For almost 68 years, Jaguar produced the Land Rover Defender. Despite production of the famous off-road vehicle ending in 2016, the Defender continues to be a much sought-after prize among collectors. Of course, that desire has made the Defender harder and harder to come by.
LEGO is stepping into this craze, offering a new set—the LEGO Technic 42110 Land Rover Defender. The set features 2,573 pieces and builds replica of the iconic utility vehicle.
The LEGO Defender comes with a working steering mechanism as well as a 4-speed sequential gearbox—something LEGO Technic builders will be pleased to see. The chassis also offers three differentials and an independent suspension, creating a fair representation of the legendary off-roader’s capabilities. The LEGO version also features a working winch on the front bumper. It will also have a detailed in-line 6-cylinder engine.
Paying homage to the Defender’s military history, the LEGO model comes in olive green—a first for Lego Technic models. The set doesn’t come with electric elements. Fully completed, the model measures 8.6 inches high by 16.5 inches long and 7.8 inches wide.
Reportedly, the set takes its design cues from the yet to be revealed 2020 Defender, though some elements don’t seem to fit what has been shown so far of the new Defender. Most obvious is the more blocky and upright rear end, as well as the round headlights, which aren’t on the Defender prototype.
The original leakster, Smyths Toys, has taken down the post, which described the model as capturing the Defenders “refinement with its clean, modern lines and sculpted surfaces, making it a great display piece for the home or office.” LEGO hasn’t confirmed the set as of yet. The set is expected to sell for USD$204 and may be released in October—a month after the new Defender’s scheduled debut in September.