I’ve seen this one in person and it’s a must have for any Harry Potter fan.
This new set is larger than the Millennium Falcon 10179 which was the original record holder for the largest Lego set at 5195 pieces until the 2017 Ultimate Collectors Edition beat it at a whopping 7142 pieces. Both of these are out of most people’s budgets for sure, most will likely opt for the smaller LEGO Star Wars 75212 Kessel Run Millennium Falcon that was recently released that features the Falcon in Solo before it lost it’s escape pod.
The original 4842 Castle still sells between $125 used to upwards of $400 range if still sealed in the original box. Not bad for a set that’s only 1290 pieces and retailed originally for $129.99.
But let’s talk about the new castle that puts the old one to shame with 4700 or so more pieces and comes with 4 mini-figures and 27 micro-figures.
This is a set you should approach with caution though if you plan to buy to sell. This set starts off at $399.99 retail but are selling for upwards of $550.00. Most sellers seem to offer free shipping so that cuts into the profit margin but this might be the set to hold and sell later.
The 2007 UCS Millenium Falcon we all know sells for a few thousand bucks in the secondary market. So for those that have $400 to spare and are willing to gamble in buying to hold and flip, this could be one of those sets that doubles your money as there will always be Harry Potter fans as new readers come and go.
Here is the full description from Lego’s website:
Make the magic come alive at the LEGO® Harry Potter™ 71043 Hogwarts™ Castle! This highly detailed LEGO Harry Potter collectible has over 6,000 pieces and offers a rewarding build experience. It comes packed with highlights from the Harry Potter series, where you will discover towers, turrets, chambers, classrooms, creatures, the Whomping Willow™ and Hagrid´s hut, plus many more iconic features. And with 4 minifigures, 27 microfigures featuring students, professors and statues, plus 5 Dementors, this advanced building set makes the perfect Harry Potter gift.
- Includes 4 minifigures: Godric Gryffindor, Helga Hufflepuff, Salazar Slytherin and Rowena Ravenclaw, with a buildable minifigure display stand.
- Also features 27 microfigures: Harry Potter™, Ron Weasley™, Hermione Granger™, Draco Malfoy™, Albus Dumbledore™, Professor Snape™, Professor McGonagall™, Remus Lupin, Professor Dolores Umbridge™, Argus Filch, Lord Voldemort™, Bellatrix Lestrange, 3 students from each of the 4 houses, 2 chess pieces and the Architect of Hogwarts™ statue and 5 Dementors, plus Aragog the spider and the Basilisk figures, and a buildable Hungarian Horntail dragon.
- Features a buildable microscale model of Hogwarts™ Castle, hut of Hagrid™, Whomping Willow™ tree and 5 boats.
- Hogwarts™ Castle features the Great Hall with buildable ‘stained glass windows’, house banners, benches, tables, flaming torches and moving staircases; potions classroom with racks of jar elements; Defence Against the Dark Arts classroom with assorted potion jars, gramophone and a closet containing a boggart; Chessboard Chamber with chess piece elements; Room of Requirement with assorted elements, including the Goblet of Fire and the vanishing cabinet; Chamber of Secrets™ with the Basilisk and Tom Riddle’s Diary; hidden Devils Snare room with vine elements; Gryffindor™ common room with fireplace and seating; Professor Dolores Umbridge’s office with desk, chair and pink furnishings; library with bookcase and desks; and Professor Dumbledore’s office with the Griffin statue entrance and Memory cabinet.
- Hagrid’s hut features Aragog the spider and buildable pumpkins.
- The Whomping Willow™ includes the buildable blue Flying Ford Anglia car in its spinning branches.
- Also includes 5 buildable boats.
- Take a seat in the Great Hall and feast with the Hogwarts™ professors and students!
- Sneak your way into the Chamber of Secrets™ through the secret entrance and face the Basilisk!
- Attend a Defence Against the Dark Arts class to learn how to protect yourself from dark magic!
- Climb the moving staircase!
- Study for your Ordinary Wizarding Level exams in the library.
- Accessory elements include the Sword of Gryffindor™, Helga Hufflepuff´s cup, wands, potions, house banners, flames, a cauldron and 2 magnifying glasses.
- Microfigure accessories include 2 chess statues and the Architect of Hogwarts™ statue.
- Hogwarts™ Castle measures over 22” (58cm) high, 27” (69cm) wide and 16” (43cm) deep.
If this castle is out of your reach budget wise, you can opt for some smaller sets that are still available. LEGO Harry Potter 75950 Aragog’s Lair is still available from Entertainment Earth but sometimes these smaller sets don’t command as much in the secondary market, but still make great gifts for kids and collectors.