LEGO Harry Potter Review: Freeing Dobby (4736)

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The first few Harry Potter books feel so quaint when compared to the latest offerings. Diaries and house elves feel so tame when it comes to be attacked by werewolves and Death Eaters. But since The Chamber of Secrets was the first Harry Potter book I ever read, this set makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

With the help of Harry Potter, free Dobby from his master Lucius Malfoy! Trick Lucius Malfoy into freeing Dobby, the house elf! Then use Dobby to protect Harry Potter and send Lucius flying down the hall with a magic blast as he tries to get revenge in this Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets scene.

Based on the end of the second Harry Potter, this little LEGO set perfectly captures the freeing of a slave by the gift of a sock. It comes with a little stairwell of Hogwarts with an interesting action feature, Harry Potter, Lucius Malfoy and Dobby the house-elf!

Harry Potter is in his Hogwarts school uniform. A dark gray sweater with a yellow and maroon trim, the lion crest for Gryffindor and a matching tie. His pants are black. His head is double sided like his Quidditch version and he has the same hair too. It all works very well, but this is supposed to be Harry Potter in year 2, and this definitely looks like at least year 5.

But given how screwed up Harry Potter continuity has gotten in my head thanks to Harry and the Potters and A Very Potter Musical, I’m perfectly fine having multiple Harry Potter figures because they are like four of them running around Hogwarts. Harry also comes with a brown rod to be his wand.

Dobby was originally the house-elf of the Malfoy family who was bound by magical rules to them. He was abused and constantly tried to help Harry in his own odd ways, like breaking his arm and trying to get him arrested. Wearing the tattered remains of a pillow case, Dobby uses two rather unique LEGO pieces to get his signature look.

His torso is normal, just sand yellow and painted to look worn and dirty. His peach bare arms look fine. He gets a pair of short legs that children and Yoda get and it helps make him a bit smaller. Dobby also gets a new head which has his droopy ears and tennis ball sized green eyes.

For accessories, Dobby comes with a black book which he can only hold when it’s opened. The book is actually the diary of Tom Riddle and one of Lord Voldemort’s horcruxes. Inside the book is a 2×1 flat tan tile piece with the image of a sock stamped on it. This sock was worn by Harry while fighting the basilisk in the Chamber of Secrets and happens to be the very item that earned Dobby his freedom.

House-elves only become free if given clothes, so once Harry found out that Lucius Malfoy had put the diary in Ginny Weasley’s textbooks during a book signing at Flourish and Blotts for Gilderoy Lockhart he figured out how to set Dobby free. So he shoved the smile covered book wrapped up in one of his socks into Mr. Malfoy’s hands, who then cast it aside only to be caught by Dobby, who in turn gained his freedom.

So to make the rest of that scene possible, Lucius Malfoy is included in this set. Wearing some very nice dress robes that are fur trimmed and clasped with two intertwined snakes, Lucius definitely takes his house pride seriously. The green scale vest may be taking it overboard a touch. Lucius also comes with a black cloak and black wand.

Lucius face has high cheeks and eyes of pure malice. When you turn his head around, his Death Eater mask is revealed. It’s a gray skull with silver details and looks good except it’s about 30% too small for his face. An extra head like the old Death Eater masks and hood would have worked infinitely better. Lucius also comes with some oddly long hair that looks decent but refuses to stay attached because of the cape.

The torch lit stairwell is done in grays and sandy yellow topped with a sandy green roof. It matches how LEGO has been portraying Hogwarts, but I don’t know if there is anyway to connect it to the much bigger set. On the left side a broom is clipped in place while a spider is included to crawl anywhere it pleases.

The stairwell has two torches in it that feel a bit low to the ground and the stairs themselves feel a bit too high, but maybe they’re for Hagrid. It’s a decent little extra and looks like it belongs in LEGO Hogwarts.

The action feature is a not-really-hidden rod that can blast a figure off the stairs. It’s supposed to be the manifestation of Dobby’s powers when he attacked Lucius after he drew his wand on Harry. It works well, but doubles the length of the set.

Harry is a great LEGO figure; he just doesn’t seem like a 12 year old. Dobby is a blast too, but I wish the book could be held when closed. As for Lucius, everything from the neck down is perfect but the hairpiece keeps popping off and the Death Eater face just looks wrong. This isn’t a bad set by any means, it just isn’t absolutely perfect.

Lego Harry Potter
Quidditch Match 4737

with Harry Potter, Oliver Wood, Draco Malfoy, Marcus Flint & Madam Hooch
Freeing Dobby 7436
with Harry Potter, Lucius Malfoy & Dobby
Hagrid’s Hut 4738
with Harry, Ron, Hermonie, Hagrid & Aragog
The Burrow 4840
with Harry, Ginny, Arthur, Molly, Bellatrix Lestrange & Fenrir Greyback
Hogwarts Castle 4842
with Harry, Hermione, McGonagall, Flitwick, Dumbledore, Filch, Snape, Lord Voldemort and two Dementors
Forbidden Forest 4865
with Harry Potter, Hagrid, Narcissa Malfoy & Lord Voldemort
Battle at Hogwarts 4867
Harry Potter, Neville Longbottom, Remus Lupin, Professor Sprout, Death Eater Lucius Malfoy, Gregory Goyle & a Dementor

Written by jestergoblin

January 31st, 2011 at 12:00 am

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