19 May 2020

LEGO® Accessories review: 40419 Harry Potter Hogwarts students

Our second and final review of the new LEGO® accessory packs of minifigures features characters from the Harry Potter universe, as Erik H. from HokayBricks explains. These sets are released 1 June 2020 and Brickset estimates they will cost US$12.99/£11.99 but this is unconfirmed.


This accessory pack includes four minifigures and the pieces and instructions needed to build a small bookcase. The bookcase build is simple but effective. It does not include any new or exclusive parts, but considering that this set is likely to be purchased several times over by some customers I'm sure any number of MOCs could benefit from the parts included here. The interest here, however, is all about the minifigures.


This minifigure accessory set features the updated packaging style that was first introduced in 2019. My assumption is that this packaging style is more cost-effective and the minifigure clamshell makes the set stand out more compared to previous iterations. I also imagine this change was made with The LEGO Group's planet promise in mind, as the back of the package states it is made from responsibly sourced materials.

The front of the package shows off its contents: four minifigures and a bookshelf build. The back of the package features the four named characters, their accessories (with special attention being drawn to the exclusive Marauder's Map printed tile) and plenty of legal mumbo jumbo.


Minifigures in 40419 Harry Potter Accessory Set

This accessory set is essentially a Harry Potter battle pack, though instead of an army builder it's more of a student body builder! Here's a quick rundown of the minifigures.

  • Harry Potter features a Gryffindor torso, standard Black legs, a Light Nougat / Light Flesh head that was introduced in some of the 2019 Harry Potter sets, and a hairpiece that's by no means exclusive. But 2020 will be the first time it's ever been used for the character!
  • Draco Malfoy features a Slytherin torso, standard Black lets, a Light Nougat head that has been used in three sets since it was introduced in 2019, and a new color for an existing hair piece. (More on that later.)
  • Hannah Abbott features a Hufflepuff torso, standard Black legs, a Light Nougat head that has been used in four sets since it was introduced in 2019, and a relatively uncommon Cool Yellow / Bright Light Yellow ponytail hair piece.
  • Cho Chang features a Ravenclaw torso, standard Black legs, a relatively common Black hair piece dating back to 2008, and a new and exclusive Nougat / Flesh head!


Of the four minifigures included, only three of their pieces are new and only two of them are likely to remain exclusive to this set. Malfoy's hair piece is new in Cool Yellow, but thanks to the official reveal of the June 2020 wave of Harry Potter sets we know that this same hairpiece will be used for Draco in 75969 Hogwarts Astronomy Tower.
 
The other two new pieces both come from Cho Chang, and are slightly updated versions of her head and torso from the 2018 Harry Potter Collectible Minifigure Series. 
 

The Ravenclaw torso in this set features a very slight change to the placement and angle of the wrinkle mark on the left (or Cho's right), and if you look closely you can see that the blue and gray stripes on the right side of the neck tie are swapped.


The head included for Cho is exclusive as well. On one side it features a face print that uses the same graphic as the CMF version, but has been printed with noticeably crisper lines. On the other side is an entirely new face featuring an exaggeratedly worried or concerned expression.

The accessories included for these characters are a nice touch, but not very noteworthy overall. Draco gets a Bright Green apple, Hannah gets a Warm Gold / Pearl Gold lantern with Transparent Yellow / Trans-Yellow 1x1 round brick, and Cho gets a Reddish Brown book assembly with a Brick Yellow / Tan 1x2 tile.


The most exciting accessory is without a doubt the exclusive Brick Yellow 2x3 printed tile which features the Marauder's Map, complete with footsteps and a scroll marking where Draco is skulking about Hogwarts. It's not immediately clear to me which section of Hogwarts is being depicted in this view of the map so I would be interested to hear your thoughts in the comments!

Conclusion

This set features relatively few exclusive parts, and the characters are either commonplace or inconsequential, but I think that's actually the point of the set. Most customers won't be buying it for characters, but rather to amass more Hogwarts house torsos. Up to this point the Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw torsos had only each appeared in a large set or a now-retired CMF, respectively, so this accessory pack is by far the most cost-effective source for an AFOL to grow their student body. Aside from the minifigures, the Marauder's Map tile is certainly the standout piece, and I'm sure there will be fans who buy the set for that piece alone!

So here's the part where I say that I am so excited that LEGO is releasing this set! Back in 2018 when LEGO released the first ever official Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw torsos I was so excited to see that they were both gender-neutral and flesh-neutral. I hoped that someday there would be a Hogwarts "battle pack" to help us amass a large enough collection to actually create a student body without breaking the bank (or in this case, Gringotts). I am so grateful to LEGO for creating this set!




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