Jurassic World: How do the sets compare to the film?

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The Jurassic World film has received mixed reviews since its release just over a month ago and the associated LEGO sets have been treated in much the same way on the whole. Some sets offer a great deal of playability and even a few innovative building techniques while others are rather lacklustre due to a poor minifigure selection or unreasonably high prices.

Accuracy to the source material is often an important factor in the success of licensed themes so it is difficult to get a full impression of the sets without seeing the associated film. Having now done just that I am offering my views on how the LEGO Jurassic World sets fare when compared with the movie.

It almost goes without saying that this article will contain spoilers after the break, so if you wish to avoid them I recommend not reading any further.

Before we start comparing the sets with the movie we should first establish that the set designers probably had limited access to the source material. Sometimes you can see where the designer took inspiration from even when a set scarcely resembles what we see in the movie. A perfect example of this is 76006 Iron Man: Extremis Sea Port Battle from the Iron Man 3 line. Having seen the film the set is woefully inaccurate, but based on the information that the designer might have had access to you can see how a battle at a sea port might be misconstrued in this way.

Alternatively the designers must, of course, take piece count and prices into account. Prices are almost always applied to sets prior to design, so designers are limited in how much of a scene they can reproduce and must instead select certain details.

75915 Pteranodon Capture:

This is the smallest set in the range and is arguably the least interesting, although it does match the film fairly well. It is clearly based on the scene in which the helicopter, piloted by Simon Masrani, pursues the Indominus Rex only to crash as the hybrid smashes through the aviary and frees many of the creatures inside.

The model of the helicopter is about the right size and shape, although I would have liked to see the tail rotor inset into the stabiliser as it is on the real Eurocopter EC120 Colibri (below). That would at least have differentiated it from similar sets released in previous years.

As expected the side-mounted net launcher does not appear in the movie, although this is a fun play feature so I have no complaints regarding its inclusion. The name of the set is also misleading as the helicopter is not dispatched with the intention of capturing Pteranodons, but it is destroyed by a flock of them as they escape the aviary so it makes sense for the two to be packaged together.

A full Brickset review of the set is available here.

75916 Dilophosaurus Ambush:

This is my favourite of the six Jurassic World sets as I love the Dilophosaurus and the off-road vehicle is very well designed in my opinion. However, it bears no resemblance whatsoever to anything seen in the film, instead paying homage to the Ford Explorers from Jurassic Park, albeit with a colour scheme updated to match the new film.

I suspect the designer had to base the set on very limited information, in which case I think the scene where Zach and Gray repair a Jeep from the original film might have been the basis for it. Ultimately this vehicle scarcely resembles the model which appears in the film (below), but without images there was no way the creator could have known that.

The Dilophosaurus does not appear in physical form, although it does briefly appear as a hologram. A herbivorous dinosaur might have been a more film accurate inclusion as they often appear as fodder for the Indominus Rex, but the Dilophosaurus is still outstanding in my opinion.

A full Brickset review of the set is available here.

75917 Raptor Rampage

This set is by far the most faithful to the movie, capturing the scene in which the Velociraptors besiege and then pursue a vet truck in which Owen, Claire, Gray and Zach are taking refuge. The general appearance of the truck is certainly captured but there are some inexplicable inaccuracies which is a shame.

The two Velociraptors are very important to this scene so it is no surprise that they are included and the minifigure selection is also fairly accurate as Claire, Owen and an ACU Officer all appear in this scene. In fact the only thing included that does not appear in the film is the turret which can be mounted atop the truck.

This set compares very well with the film. Although the truck does require some improvement in my opinion the entire scene has been well captured here. Only Zack and Gray are missing, although given the tendency of LEGO to spread the most desirable characters over several sets, that is hardly surprising.

A full Brickset review of the set is available here.

75918 T-Rex Tracker

While the Raptor Rampage is the most film accurate of the six sets, this one is by far the least. The only things in this set which make any significant appearance in the movie are the Tyrannosaurus Rex and Vic Hoskins while the T-Rex Tracker itself has been totally invented by the designer.

I actually quite like this set on the whole for its play value but given how many vehicles and locations from the film do not appear in the range, there were plenty of other options they could have chosen in favour of making up their own vehicle. The Main Street area of the park stands out as one which would have lent itself to a set of around this size, if not even bigger.

75919 Indominus Rex Breakout

The largest set in the wave is another of my favourites and it compares quite well with the movie on the whole. The holding pen is much smaller than it is in the film but that is inevitable to keep the set within the designated price bracket and many of its main features have been captured. For example, the control room and crane both appear in the film, although they do not look exactly like they do in the set.

I think the greatest criticism of this set can be leveled at the minifigure selection, which does not match the scene in which the Indominus Rex escapes at all. Owen is integral to the scene in the movie so his absence from the set is noticeable. The Indominus Rex is not an entirely accurate design as it does not feature very much white at all in the film but it is certainly a decent representation of the hybrid. Very light bluish grey would have been a more suitable colour although this has only appeared in Mindstorms sets in recent years so white is a reasonable substitute.

Once more some of the play features have no basis in the movie. The I-Rex does not escape by breaking through the paddock walls but through the door whereas the set offers a break-away wall to facilitate its escape. This is totally understandable as it increases the playability and does not negatively impact upon the appearance of the model, so it does not bother me at all.

A full Brickset review of the set is available here.

