LEGO Overwatch Tracer minifigure revealed!

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The first LEGO Overwatch minifigure has been unveiled in a short video that was published on the Overwatch Facebook page! This follows an earlier announcement that Winston will appear in the upcoming theme.

Tracer is a mascot for the Overwatch brand so her inclusion in the range does not come as a great surprise, although I am glad to see how Overwatch characters might look in minifigure form.

You can watch the entire video after the break...

Thanks to SMC for bringing this to our attention.

 

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By in United States,

She looks great! I sure hope D.Va and the others are this good.

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By in Germany,

Hmm... could need a bit more detail or texturing in the patterns, maybe even sideprint.

So when do we get Lego Starcraft now? Need a Zergling xD

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By in United States,

There was a post with a link to this on the Windston banana one. I am glad you guys are using it.

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By in Hungary,

Honestly, nothing very groundbreaking. Only 1 new hairpiece, the rest of the figure is with the usual (but good amount of) torso print. Like almost any other licenced minifigure.

I still don't understand how could this theme (a first person shooter) fit into Lego's brand?

Yeah, Starcraft is waaay more better and it has spaceships too, not only named characters.

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By in France,

Figure looks good but i know nothing about video games in general so doubt very much that anything will persuade me to jump into this theme

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By in United Kingdom,

Good god that accent is grating.

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By in United States,

Looking forward to seeing other characters, Pharahhhhh come to me!

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By in United Kingdom,

[Hastily wikipedias Overwatch...]

Looks like fun!

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By in United States,

Not sure what an overwatch is. Should I?

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By in Sweden,

@bananaworld: exactly what I did :) [I had a very vague idea...]

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By in Netherlands,

That's a big yikes from me, tbh.

I know that development time for LEGO products is rather long, but this feels like too little too late. Overwatch is, despite impressive player numbers, losing marketshare with Fortnite now the hot new thing. Never good to be chasing trends and fads, but being late to the party is probably worse.

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By in United States,

Maybe I'm old, but not heard of this Overwatch. I'm embarrassing myself. Lol.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Anak Overwatch features a number of characters who will likely be brick built, such as D.va who pilots a big pink vaguely rabbitlike mech or Bastion who is a transforming robot who will likely also be brick built.
It also has a lot of stunning environments and vehicles, both of which lend themselves well to being adapted into LEGO form. It's generally optimistic narrative of heroes vs villains also fits in just as well as the other Super Heroes lines.

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By in Slovenia,

I really don't see how a MM shooter game (where the express goal is to kill other characters) fits LEGO brand identity, but perhaps they are now abandoning the family values.

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By in United States,

Lot of people I'm seeing aren't familiar with Overwatch. I am, but I'm not surprised many here aren't. I'm wondering what research told them there was a significant intersection of fans of both Overwatch and Lego.

@moosedaddi seconded! won't buy many of these, but would buy Pharah

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By in Russian Federation,

Seems like a really odd choice... warcraft provides more interesting and iconic structures .

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By in United States,

I dont play but I love the characters and Im glad I can collect them in lego. However bigger characters might look weird with big figs is my only concern.

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By in United Kingdom,

I dont play Overwatch however that minifig looks cool, more like a male character though and i might even buy a set or two just for parts if the colours wow me like the friends & elves ones did..

Other games lego might want to consider producing sets or a minifig series for:
Legend of zelda, Mario kart, starfox, Mortal kombat, Metal gear solid, Sonic, splinter cell, Crash bandicoot, and Destiny, JUST SAYING...

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By in United States,

Couldn't be less interested by a Lego theme, except maybe Unikitty. Hope Lego can change my mind.

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By in United States,

@Sammael, I agree with you in principle, however I make an exception for Overwatch. The violence seen in Overwatch is more akin to the antics of Loony Tunes than a real-world battlefield. The characters, weapons, powers, etc. are all very cartoony, not realistic in the slightest (with the possible exception of Soldier 76). Additionally, players (in most gamemodes) are given the goal of capturing control points or moving payloads, only killing other players if they get in the way (admittedly, this is always happens by design). Also, even when the characters do die, there is very little blood, the corpses fade away immediately, and the characters re-spawn within a few seconds. If Lego were to develop a theme based on a more gory or realistic game, I would consider that a cause for concern.

Additionally, it is worth pointing out that Lego has developed themes based on properties that include much more realistic violence than anything seen in Overwatch: Star Wars, The Hobbit, and Marvel Superheroes to name a few.

