Introducing the Technic Land Rover Defender

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Land Rover Defender

Land Rover Defender

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LEGO is revealing its version of the new Land Rover Defender alongside the real vehicle at the 2019 Frankfurt Motor Show on 11th September.

The 2,573-piece model, which will be available on 1st October, has been developed with Land Rover to include authentic bodywork and a host of realistic functions, including an in-line six-cylinder engine, gearbox with high and low ratios, independent suspension, expedition roof rack and working winch.

Find out more after the break.


42110 Land Rover Defender is an automotive icon you can build at home.

Developed in partnership with Land Rover and launched alongside the New Defender at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the 2,573-piece model combines the boundless creativity of LEGO with New Defender’s instantly recognisable silhouette and unrivalled capability.

The LEGO Technic vehicle echoes New Defender with a host of realistic elements and functions, including authentic body panels and rims, four-wheel drive with three differentials, fully independent suspension, a working winch and LEGO Technic’s most sophisticated gearbox yet – all designed to provide an engrossing and rewarding building experience for car lovers and LEGO fans alike.

Niels Henrik Horsted, Marketing Director at the LEGO Group, said: “With every LEGO element, children can build anything they can imagine. I’m very excited about this new model – a truly impressive job done by our LEGO designers. Together with Land Rover, we’ve blended elements, design and innovative engineering into a set that shows the boundless creativity of LEGO play, and that with LEGO Technic you can build for real.”

Joe Sinclair, Director of Branded Goods and Licensing at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “The Land Rover Defender and LEGO brand are both iconic across the world, and the launch of New Defender felt like the perfect time to bring them together. The level of detail and engineering that has gone into creating this LEGO model perfectly reflects the work of our own designers and engineers who have been so dedicated to bringing a motoring icon back for the 21st century.”

Opening doors allow access to the model’s elaborate cabin with its working steering wheel and detailed dashboard. A new transmission system has two levers for engaging high or low ratios and a selector for changing gear – LEGO Technic’s most sophisticated gearbox yet.

You can also fold the rear seat forward to view the four-speed sequential gearbox, lift the bonnet to view the in-line six-cylinder engine with moving pistons and turn the rear-mounted spare wheel to open the rear door.

Reflecting the action-fuelled accessories available for the full-size New Defender, the model is finished with a working winch, removable roof rack with storage box, pannier, ladder and traction mats.

  • The LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender measures over 8in (22cm) high, 16in (42cm) long and 7in (20cm) wide, and includes 2,573 pieces
  • The set comes in olive green, grey and black colour scheme.
  • It includes a collection of authentic stickers.
  • Available globally on 1 October
  • Price: 199.99 USD, 179.99 EUR, 159.99 GBP
  • Age 11+

Unfortunately we have not been provided with many images, but this video shows some of the details and functionality:

Here are prices for the set in LEGO's main markets:

  • Germany 179.99 EUR
  • Austria 179.99 EUR
  • Australia 329.99 AUD
  • Belgium 179.99 EUR
  • Switzerland 229.0 CHF
  • China 1999.0 CNY
  • Czech Republic 4999.0 CZK
  • Denmark 1499.0 DKK
  • Estonia 199.99 EUR
  • Spain 179.99 EUR
  • Finland 199.95 EUR
  • France 179.99 EUR
  • United Kingdom 159.99 GBP
  • Hong Kong 1699.0 HKD
  • Croatia 199.99 EUR
  • Hungary 59990.0 HUF
  • Ireland 179.99 EUR
  • Italy 179.99 EUR
  • Japan 22980.0 JPY
  • South Korea 279900.0 KRW
  • Malaysia 899.9 MYR
  • The Netherlands 179.99 EUR
  • Norway 1999.0 NOK
  • New Zealand 399.99 NZD
  • Poland 849.99 PLN
  • Portugal 179.99 EUR
  • Romania 899.99 RON
  • Russian 14999.0 RUB
  • Sweden 1999.0 SEK
  • Singapore 299.9 SGD
  • Slovenia 199.99 EUR
  • Slovakia 199.99 EUR
  • Turkey 1199.9 TRY
  • Taiwan 7299.0 TWD
  • Ukraine 6499.0 UAH
  • South Africa 2999.99 ZAR
  • USA 199.99 USD
  • Brazil 1399.99 BRL
  • Canada 249.99 CAD
  • Mexico 3999.0 MXN

72 comments on this article

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By in United States,

All kinds of nice parts and colors!

