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REVIEW: 75973 D.Va & Reinhardt

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In this review we will be taking a look at D.Va & Reinhardt, or as I like to call it, the tank pack! Every good team composition in Overwatch should include at least two tank heroes, and this set gives you just that!

About Overwatch

For those who are unfamiliar with Overwatch, click below to get a brief summary of what it is:

 

Overwatch is a team-based multiplayer first-person shooter video game by Blizzard Entertainment. It was released on May 24, 2016 for PlayStation 4, XboxOne, and Windows, and it has since gathered a huge fanbase and has even become a popular esport. What sets Overwatch apart from other first-person shooters such as Fortnite or PUBG is that it encourages teamwork as players are put into two teams of six, with each player selecting from a roster of nearly 30 characters, known as "heroes", each with a unique style of play whose roles are divided into three general categories that fit their role: tank, damage, or support. Players on a team work together to secure and defend control points on a map or escort a payload across the map in a limited amount of time.

This is the first Lego theme based on a first-person shooter game (unless you count the Star Wars Battlefront subtheme) since those usually go against their brand values, so many were shocked when this theme was announced. However, what makes Overwatch different from most other shooters is that it has a stylized kid-friendly look to it and takes place in the future with fictional weapons much like Star Wars, so it doesn’t violate TLG’s no-modern-warfare rule. This is also the reason that drew me to this game as I don’t like depictions of realistic war in video games either.

Another great thing about Overwatch is that it has a lot of lore behind it. While there sadly is no story mode in the game, the backstory behind the setting and its characters is revealed in web comics and beautifully animated short films. Seriously, even if you have no interest in playing the game, I strongly recommend you go check out the shorts on YouTube; they just might change your mind with their Pixar-level quality. The story of Overwatch is basically that in a future Earth, there was a golden age of technology where humans and robots called Omnics lived together in peace until the Omnics decided to rise up against the humans. A team of the world’s finest heroes called Overwatch was formed by the UN to fight off the robot uprising and they succeeded. Overwatch kept the peace for several decades, but due to in-fighting between its members and allegations of failure, Overwatch was eventually shut down. Six years later, with a terrorist organization called Talon causing trouble all over the world and a second Omnic Crisis on the horizon, former Overwatch member Winston decides to reform the team and save the world once again. This is where the game begins.

Add to that an ever-growing roster of fun and diverse characters and a relatively positive and creative fan community and you can see why TLG chose to make a theme based on this game. I bought Overwatch on a Black Friday sale 2 years ago and have been playing it almost every day since then because it’s just so fun and addictive! So let’s see if the sets are just as fun.

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Set Number: 75973
Name: D.Va & Reinhardt
Theme: Overwatch
Year of Release: 2019
Pieces: 455
Minifigs: 2
Price: £34.99 / $39.99 / 39.99€
Links: S@H Brickset Bricklink
S@H description:

 

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For your favorite Overwatch® fan, a buildable mech suit and powered armor with LEGO® Overwatch 75973 D.Va & Reinhardt! Each of these instantly recognizable Overwatch tank heroes features an Overwatch minifigure so fans can place the highly-detailed Overwatch characters inside through the hatches that open. Reinhardt features a massive buildable Rocket Hammer and both minifigures have smaller weapons so younger fans can play out the action of the game, while older fans may want to display the minifigures and toys next to their gaming setup!

The Box

 The box has the usual Overwatch styling and shows Reinhardt and D.Va in action in Numbani which is kind of a random choice for a location since neither of these heroes has any personal connection to this map, but I guess it doesn't matter since any hero can appear on any map in the game.

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The back of the box shows the two tank heroes striking poses in the middle of Kings Row. Again, this is a location that they don't have much connection to, except that Reinhardt was present during Tracer's first Overwatch mission here once. There are name tags for both of them and the image has a very processed look to it with glimmering light reflecting off their armor. The set info and a URL to the Overwatch product page on Lego.com are also present.

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The top of the box has the set name in five different languages, an ad for the Lego Life app, and 1:1 scale images of the minifigs.

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The bottom of the box has choking hazard warnings in many different languages.

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On one side of the box there is a render of the minifigs where D.Va is doing her iconic shooting-while-somersaulting pose. The other side just has some copyright information.

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Contents

Inside the box you will find three numbered bags, two instruction booklets (one for each tank) and a sticker sheet with a whooping 19 stickers.

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Instructions

The first pages of the instructions show you how to build the set using the numbered bag system and how to download digital instructions using the Lego Life app, but the set is currently not available on there, so it won't work yet.

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Here is a random instructions page. The instructions are pretty clear and the different shades of gray parts are easy to differentiate. There are several of these large click-hingers and every time you put one of them together it shows you the word "click" in seven different languages.

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Notable Parts

There quite a few parts of note in this set! Thanks to D.Va, we get several curved parts in pink that didn't exist in this color before, including the new gun mold. It's kind of a shame that these will all be covered in stickers by the end of the build. We also get a 1x2 panel and curved windscreen in classic trans-green which should make retro space MOCers quite happy. Other interesting parts include new molds for Reinhardt's shoulder armor, 1x1 brackets, unprinted gray BB-8 heads, and that 1x1 round tile with the Overwatch logo printed on it that appears in a few of these sets.

