When LEGO Technic revealed their take on the all-new Land Rover Defender, many were of the opinion that the toy version looked brawnier and better overall than the real one. While the actual Defender won’t be here before early next year, you can get your hands on the LEGO model already.

The 2,573-piece LEGO Defender measures over 22cm high, 42cm long and 20cm wide, and features  realistic elements and functions, including authentic body panels and rims, four-wheel drive with three differentials, fully independent suspension, a working winch and LEGO Technic claims to be the most sophisticated gearbox they have designed yet.

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“With every LEGO element, children can build anything they can imagine. I’m very excited about this new model – a truly impressive job done by our LEGO designers,” says Niels Henrik Horsted, Marketing Director at the LEGO Group. “Together with Land Rover, we’ve blended elements, design and innovative engineering into a set that shows the boundless creativity of LEGO play, and that with LEGO Technic you can build for real,” he adds.

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The doors of the model open to an elaborate cabin with a working steering wheel and detailed dashboard. It also features two levers for engaging high or low ratios and a selector for changing. The rear seat can be folded forward to view the four-speed sequential gearbox, while the bonnet can be lifted to view the in-line six-cylinder engine with moving pistons. Meanwhile, a turn of the the rear-mounted spare wheel opens the rear door. It also comes with a full set of accessories including a working winch, removable roof rack with storage box, pannier, ladder and traction mats.

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“The Land Rover Defender and LEGO brand are both iconic across the world, and the launch of New Defender felt like the perfect time to bring them together. The level of detail and engineering that has gone into creating this LEGO model perfectly reflects the work of our own designers and engineers who have been so dedicated to bringing a motoring icon back for the 21st century,” says Joe Sinclair, Director of Branded Goods and Licensing at Jaguar Land Rover.

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Available in olive green, grey and black colour scheme and a collection of authentic stickers, the LEGO Technic Land Rover Defender is priced at Dh899.