Posts Tagged ‘LEGO Harry Potter’

Harry Potter – The Hall of Prophecy

February 2, 2013

Harry Potter – The Hall of Prophecy

I’m sure we’ve all seen our share of Harry Potter models, but every once in a great while one really stands out. This model by Thorsten Bonsch is such a model.

The Hall of Prophecy is a chamber within the Department of Mysteries and is mentioned in the book/movie “Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix”. For those of you who are not familiar with it (and for those of you who want to refresh their minds), here is a link with photos to the original Hall of Prophecy.

My first design had eight shelves, but that made it very hard to present the MOC. Therefore I dismantled two of the shelves and added those parts to the other six shelves.

I’ve been interested in Harry Potter for some years, but never got the chance to build something Potter related – until now.

For never doing a Harry Potter model before, this is certainly a good one to start with. 😉

LEGO Lord of the Rings

December 16, 2011

The Christmas wish of many AFOLs (Adult Fans of LEGO) are coming true, well at least they will next year. 😉

That’s right folks, LEGO Lord of the Rings is finally becoming a reality. The LUG (LEGO Users Group) forums are burning with all the back and forth chatter, Facebook is buzzing with the news, and as my friend Wes coined “It is as if a million wallets suddenly cried out, and were suddenly
silenced.” 😀

Building Sets Based on Epic Film Trilogy and Forthcoming Theatrical Release Slated for 2012

Warner Bros. Consumer Products and The LEGO Group announced today a partnership that awards the world’s leading construction toy brand exclusive rights to develop build-and-play construction sets based on THE LORD OF THE RINGS™ trilogy and the two films based on THE HOBBIT™. The multi-year licensing agreement grants access to the library of characters, settings, and stories for THE LORD OF THE RINGS property, as well as films The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and The Hobbit: There and Back Again.

LEGO® THE LORD OF THE RINGS construction sets are slated for a rolling global launch beginning in June 2012 in the United States, with LEGO THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY scheduled for later in the year.

“Only LEGO, with their expertise in the construction category, is capable of doing justice to the incredibly imaginative environments depicted in the world of THE LORD OF THE RINGS and the two films based on THE HOBBIT,” said Karen McTier, executive vice president, domestic licensing and worldwide marketing, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “These films give life to amazing worlds and characters and we are thrilled to bring fans these products that deliver an imaginative play experience befitting of these beloved properties.”

The LEGO THE LORD OF THE RINGS collection will translate into LEGO form the epic locations, scenes and characters of Middle-earth as depicted in all three films, including The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers and The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

In late 2012, LEGO THE HOBBIT: AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY will give fans of all ages a chance to build and play out the fantastical story and new characters of the legendary Middle-earth adventures depicted in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey from Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Peter Jackson, slated to premiere December 14, 2012.

“Our collaboration with Warner Bros. Consumer Products has delivered numerous worldwide successes in the construction toy aisle with lines like LEGO HARRY POTTER and LEGO BATMAN, introducing us to loyal audiences who love great stories, strong characters and the toys that they inspire,” said Jill Wilfert, vice president, licensing and entertainment for The LEGO Group. “It’s particularly exciting to now be able to create sets based on the fantasy worlds and characters from THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy and the two films based on THE HOBBIT, not only because we know they will foster collectability and creative play, but also because these are two properties that our fans have been asking us to create for years.”

Information about the sets and collectible minifigures from both collections will be unveiled at a later date at TheLordoftheRings.LEGO.com.

So the rumors that have been floating around about a TT Hobbit game are probably true. I really can’t see LEGO not putting out a video game to tie-in with the movie and sets.

The really interesting thing — and you have to take it with a grain of salt — but many years ago a friend of mine (who now works for Weta but didn’t at the time) told me that a friend of his said (that’s right, this is third hand) LEGO was offered the license for the LOTR movies the first time but they turned them down because LOTR was too violent. Perhaps because Hobbit is a friendlier, less violent story (I’ve always liked it) LEGO thought it was appropriate. More likely, its because LEGO sees that they really missed the boat last time.

Comic Con Preview Night

July 21, 2011

Well, even though its really late, or early depending on who you ask I thought I’d give you a quick post on the happenings of the San Diego Comic Con. 😉

The biggest news — not only is DC joining with LEGO, Marvel is too! 🙂

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I’ll just share the pictures with you for now, its too late to do a proper post but hey, in this case, pictures are really all you need. 😉

I do have more pictures and I’ll be adding them as I go along all weekend on my 2011 Comic Con Flickr set.

