40495 Harry, Hermione, Ron & Hagrid is one of two Harry Potter BrickHeadz sets being released on 1st June.
It’s not the first time that the Hogwarts students and gamekeeper have appeared as blocky characters, so in this review I will compare the new versions with their predecessors.
The students are constructed as 3×3 BrickHeadz and are identical from the neck down. Their hair-styles differ significantly, as you’d expect, both in colour and style. Harry’s glasses are represented by two 2×2 round tiles, similar to those used for the Minions’ goggles, and he has the requisite lightning-shaped scar on his forehead.
They are all attired in robes which flow down to the ground at the back and sides.
You wait ages for a BrickHeadz version of Hagrid then two come along at once! The first one was only released during September last year, as a gift with purchase at LEGO.com.
The revised version is very similar to that in 40412 Hagrid & Buckbeak. Other than the colour of his coat, the main changes are the printed waistcoat piece and curved slopes used in his hair. They have helped make the forehead appear less prominent and overall this version is an improvement on the old one.
The students that appeared in BrickHeadz form in 2018 were regular-sized 4×4 versions. Here they are side-by side with their miniature counterparts:
Harry from 41615 Harry Potter & Hedwig
Ron from 41621 Ron Weasley & Albus Dumbledore. The Two Ronnies…
41616 Hermione Granger
The miniature versions of the students are undeniably cute, and much more to scale with the Hogwarts gamekeeper that accompanies them in this set. If you’re a fan of the blocky characters you will find much to like here.
It’s been three years since the previous versions of the students were produced, during 2018 when BrickHeadz had short-shelf lives, so the chances are that many fans of the franchise missed out on them then, so their re-release will be welcomed.
Releasing a second Hagrid in the space of a few months is more puzzling, though, particularly given that this one is much the same as the previous rendition. However, given that the other one was only available as a gift with purchase, I guess many people will have missed out on acquiring the much-loved character.
40495 Harry, Hermione, Ron & Hagrid will be available at LEGO.com from 1st June.
Thanks for LEGO for providing the set for review. All opinions expressed are my own.