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Episode 81 · 1 month ago

LEGO Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

ABOUT THIS EPISODE

On the latest episode of Brickology, LegoLee returns to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter to discuss Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!

Find out more about one of the more forgotten installments in the Harry Potter franchise and why it only received 1 single set upon release and had the largest gap ever between sets for the theme. 

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, whenever wherever it is for you. Thank you so much for making me a part of your day. My name is Lee Palm. You might know me as Lego Lee or Lego lead three to nine from facebook, instagram, twitter, Youtube, patron, you name it, I'm all over the Internet and this is the brick Ology podcast, a study of small plastic bricks. How are you doing today? I sincerely hope you're having an absolutely fantastic day, hopefully staying cool. It has been an ungodly temperature here in North Carolina recently. Legitimately, it's like heat in decks one oh five every day. And if it's not that hot, it's thunderstorming and my dog freaks out and hides underneath the chair. The weather here has been awful this summer. But moving on, welcome back to brick oology. I haven't uploaded an episode in over two months and look, I'm not gonna Daily Daly. I'm not gonna sit here and just apologize for not posting. I've been busy. I haven't done anything with my lego account. I've had just so much going on in my life that I've had to take a back seat from my Lego fandom. I'm still buying and collecting lego sets, but doing content online with said sets has not been my priority. But I decided to rebrand myself. If you guys have followed me, you know that I've had the Youtube Channel Lego Lee three to nine, since two thousand and nine, thirteen years ago. Dang, that is absolutely nuts. And Look, I love the fact that my name Lee has perfect alliteration with the word Lego, I mean l e. it's almost like I was born to be a lego freak. However, I obviously can't trademark anything with the word...

Lego. Shocker, I don't own the rights to that word. That is already a trademarked words. So I was like, you know what, Lee, if you want to take this brand to the next level, which I mean my podcast has fifty five thousand listens, so like, clearly something is going well, and I have sixteen K followers and instagram. But I was like hey, if I want to take this brand to the next level, I need to establish myself as my own thing. Now. Look, you can still call me Lego Lee. I will still forever be Lego Lee, but I have rebranded my instagram account to brick oology podcast, because that's what I'm gonna focus on from now on. This podcast still gets streams and listens even when I don't upload for months for some reason. Like I had fifty K and May and not checked yesterday and I got k. So I got five thousand additional streams without posting a single episode. So clearly something's working out with this podcast. So I decided to really hone in and focus on being brick Ology, and brick ology is something that I can trademark. It is a word that I completely made up, the study of small plastic bricks. So I decided to rebrand myself entirely on social media as brick oology, and hopefully that means some good things are coming for the future of this podcast and for my other various accounts. Also. Go follow me on those accounts. It's brick Ology podcast on instagram and I have an updated twitter and facebook and patreon quite yet, but I will get working on that here very soon. But instagram will be the main focus for my social media campaigns. So thank you, guys, for being patient, thank you for sticking with this show. I still love doing this show and I'm excited to bring it back and I have a very exciting episode here today because we are continuing along with one of my personal favorite Lego themes and favorite mini series here on brick ology. That, of course, is Harry Potter. Now, Harry Potter has been...

...something on my mind here very recently because a little anecdote time one of my best friends, Austin, who I mentioned on this podcast many times when he is a listener of the show. What's up, Austin? You're a terrible human. Just kidding, I love you, man, but Austin is a big nerd Big Star Wars Guy, but he had never watched Harry Potter. This dude is my age, I think he's actually older than me. He's like twenty five years old and he's never watched Harry Potter. And then literally a few weeks ago he messaged the group chat with me and our Buddy Ryan, Buddy James, and he basically said, Hey, guys, I'm just gonna Watch the first Harry Potter. I think his wife was like out of town. He had nothing else to do. So he sat down and watched the first Harry Potter and he loved it, and then he watched the second one and the third one and the fourth one and literally like four or five days later my man had been the entire series of Harry Potter end he was obsessed and then he made his wife watch all of them with him. A week later, and I lo KI think. I mean he started buying Lego Harry Potter sets. I think he has like four or five lego Harry Potter sets. I actually bought him his first Lego Harry Potter said. I basically said, Hey, if you binge this whole series in one week, I'll get you a treat. And my treat to him was the girl's bathroom set from the twenty anniversary chamber of Secrets Line last year, which I talked about on brick ology last year as well. So I actually got him that set. And then since then I think he's purchased at least three or four more lego Harry Potter sets and now he's a Harry Potter fanatic. Can't stop talking about Harry Potter. He loves Harry Potter. Made his wife Watch Harry Potter. I think he's watched some of the movies like three times now, and this is literally like less than a month ago. He really went from zero to one hundred with Harry Potter and it kind of reinvigorated some of my love for Harry Potter. Look, I grew up with Harry Potter. I saw every movie in theaters. It was a huge part of my childhood and in...

