Overwatch maintained numerous bases around the world during its operational period but they have been abandoned following the dissolution of the group. However, minor activity continues at Watchpoint: Gibraltar as Winston, a powerful and intelligent gorilla who was once part of the heroic team, seeks to reunite Overwatch.
75975 Watchpoint: Gibraltar is focused upon an attractive shuttle which looms above the closing stages of the Watchpoint: Gibraltar map. This spacecraft looks very sleek and is accompanied by an excellent launch tower that makes clever use of some red roller coaster track elements. Moreover, four popular Overwatch characters are present, although only three are exclusive.
The characters from Overwatch are loosely categorised according to their skills and Winston is among the most popular Tank heroes, as one might expect given his impressive size. This figure is similar to a standard bigfig but its stance is unique, reflecting that of the original hero. His severe expression looks marvellous and I love the glasses which are slightly askew as well as the textured fur around the face.
Winston is heavily armoured and this figure includes lovely moulded detail, especially on the arms and legs. The articulation is limited but corresponds with other bigfigs and the feet can fit onto any studded surface, despite their unusual shape. Furthermore, four studs on Winston's back allow you to connect his enormous jump pack which is decorated with two stickers.
This device can propel Winston through the air for short periods, boosting his natural jumping ability. It looks great when compared with the video game and the Tesla Cannon is accurate as well, featuring a few more stickers alongside a grip for the character's large hands. That section of the weapon appears rather odd but no other solutions are readily available and it looks superb from other angles.
Mercy is probably the most well known Support hero in Overwatch, providing an important health and damage boost to her allies. The character is immediately recognisable by her angelic appearance and wears a white Valkyrie Suit which includes a pair of wings, granting her the ability to fly. That aspect of this minifigure is excellent as the torso and legs are both printed with accurate designs and a suitable colour combination of white and orange.
Furthermore, the minifigure features a brand new blonde hair piece, faithfully replicating her hair style from the video game which includes a golden halo. Unfortunately, the alternative expressions are very disappointing as they are printed against a black component so appear grey. Similar issues have been evident for several years and this certainly requires improvement, perhaps by increasing the thickness of the printing or using a different skin tone on black parts. In this instance, I would suggest finding an alternative head.
I think there is also potential to improve Mercy's wings as these feathered elements seem too organic in relation to the source material. However, they are a reasonable substitute for a unique piece. Mercy wields her Caduceus Staff which can heal other characters and looks superb when compared with the video game, featuring three folded prongs represented by a light bluish grey grappling hook at the end.
Not every heroic character from the Overwatch video game was actually a member of the titular group. Pharah instead fought beside the Egyptian army during the Omnic Crisis, wearing a heavily armoured suit which grants her the ability to fly. The helmet is brand new and looks marvellous. I am particularly impressed with the metallic gold visor that resembles the beak of a falcon.
Removing this helmet reveals an Eye of Horus tattoo beneath Pharah's right eye, matching the original character exactly. Both sides of the torso are equally detailed and this armoured design continues onto the legs, as shown above. This shoulder armour piece was originally designed for NEXO Knights but it suits Pharah quite nicely and I love the subtle areas of trans-blue plastic around her shoulders.
Pharah wields an enormous rocket launcher which is represented by a black stud shooter here. Three shells are included and the weapon looks more accurate with these attached. A pair of blue dorsal fins form the wings and these are attached to Pharah's armour using skeleton arms so you can angle them for flight or landing mode.
Twelve heroes are available in the first wave of Overwatch sets and Reaper is the only one to appear twice. That is not entirely surprising given his popularity, although a unique character might have been preferable. Nevertheless, this is an excellent minifigure. The skeletal mask seems suitably intimidating and I love the unusual fabric component which hangs from Reaper's shoulders, representing his black trench coat.
Reaper's jacket continues onto the torso, covering some metallic chest armour and straps which carry additional shotgun shells. These red highlights really stand out and the design on the back of the torso looks superb, resembling a spine. The minifigure found in 75972 Dorado Showdown includes legs and those are also present here with a dual-moulded spectral component which represents the character's wraith form.
This minifigure is armed with twin Hellfire Shotguns and they are constructed around a new pistol that was created for the Overwatch range. I think these weapons look good when compared with the video game, although including a second pair would have been pleasing given Reaper's tendency to discard his shotguns rather than reloading them.
The Completed Model
Rockets are a common subject for LEGO models but this example is unusual, combining realistic and fantastical features. The resultant craft looks marvellous, especially when placed alongside its launch tower. Shortening this tower in relation to the original Watchpoint: Gibraltar map was certainly a good decision as that has allowed the designer to focus attention upon the shuttle rather than its stationary support structure.
