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Review: 40598 Gringotts Vault (GWP)

To celebrate the launch of 76417 Gringotts Wizarding Bank and 76419 Hogwarts Castle and Grounds, LEGO are running a Back to Hogwarts promotion, and one of the key offers 40598 Gringotts Vault gift with purchase (GWP).

You can qualify for 40598 Gringotts Vault by spending over US$130 / AU$215 / £115 / €130 on LEGO Harry Potter sets from LEGO.com from 1 – 13 September 2023.

It’s almost a companion piece to 76417 Gringotts Wizarding Bank as it connects and gives you the option to add a 3rd vault to the massive set, and this is a really good GWP for LEGO Harry Potter fans.

I especially like that the threshold isn’t too out of reach for quite a substantial and useful GWP, and even if you can’t quite spring for the massive LEGO Gringotts Bank, you can always pick this one up and give yourself more time to save up for the bank.

If you have your eye on this set, I wouldn’t delay, as it’s already sold out online in the UK and Europe.

Let’s jump into a quick review of 40598 Gringotts Vault to see what you can expect!

Special thanks to LEGO for sending this set for this review! If you plan on picking 40598 Gringotts Vault up, please consider using the affiliate links in this post as I may receive a small commission with each purchase that helps support the work I do on the blog.

40598 Gringotts Vault Set Details

Name: Gringotts Vault
Set Number: 40598
Pieces: 212
GWP Threshold: US$130 / AU$215 / £115 / €130 on LEGO Harry Potter sets
Exclusive to: LEGO.com / LEGO Stores
Theme: Harry Potter
LEGO Designer: TBD
Availability Date: 1-10 September 2023

Here’s a look at the sticker sheet included. The stickers included might seem a little inane but there’s something clever and unique about the selection later on in the review.

One minifigure is included in the set, a generic Goblin. While it would’ve been nice to have a unique or exclusive minifigure in the set, the additional Goblin banker minifigure is a really useful one to add to the larger Gringotts Bank staff.

The Goblin has a sharp 3-piece suit on, rigid short lefts, and detailed face prints with the half-moon glasses, and plenty of facial lines and features.

Here’s the back printing and alternate face.

Oh and the set comes with some new printed Galleon tiles too, which are new for 2023 and first appeared in 76423 Hogwarts Express & Hogsmeade Station. Still relatively uncommon, but a nice way to get more LEGO Wizarding currency.

And here’s the completed model. At 212-pieces, this is quite a substantial build for a GWP. It has 4 plastic bags and is reasonably quick to put together.

It’s quite nice, and if you have the Gringotts Bank, sizes up quite nicely with the other vaults as it is meant to be an expansion after all.

Here’s the Vault Cart, which is built on a Roller Coaster car base and track, which allows the cart to glide on the rails with little to no friction.

I also like the clever use of black car rims (mostly found in Speed Champions vehicles) for the cart decorations.

Otherwise, aesthetically, the vault is pretty simple, with some basic rock pieces for the side to give it that subterranean look.

A really cute feature built into the Gringotts Vault set is that it also functions as a piggy bank/money box. There’s a slit at the top for you to insert coins.

Thankfully, to access your money, you don’t have to smash the entire vault – you can just pull open the back wall for easy access. And here I thought Gringotts was supposed to be secure!

I don’t really use coins in my day to day life because everything is cashless these days, but I do have plenty of LEGO Pirate coins, so this is how it’d look with the vault full.

I do think chrome LEGO coins are infinitely superior to regular muggle coins, and probably worth a lot more too as it’s been over 10 years since they’ve been produced!

Here’s the heavy vault door, and a scratched up and damaged vault plaque which makes this a generic, unnamed vault.

Remember the unique sticker sheet?

There are 2 plain stickers and 2 spare 2×2 grey tiles that you can use to personalise and customise your vault! I just wrote my name here which is pretty self-explanatory, but I thought this was such a charming and clever little way to make Piggy Bank your very own.

Also, I believe this is the first time that we actually have instructions to use a marker on LEGO stickers!

What I liked:

  • A complementary GWP that expands a larger model
  • Piggy Bank function is cute
  • Fairly-priced GWP

What I didn’t like: 

  • Design lacks finesse in some areas
  • Doesn’t work well as a standalone set
FINAL THOUGHTS:

As a companion set to 76417 Gringotts Wizarding Bank, the Gringotts Vault GWP is an excellent addition to the larger model and an all-around great GWP that will delight LEGO Harry Potter fans.

As it adds on a 3rd vault and provides an additional vault car to the set, fans who own or want to own Gringotts should really prioritise this set, and thanks to a decent GWP threshold, it doesn’t seem like you have to spend a small fortune to qualify for it.

The build itself and minifigure is pretty good value for a GWP of this size, but it doesn’;’t really work as a standalone model if you don’t connect it to Gringotts, so only get this if you eventually plan on building and displaying Gringotts.

The Piggy Bank feature is a cute little gimmick, as is the permanent marker scribbling on LEGO stickers, which I enjoyed the novelty of.

As this is really an expansion of Gringotts, and with 76417 Gringotts Wizarding Bank so well-received by Harry Potter fans, I think this GWP will be one of the more notable LEGO Harry Potter GWPs, and is something I recommend getting if you have Gringotts in your sights.

Rating and score: 3/5 ★★★✰✰

Build [3] – A pretty substantial build for a GWP of this caliber
Real Value [3] – You do have to buy LEGO Harry Potter sets to qualify, but the threshold is realistic and relatively easy to hit
Innovation [4] – Gains notoriety as one of the first sets to encourage the use of permanent marker as part of the build instructions
Coolness [3] – Great way to expand Gringotts Bank, or store your spare change
Keepability [4] – An excellent pairing with Gringotts Bank, which in itself is a modern Harry Potter Classic.


Thanks for reading my review of the 40598 Gringotts Vault GWP!

You can qualify for 40598 Gringotts Vault by spending over US$130 / AU$215 / £115 / €130 on LEGO Harry Potter sets from LEGO.com from 1 – 13 September 2023, while stocks last.

Did you qualify for the Gringotts Vault GWP? What did you buy to trigger this gift with purchase?

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