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This returning line is much-awaited by many Harry Potter fans and LEGO builders who are looking to invest in a play set that highlights authentic details and features from the Harry Potter movies. Fortunately, our friends at Just Bricks were able to help us get our hands on the set early, and got to experience putting together the pieces and playing with the functions to know that the model lives up to the expectations of many LEGO enthusiasts across the globe. As such, we are sharing our thoughts about the box, play features, and build experience of this LEGO Harry Potter 75956 Quidditch Match set:
The packaging and instructions
The set is kept in a medium-sized box that features an image of Harry, Ron, and Hermione in front. Also displayed in front of the box are the minifigures included in the set, and a picture of the Quidditch match between Slytherin and Gryffindor. At the back of the packaging, you will find a multitude of play features offered by the set. The pieces needed for building the Hogwarts houses are found inside numbered bags. The first two bags contain the LEGO bricks for building the Quidditch towers, while the third bag has the pieces needed for the goalposts. Instruction booklets and a sticker sheet are also kept inside the packaging.
Since this set highlights a match between Gryffindor and Slytherin, the minifigures included are two Gryffindor and two Slytherin players: Harry Potter and Oliver Wood, and Lucian Bole and Marcus Flint. Hermione and Professor Snape minifigures are also featured in the set, as both characters play an important role in the first Harry Potter book where Hermione “saves” Harry from Snape’s spell during the Quidditch match. Aside from Marcus Flint and Oliver Wood that only have a single expression, the four minifigures have angry/scared face variants. The Quidditch players are also wearing capes that hide a nice back printing.
Each of the house tower is built in a similar fashion, but we were delighted to see that none of them looked bland and repetitive. The two primary colors used in each tower go all the way up the walls, and create an impressive chequerboard effect. We found it a bit challenging to attach the stickers to the tower fronts, because they are almost the same size as the pieces they must be applied to.
A couple of play features differentiate one tower from another: The Gryffindor tower has a swinging banner from which a brave Quidditch player can fly out, the Hufflepuff tower serves as the scoreboard, the Ravenclaw tower features a broadcast speaker, and finally, the Slytherin tower has a mechanism that lets you recreate the scene in book one of Harry Potter where Hermione sets Professor Snape’s robes on fire. Another fun feature of this set is the ground-mounted stud shooter that allows players to target their opponents with the Bludgers. Accessories that add a gaming element to this set include a Quaffle, a trophy, two wands, four brooms, the Golden Snitch, Bludgers, and a megaphone.
The Golden Snitch is a key element in this set, and we were glad to see that it is in a distinct pearl gold color much like the Snitch that we see Quidditch Seekers try to catch in the Harry Potter movies. Having played with this charming little piece, we think it’s safe to say that many Harry Potter fans will spend their money to buy the set just to get their hands on the Golden Snitch.
This set will no doubt make any Harry Potter fan happy. The pieces come together to create a detailed rendition of the Quidditch scene from the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone movie. It has all the right elements, incorporates a lot of fun features, and packs great play value that both kids and adults will love.