RRP: £34.99 / $39.99
Release Date: 1st June 2019
No. of pieces: 403
Build Time: 1 Hour approx.
Give your young witch or wizard the ride of their life aboard the LEGO Harry Potter 75957 Knight Bus!
When kids catch the purple triple-decker bus, they know they’re in for a wild ride. With a hinged side panel for easy access to the interior, and a removable roof to reveal the upper deck, this magical toy bus playset is bursting with play potential.
Once Harry’s trunk has been loaded, it’s time to hold tight. As the vehicle races away, swerving around corners and bouncing over bumps, kids will love how the bed slides back and forth and the chandelier swings from the ceiling.
Following on from last year’s hugely successful offerings, the LEGO Harry Potter range continues to grow, and this year we see the return of an old favourite; The Knight Bus .
This is actually the third iteration of the purple, triple-decker bus in LEGO form. The first came out in 2004, and the next in 2011 (there was technically a fourth set, too, but this was a miniature version in a polybag). 2019’s version, however, is, in our opinion, the best yet!
Firstly, the purple colour used seems more vivid and in keeping with what we see on-screen. The overall look and feel of the bus also seems to match much closer, and there are some nice touches and features – both inside and out.
Working our way down from the top most level (level 3), you can lift off the lid of the bus to reveal a storage area for Harry’s trunk – which comes with a potion, a letter and a chocolate bar. Theres also a plinth, which a copy of The Daily Prophet rests on – a nice little touch.
The top section can be removed to reveal level 2, which features a seating area for Harry as well as the swinging chandelier, which moves (just like it does on-screen) with the bus. Level 2 can not be removed, but if you swivel the bus around, you can actually swing out the bottom two sections to have full access to both areas.
The ground level of the bus features a bed, which, like the chandelier, moves around with the bus. There’s also a swivel out chair for Ernie (the bus driver) to sit on. He also has a sterring wheel, a lever and the all-important shrunken head.
There are a total of 6 stickers which are applied to the vehicle. One on the front which reads ‘The Knight Bus’, another 2 featuring the grills, which sit further down, 2 ‘All Destinations’ stickers which sit at the back and side of the bus, and one which goes inside that features as an advertisement for The Daily Prophet.
There are 3 minifigures included; Harry Potter (with wand), Stan Shunpike (with hat) and Ernie Prang (who has a bald head attachment).
Build time was around 1 hour, with some of the most enjoyable moments being the 28 window placements, the bed and the chandelier.
Perhaps our favourite feature is the pole that sits at the back of the bus, which Stan holds onto to greet (or abuse) the passengers. It is instantly famililar to anyone who has ridden on a double-decker bus and serves as a handy way to hop on or off the vehicle.
This is a clever screen-to-brick translation, which ticks all the right boxes for fans of both the books and the movies.
As a little side note, we couldn’t have timed things better, as this review goes out on the exact date of the 20th anniversay of the book release of Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Askaban (8th July 1999) – the story where we hear about the Knight bus for the first time! What a great way to celebrate than to have this truly fantastic vehicle in LEGO form!