Diagon Alley #75978

OK, we've built this amazing set and have had it on our table to look at for several weeks.  We have some ideas about what we'd like to light up and possibly even use sound effects for.  But as always we want to hear what YOU would like to see in your dream light and sound kit for this set.  Please let us know, and thank you as always for your input!

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  • Just started building this set (bag 1 done! Woohoo!). So it’ll be long before I see the end result with my own eyes.

    But already have some ideas. First a more general one:

    - As this is quite the modular set (with possible expansion sets coming in the future maybe) it would be great to have the lights grouped per building. And then in such a way that you can connect one building to any of the other three (or more in the future), with one being the “master building” with the central control board of course. Not sure how this could work though as it would require some sort of connection that is easy to connect / disconnect (also taking effects into account), but as you guys are awesome in thinking of really cool stuff I’m sure you already are thinking of a possible way :)

    In regards to lights themselves:

    - for sure flickering lights in the exterior / interior lamps.

    - Sort of “spotlights” for in the shop windows. 

    - not sure if color changing lights will look good in this set, but maybe those shining on the exterior (maximum two per building?)

    - of course some regular interior lights to light the interior rooms

    - lastly, maybe a green / purple effect (like the chamber of secrets in the hogwarts castle) light around the nocturn alley part?

    And one final idea / request / note: it would be great if it’s possible to turn on / off the whole thing with one button.

  • Hi! Just discovered your site and products and am hoping for this exact thing! I found the Diagon Alley set used and have been cataloging the parts and building slowly. It definitely would be more enjoyable with lighting. There are so many lost details because of lack of light. 

    I've assembled fully only Olivanders, so I'll come back and add more when the others are done. The shop windows really need to be lit from within--both the window displays and full awesomeness of the yellow glass is lost without lights. I think it would be super-fun for the exterior torch to glow. If there was a way for a light to switch on when the stairs swing out to illuminate the under-stair storage, that would be super. 

    On the Scribbulus side, I think a it mainly needs general interior lights, window spotlights, but the quill display case would be extra cool if it was back-lit somehow, like a real display case. 

  • Paul Chevallier Thanks for your great suggestions, Paul!  We have been designing the lights exactly as you have outlined them, on a per-building basis to allow for modularity.  Still have a bit more to work out here in terms of technical challenges, but definitely a design goal.  As for how to connect/disconnect the buildings, we're looking at a variant of our popular horizontal magnetic connectors.  Perhaps having these as an add-on option?

    Thanks for your other general lighting suggestions as well-- definitely in line with what we're thinking.  The idea of the external color-changing lights is a great one, and one we hadn't though of.

    We had also been thinking of making allowances so people could add streetlamps that flickered (and maybe came on/off randomly)-- what do you think of that idea?

    And yes, we'll definitely make it possible in this kit to have a master on/off switch.  We're also thinking of making a timer available that would have the kit on for 6 hours and then off for 18 hours, kind of like they have with Christmas lights and other decorations.  You'd still be able to turn things on/off manually with the remote, but for people who wanted to have an auto on/off feature, would this be of interest?

    Thanks again for the great suggestions.  Keep 'em coming!

  • Nicole Couture Dandrea Hi Nicole, I'm glad you found our little Forum!  Thanks for your post and for sharing your ideas.

    I agree with you about needing to light from within, and of course to have the exterior elements like torches also light up.  One thing we've seen with kits from other manufacturers is that their lights are way too bright.  We're aiming for a much more subtle effect, so you can still enjoy the buildings while the lights are on and so the lights don't shine too brightly to hide interior details.

    The idea to have the switch for the swinging stairs is great!  We can definitely look into that.

    Also, great idea for the quill display case.  We'll check into options there as well.

    Thank you again for sharing your ideas!

  • Hi Rob Klingberg ,

    Thank you for the message! Sounds like this is going to be another awesome kit!

    I actually also thought of street lamps! But more as an add-on, so didn’t include it in my original post.

    Great to hear that your ideas were basically in line with what I was thinking and the idea of the magnetic connectors sound very good! Would make mixing up the modules very easy.
    Probably not everyone would need that though, so as an add-on is a good plan I think.

    As for the timer, I know there are people that will love a function like that! For me it’s not really that much of interest as I would connect it to an outlet which can be controlled through my smartphone (and will then be included in my home automation).

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