Theme: Wizarding World
Release Year: 2018
Cost: AU $22.99
Each and every theme has it’s entry level sets, and 75950 Aragog’s Lair is the one for Wizarding World’s Harry Potter range. With four other sets in the collection for Potter-fans, this one is the cheapest of the lot, at $23.
It’s not the first time Aragog has been seen in a set – in fact, it’s the third time. First there was 4727 Aragog in the Dark Forest from 2002, and 4738 Hagrid’s Hut from 2010. Between all three versions of Aragog, there are very distinctive differences! While the first two can kind of be seen as a spider, the latest version is poles apart from it’s predecessors.
Inside the small box are three un-numbered bags and one instruction booklet.
Also, I need to apologise for the quality of the images in this review – it looks like my camera is acting up!
ELEMENTS & MINIFIGURES: 15/20
Harry is wearing a dark blue zipped hoodie and blue patterned shirt, and Ron has a grey checked jacket and maroon top underneath. I like the hairpieces on these minifigures, and each of the boys has a scared expression on the other side of the head.
For the accessories, there’s a couple of wands, and two of my favourite new minifigure accessory moulds around – the candle and flame, and the lantern. These look absolutely beautiful, and I’m so glad LEGO has added them to the range.
There are some exclusive parts in this set, including Aragog’s eyes, printed on a 1×1 round tile, 4×4 angled bow bricks new in dark brown, and a beautiful small transparent printed dish with a spider web. There’s also a couple of the updated 2017 spiders – this time in black and medium nougat. They’ve only been seen in one other set each – both Hogwarts Castles – although the black ones are from the Great Hall and the medium nougat ones from the bigger microscale version. I really like these new spiders – the detailing on them is excellent.
One more interesting and very useful addition is the 1x5x4 brick with bow in reddish brown. It’s not been seen very much at all – only in 75825 Piggy Pirate Ship from the Angry Birds theme. It’s going to be quite versatile in this colour, as it can be used in a number of builds.
With small sets, there’s always going to be minimal play functions, purely because of less parts. That doesn’t mean that there’s none though. At a base level, there’s the obvious recreation of the scene from the movie, but there’s also the flick fired web at the base of the tree. It’s a very basic addition, but it’s a clever one.
Aragog is also quite positionable, with his moveable abdomen, legs and fangs, plus it’s quite entertaining to leave him around the house to discover at night. That large spider silhouette is enough to scare the pants off unsuspecting victims, especially at night when you don’t realise it’s LEGO. To me, its not a set with sustainable play options – I reckon it’d get old after a few plays, but to others, and kids especially, it might be more fun.
The tree is the first part to be built, with it coming together quite fast. It represents a small section of the Forbidden Forest, Aragog’s Lair.
There’s not much to it, but the small details like the mushroom, large web and thread (a minifigure sign) that the medium nougat spider is hanging off make it a little more special. The flick-fire web is also a great touch.
The rest of the build focuses on Aragog, and it’s a for a small build, it’s interesting. It starts with the torso, with a small collection of plates with bars, as well as the 1×1 round plates with bars, to form the attachment points for the legs. The abdomen comes next, sitting on a couple of click hinges so it can pivot up and down, depending on how angered Aragog gets.
Aragog’s head is where the interesting part lies. It’s mostly centred on an axle hub with four small bars, with hold the four fangs in different positions, using clips. The rest of the head is connected on a rocker bearing and plate, rotated down.
The legs are all connected to the plates with bars, and those connected to the 1×1 round plates with bars are able to be fanned out slightly, so the legs aren’t all clumped together. It’s simple, elegant and interesting to build.
DESIGN / APPEARANCE: 17/20
While the tree is pretty un-interesting, Aragog looks fantastic. I kept showing it to others, exclaiming how realistic it looked! It’s creepy, a great size, and looks much better than the original two designs from years ago.
It could have been improved by using brown clips to attach the legs and forward facing fangs, and the tree could have had a few more leaves added, but overall it’s a great looking set.
VALUE FOR MONEY: 9/10
For a $23 set, it’s excellent value. There are some good pieces in there, and while the minifigures aren’t exclusive to the set, they are of a high standard. I’ve seen worse in similarly priced sets. There are some good parts additions, and you get a great model out of it. Getting a candle, lantern, printed web dish and a great amount of spiders is excellent.
Where it could get tricky, however, is the collectibility. Now, I understand that this is very subjective, but for those that don’t like spiders, this is not the set for you. Aragog, while not real, is still enough to creep someone out. For completionists, this is an easy buy – it’s affordable and looks great, but if you’re not a fan of spiders, and there are plenty of people I know that hate even LEGO spiders, steer clear of 75950 Aragog’s Lair.
A special thank you to LEGO for sending me a copy to review. All thoughts on this set are my own and are not influenced in any way, shape or form. The provision of sets for review does not guarantee a favourable review.