The Harry Potter 76399 Magic Trunk is the latest addition to Lego’s ever-expanding Harry Potter range.
Harry Potter has always been a popular franchise, not just among kids but also among adults. There is a little something for everyone to enjoy, from theme parks to studio tours.
With past Harry Potter collaborations, Lego has brought to life that magic for fans young and old to enjoy. But how have they achieved such ambition with this latest Lego set?
Let’s build one and see the magic happen.
- LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Magical Trunk (76399)
- Box Contents
- Building Notes
- LEGO Minifigures & Characters
- Collectible Display vs Playability
- More Brick For Your Buck
- Potential Lego Investment Value
- Final Thoughts
- Related Questions
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Unlike most Lego instruction booklets, the booklet for the Magic Trunk has a unique Hogwarts style letter as its cover.
For the first and last few pages of the 127-page booklet, there are several nods to the world of Harry Potter.
Including Hogwarts house crest symbols and a collage of recognizable Harry Potter memorable moments that have been illustrated in Lego’s style.
603 pieces are spread across 5 bags. This is excessive for a set of this size.
However, considering that the trunk can be made into 3 popular Potter scenes, the extra separation of the bricks makes the build much easier.
You would expect 1 or 2 Minifigures for a set of this size, but the Magic Trunk has 6 Minifigures. 5 of which are entirely customizable.
This set comes with 37 fun stickers in total. Some are intended for set use, while others are for your own decoration.
The decorative stickers include multiple Hogwarts house crests, butter beer, and an array of wizard-themed cartoon images.
The overall building process for this Harry Potter set went fairly smoothly.
Constructing the main bulk of the trunk is the simplest part of the build, even with the various mechanisms in place. The biggest struggle with building the Magic Trunk is the finishing touches.
The various pieces of furniture and very detailed. This is great for the finished look of the set but is a time-consuming feature. Mainly because there are so many pieces of furniture to build that help to re-imagine the 3 scenes that the set can depict.
Once you have built the core trunk, plenty of customizable options helps bring the set together. This can take longer, depending on how much you care about decorating the set.
Included in the 603 pieces are enough colored tiles to cover the outer section of the trunk in your favorite house colors.
This can get quite fiddly depending on the design you want to go for.
The set’s instruction booklet provides 8 examples of how you could decorate the trunk’s exterior in the different house colors to save time during your build.
LEGO Minifigures & Characters
The Harry Potter Magic Trunk puts a unique spin on the typical Lego arrangement when it comes to Minifigures.
Instead of providing a couple of pre-designed Minifigures in the set, Lego has provided an array of pieces to create fully customizable characters.
All in all, there are:
- 6 trousers
- 6 shirts
- 12 heads
- 18 hair pieces
These pieces can be arranged to create popular characters like the legendary boy who lived, Harry Potter himself.
His particular head piece is a double-sided head with one side showing a happy expression and the other scared.
Though Harry Potter‘s pieces perfectly depict his character, the pieces are generic enough for you to use them to create your own characters.
Such as the plain black-robed top piece which doesn’t include a designated house color like the other top pieces.
Perhaps the best part about this whole set is the array of skin colors that Lego has included with the minifigures.
There are 5 different skin tones in this set, allowing for a diversified playing experience. In fact, the Magic Trunk is the first set to include Lego’s new skin tone color #370 Medium Brown.
There is one shirt for each of the four Hogwarts houses that match with coordinating colored hand pieces to give the illusion of mittens. However, only 2 pairs of skin-colored hands come with the set.
In addition to the customizable figures is the Professor McGonagall Minifigure.
Unlike the Harry Potter Minifigure design, McGonagall’s design is practically identical to most other Harry Potter Lego sets that she is included in.
Collectible Display vs Playability
As much as this would be a great display set for any Harry Potter fan, the Magic Trunk is definitely one of Lego’s more playable sets.
The instruction book for this set only provides steps on how to construct the Professor McGonagall Minifigure.
5 of the 6 Minifigures are entirely customizable, with additional head and hair pieces provided to encourage your custom Minifigure designs.
Several extra accessories are included in the set, such as 5 unique wands and Bertie Bots Every Flavored Beans. These allow for a varied and entertaining playing experience.
Though the Hogwarts Magical Trunk is mostly for play, it is well designed to act as a display piece.
Due to the level of detail in the furniture and scene pieces, the set could easily be arranged into one of the 3 intended scenes and put on display.
More Brick For Your Buck
If you are an Adult Lego Fan and plan to use the Harry Potter Magic Trunk set as a display piece, then the $59.99 cost might be better spent on a different set.
Primarily, it is the playability that makes this set worth the money. There are endless hours of fun that kids could have with the set due to its extensive customization.
It is rare for a set of this size to include so many Minifigures, which would typically make the set worth the money. However, compared to other sets priced at $59.99, the Wizard Trunk may not be worth as much to Lego collectors.
For example, Lego’s Central Perk set also costs $59.99 but includes 7 Minifigures and 1070 pieces.
As such, the Harry Potter Wizard Trunk is worth more in playability than anything else.
Potential Lego Investment Value
This Harry Potter set is a decent investment compared to other Harry Potter Lego sets.
There are not as many pieces to part out or resell, but the included pieces are worth a noticeable amount of money.
The part out average total for this set is $184.26 on Bricklink as of 4/2022. Or $0.30 per piece.
In comparison, the 876-pieced Harry Potter 76392 Hogwarts Wizard’s Chest set, also valued at $59.99 has a part out value of $195.62. Or $0.22 per piece.
There are a few investment-worthy bricks in this set, including the 2 new medium brown Minifigure heads., which were first included in this set.
The pieces resell for up to $4.84 on Bricklink (as of 4/2022).
Based on past Harry Potter Lego set trends, the Magic Trunk should keep its resale value for a while after its retirement (which shouldn’t be for another year or so).
With a range of customizable features, you can be sure that the Harry Potter Magical Trunk will bring your kids hours of magical entertainment.
If you run your own Lego re-sell business, you will find the set more worth your money than if you are an AFOL who prefers display pieces. If that is your preference, then perhaps buy a set with less playability.
How Many Pieces are in Lego Harry Potter 76399 Magic Trunk?
In the Harry Potter 76399 Magic Trunk, there are 603 pieces.
How Long Does It Take To Build Lego Harry Potter 76399 Magic Trunk?
The Lego Harry Potter 76399 Magic Trunk takes 20 – 30 minutes to build.
How Much Does Lego Harry Potter 76399 Magic Trunk Cost?
In the US, the Lego Harry Potter 76399 Magic Trunk set costs $59.99, while in the UK, it costs £54.99.
How Big Is Lego Harry Potter 76399 Magic Trunk?
The Lego Harry Potter 76399 Magic Trunk is 6 cm high x 17 cm wide x 7 cm deep.