Review: 75973 D.Va & Reinhardt

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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!

Minifigures

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Overall

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.

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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.

 

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34 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Love me that pink mech! Time to make a custom Sauron...

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By in Hungary,

Sauron the Deceiver, is that you in that armor? That helmet piece is brilliant.

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By in Russian Federation,

Yay for mechs.

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By in United States,

Man! What’s with all the mechs?? This is six mechs in three sets so far! The two in Spider-Man, two in Batman, and now these!!

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By in United States,

These are incredibly well done--I never expected such a great looking out-of-suit Rein, and D.Va's fig looks great, too. They just completely nailed it on these.

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By in Canada,

That Reinhardt helmet will be perfect for a Sauron MOC

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By in United States,

Methinks they should have built Reinhardt using the Nexo Knights Battle Suits base. Those are really nice small mechs that are more or less properly scaled for the source material, and I'm sure they could be greebled to match.

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By in United Kingdom,

Lots of lovely pink in order to make a Power Ranger mod of Voltron for the boy!

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By in United States,

First pink mech LEGO has made!

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By in United States,

Time to make Sauron

...

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By in United States,

Reinhardt's mech is so awesome!!!

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By in United States,

Not interested in the set, but the second figure looks incredible! Being a huge middle earth fan (just look at my username) I must have him to make sauron! This is where bricklink comes in handy...

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By in United States,

Love that helmet.

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By in United States,

What’s this? No ill-judged rants about how Overwatch is inappropriate as a Lego theme? Could this mean the debate is finally over? If so, then about darn time! (It was starting to get old.)

As for the set itself, imo, Reinhardt should have been a bigfig, but otoh, a mini-mech is consistent with how the Hulkbuster was done. I really don’t have much to say about D.Va or her MEKA, mostly because they’re pretty much perfect. January can’t come soon enough...

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By in Netherlands,

The trans green windscreen is nice for Space Police II builds.

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By in Canada,

Does this mean we ´re getting a official sauron minifigure?!?

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By in United States,

Wow. Looks great!

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By in United States,

No picture of Dva's blizzard sticker? : (

Otherwise, great review, and a fantastic set!

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By in Norway,

might have to get the sticker sheet for some cyberpunk builds. i love all the small stickers from d.va especially.

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By in United States,

We should be getting a Said in minifigure, that mold is too good to not use it....

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By in United States,

@Antoine23: No, not at all. This helmet may bear a vague resemblance to Sauron but still has significant differences from the helmet in the Lord of the Rings movies, and is most likely IP-locked to the Overwatch theme (just like an actual Sauron helmet mold would probably be IP-locked to the Lord of the Rings theme).

It could potentially pass for Sauron's helmet in a fan-made custom, but that's it.

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By in Australia,

This is the one Overwatch set I was most likely to purchase, just because I love Lego mecha so much.

But the female fig ... with the colour of her legs, it looked like she wasn't wearing any pants. Is that more, or less, of an issue than the guns? :)

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By in Brazil,

Absolutely fantastic rendition from both characters. Even D.Va's ejecting cockpit was faithfully done. Those stud shooters integrate really well to the Meka. Some compromises were done to Reinhardt but he's still great. The only thing keeping it from being perfect is the lack of the Barrier Shield, Reinhardt's main ability as a tank.

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By in Brazil,

Fantastic set, just like 75970! Can't wait to but them and 75975, which I hope to see a review too.

Long life for the Overwatch line!

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By in United States,

It's Robo-Sauron!!!

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By in United States,

Glad people are feeling good about the set... but having actually played the game, I wish these were a bit more involved. D.va in particular deserves a better treatment and perhaps some self-destruct play features.

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By in United States,

Pink gun in a LEGO set!? The horror! Think of the children, the children I tell you! LEGO shame on you! *end sarcasm*

Set looks to be on point from a playability stand point. Can't comment on the faithfulness of the source material but my nephew who plays definitely wants this set the most.

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By in Germany,

That mask/helmet piece will apparently be in high demand then, boosting sales of this set considerably.
;-)

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By in Greece,

Also kind of helmet for the Litch King

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By in United States,

@Your future president: I mean, posable/buildable figures have been popular for many years now. Maybe without any action figure themes like Bionicle or mecha-centric themes like Exo-Force to satisfy that demand, there's more room for such sets in other System themes — manifesting not only as mechs, but also as buildable dragons/creatures and buildable characters like Clayface from the 2017 LEGO Batman Movie range.

Arguably the demand for these sorts of sets goes back even further than that, when you think about stuff like the giant robots in themes like Spyrius, Roboforce, and even Classic Space.

And of course, in some of these cases, large-scale figures that wouldn't really be described as mechs in the source material also seem to be designed as mechs in set form, largely as consolation for people who really want minifigure-sized versions of characters in addition to bigger, buildable ones. That would describe not only Venom in the Spider-Man sets, but also Reinhardt in this one (as stated in the review). In the official Overwatch media, his armor does increase his height, but not nearly to this extent. He's a tall man to begin with, and his height in armor is 7 feet 4 inches/2.23 meters, hardly several times the height of an average adult like this set's scale relative to a minifigure.

@imatheso: The motivation for making Reinhardt's armor so big in this set seems to be so that it feels accurately scaled to D.Va's MEKA, which pretty much needs to be inflated in size compared to the version from the game for structural reasons.

@Zordboy: Her skin color is light nougat and her leg color is white, so I think it's clear enough that her legs are fully covered (though with more like superhero-style tights and boots than "pants").

Anyway, good review!

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By in United States,

I don't know anything about the game so have nothing to compare these to, but agree that the pink mech is pretty much a must have. And the bubblegum is great.

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By in United Kingdom,

Add me to the list of people who had never heard of overwatch before the announcement but really wants this.

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By in United Kingdom,

This is probably the Overwatch set I am most hyped for :D D.va and Reinhardt are two of my favourite characters to play in game ^^ I'm very happy to see you can have a Minifig sized Reinhardt from this set too, though I may see about giving him one of the chunkier minifig armour pieces too for the look of the thing.

I'm somewhat hopeful that a future set may have a more accurately scaled minifig Reinhardt making use of a Nexo Knights Axl style torso... though hopefully with articulated wrists.

I also predict that when I get this set, after having them built separately for a bit I'm going to make a D.va/Reinhardt combo mech :D

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By in Canada,

I honestly don't care about Overwatch, but the fact that D.Va's mech is canonically referred to as being part of an Exo-Force and has fusion cannons a la Megatron does make me want to get my hands on that one, honestly.

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