There's a lot of buzz surrounding the all-new Land Rover Defender, and rightly so. While the looks have divided opinion, it's a significant vehicle for the marque nonetheless. However, with a prospective price of £ 40,000 (about Php 2.5 million at current exchange rates) for the bare bones model, the 2020 Defender won't exactly be within reach.
So, what's the next best thing? How about building one yourself? Set to be available globally at the Lego Store this October 1, 2019 is the Lego Technic Land Rover Defender.
The revered 4x4 will soon be available in brick form and will be made up of exactly 2,573 pieces of Lego. It was co-developed alongside Land Rover themselves and features intricately-designed door panels and trim pieces, a fully-detailed dashboard, a working steering wheel, original wheels with rubber tires, as well as removable roof with storage box.
“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 designers. 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,” said Niels Henrik Horsted, Marketing Director at Lego Group.
But don’t think that this particular Defender is simply a brick display. Being a Technic, it has working parts that actually make it work like the real thing. It comes with a four-speed sequential gearbox, all-wheel drive capability with 3 locking differentials, a fully independent suspension, a working winch, and an inline-six engine with moving pistons.
It can also be fitted with a transmission system that can be set for high or low gear ratios. There will even be manual gear selector which will allow builders to shift the gears themselves. Lego claims that this is the most sophisticated gearbox they have made for a Technic build set.
Looking to get one for yourself or for a fellow Land Rover enthusiast? Be prepared to shell out $200 (about Php 10,400) for this particular Defender. Of course, don't expect it to have the real one's 900 mm water wading capability.