Exploring 40412 Hagrid & Buckbeak

Theme: Brickheadz, Wizarding World
No: 40412
Release Year: 2020
Cost: Gift With Purchase
Pieces: 270

After the big announcement of 75978 Diagon Alley the other day, a nice little extra is now available as a Gift With Purchase. If you spend at least AU$199, US $100 or £100 on LEGO Harry Potter sets, you’d qualify for one.

Due to the popularity (in Australia at least) of Diagon Alley, both that set and the Hagrid & Buckbeak are out of stock, so if you didn’t get one in time, I think you may have missed out! Here are my brief thoughts anyway.

There are two Brickheadz in the set – Hagrid and Buckbeak. I think they’re two of the best Brickheadz we’ve seen so far.

Seeing Hagrid in Brickheadz form is actually perfect. Hagrid, son of a giant mother is a big bloke, and the build of a Brickheadz has a bigger feel to it, so it is ideal. His messy hair looks excellent – the visible studs are a great way to emphasise the messiness, and the layering is nice too.

The large coat is also well represented with tiles and wedges, and the simple details of having the tiles overhang the body is a clever touch. The tiny pink umbrella he’s carrying is almost comically small. He’s also got a lantern.

Hagrid also has his pet Hippogriff Buckbeak with him. Buckbeak has the front legs, wings and head of an eagle, with the body, rear legs and tail of a horse, and it looks just brilliant. It’s also nice to see a four legged animal not standing like a human (I’m looking at you 40380 Easter Sheep).

I really like this build. It’s gone off the Brickheadz mould, but is still 100% a Brickheadz set. The wings are clever, as is the crest and beak. I love the tail at the back too, but the back o the head is a little too smooth. It would have been nice to see some sort of layering there.

As a freebie, this is a very good one. If you managed to get one, you’re in for a nice little build.

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.