LEGO tie-ins with upcoming vehicles are nothing new, and the Jaguar 2020 Land Rover Defender is no exception. While the real thing will be out sometime next Spring (and it looks to be awesome), you can get the LEGO version as soon as next week.
Made in partnership with Jaguar/Land Rover, the LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender is everything you would expect a miniature block version of the vehicle to be:
The jaw-dropping scale model features an incredibly detailed exterior featuring authentic rims, tires, body panels and a removable roof rack with extra accessories, but the interior is where it’s really at. As with all LEGO Technic vehicles, you can open the doors to access the inner cabin, but you can also turn the rear-mounted spare tire to open the tail door. Inside you’ll find a working steering wheel, an impressively detailed dashboard, and folding rear seats which give you access to the gearbox.
One of the most impressive features has to be the new Technic gearbox, which includes a transmission which lets you switch between high and low gear ratios as well as a selector for changing gears. You can even see the gears in action by popping the hood to view the six-cylinder engine underneath.
Apart from the gearbox, the Technic Land Rover Defender also has a working All-Wheel Drive with three differentials, independent wheel suspension, and a working winch for when it gets buried under your other LEGO sets.
The completed 2,573-piece set measures 8-inches (22cm) high, 16-inches (41cm) long, and 7-inches (20cm) wide. It’s nowhere near as big or hefty as the real deal, but you might want to gauge the measurements before adding it to your shelf.
You can find all the details for the LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender (and maybe pre-order one for yourself) on the official LEGO webpage.