Wizarding World fans, this is your year. Following the announcement of five sets based on Harry Potter and two based on the Fantastic Beasts series, there’s also a Collectible Minifigures series on the way based on the adventures of the boy wizard. And it’s quite possibly the most detailed series yet – even from just the initial images, it’s easy to see that they are above and beyond in terms of minifigure design.
That means there is plenty to love in there for Potterheads and LEGO fans alike. If you’re the former, here are five things you’ll be super excited to get your hands on when the series launches in August.
5. Malfoy’s broom
We’ve already got a set based on everyone’s favourite wizarding sport on the way in 75956 Quidditch Match, but curiously absent from that set was Slytherin seeker Draco Malfoy. Well, wonder no more, because he’s right here in the Collectible Minifigures series. And while he doesn’t have the new posable short legs that Harry and Hermione are rocking, he does have a brand new moulded broom. Presumably, it’s supposed to be the Nimbus 2001 that Lucius Malfoy buys for the entire Slytherin team in the Chamber of Secrets, so you’ll need a few to properly equip your LEGO versions.
The only non-human character in the 22-strong line-up, Dobby the house-elf has received something of an upgrade since 2010. Sure, his head may now be comically oversized compared to everyone else, but it has allowed the LEGO Group to reach a level of detail heretofore unseen where a house-elf is concerned. Hermione would be proud.
Fittingly, Neville Longbottom comes equipped with a Mandrake (and earmuffs to block out its screams). The printed piece will add plenty of life to any greenhouse builds you are planning to put together in the grounds of the giant Hogwarts castle you are undoubtedly dreaming of creating. And even beyond that, it’s just an awesome detail from the Chamber of Secrets to see in LEGO form.
We are very, very glad that the LEGO Group didn’t just toss in a regular snake mould for Nagini. After all, this is Voldemort’s pet and Horcrux, and deserves a unique mould all her own. Frankly, anyone with ophidiophobia – that’s the fear of snakes to you and me – may want to steer clear of the Dark Lord altogether, so detailed is the piece created to represent the fearsome serpent.
1. Ravenclaw torso
From 2001 to 2011, the Harry Potter theme churned out dozens of sets, albeit intermittently. But not one included either a Ravenclaw or Hufflepuff torso, instead focusing on Gryffindor and Slytherin. And while Hufflepuff finally got its due in 75954 Hogwarts Great Hall thanks to Susan Bones, poor Ravenclaw was still missing from the Wizarding World line-up. No more: with the inclusion of Cho Chang in this series, you can now put together as many Ravenclaw students as you like. Have a whole school full of Ravenclaws. An army of Ravenclaws. Why not? You’ve done your waiting – 17 years of it.