75973 D.Va & Reinhardt has probably received greater acclaim than any other Overwatch sets and with good reason. Two outstanding mechs are included, my favourite of which is definitely D.Va's pink machine. The model looks fantastic when compared with its famed source material and is unlike any previous LEGO mech.
Reinhardt's heavily armoured suit, on the other hand, appears unusually large in relation to the video game. That has allowed the designer to include impressive detail but could detract from an Overwatch display as the scaling between characters is not necessarily consistent. Nevertheless, my expectations for this set as a whole, which costs £34.99 in the UK or $39.99 in the US, are exceedingly high!
Overwatch features characters from across the entire world, among the most popular of whom is D.Va. The former professional gamer and mech pilot from South Korea looks fantastic in minifigure form and her cheeky personality is immediately apparent. The double-sided head features a winking expression on one side and is blowing bubblegum on the other. Both designs are excellent and I like her pink 'war paint' too.
The minifigure wears a blue and white combat suit, featuring some pink highlights on both sides of the torso and the legs. It looks superb when viewed from the front but lacks the numerous advertisements seen on either side of the character's legs in the video game. Minifigures rarely include printing on the side of their legs but this would have been a suitable application. D.Va's hair and headphones, on the other hand, are perfect.
D.Va remains a dangerous opponent without her mech, wielding a pink Light Gun. This compact pistol is represented by a new element with several connection points, although those exposed studs are not actually used on this occasion. The weapon therefore looks appropriately small and can be kept on the mech while not in use.
Reinhardt wears a heavily armoured battle suit in the Overwatch video game so is probably too large for a traditional minifigure. However, a complete mech is not wholly appropriate either. On that basis, I think LEGO's decision to include both was wise. This minifigure is not in scale with other character but it looks great when displayed independently, consisting almost entirely of pearl silver components.
The torso printing is remarkably intricate, featuring layers of metallic silver and dark bluish grey along with a few yellow details. I like the orange rocket booster on his back which allows Reinhardt to charge forward in the game, crushing any opposition in his path. A similar glowing design appears on one side of the head and this is visible through the helmet. This helmet is brand new and looks brilliant, bearing a resemblance to Sauron from The Lord of the Rings.
Furthermore, an alternative white hair piece is included so you can also display Reinhardt without his helmet. His battle-scarred head is fantastic, including some white facial hair and a missing eye which originated in the 'Honor and Glory' animated short. This minifigure also comes with his famed Rocket Hammer and a printed Overwatch medallion. Neither accessory appears in any official images so they were a nice surprise!
The Completed Model
D.Va protects South Korea from Omnic attacks as part of the Mobile Exo-Force of the Korean Army. Her distinctive pink mech is heavily armoured but offers excellent manoeuvrability, particularly when piloted by a skilled gamer like D.Va who can apply her superior dexterity and reflexes to real combat situations as well as digital ones. This model measures 15cm in height so is taller than the vehicle in the game when displayed beside a minifigure, although that seems like a worthy compromise to me.
The mech moves with an unusual gait and appears quite unsteady at first glance, due primarily to the significant weight of the cockpit. However, its limbs are incredibly poseable so the model always feels stable on display, even when standing in dynamic positions. You can also recreate the vehicle's flight position, with its legs folded back and arms forward, but no display stand is included.
Several sponsors advertise their products and services on the mech, attracted by the heroic exploits of its owner and her resultant popularity. These stickers look marvellous and include D.Va's own branding beside the cockpit as well as an advertisement for Blizzard on the shoulder. Unfortunately, the twin fins above the cockpit are light bluish grey rather than pink and the trans-green canopy extends too far into the fuselage. Resolving that issue would probably have necessitated a new piece so I think the current design is a good alternative.
Four separate thrusters propel D.Va's mech during flight. They are mounted on articulated boosters, making ingenious use of the miniature truncated cone that was created for BB-9E! This element has not appeared in light bluish grey before and could prove useful elsewhere. Some more sponsors are found on the back of the vehicle, along with an opening access hatch where D.Va enters the cockpit.
The cockpit is spacious, leaving plenty of room to place a minifigure inside. I was surprised to discover that D.Va is not actually fixed in position while piloting her mech, either by gripping the two joysticks or using an attachment point on the legs. Instead, the minifigure's hands rest between the controls which is somewhat effective, although D.Va still seems likely to become dislodged during play.
