Harry Potter Lego

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Imustbemad00 Wed 17-Oct-18 20:20:04

My son is almost six. He doesn’t have any Lego has never really shown an interest in it but I think has used it elsewhere. I’m not sure how he is with it because we’ve never had it. Maybe if we had some it would be something he played with, but he’s not very patient and can’t imagine he would be good at building things with it.
Anyway, he loves Harry Potter and would like one of the sets.
First question is do you think it would be a waste of money? I’d probably have to build it and then could he play with it? Without it falling apart?
Second question. Is which one would I get and am I likely to get it on offer anywhere. The great hall set looks good but I can’t justofy paying £85 for it when I’m not 100% sure how he’ll get on with it.
Thanks for any advice

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Iaimtomisbehave1 Wed 17-Oct-18 20:23:39

Check eBay for Lego.

The Lego joker manor is about £250 but I got a 'Lego compatible joker manor) for £110. It's the exact same, just made by someone else who has copied the brick designs. Just missing the Lego branding.

You can't get a lot of full sets like that, but it's worth a look if you're not sure if he'd actually enjoy it. My son loves Lego. He just turned 7 but has been building it himself for about a year. This weekend he built the ninjago destiny's bounty and it took him 7 and a half hours of non stop building. It's really fantastic if they have a genuine interest in it and enjoy it.

BlueOooChristmas Wed 17-Oct-18 20:30:01

My eldest (she’s 6 next month) got her first Lego set last Christmas. She couldn’t build it but she enjoyed helping me and loved playing with it when it was done. We have continued buying her sets all year and she still can’t really follow the instructions but she will build her own things out of Lego. It’s been great watching her gain confidence with it and she can quite easily fix small breaks in sets from memory now.

Our youngest (3 this month) is well under the recommended age but LOVES Lego. Wish we’d started the eldest earlier tbh.

My advice would be pick up a fun but smaller set (how much is the whomping willow set going for now?) but expect to do all the building for a while. Lego is wonderful though and if he has none currently I think it’s a great idea.

Neighneigh Wed 17-Oct-18 20:30:20

We've just bought our 8yo the quidditch set and he really likes it. It's got the towers, several characters but only one set of the goal-things. I think it was £35, so perhaps a better place to start than the £80 set! Plus you can add to it wjth the £2.99 minifigs that are on sale at the moment

Asj0405 Wed 17-Oct-18 21:00:52

A few people were recommending aliexpress when i was looking. It's a chinese/Japanese website I'm not sure but a few people said if you looked for lepin harry potter sets they were very good. I know it's not great to order from knock off websites but I really can't afford to spend £80+ on little plastic bricks and if they priced things reasonably I would happily go to argos or smyths and buy the legit make. I orderd the great hall for £26. It hasn't arrived yet but from what people have said they are very good.

AgnesBrownsCat Wed 17-Oct-18 21:11:39

I’d buy him some of the small Lego minifigures sets and if he likes them perhaps get the whomping willow set . We are big Lego fans in this house and have most of the new HP sets . The train and hall have been stashed for Christmas though .
Don’t waste your money on fake Lego or flego. There is no comparison .

AgnesBrownsCat Wed 17-Oct-18 21:13:03

The three in one creator sets are great for beginners or get a big box of Lego and a few HP minifigures form the new series .


Imustbemad00 Wed 17-Oct-18 23:32:41

He has several of the mini figures and loves them. I think the whomping willow set is more reasonably priced but I know he’d like the castle and the figures that come with it.
I thought about just buying some normal Lego and seeing how he gets on but don’t think thatnwould really have the wow factor like the hop sets

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Imustbemad00 Thu 18-Oct-18 21:15:12

Anyone have any ideas of how I can get it cheaper, Argos 3 for 2, or do Smyrna have any promotions coming up?

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BertramKibbler Thu 18-Oct-18 21:16:47

The big hogwarts set is in our attack waiting for ME for Christmas thlblush

BertramKibbler Thu 18-Oct-18 21:17:13

Last year the Lego store did 20% off for Black Friday

KJBCEC Thu 18-Oct-18 21:22:46

Hi. My daughter was seven last week and had asked for the Hogwarts Express. She built it herself with minimal help. It did take her a whole day. Good to play with as quite sturdy. We bought it from Smyths with a promotional offer they were running.

ritzbiscuits Thu 18-Oct-18 22:51:43

There is no way I'd pay for a big set if my son was new to Lego! We buy my son lots of Lego City and it often gets broken up :-(

Have a look at Harry Potter and Hedwig Brickheadz. DS and I loved this set and the finished builds are nice and chunky. Not easy to break up and could display it in his bedroom?

