Leaked LEGO Technic Kit Gives Us Our First Glimpse at the 2020 Land Rover Defender
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The Land Rover Defender is coming to the U.S. after an absence spanning more than two decades. But before the 2020 Defender hits our shores, it could be pre-empted by a smaller, but no less awesome, version. This, folks, is LEGO’s latest masterpiece: a 2,573-piece LEGO Technic replica of the iconic Land Rover Defender, complete with a working steering mechanism, a four-speed sequential gearbox, a chassis with three differentials, an independent suspension, and a winch that actually works. Mind you, this is a LEGO Technic version of the OG Land Rover Defender, though, with the specs, you’d be forgiven for thinking it was the real deal. The LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender is scheduled to come out in October, one month after the actual 2020 Defender debuts, presumably at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show.
2020 Land Rover Defender Lego Technic Kit
LEGO has done it again. Just when it seemed like I wasn’t in the hook to spend for another LEGO set, the brick warlord has created another product that’s going to suck me back in the bottomless abyss of Technic pieces. Building the LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron almost sent me into therapy. But now, LEGO’s back with a new Technic masterpiece, this time for the OG Land Rover Defender. I need a break, LEGO!
Ok, now that my whining’s done, it’s time to look at the LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender for what it really is: another awesome creation. Forget everything I said in the previous paragraph; I’m probably going to buy it and spend a couple of weekends building it.
We don’t know the full spec of details surrounding the LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender so there could be a few more surprises in store for us once LEGO launches its new line of products. What we do know is that the whole kit comes with 2,573 pieces.
That’s more than double the number of pieces of the LEGO Technic Rally Car (1,005 pieces) and roughly 60 percent of the number of pieces of the LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron (3,599 pieces).
In other words, this build is going to take a while to complete. As you might expect, building the guts of the LEGO Defender is the most tedious part of all of this. That, obviously, comes with the territory. The Technic Defender comes with a working steering mechanism, a four-speed sequential gearbox, a chassis with three differentials, an independent suspension, and a winch that, mind you, actually works. It probably won’t be able to pull an actual Honda Civic out of a canal, but that winch should be able to do its job pulling whatever small household item is lying around.
Building all of that and making sure all the mechanisms work is the tough part of this job. Take it from someone with experience. If you mess up on a certain point and don’t realize it until you’ve made some progress, all that progress goes away. So be mindful and be meticulous when you’re building this part of the LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender. It’s not exactly smooth sailing when you’ve made it past this point, but the task gets easier once you’re left with building the body of the SUV. Don’t get it confused, though. There’s still a lot of work that needs to be done, particularly in the interior where you’re dealing with small pieces and trying to fit them into small spaces. It can get frustrating. My LEGO Technic Chevrolet Corvette ZR1 can attest to that.
Once everything’s done, the finished product looks absolutely beautiful, at least as far as the glam shots are concerned. This is the first time a LEGO Technic model comes in an Olive Green color, too. It’s gorgeous to look at even from a computer screen. What more in real life, right?
Overall, the LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender measures 42 cm long (16.5 inches), 20 cm wide (7.8 inches), and 22 cm high (8.6 inches).
That’s a big model, folks. At the very least, it’s going to look great on my shelf next to that God-forsaken, yet still super awesome LEGO Technic Bugatti Chiron.
LEGO hasn’t announced when the Technic Land Rover Defender goes on sale, but according to the all-things-LEGO website, Brothers-Brick, the new kit drops sometime around October 2019.
That seems like a solid date considering that it’s right smack in the beginning of the holiday season and it comes a month after one of the most hotly anticipated Land Rover models — the real one — makes its debut, supposedly at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
I can’t wait for that model to debut, not only because it’s a new-generation model, but also because it brings back the Defender nameplate after a brief three-year hiatus. Most importantly, though, the 2020 Land Rover Defender is the first Defender model to arrive in the U.S. after an absence of more than 20 years. Details about the next-generation Defender are still under wraps — literally and figuratively — but we do know that the next-gen model retains the OG Defender’s boxy styling, albeit with a modern interpretation of it. Two-door and four-door versions are also expected to be available with a new inline-6 cylinder Ingenium engine serving as Land Rover’s powertrain-of-choice. Beyond that, your guesses are as good as ours.
Fortunately, we don’t have to wait for the next-generation Land Rover Defender to arrive. It launches in September, and a month after that, the LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender arrives. Good times ahead, folks. Good times.
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Source: The Brothers Brick