LEGO Icons 10317 Land Rover Classic Defender 90 officially revealed

The LEGO Group’s next Icons vehicle takes things off-road with 10317 Land Rover Classic Defender 90, a set that’s sure to stir nostalgia in gearheads of a certain vintage.


We’ve already had a more modern Land Rover in LEGO Technic 42110 Land Rover Defender, but this set uses the familiar part library of studs and tubes to recreate the retro version of the vehicle. It’s based on the Defender’s design from 1983 to 2016, and comes just in time for Land Rover’s 75th anniversary. (The LEGO Group loves anniversaries.)

You’ll find 2,336 pieces in the box, with everything you need to switch the sand green Land Rover from its standard configuration to off-road ready. That includes a roof rack, separate bumper with working winch, side rails, toolbox, engine snorkel, fire extinguisher, pickaxe, jerry cans and even traction plates for traversing more difficult terrain.

10317 Land Rover Classic Defender 90 also boasts functioning steering, doors and bonnet, working suspension, three different bonnet options, two different engines and a fully-recreated interior. There’s a lot going on across the iconic car, and the LEGO Group has celebrated by tasking two adventurers with reaching the most remote LEGO Store in the world.

In a film released to accompany the set’s unveiling, Raha Moharrak – the first Saudi woman to climb Mount Everest – and extreme locations expert Aldo Kane race across the Scottish Highlands to reach a real-life Land Rover Defender and build the brand new set.

“Bringing the iconic Classic Land Rover Defender to brick life was no easy challenge,” said LEGO Design Master Kurt Kristiansen. “This prestigious car can take you anywhere, so during the design process we wanted to infuse the LEGO set with that sense of adventure. 

“The two-in-one format means you can load up with all the necessary kit, whether you want to race through the Scottish like our adventurers Raha Moharrak and Aldo Kane, navigate water or even sandy dunes. We can’t wait to see fans’ reactions.”

“I build at least one LEGO set each month so working with the two brands together has been an epic adventure,” Moharrak added. “From getting to race across the Scottish Highlands in a classic Defender to trying to be the first to reach the hardest-to-reach LEGO Store in the world – and being one of the first to play with the new set – it really was a dream come true.”

“This was my first time building a LEGO set in years but I was pretty confident that I would have the driving aspects of the challenge down – after all, I grew up in the Highlands, so I had that to my advantage,” Kane said. “Despite that, the rugged terrain and icy conditions did make it quite the adventure! I think my favourite part of the whole experience has been that Raha and I became friends through it all.”

10317 Land Rover Classic Defender 90 launches on April 1 for VIP members at and in LEGO Stores, where it will be available for £209.99 / $239.99 / €239.99. It will be available to everyone from April 4.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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