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LEGO Hogwarts Icons (76391) Review

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Hogwarts Icons LEGO set 76391

As a longtime fan of both the Harry Potter series and LEGO the Hogwarts” Icons – Collectors’ Edition was on the top of my ‘need to get ASAP’ list as soon as it was announced. According to the instruction manual, the set started as a digital owl by designer Wes Talbot that everyone liked so much, they made into this LEGO set. The set over all looks great displayed on a shelf and even has customizable features, such as the house scarf, to really make it more personal. Let’s take a closer look!

Chocolate Frog

Chocolate Frog

This is my favorite piece in the set. This is the first time LEGO has put a full-size chocolate frog in a set, though they do have Minifigure scale versions. It has some articulation in the legs, nice for posing. The back legs attach with a black pin. This does look a little out of place among the reddish brown. Attaching the eyes with the trans-clear bar was a great option to add that extra accurate angling. Again, looks weird having a different color but I still think it was a great option. The mouth being slightly open is another nice touch as it makes it feel more alive in my opinion. I also like the use of the modified plate with bars to give it a webbed foot look. This piece does not have an attachment point to the main build.

Harry’s Glasses

Harry’s Glasses

With articulation in the arms of the glasses and being just about perfect life-size I would say these are pretty well done. The new rings used for the lens area are a great way to emphasize the round shape of the original pair. At the end of the arms a black horn piece is used to add the little curve glasses have to keep them on your ears. The arms attach to the rings with medium grey pins allowing them to fold and unfold just like real glasses do. Like the chocolate frog, these do not have a specific attachment point to the main set.

Harry’s Wand

Harry’s Wand

The wand is very life size and nicely weighted. It looks detailed without being too flimsy. It is mostly built out of reddish brown and dark brown pieces. Some of the pieces are new colors, such as the dark brown claw piece, but I don’t think any of the pieces themselves are new. The wand has a 1×4 plate with ball in black on the bottom that allows it to be attached to the front of the set.

House Scarf-Slytherin

House Scarf

The first of two customizable builds in the set, the house scarf can be made to represent any of the four houses. I made mine to represent Slytherin. The build itself is simple and the piece attaches to the front of the set via brown plate. I do not care for this addition as I feel it looks awkward, but I like being able to add your own house. Since you can make any of the houses it also leaves the set with a lot of extra plate and hinge pieces.

Hogwarts Acceptance Letter

Hogwarts Acceptance Letter

The second customizable piece is the acceptance letter. This is made of three new tile pieces connected with clips, plates and ball and socket pieces. It does have some articulation, but the more you unbend it the more space between the pieces. You can add your name to the letter, which is a great way to make this set more personal. It does have a spelling error in the Hogwarts motto (Titillandos vs Titillandus). I only caught this due to the spelling issue in the stickers, so it is hardly noticeable.

Golden Snitch

Golden Snitch

The golden snitch is very well done. They offered a golden snitch before at bookstores but this has vastly improved since then. The whole build is done in almost all gold pieces, including brand new pearl gold wings. Honestly, the build feels so smooth to the touch and comfortable to hold in your hands. They connected the snitch to the side of the set with the axle shown above. This gives the impression that the snitch is flying.

Hermione’s Potions Kit

Hermione’s Potions Kit

At first, I was confused about the H.G. printed on the wall piece because it’s not described in the instructions. It is actually supposed to represent Hermione’s potion case, which makes more sense once you put the potions in it. The build slides down on the base of Hedwig’s stand and the potions then sit inside of it. The potion bottles are mostly made up with two half cylinders and then various pieces holding them together. The potions are represented with round plates, except the Gillyweed, which is plant vines. The Felix Felicis, or liquid luck, is technically not a part of this section, but it is a potion so I added it here. It has new glow in the dark pieces, which is an interesting choice considering the potion itself is gold. I did not put the stickers on and I will explain why later.

Tom Riddle’s Diary and Potions Books

Tom Riddle’s Diary

This is the only book that is specifically from the series. I like the overall design of this book. The way the pages are shown on the edges, using tan panel elements, especially stands out to me. The grey socket element is used to attach Harry’s wand. This book is also the main support for the structure that eventually holds Hedwig, everything else slides onto the structure instead of being built into it.

Potions Books

The other two books were not described in the instruction manual as anything, so I Googled what they are meant to be. The general consensus was potions books representing Gryffindor and Ravenclaw. The reason behind the house choices seems to be between a designer and his daughter vs possibly two of the designers’ favorite houses. The books are fairly hollow and click into place around the base build. The whole base feels sturdier than it looks

Hedwig

Hedwig

Harry’s pet owl, Hedwig, is the largest part of this set. She is a beautiful build with great texturing that really helps make it look like she is covered in feathers. I love the way her wings are spread out because it both looks like she is ready for flight and helps really balance out the whole set. The whole piece is broken down into multiple builds that are then put together using a large range of methods, such as clips and bars.

Set Minifigures

Minifigures

The set comes with three golden anniversary minifigures, Professor McGonagall, Dumbledore as a chocolate frog card, and Hagrid. These are remakes of the original figures but as new golden figures. They look really good and we also get some new pearl gold accessories as well, such as the pearl gold umbrella. I really like the chocolate frog display and I hope they come out with more in smaller sets. The pearl gold ‘Harry Potter’ printed piece is also a nice addition. The set comes with longer stand pieces to add the other gold figures but it allows you to leave it shorter, as shown above, for just the three figures in this set.

Sticker Sheet

Stickers

All the stickers included look nice overall, however, they have a few spelling and grammar errors. I first noticed this with the nod to the quote about page 394. The sticker sheet says P349 (bottom right on the sheet). Once I noticed that I looked it over (and googled because my spelling is not the greatest either) and found other mistakes. This is not set ruining for me exactly, but I did decide to leave the stickers off for now in hopes they plan on making a fixed sheet that I can get a copy of. The stickers have other easter eggs for both the Wizarding World, such as the Polyjuice potion belonging to Hermione, and the designer. As I said, they look good overall, but I do hope to see fixed sheets in the future.

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