This Easter holiday, I’ve been out and about. This included a road trip to Maleny in the Sunshine coast hinterland, Queensland, Australia. It’s a lovely little place to get away from the busy life in the city. It is also the home of The Brick Zone, which was the main reason for our visit. This is what we saw…
As Queensland is known as the Sunshine state, you would expect by going to the Sunshine Coast, you would be guaranteed some sunshine, but no such luck – it was a dark grey day with frequent heavy showers. So we couldn’t enjoy the beautiful views from up the hills, but it is also pretty in grey and misty weather (a different kind of beauty), and besides, the main purpose of the visit was indoor.
The Brick Zone is true family business in Maleny run by Cath and Richard Muldoon and their children Daniel & Freya.
They do holiday programs for kids using LEGO (as per their Facebook page) and is otherwise available by appointment as per website. They do also have a large table of LEGO parts you can pick from paying by the weight.
But most importantly, they have an amazing collection, including all LEGO Harry Potter sets, many, many Star wars sets and a vast collection of other themes, including Western, Islanders, Classic space and Indiana Jones.
So this is a great place to check out when writing about 20 years of LEGO Harry Potter, as I have a few gaps in my collection when it comes to the early sets.
Below you’ll find photos of all sets (excluding any special/promotional sets) till 2011 included. As seen, they have all be labelled with information about the sets.
Starting with the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s/Sorcerer’s Stone, we got 11 sets in 2001:
In 2002/3 we got 13 sets covering the Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets:
In 2004, another 9 sets were released, coinciding with the released of Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (note one of the sets, Hagrid’s Hut, was still waiting to be built):
LEGO released four sets in 2005 covering Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.
The release of Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix in 2007 was only covered by a single LEGO set, which was also the third iteration of Hogwarts to be released.
From 2007, there was a few years delay before we say any further Harry Potter sets. But with the release of the last two movies (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows 1 + 2) in 2010/11, we got another 10 sets, mainly covering scenes from throughout the movies, but also specific to Harry Potter and the Half-blood Prince and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
Maleny has plenty of other things to offer, so I’m sure I’ll come back again.
Easter has also allowed me to progress a few more things. Most importantly, Part 2 of my 20th Anniversary of LEGO Harry Potter post is coming in the new few days (check Part 1 here). Also, be sure to check the 20th Anniversary of LEGO Harry Potter MOC competition, with entries due on Sunday this week.
Till then, Build the Magic!