Harry Potter Wizard Chess Set
|Brand||The Noble Collection|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||10.63 x 10.63 x 3.74 inches|
|Item Weight||3.75 Pounds|
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- Officially authorized by Warner Brothers.
- Set includes chess pieces and playing board. Chess pieces measure 2 to 4 inches. Playing board is 18.5 x 18.5 inches.
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An Enchanting Duel of Wits!
Bring the Wizarding World home to your family room with the officially licensed Harry Potter Wizard Chess Set. Go head-to-head in the ultimate duel with this highly detailed miniature recreation of the Wizard Chess Set as seen in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. Includes 32 chess pieces, playing board, and two drawstring pouches.
Magical Take on the Classic Game
Officially authorized by Warner Bros. and manufactured by the Noble Collection. Set includes chess pieces and playing board. Chess pieces measure 2 to 4 inches. Playing board is 18.5 x 18.5 inches.
Each piece is a detailed miniature recreation of the Wizard Chess Set as seen in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone.
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The deluxe version can be found here:
See pictures for comparison between this regular version and the deluxe version.
This regular set is made of cheap soft plastic. It being soft is actually an advantage as you don't have to worry about knocking it over and breaking it.
The chess pieces in this set are VERY LIGHT, you decide if you like it being light or not.
Is it worth the price? Yes, I think so. Because it is sure to thrill an HP fan! Provided they haven't seen the deluxe version yet.
The deluxe version, on the other hand, is at a whole different level when it comes to quality, but that cost a lot more money. (see picture for the difference between the two versions).
When I searched for "Harry Potter Wizard Chess" I got a number of Amazon selling sites. As I understand it, a lot of those sites are for third party sellers who are selling the original version of this Chess set that came out right after the Potter movie debuted. These are "collectibles", and that's always a dicey product to buy through Amazon. Some are new-in-box, some are used, some are misdescribed, some are in poor condition. As I type this there are eight sites - this one, a site for a super high end set, and six sites selling collectibles from a wide variety of sellers, most costing in the well-over-a-hundred-dollars range. I just wanted a fun gift chess set, and this one fit the bill. It is the same as the collectibles, but must be a later run that doesn't count as a "first edition".
Now, for the set. The pieces are detailed and look sharp. You know how some molded figures, especially bigger ones, are a little twisted or misshapened when they hold swords and whatnot? Well, these pieces are "harder" and don't droop or twist. The sizes are impressive. (This set is for three brothers ages 3 to 8, and they are newly into chess and nuts for Potter. This works as a chess set, but it also works as a really neat collection of action figures.) The pieces are molded hard plastic. The bigger ones are a bit top heavy, but not exceptionally tippy. (For what it's worth, the bases are open at the bottom. If you wanted to you could put a weight in the base, (like putty or a quarter coin), and tipping wouldn't be a problem at all.
The board is folded in quarters and unfolds to standard size but is a little cheesy. Separate wood boards generally cost much more than this entire set does, and it would be hard to find a new board much bigger than the one that comes with this set, so I'm not sure what the best option is. If you want an oversize board that gives the pieces lots of room a cheap oversize vinyl board might be the way to go.
As to the rest, the box is fairly durable. The two bags that hold the pieces have drawstrings and hold the pieces comfortably. The set I received was clearly "new in box". No parts or pieces were missing.
Bottom line? The set looks great and the pieces are impressive. It might not be terribly practical for regular chess play, (mostly because of how crowded the board gets), but for an exciting novelty game of chess for kids it really seems to hit the spot. The price struck me as reasonable for the size, detail and quality of the pieces, and as I say you couldn't get this quality "Harry Potter" action play figures any other way. I'm pretty sure the kids are going to go nuts over this, and since you can't play chess with HotWheels it counts as a nice change-up present wise.
Last bit. The Queen, King and Bishops look very similar from behind (they all have the style of shield slung over their back) Be careful when playing so that you don't confuse them. These look exactly like the figures from the movie., but if you are not paying attention you may confuse the pieces during play. If I am playing in a social atmosphere I just turn the pieces so I see the front of the piece and don't confuse them.
I would not has-ate to recommend this to a friend, it is a good buy even if you don,t happen to be a big fan of Harry Potter, if your a big fan of Harry then it is plus.
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Les pièces n'ont pas de feutre sous le socle et rayent peu à peu le plateau cartonné. Pas top!
L'imitation reste quant à elle très fidèle et jolie.
Bémol, les rois, dames et fous se ressemblent beaucoup et sont donc une source de complication dans le jeu.
Quelques pièces se tordent trop facilement.
Selon nous, même si cet échiquier est jouable, ça reste tout de même plutôt une pièce décorative et/ou de collection. Les cases ne sont par exemple pas numérotées en abscisse et ordonnées.
Dommage tout de même que le fabricant n'ait pas été plus généreux en matière de qualité.
Mon fils dit tout le reste dans la vidéo.
When it arrived it was missing a black king and had two black bishops.
We did get a full refund from amazon, but they wouldn't send a king. It was my son's 9th birthday present and he was v disappointed when he realised it was missing a piece.
However, superficially it does look good and he has enjoyed playing with it. If you view it as a Harry Potter novelty present, rather than a board game worth nearly 50 pounds, it is fine.
One thing that did concern me was that it was delivered in clear plastic wrapping- and this was bought as a Christmas present- I am very lucky that I was the one to answer the door and not the person it was intended for as that would have ruined the surprise.
Otherwise it was well received and we are having a lot of fun playing with it.
For the price I am disappointed that the chess pieces are in plastic and not in stone and that the chess board is flimsy cardboard. The bag holding the chess pieces is equally flimsly and broke after a minute of use.
You are definitely paying a premium price for the branding here. Kids seem happy but I would have expected better for the price and brand.