...because Austin, got so obsessed with it. I started going through my Lego Harry Potter sets and I made this massive display in my new townhouse. I have two Ikea Billy bookshelves in kind of the Tan color, which kind of fits the hoggarts aesthetic, and I built giant Harry Potter displays across both these bookshelves and there's a little bit of room left over as well if I want to continue to expand when they make more lego Harry Potter sets. I mean, yeah, I love Harry Potter. I'm obsessed with Harry potters. I'm one of my favorite bricology miniseries and I had been going through the movies in chronological order. However, the last brickology episode about Harry Potter was the twentieth anniversary sets from last year, so I kind of did like a weird backtrack with that. But now we're gonna get back on the normal track and talk about Harry Potter in Chronological Order, which means it's time for the fifth Harry Potter movie, Slash Book, Slash Lego Wave, and that is Lego Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. I have some opinions on order of the Phoenix. Now, before I say anything, every single Harry Potter Book and Harry Potter Movie Not counting like fantastic beasts and the cursed child, but the main you know, seven Harry Potter stories. They're all really good. All of them are very, very good. Some of them are absolutely fantastic. Order of the Phoenix is not one of them, I think. Order the Phoenix for me, is easily the worst book. I did not really like that book nearly as much as the others. It's like nine pages long. The first two hundred pages are like the whole trial thing. It's kind of a slog. It's not a very good Harry Potter book. Now that obviously it's still one of the best fantasy novels of all time, but for Harry Potter Standards It's definitely a tier below the rest, and the same goes for the movie. I kind of flipped between this and goblet of fire as, in my opinion, the worst Harry Potter movies. I just don't think they're the best movies. They're still like seven out of ten movies. There's...

...still very, very fun and watchful movies, and literally watched them a couple of weeks ago. Like I will watch these movies once a year for the rest of my life. I'm not saying this is a bad movie or anything, but compared to the rest or the Phoenix is not my favorite, and I think I'm comfortable in saying because the book and the movie are two of the worst of the franchise. I think overall, when it comes to story in Harry Potter, it's the worst Harry Potter Story. I just don't really love the whole plot of it, the umberged stuff. I mean she's a good villain, but it really drags down a lot of the story. The whole trial thing in the beginning, like I mentioned, not that great. The whole prophecies subplot. It feels important and it is important, but it's not as compelling as I think they thought it was. I'm just not crazy about order of the Phoenix and clearly lego wasn't as well because there haven't been that many Lego Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix sets actually fittingly, this is the Fifth Harry Potter Book and movie and there are exact five Lego sets from this film. So that is very interesting. But giving you some history now. Obviously if you listen to my other episodes of ecology you would know more about the grander history of Lego Harry Potter, but there's some very interesting history with order of the Phoenix because coming up on this movie, lego Harry Potter was slowly slowing down with the number of sets per wave. The first few Harry Potter movies, especially those first two, Lego pumped out sets. There were so many sets for sorcerer's stone, so many sets for chamber of secrets, and then they even had some sets stales and three, and then a four came. They had prisoner of Ascuban. Wasn't quite as big a push, but they still made a lot of prisoner of Azkaband sets. And then in two thousand and five, when Goblet of fire came out, they really slowed things down. Fittingly, for Goblet of fire there was four sets for the Fourth Harry Potter movie that was like less than half what we were used to from Lego Harry Potter. They kind of took a step back...

