Forget Every Christmas Gift Idea You Have and Just Buy the Lego Jeep Wrangler Rubicon
Who cares if it’s a late holiday present, right?by Kirby Garlitos, on LISTEN 04:05
Sometime during the upcoming holiday season, I’m going to make time to go through my growing pile of Lego boxes. I’m going to need to go through them quickly because come January 1, 2021, Lego’s going to be taking more of my money once the $169 Technic Ferrari 488 GTE goes on sale. But that’s not the only Lego kit dropping that day. The Technic McLaren Senna will also hit stores, and as if those two kits weren’t enough, Lego announced that it’ll also drop the newly-revealed Technic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon kit. The drops are happening at the turn of the new year, which, I suppose is a good thing. There’s no better way to say goodbye to the shit show that was 2020 by rolling up our sleeves and building Lego kits to kick-off 2021. The Wrangler Rubicon kit, in particular, looks like a fun project. Plus, at just $49.99, it’s a lot cheaper than the $169.99 price tag of the 488 GTE kit.
Aren’t you too old to be building Lego kits?
No, and I’ll never be too old for them. It’s actually a great time to be a Lego enthusiast. The popular toymaker has been scooping up licenses left and right. That’s opened the floodgates on the kind of products that it can roll out. I’m particularly excited about Lego’s Technic line. It’s the home of most of its car kits, and that roster will grow at the start of the new year with a slew of heavy-hitting new arrivals. We’ve already talked about the Ferrari 488 GTE and the McLaren Senna kits. Now we turn our attention on the newest drop: the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon kit.
What do we make of the Lego Technic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon?
Like most Lego Technic products, the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon isn’t an easy build.
There are 665 total parts in the kit and when finished, the off-road SUV measures 9.5 inches long, five inches wide, and 4.5 inches tall.
It’s not as big as the 19-inch long Ferrari 488 GTE, but the latter comes with over 1,600 pieces.
I am fascinated with the Lego Wrangler Rubicon because it’s a departure from what we’ve gotten used to from all the supercar kits that have come out under Lego Technic. This one’s an off-road SUV, and it comes with a lot of the features that you’ll see in the real Wrangler Rubicon. From the fold-down rear seats, to the full-size spare tire on the back and the winch on the front, I can already imagine having an SUV load of fun building this kit.
I like that Lego went with the yellow-and-black color scheme, mimicking Jeep’s Hellayella paint finish that’s available on the real Wrangler Rubicon. Lego Technic also made sure that the Lego Wrangler Rubicon has a suspension setup that’s up to snuff with our expectations. You can even steer the wheels — the articulation is impressive — from a turning button on the back. Set up a mini off-road course on your desk with some books, pens, and maybe even a few pebbles, and you can enjoy the Lego Wrangler Rubicon beyond simply displaying it on your shelf when its done. Best be careful, though. If that tips over, pieces will fly. That’s a headache in it of itself.
How much is the Lego Technic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon?
Just like the 830-piece Technic Mclaren Senna, the Technic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon retails at just $49.99. It’ll be available in Lego’s online store on January 1, 2021 alongside the Technic Senna and the Technic Ferrari 488 GTE. Save some funds for these Legos, folks. With the kind of year all of us are having, ringing in 2021 with the Technic Jeep Wrangler Rubicon is about all we can ask for at this point.