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LEGO Classic Land Rover Defender 90 Coming!

Ignite the spirit of adventure with the new #10317 LEGO Icons Classic Land Rover Defender 90. Launched as Land Rover celebrates its 75th anniversary, the 2,336-piece set is based on the classic design of the Land Rover Defender from 1983 to 2016 and comes complete with all the accessories needed for an off-road adventure.

To celebrate the launch of the set, the LEGO Group placed a bright yellow classic Land Rover Defender in the Scottish Highlands and transformed it into the hardest-to-reach LEGO store in the world. In fact, it could only be reached via a grueling off-road track and so the LEGO Group challenged two of the boldest adventurers to reach it. The ultimate challenge sees Raha Moharrak, the first Saudi woman to climb Mount Everest and the Seven Summits, and native Scottish adventurer and extreme locations expert, Aldo Kane, in a rigorous ascent to reach the remote LEGO store, and then also be the first to build the new set. But who will get there first?

The film shows the two traversing the terrains of the Scottish Highlands, navigating muddy tracks, bumpy roads, and obstacles before racing to build the new 2,336-piece set in harsh weather conditions. One is a highly competitive daughter of the desert and a regular LEGO builder, the other is on his home turf but embarking on his first LEGO build in over 30 years. The challenge of adventure and play isn’t complete until the final brick clicks into place!

At the heart of the adventure is the #10317 LEGO Icons Classic Land Rover Defender 90 set, featuring the iconic Land Rover (name) green color scheme. Faithfully replicating the classic Defender, the two-in-one format means brick and car fanatics alike can choose to build and display the everyday road-ready model before activating adventure mode and customizing the build with accessories including the roof rack, engine snorkel, off-road front bumper, and working winch, side rails, toolbox, a fire extinguisher, and traction plates for crossing mud and sand, and much more.

The model is 6in / 16cm high, 6in / 16cm wide, and 12.5in / 32cm long, and key features include functioning steering, functioning doors, and hood, two different engine options, three different hood options, working suspension, and interior details close to the real model. The Defender has racked up 75 years of all-terrain expeditions. Instantly recognizable around the world, it has a unique record of adventure, humanitarianism, and hard work.

Kurt Kristiansen, LEGO Design Master commented: “Bringing the iconic Classic Land Rover Defender to brick life was no easy challenge. This prestigious car can take you anywhere, so during the design process we wanted to infuse the LEGO set with that sense of adventure. The two-in-one format means you can load up with all the necessary kit, whether you want to race through the Scottish like our adventurers Raha Moharrak and Aldo Kane, navigate water or even sandy dunes. We can’t wait to see fans’ reactions.”

Talking about her LEGO adventure, Raha Moharrak commented: “I was so excited when the LEGO Group asked me to be part of this campaign. I build at least one LEGO set each month so working with the two brands together has been an epic adventure. From getting to race across the Scottish Highlands in a classic Defender to trying to be the first to reach the hardest-to-reach LEGO store in the world and being one of the first to play with the new set, it really was a dream come true.”

Aldo Kane commented: “This was my first time building a LEGO set in years but I was pretty confident that I would have the driving aspects of the challenge down – after all, I grew up in the Highlands, so I had that to my advantage. Despite that, the rugged terrain and icy conditions did make it quite the adventure! I think my favorite part of the whole experience has been that Raha and I became friends through it all. That and playing with the new LEGO set – it’s pretty spectacular!”

The #10317 LEGO Icons Classic Land Rover Defender 90 set is going to be available from the 1st of April 2023 via official LEGO stores and the Online LEGO Shop. Prices are as follows: £209.99 / €239.99 / $239.99 / 369.99 AUD / 329.99 CAD. For more information, visit the LEGO Icons section of the Online LEGO Shop.

What do you think? How do you like the new Land Rover Defender? Feel free to share your thoughts and discuss in the comment section below!

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  • Martin March 16, 2023, 8:21 PM

    It’s interesting that they made both a Technic one and a System one. I would love to see a comparison video.

  • SergeiS March 17, 2023, 5:45 PM

    I don’t like the side windows. Otherwise fairly accurate.

  • redbeard March 17, 2023, 5:46 PM

    I have the technic one. I would be great to get this one too. But I don’t think this can be superior to the technic.

  • walrusmaster March 17, 2023, 10:52 PM

    They should have made it yellow like the lego store version. Imagine running into a mobile lego store in the middle of nowhere! 😀

  • Håkan March 18, 2023, 12:44 AM

    Oh my god, what a gimmicky marketing stunt they dreamed up this time…

    Otherwise, the build is okay, I guess. I get some old Model Team vibes. It doesn’t hit any of my interest boxes, so I won’t buy it, myself, but it looks like a solid build.

    • Thita (admin) March 19, 2023, 11:37 PM

      Haha! No kidding! I don’t know what’s the point of that marketing gimmick, but I guess the department had some fun. 😀

  • Oldtimer March 19, 2023, 11:41 PM

    Not bad, but I also prefer the technic version. If I build a vehicle this large, I want the mechanics to be accurate.

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