2,573-piece Technic set has working suspension, gearbox, and differentials!
With apologies to the Corinthians, there are some things, however childish, we just don't want to put away. Like Lego, for example. Fortunately, we fans of the automobile don't have to, because the famous Danish toy company makes plenty of sets that replicate – in various sizes and levels of complexity – some of our favorite cars and trucks. Like the new Land Rover Defender.
Having taken its sweet time getting the new Defender ready for its big reveal, Land Rover hasn't wasted any in rolling out the Lego version. And boxy as it is, it translates to toy-brick form better than most.
One of the more complex sets we've seen, the Lego Technic version of the new Land Rover Defender 90 is made up of 2,573 individual pieces – some of which are actually functional. And not just the rotating wheels, either: it has a fully independent articulating suspension, a working winch, no less than three little differentials, and "the most sophisticated gearbox" ever included in a Lego set.
Once all those components are put together, kids (and the inner kids within grownups) will be left with a pretty close (albeit smaller) approximation of the real thing.
"With every Lego element, children can build anything they can imagine. I'm very excited about this new model – a truly impressive job done by our Lego Group designers," said Lego's Niels Henrik Horsted. "Together with Land Rover, we've blended elements, design and innovative engineering into a set that shows the boundless creativity of Lego play, and that with Lego Technic you can build for real."
Measuring 16 inches long, 7" wide, and 8" tall, the Lego Technic Defender will be available starting October 1, and you can pre-order yours today for $199.99 – which may seem like a lot for a toy, but not a lot for a Land Rover.