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Minifigs

We only get two minifigs in this set, but they are quite excellent figs. Reinhardt Wilhelm was one of the first Overwatch members and also served as one of the Crusaders, a German military order of modern knights, during the Omnic Crisis. He has a larger than life persona and loves to fight for honor and glory. His minifig is basically a smaller version of his power armor and comes with the Overwatch medal that was given to him by his mentor Alderich Von Adler when he passed away and asked Reinhardt to join Overwatch in his place. Also, the lower half of his large rocket hammer can be reconfigured into a smaller, minifig-scale version for his minifig to hold which is pretty neat. He has a great new helmet mold and some detailed printing on his torso, but his legs are just plain silver.
D.Va a.k.a. Hana Song is a very different kind of person. She's a young superstar and former pro gamer who now uses her skills to protect her home of South Korea in a mech suit. She is usually very cheery, but the trauma of experiencing war at such a young age gets to her sometimes. Her minifig looks absolutely adorable. She has a great new hairpiece with her headset molded onto it and her head comes with a "winky face" on one side and a face with a chewing gum bubble on the other. Her torso printing extends nicely down to her legs and she gets a pink version of the new gun mold with no add-ons to represent her Light Gun which works pretty well.

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There's some nice detail on the sides of their new headgear as well. I really like the gunmetal color and pink stripe on D.Va's headset.

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The figs look great from the back, too, as Reinhardt has some detailed back printing and D.Va's hair flows down her back beautifully.

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D.Va has so back printing, too, which you can see in the photo below. You can also see both of their alternate faces here. While Reinhardt has the visor for his helmet printed on one side, he has his unmasked face on the other and he comes with a white hairpiece to complete the look. This is a nice addition, although I don't think it captures Reinhardt's swept-back hair very well. It looks more like the hairstyle that he had when he was younger.

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The Build

You start the build by putting together the first part of Reinhardt's power armor. The first bag contains his minifig and the parts for his armor's torso and legs.

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Similar to the two Hulkbuster armors that have been released, the torso is constructed laying on its back.

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It uses a lot of SNOT for both shaping and keeping it together. Here is the completed torso.

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Next you build the legs and attach them to the torso. This is what you have at the end of the first section:

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It's hammer time! The second bag contains the parts for Reinhardt's arms and rocket hammer.

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Once you "arm" Reinhardt, his armor is finished. His hands have clips on their palms so that he can hold his rocket hammer securely. Here he is in all of his (honor and) glory!

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The parts for D.Va's mech are not split up like Reinhardt's and are contained in a single large bag. And no, I didn't accidentally open the bag from a Lego Friends set; that's just how much pink there is in D.Va's mech. :wink:

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The cockpit for D.Va's mech is very different from Reinhardt's as it is essentially a box covered in brackets and built onto SNOT hips. Very unusual.

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The limbs of this mech are much smaller than those of Reinhardt's armor and are therefore built fairly quickly. A few building steps (and about a dozen stickers :hmpf_bad:) later, the mech is finished.

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Spare Parts

The spare parts consist of the usual assortment of small pin, plates, and tiles, including an extra Overwatch medal.

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The Completed Set

Once completed, both mechs look great. Reinhardt's armor looks a tad chunky, but I think they did alright considering the scale. D.Va's mech on the other hand is just gorgeous with its popping colors and smooth bubbly shape!

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Both characters are pretty spot-on if you compare them to the images from the game below. My only gripe with Reinhardt is that he is missing the recognizable orange glowing ring on his chest which could have easily been fixed with the inclusion of another sticker, but oh well. D.Va's mech has a bunny face on top of its cockpit where there is none in the game, and the window is not as organically shaped or even in one piece, but I don't think a better solution exists, so I think they did as good a job on it as they could without a new mold.

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 Looking at their backs, Reinhardt's rocket engine seems to be too low and doesn't look as good as I had hoped. D.Va on the other hand looks quite good. She has two thrusters on her back that are mounted on ball joints so that they can be pointed in many different directions.

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On his left forearm, Reinhardt carries his lion head shaped shield emitter which looks alright, although all the details are represented by stickers. D.Va's fusion cannons have stud shooters at the front which is a clever way of adding playability while creating an excuse for the designers to not try to come up with a solution for a 3-barrel gun which would have been very difficult at this scale. One thing that I must criticize about D.Va's mech, though, is that it's a bit front-heavy and its toes don't really touch the ground, so it tends to fall on its face if it stands on an uneven surface.

