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Review: 75955 Hogwarts Express | Brickset: LEGO set guide and database

Review: 75955 Hogwarts Express | Brickset: LEGO set guide and database

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Many totally different fashions of the Hogwarts Express have been produced during the last 20 years, the newest of which is 75955 Hogwarts Express. An correct rendition of this well-known practice has lengthy been absent from the Harry Potter vary however I feel the model new mannequin appears sensible, that includes lifelike bogies and marvellous element.

Furthermore, this set consists of a big part of Kings Cross Station that options platforms for each Wizards and Muggles together with a standard footbridge above the railway line. The six minifigures additionally look very interesting and the set prices £74.99 or $79.99 so seems to supply good worth. This ought to subsequently show to be a spotlight of the brand new Wizarding World theme.

Minifigures

This model of Harry Potter wears the identical darkish blue hooded jumper and darkish bluish gray trousers because the minifigure present in 75950 Aragog’s Lair, sadly. He ought to as an alternative sport a darkish purple shirt with a gray jacket throughout his journey to Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, upon which this set is predicated. However, the torso is very detailed and I really like Harry’s tousled hair type alongside together with his double-sided head.

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Ron Weasley can also be equivalent to the determine from 75950 Aragog’s Lair which is a disgrace, though his plaid jacket seems to be nice. I like Ron’s darkish orange hair piece and his head options smiling and scared facial expressions, each of which go well with the character. Oddly, the white pupils within the eyes are moderately giant on this determine. It would have been fantastic to see solely correct renditions of Ron and Harry right here however these minifigures look alright for my part and the vary already consists of two variations of every character sporting informal apparel.

Both minifigures are outfitted with darkish brown and reddish brown wands, respectively, in addition to two suitcases. Scabbers performs an important position in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban so I’m glad to see him right here, represented by a model new aspect which incorporates larger moulded element than the unique rat. The creature’s beady eyes look excellent and he can match onto a studded floor very neatly, or be held within the hand of a minifigure.

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Hermione Granger, in contrast to her associates, is sporting a striped jumper which appears good in comparison with the character within the film. I like the colorful stripes printed throughout the back and front of the torso and darkish tan looks like an applicable color for her brief legs. Stripes on the arms would have been very welcome too however I feel the minifigure appears good with out them.

75955 Hogwarts Express

Several new hair items have been created for the Wizarding World theme, together with Hermione’s wavy type. This reddish brown factor is forged in a tough plastic and appears implausible in relation to the supply materials, that includes some pretty textured element and hanging naturally over the minifigure’s shoulders. The head is properly adorned with two totally different expressions and Hermione carries a darkish tan wand, a spare of which can also be included.

75955 Hogwarts Express

The first wave of Wizarding World units consists of a wide array of Hogwarts professors, maybe my favorite of whom is Remus Lupin. This reddish brown hair piece is ideal for the unkempt character and I like his shabby darkish bluish gray jacket and olive inexperienced waistcoat as properly. Unfortunately, this jacket doesn’t proceed onto the darkish tan legs so seems to finish fairly abruptly on the base of the torso.

75955 Hogwarts Express

Lupin is a werewolf so includes a double-sided head, displaying a kindly expression with some scratches and stubble on one aspect whereas the opposite depicts Remus throughout his transformation. His pale yellow eyes and pained expression look sensible and I hope we see a full werewolf minifigure in a future Wizarding World set. A reddish brown wand completes the determine.

75955 Hogwarts Express

Passengers on the Hogwarts Express are attended by the Trolley Witch, an aged witch who wanders by way of the carriages with the Honeydukes Express. This minifigure takes inspiration from Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, throughout which the character wears a darkish purple vest with a patterned shirt and a easy golden necklace beneath.

75955 Hogwarts Express

The witch’s head is shared with Aunt May from 76057 Spider-Man: Web Warriors Ultimate Bridge Battle so consists of smiling and frightened expressions, the latter of which appears misplaced to me. However, I like her mild bluish gray hair piece and the minifigure is correctly outfitted with a trolley filled with sweets which is photographed later within the assessment.