As for leaving the family values, I have to say that (for better and for worse) Lego has already abandoned them long ago. Back in the "old days" Lego would not even produce pieces in grey plastic because they were worried that children would use them to build tanks. Now, not only has Lego made sets that explicitly include words such as "tank," "battle," and "attack" in the title, but they have even produced weapon accessories as realistic as the pistols in the Lone Ranger theme. Whether this is good or bad is up for debate, but Lego did not suddenly decide to abandon the principles the brand was founded on for this particular theme.
Does this help clarify anything for you?

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By in Slovenia,

I am well aware of why LEGO did not produce grey bricks. There's also an anecdote about why the LEGO skeleton minifig was designed several years prior to when it was actually released, and so on. But TLG has specifically avoided making any sort of FPS-related content in the past, even when they had an option. Cartoon violence or not, it's a further step towards abandoning their brand image. I am sure that in 5 years, we will be hearing explanations about how the Diablo license is not contrary to the brand image because it's a fundamentally heroic game about slaughtering evil demons and such. It's a slippery slope.

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By in United States,

Overwatch has bright visuals and distinct characters which is probably a good thing for Lego. I don't really see Mega Construx's Halo or Call of Duty themes really selling anywhere in my region, and recently the local Wal-Mart pushed all the Mega sets out of the same aisle as Lego and replaced their spot with Playmobile. I love Halo, and even had some fun playing CoD as a teenager... But Overwatch with its bright colors and unique characters really seems to fit in with the building toy style Lego makes in a way CoD especially would have struggled to match. I still think Halo (especially as it is now as a T-Rated and not M-Rated franchise) could have maybe fit the Lego brand, but the darker aspects such as The Flood is probably why Mega took the license instead.

I have only played about an hour of Overwatch sporadically since its release, and do not own a copy... yet I know the majority of the character's names and stories. Blizzard does a good job at world building and Lego is a good fit for that, and the game is family friendly enough its not a stretch from the existing Minecraft sets.

With that said, video game popularity is a fickle thing. A lot of people here have quoted 'all kids love to play now if Fortnite' (a game myself have only played for 15 minutes, less than my also brief time with Overwatch). However, Minecraft is well past its peek popularity and Lego still seems to be selling sets based on it just fine. The Fortnite bubble will one day or another burst, and if they can stay around has yet to have been seen. Overwatch may be past its peak popularity, but its clear the brand has staying power and with Blizzard backing it they have a long track record of keeping aging licenses relevant for a long long time (such as the what, that nearly decade long gap between StarCraft and StarCraft II? Yet despite that length of time between releases Blizzard was able to maintain the franchise's reputation as 'the best RTS; during those years. No doubt Blizzard will try and reach for Overwatch to obtain the same title of 'best team based FPS' to!)

Lastly Overwatch has probably an equal amount of appeal between kids and young millennial AFOL's such as myself with a decent job and some spending money. Again, a lot of the guys my age would happily play Overwatch and recognize the characters. A guy in one of my engineering classes regularly watches Overwatch streams on his laptop before class for example of how the brand has cross generational appeal.

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By in United States,

My only complaint about this is that China has been doing knockoff minifigures of Overwatch characters with custom printing and weapons for years...and to be honest, at least going by Tracer, I think the bootlego has the accuracy advantage here...

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By in Canada,

We can always count on the whiners with non-constructive criticism !

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By in United States,

Some say Lego jumped the shark with the inclusion of Star Wars. Some say The Simpsons. Some say it was Lego Friends. Maybe this will finally lay those discussions to rest. (slowly hiding my Chell figure)

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By in Japan,

It is too much to dream about an Warcraft (Castle) Lego Theme after the disappointment that was NEXO Knights?
A Starcraft (Space) theme would be awesome as well...

About Overwatch, I just want a Mei's minifig and them I'm satisfied!

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By in United States,

Oh god here come the complainers, bring back fantasy castle, raaagh!!!!

Fortnite is going to die soon and I don't think any of those characters are really iconic or will have lasting value as much as Overwatch. I don't play the game but I still see a lot about it

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By in United States,

@Sammael. I completely agree with you. Also I am completely against shooting games of all kinds, not just in Lego, but in video games as well, which is a somewhat unpopular view with my friends... But I am also concerned with the decreasing morality of some toys, and I hope Lego does not follow this trend. I remember when Lego was against making guns. Now, due to the "realism" of some themes such as Star Wars and others, they have now almost completely abandoned that view. Oh for the old days...

@darthjazno It was definitely a combination of all those you mentioned. The Simpsons was a sign. Watch out World! And yes, I am somewhat of a purist, but that doesn't mean I see the future of toys as doom and gloom, I just don't want that to be the case.