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Play Features

Speaking of playability, these mechs pretty fun to pose, especially D.Va's. Since her mech's arms are mounted on Mixel joints, they can assume all kinds of poses. Her legs are pretty posable too, although there are small black bars sticking out of the side of the hips which prevent you from lifting the legs up any further than they are in their default position. This is done so that the mech doesn't bend down inadvertently. Reinhardt is a bit more limited in movement. His elbows are constructed in a way that don't allow him to extend his arms out further than 135 degrees for some reason, so they're always at an angle, and his left arm can't even be fully retracted either since the shield emitter collides with the shoulder armor. Also, since he can't turn his elbows or wrists, he can't hold his rocket hammer with two hands unfortunately. However, unlike D.Va, his leg and shoulder movement is completely unrestricted. The shoulder pads are mounted on clip hinges so that they lift up when you lift Reinhardt's arms, although you will need to manually push them back down afterwards. Neither mech has any knee or hip posability, but that's been the norm for many years now, so there's no use complaining about it. Still, it's fun swinging Reinhardt's rocket hammer around and trying to recreate emotes from the game.

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Reinhardt's armor has a U-shaped piece with hinges on top of it that keeps the minifig from falling out and can be lifted up to slot him in and out of his armor.

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D.Va's mech has a hatch in the back just like in the source material and you can insert her minifig through here.

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The windscreen at the front can split open as well, even though it's not supposed to be able to do that. Unfortunately, D.Va can't actually grip the joysticks that control her mech and just lays loosely inside the cockpit, although it is possible to somewhat fix her in place by squeezing her hands in between the joysticks. It works well enough, but a more secure connection would have been nice.

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Ratings

Design: 4/5 - The designers did a great job capturing the likeness of these two tank heroes at this scale, especially D.Va. I feel they could have done a slightly better job on Reinhardt, though, especially his back.

Build: 4/5 - I like building mechs because they involve so much SNOT, joints, and interesting angles, and this set gives me two of them, so I'm happy, although there isn't anything too different from other mechs. The large amount of small stickers is annoying though.

Minifigs: 5/5 - 2 Minifigs is a bit low for a set of this size, but the two we get are excellent. Plus points for the extra hairpiece for Reinhardt.

Playability: 3/5 - Pretty standard posability for mechs plus stud shooters for D.Va.

Parts: 5/5 - Lots of new parts in cool colors including some new molds.

Price: 5/5 - 8.8 cents per piece seems very fair, especially with all the new molds and recolors.

Overall: 4/5 - If you're a fan of D.Va and Reinhardt or mechs in general, this set will hit the spot for you. You get two great minifigs and lots of useful new parts for a fairly low price. I just wish Reinhardt would have been a bit better designed and more poseable. I guess that "precision German engineering" that he's always talking about is not what it's cracked up to be. Still, a fun set and a great addition to any Overwatch collection.

Thanks for reading and please check out my other Overwatch reviews! If you'd like to learn how to do high-quality reviews like this, come join the Eurobricks Reviewers Academy! Special thanks to TLG for sending me these sets for review. Lego Overwatch sets are currently available for pre-order and will go on sale January 1, 2019!

What do you think of this set? Will you be buying it? And which of these heroes do you like better, D.Va or Reinhardt? Let me know in the comments and vote in the poll above! Oh, and if you're an Overwatch player, shoot me a PM with your player name so that we can play some games together!

Love,
O.Ky

Fun Fact: If you're the kind of toxic player who writes "GG EZ" in the chat in Overwatch, it automatically gets replaced by a random humorous line such as this one. It's even funnier if you imagine that it's the character they're playing who says those things.

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Thank you for the great review :)

Personally i am no fan of Overwatch. Looking at the pictures i don´t understand a lot of choices for the grey mech. For example the feet would be much more accurate with dark bluish grey at the tiptoes.

As a set without licence - which it is for me having no emotional Impact or knowlege about it - I´d also don´t rate it very high. Compared with the exo force sets i had as a kid it isn´t very impressing. The amount of Stickers is bad. Rainhardt lacks leg printing. I also don´t like pink very much.

I am going to bricklink the knights helmet but the set is not my cup of tea.

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1 hour ago, Gorilla94 said:

Thank you for the great review :)

Personally i am no fan of Overwatch. Looking at the pictures i don´t understand a lot of choices for the grey mech. For example the feet would be much more accurate with dark bluish grey at the tiptoes.

As a set without licence - which it is for me having no emotional Impact or knowlege about it - I´d also don´t rate it very high. Compared with the exo force sets i had as a kid it isn´t very impressing. The amount of Stickers is bad. Rainhardt lacks leg printing. I also don´t like pink very much.

I am going to bricklink the knights helmet but the set is not my cup of tea.

Fair enough. Exo Force was certainly the pinnacle of Lego mechs and nothing has really compared to those since then except maybe the Exo Suit, hence why I couldn't give this a full score even though I do think they look accurate.

I've been seeing mods and mocs of D.Va's mech already popping up on the web with all kinds of color schemes such as dark blue or black and orange which might be more your cup of tea.

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Nice review.  I like the mech's and some nice parts for both.  The price is pretty good for a licensed theme.  The figs are great especially Reinhardt love the torso and helm.  I'm definately going to pick one of these up.  

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Thanks Oky. I love the mecha builts as well as the minifigures. Reinhardt does look abit of Odin though. I enjoyed this review as much as seeing close up images. I had no knowledge about Overwatch and your review gave me a pretty good insight and nice idea on what this theme is all about. I am certainly aiming to get these for the builts and minifigures. 

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