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Why use a 1x1 brick when you can use 3 plates instead?
I suspect its a weird structural thing as these are placed right next to some curved/sloped pieces used as part of the play feature specific to this tower. I think that testing with 1x1s might have shown a slight weakness that the triple stack prevents. I'm not talking something that would cause the model to fail immediately when using the feature but more something from the stress tests i recall a designer previously mentioning in an interview where they simulate extreme conditions.
Or it could also be a logistical thing to do with what Bricks are used elsewhere in the set so what is essentially cheaper when considering the number of sets being produced.
The only people who will know for sure would be working at LEGO and frankly they are unlikely to ever say.
I'm not really sure what it would do here, I would image a 1x1 brick is stronger than a stack of 3 plates.
I imagine it is just down to numbers of different parts. They could have replaced for example, the 2x1 and 1x1 plate with a 3x1 and had two 1x1 plates on top for the same effect if it was down to strength of that stack, but that would introduce a 1x3 plate as well.
However, it may be that this listing was added by a marketplace trader other than amazon.
Some of the new sets have been listed on the UK website (available from 1st August):
#75953 - Whomping Willow @ £59.99
#75954 - Hogwarts Great Hall @ £89.99
#75956 - Quidditch Match @ £34.99
Personally they seem quite reasonable... I guess I'll have to buy multiples if the recent news about the UCS version is correct. I'm expecting to be disappointed by it!
Minifigure series confirmed
They are never going to be able to do justice toa full build of hogwarts at minifigure scale - look at how insanely big the fan builds that do it best justice are and you are talking thousands of £/$/€.
For most a £300 set is a stretch to justify as it is. So reducing the scale makes perfect sense to me. Had LEGO even bothered to try to do a large scale hogwarts at that price bracket it'd be anoth Assault on Hoth like set which would receive all the same criticisms.
If the theme continues I could imagine a minifigure scale D2C set in the way of Diagon Alley or The Burrow, but until we know if the theme is continuing beyond this year I'd say safest to assume we won't see anything else.
I've seen it suggested elsewhere that just because the D2C isn't what we wanted doesn't mean we're not still getting Hogwarts. We know these sets are designed to connect and what if each wave provides a few more sections of the castle relevant to that film/book? Meaning by the end we'd have the huge castle we're all craving and it will feel easier on the wallet by splitting it up. There's probably a good reason why this won't be the case but I'm hoping for now this may be true. If not I can't complain too much, I really like the look of these sets. I thought I'd missed Harry Potter and this is giving me the chance to own some, so yay!
In other news I'm happily making a shopping list of all the sets I can now afford since I won't be buying the Nano Hogwarts. :)
But I agree with what other people said, a micro series is probably the only way to make one big Hogwarts set that isn't insanely expensive or doesn't look terrible, like the Helicarrier.
At this point, I just want to see the final product.
Really, I am still just beyond thrilled to have anything HP after such a long hiatus.
Looks like I'll have to put in more hours at my part time job. Not to get more LEGO sets, I need a bigger house! :-)
I only ask due to the images on the link above referencing both series.
They're listed as 1st July on the US [email protected]:
Then got discussing the normal HP sets and she said she'd been told that they were expecting stick of them in about a month. To me that ties in with BrickHeadz released qst July and other wizarding World stuff 1st August