75955 Hogwarts Express

Harry Potter is approached by a Dementor throughout his practice journey in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, inflicting the younger wizard to recall his mother and father’ demise. LEGO has produced a number of totally different Dementor minifigures however this model is exclusive, making intelligent use of a spectral element which was created for the Possession subtheme from NINJAGO. I just like the dual-moulded mixture of black and trans-clear plastic, lending this minifigure a ghoulish high quality.

75955 Hogwarts Express

The tattered cloak worn by this Dementor solely covers the again of its torso, representing a change from earlier minifigures which have included a cloth element that covers each side. Both designs look good for my part, though the creature’s mild bluish gray palms appear misplaced and I might have most popular a darker color. The Dementor’s face seems marvellous although, displaying hole cheeks and an open mouth.

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The Completed Model

This set consists of two trollies, one among which carries Ron’s baggage whereas the opposite is laden with uncommon sweets. I just like the constant design between the bags trolley on this set and 30407 Harry’s Journey to Hogwarts however the absence of rolling wheels is disappointing. The candy trolley additionally options static wheels, though I like its sand inexperienced and pearl gold color scheme in addition to the chocolate frog on prime.

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Most minifigure-scale renditions of the Hogwarts Express have included a piece of both Hogsmeade or Kings Cross Station. The latter location seems right here and it seems magnificent, that includes a footbridge at one finish of the mannequin and Platform 9 ¾ on the different. I just like the tan partitions together with the sunshine bluish gray platform and the platform itself is fairly spacious, measuring 31cm in size, so there’s loads of room for minifigures.

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The pedestrian footbridge over the railway line takes inspiration from a location in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and appears fairly conventional, consisting primarily of black elements which give the impression of wrought iron. The angular reddish brown handrails look very sensible and I just like the clock on the centre of the bridge that options shifting hour and minute arms. These protrude from the clock face to a clumsy diploma which is a disgrace, though this solely turns into obvious when seen from the aspect.

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Unfortunately, the platform doesn’t proceed at one finish of the bridge however the different is properly adorned with a Kings Cross signal and a few uncovered masonry bricks. No monitor is included however the practice does match beneath the footbridge, even when raised on monitor from your personal assortment. Two white flags determine platforms 9 and ten and this Muggle space of the station is distinguished from the magical part by a trans-clear lantern on the wall.

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Platform 9 ¾, however, features a collection of trans-yellow lighting fixtures to mirror the change in surroundings. Minifigures should cross by means of the wall between the 2 Muggle platforms to entry the Hogwarts Express and the wall is accordingly mounted on two Technic pins so will swing open neatly, as demonstrated within the picture under. 4708 Hogwarts Express from 2001 additionally included a hidden wall panel however this instance is much less conspicuous.

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This half of the platform is furnished with a small newspaper stand and a purple signal, figuring out Platform 9 ¾. I just like the archways alongside the rear wall and a poster is located beneath one of many lanterns, displaying Sirius Black as an inmate at Azkaban Prison. It is fascinating to notice that Sirius options the identical hair piece as ‘Mad-Eye’ Moody from the Collectable Minifigures collection on this poster, main me to assume that Harry’s godfather may quickly seem as a bodily minifigure for less than the second time!

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The Hogwarts Express measures 46cm in size and consists of the locomotive, a coal tender and one passenger carriage. Trains typically look considerably awkward with out enough carriages however together with only one right here was in all probability the fitting choice as further passenger carriages would have elevated the price of the set, with out including very a lot play worth. Personally, I feel the practice seems spectacular with solely a single carriage.

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Previous renditions of the Hogwarts Express have been constructed across the 6×24 chassis component that’s typically related to LEGO trains. They present a sturdy base however typically prohibit element so I’m happy to see a extra versatile construction right here, utilizing layered plates to create the oblong body between the boiler and the bogies. The locomotive seems slightly stubby in relation to the supply materials however its look has nonetheless been captured pretty nicely on the entire, particularly the place the ten wheels are involved.

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A printed 4×4 dish varieties the entrance of the cylindrical boiler, that includes the Hogwarts Express branding and an correct locomotive identification quantity. I just like the pearl gold ornament on prime, located alongside a easy chimney and a golden security valve which releases extra strain from the boiler. Moreover, the pearl gold 1×1 spherical plates fitted in the direction of the rear of the boiler symbolize the practice’s whistles.