I have much more to post about such as the Green Lantern exclusive fig and the Warner Brother’s Swag Bag, but I’ll post the details later as it is really late and I need to get up pretty early for the official Day 1 of Comic Con 2011.

Building the Space Shuttle

October 17, 2010

I talked earlier about the Shuttle Adventure set #10213 when it was coming out, but it wasn’t until last night that I actually got to build the set. At the recent BrickCon I was able to pick up the set during the Scratch and Dent sale for 50%. When I bought it, I honestly didn’t know how I was going to get it home. Thankfully a friend of mine who had driven up to Seattle was willing to bring all my rather large LEGO sets (I got the Space Police Central also at 50%, The Burrow, and the Winter Village Bakery) back home with him.

Now I have to admit, I bought the set, like I buy pretty much all my sets for the pieces. I’ll usually build the model once, but I rarely leave it up for very long before I take it apart and sort all the elements out. And, since I build much more complicated models, I sometimes get bored with how a normal set is built, its just to simple for me.

Even so, this set was a delightful build for me. It was a short build, taking only about 4-5 hours, I’m not sure as I wasn’t watching the clock (my projects can take weeks). I may be dating myself a little, but I have the 1990 Space Shuttle which is a much smaller set and much less impressive. I remember at the time really enjoying that set. I also remember thinking about but not buying the 2003 Space Shuttle Discovery set. It wasn’t nearly as smooth as this newest incarnation, although if you look at the picture, it has a lot of similarities in the build of the shuttle itself.

This set has all the bells and whistles when it comes to a truly nice set. There are two astronauts, a launch pad, removable booster rockets, a satellite in the cargo hold, and even a camera man to film the blast off.

As I said, I bought the set for the pieces, but now that its finished I’ve decided to have it on display, at least for a little while. 😉

San Diego Comic Con — Preview Night 2010

July 21, 2010

Well guys and gals I don’t know how much I’ll be writing the next few days as it is Comic Con. I have a tendency to start running out of steam by day 3 or 4, but I will do my best to get what I can out there to you.

Although today was the preview night I actually headed down last night to help out a little with the booth, some of the glued display set models were damaged in transport and I needed to put them back together again. So I got a really good look at the new Obi-Wan’s Jedi Starfighter that they were premiering at this Convention. It is a pretty sweet model. I also got to help build the display of the new Imperial Shuttle that will be available this September. I have to say that is a really wonderful parts pack, even if I wasn’t into Star Wars (which I am 😉 ). Not only were the new Star Wars sets there, but the new LEGO Harry Potter sets were on display too.

As I was down there early I got to see something the public rarely does. LEGO in set up mode.

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What was a surprise to me today was that two of the display models that LEGOLAND California brought were actually promotional models I made several years ago.

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Recognize my signature dragon? He was originally made to promote the then new ride Knight’s Tournament. Also the figure in the yellow shirt is Miniland Stan, LEGOLAND’s former mascot. Little known fact — since I made all the Miniland Stan models for the video and print ads, I’m his “mom.” I’m even on the souvenir video with Stan referencing me as his creator. 😀

The booth is pretty cool this year with awesome graphics and a nice open floor plan.
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Even the back of the booth has really fun comic pictures
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I couldn’t fit it all in one shot so I had to take two pictures.
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The one thing I forgot to take pictures of was the special raffle drawing that they are doing for a Boba Fett commemorative display with three different Bobas — White Boba, 1 of 2 Gold Bobas and 1 of 2 Silver Bobas. At least I think those are the colors, I’ll take a picture tomorrow and let you know.

There is also a chance to play and sign up for LEGO Universe. I played it a little bit today. Its pretty fun and there are so many things that make it cool. If you do order it at Comic Con you get a special LEGO Universe shirt.

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That’s all you get for now. I’ll be posting more soon as the days go on.

New LEGO Games on the horizon

July 18, 2010

Several new LEGO Games are now available in Europe. One of the ones getting the most buzz is the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Game (£24.99 — around $33 US) but there are three more games that look equally fun and haven’t gotten nearly enough notice. If you are interested in seeing an in-depth review of the Harry Potter Hogwarts game you can read it on Eurobricks.

