When LEGO first introduced the licensing partnership with Blizzard earlier this yr to function units based mostly on the team-based first-person shooter Overwatch, newsfeeds went via the roof. LEGO and Blizzard launched 75987 Omnic Bastion early again in October, and right now we check out certainly one of six LEGO Overwatch units that may begin to ship January 1. 75953 D.Va & Reinhardt retails for 39.99 USD and features a complete of 455 items.
If you wish to get them early, a few of these LEGO units can be found for pre-order from the LEGO Store on-line.
The packaging, directions, and sticker sheet
The field artwork for the collection might be unmistakable on retailer cabinets, with the Overwatch emblem entrance and middle. Whereas the entrance of the field feels acquainted, with the featured builds for what’s contained in the field, the again makes use of an identical format whereas making use of all out there area with a dream-like scene that appears like a render as an alternative of an precise photograph of the 2 characters.
I used to be notably happy to see that the LEGO designers caught to acquainted imagery and transposed them to the brick world equivalents – on this specific case, D.Va in her minifigure pose.
This set is available in three numbered luggage and two separate instruction booklets – one for every character and a sheet of stickers. Luggage 1 and 2 accommodates elements for Reinhardt whereas D.Va is constructed with the remaining bag. By this alone, I used to be led to anticipate that Reinhardt would have higher detailing and a much bigger construct.
A better take a look at the sticker sheet exhibits that there are 25 in complete — 11 for Reinhardt and the remaining 14 for D.Va. One can simply inform that a sticker nightmare awaits. As all the time, we might like to see printed elements include such an iconic theme as this, however we’ve discovered that that’s wishful considering.
Reinhardt – the construct
Reinhardt is clad in a powered armor go well with and outfitted with a rocket hammer. The construct begins off with the chest piece and decrease torso.
As soon as these two sections are put collectively, the thighs are hooked up, forming the decrease limbs. The form of the facility go well with is shortly seen, as anticipated from the low half rely of the set.
As soon as the ft are in place the go well with is ready to maintain itself up. With the arms in place, the general form begins to really feel acquainted.
Reinhardt’s left arm is provided with a defend. The motif is accomplished with the stickers. His proper hand wields his rocket hammer. That is the first weapon of destruction that Reinhardt makes use of to smash his opponents for short-range injury.
The accomplished construct has Reinhardt seated in a slot on the prime of the go well with. As a lot as I dislike stickers, I’m glad they nonetheless do provide these. One way or the other the little options add rather a lot in the direction of making Reinhardt who he’s, particularly his J08 crusader’s armor.
In an upright place, Reinhardt in his crusader go well with stands about 5.5 inches tall.
His again does include some minimal detailing, extending from the shoulder pauldrons and the rocket-powered again exhaust.
Playability & poseability
With a go well with of armor, one would think about that this construct would have some degree of flexibility for poses, and certainly so. Even with a small construct, enough articulation is feasible. The arms function full articulation freedom with ball joints. The elbow design doesn’t permit for the arms to increase straight however does have a large angle of freedom. Hip rotation is nil, however due to the 2 ball joints that connect the higher legs, the legs can pose with a big diploma of freedom. The ball joints on the ankle present nice stability. And I’m positive I see this coming so I’ll handle it now, for the mecha followers: There are not any knee joints – cope with it.
The Reinhardt minifigure
Reinhardt is depicted in minifigure type as his 61-year-old self, with an injured left eye that was introduced on by the brash and daring temperament of his youthful days. He comes with a helmet to put on when he’s in his crusader energy go well with. The miniaturized model of his rocket hammer is definitely re-used and faraway from the bigger construct. It’s a intelligent trick of retaining the look and general really feel of Reinhardt
The torso’s again can also be printed, and the alternate faceprint has brilliant orange frames which may be seen by means of his helmet throughout gameplay.
D.Va – the construct
The construct for D.Va begins with a sq. cockpit of her MEKA (Cellular Exoskeleton Korean Arms). Throughout gameplay, she pilots in a horizontal, “flying” place with entry to her twin joystick-like controls. Aspect and entrance panels type to provide it shade and ending.