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The main bogie is mounted on a Technic pin so it might rotate for travelling round corners, though solely when the locking mechanism on the entrance has been retracted. This is a stunning design function as I feel the mannequin seems higher on show with the truck aligned centrally, as exhibited above. However, it should additionally transfer when navigating curved monitor and the designer has subsequently included an unobtrusive lock between the buffers!

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LEGO steam trains incessantly lack the suitable variety of wheels or function wheels of unrealistic sizes so I’m delighted to see a extra practical and correct design on this mannequin. Four small wheels are hooked up to the ahead bogie whereas six bigger ones occupy the rear of the car. These spoked wheels look excellent and I really like the Technic coupling rods which transfer forwards and backwards with the rear wheels.
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A collection of rivets are represented by stickers on both aspect of the cab and extra stickers are used in the direction of the entrance of the mannequin, depicting pink stripes above the foremost bogie. The 4×4 curved tiles on the boiler, nevertheless, are printed with the practice’s vacation spot and two additional printed tiles are discovered contained in the cab, forming strain gauges. I just like the flames emanating from the firebox and the home windows match the movies precisely too.
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The coal tender is related to the locomotive utilizing a Technic liftarm and consists of bands of rivets that correspond with these on the cab. This a part of the practice seems quite brief and will embrace a 3rd wheel set, though such simplification of the tender doesn’t hassle me an excessive amount of as a bigger model would require many extra items. It represents a particular enchancment over 4708 Hogwarts Express which didn’t include a young in any respect!

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Little textured element is discovered on prime of the coal tender however I like its opening hatch, permitting you to put baggage or different equipment inside. Attempts to motorise LEGO trains are sometimes reliant upon putting a battery field within the coal tender however that won’t be attainable right here with out eradicating vital elements of the construction. Unfortunately, the directions don’t present any details about motorising the practice however I recommend watching this wonderful video by JANGBRiCKS when you want to energy your Hogwarts Express.

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This set consists of one passenger carriage with area to seat 4 minifigures inside. The carriages within the movies are for much longer than this instance however I feel its simplified design captures probably the most very important options, together with a black roof and darkish tan stripes which run alongside both aspect of the carriage. The solely notable areas for enchancment are maybe the home windows and the bogies, neither of that are as spectacular as 2010’s 4841 Hogwarts Express for my part.

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Large window frames type the gangway connections at both finish of the carriage and there are hooks for attaching further rolling inventory by way of Technic pins. An enclosing panel would have been helpful right here however the open design appears alright instead, revealing some inside element and allowing figures to stroll between coaches, if additional models are coupled.

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The inside is way extra detailed than I anticipated, that includes 4 seats with sand blue upholstery together with an identical flooring. Both the roof and the left aspect of the carriage are solely hooked up utilizing a number of studs to allow them to be eliminated with ease, permitting entry to put minifigures inside. Hopefully the designers of future LEGO trains will embrace comparable detachable wall panels as that is extraordinarily helpful for play.

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I really like the sand blue seats located alongside the best aspect of the coach, leaving sufficient room for a slender passage on the left. The armrests don’t permit the Honeydukes Express trolley to cross when the wall panel is hooked up however it does match between the central seats and there’s loads of area when the panel has been eliminated. I used to be barely involved that minifigures with brief legs would seem awkward in these chairs however they really look alright for my part, virtually matching normal seated figures.

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Overall

I had excessive expectations for 75955 Hogwarts Express and am glad to report that it doesn’t disappoint. This practice seems to be extra trustworthy to the supply materials than any earlier rendition and consists of loads of real looking particulars that one may discover on any steam locomotive. In reality, that is in all probability the perfect steam practice which LEGO has produced since 10194 Emerald Night was launched in 2009, virtually ten years in the past!

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The coal tender and passenger carriage are much less detailed than the locomotive however they serve their respective functions and I’m notably impressed with the inside of the passenger coach. Moreover, this is a wonderful depiction of Kings Cross Station and I’m glad with the minifigure choice too, though a practice conductor would have been very welcome. The worth of £74.99 or $79.99 appears affordable to me and I might subsequently advocate this set, even in the event you already personal a previous mannequin of the Hogwarts Express.

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This set was offered for evaluation by The LEGO Group however the assessment is an expression of my very own opinions.

 

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