LEGO Overwatch Reviews


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Before Fortnite came along, Overwatch took the world of online gaming by storm. Offering a team-based first-person shooter, players can jump into instant online action by choosing from 30 playable heroes and joining up with their squad. Teamwork is baked into the gameplay, as players seek to deliver a payload or protect control points against the clock.    While that all sounds fairly run-of-the-mill for an action shooter game, the characters who inhabit the post-apocalyptic world are anything but. Winston is a genetically enhanced gorilla who can speak, D.Va battles in an enormous pink mech suit and Hammond is a super-intelligent hamster who built himself a giant battling hamster ball.   In 2018, the LEGO Group teamed up Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind Overwatch, to produce sets based on the video game. The very first release was a limited-run exclusive, 75987 Omnic Bastion, a small display model to whet the appetite of fans.   It was the following year that the theme launched in earnest, with a total of eight sets released at minifigure scale. Everything was fair game for the LEGO design team – sets such as 75972 Dorado Showdown depict actual gameplay, while sets such as 75971 Hanzo vs. Genji are based on the backstory to the game itself. To tell the story of how the post-Omnic Crisis world came to be, Blizzard released a series of animated shorts on which some of the sets are based.   While there may be a broad range of characters, mechs and vehicles covered in the theme, compatibility has been thought through – 75975 Watchpoint: Gibraltar can be combined with 75970 Tracer vs. Widowmaker for a more complete experience.    The set 75977 Junkrat & Roadhog includes a display stand for the vehicle, which feels like an acknowledgement that a lot of those buying Overwatch sets will be seeking them out more for display than play. 75976 Wrecking Ball captures the whimsy of the game well, with Hammond looking tiny in comparison to sized mech ball.   Further LEGO Overwatch sets will arrive in 2020 but have not yet been announced.