Gryffindor), Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger.
The Hufflepuff book with the Herbology class had an excellent Professor Sprout, and the Ravenclaw book had an unique early movie version of professor Flitwick. This set meets that standard, as McGonagall is provided in a much improved version over what we previously have seen. This is foremost due to the crooked wizard hat which is dual moulded to include her hair. But her face print is also much improved.
In terms of students, we have both Ron and Hermione. Ron is a good choice as he featured in one of the few movie scenes from a Transfiguration class, where he was asked to turn his rat Scabbers into a goblet. Unfortunately, probably partly due to his broken wand, he failed.
Hermione is probably mainly included to ensure she is in one of the four Hogwarts Moments sets.
The photo below shows what the figures look like from the front.
They all look great, but I in particular like Professor McGonagall. It is worth mentioning (as I did for the Charm Lesson set) that the students sweaters are in a new version, with the house crest added, compared to the 2018-20 version. While this is bad for consistency (if you want many similar looking uniforms), it is an improvement as the colours were not that visible in the previous version and it was hard to tell Slytherin and Ravenclaw students apart.
All three figures come with alternative face prints as shown here.
The torsos are also printed on the back, as is Professor McGonagall’s skirt.
Overall, three very nice minifigures. But let us hurry on to the actual build.
Bag 1 gives you two of the figures, and otherwise get you building a few small models and then get started on the book cover. The small models include a blackboard, a desk with two chairs, a chest and a small bookcase with various objects (probably to be subject for transfiguration).
As said, we also get started with the book cover.
Then you add additional classroom detail, including a number of wizard portraits and Professor McGonagall’s desk. Here are a few close-up photos of the finished model.
As seen, Ron and Hermione are basically standing on their chairs. Might work better having them stand on the floor with their chairs behind them. With the kids legs, which cannot be posed, this will always be an issue.
Finally, for completeness, here is an overview photo of the book setup for play/display.
As I found out with the previous two books I have reviewed, there is no room for the minifigures in the packed up book. You can either store them on top (there are exposed studs), or pack them in a bag. It would have been nice if they could fit in the book though. Here is what the packed up book looks like.
When I first heard about these sets, I was a bit unsure how they would work. I think they have turned out very well though, with the books looking impressive both when folded up and on display. Having shown them to a number of people, I think they will be popular, both for display pieces for collectors and play sets for younger Harry Potter fans.
As with the two previous sets, the minifigures are of high quality. The class room, when extended out, looks great, but it is rather reliant on stickers and requires a steady hand.
In terms of design, the only flaws I can think of is the lack of space to store the three figures included, when the book is folded up. The figures can stand on top, but you’ll need to back it all carefully in a bag if you’re going travelling with it. Also, as noted, the size is a bit small compared to what the box may suggest. But otherwise, this is an nice addition to the Harry Potter range, offering something different, and which looks excellent.
After this, there is only the Slytherin Potions class left to review. Check back on the reviews page – it should be available in the next few days.
Till then, Build the Magic!