As an avid Lego fan (and much to my wife's dismay, collector), it feels like Lego is pushing way too hard on the product licensing end. From Disney to Harry Potter, Adidas, and, of course, a ton of car brands, the Danish toy company has been cranking out kits for every customer demographic under the sun—and sometimes those products don't look too great. But just as I was thinking it's all a bit much, Lego redeems itself with a truly fantastic Land Rover Classic Defender 90 set.
Revealed Thursday morning, the new/old Defender is 2,336 pieces of old-school, off-roady goodness wrapped in a tiny and very green package. Somewhat surprisingly, Lego chose to induct the Landie into its Icons collection instead of assigning it to the more predictable Technic line. The New Defender set that debuted a few years back is part of the Technic lineup, and it looks and feels pretty great. I have one in my office and its fucntional winch is actually holding the Lego Jeep Rubicon Technic as it "climbs" up the wall.
Rolling out the Classic Defender under the smaller Speed Champions sets wouldn't have made much sense given all the details and accessories that add character to an off-road-ready Defender. So, Icons it is, and it's a great choice.
Speaking of gadgets, this set comes with all of them. The photos reveal a toolbox, shovel, hammer, two jerry cans, chisel, hood-mounted spare tire, axe, fire extinguisher, and more. Of course, there's a hefty rack fixed atop the Defender to hold all the goodies in place.
If you're like me, your fingers are already itching to pull the trigger on this new set, but unfortunately, you'll have to wait a bit longer. The new Land Rover Classic Defender 90 set goes on sale April 4 and it'll set you back $239.99.
Happy shopping and subsequent building.
Correction 3/17/23 1:00 p.m. ET: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated that the release date for this set was July 1. This date was erroneously provided to The Drive by a PR agency, though it's now been clarified. We apologize for the confusion.
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