Thinking About Hogwarts Castle

Mark Boyce posted:

EILIF,

Thank you for the link to the Entertainment Earth.  I see the whole group scheduled for August.  I just got back from WalMart.  I got the last Harry and Draco at 97 cents each.  If I get the whole set later, you can always have 2 Harry Potters. Thank you!! 

You're very welcome.  Note that the whole group doesn't include every fig. There are still a couple including McGonagal and Snape that aren't included in that set.  However, McGonagal is the only one not included that isn't available separatley (outside her 5-pack) at this time.

Ballz2 posted:

Good find on that link.

Hmm reg price is 30 bucks for 20 figures.  I would've figured it would be cheaper to buy the set.  That's surprising.

That Gryffindor Tower playset is interesting with some pretty good detail. It probably won't work as part of the train set since its an interior shot. Still a good find.

I'd keep an eye on other outlets when the set releases.  The price might be lower when there's a bit of competition.  Entertainment Earth doesn't always have the lowest price.

Finally reviewed the batch HP (and some Guardians of the Galaxy) "Nano Metalfigs" I got from WalMart last week.

Despite some shortcomings and a scale of 38mm sole-to-eye (1/43 aprox), there's alot to be said for these cheap little figs. This is epecially true considering the dearth of other affordable Harry Potter miniatures.

Review here:
https://www.chicagoskirmishwar...hero-nano-metalfigs/

 

Ballz2 posted:

Pretty extensive review.  Especially on the paint detail.  Would you say that the hero click scale is more in line with O Scale?  It seems that O scale would be 1:50?

Thanks1

       As far as I know O scale is properly 1/48, but of course alot of it is actually smaller as well as being compressed in size.    Heroclix vary quite a bit, but the current ones seem to vary from 33 to 35mm (to the eye) which is pretty much right on for 1/48.

One thing to note about Heroclix figs is that they will be a bit thicker than proper 1/48 figs because they are intended to hold up to handling.  Pretty good overall though.  

Alot of wargame shops will have bins of the less-desireable heroclix for a buck or less.  I've been slowly acquiring most any heroclix that have a civilian look as scenery for my wargames layout.

Figures are not usually measured sole to eye, so I think I understand why you say these figures are 1:43.

But a figure measuring 38mm head to toe, using metric conversion, is 1.5 inches. In O scale (1:48), 1.5 inches = 6 feet, the typical height of a hero figure (or average adult male) who is standing straight up.

Naturally, if a figure is crouching, and it still stands 1.5 inches, you could guesstimate it's closer to 1:43.

Again, for those who seem to not have heard this before, when you are talking about O scale, a distinctly American shorthand reference, it is referring to 1:48, or 1 inch to 4 feet. 1:50 has no scale name. Europeans are more apt to model 1:43, which is also not typically called by a letter scale. 1:43 is the traditional European proportion for O gauge trains. Gauge is the distance between the rails, and that's where the letter names Z, N, HO, S and O came from and over time were applied to the proportionate scales associated with each gauge. (Technically, we should say 1:87 scale trains run on HO gauge track, but no one says it that way anymore.)

Anyway, I picked up some of the Harry Potter figures as well as the Nano Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers figures, and they are all well done and close to 1:48. I now have too many options for Harry Potter scenes, but appreciate the tip nonetheless.

If you want to dramatically add to forced perspective, you can add the new Harry Potter Gringotts Bank that Hallmark released in July. It measures something close to N scale, though I have no idea of the dimensions of the prototype because I can't seem to find my way to Diagon Alley.

Jim R. 

Jim R. posted:

Figures are not usually measured sole to eye, so I think I understand why you say these figures are 1:43.

But a figure measuring 38mm head to toe, using metric conversion, is 1.5 inches. In O scale (1:48), 1.5 inches = 6 feet, the typical height of a hero figure (or average adult male) who is standing straight up.

Naturally, if a figure is crouching, and it still stands 1.5 inches, you could guesstimate it's closer to 1:43.

Again, for those who seem to not have heard this before, when you are talking about O scale, a distinctly American shorthand reference, it is referring to 1:48, or 1 inch to 4 feet. 1:50 has no scale name. Europeans are more apt to model 1:43, which is also not typically called by a letter scale. 1:43 is the traditional European proportion for O gauge trains. Gauge is the distance between the rails, and that's where the letter names Z, N, HO, S and O came from and over time were applied to the proportionate scales associated with each gauge. (Technically, we should say 1:87 scale trains run on HO gauge track, but no one says it that way anymore.)

Anyway, I picked up some of the Harry Potter figures as well as the Nano Spider-Man, Guardians of the Galaxy and Avengers figures, and they are all well done and close to 1:48. I now have too many options for Harry Potter scenes, but appreciate the tip nonetheless.

If you want to dramatically add to forced perspective, you can add the new Harry Potter Gringotts Bank that Hallmark released in July. It measures something close to N scale, though I have no idea of the dimensions of the prototype because I can't seem to find my way to Diagon Alley.

Yeah, the to-the-eye measurement is a wargaming convention used to take the variable of headgear out of the equasion when comparing minaitures.  38mm (nano Metalfigs) is close to 1/43 and 34mm (Heroclix) is close to 1/48.  There's a page here that explains the conversion of to-the-eye scales to fractional.  

http://theminiaturespage.com/ref/scales.html

It's good stuff except that the author is a wargamer and not a train buff so he or she mislabels O as 1/43.

