As per usual, with all four of the 2019 Advent Calendars, I’ll be updating this post daily. Each day will have an image of the day’s build, a quick comment, with a final overall review at the end of the month. If you want to keep up to date with the post, use the link to the right of the page – it’ll be there for the duration of December. I won’t be posting any pics on social media, so it won’t get spoilt by me!
Theme: Seasonal; Harry Potter
Release Year: 2019
Cost: AUD $49.95
Pieces: 305 (with eight minifigures)
Well this is new and exciting! LEGO Harry Potter gets it’s own advent calendar. It’s not something many Advent Calendar fans were expecting, but I’m thrilled! Let’s dive in.
The display stand looks great – the inside of the Great Hall, all ready for Christmas, and some snow and Hogwarts Castle visible on the right. This is my favourite display stand for a while!
Day 1: Harry Potter
Day one is an apt start, with Harry Potter himself, and a great one at that! He’s got his Weasley Christmas sweater (knitted by Mrs Weasley – remember?) and it’s unique to this set. He’s also got tan pants and his brown wand, and a reversible face, with a shocked expression on the other side. The sweater also has stars on the back. This is a great start. A unique minifigure, with a clever reference to the books. This is exciting!
Day 2: Hogwarts Express
This one is spectacular! A microscale Hogwarts Express! The shape of the whole thing is amazing, and it just pops! The use of the semi-circle tiles in the boiler are spot on. I love this!
Day 3: Christmas Trees
We’re getting Christmas trees early this year! Usually these appear in the last few days, but these are a little different to what we’re used to – much more natural. I really like the design of the snow covered tops, with some bottom leaves showing. They’re very nicely done. While it’s not strictly Harry Potter, Hogwarts Castle does get decorated very nicely during Christmas, so these are a nice fit.
Day 4: Big Christmas Tree
This one is pretty. We’ve got an upgrade to yesterday’s small Christmas trees with a big one. There’s some gold decorations on it, some different coloured leaves, a bit of snow here and there, and a gold star. I like this one. This calendar has been my favourite so far!
Day 5: Gryffindor Banner
Well this one’s not exciting. A couple of flags on a couple of sticks. Let’s hope tomorrow is better. I sure hope we don’t get all four houses like this. Man, that’d be a waste!
Day 6: Professor McGonagall
Professor Minerva McGonagall is a crowd favourite, so it’s great to see her here, especially after the Gryffindor banner yesterday. We’ve seen this minifigure design before, in 75954 Hogwarts Great Hall. It’s a beautiful print, and from a big set last year, so it may not be in everyone’s collections.