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2018 Lego Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts Minifigures

Last week we were chased out of our house by the cacophony of power tools and loud music.  I had originally intended to work on a DIY project, but I did not want the background noise from my neighbor’s backyard construction included in the video.  Honestly, I think I just really wanted an excuse to take Lil’ Man to go and pick up some of the newly released Lego Harry Potter/Fantastic Beasts Minifigures.  I love Legos just as much as he does.  With the exception of the large price tag, they are a toy I’m actually happy to purchase.  We love spending time as a family making up our own Lego creations.

Earlier this summer, we started reading the picture book version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone in preparation for our visit to Universal Studio’s Wizarding World of Harry Potter.  Sadly, I must admit that we gave up after a few chapters.  Rowling’s writing just doesn’t flow off the tongue, and I feel Lil’ Man will enjoy the book more when he is able to read it silently to himself.  We have since read Roald Dahl’s Fantastic Mr. Fox and are currently enjoying James and the Giant Peach in it’s place.

While reading the books did not pan out as I had hoped, Lil’ Man has really taken to the movies.  He is just as excited about the release of these new minifigures as I am!  The only problem is that these figures come in blind bags.  You have no idea who is inside, and must feel for unique pieces to determine who is in the bag.  This can be difficult as I find the small pamphlet of instructions can get in the way.  I know I had picked up Voldemort at one point, but accidentally put him down instead of the second Neville Longbottom I had in my hand.  Yes, we have multiple Nevilles.  Lil’ Man doesn’t mind though as he loves the mandrakes that come with the figure.   20180807_144703

Luckily for me, a couple of the expert collectors were kind enough to hand me figures that they already had.  This is how we were able to acquire Hermione and Crookshanks.  I was able to easily identify Dumbledore by the bottom of his cloak and Cho Chang by her flexible hair.  Cedric Diggory can also be easily found by looking for the Wizarding Cup.  I was able to identify the flag pole for Dean Thomas.

A second trip to a different mall yielded us Ron Weasley, Luna Lovegood, and Dobby.  I had no idea that we had found Luna and Dobby (honestly, I’m awful at this), but I was able to find Ron by his rat (AKA Peter Pettigrew) in the blind bag.  20180807_144713

We’ve managed to collect 10 of the 22 figures.  I’m not a hardcore collector, so I have no intention of letting Lil’ Man collect all 22.  Lil’ Man will be attending his first Lego build event tomorrow, so I may see what is in stock then.  We haven’t found any of the Fantastic Beasts figures yet, and I would love to find Newt Scamander and the Niffler.

Are you a collector?  Do you have any advice on how to find minifigures in the blind bags?  Please share in the comments.

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