[In Athena voice]: "Welcome to Watchpoint: Gibraltar. Prepare for review."
This is the flagship set of this Overwatch wave and represents the final point of the Watchpoint: Gibraltar map.
For those who are unfamiliar with Overwatch, click below for a brief summary of what it is:
Set Number: 75975 Name: Watchpoint: Gibraltar Theme: Overwatch Year of Release: 2019 Pieces: 730 Minifigs: 4 Price: £79.99 / $89.99 / 89.99€ Links: S@H Brickset Bricklink S@H description:
The box art for this set is very dynamic as it shows the rocket blasting off from the launchpad from a bird's eye view. I like how the tip of the rocket and the tower overlap the Lego Overwatch banner with Tracer at the top as it really makes the image pop. You can also see Reaper climbing the tower in his wraith form and Mercy gliding next to the rocket while Winston is... throwing peanut butter at it? Sure, why not. Maybe that's his way of christening the rocket. The Blizzard logo that is usually in the lower right corner is in the lower left this time in order not to cover up the launchpad.
The back features a more straight-on image of the set that depicts the minifigs in a scene that much closer resembles an instance from the game where Pharah, Mercy, and WInston are teaming up against Reaper. A popular strategy in the game is to have a Mercy follow a Pharah around as she flies over the battlefield raining down justice from above and keep her healed and boosted the whole time. This comp is known as Pharmercy and it's great to see it being referenced on the box here. Like with all the Overwatch back box arts, there is also the set info again, name tags for all the heroes, and the URL for the Overwatch product page on LEGO.com.
The top of box features the set name in five different languages and a lineup of all the minfigs at 1:1 scale where Winstons left arm is awkwardly cut off on the edge.
The bottom just has the usual choking hazard warnings.
On one side of the box there is a render of the minifigs striking various poses while on the other there are just the Overwatch and Lego Overwatch logos.
All the contents of the box are inside of plastic bags. There is a bag with a sticker sheet and two instruction booklets (one for the rocket and one for the launch site), a bag containing Winston's body parts, a big containing roller coaster tracks and long plates, and six numbered bags, two of which both have the number 1.
As usual with these sets, the first pages show you how to build the set using the numbered bag system, how to use a brick separator, and how to download digital instructions for the set using the Lego Life app.
And like the other Overwatch instructions, these are clear to read and have a discreet light blue background.
On the back of the final instructions booklet it lets you know that this set can be combined with 75970 Tracer vs. Widowmaker. More on this later.
Which parts are notable in this set? A better question would be what parts AREN'T noteworthy! This set is chock-full of rare and completely new elements! There are a bunch of straight red roller coaster tracks including a short one that otherwise only appear in the expensive large Roller Coaster set in this color, space shuttle hull pieces in white and black, various plates and tiles in dark azure, 2x2 curved tiles in dark red, the rectangular shield in white, 1x1 round plates with a bar on the side in gray, 2x2 triangle tiles in black, and bar holders with handle and a 2x2 plate with 2 studs in blue. The latter is exclusive to this set in this color and there is no real reason for it to be blue as it is mostly hidden in finished set, but I won't look a gift plate in the mouth. However, the most exciting recolor strangely enough just might be the brick separator that is included in this set as it comes for the first time in the recently resurrected teal color! Never has a brick separator looked more beautiful and I wouldn't mind if they only produced them in this color from now on!
But that's not all! We also get several new molds such as pair of 4x6 wedge plates in white and several pairs of 3x3 wedge slopes also in white. These seem like extremely useful parts and I hope to see a lot more of them in the future. We also get that new 2x2 tile with a 1x2 plate coming out of its center at a 90 degree angle in black like in the Bastion set and the new gun mold in dark gray like in the Dorado Showdown. Printed parts include the checkpoint marker dish and 1x1 health pack cylinder that are also available in the Tracer vs. Widowmaker set.
There are 4 figs in this set, so let's talk about them, ladies first! I am a Mercy main (meaning I play her the most) and Pharah is the only damage hero I am good at, so I am very happy to get both of these awesome heroines in the first wave and in the same set no less. Mercy is sadly the only support hero that we get in this wave (supports are always so underappreciated ), but she's a good choice since she's quite a popular character, even though she has been receiving some hate lately because of how easy she is to play and the countless nerfs (downgrades to her abilities) that she has received since the release of the game. Mercy a.k.a. Dr. Angela Ziegler is a brilliant Swiss medic and scientist who served as a guardian angel to the Overwatch team for a long time until she left the organization because she disagreed with its militaristic methods. Pharah a.k.a. Fareeha Amari is courageous Egyptian protector who grew up wanting to join Overwatch like her mother Ana, but never got the chance when it got shut down and started working for Helix Security International instead.