Nevertheless, that structure measures 31cm in height so it still appears reasonably substantial. A large drone charging station occupies the area beneath the launch tower and is represented by a printed 8x8 dish. Some battle wear is included alongside the letters 'WP-G' which denote its location of Watchpoint: Gibraltar. A corresponding station appears in 75970 Tracer vs. Widowmaker and the sets are designed to be combined.
Two circular exhaust trenches provide a secure mounting position for the craft as its engines connect directly with these sockets. A red duct links the launch area and the tower which looks good, although the dark bluish grey bricks underneath seem rather bland and are not completely concealed. However, the actual launch tower is impressive, consisting primarily of roller coaster tracks that surround a sturdy central column.
A fuel line extends from one side of the launch tower. Unfortunately, this does not line up with a nozzle on the rocket which feels like a missed opportunity but the access arm towards the top is appropriately situated for minifigures to enter the cockpit. A couple of cylindrical fuel tanks are fixed to the tower and these look perfect in relation to the video game.
The shuttle measures almost 38cm in length and compares favourably with the original craft, although this only appears in the background of the Watchpoint: Gibraltar map so we know relatively little about it. However, I like this combination of white, black and dark azure colours and the aerodynamic design is attractive. Furthermore, the model is remarkably light which is ideal for play.
My least favourite section of the vehicle is probably its nose. This appears rather stubby and does not line up properly with the trans-black canopy but the stabilising wings on either side are superb and the colour scheme is faithful to the source material. In addition, the surrounding bodywork looks wonderful and incorporates a pair of brand new 3x3 wedge slopes.
Opening the cockpit reveals a seat for a single minifigure and handlebars for them to hold inside. They must lie down which is slightly awkward, although this would be difficult to improve without spoiling the exterior. Another opening panel is situated behind the cockpit, containing two laser cannons with trans-red tips. These cannot actually launch projectiles though.
A secondary cockpit is located at the centre of the fuselage. Its design is unusual as minifigures need to stand inside but there is a printed control panel and I like the Overwatch symbol on the canopy. It is not entirely clear whether the original vehicle in the video game features two cockpits as relatively few images are available but a line is visible in this area of the shuttle, perhaps suggesting that its primary function does take direct inspiration from the game.
The whole model can be divided into two separate spacecraft which is an interesting feature, although similar functions have been implemented more effectively in previous sets. The forward vehicle seems fairly streamlined and includes a single thruster while the rearmost rocket is propelled by the complete bank of five engines. The front of the shuttle, on the other hand, is very stubby and the shaping of the sides could also be improved.
Dark azure plates decorate the rear fuselage, corresponding precisely with the Overwatch video game. I like the stickers in this area and the curved panels on either side are excellent. Furthermore, I like the small winglets which are mounted on the wings, making use of some new 4x6 wedge plates that could prove very useful as the selection of angled plates continues to grow.
There is plenty of space for more minifigure inside and you can even place Winston in here, albeit not while wearing his jump pack or standing up. A banana and a jar of peanut butter are found on a shelf but the interior is otherwise bland. Perhaps a screen displaying Athena, Winston's computer system and the narrator of Overwatch, could have been included along with the scientist's barrier projector.
Moreover, there is enough room for some mechanical detail that would line up neatly with the engines on the exterior. These are fairly simple but I like the trans-purple glow and the surrounding blue pieces are less obvious than I anticipated, although an entirely black area behind the engines would still have been preferable in my opinion.
75970 Tracer vs. Widowmaker contains a Satellite Drone XR-9 which must be delivered to orbit. It can accordingly connect to the larger model and looks remarkably sleek when attached. The realistic black and white colour scheme is consistent between the spacecraft but the shuttle does not include metallic gold highlights, unlike the drone. Even so, I think the integration is thoroughly impressive.
75975 Watchpoint: Gibraltar is certainly an enjoyable set on the whole, although it does not particularly stand out within the Overwatch theme. Both the rocket and its launch tower look superb on display and offer reasonable play value. However, the interior lacks detail and the shuttle appears unusually simple when compared with other sets such as 75973 D.Va & Reinhardt or 75974 Bastion.
The minifigure selection is somewhat disappointing as well. Four characters does not feel adequate for such a large set, especially since Reaper is available elsewhere. In addition, the face design for Mercy looks awful and printing lighter shades on black pieces is something that LEGO must improve. I would therefore suggest that Overwatch fans focus their attention upon the smaller sets that provide superior detail and value.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.