Layered on prime of the cockpit is the curved shell of the MEKA that provides it its recognizable look.
The higher and decrease limbs are then constructed, and the knees are fastened in place, leaving articulation solely on the prime of the joints and the ankles — similar to Reinhardt’s construction and degree of poseability.
A number of different elements are wanted to finish the exoskeleton. These embrace the shoulder pads, the again booster, and the arms, which host the built-in weapons — constructed with stud shooters in gray.
The completed construct is an effective illustration of D.Va’s mech with the variety of elements wanted. I’m pleasantly stunned to see that even with a smaller half rely than Reinhardt, it’s fairly properly designed.
The construct seems to be nice from all angles and the aspect profile is particularly good with the mech-like pose.
One factor is for positive: D.Va is a strolling promoting billboard. At first, I assumed the variety of stickers wouldn’t bode properly, however right here, it does match properly to deliver D.Va’s MEKA to life. I particularly just like the Blizzard sticker print.
Playability & poseability
With articulation factors just like the Reinhardt mech, there’s some flexibility in getting the MEKA to pose with type and trend. The knee joints seen listed here are fastened to provide it correct stability with the marginally bigger cockpit piece wanted to help the load.
The D.Va minifigure
Early on with the field artwork, this minifigure gained my coronary heart, and placing it collectively simply confirms it additional. Her face is adorned with a wink on one aspect.
D.Va’s alternate face print is a winner for positive. She’s chewing gum and the print captures her mid-way making a bubble that’s about to pop. It’s the right shot to deliver her animated character to life.
The again of the torso is printed, however her hairpiece blocks a big portion of it.
Her headset (which has now grow to be an iconic gear selection from gaming-focussed firm Razer, is accessible for us mere mortals on Amazon) is hooked up and molded to the hairpiece. She wields a pink shooter as her weapon.
In the event you didn’t discover any photograph of D.Va inside her MEKA, that’s for a cause. And it’s my solely bone to select on this set. You’re anticipated to only slot her into the again in her “pilot flying position.” I discover it somewhat unglamorous, properly, contemplating that she’s imagined to be a diva in any case. Whereas it’s how she’s positioned within the recreation in her MEKA, I want the designers might have achieved just a little extra to provide it a better-secured pose, versus simply stashing her in a field.
Abstract of the Dynamic Duo
Each builds stand about the identical peak and are nice as a pair for a playset. It was a superb choice to incorporate these as a duo, which suggests double the enjoyable for all. At first look, I didn’t assume that the half might do justice to the characters, however I need to say they turned out spectacular. The pink elements offered an incredible and enjoyable distinction to the gray of Reinhardt that ultimately grew on me. Although the stickers have been a ache, it was nicely value it to deliver out the individuality of every character to counter the low half rely.
I used to be additionally secretly doubting the construct high quality of those units, likening them to the LEGO Tremendous Heroes units, which I name “figbait” units. Figbait units are units that you simply purchase simply to accumulate the minifigures and then throw the elements of the automobiles and remnants into your elements bin. For Reinhardt and D.Va, I stand corrected with my earlier bias towards these two builds. As a lot as they’ve a low half rely, they do present wonderful representations of each a go well with of armor and a mecha. Followers each new to LEGO and present AFOLS (Grownup Followers of LEGO) ought to take pleasure in these builds. For anybody that’s not uncovered to the Overwatch franchise, these are fairly good units simply to select up and take pleasure in.
As a minifigure fanatic, these two will certainly be going into the particular bucket of favorites. Apart from the apparent prints on the minifigures, this set does include not one, however two printed spherical tiles with the Overwatch tokens, as proven within the picture under in Reinheartd’s hand.
Should you’re an Overwatch fan and new to LEGO, what are you ready for? These ought to already be in your buying record.
LEGO Overwatch units can be found for pre-order (or add them to your wishlist) on LEGO Store on-line. 75953 LEGO Overwatch D.Va & Reinhardt comes with 455 items, 2 Minifigures and retails for $39.99 USD.
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