There are lots of Lego cars out there for you to build, and Lego clearly feels there aren't enough. So there are more on the way, and the next one that's going to hit the shelves of your local Lego store looks to be a Technic version of the Land Rover Defender.
The set hasn't been officially announced by Lego yet, but since it briefly appeared on the Smyths Toys website we can be damn sure it's the real deal. According to the car-knowing types at Autocar this is a recreation of the upcoming Defender that's due for release later this year, with the Lego version going on sale shortly afterwards. Apparently that means we can expect to see it around October time.
But the set isn't just a recreation of the car on the outside. It's also supposed to come with a working steering system, a four-speed gearbox, a mechanised winch at the front, plus a chassis with three differentials and an independent suspension. It's also the first time Lego's created olive-green Technic panels, which will be nice for collectors, MOC builders, and the people who sell individual pieces online.
This collectible model of the Land Rover Defender really captures the vehicle’s level of refinement with its clean, modern lines and sculpted surfaces, making it a great display piece for the home or office. Developed in partnership with Land Rover, this building toy has working steering, 4-speed sequential gearbox, All Wheel Drive with 3 differentials, independent suspension, detailed in-line 6-cylinder engine and a working winch.|