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Fascinating how they come up with plants from plants as an eco measure, but on the other hand they produce almost useless roadplates or train track pieces nobody really wants with each box / package sold...
Back to the HP topic, I believe most of us simply missed the HP lines few years ago and are happy to get our hands on great updated HP sets for a good price.
As for Harry Potter, I'll be satisfied if it stops after this, but how wonderful if they do keep bringing it back! :)
I wonder also how much this is driven by the fact that their customer services must get a lot of calls from parents looking to buy the Hogwarts castle their kid wants, and being told it's discontinued. I'd imagine they pay attention to large numbers of requests from parents, because that in itself is indicative of a trend...
The 1st instruction manual covers bags 1-3, with bags 4 and 5 covered in the 2nd manual.
- Bag 1: Harry, Ron and the Ford Anglia
- Bag 2: Whomping Willow
- Bag 3: The tower (and owl)
- Bag 4: Filch, Hermione, Seamus and most of the wall
- Bag 5: Snape and the remaining of the wall
Nonetheless, for Lego, I think that might have a big impact, since it keeps a series like that in the youth consciousness for far longer than a flash-in-the-pan movie series. That's not to say "books=better", since after all, few book series have had as massive a cultural impact as Harry Potter (much like how few movie-licensed Lego themes have had the cultural longevity of Star Wars). And Lego's other main book-based license, Lord of the Rings, had far less success (though that could probably be partially explained by the series being targeted less toward children).
Fantastic Beasts has adult characters, not kid characters. It has a darker cinematography look. While I absolutely loved the first one, it is not targeted to the same audience as HP was. While my kids enjoyed it, again, it is not the same as HP... but, we will still be at the theater opening seeming of FB2.
For us it was an anniversary treat, so the money involved felt justified. There's a some interesting stuff added to the existing Harry Potter lore, and some of the stage magic is pretty clever.
Benefit of going to London to see it at the minute is that there's a lot of other Harry Potter stuff going on to tie in. Obviously we went to the Leicester Square LEGO shop and got the see the #71043 set up which was nice. Also Hamleys have got a big Harry Potter department set up, we popped in and laughed at the prices (e.g. #75955 for £100) but again nice enough to see all the ranges of stuff they had.
I know Rowling insists it won't be made into film/TV, but I really wouldn't be surprised if it does after the London and US runs have had their time, but with the way it's constantly sold out and has been for a couple of years we could be talking 10+ years before that happens. Perhaps once the Fantastic Beasts franchise is tied up and WB are pushing for more money on the frachise they might try to convince JK to do something else with it.
They had the set in a display cabinet too. It looks *really* nice from the front. The back is pretty good too.
I meant to go and look at the screen for more details and completely forgot!
London does sound like it'll be a much nicer destination than Melbourne (I've been to Melbourne 3 times now, but never to London). Of course, it costs a lot more too and I'll likely want to spend a much longer time there, just so I can visit the Leicester Square Lego Store and various other things.
Would be great if they did film and play it in cinemas. I saw the filmed version of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, and I must say it certainly felt like I was in the theatre watching it performed live; so good!
I am wondering why none of the sites like Brickset have any info about it, though. Seems to be another case of the mysterious London Bus signing event where everyone knew, but nobody advertised it.
I just passed by the shop after a couple of beers with a friend and there's already a small group of people spending the night! (Including a couple of UCS Falcon alumni, I stopped to say hi!)