When LEGO first announced the licensing partnership with Blizzard earlier this year to feature sets based on the team-based first-person shooter Overwatch, newsfeeds went through the roof. LEGO and Blizzard released 75987 Omnic Bastion early back in October, and today we take a look at one of six LEGO Overwatch sets that will start to ship January 1. 75953 D.Va & Reinhardt retails for 39.99 USD and includes a total of 455 pieces.
If you want to get them early, some of these LEGO sets are available for pre-order from the LEGO Shop online.
The packaging, instructions, and sticker sheet
The box art for the series will be unmistakable on store shelves, with the Overwatch logo front and center. While the front of the box feels familiar, with the featured builds for what’s inside the box, the back uses a similar format while making use of all available space with a dream-like scene that looks like a render instead of an actual photo of the two characters.
I was particularly pleased to see that the LEGO designers stuck to familiar imagery and transposed them to the brick world equivalents – in this particular case, D.Va in her minifigure pose.
This set comes in 3 numbered bags and two separate instruction booklets – one for each character and a sheet of stickers. Bags 1 and 2 contains parts for Reinhardt while D.Va is built with the remaining bag. By this alone, I was led to expect that Reinhardt would have better detailing and a bigger build.
A closer look at the sticker sheet shows that there are 25 in total — 11 for Reinhardt and the remaining 14 for D.Va. One can easily tell that a sticker nightmare awaits. As always, we would love to see printed parts come with such an iconic theme as this, but we’ve learned that that’s wishful thinking.
Reinhardt – the build
Reinhardt is clad in a powered armor suit and equipped with a rocket hammer. The build starts off with the chest piece and lower torso.
Once these two sections are put together, the thighs are attached, forming the lower limbs. The shape of the power suit is quickly visible, as expected from the low part count of the set.
Once the feet are in place the suit is able to hold itself up. With the arms in place, the overall shape starts to feel familiar.
Reinhardt’s left arm is equipped with a shield. The motif is completed with the stickers. His right hand wields his rocket hammer. This is the primary weapon of destruction that Reinhardt uses to smash his opponents for short-range damage.
The completed build has Reinhardt seated in a slot at the top of the suit. As much as I dislike stickers, I’m glad they still do supply these. Somehow the little features add a lot towards making Reinhardt who he is, especially his J08 crusader’s armor.
In an upright position, Reinhardt in his crusader suit stands about 5.5 inches tall.
His back does come with some minimal detailing, extending from the shoulder pauldrons and the rocket-powered back exhaust.
Playability & poseability
With a suit of armor, one would imagine that this build would have some level of flexibility for poses, and indeed so. Even with a small build, sufficient articulation is possible. The arms feature full articulation freedom with ball joints. The elbow design does not allow for the arms to extend straight but does have a wide angle of freedom. Hip rotation is nil, but because of the two ball joints that attach the upper legs, the legs can pose with a large degree of freedom. The ball joints at the ankle provide great stability. And I’m sure I see this coming so I’ll address it now, for the mecha fans: There are no knee joints – deal with it.
The Reinhardt minifigure
Reinhardt is depicted in minifigure form as his 61-year-old self, with an injured left eye that was brought on by the brash and bold temperament of his younger days. He comes with a helmet to wear when he’s in his crusader power suit. The miniaturized version of his rocket hammer is actually re-used and removed from the larger build. It’s a clever trick of retaining the look and overall feel of Reinhardt
The torso’s back is also printed, and the alternate faceprint has bright orange frames which can be seen through his helmet during gameplay.
D.Va – the build
The build for D.Va starts with a square cockpit of her MEKA (Mobile Exoskeleton Korean Arms). During gameplay, she pilots in a horizontal, “flying” position with access to her dual joystick-like controls. Side and front panels form to give it color and finishing.
Layered on top of the cockpit is the curved shell of the MEKA that gives it its recognizable look.
The upper and lower limbs are then built, and the knees are fixed in position, leaving articulation only at the top of the joints and the ankles — very similar to Reinhardt’s structure and level of poseability.
A few other parts are needed to complete the exoskeleton. These include the shoulder pads, the back booster, and the arms, which host the built-in weapons — built with stud shooters in grey.
The finished build is a good representation of D.Va’s mech with the number of parts needed. I am pleasantly surprised to see that even with a smaller part count than Reinhardt, it’s quite nicely designed.
The build looks great from all angles and the side profile is especially nice with the mech-like pose.
One thing is for sure: D.Va is a walking advertising billboard. At first, I thought the number of stickers would not bode well, but here, it does fit nicely to bring D.Va’s MEKA to life. I especially like the Blizzard sticker print.
Playability & poseability
With articulation points similar to the Reinhardt mech, there is some flexibility in getting the MEKA to pose with style and fashion. The knee joints seen here are fixed to give it proper balance with the slightly larger cockpit piece needed to support the weight.
The D.Va minifigure
Early on with the box art, this minifigure won my heart, and putting it together just confirms it further. Her face is decorated with a wink on one side.
D.Va’s alternate face print is a winner for sure. She’s chewing gum and the print captures her mid-way making a bubble that’s about to pop. It’s the perfect shot to bring her animated character to life.
Her headset (which has now become an iconic gear choice from gaming-focussed company Razer, is available for us mere mortals on Amazon) is attached and molded to the hairpiece. She wields a pink shooter as her weapon.
If you didn’t notice any photo of D.Va inside her MEKA, that’s for a reason. And it’s my only bone to pick in this set. You’re expected to just slot her into the back in her “pilot flying position.” I find it a little unglamorous, well, considering that she’s supposed to be a diva after all. While it’s how she’s positioned in the game in her MEKA, I wish the designers could have done a little more to give it a better-secured pose, as opposed to just stashing her in a box.
Summary of the Dynamic Duo
Both builds stand about the same height and are great as a pair for a playset. It was a good decision to include these as a duo, which means double the fun for all. At first glance, I didn’t think that the part could do justice to the characters, but I must say they turned out impressive. The pink parts provided a great and fun contrast to the grey of Reinhardt that eventually grew on me. Though the stickers were a pain, it was well worth it to bring out the individuality of each character to counter the low part count.
I was also secretly doubting the build quality of these sets, likening them to the LEGO Super Heroes sets, which I call “figbait” sets. Figbait sets are sets that you buy just to acquire the minifigures and then throw the parts of the vehicles and remnants into your parts bin. For Reinhardt and D.Va, I stand corrected with my earlier bias against these two builds. As much as they have a low part count, they do provide excellent representations of both a suit of armor and a mecha. Fans both new to LEGO and current AFOLS (Adult Fans of LEGO) should enjoy these builds. For anyone that’s not exposed to the Overwatch franchise, these are pretty good sets just to pick up and enjoy.
As a minifigure enthusiast, these two will definitely be going into the special bucket of favorites. Besides the obvious prints on the minifigures, this set does come with not one, but two printed round tiles with the Overwatch tokens, as shown in the image below in Reinheartd’s hand.
If you’re an Overwatch fan and new to LEGO, what are you waiting for? These should already be on your shopping list.
LEGO Overwatch sets are available for pre-order (or add them to your wishlist) on LEGO Shop online. 75953 LEGO Overwatch D.Va & Reinhardt comes with 455 pieces, 2 Minifigures and retails for $39.99 USD.
The LEGO Group sent The Brothers Brick an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.
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