If there ever was a polybag that desperately needed stickers, it’s this one, 40028 Hogwarts Express. Sure it’s got the shape down and the color blocking is spot on, but it just seems naked. The source material is actually a pretty good looking train:
I’m not expecting all of the details to be realized on the mini model, but this seems so bare bones to me:
Honestly, just one red sticker that says “Hogwarts Express” right at the front of the train would have just been perfect. Because as it is now, it looks like any other steam locomotive. It wouldn’t be much of a stretch to think it was a holiday train set either. One sticker on the front would have definitely help and add some much needed detail.
There are two square tiles flanking the engineer’s compartment on either side of the train. This area too seems poised for a sticker. Polybags aren’t really known to come with a set of stickers, but it’s a real shame they weren’t included in this one.
There’s an engineer’s compartment which we don’t really see in the movies but it’s there.
Some other details include the smokestack and a yellow thing. I’m not a train guy so I have no idea what it is. Like the CTT it too has 10 wheels, the size of which seems disproportionately small. Not sure if there are other better sized wheels that were available back in 2011, but I’m guessing this was as good as it was going to get.
Does It Suck Or Does It Rock?
This set sucks! Like the CTT yesterday, the final model does achieve the bare minimum of looking like the thing it’s based on. That was more or less the only metric I applied to the CTT. While I should do the same thing here, I can’t help be underwhelmed by the final model. If it wasn’t for the Harry Potter label on the polybag packaging, it could have easily just passed as any old mini train model. While stickers may not be something normally offered in a polybag set, this is one set that desperately needed some.
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