Hornby Hobbies and the Corgi brand have re-released a line of Harry Potter die-cast products, tapping into the current resurgence for the Wizarding World brand.
Last year, the British toy model and hobby specialist teamed up with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to kick-start a three year licensing partnership for the Harry Potter brand. The partnership resulted in the launch of the headline-grabbing Hogwarts Express Train Set, an entire kit for building the Harry Potter-themed model railway layout.
To complement the set Hornby is now releasing a range of accessories, enabling model-makers to add a further touch of magic to their layouts. These include Hogsmeade Station, Platform 9 ¾ and an additional line of coaches. A Hogswarts Castle locomotive
with sound is also due for release soon.
The models are based on how the GWR 4900 Class 5972 Olton Hall was “dressed”for the films, with additional steam pipes, which do not feature on the original steam engine. Olton Hall was renamed to Hogwarts Castle for the films, the name suggesting the locomotive is a much larger and more powerful Castle Class, not a Hall Class which of course, it is, as steam fans have noted. This also led to Hornby making their models a Castle Class.
Some ten years ago, and before being acquired by Hornby Hobbies, Corgi launched a range of Harry Potter-themed die-cast models. With consumer demand in the collector’s market rising gradually over the last number of years, Hornby Hobbies are now updating its models.
The Hogwarts Express Locomotive now features exact matching red paint as the film franchise’s iconic train. Corgi’s Flying Ford Anglia, the light blue car in which Harry Potter and Ron Weasley travel to Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, also matches its film colours.
The locomotive that has entranced millions of Potter viewer was once earmarked to be dismantled for the furnace. Written off, abandoned and forgotten for 17 years, this lowly engine’s final destiny was originally far from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. But the story of humble GWR 5972 Olton Hall, is as enchanting as any told by JK Rowling…
• Harry Potter fans can ride the real-life Hogwarts Express. The Jacobite Steam Train, travelling between Fort William and Mallaig in Scotland has some very magical destinations. The Jacobite served as one of the Harry Potter filming locations , standing in for the Hogwarts Express in all of the films, and there’s no denying that it’s a pretty unique way to travel. Just don’t be an idiot and try to walk the tracks at the Glenfinnan Viaduct like some fans.
• Three full-size replicas of the 5972 Hogwarts Castle are at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Universal Orlando Resort). Two are part of the Hogwarts Express train ride (actually actually Funicular Rope pulled trains with fake wheels); the other is a static exhibit in the Hogsmeade area. There are also static models at the other Wizarding World of Harry Potter locations in Hollywood and Japan.
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