Great outdoors

Lego Defender built for adventure

Riley Riley

Land Rover’s old Defender may be over but the brand new Lego version is out.

The new Lego Icons Classic Land Rover Defender is a 2336-piece set that comes in two-in-one format.

It allows builders to create an everyday road-ready model or customise it for adventures.

Instantly recognisable around the world, Defender has a unique record of adventure, humanitarian aid and hard work over the past 75 years.

The 32cm-long Lego model reflects this with accessories including a roof rack, raised air intake, front bumper with working winch, side rails and toolbox, plus traction plates for crossing mud and sand.

It also has working steering and suspension, opening doors and bonnet and an interior with details based on the full-size Classic Defender.

Director of Land Rover Classic, Paul Barritt, said: “Defender is synonymous with adventure and this new Lego set is a perfect way to capture the spirit of an incomparable, unstoppable automotive icon, whilst also sharing the playful side of the vehicle.” 

Lego Design Master, Kurt Kristiansen, said: “Bringing the Classic Defender to life in bricks was no easy challenge. Defender can take you anywhere, so during the design process we wanted to infuse the set with that sense of adventure. We can’t wait to see fans’ reactions.”

To launch the set, Lego placed a real Classic Defender in the Scottish Highlands and used it to house the hardest-to-reach Lego Store in the world.

That was the scene for a challenge, with adventurers Raha Moharrak and Aldo Kane racing to be the first to find and build the new set.

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Lego Icons Classic Land Rover Defender 90 set is available from April 1 to Lego VIP members, April 4 on  and Lego Stores and July 1 through Land Rover retail channels, priced at $370 in Australia.


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