...for goblet of fire and then they really took a step back for order of the Phoenix. I have no idea why this happened. I don't have any inside information. And when we talk about half blood prints and the next Harry Potter episode of this Podcast, that the movie has even less sets and actually didn't get any sets when that movie was released Asan nine at least. Order the Phoenix got one set on initial release in two seven, but it's one set and it's a big set. It's a hogwarts castle that we'll talk about here in a minute. They made like one flagship set but then nothing else. I don't know if Harry Potter sales weren't particularly good. I kind of find that hard to imagine because Harry Potter is so popular and, like you know, it's pumping out Harry Potter content these days. It seems to be selling really well. I have absolutely no idea what was going on then, but we only got one order of the Phoenix set when this movie was released in the summer of two thousand and seven and and I also think this movie has the unique distinction of having the biggest gaps in sets for any of the lego Harry Potter movies. So he got order the Phoenix set, the single order the Phoenix set here in twousand and seven. We didn't get another set based off of this movie until two thousand and twenty. So there's a thirteen year gap in Lego releasing any order of the Phoenix sets. But oddly enough, in the past three years, so this decade, we have now gotten for order of the Phoenix sets. So lego has really backtracked and actually given us some quality or the Phoenix Lego content here lately. But before this it was definitely one of the most disrespected Harry Potter properties and I don't really blame them. Like I said, I don't think it's the best Harry Potter property, but I find it very interesting that's what went down. So without further ado, let's dive in and talk about that one off set in two thousand and seven, which just at number five, three, seven, eight,...

...hogwarts Castle, hogwarts, castle man. This was the first Lego hogwarts set in a few years. They made the clock tower in two dozen four with prisoner of Azkaband. This is the first set referred to as just like hogwarts Castle, I believe, since two dozen one with that original hogwarts set that came out with sorcerer's stone. This was a ninety dollar set with nine hundred and forty three pieces. It's crazy looking at this set now. Like you know, fifteen years ago this set was ninety bucks and now ninety dollars gets you like just the shrieking shack. It's wild to me how much more expensive Lego is. Honestly, I think this would probably be about a hundred and fifty dollars if it were released today, because it's a pretty comparable size to the chamber of secret set that we got last year, which is now retailing four a hundred and fifty bones, well after the LEGO price jump. So that's very, very odd. Now, this set did not follow the same style the other hogwarts castle set had, which isn't surprising. They didn't continue the like, you know, modular style because this was a one off set and because it was one offset, it's just a big chunk of hogwarts that come with a lot of rooms and oddly enough, I kind of struggled finding some images of this set. Brick set only has one image, which appears to be the instruction manual. The way that I'm actually gonna get some of my information for this set is from Ebay. Literally, looking at an ebay listing of this set, first off I was like, shall I ordered the set? I wonder how much it's worth. Used how to box with no instructions. Is Three sealed. was about eight hundreds. So I will not actually be purchasing this set. But special shout out to the EVA user son thirty eight hundred for posting a picture of this set completely built from the backside so I can get a sense of the interior of this set. But first let's talk about the mini figures. You got the Big Three, Harry Rod and Hermione. I don't know how to explain the face print for Hermione.

Lego was doing something there and it looks really, really weird. Not a very good looking figure. You also got draco Malfoy and all of these hogwarts students had completely gray outfits with no capes. It looks a little bit off if you ask me. I think Lego could have done slightly better with these particular mini figures. Now you do get some hogwarts professors as well. You get Dumbledore, which is great. You get snipe, Snipe and this is a snap figure without the glow in the dark head, and he also had kind of his like side bangs printed on his face, which looks a little bit weird but still pretty cool. You also got rubious Hagrid in this set, who, of course, is a legend himself, using the same pieces from the original Harry Potter wave. And then a couple of completely exclusive characters. Here you've got a death eater, not really accurate to this scene. The death eater don't actually go to hogwarts during this movie, but a cool figure to get. And then, of course, last and certainly least, at least on my hierarchy of how much I like these characters is, of course Dolores Umbridge, the first ever professor umbridge figure Lego made, and we will hear her name a couple of more times throughout this episode. And she even came a definitely hallow set this past year. Of course, bright pink outfit, cool crazy hairpiece, very well done figure for two thousand and seven, but I just love this character. Now moving on to the build itself, it's well, hogwarts and from the exterior it looks pretty similar to the original hogwarts sets. However, it's definitely not quite the same design. It has this kind of like angled in shape, kind of a V shape, the going outwards very interesting. Still use, of course, the iconic hogwarts green that Lego had been using. It has a small little extra section and then it also has a greenhouse for her biology, a couple of small references to the room of requirement. That what's talk about later. And then there...

