Lego 76989 Horizon Forbidden West Tallneck Review


Are you a fan of the Horizon Zero Dawn and Horizon Forbidden West role-playing games by Guerilla Games?

Are you an enthusiastic LEGO collector that enjoys either putting your sets on display or retaining sets for their positive investment potential?  

If so, you really won’t find too many more awesome models than the LEGO Horizon Forbidden West: Tallneck set.

If you’re into role-playing games, especially games on the PlayStation 4 (and now PS5), then you’re probably well aware of the 2017 role-playing game Horizon Zero Dawn and its popular 2022 sequel, Horizon Forbidden West.  

If you’re a LEGO enthusiast, then you’re probably also aware LEGO, Sony Interactive Entertainment, and developer Guerrilla Games have teamed up to realize the Tallneck machine in all its brick glory.

Now that that’s all been said, let’s get to the finer details.

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Release 5/1/22
LEGO Horizon Forbidden West: Tallneck (76989)
  • Set #: 76989
  • MSRP (USA): $79.99
  • Piece Count: 1222
  • Minifigures: 1
  • Price Per Piece: $0.07
  • Release Date: 5/1/2022
  • Age Rating: 18+
  • Build Time:  ~ 3 to 3.5 hours

Box Contents

The box art for the LEGO Horizon Forbidden West: Tallneck set is very similar to the type of box art you find with LEGO Architecture sets.  The picture highlights the in-game art details you’ve come to expect from both Horizon Zero Dawn and Horizon Forbidden West games. 

The photo lighting sets a grounded tone in a serene environment that happens to be a small part of a world of incredible machines.

The Aloy minifigure comes equipped with a bow and spear and the Watcher-built figure offers a choice of blue, red, or yellow eyes.

The Tallneck display stand comes with a vine-wrapped stop light, brick-built birch tree, and tall grass that, together, form a finished model surrounded by beautiful landscape details.

Lastly, the 1222 pieces come in 8 individual packs.  Also, included is a richly detailed instruction manual with notes from design teams on how they translated such futuristic designs into a grand LEGO display piece.

LEGO 76989 Horizon Forbidden West: Tallneck box contents

Building Notes

The LEGO Horizon Forbidden West: Tallneck set is a challenging set designed for adults to enjoy.  The number of pieces alone and the 18+ age rating is a good indication of what you can expect in this set.

That being said, LEGO didn’t design a brick model to frustrate you.  Instead, this set was designed to be both challenging and relaxing for adults.  Fans will be able to assemble a popular figure like Tallhead and see it receive character design justice as a worthy LEGO set.

Do keep the size of this set in mind, too, when it comes to keeping track of your pieces.  The intricacy of the design makes losing pieces possibly disastrous.  That doesn’t mean once you start building that you have to finish it all in one sitting. 

Again, the pieces are spread out over 8 packs, making it pretty easy to start and stop the build based on your pack-completion rate.

It’s also recommended to keep the in-progress and finished product high enough out of the way so that curious hands will not be able to reach it.  The machine design alone, even if someone isn’t familiar with the games, will encourage most people, regardless of age, to want to reach out and play with this Tallhead. 

For kids, it might be impossible to resist if within reaching distance.  Before you know it, you may find the dual-sided head needing new head construction (or reconstruction).

LEGO Minifigures & Characters

The main character for this set isn’t the one minifigure that comes with it.  No, it’s obviously Tallhead, the tall, elegant, and awe-inspiring machine in a world of amazing machines.

Yes, the set does come with an impressive minifigure in the form of the character Aloy, along with a Watch-built minifigure.  

However, the main selling point about this set isn’t Aloy or anything else outside of Tallhead.  With such an original design on full display with its disc head, among other numerous authentic details, there isn’t much more you need in this specific set.

Horizon Forbidden West Tallneck
LEGO Horizon Forbidden West Tallneck minifigure

Collectible Display vs Playability

It’s not just an accurate display model, it’s an awesome display model.  There, it needed to be said.

Any kid who sees the LEGO Horizon Forbidden West: Tallneck set in its full and final built form will absolutely want to play with it.  After all, it looks like a giant robot dinosaur with a flat head full of computer gadgets.  They’re going to want to do more than just stare at it and ask if they can play with it.

That being said and understood, this set is specifically designed to be displayed as a collectible.  A very detailed, well-designed LEGO model fit for any shelf or case you prefer to show-off your LEGO sets is where it’s intended to be.  

If you’re both a collector and someone looking to retain investment value, this is the best option short of leaving it sealed in its box. 

It is a cool LEGO set, though, so if there’s a will to play with it, there’s always a way to play.  But you really should keep it in display mode if you can. 

That’s what a brilliant display model is meant for.

More Brick For Your Buck

The total set comes in at 1,222 pieces.  Although it only has one minifigure, the set’s theme and connection to a popular video game series, along with its absolute stunning scenery and attention to detail make the $0.07 per piece price a fantastic value.

Regional pricing aside, if you can find this the LEGO Horizon Forbidden West: Tallneck set for its original list price, you can’t go wrong making the purchase.

Potential Lego Investment Value

Considering the fact that this set was released on May 1, 2022 and sold out pretty much right after hitting the street, it’s easy to predict that the investment value for this particular set will climb as long as you don’t overpay early on the secondary market.

Although the set has been out of stock in the LEGO shop and other online outlets, LEGO has been pushing to restock it.  

That being said, if you can find the set for near market price, or can find it once it is restocked, at $0.07 a brick, you’ll be getting a 1,222-piece set that will be highly sought by gaming fans and LEGO enthusiasts for a long time.

The demand for this set is really good and the supply has not been able to keep up. Once this retires, you need to sell this set for about $197 or ore to grab 100% ROI.

Horizon Forbidden West Tallneck lego investment

Final Thoughts

The LEGO Horizon Forbidden West: Tallneck set not only brings you the iconic and awe-inspiring machine in brick form but also captures the stunning detail of the source material of the video games in a truly authentic representation in physical form that doesn’t shy away from a genuine LEGO personality.

Even for those that may not be familiar with the games, the Tallneck set is an intricate build designed for adults that is both challenging and relaxing.

Basically, you’ll have a complete blast building it and have a great conversation piece that happens to come from exceptional source material and should go up in value in a relatively short amount of time.

Related Questions

How Many Pieces are in LEGO 76989 Horizon Forbidden West: Tallneck?

There are 1222 pieces in the Lego 76989 Horizon Forbidden West Tallneck set.

How Long Does It Take To Build LEGO 76989 Horizon Forbidden West: Tallneck?

It will take you approximately 6 to 6.5 hours to build the Lego 76989 Horizon Forbidden West Tallneck set.

How Much Does LEGO 76989 Horizon Forbidden West: Tallneck Cost?

The Lego 76989 Horizon Forbidden West Tallneck set has a retail price of $79.99, if it’s in stock.

How Big Is LEGO 76989 Horizon Forbidden West: Tallneck?

The Lego 76989 Horizon Forbidden West Tallneck set is over 9 in. (23 cm) wide, 13.5 in. (34 cm) high and 6.5 in. (17 cm) deep.

Erik Williams
Erik Williams
Erik loves to write about his thoughts as an AFOL. He is a Lego Dad & enthusiast who routinely chases his kids away from his LEGO sets. He really wants the Titanic set as a gift, if anyone wants to send one his way.
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