FOLLOWING the reveal of the 2020 Land Rover Defender at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show, the Lego Technic Land Rover Defender set has now been officially launched.
Images of the 2573-piece kit were leaked earlier this year by Lego news website, The Brothers Brick, but the Lego Defender wasn’t officially confirmed until the curtains dropped on the all-new Defender last night.
“The Land Rover Defender and Lego brand are both iconic across the world and the launch of New Defender felt like the perfect time to bring them together,” said Joe Sinclair, Director of Branded Goods and Licensing at Jaguar Land Rover.
“The level of detail and engineering that has gone into creating this Lego model perfectly reflects the work of our own designers and engineers who have been so dedicated to bringing a motoring icon back for the 21st century.”
The realistic Lego kit comprises authentic body panels and rims, a 4x4 system with three diffs, fully independent suspension, a working winch, a removable roof rack with storage box, a ladder and traction mats.
An intricately detailed four-speed sequential gearbox set-up comes with two levers to engage high and low ratios, and it’s said to be Lego Technic’s “most sophisticated gearbox yet”.
Popping open the bonnet reveals an in-line six-cylinder engine with moving pistons, and opening the doors provides access to a working steering wheel and a meticulously detailed dashboard.
“I’m very excited about this new model – a truly impressive job done by our Lego designers,” said Niels Henrik Horsted, Marketing Director at the Lego Group. “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.”
If that doesn’t spark your inner-child to life, perhaps a life-size Lego VW Kombi campervan complete with pop-up roof, kitchenette, sliding door and real VW tyres will do the trick!
Expect to pay AU$330 when the Lego Technic Defender launches worldwide from October 1.
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