Officially called the Lego Technic Land Rover Defender, the 2,573-piece buildable model scales less than a foot in any direction, while still showcasing many of the real-life vehicle's features. Despite its size, it features four-wheel independent suspension, working winch, four-wheel drive complete with three differentials, a low-range gearbox, 4-speed sequential gearbox and an inline-6 engine with moving pistons. The internal radio system probably doesn't work though.
Niels Henrik Horsted, marketing director at the LEGO Group
â€œWith every Lego element, children can build anything they can imagine. Iâ€™m very excited about this new modelâ€”a truly impressive job done by our Lego designers. Together with Land Rover, weâ€™ve blended elements, design and innovative engineering into a set that shows the boundless creativity of Lego play, and that with Lego Technic you can build for real.â€
While this isn't the first time Lego has partnered with a major automaker to produce a Lego car, rarely is it done for anything other than ultra-wealthy supercars like the McLaren Senna or the Bugatti Chiron.
Such a project doesn't come cheap, however. Aside from the man-hours needed to build it, the set costs $199.99. If this doesn't deter you, it'll be available for purchase on October 1, 2019.