...were two festrials. Yes, that is right. festrials were included with this set and they actually used the skeleton horse piece that was also introduced that year with Lego fantasy castle. Someday I'll probably talk about that Lego castle from two seven. I really like that particular line of Lego Castle, and they re used the skeleton horse piece from that. And these were the only festals we had for a long time from lego Harry Potter. We didn't get another festral until when they included one with a fantastic beasts the crimes of Grinda Wald set, and we didn't get a festral from an order of the Phoenix set until literally this summer. More on that later, but for the time these festrils looked very good and overall this was a pretty good looking hogwarts set. From the exterior. I would say the clock tower from a dozen four was probably still the best one from the exterior, but this was a close second. Now moving on to the in Tier, or the one section off to the side has the room of requirement. There is like a spinning wand weapons rack. Yeah, that doesn't really make much sense. There's also a small little howlry. That doesn't make much sense either, but you do have this weird like function where you could put a figure and like knock over a target because rumor requirement fighting for Dumbledore's army training. I guess I don't know. It really wasn't all that well done. You get a tiny little griffin door common room, you get a tiny little slithering common room with a bunk bed. You get an astronomy tower with a telescope. You get the Hogwarts quidditch trophy case, which looks pretty cool. You got the night hiding there. You've got umbridges office that of course had some cool stickers with her crazy collection of cat plates, and you got a potions classroom and finally you got an entire little section for herbology, a small greenhouse with man drake's inside. Why this...

...is in this set I have no idea, because this is not in the movie. Man drakes are in chamber of secrets and then you see them again in the half blood prints. Why they came in order the Phoenix set, I don't know. But overall it's actually a really good looking bill to could open up. It was pretty spacious and made for a nice extension. This could have been like a twenty dollar set by itself. So kind of random that that was included with this set, but overall pretty interesting. Lego hogwarts set definitely one of the weirder one offs Lego ever made. I wish I had this set. It's definitely a Lego holy gradle of mine at this point and it's a very unique piece of lego Harry Potter history. So that is the original Lego Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix set. Now, like I said, thirteen years. It took thirteen years for another Lego Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix set to come out. Now, basically what Lego did is when they rebooted Harry Potter they didn't follow this exactly, but it was kind of their planets. Like eighteen they made sets from the first two Harry Potter movies. In Twenty nineteen they made sets from Harry Potter three and four. So we got sets from Harry Potter five and six, but then they backtracked and made sets from older movies and it got all messed up. In twenty, the anniversary completely messed it up. In this year clearly didn't follow any of that. So that kind of fell apart after a couple of years. But in twenty twenty they were following that fairly consistently, which gave us to order of the Phoenix sets from two thousand and twenty, both relatively small but very effective sets. The first one is the hogwarts room of requirement. This set was twenty dollars. It had one hundred and ninety three pieces and it came with three mini figures, two patronesses and, of course, a weird like dummy, which is also kind of its own figure. So let's talk about that. The first mini figure is an exclusive version...

...of Harry with his tie. Very good. You also get Hermione with a vest and you got luna love good, which was an exclusive figure as well. And finally, you got the training dummy from the room of requirement, which had a mini figure torso head and hood and had some exclusive prints. So overall, this was kind of a figure to itself. And because, of course, in the room of requirement they are practicing the Patrona's charms, you got some PATRONA's charm pieces. You've got a hair or a rabbit for Luna love good and an otter for Hermione, which I want them to recolor that utter piece and you know, not that like transparent kind of color. Very, very cool piece, though. That is great to get and honestly, this set packs a lot of punch. You also get the board with the picture of Center diggory and the original order of the Phoenix with Hagrid and all those characters, which is fun. No mistletoe and no Cho chain included for Harry to make out with underneath that board, but still a cool piece included. The fireplace is included as well. There's some simulation of kind of like the architecture and there is a door and from the other side there is a way to basically hide the door with a sliding panel piece. That was pretty cool. And there's a feature on the other side where it has umberger's new rules and you could push a piece on the other side and make them fly off, just like in the movie. So that's actually very cool. Now, this was technically a hogwarts expansion. It did have modular aspects to it and you could connect it to other sets. That being said, it just doesn't really fit. It doesn't really fit. It's very like, you know, facade esque thing doesn't really have like a real exterior. So I personally display this kind of like in front of my hogwarts. It's like hey, look, this is part of Hogwarts, but I don't actually include this with my hogwarts set up. It's not really that good of a hogwarts expansion, but it is a pretty cool, fun little set that came with some great accessories. So overall, this set was definitely a win for twenty bucks.

