While the majority of LEGO models are intended primarily for children, some themes offer similar appeal to older collectors. Overwatch potentially conforms to this trend and I think 75977 Junkrat & Roadhog seems particularly interesting as the model is unusually focused upon display.
Furthermore, these characters are exceptionally appealing and each look absolutely magnificent in official images. Roadhog's threatening motorcycle appears similarly impressive and this display base certainly captures the atmosphere of Junkertown, featuring marvellous detail. The price of £44.99 or $49.99 seems somewhat expensive though, based upon the images.
The maniacal Junkrat is perhaps among the most celebrated Overwatch characters and his absence from the first wave of sets evoked some disappointment. However, this minifigure was definitely worth waiting for. The exclusive blonde hair piece features excellent texture and I like the double-sided head that displays two different grinning expressions, reflecting Junkrat's deranged personality!
Four metallic silver grenades are strapped to his chest and the flask attached around his waist looks authentic too. Moreover, I am impressed with the dirty residue on the torso. Junkrat's artificial orange leg appears reasonably accurate and the matching robotic hand is effective. Nevertheless, I think the left leg could have been improved with dual-moulding because this minifigure should wear shorts.
Junkrat adores explosives and accordingly includes both his frag launcher and the famous RIP-tyre which can be deployed for remote detonation during battle. The latter accessory is unique and looks perfect while the frag launcher includes an exclusive 1x1 round tile, displaying Junkrat's smiling face symbol. A spare printed tile accompanies this set.
LEGO has produced some marvellous bigfigs and Roadhog has become my absolute favourite. The character seems incredibly accurate to its video game counterpart and makes splendid use of certain pieces. I am particularly satisfied with the standard light flesh minifigure head and intricate hogdrogen mask which looks magnificent. Killow from 70642 Killow vs. Samurai X employed the same technique last year.
Roadhog's imposing body component also resembles Killow, although it has been created specifically for this character. The moulded detail is brilliant but I am more impressed with the printing which looks absolutely fantastic. I love the motorcycle engine tattoo on his belly and the sand blue trousers feature lovely detail. Authentic badges decorate the harness around Roadhog's shoulders as well.
Another exclusive triple-moulded element has been produced for the right arm, incorporating armour which protects his shoulder, elbow and wrist. This replicates the original character nicely and these weapons appear remarkably accurate. The scrap gun's broad barrel looks good and Roadhog's powerful chain hook is represented by the fourth unique component on this figure! Fortunately, the lethal hook is made using flexible plastic.
The Completed Model
Overwatch maps are characterised by extensive detail and Junkertown is an outstanding example. I think this model captures the ramshackle aesthetic of its source material, comprising the Junkertown sign and Roadhog's motorcycle. The resulting structure measures 21cm in height and looks amazing on display, due primarily to its colourful appearance and copious details from the video game.
These include the famous Junkertown sign which should be elevated above an entrance, although I think it looks reasonable on the ground. Four stickers are applied across the sign. They replicate the original design quite nicely but avoiding gaps is difficult, particularly at the centre. The colourful parts placed on top are accurate though and I like the medium nougat sprockets which are new in medium nougat.
Other details include Junkrat's steel trap, two bundles or dynamite and some pearl gold treasure. The trap closely resembles its video game equivalent and I appreciate that you can store Roadhog's scrap gun here, alongside one of Junkrat's concussion mines. Furthermore, the adorable Pachimari situated on the treasure looks nice and reflects Roadhog's surprising association with these soft toys.
An angled sign is connected to the base using Technic elements and represents another prominent feature from the original map. The reddish brown arrow includes three stickers but looks superb and another of Junkrat's smiling symbols adorns the sign, although that is formed by another sticker. The golden crown on top also appears remarkably authentic, despite relying upon an existing piece.
The light bluish grey walls situated behind the Junkertown sign include several more stickers which make reference to the video game. For example, the poster that depicts the Queen takes inspiration from the same poster onscreen and the Queen's decree corresponds precisely with the game, where you find these rules inside the Junkertown entrance!
Junkrat and Roadhog are displayed on the wrinkled poster near the decree, instructing guards not to admit them. However, the characters are keen to take revenge upon the Queen and have formulated plans for that purpose. Their plan is accordingly displayed on another sticker with a poster promoting Wrecking Ball, who once fought and became champion in the Junkertown Scrapyard.
Roadhog's motorcycle measures nearly 20cm in length so is significantly larger than many minifigure-scale choppers, befitting its physically imposing owner. This vehicle certainly captures the shape of its source material and feels extremely robust, despite the narrow frame which is required for Roadhog to ride. That strength can be attributed to its Technic structure.
Despite their relative rigidity, these pieces appear slightly awkward from certain angles. The yellow fuel tank seems particularly lacking in detail and depth, although its teardrop shape looks reasonable. Roadhog's pig motif is placed beneath the handlebars and makes effective use of BB-8's head, albeit without printing, while an appropriately spiky headlamp slots between the front forks.
Bigfigs are not typically intended for interaction with vehicles but Roadhog's seat has been designed perfectly and the figure looks great when seated. In fact, his legs partly conceal the unsightly Technic components. The angled exhausts seem equally attractive and click hinges are integrated to maintain their position which is rather clever.
The rounded sidecar provides somewhere for Junkrat to ride. Unusually, he needs to stand inside but that matches promotional images of the two characters riding this motorcycle. Once again, the smiling design returns here and I like the spikes protruding from the wheel are brilliant, corresponding with the original vehicle. The sidecar does appear quite small but its scale is dictated by the 4x4 dome towards the front and no suitable alternative is available, hence I think this design was a good compromise.
75977 Junkrat & Roadhog deviates significantly from past Overwatch sets, focusing overwhelmingly upon display. That approach has proven quite fruitful though because I think this model looks superb, featuring exceptional detail. The various references to the video game are enjoyable and Junkertown forms an attractive base. I love how disparate design elements from the game have been combined.
However, the characters are certainly the highlight of this whole set. Both figures have been executed beautifully and their collection of weapons is extremely generous. The price of £44.99 or $49.99 does feel fairly expensive but I think the absolute quality of the set, along with its numerous exclusive parts, go some way to justifying that cost and I believe Overwatch fans will be very satisfied.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.