The first ever set in the LEGO Overwatch line was revealed last week as 75987 Omnic Bastion. The set is a Blizzard exclusive with a limited production run for BlizzCon 2018 next month, however a small amount has been made available for purchase online in the Blizzard Gear Store.
The exclusive set contains 182 pieces and sells for $25.00 USD until supplies run out. More than likely, this set will not be part of the full LEGO Overwatch line available generally when it launches sometime in the next few months, so we suggest getting it before it becomes unavailable if you are interested.
The set comes in a small box with Bastion and the Overwatch logo on the front and the “Blizzard Exclusive” marking on the back. The “epic-level” orange Omnic skin reflects the appearance of Bastion units during the Omnic Crisis, not his default skin from the beginning of the game.
To open the box, you sadly have to rip it since it is perforated and not taped. Inside there are three small bags of parts, the instruction booklet, and a sticker sheet.
Paying a premium for not too many parts, I had hoped the exclusive set would come with printed elements (especially the “Blizzard Exclusive” one). But it appears stickers were included instead either to ease production or lower costs.
The instruction book contains 93 steps spread out over 57 pages. I’ve included the set inventory below for those curious about which exact elements make up the set.
The mech is made from quite a bit of black and grey parts (no surprise there), though the orange highlights provide a nice contrast. While there are no new elements or part colorings specific to this set, there are several newer pieces including both overhanging and inverted 1×1 brackets as well as 13 flat silver ingots.
The build begins with three sub-assemblies to create Bastion’s torso and head. Bastion can rotate at the waist, a key movement for him to both pose in interesting ways and to enter other configurations later on.
Bastion’s legs come next, using ball joints to attach at the hip and ankle. The knees are not moveable likely for stability reasons. This does limit the poseability somewhat (much like 21311 Voltron which we reviewed earlier this summer). Interestingly, the black 1×1 round plate with bar will be used to attach the standing figure to the base at the end of the build.
The legs have to remain somewhat angled out from his hips, but the ball joints on the ankles make it possible for Bastion to both remain flat-footed and stand upright. At this point, he looks like a cute mechanical T-Rex.
The next four sub-assemblies are Bastion’s arms and decorative shoulder plating. The left arm includes a blaster to represent his rapid-fire submachine gun as well as some tiny greebling. His right arm is weapon-less, with a black 1×1 round plate with handle to represent his hand. The first stickers are applied, and thankfully are all rectangular on flat surfaces.
The last bit of detail is Bastion’s Sentry-mode gatling gun, made with a barrel (bringing back fond memories of the 21109 LEGO Ideas Exo Suit) and secured in place with two 1×1 round plates with open studs. It connects to a dark red minifigure shield, only available in two new sets including the UCS Hulkbuster.
Bastion is now complete and looks close to his videogame form. He is not decorated in the default tan and green skin Overwatch players begin with in-game, though it would be quite easy to color-swap the orange to other variants. He poses remarkably well and can exude quite a bit of character for a mech with only a trans red 1×1 tile for a face.
The build is not quite done yet. A base is made out of tan bricks stacked horizontally including two Technic bricks with axle holes used to secure Bastion’s feet. The final sticker is placed on a 2×4 tile used as a placard for the exclusive set. Bastion’s bird companion, Ganymede, is included as a microbuild using only nine parts.
Overall, the first ever LEGO Overwatch set does not disappoint. Bastion stands over 4 inches tall, with Ganymede perched atop his shoulder plate. It remains to be seen if and how LEGO will make the character at minifigure scale, but at this small mecha-scale, Bastion works well and can be posed in many different positions.
The main model features the robot in his standing Recon-mode, though Bastion has two other modes in the game: Sentry and Tank. Instructions are not given to transform Bastion into Sentry-mode, so I tried to get the look with as few adjustments as possible. (I moved a few pieces around from the arms to get the two shoulder armor plates in the right position, and I removed his head since there is no room for it to descend into the torso–I shoved it under the back of the build to prevent it from tipping backwards.)
At nearly 14 cents per piece, the set seems a little overpriced if it were a typical LEGO product. But as a limited Blizzard exclusive and the first ever LEGO Overwatch set ever produced, the cost seems more justifiable (even with a few stickers). I am personally looking forward to see what else LEGO has planned, based on this first entry in the Overwatch line. (EDIT: Check out the full line of LEGO Overwatch sets here.)
75987 Omnic Bastion comes with 182 pieces and sells for $25.00 USD from the Blizzard Gear Store online until supplies run out.
How do you call it a little overpriced? It tries to be something special but it isn’t. How does being the first set of a theme justify a higher price? Besides that can’t we agree that the set looks almost like a 15€ creator set from 2007 and that Lego and Blizzard both missed to do something special here?
In the article, it is suggested that “…stickers were included instead either to ease production or lower costs”. I can somewhat agree with regards to easing of production but not lowering costs. I mean, really?! It’s already a fairly considerable rip-off at $25, how much more would it cost to print three pieces? Taking into consideration that this includes zero unique or new pieces this is a pretty terrible excuse for a new product line introduction. I have no interest in Overwatch thankfully as I see this as a possible licensing cost issue that may make the Star Wars line look like an absolute bargain. Lego truly needs to spend some more time on their core City product line (the Arctic series is a complete joke and a pathetic rehash) before TLG simply becomes a licensing platform.
There will be more Lego sets, I’m sure. It will be curious to see what else they will make, especially D.va and her mech.
I like the reviewer’s attempt at a transformation.
I think not making this into a 3-in-1 set was a complete wasted opportunity. This was LEGO’s chance to not only introduce their products to a new audience, but also a chance to reinforce the replay-ability and versatility of the bricks. I guess the community has to take up this challenge.
Come to think of it, has their been any licensed products that LEGO has shown with alternative builds from the same parts? Only thing that comes to mind is LEGO Dimensions but that is not really the same.
BTW, I can’t remember the last time I applied stickers but I did it for this set and it was not fun.
@Legoinsel: With regard to the price I think it has a lot less to do with it being “the first set” and more to do with it being a limited release exclusive — specifically one designed to tie in with next month’s BlizzCon event, where I think we will see the theme as a whole being revealed in greater detail.
In that respect, it’s less analogous to a regular retail set or even a store exclusive, and more to the 2012–2018 SDCC and NYCC exclusive sets. Considering that those sets are usually not available anywhere outside the convention itself and tend to cost as much as $40 for an average piece count of 186, a BlizzCon tie-in set being available online at a price of $25 feels downright generous by comparison.
I also disagree of it looking like a $15 Creator set from 2007. Perhaps that’s true as far as its sheer size goes, but most Creator sets back then (particularly low-priced ones) were neither this well articulated, nor did they feature as much textural detail or SNOT building. The main thing it has in common with such sets is its blockiness, and that’s inevitable since it’s based on such a blocky-looking subject in the first place.