Review: 75987 Omnic Bastion

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Overall

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.
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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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26 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Might have missed it but how many pieces does this set have?
From what I can tell it looks like a terrible PPP count. Overwatch disappoints again. Why am I not surprised? And what a boring exclusive! No exclusive minifigs! Why might I ask would you then get this when you could possibly make it yourself, save the exclusive stickers? (big whoop-ti-do) So basically you are buying overpriced stickers.

BUT, other than that...

Do not think I am decreeing that no one must buy this, just know I will not. You guys have fun with your overpriced "exclusive" robot thing--with a bird.

Capn, Nice review and nice random inclusion of Green Lantern ;)

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By in Norway,

I instantly lost interest in the set seeing the 2x4 tile was a sticker and not a print.. PRINTS Lego, not stickers..

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By in United States,

Not an Overwatch fan, but this, and he other sets do look really nice and I would love to get them. The only thing keeping me from buying this particular set is the $25 price plus ~$6, and I am not comfortable buying 182 pieces for ~$30. Hopefully it goes one sale someday.

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By in United States,

@Your future president: It's 182 pieces. So by normal retail set standards it is a fairly poor price per piece. That said, this is not a normal retail set, it's a limited release convention exclusive that, unlike most convention exclusive sets, is available to purchase directly from Blizzard online instead of only at BlizzCon.

Compared to SDCC and NYCC exclusives, not only is this much more readily available to the average buyer, but also priced FAR more fairly (most SDCC and NYCC exclusives around this size have cost a whopping $40). So I would consider this a step forward in consumer-friendliness rather than a step backward.

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By in United States,

It's better priced than exclusives.

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By in United States,

"Why might I ask would you then get this when you could possibly make it yourself?"

That question applies to nearly every set ever made. The answer is simple: models are released as "sets" because it's a lot easier to buy the "set" than to gather the loose parts and plan the build yourself. Even in the age of Bricklink, Pick a Brick, and Bricks and Pieces it's still usually a lot cheaper to buy a set (new or used) than to assemble a comparable model from individually-sourced parts. If you're an AFOL with a sizable stock of well-sorted loose parts or a kid with a big bin of loose parts, then sure - all you'd be paying for with this kit would be the stickers. Otherwise (and this applies to the vast majority of buyers, I'm sure) - you're paying for exactly what it says on the box: a 182-piece model of Omnic Bastion.

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By in United States,

So this is how 2018 ends... With AFOLs debating Overwatch. :P

Don't worry, you guys can argue about the new Stormtrooper helmet in 2019!

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By in United States,

I was very happy with this set, even for the inflated $33 price. That is until the announcement of the new sets including a transformable Bastion in much higher detail for just $17 more. It's still a great set taken on its own, but I can't help but feel stung by that, especially with the short time interval between this set's release and that of the main line.

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By in Poland,

Bastion's gatling gun has 8 barrels, not four. It could be easily done with binoculars, like in 7702. I am disapointed that they did not used that technique here.

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By in United Kingdom,

Stormtrooper helmet?!

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By in United Kingdom,

I really think the box art for this set is what ruined it for a lot of people. Built up he looks very accurate, with far better proportions than the box would have you believe

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By in United States,

@M_longer That was my first thought at his gatling, too. 5984 Lunar Limo used binoculars to make an 8-barrel.

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By in United Kingdom,

Theres two other overwatch sets i'd buy instead of this but it looks fine,
I really want lego to produce zelda, starfox and Mario kart sets if they are Dabbling in the gaming theme more often,
Or better still make street fighter minifigs..

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By in United States,

^ I think more than one Zelda theme has been turned down on Ideas after reaching 10k votes. Either they can't do it or they are already doing it and aren't prepared to release it. To the best of my knowledge, none of the clone brands have a license to Zelda, so let's hope Lego is working on it.

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By in United States,

Why is there such a big difference in size between the Bastion and the Omnic Bastion?

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By in Brazil,

Future president is still hurt on Overwatch sets, after all, Lego is introducing military sets and guns of the most violent fps of the gaming industry so our holy children can start slaughter each other... Pitiful.

About the set, I think it's inadmissible that it can't transform properly, considering Bastion has 3 different modes. The 4 barrel gatling gun also isn't faithful, like someone said above. Omnic Crisis skin colors are nice but I think a more bulky, transformable one on 75794 is more worthy. I'm not going to buy any, though.

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By in United States,

@Somnium do you really think that fps such as this is assisting the morality of anyone? And where there is demoralizing, there is a general shift to more crime in general. And Lego is furthering this trend with these sets! It doesn't matter how it ranks in the scale of fps, it is that it IS a fps. I have heard people say that that is not all it is, that it has other games that don't involve shooting and so forth and I am not against that in the slightest. It is these other part that I oppose.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Your future president
I think the fps games only look scary from a parents' viewpoint. And eschewing them, in my opinion, is hypocritical. Kids playing war games is as ancient as humanity itself. Before it was wooden swords or western kits with fake guns. They perceive these games as a competition with their peers, that's why they are popular and in my opinion important for personal development. They are not stupid, they know that it is not real and do not want to actually hurt anybody.

