Review: Wicked Brick display case for Technic Land Rover

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We've been reviewing Wicked Brick's display solutions for a couple of years and have always been impressed with their quality and utility.

The UK-based company has just sent me a display case for 42110 Land Rover Defender, which is one of a range of Perspex cases it produces for popular sets, including four large Technic cars, all perfectly sized to suit the model in question.

If you're looking for a stylish way to display your models dust-free, they are just the job.


The case, constructed from a number of precision cut Perspex sheets, comes flat-packed and requires assembly.

It's easily done, though, because everything slots together perfectly and the only tool you'll need is a small flat-bladed screwdriver to fix the metal corner connectors in place, which are very neat and unobtrusive way to keep the sides together.

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The base, which measures about 50 x 37 cm, consists of two black Perspex sheets, one slightly smaller than the other. The smaller one is placed on top of the other and held to it with magnets embedded in the Perspex.

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A small plaque showing the set's vital statistics is also held in place on the base with a couple of small magnets.

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A stand is slotted into holes in the centre of the base and is used to hold the vehicle at a dynamic angle. The lugs on the top mate perfectly with holes in the Land Rover's chassis and once the off-roader is in place it remains there.

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At this stage, you will probably need a microfibre cloth to remove all the dust, pet hairs and finger prints that have inevitably clung to the plastic while you've been constructing and handling it!

When you're happy with it all, you simply lower the top of the case over the model. Lugs on its bottom edge mate with holes in the base to keep it in place.

It can be safely lifted without falling apart or dislodging the vehicle, as long as you keep it level-ish.

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The case can be purchased with an optional backdrop depicting an attractive outdoor scene printed on a vinyl sheet . You can see a better picture here. I'm not sure if I like it or not, but should I want to remove it can be easily done without damage.

Holding the vehicle at an angle and off the base requires the case to be quite tall -- 33cm -- and if I have any criticism at all it's that it's just a bit too tall to display it where I had in mind!

As we have come to expect from Wicked Brick, this is a well made and high quality display solution that will show-off the Defender at its best, and also keep it dust-free. It's not cheap, but then quality never is: you will get what you pay for.

It can be purchased from Wicked Brick for £74.95 without the backdrop and £77.95 with it. A stand, without the case, is also available for £24.95. Cases and stands are also available for Star Wars, Marvel, Ideas, Creator Speed Champions and many more sets. Check out the entire range.


Thanks to Wicked Brick for supplying the case for this review. All opinions expressed are my own.

10 comments on this article

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By in France,

Don't have this case but many other stands and even minifig solo display solution from Wicked Bricks, and my personal conclusion is : top quality overall. From shipment to final result, they really provide great ways to sublimate your favorite Lego sets. And if you don't find a specific one, there are even solutions - with vario line - of cases and stands. As soon as I get a new set which deserves it, I order on Wicked Bricks. Shipping costs are a bit high to France, but I never regret it.

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By in United States,

I have been thinking of getting one but I just can't find the right set.

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By in Australia,

@DarthRaved: hard question to answer. It is the right price for a case of that quality. But do we need to spend the money to display and protect a set? A less expensive idea is a glass cabinet, which is what I use. Cheaper still is a paintbrush and a dusting cloth, with the added advantage of easy access to play with the set :)

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By in Germany,

I bought a custom made display case for my Creator Expert Big Ben from a small German company and it was about 140 Euro. Again, not cheap, but fair for what it got me, which is a seamless clear acrylic display cover that keeps dust 100% away from my set and is easily removed if I want to gain access because there is no base.

Takeaway: properly made display cases of high quality are not cheap, but well worth the money.

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By in United Kingdom,

Hmmmm... £160 for 2.5K of precision engineered plastic parts or £75 for approximately a dozen plastic parts. Not sure I see the value to be honest :-/

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By in Germany,

This is the reason why Technic sets barely have any technic or functions in it anymore, they aren't for playing or discover how technic works, or why there are more cars rather then construction vehicles. Just build it and put it on a shelf.
Lego Technic becomes just sad the last past years.

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By in New Zealand,

We sure could use more bell domes in the lego display case world.

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By in United Kingdom,

Huw, Do you have to purchase the stand at extra cost to the case at £75?

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By in United Kingdom,

No.

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By in United States,

My son and I have been looking at how to make our own displays, as well as learning how to do our own led lighting kits. We figure we have a couple of years before we can get into a place big enough to properly display his sets. Of course only a select few will actually be in cases.
Right now we are doing the, dusting method, and here in Texas it is so dusty. Our new place we are planning will have measures in place to take care of that.
But the cost of buying already made cases and lighting is pretty expensive, we would rather spend that money on an older set we like.
But to those who can afford and use them they really do look amazing.
Cheers everyone.

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