Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, really starts things moving for the Harry Potter series. Sirius Black has broken out of prison and everyone thinks he’s after Harry Potter, but is he? Sirius is really after Peter Pettigrew, the man who really betrayed Harry’s parents. Pettigrew, an Animagus, transformed himself into a rat and pretended to be the Weasleys’ pet for years. But after being cornered, Peter escaped again and the Ministry of Magic was able to recapture Black.
Locked high up in a tower in Hogwarts Castle, Black is about to meet a terrible fate: the Dementor’s Kiss. That Kiss would suck out his soul and reduce him to nothing. But will Harry allow that to happen to his innocent Godfather? This LEGO Harry Potter set allows you to recreate the rescue attempt made by Hermione Granger and Harry Potter. Using Hermione’s Time Turner, the pair go back in time to try to rescue Sirius and Buckbeak, who is also sentenced to death. Sadly, this set does not include Hermione Granger. But will Harry make it in time to save both of them or will two lives be lost tonight? Ever a popular series, the LEGO 4753 Sirius Black's Escape set was released in 2004 to coincide with the release of the Prisoner of Azkaban movie. Containing the Hogwarts prison tower, three LEGO minifigures (Harry Potter, Sirius Black and a Dementor) and Buckbeak, this set has everything you need to save the day!
The tower is about seven inches (17.5 cm) tall and splits into two halves to reveal a second chamber. The halves are joined on one side by a set of hinges, allowing you to open up the tower to play inside. Inside the tower rests a box with keys for the door inside, as well as a potion bottle with a crystal stopper. The small cell at the top of the tower opens up to reveal a bench, drinking goblet and two torches. The cell has only a wooden door, not the barred door from the movie, and the tower could stand to be a little taller, but other than that this is a nice replica of the movie tower.
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The minifigures, like all those of the Harry Potter series, are quite detailed. The Dementor, a green skeleton with one leg to stand on, wears a black hood and cape to shroud its vile body. Sirius Black, still dressed in his Azkaban stripped prison robes, his hair long and shaggy. He does have a very determined look in his eyes and flesh colored skin. Harry Potter is wearing his school robes, complete with Gryffindor colored tie, sweater and black cape. He is also the only character in the set to have a wand, for blasting the lock off the cell door. The Buckbeak figure mates the typical horse body with the wings and the head of an eagle. There is enough space on the Hippogriff’s back for a single minifigure to ride, meaning that Harry will have to find his own way down the tower after Sirius flies off into the night. This is also one of only two sets that Buckbeak and Sirius Black appear in, making this set a must have for any LEGO Harry Potter fan!
At a respectable 189 pieces, this is neither a large nor a difficult LEGO Harry Potter set to construct. Recommended for builders age 7 to 12, this would be another good set to help build up younger builders’ confidence and introduce them to some of the more tricky brick usages. The instructions for LEGO 4753 Sirius Black's Escape take things a little bit at a time, making the set accessible for younger builders. Will Harry be able to save his Godfather, or will Sirius have to face the dreaded Dementor? Only you can decide, so get this set and step into the magical world of Harry Potter!