The all-new Land Rover Defender revealed earlier this week looks to take the original Defender’s legendary off-road capability and add some more modern charm. But we keep hearing that it’s just not as blocky as the original one. For people who think it’s not brick-like enough, or for anyone who can’t quite swing the $65,000 starting price, we’ve got something that might be a little more your shape. The latest Lego Technic kit is the 2020 Land Rover Defender.
This is a serious piece of kit. It looks absolutely massive, by Lego kit standards, at least. It’s based on the three-door Defender 90, and the kit is made up of 2,573 Lego bricks.
It’s full of moving parts. Starting with the opening doors, things get a whole load of detail. The steering wheel works, there’s a detailed dashboard inside, and even the seats fold down. Because this one’s a Landie, it even gets a working transmission that has a lever to swap high and low range and one for changing gear. Lego says the four-speed sequential box is the most sophisticated Technic gearbox yet. Under the hood is an inline-six with moving pistons. The winch really works, the roof rack comes off, and it has Land Rover accessories like the side pannier cargo carriers, a roof-mounted storage box, and traction mats for when pushing it through the sand or mud gets too tough.
On top of those moving bits, this Defender gets three working differentials and a fully-independent suspension. It’s also a lot easier to put back together if you bash it into a tree off-road.
“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. 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,” said JLR Branded Goods Director Joe Sinclair.
The Lego Defender goes on sale October 1st but is available to pre-order now. Coming in at a much lower price than the real thing, the Lego model retails for $249.99. The only surprise is that this is a left-hand drive Land Rover. Though with enough Lego ingenuity you can probably fix that too.