REVIEW: Hogwarts Students

It was a pleasant surprise when LEGO recently added a Harry Potter themed minifigure pack to their range. Minifigure packs typically include four minifigures - and with four houses at Hogwarts, LEGO opted to give us a student from each of them. While we have seen plenty of Gryffindor students in previous sets, and occasional Slytherins, students from Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff have been mostly ignored. Is this enough to make this pack a must-have? Here is what I think...

REVIEW: Forbidden Forest – Umbridge’s encounter

In 2018 we got the Aragog’s Lair scene from the Forbidden Forest followed in 2019 by Expecto Patronum, which was also set in the forest. Now the calendar says 2020 and we are fortunately enough to get yet another Forbidden Forest set. This one brings us for the first time in LEGO both centaurs and Hagrid's half-brother Grawp, as well as a return of Professor Umbridge, who otherwise has been hard to get as minifigure. So many positives - but does the set as a whole stack up well?

Make your own Gilderoy Lockhart

JK Rowling has created some truly amazing characters in the Harry Potter universe. One of the most iconic ones is Professor Lockhart, who has been included in surprisingly few LEGO sets, and none since 2002. So I created a customised version of Lockhart using a flesh-coloured head and posted a couple of photos with him recently. I have following been asked a few times which parts I had used for that. So here is what I did...

REVIEW: Room of Requirement

The clock has ticked over to 1 June in this part of the world, which means in many countries the much anticipated new 2020 Harry Potter LEGO sets are now available (North America unfortunately has to wait another couple of months). I was lucky to find a few sets on a shelf early, so here is my first review of the 2020 sets. I've chosen Room of Requirement, which is the smallest of the new sets. Is it a must have set? Read on for the review...

Hogwarts Students

A new minifigure pack, first revealed by Brickset a few days ago, is now showing up on LEGO's website. It is part of a series of minifigure packs LEGO started releasing last year, each containing four minifigures and a small build. It is great to see them extend this series with a Harry Potter themed one, and in particular that they have included a figure from each of the four Hogwarts houses. Here is what you get...

Wingardium Leviosa – Tensegrity in action…

One of the most remembered sentences from the movies must be Hermione's "It is Levi-O-sa, not Levio-sar" in Flitwicks Charms class. Ron didn't appreciate it, but at least he didn't blow up the feather like Seamus Finnigan. With the recent trend of building floating LEGO structures based on the Tensegrity concept, let's have a quick look at the levitation spell and some Harry Potter related Tensegrity stuctures.

2020 LEGO Harry Potter sets revealed

Finally, following a long period of unconfirmed rumours, LEGO has officially revealed the 2020 line-up of LEGO Harry Potter sets. And there is plenty to be excited about. As LEGO states in their press release: "discover the entrance to The Room of Requirement, lure Professor Umbridge to the Forbidden Forest, gatecrash the Ravenclaw dormitory and explore the Hogwarts Astronomy Tower. Excited? Let's have a closer look...