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Lego Hogwarts Express - A Classic Meets A Neo-Classic

The Lego set is one of the most popular construction sets that has been developed in the last century. Before Lego, the king of construction sets was probably the Erector Set. With its steel girders and screws and nuts, it was the construction toy of the early part of the last century. Now, the Lego brick has displaced that steel icon, and has become the most dominant toy of its type. In recent years, Lego has begun to broaden its line greatly by creating lines of Lego sets based on major themes, such as the Harry Potter stories.
One of the most enduring aspects of the Harry Potter novels is the Hogwarts Express, which leaves Platform 9-3/4 at London's King's Cross Station every September 1 at exactly 11:00 O'clock. The train makes the trip to Hogsmeade Station, bringing them to Hogwarts Castle.
The newest version of this classic train Set 4841, includes the red steam locomotive, a tender car, and a passenger coach. Features of the train include a removable roof on the passenger coach, allowing the passengers to be seated within. Magnetic couplers keep the cars in contact with each other. The entire train set is over 21 inches long. Other accessories included in the set are figures of Harry (of course), Ron Weasley, Ginny Weasley, Luna Lovegood, and Draco Malfoy. Of course, no trip would be complete without Hedwig the white owl! The characters all have their wands, and an invisibility cloak.
The tender car can be opened to store the wizards' luggage. There is a trolley that is used to bring the ice cream (also included) for the snacks during the train ride. Also included in the set is Mr. Weasley's flying car, so that Ron and Harry can fly over the train. In addition to parts for the train itself, the Lego Hogwarts Express set also includes such extras as station clocks, lamp posts, and broomsticks. At platform 9-3/4, the wall spins to reveal the secret platform.
This is the fourth incarnation of the Hogwarts Express that Lego has produced. Previously, they had created a motorized version, and two non-motorized versions as well. All three are no longer in production, but there are a few new sets available from secondary sources.
The Lego Hogwarts Express Model 4708, with 410 pieces, was the first version of the Hogwarts Express created by Lego. This set includes Platform 9-3/4 with its spinning wall. The figures included with the set are Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermoine Granger. They have their wands, and an owl travels with them.
The second version of the Hogwarts Express is Model 4758. The figures included with the set are Harry, Ron Weasley, and Hermoine Granger, Professor Lupin, and a Dementor. The top of the engine boiler can be lifted off to reveal a secret compartment. This version of the set includes Hogsmeade Station.
The third previous version of the Hogwarts Express is the Model 10132. It was produced in 2004.It is quite unique, as it is the only motorized version of the train that Lego has produced. It also features Hogsmeade Station, and has the same mini-figures as set 4758. The set includes a circular track, as well as a speed control for the train. In addition to the engine, the train includes a tender car, and the passenger coach.
If you have a Harry Potter fan on your Gift list, or if you are a fan yourself, check the links in the Resource Box and get your set ordered, before they disappear! This newest set will probably sell out very quickly.
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