A few moments ago, we shared a piece of news that has been circulating among LEGO fans since the release of the LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle designer video. Some has been quick to notice that LEGO seems to be teasing on a new LEGO Harry Potter set somewhere in the 7-minute video, and as it turns out, the speculations are now true. A Brickset forum member spotted a new LEGO Harry Potter set somewhere in the aisles of his local LEGO Store in Ljubljana, Slovenia. Based on these box art images, the LEGO Harry Potter Diagon Alley (40289) looks very much the same as the set seen on the background (though blurry) of the designer video. Take a look at these images.
This micro-scaled version of one of the most famous places in Potterverse consists of five, scaled down models of Gringots Wizarding Bank, Ollivanders, Flourish and Blotts, Quality Quidditch Supplies, and perhaps the most famous in Diagon Alley, the Weasley’s Wizard Wheezes. It also comes with a minifigure version of Mr. Ollivander, which is quite frankly look far better than his first iteration as seen in LEGO’s 2011 version of Diagon Alley (10217).
As Huw from Brickset observes, the size of this micro-scaled version of Diagon Alley perfectly complements the Hogwarts Castle (71043) set to further expand their play features. There’s no word yet about its scheduled release date nor its pricing and availability in other regions such as in the US. It can be expected, however, that it may sell somewhere from $40 to $50. I personally feel that LEGO is trying to expand its current LEGO Harry Potter sets to make it compatible with other similarly scaled sets under its theme. If ever that will be the case, than LEGO may have stumbled upon an idea on how to creatively engage children (and adults as well) to the ever-expanding world of LEGO Harry Potter.
Thanks once again to Brickset for sharing this piece of news.