Mercy has a great new hairpiece with her golden halo molded onto it and comes with a cleverly brick-built version of her Caduceus Staff with which she can either heal or boost teammates with. The set description on Shop@Home says that the set comes with her Caduceus Blaster as well, but I regret to report that no such blaster is included. Very disappointing. She has detailed printing that goes from her torso all the way down to her toes. Unfortunately, she is suffering from stormtrooperitis which is causing the flesh colored printing on her black head to appear pale. This is usually not an issue when the head is covered by a helmet, but it's pretty distracting here. Pharah has a great looking new helmet mold and blue Nexo Knights armor to represent her Raptora Mark VI combat suit which works surprisingly well. Like Mercy, she has detailed torso printing that extends down her legs, although the printing stops at her knees. She gets a stud shooter gun to represent her rocket launcher and it comes with two extra pieces of ammo.
Comparing them to how they look in the game, they're pretty spot-on. Only Pharah could have been slightly more accurate with a new armor mold, but again, the Nexo Knights one works fine.
Here is a side so that you can get a better look at the new hair/helmet pieces. Just look at the gorgeous metallic printing on the side of Pharah's helmet!
Mercy wears a clear neck bracket with Chima wings attached to it to represent her Valkyrie wings. They don't look as mechanical as they should, but they do their job well enough. Pharah's wings are brick-built in such a brilliant way that they can fold all the way down when she's on the ground and can fold up once she's flying. Very impressive.
Both of them have some nice back printing as well. Here is a picture of them without their headgear and wings so that you can see it better. You also get an unobstructed view of Pharah's face here which features the udjat tatoo under her right eye that she got to honor her mother's memory when she appeared to have been killed in action. Unfortunately Pharah doesn't come with an extra hairpiece for when she takes her helmet off like Reinhardt and McCree, but oh well.
They also both have double sided heads with angry expressions. These ladies are not to be messed with!
The other two figures in the set are a bigfig of Winston and a Reaper minifig. Reaper is the same as the one you get in the Dorado Showdown set, except he comes with a ghostly leg piece to make him exclusive and to represent him in his wraith form, a ghostly state that he can go into to become invulnerable for a short time. He also has his twin Hellfire shotguns again. Winston is a super-intelligent, genetically engineered gorilla from the moon because that's just the crazy futuristic world Overwatch takes place in. He is a brilliant scientist and the one that initiated the reforming of Overwatch. He was driven to this decision when Reaper and his Talon goons attacked him in his lab at Watchpoint: Gibraltar in an attempt to download the Overwatch agent database as seen in the animated short "Recall". Therefore, it makes sense for these two to be included in this set. Winston comes with a brick-built representation of his Tesla Cannon and a small health pack, both of which look fairly accurate as well.
Being a completely newly molded bigfig, Winston looks pretty accurate to his appearance in the game, although he is missing some of the mechanical details on his spacesuit. As I said in my Dorado Showdown review, Reaper is also accurate except for his slightly scrunched-looking mask.
Winston is more slouched down than other bigfigs and his arms are more stretched out. This doesn't allow him to rotate his arms fully, but it lets him lift himself up by his knuckles as a gorilla does. His arms lack any kind of printing which is a shame.
Winston's jump pack is brick-built as well and mounted to his back. Reaper has his trench coat shaped cape again and it still looks nice and trenchcoaty.
Like Bane from TLBM, Winston has four studs on his back which hold the jump pack to his back. Reaper also comes with a pair of black legs. Here is a picture of him without his cape so you can see his back printing.
This first bag contains Pharmercy, the teal brick separator (did I mention it's TEAL?!), and the parts for the front half of the spacecraft.
You start the build with a boat hull and then add various wedge plates onto it. Pretty basic stuff.
After you add a few more white plates and slopes, the tip of the rocket is finished.
Bag #2 contains the lower half of the back section of the rocket.
This part of the build is similar to the first, just a much bigger scale. What I like here is that the walls of the front are entirely made using SNOT tiles.
Bag #3 has the necessary parts to finish the rest of the rocket. It also holds Reaper and his cloak in a separate box.
Once you add the roof and the stabilizer wings, the last part of the rocket is complete. I like how they used they used the triangle tiles along with the Nexo Knights shield to form a larger triangle at the top and the pear-shaped build in front of it is pretty neat too.
Next you begin building the launchpad. Bag #4 has all the parts needed for this.
The construction of the launchpad is pretty simple. I like the use of a sideways 1x1x6 column as a pipe though.
I see red for bag #5 because this one has the parts for the red launch tower.
Once you add it onto the launchpad, the build is complete.
