LEGO products already encompass an excellent selection of licensed themes but the unveiling of LEGO Overwatch was still rather surprising. Video games have inspired relatively few sets in the past and Overwatch is driven by multiplayer gameplay instead of a conventional story mode which is particularly unusual for a LEGO theme.
Nevertheless, I like Overwatch's visual style and this theme offers a great deal of potential in my opinion. 75987 Omnic Bastion was the first set to be revealed and is exclusively available on the Blizzard website, costing £22.50 or $25.00, although it is currently out of stock. The set will also be sold at BlizzCon, where we are expecting to learn more about LEGO Overwatch.
The Completed Model
Bastion stands slightly taller than a typical human in the Overwatch video game but this model looks enormous beside minifigures, measuring 14cm in height when placed on its stand. 30617 Green Lantern Jessica Cruz is shown here for comparison. The designer has included superb detail at this scale, matching 75973 D.Va & Reinhardt. Moreover, the set description does not suggest that the model was designed to interact with minifigures so a smaller version may appear in future sets.
The display stand is fairly simple, consisting of some tan bricks and slopes which are laid sideways. This presents a lovely contrast with Bastion's orange and grey colour scheme and provides a secure base for the figure. Ideally, the black 2x4 tile attached to the stand would have been printed but I think the sticker looks pretty good, identifying that this set is only available from Blizzard.
Several different skins exist for each Overwatch character and this rendition of Bastion is based upon its appearance during the Omnic Crisis, when these robots formed a vital part of the Omnic army. The orange armour plates are striking and I think this design looks fantastic on display, although a standard version, featuring tan and dark green armour, might be more versatile. Unfortunately, many of the elements that would be required to swap the colours are not currently available in dark green or tan.
The announcement of 75987 Omnic Bastion elicited a great deal of speculation concerning whether or not the model would transform into its sentry or tank configurations. I am disappointed to report that no instructions for a transformation are provided. However, you can create a reasonable representation of Bastion's sentry mode by rotating its torso, folding up the limbs and altering the position of the shoulder armour, as demonstrated below.
Bastion's head is mounted on a ball joint, providing a tremendous range of motion. The trans-red eye is faithful to the source material and I like the pearl silver ingots on either side. These have only appeared in five previous sets and could prove useful for other creations, as demonstrated by the numerous applications for these ingots in official models.
Additional ball joints are located at the shoulders and the torso can rotate as well. This section of the model is particularly impressive in my opinion as Bastion's distinctive shape has been replicated with remarkable accuracy. In addition, the articulation allows you to display the figure in plenty of dynamic poses, potentially exceeding the flexibility of the original character in the video game!
Both arms include hinged elbows and the shoulder armour is decorated with stickers. These look good when compared with the video game but printed components would have been preferable. A stud shooter is mounted on the right arm in place of a submachine gun. I quite like stud shooters and this example has been integrated nicely, although it could easily be modified to include a more realistic weapon if you wish.
Ganymede often accompanies Bastion into battle and the bird's species changes with the appearance of its robotic companion. Omnic Bastion comes with Ganymede as a northern cardinal, featuring some lovely red and black plumage. This model looks rather large when perched on Bastion's shoulder but it would be very difficult to construct a smaller version while still maintaining recognisable detail.
An impressive Gatling gun is mounted on Bastion's back. This cylindrical weapon is deployed in sentry mode but looks brilliant when stowed in my opinion, making ingenious use of a dark bluish grey barrel and some 1x1 round plates with hollow studs. A rounded magazine is fixed beside the Gatling gun and the entire assembly can move up and down on two hinges.
The legs are cleverly constructed using a series of brackets and 1x2 rounded plates as well as some more pearl silver ingots. The resultant design looks magnificent and the legs can move in almost any direction as they are joined to the torso using ball joints. Moreover, the robot's feet are fairly broad, thereby providing adequate support for many different poses when Bastion is not standing on its base.
75987 Omnic Bastion is an impressive set. The model looks fantastic when compared with the video game character and offers extensive articulation which is ideal for display. However, the absence of a transformation function is disappointing. It feels almost as though the model was originally intended to transform as its arms can fold up neatly but this feature was abandoned during the design process.
Furthermore, this set costs £22.50 or $25.00. Determining the value of exclusive items is often difficult but this example seems rather expensive, especially since it features stickers instead of printed parts. I would therefore only recommend 75987 Omnic Bastion to existing fans of Overwatch, although it may also appeal to those who enjoy building robots and mechs.
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