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By in United States,

Wonderful design and cool colors.

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By in Canada,

Might not be a military product but all I see is Klinger with a fork in each hand. MASH!

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By in Belgium,

I feel like this was announced months ago? De ja vu.

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By in United States,

While I get Land Rover wants to push their new, more modern looking version of their Defender as a means of marketing, if they had just let their LEGO set be based on the classic old school Defender it would no doubt be WAAAY more popular than this set will wind up being.

This set does look awesome in the new pics, but for me it also feels too much like so many other SUVs out there. The classic Defender has such a unique boxy look and this just doesn’t.

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By in Canada,

So, is this #3 in the 1:8 scale technic sets following the GT3 and Chrion?

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By in United States,

Oh my- olive green, yes please!

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By in United States,

I can’t claim much familiarity with the Land Rover brand range, so I can’t comment on the choice of Defender versions. As a LEGO model, though, it seems like a brilliant and attractive melding of system and Technic to create an overall appealing build. I am far more inclined to display value than play value as a consumer, but I believe that this set would easily check both boxes with enthusiasm.

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By in United States,

I'd love to see a more in depth review of the gearbox.

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By in United States,

I’m assuming LEGO will purposefully make lower quality pieces for this set so it breaks down all the time like real land rovers. You know, for accuracy’s sake.

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By in Australia,

Interesting! It actually covers Technic 'Supercar' spec, the debate that raged for years ago!

But the box art isn't in the upmarket manner of the GT3 or Chiron, so I doubt its part of that group, despite the scale.

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By in United Kingdom,

As my parents drive a Land Rover Discovery Sport I really want this, despite it being a Defender.
I hope this set is the start of speed champions maybe getting some Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) sets.

£159.99 for 2573 isn't that bad value and the detailing is very good.

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By in United States,

OH YEAH!!!!

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By in United States,

I literally own only 5 technic sets, all of them gifts.

Looks good though.

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By in United Kingdom,

I like it, and its a civilian Landy with an expedition theme. Cant wait to see it

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By in United States,

oh boy! looks good! is a weird place to release though.

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By in Canada,

I'm really not into the full on Technic builds, but this model is freaking fantastic! It might just end up being my gateway drug.

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By in New Zealand,

US$200 = NZ$312
GB£160 = NZ$308

And the actual price we get? NZ$400!!!

Just when I thought they might have stopped being so dickish with their NZ pricing, *this* happens.

It's actually pretty decent for a Technic model (none of the usual "road crash" shaping that mars other vehicles) and I might well have even bought it. But no. Not a chance at that price.

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By in Germany,

@cardinaldude2000: It will also be missing a few important functions and features that could easily have been put in, but that Lego chose for some reason to omit. A vibrant aftermarket will spring up to retrofit these.

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By in United States,

Honestly, I am not a fan of this "new" Defender, but the set looks great, and looks like it will be a fun, challenging build. To me, the current version seems like a wannabe that is nowhere near as versatile as the original Land Rovers and Defender. The old was the perfect vehicle for me (either a pickup or 90 for me); but of course, that was never sold here. I do have several models of Land Rovers, however.

I wish LEGO would give us some Jeeps (since they already have the FCA license); and some older Land Rovers, from Speed Champions all the way up to Creator Expert. Like the Unimog, the CJ Jeeps and Land Rovers are incredibly versatile. Yet, Lego's not really used the Unimog license much, and we've only seen a few Unimog-like vehicles in various themes.

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By in Australia,

Once I've won the lottery I'm buying two to make a six wheel SAS patrol vehicle. (Dreaming on...)

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By in Australia,

If it doesn't contain a Jeep I'm not buying it.

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By in Netherlands,

It looks absolutely fantastic! But why has Lego got rid of the ‘old’ style Technic cylinders? I think they are way better than the toyish new rattling ones

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By in Sweden,

Technic focuses on appearance nowadays. Traditionally it used to focus on technological features and exposing them.

