With another lot of Harry Potter LEGO sets out, it was time for this Potterhead toy photographer to take the sets out for a toy photography spin!
First up, I’m going to be looking at the Hungarian Horntail Triwizard Challenge (set 75946). This is a mid-sized set in the new range, and comes with some good items for your 4th book toy photography needs! As with all my LEGO reviews there will be no piece count, and no build review, just an honest look at the potential for toy photography.
We get 4 figures in this set – the Triwizard Champions:
- Harry Potter
- Fleur Delacour
- Cedric Diggory
- Viktor Krum
All the figures have some great details on their champion trackies. I particularly love the back detailing on each of them. The colours are also great, particularly Fleur’s tracksuit.
In addition to some great printing, they each come with dual faces – one happy, one slightly scared. This is perfect for reenacting your favourite moments.
Harry also comes with the long floppy hair that is recognisable from the movies. All of them come with wands as their main accessory. Harry also comes with a Firebolt – a nice little upgrade to the standard broomstick.
As well as the figures and the dragon, there’s also a small tent, complete with a bed and some refreshments. This makes for a useful backdrop for the figures, although it is very simple and a little bit bland from the outside.
The Hungarian Horntail
I would guess that for most people, the real star of this set is the Hungarian Horntail.
LEGO dragons are pretty darn awesome. And the Horntail is no slacker in this department. With some wonderful dual plastic moulded wings she can soar through the skies, looking for the one who would take her eggs.
It’s quite tricky to photograph the Horntail in flight. After all, if you are not quick about it, flames may head your way. (Or the wind will make her move before you can get the shot you want!) With the use of some wire and a helping hand, I managed to get a couple of shots that I wasn’t completely unhappy with!
The only issue I really had with the dragon is that with the flame and attachment piece, you couldn’t close her mouth. I ended up removing the piece to be able to show her in another way. The printing on her face really is rather great, if a little scary!
In all, this is a great set for Harry Potter fans, although might be a bit of miss if you are not a fan. Whilst the 4th book is not one of my favourites, getting all the champions in one set is brilliant, and I can definitely see the advantage in having them all for other photography opportunities. Likewise the dragon is a nice one to have (and I think is my first LEGO dragon). I can see other photos with the Horntail coming in the near future!
Disclaimer: This set was provided by LEGO for review.
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