The cavalry is (almost) here! Soon you will be able to “build the perfect team, brick by brick.”
Yesterday, Blizzard announced that Overwatch Lego sets will be making their way to floors and table tops in the near future. A full-length teaser trailer was released via the Overwatch twitter account, showing off the Lego model for Tracer.
In the video, Overwatch game director, Jeff Kaplan, assembles the Tracer mini-figure, which comes to life and uses her blink ability to teleport around the screen. No further details are reveled – such as a release date or potential level sets – but we can infer some potential characters that may be included thanks to a tweet that gave a first glimpse of Overwatch’s partnership with Lego.
In August, the Overwatch twitter account posted a tweet portraying blockified silhouettes of the in-game hero selection screen indicates that the characters of Widowmaker, Zenyatta, Genji, Soldier 76, Mercy, and McCree may be Lego figures available along with Tracer.
The Lego sets will be the second physical release of something involving the Overwatch brand. Earlier this year, Blizzard announced a collaboration with Hasbro and their Nerf Rival line of toys, featuring Dva’s Light Gun and Reaper’s Wight-Skinned Hellfire Shotgun. Both guns are slated for release sometime in 2019.
Overwatch’s entry into the toy market is likely a lucrative one, given the tendency of the gaming community to be fans of collecting game memorabilia in general. Overwatch already has a sizeable presence amongst the ranks of Funko collectibles. The partnership with Lego offers a fun toy that fosters creativity, while the Nerf collaboration is particularly great for fan cosplay efforts.
It is a bit surprising that no specifics have been revealed in terms of release dates, or even if level sets are in the works along with the mini-figures. The timing is equally interesting, especially considering that the holiday season is upon us, and both sets of toys would likely be popular items.
At any rate, the upcoming Overwatch line of toys will be a fun way for gamers to support the game, while adorning their desks and shelves with the heroes that they love.