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@snowhitie - yours looks lovely all together!
The astronomy Tower is under 80 euro on amazon.de ATM, that's a 30% discount for me, but with lower UK retail price then BE retail price + postage probably not the same for you. I bought it at that price too.
wait, he isn’t included...
In a sense, fanfiction is arguably the point of Lego... I suppose there are those who seek only to recreate the exact scenes and events of the stories being adapted, but that's not for me. Taking the characters you're provided with and building new stories and experiences for them feels far more creatively rewarding.
I like her books and that you call her a bigot doesn't make her one. Nothing wrong with recreating the scenes using sets.
As fucked up as 2020 seems, the fact that people can get worked up over such small things (like an author believing there are only two sexes) must mean we are living in pretty fucking spectacular times. Just two generations ago our cities were being bombed and tens of millions soldiers were dying fighting the second World War in the space of a few decades. People need to realise there has never been a better time in history to be alive than right now.
And then in a house full of Lego and other toys, they must have played with it for about eight hours straight. I'd been tossing up whether to get The Burrow, the Hidden Side castle or the Ninjago skeleton dragon from the Lego store to snag triple freebies. Going with The Burrow was definitely the right choice.
And yes... my wife loves having a dining table covered in Lego*
*That might be a lie.
Back on the topic of that increasingly likely Diagon Alley set, I can't say I'm super-interested in grabbing one myself thanks to a unique combination of limited space, a decline in Potter interest and JK's recent comments putting me off further. That being said though, I've been looking to build some more old-timey shop fronts so I may end up copying a few of the building techniques if they end up particularly interesting.
In the US it is read by Jim Dale.
Also, I just don't think art and artist can be separated here, since there are several aspects of Rowling's books that demonstrate the ideas she's been criticized for, including a physical description of Rita Skeeter uncomfortably aligning with her recent outspoken opinions. Like I said, she's made it very difficult to ignore the controversy. If you can separate her views while disagreeing with her, I'm a little jealous, but don't try to say people who are upset and reevaluating their relationship with Rowling's work are making a connection that doesn't exist.
On a lighter note, does anyone feel a little frustrated by the minifigures in this line? There are some massive improvements, but there's just some lazy parts like the frequently unprinted dress slopes and some of the faces look worse. The original Bellatrix still stands as one of my favorite figures, and the new one looks dull and unfinished. And then there's minifigures that just didn't get the luxury of new parts. Umbridge had a hairpiece molded specifically for her that was understandably decommissioned in the years since. But rather than make an updated rendition of that style, they used the closest existing piece that had emerged in the interim...but I find that one to be a weak match because unlike the original piece, the wavy short Starlet hair wasn't made for Umbridge. It feels like there's a weird imbalance between excellent improvements and minifigures that got the short end of the stick. Then there's weird inconsistencies like the Year Three-based Hogwarts Express using Year Two faces, hair, and legs and Madame Maxime having two different hair colors in her two sets. As LEGO goes, I like this incarnation of the theme, but the minifigures are all over the place.
If enough people protest about it, then maybe they will continue doing the current planned sets but not commission new ones in future.
I've also built the Observatory and Privet drive. For my kids, Privet drive and Burrow sets are the ones they love playing with.
With regards to the JK controversy. I am listening to all of the arguments. I think that she has been clumsy in some of what she has said but why are the opinions and beliefs of her less than the beliefs of others?! At least in the UK I hear the arguments that JK and others are challenging the possibility that you can self-ID at a drop of a hat. They are saying that's too easy. Anyways, I am a white male and JK would argue that rules/decisions in this country (and most other countries) are being made by men for women. Let's listen to everyone. The whole attacking trans people is poor, although I'm not convinced this is her aim. Let's be honest, trans people will have gone through many struggles in their life so its not easy for them.
The whole situation is very complex and there is so much hate around at the moment and over reaction. Let's invite a discussion in society.
I will not boycott this theme based on media overreaction and want to learn about the debate from all sides.