LEGO Harry Potter has actually been around since 2002 when I was right in the middle of my “dark ages” (that lovely period in any AFOL’s life when we have zero contact with anything LEGO).
When I finally came back into LEGO, the sets were long retired and selling for a mint so now that the LEGO Group is revisiting the Harry Potter series even after the movies are concluded, I’m all for it.
The LEGO Wizarding World of Harry Potter Quidditch™ Match (75956) comes in a medium to large sized box which contains the 500pc set.
The bricks are split into three numbered bags, two instruction booklets and as with most mainline sets, a sticker sheet.
The first two bags contain the parts for the Quidditch towers and the last one builds the three-ringed goal posts (bring back our baskets!).
The Quidditch match (75956) is not the first time that LEGO has released a set based on Potterverse’s most popular sport. The first set was actually released in 2010 under the same name; LEGO Harry Potter Quidditch Match (4737).
So technically, this LEGO Wizarding World of Harry Potter Quidditch™ Match (75956) is considered a ‘re-issue’ but it significantly updates its predecessor with new elements, more minifigures and a host of play features.
Each of the towers are sit on a 6×6 plate and naturally, Gryffindor tower would be the first to be built in the instruction booklet.
It is also the only tower where there is a pet flap for the Gryffindor players can zip out on their nimbuses.
Even though the build mainly consists of four similar towers with similar builds, it doesn’t reach any limit of repetitiveness. Perhaps if this was a full pitch, it would get a little mundane churning out tower after tower, but the designer made each one slightly different which also adds a bit of character to the individual house’s towers.
Slytherin tower has a cool little play feature which recreates the scene in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone where Hermoine casts Lacarnum Inflamari on Snape’s robes to save Harry during his first quidditch match.
You can play out the scene by turning the dial at the back to raise the flame in front of Snape who is sitting on the bench above.
As I mentioned above that there is a dreaded sticker sheet and the biggest sticker belongs to Gryffindor. It needs to be attached to the glass panel of a window frame so I would strongly recommend that you adhere it to the panel before putting it in the frame as it is a lot easier to do so that way.
The other stickers are quite easy to place with although I would have loved if the House crests were printed tiles instead of adhesives and I would gladly pay more for that.
The goal post which are now equipped with newly coloured Technic Wedge Belt Wheel Tires (70162/2815) which is a first as they are usually only available in black.
This center piece connects to the Ravenclaw and Hufflepuff towers on either side which basically forms the start of the quidditch pitch. I could imagine other LEGO Potterheads buying multiples of this set and construct a full quidditch stadium.
There is also a mechanism at the base of the goal post that allows you to move a transparent bar back and forth. It is actually for the goalie but I stuck the snitch there instead to illustrate the movement.
They come with a new hair piece for Hermoine and dual expression head pieces as well as redesigned torso and leg prints for Snape.
Hermione is a first year student so this would be the first time that she is sporting the kid’s leg element which is shorter than the regular leg assembly.
This also goes for Harry Potter as well which is keeping in theme but now it is harder to position him on the broom as opposed to when his legs could ‘straddle’ the broomstick.
The players Lucien Bole, Marcus Flint, Oliver Wood and Harry Potter all come with redesigned torsos sporting their house colours of Slytherin and Gryffindor.
Harry comes with a brand new hairpiece which has a slight parting that reveals his infamous scar.
This wave of Harry Potter sets actually introduces quite a few new elements into the fray. One of the notable ones are the moulded wands that the wizards and wizards to be wield.
Gone are the 3L bars of old and now we have an actual wand element that is exclusive to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
There are two ways to hold the wand, vertically like you would a normal bar element or by the rounded bulb at the end of the wand which allows you to rotate and point the wand in almost any angle.
As mentioned earlier about the three ‘rings’ that make up the goal posts are actually recoloured Technic Wedge Belt Wheel Tires (70162/2815).
They have only existed in black previously and it is a nice touch that the designers venture to propose a recolour of an existing element just to get the look of the design just right.
The Golden Snitch is a brand new mould and is only found in this set (naturally). Although the wings look fragile, they are actually quite sturdy.
While that may be a bit on the high side for a 500pc set, the main attraction here are the minifigures. You get six character minifigures that includes fan favourites like Harry Potter, Hermione and Snape along with the Gryffindor Quidditch Captain, Oliver Wood and Slytherin Quidditch Captain Marcus Flint.
Minifigure collectors will definitely want to get their hands on this set and anyone who would want to build a full Quidditch squad as this is the only set that you’ll be able to get the Quidditch jersey torso print (for Gryffindor and Slytherin anyway).
A very well balanced set with great selection of minifigures along with some play features with some brand new elements introduced. What is there not to like?
Here is the full gallery to the photos used for the review.
A sincere thank you to those who helped get this review done from the sending of the set over from halfway across the globe to the setting up of the new review studio. The opinions, beliefs and viewpoints expressed in this review do not necessarily reflect the opinions, beliefs and viewpoints of the LEGO Group.