Glad you found the figs useful, if perhaps a bit too useful!  :-)

It looks like some of the walmarts got some more in stock and they have that hogwarts interior scene in stock.  It shows that its available for "free in store pick up today".  Might check it out for lunch.  

 

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Ballz2 posted:

It looks like some of the walmarts got some more in stock and they have that hogwarts interior scene in stock.  It shows that its available for "free in store pick up today".  Might check it out for lunch.  

 

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Thanks for the update?  Have you by any chance seen Snape, Moody, Hagrid, Ginny, Kowalski or Neville in any of the single packs?  Those are the last charachters I'm looking for.

Hard to tell from the packaging render, but entertainment earth says Snape is one of the figures that comes with Gryfyndor tower.  I might pick that up just as a neat display place for my wargaming miniatures.

So I finally had the chance to go and just checked out one of the smaller Walmarts near me.  This place was almost sold out before but they were stocked up again. Looks like single packs had the same characters that I had before however they did have a new 5 pack with mcgonagall and Marcus flint. Even though I had the other three characters I decided to buy it - it was less than 5 bucks.  

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Greetings all,

There are three Walmarts in the Salem, OR area, none of which are convenient to me.  I tend to decide to pay a little more and drive significantly less to get what I need; however, the posts about the Harry Potter Nano Minifigs available at "Wally World" peaked my interest.  A couple of days ago, I stopped by the nearest Walmart while running errands to check them out.  To my surprise, they were well stocked with HP, DC, Guardians, and other theme figs.

I bought two different five packs and one of each of the other individual HP figs I could find that did not duplicate a figure in a five pack.  I haven't checked yet, but I am probably short one or two of the HP group.  I also bought Newt and Tina from Fantastic Beasts (It's my layout!) and Wonder Woman for "Wonder Woman" (my Wife!).

As has been reported, the individual figs were $.97 each. The two five packs saved about $.05 on each of the 10 figs.  Several of the Hogwarts Gryffindor Tower display sets were there as well for under $25, but I didn't see it fitting into my little set-up, so I passed.  Besides, I am looking forward to "Wonder Woman" putting together the Diagon Alley puzzle I got her earlier and using it as a background piece for my Harry Potter Vignette.

Cheers!

Alan

 

Sorry for the delay in responding, but we were at our beach house to watch the eclipse, and I just got back home to where I left my WalMart bag of goodies. I didn't remember getting Snape at the WalMart I got to, and I have confirmed that I did not.  I don't who was in any of the the Gryffindor playsets except for a younger Harry Potter.  Here is a list of the figures I found and bought:

Harry Potter Series:
Singles:
Lord Voldemort HP6
Argus Filch HP8
Nearly Headless Nick HP9
Dementor HP10

First Five Pack:
Harry Potter in Robe HP1
Ron Weasley HP3
Hermione Granger HP4
Percy Weasley HP25
Arthur Weasley HP26

Second Five Pack:
Harry Potter with Wand HP2
Albus Dumbledore HP5
Draco Malfoy HP7
Prof. McGonagall HP27
Marcus Flint HP28

Fantastic Beasts Series:
Singles:
Newt Scamander HP11
Tina Goldstein HP12

And for fun:

DC Series:
Singles:
Wonder Woman DC4

 Let me know who I may be missing in the HP series, and I will keep an eye out.

Cheers!

Alan

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The set of 30 figures doesn't include everything.  There another fifteen or so that aren't included.  Additionally, not all of the figures have bene released individually or in the small 5-pack,  I know that Hagrid and Genny Weasley have not been released yet, except in that 30 pack.

Myself, I'm conflicted because Hagrid is a must-have for my layout, but I already have all of the available minis and that would make for quite a few duplicates.  I'll have to see just how many.  I guess I could always sell the excess, yeah?

on another topic, I'm looking for some suggestions.  I've done some research but my experience and expertise is limited on this so I'm hoping that someone might have a bit more experience and can lend me an idea or three.

I am going to be constructing a 'carousel' in my layout, something that will continually move (so not a railroad turnaround).  All of the mechanics will need to fix within a 2" high space with virtually unlimited horizontal space.  I am looking for suggestions on how to power it and was thinking about using a small electric RC motor then attack a gear to it and another gear under the turntable to translate the rotation from motor to disk.

I'll try and put up a diagram it I can to better illustrate my plans, but does that sound reasonable?  Has anyone else done something like this?

Thanks for your help!

So I stumbled upon this today:  http://www.factoryent.com/metal-miniatures-s/135.htm

So first, while the justice league figures are really well done, the harry potter ones are.. very very bad.  I was surprised because I was initially drawn to it by the detail on the justice league figures and had heard they also carry harry potter.  Then I saw it.  No way these guys are worth 40 bucks. 

Man, the $1 ones we got are much better.

P.S. while the justice league ones are much better.. are they 40x better?  Probably not...

Ballz2 posted:

So I stumbled upon this today:  http://www.factoryent.com/metal-miniatures-s/135.htm

So first, while the justice league figures are really well done, the harry potter ones are.. very very bad.  I was surprised because I was initially drawn to it by the detail on the justice league figures and had heard they also carry harry potter.  Then I saw it.  No way these guys are worth 40 bucks. 

Man, the $1 ones we got are much better.

P.S. while the justice league ones are much better.. are they 40x better?  Probably not...

Took a look at that website, very high prices for what they are offering. I think the lower cost metalfigs were a better buy for the money. I haven't found them all yet but I will check walmart again this weekend.

Sean

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