ToysWorld LEGO Advent Challenge – Day 1 (1st December 2020)

As December is officially here, ToysWorld‘s very own Seb will be kicking off this magical month with a series of posts, every day from now until 20th December featuring an epic advent build of the new LEGO Harry Potter: Diagon Alley set. That’s right; each day we he will be opening up one bag from the set and building it, whilst also producing a speed build video and a brief update of the progress, right here on ToysWorld!

Having been a Harry Potter fan since the release of the movies in 2001 (We know, we know… the books came first), we’ve been avid collectors of the LEGO range to compliment the series. We actually missed out on LEGO’s first dalliance with Potter, back in the early noughties, but have been fully on board with their refreshed ranges since 2018.

Back in August of this year, LEGO announced the Diagon Alley [75978] set; a massive 5,544-piece build featuring arguably one of the most memorable set pieces in the whole book and movie series. Having been kindly sent a set, ToysWorld have been saving it for this very moment. It’s our most ambitious challenge to date, and we are incredibly excited to be bringing this festive content to our visitors and followers.

So, without further ado, here’s Day 1:

OMG…how heavy is this box?! The sheer weight alone is a daunting, but yet incredibly exciting foreshadowing of just how EPIC this build is going to be!

There are a total of 4 instruction booklets, each with some heft, and each focusing on a different shop section. Bag 1 lays the groundwork for the Ollivanders and Scribbulus shops. The build begins with the cobbled street accents as well as the paving slabs, and slowly begins the build up of the shops. I particularly love the grated sections that give the illusion of a double basement.

Inside, whilst there’s not much going on in Ollivanders (yet), the main shopfront for Scribbulus is beginning to take shape, with bottles and ink quills and pots lining the walls.

We also use the first two stickers of 4 pages….4 PAGES!!! Can’t wait to see Ollivanders progress tomorrow!


Here’s today’s speed-build video:

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