Today is 1 June and that means that many new LEGO Harry Potter sets are now officially available from LEGO.com and a number of retailers. I’ve already reviewed four of those sets, with more reviews to come. But one set I haven’t mentioned at all on this blog yet, is the Wizarding World Minifigure Accessory pack. So I better fix that now. Please read on to see what you get.
Set 40500: Wizarding World Minifigure Accessory Set
Last year, LEGO released the Hogwarts Students minifigure pack, which gave you a student from each of the four Hogwarts houses along with a small build (bookshelf) and exclusive tile (marauders map). Only one of the students was a new character – Hannah Abbott, but the set still provided a cost effective way of getting uniforms for the various houses, enabling you to build your own characters as well.
This year, we get another such minifigure pack, but it is different as it only includes one character that has been released before (not surprisingly, this is Harry Potter), while we get three new characters!
On their website, LEGO state the set includes Harry Potter and Mr. Borgin and two unnamed wizards.
Mr Borgin is co-owner of Borgin and Burkes, the shop in Knockturn Alley that Harry accidentally arrived at when mispronouncing Diagon Alley (when he first travelled using Floo powder). The shop is known for trading objects of dark magic and other dangerous objects. Below you can see what Mr Borgin looked like in the movies.
I almost think Mr Borgin (the minifigure with the red tie) is too well dressed. This may be the reason that when pictures of the set appeared first in early May, it was speculated that the figure rather was Rufus Scrimgeour (see photos below) who took over as Minister of Magic after Cornelius Fudge. That was before LEGO published the names of the included charactors. I must say it looks like Rufus too, though the stubble on the face points slightly more towards Mr Borgin.
I am surprised that LEGO has chosen to release a pack with two unnamed characters, given how many named characters from the movies there are to choose from – many which have yet to be made into minifigures. But they may have had some in mind when creating them. For instance, I’m pretty sure the male one is meant to represent Dedalus Diggle or at least is inspired by him.
The witch is more difficult. It may simply be a generic witch – but some have guessed it could be Doris Crockford, though I don’t think it really matches how she looked in the movie (she was the witch shaking Harry Potter’s hand multiple times the first time he entered the Leaky Cauldron).
Along with the four characters in the pack, we get a printed tile listing the members of Dumbledore’s Army and a small table with magical items from the movies.
Starting with the tile, I assume it is going to be exclusive to this set, as the marauders map was to last year’s set. It is a nice addition and I’m looking forward to hanging it on the wall of the Room of Requirement, being a perfect supplement to my collection of Dumbledore’s Army members.
The small table itself it pretty basic, but it packs a number of interesting accessories, including filled up jars, cauldrons, boxes, and an owl (you can’t have too many of those).
As said, it should be available in official LEGO stores from today, but may sell out early. If you are heading to LEGO.com to start shopping, consider using our affiliate links to go there. It is of no cost to you, but Blockwarts will get a minor commission that will help covering the costs of hosting this site.
Once I get my hands on a real set, I’ll post a formal review. Look out for this on the Reviews page.
Till then, Build the Magic!