Yeah, there are aggressive kids, always were and will be, but their aggression cannot be explained by video games (in fact, research says that video games decrease aggressive tendencies). It is usually a result of family issues and being neglected or hurt by own parents.

For example, I was playing Medal of Honor and Call of Duty with my friends when I was 10. They are WWII fps games, and they were cool because they are historical. Yes, there are blood and nazis in them. So what? Its only effects were that we learnt a lot about WWII history, improved our English and online communication. As a millenial who grew up with these games, I do not see them as anything bad. They are just games, and there is now a whole generation who grew up on them. Yet, I do not see masses of people twisted by video games.

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By in United States,

Not one I would by (although all that orange would be nice).

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By in United States,

@inversion. It might please you to know that I am not a parent and still have these views. I am actually (from what I can tell by your post) younger than you are. "I do not see masses of people twisted by video games" yes but how many people, may I ask, does it take to start a mass shooting or smaller one. I am not out to deprive anyone of "fun" but rather I know the devastating effects one person can make on your life. I've seen it.

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By in Germany,

I agree with Your future president in that the fewer violence in games (and films and TV for that matter), the better, because it is undeniable that young people are getting ever more violent and desensitized. That's a fact, backed up by studies and observance of everyday life. I use public transport every day on my way to work (for over two decades now), and the number of violent incidents has increased year on year. Also, it is notable that especially young people are more agressive than in former times. Less politeness, many of them easily agitated, more rough language and indecent/inappropriate behaviour.
At the same time these people constantly cling to their mobiles, many of them playing FPS or other such games or watching violent films/TV series. No one can tell me there is no connection.

When I was small, agressive young people were outliers, the minority and easily spotted and taken proper care of. Nowadays they seem to be the majority, and there are areas in many towns where even police don't dare go for fear of their lives.

TLG fostering this trend by producing ever more sets based on properties with lots of (sometimes very graphic) violence (Superheroes, Overwatch, even Star Wars is getting ever more graphically violent) is utterly wrong imho, no matter how those that are addicted to such games/material try to trivialize matters.

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By in United States,

At first I was quite impressed with this set, but the recently revealed 75974 Bastion looks a lot cooler (though it's understandably twice the price) so I think I'll pass. I appreciate you adding a note about how the set was oversized compared to minifigs! I've seen a few AFOLs not familiar with Overwatch in the comments confused about that.

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By in United States,

@Yourfuturepresident @AustinPowers: There have been no credible studies increasing violence in video games with increasing violence in real life. Moreover, statistics do not seem to bear out the idea that there is any correlation between violent video games and violent crime. In the United States in particular, the per capita frequency of violent crimes in general, violent crimes committed by twelve- to seventeen-year-olds, juvenile arrests, and fights among ninth to twelfth grade students have been steadily decreasing even as violent video game sales have basically doubled. So yes, I CAN tell you that there is no connection… outside of the possibility that sales of violent video games REDUCE actual violent crimes. https://videogames.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=003627#Violence

Furthermore, the crime rate in Germany as of last year was at its lowest since 1992, with decreases from 2016 in violent crime overall as well as in burglaries and politically motivated violence: https://www.bmi.bund.de/SharedDocs/pressemitteilungen/DE/2018/05/pks-und-pmk-2017.html So again, the perception that violence is steadily rising seems no truer in Germany than in the United States.

As for rough language and indecent/inappropriate behavior, the question becomes "by whose standards?" Even in the United States, there are many forms of youth behavior and language the elderly consider inappropriate, but the same could often be said for their OWN generation's childhoods compared to the elderly at that time. There was a time when clothes showing one's ankles were considered inappropriate or profane, and I don't think any of us alive in this day and age would agree with that. There have also been times in both the United States and Germany when interracial marriages both in real life and in media depictions have been taboo. Never mind the long-standing historical double standards in what types of dress, behavior, and language were considered appropriate or inappropriate for men versus for women. Yet often these societal norms and ideas of appropriateness are based only on generational and societal customs, prejudices, and stereotypes, not on any kind of real, demonstrable threat they present to the social order.

In general, this tendency to to blame new forms of media and entertainment for an imagined existential threat to cultural values are as old as recorded history (just check the "examples" section here for a sampling: https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NewMediaAreEvil ). The arguments today about video games destroying the morality of the youth are just the current incarnation (or really, an already borderline irrelevant incarnation) of past decades' curmudgeonly diatribes about bicycles, ice cream, dancing, radio, novels, card games, recorded music, zippers, tattoos, women's suffrage, telephones, jazz, rock & roll, television, women's trousers, two-piece swimsuits, comic books, tabletop role-playing games, fantasy fiction, and any number of other once-new, now well established trends leading towards the breakdown of society as we know it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Age rating conversation:
GOTG has swear words and the finger crank. They did sets for that

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By in Netherlands,

Am I the only one here who had never heard of overwatch? I had to Google it.

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