Say what? My inside source shared a few details about this new exclusive Harry Potter model that’s going to be coming to Books-A-Million this fall (October-ish? Also, possibly appearing at Second and Charles, part of the Books-A-Million family). I was a bit surprised, because it seemed like my local BAM was clearing out their Metal Earth inventory, but it sounds like they are just being more selective on which models they’ll carry, and they are big into Harry Potter, with this exclusive 5-sheet color-printed Hogwarts Express! Here’s a not-hacked-together-by-me graphic announcing the model, as well as some additional angles:
Not to be confused with the recently announced ICONX Hogwarts Express, this model appears to be a colorized version of the classic silver Hogwarts Express. But colorizing it was not enough this time around (remember, they also did a BAM! exclusive colored version of the Burrow), they had to go and throw in a sweet looking display base, complete with tracks! I am so very much sold! Adding in the base increases the size of the model to 7.5″ x 1.5″ x 1.6″ (19 x 3.75 x 4 cm). For comparison, the engine-only ICONX version is approximately 6.9″ x 1.5″ x 2.25″ (17.5 x 3.75 x 5.75 cm).
Speaking of selling, be aware that this model may be distributed like their previous Harry Potter exclusive. By that, I mean that it might not be sold on their website, and you might have to watch your local BAM! for inventory to show up when it’s sent out. With the Burrow, there was no way in the system to special order the model. So I would suggest that if you really want this one, swing on by (or call) your nearest BAM! and ask the friendly staff if they would call you when they get it in stock. I know I will be contacting mine.
Also, AnimateOrange has a video about this exclusive, so check it out to get his take on this!
Source: a reliable insider