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LEGO Harry Potter Hogwart's Express (4841)
|CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.|
Ron and Harry borrow Mr. Weasley's flying blue car and catch up with the Hogwarts Express, but something goes wrong. Harry's door opens and he is left hanging on as Ron steers the car overhead. Open the top of the pa ssenger train to reveal Luna, Ginny and Draco and interior details!
Includes 5 minifigures: Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood and Draco Malfoy
Hogwarts Express accessories include food trolley, suitcases, ice cream, owls, Invisibility Cloak and more
Remove passenger car roof to reveal inside
Open baggage compartment
646 LEGO pieces
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144 of 147 found the following review helpful:
Lego's 2010 Hogwart's ExpressOct 01, 2010
By R. Ferguson
**Update December 2011: Lego has delisted this set. Expect prices from third-party retailers to soar.**
I am the nut-job parent that you'll see in some of the other train reviews. I grew up with Lego and returned to it when I had kids. Obviously I am terribly partial to Lego, but I'll give you the best review I can so that you can make the decision that is right for your kids. I do not receive free sets or compensation for my Lego reviews.
It is really hard for me to give a Lego train four stars instead of five, but please hear me out before you ding me. If you have a Harry Potter fan in the house, then this train is wonderful. It has a great set of characters and the train is sufficiently styled like the actual GWR 4900 Class 5972 Olton Hall that you can imagine it steaming towards Hogwarts with Harry, Ron and Draco aboard. Where it falls short is in the use of standard train wheels for the engine, something that Lego did not have to do because they began producing large steam-engine style drivers in 2009 (see sets #10194 and #7597). Yes, this train is easier to build, it does not require as much tinkering, and it should be easier to motorize. But Lego lost an opportunity to make a really fantastic engine. As it is, the wheel trucks simply look odd. I have other qualms with the design, but the wheel issue is why I find myself giving it four stars instead of five. My apologies to die-hard fans of the design.
As for the kids, they don't seem to care about the wheels.
Now for the nuts and bolts. This set includes a locomotive, tender and austere coach. It does not include track or a motor. This is the fourth Hogwart's Express from Lego (earlier sets being 4708, 4758, 10132); I think this new one does a better job of using sloped bricks. The set includes Harry, Ron, Ginny, Luna and Draco, two owls, a cat, a trunk, sweets trolly and a very nicely rendered enchanted Ford Anglia from "The Chamber of Secrets." The coach lacks doors but it has an easy-lift off top for positioning mini-figures. The top of the tender is hinged allowing it to be used as a secret compartment. The train is fairly easy to build, though five and six year olds may require some assistance.
Parents, be sure to buy track. As of early 2011, Lego discontinued their standard track pack, #7896. Two such sets gave you an oval. 7896 is still available but often at outrageous prices. In place of 7896, Lego currently offers a flex-track pack (#8867, which is enough to make a circle) and a combination straight and flex pack (#7499). I don't believe the flex track is ideal for curves, but it is not clear what Lego's plan is at the moment. There are also switches available (set #7895). In a pinch, you can use the train without track; Lego's directions allow you to lock the swiveling bogies in place. But track makes a big difference in the play experience.
You do not have to motorize it right off the bat (my kids enjoy push trains as well as motorized ones). But if you do, the set should be fairly straightforward to motorize with Power Function components, probably with a motor under the firebox, a battery in the tender, and an infrared receiver somewhere in between. Power Function (PF) components are available directly from Lego. You will want to purchase: 88002 (motor), 8884 (IR receiver), 8879 (IR transmitter), and one of the following:
-8878 (rechargeable battery) with 8887 (transformer for recharging)
-88000 (AAA battery box).
Lego trains prior to 2007 used an electrified 9 volt track. This system has been discontinued. If you are just starting out with Lego trains, you are best going with the current system (Power Functions) since 9 volt parts and track have become scarce.
If you are not sure about whether you want to invest in a Lego train and want more information, I recommend looking for Lego train videos on Youtube. It is often hard to find Lego trains in stores and even then, you don't get to see them running or handled.
27 of 27 found the following review helpful:
Not recommended for play, but really neat!Oct 18, 2010
By A. Price
I wouldn't use this for playing, since the magnets that connect the train cars are entirely too weak (Pulling it across my table was a problem), but it's still a great decoration piece, and it looks really neat!
It took me a dedicated six hours (A couple of hours a night for three nights) to get it done, and the final size was about two feet for the train and a little Ford Angila big enough for two figures and a suitcase. I put Ginny and Draco in my Angila and Luna Lovegood is the train engineer.
I think it's the best Lego Harry Potter product on the market, until Diagon Alley comes out.
22 of 23 found the following review helpful:
All around great toy for any kid (or adult)Oct 18, 2010
By Harry Potter Fan
We just got this toy for my 7 year old's birthday and I was a little skeptical because the price was a little steep - I have to say it was totally worth it. This train is awesome. From the easy way that it moves when he drives it to all of the little details that they put into making this a wonderful piece of Harry Potter memorabilia.
I love all of the little details like the wand boxes, the chocolate frog on the trolley and Luna Lovegood's glasses - they are great! My child has had hours of fun with this toy already and there are many more hours of fun to come.
To anyone deciding to buy this I would definitely recommend it. It is a wonderful piece of Lego that is only going to gain in value over time - especially considering what the Hogwarts Express that came out a while ago costs now.
I also love the car. The blue Ford Anglia is awesome! With all of the little pieces that go into building it, it truly looks like the original in the movie.
Love, Love, Love this set- you can't go wrong!
8 of 8 found the following review helpful:
Gift from grandparents to 12 year old boy. He loved it!Nov 08, 2010
By Travel Queen
Our grandson has just started reading Harry Potter books, so he wanted this lego set for his birthday.
He put it together in two evenings--which we thought was rather fast. We were hoping it would keep him busy for longer than that given the $79.00 price tag. But, it was what he wanted, and he was happy.
5 of 6 found the following review helpful:
tigersDec 31, 2010
I purchased this product for our grandson who has Autism....It helps him use his hands and mind in a very effective way....Children with Autism need products that keep them interested in what they are doing and able to be coordinated with their hands....He loves Lego's and has many different items....Thanks for the many happy hours he will have with his Hogwarts Express Train....
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