Remember those good times when every set, licensed or not, had yellow skin? Remember a time when a certain theme had lots of rare stuff you just had to get your grubby little hands on? Remember when you could get more pieces in a set for less cash? Well, I'm sorry to say that those days are over, but this set might just bring you back to those good times. Here is Freeing Dobby.
We start off with a few small bags that contain the parts you need to make your set. Altogether, its 73 pieces, although mine came with an extra flame piece and a gold stud (I use that as Harry's Snitch he gets in Deathly Hallows: you need to read the book to understand). The instruction booklet is not very special except that it helps you build the tiny little set and that it advertizes the new Harry Potter game.
I don't actually have much to say about the build, although that it is pretty straight-forward, and that it is actually a little fun.
I understand that this set was released back in 2002 for the Chamber of Secrets movie that was out. I had that set as well, but now the only remains of it is Dobby's sad little non-painted head. Oh, how I was such a stupid child back then.
When it comes to minifigures and minifigure adaptation, this set beats the old one by so much. Lucius Malfoy is probably my favorite minifigure in this set, and at the moment is an exclusive to this (Until 2011 when Diagon Alley comes along...). Lucius can turn his head around to show his Death Eater Mask and boy, do I love it. and his normal face I think was inspired by old Draco Malfoy's face. No wonder they are father and son. Harry and Dobby are also improvements: Both have double-printed torsos, Harry has a double printed head, and Dobby's head is...well, just depressing, but thats actually a compliment. Now onto pieces: The only thing I wished they could've kept was Tom Riddle's Diary's design from back in '02. The new one is just pitch black and bland and all it does is hold Harry's dirty grey sock, while the '02 version can hold Harry's dirty grey sock while looking fashionably dashing. This new set also comes with a broom and a black spider. Although I don't know why the broom is needed, and although the spider actually might have some sense in the story (Read the book or watch the movie), They actually give off a nice touch. Now I can have Harry and Lucius or maybe even Dobby zip past everything in my lovely room while being a bit too small to not knock over anything. It comes with two (or three) flame pieces, and bricks in a variety of colors, varrying from teal to grey to tan to light grey to a touch of brown and red.
Basicly, here's what you do: You put Lucius on that brown tile with just that one stud (It's first introduced in a Prince of Persia set called the "Sands of Time", I think). For fun, I like to put Dobby there right on top of that axle rod so he can be ready to do his little burst of whimsicle magic. You grab hold of the axle with that red piece and you push it as hard as you can, and watch as Lucius flies like a water bottle at a Justin Bieber concert.
Gimmick(s)/Play Experience: 8.5/10
If you're looking for a completely exhausting but challenging build, you might want to get something else. But if you're looking for a relatively fun little set with a good gimmick and absolutely great characters and a good source of laundry, books, and parts, you should get this set. Honestly, just get it for Harry and Lucius, if you want. Dobby is just there so he could go all magical on Lucius's pureblood behind. I hope you will enjoy this set as much as I did.
Last edited by Krataka
on Sun Oct 31, 2010 4:02 pm, edited 1 time in total.