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By in United States,

With regard to the violence issues people are broadly describing as "family values", it's worth noting that the policy HAS changed over the years… but less of a shift from a strict policy to no policy at all than to a shift from a nebulous but strictly enforced policy to a policy that is not only strict but specific.

Early in the history of the LEGO System (at least since the introduction of the minifigure), there was no written anti-violence or anti-war policy, but the higher-ups had a lot of say in what was considered appropriate or inappropriate. By those early standards, violence could be suggested (such as knights carrying swords) but anything morbid or related to death could not — when long-time designer Niels Milan Pedersen stuck a hastily fabricated minifigure skeleton in a castle dungeon as a joke and then-CEO Godtfred Kirk Christiansen spotted it while giving other company bigwigs a tour of the design offices, Godtfred gave Niels an ultimatum: "If I ever see another dead minfigure in a set, you are fired". Needless to say, Niels did later work up the courage to make a more serious attempt at designing a minifigure skeleton, which is the one we have today, and other grim/morbid/macabre subject matter like zombies, ghosts, vampires, and so forth have been fair game for well over a decade.

In the early years LEGO was also extremely strict about anything that might seem scary to kids, to the point that even the black-suited classic spaceman was controversial with the higher ups! Obviously they have become a lot more lenient about this over the years as well.

Later as LEGO shifted towards more media-driven themes like Bionicle, violence was again a sticking point, particularly in the aftermath of the 9/11 terror attacks in the United States. Once again, this creatively shackled some of the people working on media connected with LEGO themes. In Knights' Kingdom II, the first Castle theme to have an extensive character-driven narrative, despite the characters having swords and action figures with a competitive play angle, the writers and artists were not allowed to show the characters hitting each other with their swords in associated comics and video games. Instead, as preposterous as it might seem to traditional LEGO Castle fans, the knights' swords shot mystical energy blasts! In Bionicle, policies were also so strict that the characters' equipment like swords, claws, buzz saws, tridents, and axes were only allowed to be described as "tools" and not "weapons" up until 2006, which was also when the theme was allowed to have its first legitimate swordfight.

I can't remember when an actual clearly-defined policy was set in stone, but today's "Use of Conflict and Weapons" policy is in a way both more lenient than the earlier de facto policy (because it is less open to such restrictive interpretations) and stricter (because it sets a much clearer limit on just what forms of conflict/violence LEGO themes are allowed to depict):

"The LEGO Group believes that conflict between good and evil can form an important part of children’s play as it teaches children about their own, and other people’s, aggression and helps them recognize and handle disputes in other situations. However, the LEGO Group has no intention of glorifying war or encouraging violence, and therefore refuses to produce realistic weapons and military equipment with the risk of children recognizing these types of weapons from hostilities around the world. Instead, the LEGO Group supports children, stimulating their imagination by launching only historical and fantasy weapons. With the aim of toning down the conflict element, a good dose of humor is incorporated in the models and the storytelling around the play themes."

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By in United States,

On some levels, the policy stated above is more about context than content. Even guns in themes like Super Heroes that include modern-day Earth settings appear in unmistakable fantasy contexts — nobody would confuse the types of conflict scenarios depicted in these themes for the sorts of violent military or police confrontations that kids might have lost real-life friends or relatives in. Overwatch has a similar superhero-like vibe but with an even more blatantly futuristic setting than things like the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which shows real-world societies with close to the same level of technology as our own. So it doesn't appear to run afoul of the Conflict and Weapons Policy.

I also think some people's worries about Overwatch being in decline are overblown. For one thing, a piece of media can be well beyond its peak popularity and still have wide-reaching relevance. It's been 20 years since they started making Pokémon games, which my parents were convinced was going to be a short-lived fad. And while "Pokémania" has ebbed and flowed over the years, it's still a strongly established ongoing franchise. Even for franchises that don't continue to renew interest with new media, though, they can still remain iconic with both kids AND adults. Do you think Disney movies like Wall-E, The Little Mermaid, Mulan, and Aladdin are anywhere near as widely watched or heavily hyped/promoted today as when they first came out? Disney has preserved a lot of their movies' relevance via merchandising and direct-to-video sequels/spin-offs, but a lot of their relevance also stems from the fact that people's sense of familiarity doesn't hinge on whether their excitement or emotional investment in a character or piece of media is as strong as it was when they first saw/experienced it. Finally, there's no reason any licensed LEGO theme has to be a long term commitment. It doesn't matter if interest in Overwatch fails to last another three years, only that there's enough interest remaining in 2019 for the sets to meet sales expectations.

