In October 2010, LEGO released The Burrow (4840) for the Harry Potter theme to tie into the sixth book and movie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. The set contains 568 pieces and retailed for $59.99, about $0.11/piece. It has since been retired by LEGO and the lowest you can find it new is around $150. The box contains two instruction booklets and a sticker sheet.
The game of choice in the Harry Potter universe is Quidditch. The first time we see a Quidditch game is in The Chamber of Secrets where Gryffindor plays Slytherin. In October 2010, LEGO released the Quidditch Match (4737) to recreate the scene. This set contains 153 pieces and retails for $19.99 which comes out to $0.13/piece.
In October 2010, LEGO released Freeing Dobby (4736) to recreate the ending scene from Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets where Harry confronts Lucius Malfoy about Tom Riddle’s diary. Harry tricks Malfoy by putting his sock in the diary and Malfoy gives Dobby the diary which in turn frees Dobby from being his slave. This set contains 73 pieces and retails for $10.99 which is $0.15/piece.
On October 1, 2010, LEGO reintroduced the Harry Potter series releasing six sets with Hogwarts Castle being the largest set. It contains 1290 pieces and retails for $129.99, a nice $0.10/piece which is amazing considering it is a licensed set. There are previous versions of the castle although I will not be comparing them as I do not own any of them. The set will feature four buildings and eleven minifigures and a lot of small details that make the set a must own.
Christmas 2011 came and went and boy did I end up with a lot of LEGO sets. I didn’t expect to end up with so much but there were a lot of sales going on and I had to snatch them up. My girlfriend also gave me a couple of sets as well including some great minifigs. As you can see, I did splurge this year. My greatest haul this year was probably the Imperial Shuttle that I got on sale from Amazon. Let me show off the sets individually, the front and the back of the boxes.
One of the most well recognized vehicles in the Harry Potter universe comes from Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. It is the purple triple-decker bus known as the Knight Bus. It comes with 281 pieces and is recommended for ages 7-12. Retail price on this is set is $34.99 at the LEGO Store. Nothing too spectacular with the box, the front showing off an action scene and the back showing all the things included in this set. There is also an shot of how the the levels of the bus can be taken off. More on that a little later.
The Lab (30111) is a LEGO Harry Potter set released as a part of The Sun newspaper promotion. I bought this set at Target for $3.99 as I was looking at the Christmas stocking stuffers. It consists of 34 pieces that also includes a spider and some other accessories. There is the usual Harry Potter minifig with his wand and in his school uniform. The main attraction is the potions cabinet. It has five different colored potion bottles that use the translucent pieces. There is also a hidden compartment that is accessed by lifting the shelves and inside there contains a letter and a horn. In conclusion, this is a pretty cool looking set that is a must-have for LEGO Harry Potter collectors.