Also, for ten dollars more that summer there was the forbidden forest umbridges encounter set. This set was thirty dollars with two hundred and fifty three pieces. It included five mini figures, a lot for a thirty dollars set. You Got Harry in street clothes, Hermione in street clothes, a new version of DOLORA's umbridge with some dual molded legs. She looks absolutely fantastic in this set, great printing on her. She also came with a Brictober pack from but that technically doesn't really count as a set. But this is the second version of Umbridge we got from Lego in the ruboot Harry Potter era. But honestly, the coolest figures in this set where the centaurs. The centaurs are not in Harry Potter all that much. They have a brief appearance in order the Phoenix and of course, are also in the sorcerer's stone and these are some really cool looking figures. They use that hair piece, I believe, from the collectible mini figures sally. That looks really, really right the nightmare before Christmas and they have a brand new piece, of course, for their Centaur look and it's just such a great figure. And you get two of them in this set, which is awesome. But then you also get a brick built figure of grup hagrid's giant half brother. And Look, Lego has done a few of these and honestly I wish they would do more. It's basically they brick built a figure to look like a mini figure, but it's gigantic to make giant characters. They did it with giant man for contain American civil war. They did it with aries for a wonder woman, even though that wasn't really accurate at all to that wonder woman movie. They did it with a Ninjago as well, and here we have gropped from this set and he looks fantastic. Has a great printed face, he has a nice little belly, he has his bicycle handle with the Bell, which is fun. He has all the articulation. It's a really, really fun giant big fig I love this design and it's unique thing for Lego to make and find ely,...

...you also got a tree. Yep, there's a tree that could fold open, because you know trees do that, I guess to store some stuff for grop you know. Look, it's a forbidden forest set. Lego has made a number of them throughout the years and they just always include a tree. So the more lego Harry Potter's heads you buy, the bigger year forbidden forest gets. I guess whatever. It's a small side build. Overall, though, so much came with this set. For thirty dollars. It wasn't extremely unique, set had some awesome figures and some exclusive elements. I think this is a great set over all. Then Lego took a break last year when they did the twenty anniversary like a Harry Potter, which makes sense, does it? Will you make any sense to do order the Phoenix stuff for anniversary? But they actually brought back order of the Phoenix sets this year in two with two new sets, including a very large set. But first let's talk about the smallest set from this year's wave. Like a Harry Potter, that is the hogwarts carriage and festals. This set is twenty bucks with a hundred and twenty one pieces. Okay, right off the bat that is a really bad price to part ratio. However, it's not that bad a deal when you think about the large pieces that come with this set. You've got an exclusive version of Harry in this set with a jacket that looks great in a brand new version of Luna lovegood as well with the Quibbler, and she has actually short legs, or the mid legs, sorry, and Harry has the long legs. So it actually gives you a difference in height between these two characters, which I thought is very interesting. She has the Indiana Jones Satchel piece and dark blue, which looks great, awesome Luna figure. But this set comes with the hogwarts carriage being pulled by the festal and, like I said, first time in fifteen years an order of the Phoenix Lego, Harry Potter said, came out with a festal which, of course, we're introduced in order of the Phoenix and it is a great looking, very long...

