“Help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.” With 6020 pieces, you might need help if you try to build #71043 Hogwarts Castle—it is the second largest LEGO set to date! Let’s find out if the LEGO model lives up to the wonders of its cinematic counterpart.
ʀᴇᴠɪᴇᴡ: #40341 Sea Accessories
The set focuses on items you would find at sea or under the sea, rather than at the beach. It’s perfect for an undersea treasure hunt adventure! The set features four animals: a parrot, a shark, a fish, and a seashell which you can put a 1×1 round plate inside. You also get some nice minifigure accessories including a surfboard, flippers, oar, and harpoon. Lastly, you get two containers: a barrel, and a chest with lid.
The set was released on January 1st. It only advertises 24 pieces, and costs $3.99 (£3.99 / 3.99 €). That would have been a price-per-part of $0.16, but the bag contained an extra 8 pieces. That’s enough to build a second harpoon, and a more reasonable $0.12 per part; not too bad for an accessory pack which includes a few rare parts which have only been available in a couple sets.
I did notice that the Parrot (Part 27062 / Element 6178520) is multi-colored, with a unique mix of blue and yellow plastic. The parrot I received had a lot of of yellow, which I didn’t find appealing, because I know that in real life that the blue and yellow macaw (on which this bird is presumably modelled) has a consistent coloring with blue wings and back. (Because the bag is clear, you might be able to look for the perfect parrot in the store before purchasing the set.)
The LEGO Movie far exceeded my expectations when it was released in 2014, appealing to audiences of all ages. Let’s find out if “The Second Part” recaptures the magic of the original, and see how well the newly released LEGO sets align with their on-screen versions.
Brian and Jason’s wildly successful 2014 book teaches you how to build a town in the LEGO Modular Building Style. Does the sequel offer enough new ideas to grow your LEGO town into a fully-fledged city?