We’re just counting the days before we officially welcome 2018, and with more than 120 new LEGO sets to debut on January 1 (much of it has been made available already across toy store outlets such as Toys R Us), it looks like LEGO is on full steam ahead with more new sets slated for the second half of the year. We recently had a glimpse of the latest 2018 LEGO Speed Champions and Star Wars sets, and now we’re receiving reports from the rumor mill that another beloved license and film franchise is expected to make waves this upcoming year.
According to a report shared by The Brick Fan, fans of the wizarding world of Harry Potter will be glad to know that there have been talks that hint on five (5) LEGO sets to be released later this year: 3 from the Harry Potter franchise itself, and 2 from Fantastic Beasts. Considering that the latter still has a sequel slated to be released in November, it seems reasonable for LEGO to dedicate two of these sets for the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Crimes of Grindelwald. Furthermore, it will be a good move for LEGO to offer these as regular sets since the only Fantastic Beasts LEGO sets that we have been part of the now officially discontinued LEGO Dimensions theme. Currently, we have the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: Play the Complete Movie Story (71253) and Tina Goldstein Fun Packs (71257). Furthermore, it will be nice of LEGO if it can also render in bricks a particular scene from the first film, while the second one will be a call out for the upcoming sequel.
There are still a lot of source materials in the world of Harry Potter that LEGO designers can find inspiration with, and as much as I want to see more LEGO sets in reference to the last four HP films, I feel that most LEGO and Harry Potter fans will opt for a more ‘generic’ type of set that highlights some of the most popular locations in the wizarding world of Harry. Perhaps we can have a larger remake of previous LEGO Harry Potter sets such as the Quidditch Match (4737), a motorized Hogwarts Express (4841), and a grander rendition of the iconic Hogwarts Castle (4842). The possibilities seem to be endless.
Lastly, there are also talks of having a LEGO Harry Potter CMF due to be released sometime in August next year. Strictly speaking, this is not a first for the theme. Back in 2002, LEGO released a total of 21 minifigures that were given away for free with qualifying purchases of LEGO Harry Potter sets. These were given in four batches labelled as LEGO Harry Potter Minifigure Collection Galleries (1 to 4). Now, if an official LEGO HP CMF is in order, then we can expect a lot of candidates to be included. Topping my list will be Sirius Black (since we only have him in two LEGO sets back in 2004), Bellatrix Lestrange (which only made a single appearance in LEGO Harry Potter The Burrow 4840), and the hilariously mischievous twins, Fred and George Weasley (only available back then as part of the D2C set Diagon Alley 10217). I also wouldn’t mind seeing the house-elf Dobby again in his minifigure form so I’m excited about the possibilities that this new CMF line will offer.
Like any other rumors, we should take this with a pinch of salt. What are your thoughts about this piece of news? Are you excited to see more LEGO Harry Potter sets in 2018? Who is your most favorite Harry Potter character that you would like to see as a LEGO collectible minifigure? Share your thoughts in the comments below.