The Orient Bazaar looks particularly interesting both for gameplay and as an excellent parts pack. The Belville perfume bottles have only been available in a handful of sets and only in three different colors. The last time it was available at all was in the 2007 Hogwarts Castle

Then there are the corner slopes, the 2×2 gold round tiles, and the 2×2 brown tiles with one knob. All very desirable parts. It retails for £17.99 which will most likely go for $25 in the US.


I’m not quite sure what the point of Meteor Strike is. The description says:

Launch satellites deep into space to seize these valuable cosmic rocks and sabotage your opponents lunar mission with laser blasts in the new LEGO Games Meteor Strike!

The classic space tiles and the dark red and blue elements make this one to look out for though. Also £17.99 — $24 US.

Atlantis Treasure looks fun and interesting.

I like the tiny micro subs that are the game pieces and I see lots of potential from the fun tiles included with this one. The long dark blue plates are also a definite selling point to me. The price is £19.99 — probably $30 US.

On a related note, for those of you in the States, there is a LEGO Games Truck Tour going on right now through September 6th. The weekend of August 14th at LEGOLAND California and the Chicago LEGO Discovery Center they are also having a LEGO Games Weekend

With both the prior wave yet to be released here in the States and this one to look forward to, I can see lots of LEGO games in my future. 🙂

Behind the designs of the LEGO Harry Potter Game

July 3, 2010

LEGO Harry Potter the Video Game just recently hit stores earlier this week. I’ve not yet had a chance to check out the game, but thanks to LEGO Model Designer Carl Greatrix I have seen a few of the excellent models he designed for the game.

What is really interesting (and very cool) is that LEGO strives to make even the digital world actually build-able. That is where Carl Greatrix comes in. Some things like tables and chairs are pretty easy to design, while others like the dragon skeleton that hangs in one of the classrooms and the whomping willow are much more complex.

Carl generally designs the model in real life first and then creates it digitally. You can see with this “Ride in the Wasp” both the digital copy and the original.

Sometimes as with the pumpkin car the actual model looks a little different than the final game version.

The more and more I see of this game I can’t wait to try it. 😀


Carl, along with his coworkers, were also recently interviewed on Eurogamer.net.

You can see even more of Carl’s models in his Harry Potter LEGO game build / designs set on Flickr and of course when you play the LEGO Harry Potter Video Game. 😉

LEGO Harry Potter 2010 — Hi Res Pics

May 16, 2010

Although we saw what the LEGO Harry Potter sets looked like in February now we have Hi Res images from Eurobricks Warning the images are +2500 pxl at full size.

Hogwarts Castle

Hogwarts Express

The Burrow

Hagrid’s Hut

Quidditch Lesson

Dobby’s Release

The new hairstyles, colors and elements make these sets high on my must have list. 🙂

LEGO Harry Potter 2010 Sets

February 14, 2010

Happy Valentine’s Day!

On the cusp of the last post pictures are already starting to show up of the new LEGO Harry Potter 2010 line from the New York Toy Fair.

One of the actually new sets is the Weasley’s Burrow

There is of course the obligatory Hogwarts Castle

The funniest thing is the “invisible” cloak. It just makes me smile. 🙂

The “essential” Hogwarts Express

And naturally Hagrid’s Hut

In my opinion this one isn’t as good as the original 2001 set even with its funky plastic roof.

For some reason Freeing Dobby

Another kind of new set is the Quidditch Match

Considering that there hasn’t been any Harry Potter sets for years, the younger generation that didn’t get a chance to purchase the older sets will most likely go crazy for these. Especially with the LEGO Harry Potter Video Game coming out as well. 😉

2010 LEGO Preview from the Canadian Toy & Hobby Fair

February 6, 2010

On Kris Able’s Tech Life blog he recently paid a visit to the Canadian Toy and Hobby Fair and due to the over whelming response of his readers last year was good enough to take pictures of every LEGO set on display. 🙂

Included in the pictures was the first images of the Collectible Minifigures and their packaging.

He also mentioned something that I’ve heard rumors of but have yet to have seen any images of:

Not included are any sets from the upcoming Harry Potter release. LEGO didn’t have any mock-up boxes or prototype sets, but they will be releasing kits both for the Hogwarts Castle, the Hogwarts Express train, and other elements from that world.

From the rumors I’ve heard, there will be a LEGO Harry Potter line in conjunction with with the upcoming video game that will be released later this year.

There are lots more images on his blog including summer’s line of LEGO Atlantis and the new Duplo LEGO Disney Cars, so be sure to check it out. 😉