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By in Turkey,

It sure looks beautiful but, I'm not happy with the engine. Anthem had this fake engine, too. I didn't like it there, I didn't like it here.

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By in United States,

I would have prefered a Toyota FJ40 myself, and at least a traditional technic cylinder engine.

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By in Austria,

Imho: Price is Lego Technic like: high as f**k.
180€ without any Power Functions (sorry, Powered Up or however the new stuff is called).
Sorry Lego, I´ am out!
Will switch entirely to Xingbao and other brands!

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By in New Zealand,

So many great Ideas in this set. Great choice of vehicle Lego. ;-)

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By in Germany,

It looks like a great set. Planning to buy it with some discount on the market.

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By in Hungary,

... it's just a box

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By in United States,

I look forward to seeing what people do with all those olive green parts

i guess it's technic tank time, huh

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By in United States,

Not the type of set I usually go for, but no less impressed. I think I spot three new elements: I’m not as familiar with Technic sets, but the wheel, tire, and fender all look new. Anyone else notice others?

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By in United States,

@AustrianAFOL: I know the Lego community focuses on positivity, and I have always loved that, but I honestly wish there was a thumbs down button just to show my disdain for your support of Lepin.

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By in Slovenia,

I said: finaly a model I will buy. Price 200€! Why not 180€ as in other EU countries? Let them keep it on shelf. Realy LEGO, why discrimination!!!! Wich parameter of me as a person is worth this extra 20€ making me feel like 2nd grade citizen? I live 40km from border of '180€' country. Angry, frustrated, dissapointed looking more and more towards clones.

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By in France,

Impressive

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By in Germany,

There just to be a time when Technic sets were about technical vehicles. That hat a function beyond opening a hood or doors. Apparently they are now meant to be life-style products. Funny how the cars are becoming more or less universally seen as problematic (said auto show is under heavy fire) in many aspects yet Lego jumps on the gas-guzzler promotion train - only at least thirty years too late. Easy pass.

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By in Germany,

@BrickC137: in that case I would use said thumbs-down button on your post rather than the one from @AustrianAFOL.

Nowhere in his post do I see any mention of Lepin.
(And in case you didn't know, Lepin and Xingbao are NOT the same company, even though they might belong to the same conglomerate, just as Bugatti is not the same company as Skoda even though both are owned by VW).

Xingbao is a legitimate brand with designs of their own and/or ones made in cooperation with MOCists. The quality of their bricks is almost on par with LEGO yet their prices are in line with other non-LEGO brands, like CaDa, Qihui etc.
I would wager to guess those were some of the brands he was referring to, as those are the main competitors in terms of Technic. Look around for their sets and you will find excellent ones that are neither copycat nor in any other way illegal or disdainful.

Of course, if you were a LEGO fanboy you might not like the idea that there now are many alternatives for those people who are not willing to put up with TLG's price antics and general decline in set design. This Landy might be better than a lot of other Technic sets that came out in recent years, but it still isn't a real Technic set in the sense of what a Technic set is about. This set is more form over function and hence more a kind of Creator Expert vehicle made out of Technic parts than a proper Technic set.

@Mickitat: love your post!

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By in Belgium,

This thing looks great!
Already waiting for the first MOC which makes it remote controlled.

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By in Australia,

That is on the Wanted list for sure.

The Lego version actually looks better than the real thing!

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By in United States,

@AustinPowers: I have no issue with people opting for alternate brands.

That said, Xingbao is a subsidiary of Lepin; it’s on Xingbao’s website. (I probably should have included that in my original comment.) That said, I have no way of differentiating the two. And as far as I’m concerned there’s no difference: I see so many pieces that are taken from Lego’s design vocabulary beyond the basic brick/plate/tile/slope elements.

Lepin company shamelessly peddles duplicate Lego sets. Their products cost less because they don’t have to pay designers or for any licensing. Lepin only exists because it can get away with gross copyright violation.