There are several of the usual small bits left over after the build. Nothing too exciting, except for the teal brick separator of course!
The Completed Set
When you put the two rocket halves together and set the ship up vertically on the launchpad, you get a pretty impressive scene. The whole thing stands about 15.4” tall and over 8” wide! The rocket looks very sleek and cool. The launch tower is not bad either as it has some interesting details such as the fuel tanks, fueling arm, a satellite dish, an Overwatch logo, and a pipe going up its right side.
For some reason the designers decided to use plates instead of roller coaster tracks on the back of the tower. Personally, I would have preferred the latter. The underside of the rocket looks kind of boring compared to the other side, but that's how it is in the game too. The rocket looks very lean and mean from the side.
While the set is pretty big, it dwarfs in comparison to the setting from the game. Both the rocket and the launch tower are so massive in the game that it was difficult for me to get a good screenshot of the whole thing! The launchpad alone is so big that only heroes who can fly, teleport, or jump high can get onto it, so obviously the set is very underscaled, but with that in mind it looks pretty close to the source material. The tower could have been more accurate though. It needed to have a second fueling arm instead of the satellite dish and Overwatch logo, and it should have been taller than the rocket. The top of it also looks different.
The rocket on the other hand is about as close as they could have gotten it. It's pretty clear where the focus in the design process went.
Even though the rocket and launchpad are just background objects that don't actually do anything in the game, the designers managed to fit a lot of play features into this set. The cockpit at the tip of the rocket can be opened to seat a minifig inside, although if you want to use Mercy or Pharah you will need to remove their wings to do so.
Right behind that cockpit there is a laser cannon that can be popped out and aimed in many directions thanks to being mounted on Mixel joints. It's a bit difficult, however, to lift this section up without pulling some of the white curved slopes off.
Behind the laser cannon is a small room with a control panel which I can only assume is the gunner station and which can be accessed by removing the windscreen on top of it. There is only barely enough space for a minifig to stand here, but again, you will need to take off Mercy and Pharah's wings if you want to put one of them here.
The cargo hold of the rocket can be opened up as well. As you can see in the back right corner, Winston has packed his favorite snack for the space trip, peanut butter and bananas. The left corner has some tanks which I assume are meant to be filled with oxygen.
There is enough space here to put Winston inside, although he too will have to take off his jump pack to fit inside.
The two halves of the rockets are only connected by one Technic pin and a pair of clip hinges and can therefore be split apart. This connection is surprisingly effective as the rocket holds together quite well, but you don't need to use a lot of force to pull the halves apart. It's actually a very satisfying feeling to pop the front off and on. Splitting the rocket apart will reveal a thruster at the back of the front half and another pair of laser cannons next to the gunner station on the other half.
Remember that last page of the instructions that said that this set can be combined with 75970? Well, below you can see a picture of the payload having reached the final checkpoint (Victory!) and one picture where it has been attached to the rocket via the four studs on the black pear-shaped part on the back of the rocket. It may not be the most secure connection, but it works well enough. The boarding ramp and fueling arm of the launch tower can be folded up, and now the rocket and drone are ready for liftoff!
The satellite drone XR-9 looks pretty good on the rocket. Since it has the same color scheme and shape, it looks like it could be an extension of the rocket itself. It's like a space shuttle riding on the back of a rocket and they are very swooshable together.
Design: 4/5 - The rocket looks great and is very accurate, and while the launch tower is detailed and recognizable enough, it has a few inaccuracies and feels a bit like an afterthought.
Build: 4/5 - A mostly standard build, but there are some interesting building techniques here and there.
Minifigs: 4/5 - 4 figs is not a lot, but you get one tank hero, one support hero, and two damage heroes and they all look very good aside from some printing flaws. Even Reaper comes with wraith form legs to make him exclusive to this set.
Playability: 5/5 - They put just about as many play features as they could into what was originally an immobile background object.
Parts: 5/5 - There are tons of new and rare parts in this set! If you're only interested in the Overwatch sets for the parts, this is the one to get. Teal brick separator. 'Nuff Said.
Price: 2/5 - 12.3 cents per piece is not a good value, especially considering how low the other Overwatch sets are priced, although it's kind of understandable with all the large parts and new molds.
Overall: 4/5 - I really wanted to give this a 5/5 based on how cool the rocket ship and the minifigs are, but it just feels a bit overpriced for the amount of parts and minifigs you get, and the launchpad could have been better. I'm also disappointed with Mercy's face printing and that the set description lied about her blaster. Still, I can highly recommend this set to any Overwatch or Space fan, especially if you're looking for some interesting new and rare parts!
That concludes my Overwatch review series. I think the first wave of this theme is very strong and I hope it will do well enough that we can get more sets in the future.
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