|Age Range (Description)||8 - 14 years|
|Model Name||Hogwarts™ Express|
|Number of Pieces||801|
|Educational Objective||Creative Thinking|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||21.26 x 11.1 x 3.09 inches|
|Product Dimensions||21.26 x 11.1 x 3.09 inches|
|Item Weight||2.91 pounds|
|Country of Origin||Mexico|
|Item model number||6212646|
|Manufacturer recommended age||8 - 14 years|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #3,167 in Toys & Games () |
|Customer Reviews|| |
4.9 out of 5 stars
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Release date||August 1, 2018|
|Mfg Recommended age||8 - 14 years|
|Department||Toys & Games|
Step aboard the iconic LEGO Harry Potter 75955 Hogwarts Express toy train from King’s Cross Station. This action-packed train set features a railway toy bridge with a clock and steps leading to Platform 9¾, moving brick wall entrance, ‘Wanted’ poster and Daily Prophet newspapers. Plus, this set includes a model train and carriage with 4 seats and removable side panel and roof for creative play. Kids can order candy from the Trolley Witch, fly the Dementor into the carriage and recreate fantasy realm scenes from blockbuster Harry Potter movies. This great LEGO building set is the perfect Harry Potter gift for boys and girls between ages 8 and 14. Kids will be able to play with a number of Harry Potter minifigures including Ron Weasley, Hermione Granger, Remus Lupin and the Trolley Witch, plus Dementor and Scabbers figures.
[Photo Caption: set 4841 (2010) on the left, set 75955 (2018) on the right] ***This set does not include track. This set is not motorized. There are no directions for building a motor into the train.*** I am the nut-job parent that you'll see in some of the other train and Lego reviews. I grew up with Lego and returned to it when I had kids. I am terribly partial to Lego (ignore my star rating), but I'll give you the best review I can so that you can make the best decision for your kids. Our family also has a long history with the Harry Potter Lego sets, including the previous Hogwarts Express train set. My short review is that I love this set. I think it will sell like hotcakes. It is also a good value given its play potential. This is not a perfect set (more on that below), but it combines arguably the best Hogwarts Express locomotive that Lego has sold with a carriage and a station that allow for a large number of play possibilities. The station, which is split between muggle King's Cross and Platform 9 and 3/4 is the most extensive Harry Potter station they've offered. The carriage, though diminutive compared to the last Express, has a pull-off side and top so that the nicely detailed inside can serve as a play diorama. I believe that Lego designed this with the expectation that most children would not put it on tracks, and so it works just fine as a set piece for acting out various scenes from the books/movies. The train will run just fine on Lego's track, though it is not motorized nor easily motorized. This particular set with the Lupin and Dementor mini-figures, as well as the Sirius Black wanted poster, places it firmly in the third book/film. As for my longer review... Lego has had a wavering approach toward the various iterations of the Hogwarts Express that it has offered over the years. The first one (4708) was solidly a non-track train, with wheels that ran well on floors and tabletops, but not on Lego's track. The next two versions (4758 from the 9 volt era) and 4841 (from 2010 and the power functions era) were designed for running on track. The current version (75955) seems to return a little bit to the idea that this is a set piece first, and a train second. Though I'm a big Lego train fan, I think this is the right approach. First off, the locomotive finally solves the glaring problem that all of the prior Hogwarts Express engines have had: the lack of large driving wheels. If you dig through the Amazon reviews of set 4841, you'll see this called out eight years ago. Lego got it right this time. The engine is very nicely proportioned. I could stand to see it a stud or two longer, but this is clearly a substantial improvement over all the earlier models. The smokestack, steam dome, and bumpers are all closer to the actual Olton Hall locomotive. One can quibble about the simplistic side rods coming off the driver, but no one should expect an Emerald Night (set 10194) level of detail, and no one wants that level of mechanical headache in a children's toy. Moving down the train, the rest of the rolling stock shows a bit of cost cutting that is a tad depressing for the train enthusiast. However, most of these design decisions are not the kind of thing that kids care that much about. A number of examples: -Lego opted not to used magnetic couplers between the cars. They cost more, but they also come loose when kids are pulling the train around on the floor. Most children probably won't miss them. Train enthusiasts can easily upgrade. Not a bit deal. -Lego shortened the tender from the prior version. It looks out of proportion now. Again, kids aren't going to care and train people can enlarge it. -The passenger coach is shorter, lacks proper bogies (four wheel sets at each end of the car), and the nice train windows have been swapped out for more common casement windows. Again, kids aren't going to care; the two wheel sets actually help the train roll better when not used on track, and the house windows open (so you can re-enact Harry's chocolate frog making its one good hop). That said, here's what the rolling stock does well: -The side of the carriage pulls off so that you can easily act out scenes. The train