Imustbemad00 Thu 18-Oct-18 23:12:16

He’s quite careful with things so as long as it’s quite sturdy I don’t think it would get destroyed. Got him some Lego city today and although he didn’t want to follow the instructions ( I was cooking, he might have if I sat and helped him) he really enjoyed playing with it.

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ritzbiscuits Fri 19-Oct-18 02:33:44

I don't mind my son breaking things up as he wasn't to rebuild pieces into his own ideas. But he doesn't often play with the official finished item for long so wouldn't trust him with Hogwarts hall!

Definitely sit down and do the instructions together to begin with. My son is 4.5, and can do Lego City nearly fully independently now.

Justabadwife Fri 19-Oct-18 09:01:29

Dd (9) loves building Lego and has done for the past 3 or 4 years, we have hundreds of sets of Lego. She struggled with HP lego, I bought her the spider one, and it's put me off getting her a bigger set.
And tbh she only builds them then they get put in the drawer (fully built) and forgotten about.
I would start with a smaller set, if he doesn't want to follow the instructions then there is no point really. If you lose even a tiny piece it's frustrating as the Lego doesn't go together properly.

4forkssake Fri 19-Oct-18 09:21:31

Smyths have a code until 25/10 with £6 off over £50 & £12 off over £100. In store & online. Not a huge saving but better than nothing.

InDubiousBattle Sat 20-Oct-18 08:25:55

The Harry Potter Lego was included in the last argos 3 for 2 deal (even the great hall and hogarth express), I'm sure they have another before Christmas. Ds got theset with the massive spider and whilst he loved it I wouldn't recommend it because it didn't have many 'useful for other things' bricks. We have had some great buys from Asda too, they have a big box of bricks at the moment for around £17 and a 3 in 1 creator house for £20.

MimsyBorogroves Sat 20-Oct-18 08:32:43

You may be surprised. My 6 year old is getting the Harry Potter lego this year and I know I won't get a look in - he will build it all himself. He's been building the 12+ sets since he was 4 with very minimal help - some children just click (sorry, pun unintentional) with Lego.

If you're worried, why not go to a Lego shop or a small specialist toy shop (comic book shops are often great for this) where you can buy the mini fig packs and they'll tell you who's in each so you get the main characters? There's a way to do it with the barcodes too, I think.

Chimchar Sat 20-Oct-18 08:34:03

I wouldn't bother with a themed set...you can buy a box of various size, shapes and coloured bricks which you can properly play with, rather than having to follow a set build.

You could buy a few Harry Potter mini figures (if there are any left!)

Primark have loads of Harry Potter themed stuff at the moment. Socks, bedding, cushions, tshirts, jamas, Christmas baubles etc, so I would get your Potter fix there!

IggyAce Sat 20-Oct-18 08:43:01

Lego do some easy builder sets that maybe a good starting point or get him a box of bricks. If you’re wanting Harry Potter Lego then recommend the brick headz.

Ilnome Sat 20-Oct-18 08:44:46

So I collect lego and can confirm that for the more expensive/ bigger sets you will not get them 2 for 3 and while you can go to a Lego brand store and have them feel up the packets, usually the sets are cheapest around 1am on amazon (their prices are based off of an algorithm apparently) for the big castle set (hogwarts great hall) it has some technical pieces and may require a little help from an adult or older sibling. Maybe see if you can club together with gps to pay for it?

greathat Sat 20-Oct-18 17:15:47

Cheap Lego knock offs are crap. They don't stay stuck together. We had some and I ended up binning it

Lovemusic33 Sat 20-Oct-18 18:38:45

We buy Lego every year, dd2 has been good at building it since she was 6 (she’s now 12) which means I have to buy my own set to build as I love building Lego. We have had a few sets that haven’t been good for playing as they fall apart easily. I’m getting dd the roller coaster set this year and might buy myself a HP set.

Imustbemad00 Sat 20-Oct-18 22:25:00

I’m pretty sure he won’t be able to build it. He just hasn’t got the cognitive skills to understand the instructions. I wish I could just buy a Harry Potter castle/playset not made of Lego to be honest. Think I might get the whomping willow set. He’ll like the car. Or the quidditch set.
He really wants something to put he’s Harry Potter minifigures in. He loves that type of play.

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