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click for largerLEGO's Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire: The Durmstrang Ship (4768)
by Lando da Pimp

Now that the summer movies are behind us it is time to look forward to the winter film releases. The most anticipated is the fourth Harry Potter film, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire.

With the new film, we are also starting to see the new LEGO Harry Potter sets. LEGO sent the new set featuring "The Durmstrang Ship" (4768).

click for largerIn the book and film, Hogwarts School plays host to the Triwizard Tournament, a competition of tasks between the three most prestigious magical schools, Hogwarts, Beauxbatons, and Durmstrang. All three schools have a representative competing in the tournament as chosen by the Goblet of Fire. The Durmstrang ship arrives with many students along with Professor Karkaroff hoping to be the one to represent The Durmstrang Institute. The Goblet of Fire chooses Viktor Krum to compete in the Tournament and represent his school.

click for largerWithout having seen the film yet, I can't comment on how the design compares to the film. The only reference to the ship's look is from the book. Goblet of Fire describes the Durmstrang Ship resembling ordinary Muggle Sea Vessels. It is enchanted to propel magically across the sea. Still not much to go on, but LEGO is often very good at keeping the look similar to the film.

click for largerThe building set has a number of features. The captain's cabin located at the back of the ship disconnects easily with the use of flat LEGO pieces. When opened, the cabin contains a book, goblet, magnifying glass, scroll (on flat piece), and a bat. In front of the cabin is a working steering wheel along with a map.

click for largerThere are a number of hidden areas located on the ship. Near the front of the vessel is a secret trap door. Alcoves near the back of the ship provide shelter. On the right side of the boat is a plank along with a anchor connected by a chain. The ship also uses cloth ribbons that don't really resemble sails. The ship also is packaged with Professor Karkaroff and Viktor Krum mini-figures.

click for largerOverall this is a nice LEGO set, but it would not be the first Goblet of Fire set I'd purchase. While it is important for me to get all the Tri-Wizard Tournament participants, I found the lack of Hogwarts characters and elements a disappointment. The dock with a welcoming Dumbledore would have been a nice added element to help improve the excitement for this set.

You can pick up this set from Amazon.com right now. And check out LEGO's official Harry Potter site.

You gotta see the rest of our LEGO coverage for more LEGO building fun.

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