Anyway, I'm not super into Overwatch, but I do like the animated shorts. Check them out if you haven't already! They have pretty strong emotional storytelling considering their length, and gorgeous animation. Besides that and my familiarity with the characters via the various humorous fan art and comics that I see across my social media, my main excitement for this particular reveal is Tracer being the latest addition to the roster of confirmed lesbian minifigures, joining https://brickset.com/minifigs/name-Sally-Ride , https://brickset.com/minifigs/name-Patty-Bouvier , and https://brickset.com/minifigs/name-Batwoman .

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By in United States,

What the heck is overwatch? Guess I'm getting old.

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By in Taiwan,

Aside from the license topic, jfocus on Tracer, to my surprise so she is neither using Kai's new or old hair mold? I just mean that I prefer TLC to focus on the others with more difficult hairpieces than this one, which seems not so worthy.

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By in Australia,

Jeff Kaplan Minifig when?

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By in Poland,

Cheers Luv! The Cavalry's here! *Get's trampled by Fort Legoredo mounted soldiers*.

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By in United States,

If they do that hamster I’m sold.

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By in Poland,

Is this a second lesbian minifigure?
First one was Marceline.

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By in United States,

@lordofdragonss Hadn't thought about that. Marceline wasn't fully "out" at the time that her minifig was made, same for Bubblegum's brick-built set. But Tracer has been outed for some time now. So maybe you could say that she's the first lesbian character to be minifig'd *after* it was made public knowledge that she was lesbian?

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By in United Kingdom,

Glad I'm not the only one who doesn't know what/who Overwatch is.
For the sake of my bank account I really hope it's not something I'll be interested in.

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By in United States,

Looks like I got into Overwatch just in time!

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By in Hungary,

Well, I don't like it. Somebody noticed that lego don't have "enough" own theme (like in the old ages) cause these licensed stuff? License is everywhere… I loved sets like 8880. That set is like a (put your ideas here...) car, but not the same! I think it was better, cause that philosophy train your imagination. These copies of the original things not…

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By in United Kingdom,

@Golem25: For once I agree with you. If you go on Twitch or YouTube you will see a huge difference in viewers between Overwatch and Fortnite. Fortnite does not have violence, it is a 12 for the weapon names and the multiplayer aspect. Overwatch is a dull game as it is not constantly changing, and there is more to choose from in Fortnite rather than Overwatch.

Fortnite has a younger fanbase too: it is one of the number one games for 7 and 8 year olds, yet it has some highly detailed buildings that could be made into sets for AFOLS. Fortnite gets new skins all the time, and I am sure that they would interest a lot of people with new hair styles and new weapons for those wanting to make war Mocs.

Overall Fortnite is a better game with a lot more players. It may not be the best game as in a winner of whatever an Oscar is for games, butt it is a fun, cartoony interesting game, and that is what counts.

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By in United Kingdom,

'Historical weapons'. Technically that includes AK-47

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By in Australia,

Bring back lotr theme, I want a balrog.

Forgot about games as they generally have a short life so Lego will never be able to release anything in time. Never even heard of this game until recently.

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By in United States,

Golem25, while I agree LEGO shouldn't chase the current hot video game, we said the same about Angry Birds. Which the sets sold fine, we will probably get more when the sequel movie comes out.

Also love the hairpiece of this character so what the heck!

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By in United Kingdom,

Why are people complaining about this being a betrayal of values? I grew with Spyrius and Space Police II, you think those guys were only exchanging harsh words with other? You think the various knight factions were using their siege engines on bouncy castles? Conflict and combat have been part of Lego for decades, don’t kid yourselves

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By in United States,

I am also not familiar with Overwatch but I am very excited for this theme. Sets with brick builds, interesting mini-figures and cool weapons, all with a futuristic flair? Sounds just like what is missing right now amidst all the Brickheadz, kooky Ideas, Forma, etc...

I think AFOL who are not familiar with the game should not fret and just embrace the line as another Space Police or similar non-sensical but endearing Lego action theme.

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By in United Kingdom,

I love Overwatch, tried it out a month ago once I heard about the Lego sets, and now I'm hooked.
I'd never played any games for 15 years but I really like the teamwork side to it, and how slick multi-player works to the split second these days.

I love all the characters. Even after playing for a month you become really attached to the characters, for what other reason would fans pay £400 for a desktop D.Va statue!

