LEGO Harry Potter 76400 Hogwarts Carriage and Thestrals [Review] – The brick of the brothers


The smallest set in the Harry Potter wave of summer 2022 is 76400 Hogwarts Car and Thestrals. The name of the set really sums it up here – aside from the miniatures and a very small piece of scenery, a carriage and a few thestrals are all you get! Is it a good collection of pocket money? Let’s take a look at this set, including 2 figures and 121 pieces, which will be available from June 19 for $19.99 | $24.99 CAD | UK £17.99.

This set is based on a license the LEGO Group has with the Warner Brothers films, not JK ​​Rowling directly. The transphobic views expressed by Rowling do not reflect the values ​​of The Brothers Brick or, indeed, those of The LEGO Group. The magical world Rowling created, in which many who felt a little different could see themselves, meant so much to so many people, including those whom Rowling now belittles. TBB affirms the choice of every LEGO fan to claim a part of the world for themselves or to reject it entirely.

The LEGO Group provided The Brothers Brick with an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review does not guarantee coverage or positive reviews.

Content and construction

Inside the box are the instructions, a single unnumbered bag and a loose adult Thestral. The bit of landscape adds a bit of green to liven up the mix. Let’s not pretend, though – you’re here for the Thestral baby:

It’s cute! I’m sure it will be popular. But it’s much more of a miniaturized adult Thestral, or maybe a teenager, than the spindly-legged baby with an overly large head that wobbles on a tiny neck that Luna is seen offering an apple. These are difficult proportions to achieve in a single mold, but the head could have been bigger at least. It’s not a goat either, although of course that’s completely unfair to the item designer. It’s a very similar size, though. A paranoid LEGO fan might think we were being a little mocked.

The rest of the set is unremarkable. The cart is serviceable, able to accommodate both minifigures, and there are some greebles. Decor is also fairly basic, offering a tree-like feel. There’s nothing wrong with either build in a low-end package, but that’s no reason to make the purchase either.

The figurines

Harry and Luna’s choice makes sense for the topic, as Luna explains to Harry why he is able to see the Thestrals after Sirius dies, and they visit a baby Thestral with the apple later. The two figures are also unique, although Harry’s impression is a combination of his common dark blue jumper over a Hogwarts uniform with a Gryffindor tie, both of which have appeared frequently. Luna’s appearance is quite different from her other figures and is a decent representation of her on-screen outfit. Both have a back print and alternate expressions.

Construction completed and recommendation

This set is all about Thestrals. The adult appeared previously in 75951 Escape from Grindelwald, and is a beautiful mold, with the wings changing from black to transparent. The baby is of course completely new and will undoubtedly arouse a lot of interest. If you don’t have a lot of Harry Potter sets, this isn’t a bad choice to take on a whim. If you’ve collected Harry Potter sets, however, the Thestrals alone don’t feel like good value at $20, and we recommend dropping by, or at least waiting for a sale.

76400 Hogwarts Car and Thestrals contains 121 pieces and 2 figures. It will be available in the LEGO Shop and worldwide from June 19 for US$19.99 | CA$24.99 | UK £17.99 or from Amazon. It may also be available from third-party sellers on eBay.

The LEGO Group sent The Brothers Brick an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review does not guarantee coverage or positive reviews.

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