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By in United Kingdom,

Its a difficult vehicle to represent I reckon. Just looking at photos of the 2020 Defender and I'd say this set feels more reminiscent of the outgoing model, from the side at least. I think its the wheel arches having that effect for me.

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By in United Kingdom,

^@AustrianAFOL, so are you going to change your username to AustrianAFOX?

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm sure a lot of people will appreciate olive green - a decent set with better pp than the GT3 and Bugatti.

People complaining about TLG pricing (not including Disney tax) - try to think of the fact that you are actually supporting a company running on clean energy and paying people well (not just in Denmark), having a foundation for kids which gets a share of the profit. Then think of all the clone brands making sets in...well, different conditions.
You don't have to buy more stuff, you won't always afford everything but take a step back and try to guess why something is cheap. (this also true for food, clothes and any other product that you buy)

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By in United Kingdom,

Looking forward to seeing it in more detail, but this looks promising. I suppose I must not be a Technic purist because I quite like the mix of some functions (such as working steering and suspension) and a good rendition of the real life vehicle. The 42054 Claas Tractor 42054 is one of my favourites for the same reason.

Also keen to see if this could be slightly modded into an adventure/explorer vehicle, not quite Paris-Dakar spec, but a bit more aggressive with more kit on the roof etc.

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By in Sweden,

- I need two so I can make the longer 110 model :D haha..

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By in Jordan,

Not a Technic guy, but I think it looks pretty cool! The functions seem pretty well integrated, and if I'm not mistaken the video shows that the gearbox isn't completely hidden away like the Buggati and Porsche.

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By in United States,

They list the rims, panels, and stickers as features. Jeez. Meh on Land Rover. Tall and stupid boxy design has always been unappealing to me. I am, however, interested in checking out the gear box. They threw us real Technic fans a bone with that! Plus, we don't need an app for it! I'm leaning on pass though. I think I'm done with Technic. Moving on to real cars.

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By in United Kingdom,

Still not bought a studless technic set, but am getting more and more tempted with every release and this could be the one for me. Actually being able to see the mechanicals once built is a huge plus over the Porsche and Bugatti.

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By in Germany,

@BrickC137: afaik, Xingbao doesn't even have an official website. Link?
And it is not a Lepin subsidiary. For a start, Lepin doesn't even exist anymore. Secondly, both Xingbao as well as Lepin (or what remains of it) are subsidiaries of MZ Model, just like Bugatti or Skoda in the abovementioned VW business model.

@csiramokus: from what I have heard TLG is also producing in countries with low wages like Mexico or the Czech Republik, Hungary, even in China itself, in order to save money and maximize profits. If for example they were serious about commitment, they would produce their sets for the American market in the US or Canada instead of a low-wage country like Mexico.
No, it is all about maximizing profits, just like with any other company. I don't even blame them for adhereing to the same basic principle, I am only opposed to fanboys trying to explain away the overblown prices by manufacturing stories about TLG as if they were some sorts of saints that can do no wrong. TLG is known for cutting costs wherever they can while ever increasing the RRPs of their sets. At the same time, Chinese manufacturers are getting better in all aspects, from R&D, to production, to set design, to quality of the bricks. Same with other companies like Cobi or MegaConstrux.

Summing up, I think it is nothing to be ashamed of to both like LEGO sets but calling oneself an AFOB (adult fan of bricks) instead of only AFOL. Keeping an open mind is important.

As for the Land Rover and all those other "built-up" Technic-like sets. I guess it depends where you're coming from. As a kid growing up with "real" Technic sets from the late Seventies to the mid-Nineties, I view Technic as something quite different from what it has evolved into. Calling sets that hide all the important technical functions (if they even offer any) "Technic" is a farce.

Nothing more to say on the subject. Moving on.

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By in Netherlands,

I really this one.... Pricewise I will wait for Amazon to get me a good deal.

In my opinion this is a real Technic set with diffs, gearbox and suspension. Like it!

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By in United States,

I really want to get one of the large Technic sets, but can’t quite pull the trigger on one. They’re getting closer though! Too much system in me I guess

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By in United Kingdom,

This is a definite buy for me. Funny how people say it's 'not a proper Technic set' because it has panels and isn't simply a frame. Some people like to have these things on display y'know, and whilst functions are good and important, they're unlikely to be used much when it's on the shelf, and more people will buy a set to look good on display than will buy it for the functions.