So really looking forward to all the sets - Tracer minifig looks great. Playing against a good Tracer is pretty annoying!

I might even become more of an Overwatch fan than a Lego fan. Maybe that's a bit too far-fetched!

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By in United States,

@lordofdragonss @Kalking: As I mentioned above (though I forgot about Marceline), there’s also Patty Bouvier from The Simpsons, Sally Ride from Women of NASA, and Batwoman from this year’s Super Heroes sets. If you also include confirmed bi women who have been in relationships with other women then several other Super Heroes characters like Wonder Woman, Harley Quinn, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy (though some of these may be debatable depending on the incarnation depicted in sets).

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By in United States,

over watch before fortnite, whaaaa??????????

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By in United States,

@bananaworld...

Yeah, starting to feel like I'm not the target market. Still eyeballing Ninjago City Docks, but other than that nothing has piqued my interest lately.

(Coincidentally noticed increasing numbers in my savings account..)

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By in United States,

I’m still not on board with the idea of Lego liscensing a videogame, but the hairpiece on that minifig is nice!

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By in United Kingdom,

@rogue one: Exactly. :(

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By in Puerto Rico,

She looks great, looking towards to more.

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By in United States,

I can see this as a CMF series but is there enough non-character content for whole sets? Maybe D.Va's mech but what else is there? Maybe they could have character-centric sets with lots of accessories, similar to the Nexo Knights Ultimate series.

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By in United States,

Her torso print seems a little too detailed compared to her legs, a shame as I was looking forward to this line for the figures.

I'm seeing two common complains in the comments here, first being that the game is too violent and the second that LEGO should've done Fortnite instead.

Overwatch is rated T for Teen, and LEGO has done plenty of P-13 movies in the past. One of the versions of BIONICLE Heroes was even rated T, so it's within brand policy. All violence is fantasy violence, it's not really that much more violent than Minecraft or more adult oriented than Portal when you get right down to it and LEGO did both of those.

Fortnite is a relatively new game. While it's been out for a while, it didn't start to gain popularity until early this year (and even then it was the Battle Royal mode and not the actual game.) That popularity game out of nowhere, meaning companies didn't have time to prepare products before hand. Overwatch has been around for about three years, which is coincidently about the same amount of time LEGO takes to develop sets. If Fortnite is still a gaming behemoth in 2021 and LEGO hasn't announced sets for it *then* you can complain, right now it's simply too new to make products.

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By in United Kingdom,

Does this mean Lego Overwatch is confirmed?

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By in Canada,

Overall, I like the idea of stuff based on Overwatch (can never have enough heroes and villains).

Kinda' wish Tracer's goggles were part of her hair piece (hey, I've seen 'prints' done that look great), but I guess I understand: TLG would want to maximize their assets and potential ones, so, say down the road; they can reuse the hair in different colors.

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By in Germany,

Honestly, I had never heard of Overwatch before this announcement.
Nor do I really care whether LEGO releases sets for that theme or not.

I think LEGO should rather keep to its own themes.
They have something very similar already after all: it's called
"Overpriced" and plays in combination, especially with licenced themes...
;-)

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By in United States,

Cool minifig for a sucky game.

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By in United States,

Why would they make that? I just don't see a point. Is this going to be a whole new theme?

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By in United Kingdom,

@badbob1
D.va's mech, Orisa, Bastion, possibly Reinhardt (though he could also work with something like Axl), Hammond/Wrecking Ball - pretty much anyone with a mech/robots other than Zenyatta would all likely be brick built.
And that's only talking of player characters. There's various non player characters who as well as the various types of Omnics (robots) from the shorts and comics which would make great sets.

I can also imagine a set based on the Overwatch Dropships which are the spawn rooms in several levels, speaking of levels they could make sets based on several of the locales which are quite distinctive and characterful.
I can imagine a Payload themed set would make a lot of sense as you can have structures, the Payload itself (of which there are several designs they could use)
Overwatch levels have also had a variety of locales which could appeal to different LEGO fans: Eichenwalde is a big medieval castle, Horizon is a Lunar colony, Junkertown is a Mad Max style area in the Australian outback, Numbani is... well similar idea to Wakanda, a highly advanced city (rather than country) in Africa where Humans and Omnics live side by side.

Honestly I'm getting excited thinking of all the things that could be made into a variety of sets :D

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By in Russian Federation,

I really want the Seasonal Event heroes look!
Van Helsing Mccree is just too cool

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By in United States,

First step: Overwatch. Second step: Wrestling brands from Mega like Destiny and GI Joe!

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