However, this cockpit configuration looks excellent when viewed from the exterior. A pair of dark bluish grey pistols form the control yokes and the sides of the cockpit are open, matching the source material exactly. Moreover, you can open the canopy in two sections which is quite helpful when trying to place the figure inside or adjusting its position.
The vehicle is equipped with two Fusion Cannons which are mounted on the end of each arm. These weapons feature three barrels in the Overwatch video game but are replaced by stud shooters here. I can envisage some people wishing to replace them with more accurate weaponry and that is certainly possible, although the stud shooters actually look rather nice in my opinion.
D.Va's mech stands on two articulated legs that provide rigid support, despite the considerable weight of the cockpit section. The feet are particularly important in this respect as both the heels and toes can pivot sideways, ensuring that they will always remain flat. In reality, the feet should probably be slightly smaller but that would risk compromising stability. I love the pink armour covering the thighs and there are two clips where you can store the Light Gun.
Reinhardt's considerable strength is augmented by wearing powerful Crusader armour during battle. It looks appropriately bulky in LEGO form, consisting primarily of layered armour that lends suitable girth to each limb. However, this impressive detail has come at the cost of size. The model measures 14cm in height so towers above minifigures whereas it should really only be about twice their size. That may restrict display but was probably necessary for play as smaller mechs are often less robust.
The model is fairly poseable, featuring ball joints at the shoulders and ankles along with hinged elbows and swiveling hips. Unfortunately, the lack of knee articulation makes it difficult to create walking poses but the model is well balanced so it is unlikely to topple over, even without both feet flat on the ground. The shoulder armour also appears restrictive but has been cleverly attached using hinges so that will move with the shoulder joint.
Those shoulder armour elements are brand new and have been specifically designed for this character so they look fantastic. Some metallic silver stickers are applied on both sides of each piece, completing the design perfectly. Reinhardt's helmet seems quite small between the shoulders but that corresponds with the source material and the heavy chest armour looks superb, including a couple more stickers on either side.
Accessing the minifigure is very easy, requiring you to raise a hinged panel which fits over Reinhardt's shoulders. He does not attach to any studs inside but still feels secure and I love the yellow highlights around the torso as these details are relatively subtle in the video game, exhibiting the close attention paid by the designer of this armoured suit.
A large rocket booster is fixed to the model's back, matching that printed on the back of the minifigure. Viewing the rendition of Reinhardt from behind also reveals that his elbow joints are restricted so they cannot remain in a straight position. This was presumably implemented to prevent the arms drooping under the weight of the Rocket Hammer which is sensible, although that does cause some problems when displaying the figure.
Moreover, you cannot move the forearm inwards which is disappointing given the nature of Reinhardt's most popular defensive ability. A powerful energy shield projects from the hero's forearm in Overwatch, protecting himself and any surrounding allies from frontal attacks. Recreating those defensive stances is difficult here as the arm cannot really move inwards to cover the chest. I also think a representation of the energy barrier could have been included, perhaps making use of trans-light blue banners.
The legs are simply constructed using a series of brackets, curved slopes and tiles which is reasonably effective, although the hips seem very wide when compared with the character's onscreen design. This does allow considerable articulation but I think the inside of each leg could be slightly bulkier, filling the space between the legs and the central tabard. I do like Reinhardt's feet though which are decorated with some red stripes.
Reinhardt wields an enormous Rocket Hammer during battle and this accessory clips into either hand. It features three rockets which increase the power of each blow and a round head, corresponding with the weapon from the video game. The smaller Rocket Hammer shown with the Reinhardt minifigure is actually assembled using the lower half of this one, simply by repositioning a black 2x2 truncated cone.
75973 D.Va & Reinhardt is undoubtedly my favourite of the brand new Overwatch sets! D.Va's mech looks absolutely fantastic, featuring numerous impressive details from the video game and wonderful articulation. In addition, the minifigure fits inside neatly and her vehicle incorporates many interesting pieces alongside a slew of elements which have not been produced in pink before.
Reinhardt's armoured suit is less captivating, although constructing it at such a large scale has enabled the designer to include subtle mechanical detail without compromising its strength. Both minifigures are brilliant too and I am pleased that Reinhardt is wearing his armour so you can choose which version of the character you prefer. This set costs £34.99 or $39.99 and that seems reasonable to me so I would highly recommend it, even to those who have little interest in Overwatch but enjoy LEGO mechs.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.