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By in United States,

The blood of my wallet has run dry.

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By in United States,

Looks really good, seems to have decent functions (although admittedly have zero knowledge of Technic), and appears to have good value (at least in most countries, sorry New Zealand - you all still have my heart :) If it were a Jeep CJ or YJ anything it'd be a must buy for me. I'd love to see someone MOC a great Willy's Jeep w/these parts!

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By in United Kingdom,

I'm not that into big Technic or the huge car sets, but that thing is beautiful.

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By in Poland,

Lol. I thought with price like that it will include the Power up system.
Polish price is also a joke.

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By in Canada,

That's a sweet ride and a must-buy for me!!

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By in United States,

@ggj: The classic Technic engine cylinders haven't gone away. It's just that for sets like this one, which are intended to be scale models of real-world vehicles, they would be grossly out of scale unless everything else in the set were made substantially bigger to compensate.

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By in Czech Republic,

as for the prices .. are you sure about Slovakia? 20 EUR more than in Germany? both countries get the sets packed in Kladno, Czech Republic which is just in between. There is absolutely no valid reason why the set should be 20 EUR more expensive in Slovakia. It would be really interesting to know the official answer from LEGO.

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By in United States,

Fantastic design with wonderful shaping and attention to detail. Interestingly, it looks far more sophisticated than the actual vehicle!

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By in United States,

I too would have preferred a Jeep Wrangler (two-door!), but this is rather impressive. Might be my first big Technic build... though that Mac truck is still calling to me...

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By in United States,

This is the first Technic vehicle I think actually looks a lot like the intended vehicle design. Not sure if that says more about my lack of close familiarity with the LR Defender's current style or that Technic is finally understanding how important it is to have smooth body panels covering most surfaces if they want it to look like a real vehicle. :)

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By in Australia,

$330 dollarydoos is a lot of money but certainly less than the last two 1:8 scale technic branded vehicles and means this makes a compelling argument to become part of my collection...

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By in Germany,

@yacoub: your reaction seems to confirm my suspicions why Technic appears to have had a harder time in the past in the US than in Europe when you say that "Technic is finally understanding...". No, that is not the case. Technic has always been about showing (and teaching) the technical aspects and not about fancy exteriors. The Porsche and the Bugatti were outside the normal Technic scope and have been rightly critizised for hiding all the functions in exchange for cool looks. Creator Expert vehicles like the Mustang or the Mini are for those people who want looks, let's keep Technic what it is meant to be. Otherwise in the long run this line will be dying, just like Duplo is now "thanks" to TLG destroying the property.

@sparkbears: CaDa has a really good Jeep Wrangler lookalike with great functionality and 2.4 GHz radio control:

https://www.gearbest.com/block-toys/pp_009218786697.html?wid=1433363

Comparison with 42099:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZZFFVON0YcQ

In German though ;-)

Especially interesting is the bit about the climbing abilities around the 13:50 minute mark.

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By in Canada,

Interesting, call me when they make a JP/JW vehicle in this scale though. Nothing against what's here, but my buying habits of late have been on a huge JW spree.

Although I'm sure the colour elements here will be a huge hit.

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By in United States,

Day one owner here?????

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By in Netherlands,

I'm not getting the complaints that this is 'not a true Technic set'. It seems to have a complicated gearbox and you can at least see it when you want to (unlike with the Porsche's gearbox from a few years back). Also, when it's on display it looks fairly nice and closed-up as well.

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By in Netherlands,

@AustinPowers
I think that producing in low cost countries is actually a good way of supporting these (economically often less developed) countries. Mexico will be cheaper in everyday life than the USA. Just as long as the wages are relatively good in that country.

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By in Netherlands,

Considering the set: I think it's fantastic and the price seems good. Only the piston action looks much less realistic than in the past, with some pistons just incidentally popping up.

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By in Australia,

Brilliant value compared to the new 75252 Star Destroyer. It's very unfortunate for me I'm a Star Wars fan.

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