car becomes a kind of movie set. The roof still lifts off like in prior sets, but the removable wall is perfect for this audience. Try running a sweets trolly through the old trains. -The inside of the passenger carriage is much better. Instead of four typical Lego chairs and pretty much nothing else, this new car has reasonably designed coach chairs along with a smooth tiled floor, all in a sharp gray-blue hue. -This carriage actually has doors at each end. The prior train had... a window. I'm on the fence about the move away from the bright yellow stripe (from 4841) to the more subdued gold stripe (of this set) across the passenger car. I don't think either one hits the mark. The station is pretty good. They've taken bits of King's Cross and bits of 9 and 3/4 and mashed them together. It is a little hard to get a trolly through from the King's Cross side due to the limited space between the magical wall and the stair case. But I think Lego struck a good balance between cost cutting (e.g. the use of larger single piece bricks) versus the careful addition of detail here and there (e.g., the change in the light fixtures between the two sides of the station, the newspaper stand, the Sirius Black poster, the use of "brick" bricks here and there). It is a toy first, but it is still carefully designed with a discerning eye toward detail. Finally, the mini-figures. My daughter, who is a serial Harry Potter reader, hates the short-leg Harry, Ron, and Hermione figures. I'm with her. The new, smaller wands are good. But we want the old figures back that have bendable legs. The short mini-figures are never, ever able to sit down properly. This train will work just fine on track. It does not, as some people have charged, hit the station bridge once it is on track. As warned at the top, there is no track in the set. You would need to purchase something like four sets of 60205 to have a functioning circuit (16 curves make a circle). If you're going the train route, you may wish to purchase a whole Lego train set just to get all the pieces. Also, if you are looking to motorize, I suggest you wait a while as Lego is phasing in a new set of motors and controllers (i.e., the Powered Up hub and motors that operate over Bluetooth). I'll revisit this review as I learn more. Cheers.
We bought this train as we preferred steamers and diesels over the modern trains—thanks Thomas. This was one of the most affordable sets out there and we liked that it had the station. Our son doesn’t know Harry Potter but he will when gets old enough to read them. Our biggest concern is whether it would fit the LEGO traintracks or not. It fits fine and the tracks fit between the platforms (see pictures). We plan on buying the electric kit and customizing it so it can pump it’s pistons around the track.
Fun LEGO with some fun details however this train does not come with any track. You can add any LEGO track from the last few years and it is compatible but then you need to raise the station for the train to allow the train to freely pass under the station features. Only giving 4 Stars b/c I feel like LEGO should have thought of this and offered an “additional pack” to accommodate for any normal person who wants their train to have track to travel on. Also since no track at all is included in the original set you need to buy two different sets of track to make a complete circle.
Just got this in the mail and am already bummed. The box has this really huge crease through the middle of the back of the box and on top. Almost looks like the box was folded in half at one point? Most people know that even on Legos, the condition of the box is important. Especially when you spend 70.00 on the item. Plus it has a bunch of stickers on it including a yellow one. I’m hoping it’s not used. I’ll have to find out Didn’t find out. Anyway, having the original Hogwarts Express and this one, I like the looks of this one. I’m a mom also who loves Legos! It was fun to put together, however it took me about two hours to put it together. I truly need to find a LEGO set that is actually a challenge. When I get the money, I’m going to get the huge Hogwarts castle. I really do love this train. It looks good. It doesn’t have much room on the passenger train for the characters. I don’t have time for a long review, but it was very enjoyable and a very nice looking train. I would get it while it’s still at a good price!!!
Listen we all know that Legos are not cheap. They are ridiculously expensive and this is actually on the cheaper side but my niece is addicted to all these things and she can complete these gigantic ones with 800 pieces and you know like three hours. We have been getting them for her for years I thought she was starting to grow out of them but she absolutely love this and what can you say their Lego products been around since we’ve all been kids they are durable as hell they last literally forever and they always work properly. The only problem you have is a little kid will lose the pieces or your dog might chew one. Otherwise you know what you’re getting......... the best
Initially I was concerned that my kids wanted to buy this with their birthday money. I had pressed upon them the fact that it was expensive for a toy. It arrived promptly and the box contained 7 individual packages that could be built in succession. It really helped to contain the pieces (which were all there by the way). Most importantly my children loved building this (they are avid Harry Potter fans) LEGO set and chose to work on this over screen time! We will be purchasing more Harry Potter themed Legos in the future.
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