REVIEW: Hogwarts Gryffindor Dorms

Towards the end of last year, we got the surprise Monster Book of Monsters gift with purchase (GWP) set. I hadn’t really expected something similar this year, but I’m happy that LEGO decided to continue this “tradition”. I was lucky to be provided with a review copy. Representing the Gryffindor boys dormitory, the 2021 GWP set is a nice addition to the modular Hogwarts sets released this year. Here are my thoughts…

Set 40452 – Hogwarts Gryffindor Dorms – 148 pieces

Price: Free Gift with Purchase (see this post for details)

The other day, a mystery package arrived from LEGO. I do occasionally get these, and they usually bring something exciting.

So on Sunday morning, I made myself a coffee and opened the box to have a look. Inside was a review copy of Hogwarts Gryffindor Dorms. Given it had appeared on the USA LEGO Store calendar weeks ago as a gift with purchase (GWP) set, it was well known to be coming, and more detailed photos and information appeared recently. But it was still nice to see and build in person.

With two minifigutes and 148 pieces, it is a decent sized GWP set. In comparison, Set 76386 – Hogwarts Polyjuice Potion Mistake included 217 pieces, including three minifigures, so it is not a lot smaller than that.

Box and content

The front of the box shows the set and lists the two minifigures included: Harry Potter and Ron Weasley.

An interesting difference from the mid-year sets is the statement at the bottom of the box:

Wizard card tiles shown may vary. 16 different collectable tiles available. 4 randomly selected tiles included in this set.

It does suggest that LEGO may have had many questions about why the included tiles differed from those on the front – and probably also why a set sometimes includes several of the same.

The back of the box shows the set from a different angle, and highlights that a plate is included, which you can use to display the 16 wizard card tiles you can collect. This set includes four of those tiles, which may help you get a full collection.

Inside the box you find three unnumbered bags with parts, a few loose larger parts and the instructions. No stickers are included in this set, which is nice for a change.

But I’m excited. Let’s start to put it all together!

Minifigures

Starting with the minifigures, the set comes with Harry Potter and Ron Weasley. Given the legs provided are the short (kids) legs, it suggests it represents them in their first or second year at Hogwarts. That is consistent with the younger looking face prints.

Ron is wearing a dark tan sweater with white stripes (I guess this is Molly’s work), while Harry is wearing a dark red shirt. Both looks nice, with the detailed printing you’d expect these days. The back of the torsos are printed too – and as normal in Harry Potter sets, both characters come with two different face prints – a happy one and a scared one.

If you think the minifigures appear familiar, you are right. Both of them appeared in Set 75953 – Hogwarts Whomping Willow from 2018.

Here are the figures shown with a few of the builds from the set – including two four poster beds, one for each of the figures, and a chest.

As seen, the set also includes no less than four of the collectable wizard card tiles. It allowed me to almost get a complete set (I haven’t been good at trading – yet).

The build

Being smaller than the Polyjuice Potion Mistake set, this is a fairly quick build.

You start with the floor, adding a few tiles for the four poster beds to rest on as well as a Gryffindor coloured carpet. Dark red and orange is used for that. The dark red is perfect, but I think bright light orange would have been a better colour than “normal” orange. The pieces were probably not available in that colour for this set though, and it does look pretty good regardless.

The following photos shows the progress as you build the set. One interesting technique is the sideways building of two sections of the back wall (and use of lattice 1×4 fence pieces as windows).

The black frame you see is to hold the plate with the collectable wizard tiles. Here is the completed dormitory before the furniture is added.

With furniture, it looks a lot better though.

Here you can see the interior with and without the 8×8 plate, which can store the 16 different wizard card tiles. It looks quite nice both ways.

As seen, the wizard card display plate easily slides into position, if desired.

The outside look is reasonable – though the black pieces is somewhat of a distraction (I may try to replace with grey at some point). Depending on whether the wizard card plate is used, some of the windows may be blocked.

Finally, let’s have a look at the set with Harry and Ron added. There is not a lot of room for them if standing on the floor.

But I guess you will generally use the room to have them sleeping in their beds. And they fit surprisingly well. The length is perfect, and they are being held nicely in place by the bedposts.

Conclusion

This is a really nice little set overall. There are a few minor distractions – like the orange colour used for the carpet and the black frame around the plate with the wizard tiles.

But how do I get one, you may ask? I covered the availability in a post earlier today – with specifics listed for many countries. But basically, you need to purchase LEGO Harry Potter for a certain amount from LEGO.com or LEGO brand stores in participating countries.

Is it worth it? It is a “gift” for sure, but if you hadn’t thought of buying any additional LEGO Harry Potter sets, getting to the purchasing limit to trigger the gift may hurt. But if you had planned to make additional purchases anyway, this is a nice treat to get as well.

I’ll better return to my other reviews. Stay tuned.

Till then, Build the Magic!

(Note that this set was kindly provided by LEGO for review. The views expressed here are my own however).

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