...large animal piece which look this piece by itself is probably worth like seven ish dollars and the rest of the set worth fifth thirteen ish dollars, and think it makes perfect sense. I actually have no issues with the price of this set. But more importantly, you also get a baby festral. They kind of combined to Harry and Luna scenes here, because the carriage scene is the first time you meet Luna lovegun. You can put both of them in the carriage, which is cool. But then there's also the scene where Harry and Luna hang out in the forest with the fstrals. Luna explains to Harry why, you know, most people can't see the festrals and they feed a baby festral and basically they try to give the apple baby testral doesn't want it, and then they give it a piece of meat, and the way Lego represents meat here is a one by one dark red tile. That's kind of whatever. But this baby festral piece is adorable. It's so fun. It's such a great new mold. So getting an actual large festral and a baby festral in the same set fantastic. I mean that's really worth twenty dollars to me right there. The carriage itself very, very basic build, nothing to write home about. But look, these characters are in a lot of Harry Potter content. So actually getting multiple of this set kind of build up your carriages makes some sense and I'm actually considering buying another one for that reason. And you also get a tree, yes, that's right, another tree build. This tree has a mushroom and a small leaf, but it's an even smaller tree than the last one. It's just a very silly little small side build. Absolutely nothing to write home about with that tree. But overall this set it's just a delightful little small lego Harry Potter set. And look, Lego Harry Potter has been killing it with twenty dollar sets here lately. The bathroom set that I mentioned earlier, the room of requirements set, also from this order of the Phoenix Line, I mean Harry Potter Twenty dollar sets, have been on point here lately and this is another great example of that. And finally, the biggest set in terms of peace count and price from the order...

...of the Phoenix also came out this summer, and that is twelve grimmel place. This is the biggest Lego Harry Potter play set released this year. It will be surpassed by the upcoming you see, s style hawkwarts express doesn't really counticate that's a director consumer set. This is the biggest normal lego Harry Potter set from this year and it is a hundred and twenty dollars for one thousand and eighty three pieces. And, like I said, it is twelve grimmle place. And this set comes with a plethora of figures. You get Harry Potter in street clothes. You get Nymphidora tonks, who has multiple hair colors and a nice pig face for her double side of face. That looks awesome. You also get Kingsley Shackle Bolt, who looks awesome. Me Get Fred and George Weasley in matching outfits, a new variant for them. You also get Molly Weasley and you get Ron Weasley and you get crook shakes, but her mind is not included. It's that's kind of weird. Not really sure where she's at. But you also gets serious black in this set. And the exciting thing about this serious figure it's the first time Lego has ever made a serious black figure, not in his prisoner of Azkaband kind of like prison outfit. This is just a normal street closed serious figure which looks great. And last but not least, creature is finally made in Lego Harry Potter, the Very Weird House self from these movies, and he has a brand new mold for his head. That looks fantastic. That is a great figure. As for the set, obviously grew more places like a London Town House. It's a really good looking exterior. I mean it looks very, very cool, very accurate. It definitely was a bit of a tedious build, just building the same floor over and over again, but it looks great from the exterior and just like in the movie, basically what happens is it splits down the middle and then a new hidden section comes out because of magic, and Lego recreated that with this set with honestly a pretty simple mechanism but such a...

...good playability feature. It's really smooth, it's really fun to play with and, of course it is accurate to the movie. That is such an amazing transformation play feature. And then you flip around. The Interior is pretty good. You have the table on the bottom floor with the kitchen, you have a door, you have the second floor has the black family tree, which is a really cool sticker. There's also a small little desk, there's a chair and then the top floor has some beds, some bats, some storage and you have space for Fred and George Weasley with their weird ear trick, which is a brand new printed one by one circular tile with the ear on it to kind of eavesdrop on the order of the Phoenix meeting. That is super cool as well. Overall, this set, in my opinion, might be the best Lego Harry Potter set from two thousand and twenty two, at least so far off. To see how good the hogwarts express ends up being with this set is apt slutely fantastic and I'm so glad lego finally made this set after all these years, and that is all she wrote for Lego, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Thank you, guys, so much for listening to this week's episode of brick e Ology. Hopefully I can get to be more consistent here in your future. I think I'm gonna do a doctor strange episode once I'm able to build the sanctum sanctorum set, and I will report to you guys on that here very soon. Thank you all so much for listening to this week's episode of Brick Ecology. I hope you enjoyed the episode. Have a fantastic rescue your day, week, month, whatever it is for you. Peace Out, God bless bye, bye.

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