There’s no mistaking that the Land Rover Defender 90 is a major favorite among classic 4×4 enthusiasts. Defender’s unmistakable boxy design is iconic, so much so that even today’s Land Rover Defender leans heavily on the original silhouette for inspiration. (Check out our visual history of the Land Rover Defender to see how it’s evolved over it’s decades of history.) Unfortunately, if you want to own a classic Defender 90, you’re going to spend quite a bit of cash. In good condition, these rugged SUVs aren’t cheap.
Luckily for us there is now a much easier—and cheaper—way to own a Land Rover Defender 90 as long as you don’t mind it being made from plastic and building it yourself. Yes, we’re talking about a LEGO set. We have an addiction and we’re no longer interested in hiding it! The new Land Rover Classic Defender 90 kit comes as part of the model’s 75th anniversary and it’s just too cool for us to pass up. Made up of 2,336 pieces, the completed model is about 13 inches long, 7 inches wide, and its height can vary a bit but we’ll get to that later. For those curious, yes, there already is a LEGO Defender kit—but that one’s a model of the new Defender.
Like most larger LEGO automotive kits, the Land Rover Classic Defender 90 model has working steering and suspension. The doors open to reveal an interior that has a fair amount of detail considering the plastic blocky medium. What really has us hyped are the additional accessories like the roof rack, snorkel air intake, the working winch on the front bumper, and traction plates. It even comes with a little LEGO tool kit complete with a floor jack, pick, shovel, and fire extinguisher. You can run the model with or without the roof rack which is why the height is variable. While we appreciate the choice, the model looks so cool geared up that we’d probably just leave it in that configuration.
This set isn’t available yet but is slated to release on July 1, 2023. (The pre-order page says April 4, but LEGO tells us that is an error that may or may not be fixed by the time you read this.) If this model needs to join your collection as much as it needs to join ours, be prepared to pony up $239.99 plus tax and shipping. Also be prepared with any applicable excuses to give your spouse, parents, or roommates when they ask why you bought yet another grown-up LEGO set. If you come up with something good, let us know! We’re still working on ours…
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