76920 Raptor Escape

This is another set which has been limited in size by the price point but still captures the most important elements of what we see in the film. The vet minifigure is clearly based on the young staff member who falls into the Raptor pen near the start of the film and is almost killed while Barry is a logical character to include as he is a Velociraptor trainer like Owen who plays a rather more modest role than his counterpart.

The Velociraptor enclosure itself is much smaller than the one in the film but details of the set such as the lookout tower nicely represent the walkway which runs around the edge of the entire pen in the film as well as crossing in the centre.

ATVs like the one included here are frequently seen in the film, although some creative licenses have been taken to increase the playability with the addition of a flick-fire missile on one side of the vehicle.

Overall

I think the Jurassic World sets do a reasonable job of capturing the most important scenes from the film, although a couple of them don't really seem to be based on the film at all. It is a great shame that the T-Rex Tracker did not appear in the film as many other vehicles and locations could easily have been the focus of that set. It was obviously made as a vessel for the T-Rex to be included in the range, but would be vastly improved if the set itself bore some resemblance to the film!

Of the thirteen dinosaurs making physical appearances in Jurassic World, only four appear in these sets which is a bit disappointing. Perhaps the most notable absentee is the enormous Mosasaur which ultimately eats the Indominus Rex, so plays an integral role in the film. I am not sure how LEGO could reasonably produce a Mosasaur given its enormous size in the film, but they could probably scale it down and make it around the same length as Smaug from 79018 The Lonely Mountain.

I am hoping we see a few more sets released later in the year although it seems fairly unlikely as excitement surrounding the movie will be over by then. If any more sets were to be produced, the Mosasaur would be an absolute necessity in my opinion.

What do you think of the Jurassic World sets and did you enjoy the movie?

 

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41 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Regarding the Indominus Rex...I'm sure I remember hearing the characters in the film describe it as "white", although it never appeared white to me - I think the Lego version looks slightly odd that colour, perhaps grey / green would've been better?

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By in United Kingdom,

While I do think that the prices on these sets were a little on the high side, I do think people have been over critical of the designs. When you look at most of the Jurassic World toys (non LEGO ones) aside from dino figures the LEGO has the best range and play features to my mind, often I think AFOLs forget that LEGO can't invest all the design cost on making something look really good, it has to play well!

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By in United Kingdom,

Great article, Capn, thanks. The license would have been an ideal opportunity to re-release a monorail given their prominence in the film, rather than make up vehicles like the trapper.

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By in Australia,

The way the sets seem to be flying off the shelves (based on what I have seen locally anyway) I think the chances are pretty good that when (not if but when) the next Jurassic Park film shows up we get more LEGO sets to go with it.
I just wish they weren't so expensive in Oz so I could afford to buy some :(

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By in United Kingdom,

^ I have witnessed the very same thing. I noticed that the Raptor Rampage and Raptor Escape sets were both out of stock at the Brighton LEGO store a few days ago.

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By in Australia,

I went to the Big W toy sale on at the moment the day it started, albeit not til lunchtime. I was just in time to snag the very last Dilophosaurus Ambush set, which was the very last Jurassic World set on the shelves. What surprised me was the bigger sets had all sold too, despite not being part of the sale ($170 here in Aus!!!)

I really hope the seemingly positive reception for these pushes TLG to release subsequent series, which hopefully means more dinos and even more hopefully iconic sets based on the first JP. I for one could not be happier they are popular wiv da kids!

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By in United States,

Light Stone Grey (Very Light Bluish Gray) has actually been discontinued if I'm not mistaken.

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By in Spain,

Yes sir, CapRex 101, Great article, I agree on many things, you've all mentioned, either prices or the similarity of the sets with the movie, but I particularly what caught my attention the lack of dinosaurs (As the Triceratops and some Pheranodhon more, but I love the idea of Mosasaurus), or that the galimimus only can get in polibag (which in Spain is impossible to get), I see that do not exist in brickset Two Reviews (76920 Raptor 75918 exhaust Tracker T-Rex) if not get the same quality in the photos but I can try, as only I lack the Raptor Rampage 75917 and 75 919 Rex Indominus Breakout

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By in United Kingdom,

@Aanchir - The colour last appeared in a 2013 Educational set (45100) so you could well be right.

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By in United States,

I would really only consider getting the Dilophosaurus Ambush, since I want that gryro-sphere. Otherwise, I can pass on all of the other sets. The extra-high licensing fees are a huge price turn-off for me.

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By in United States,

This line is actually pretty good if you ask me, so I hope LEGO decides to do at least one more wave.(A wave based on the first three movies would be awesome as well).

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By in United States,

Seeing as how the movie has been a smash hit, and how difficult it was for me to acquire a Dilophosaraus set, Lego should definitely do another wave.

My request: Ankylosaraus.

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By in United States,

Sounds like someone read my Bricklist....

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By in United States,

Raptor escape sold out at [email protected] in the U.S. And I just found out its a walmart exclusive which is sold out online. Never seen them in the stores. I really wish LEGO would get their act together!

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By in United States,

Cool rundown. I really like the helicopter set, but good point about the tail rotor. Love the nostalgic value of the dilophosaurus set, and like the I-Rex in white more than its grey in the film. It looks better as a Lego IMHO.

If they did another wave, I'd like to see a genetics lab. And if they could do a logistically-reasonable monorail...

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By in Germany,

I think, that has to happen, when the sets have to be designed after some pics the producers give the designer. But at least all the vehicles are quite good sets on their own. But the cages are both to small.

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By in United States,

I purchased raptor rampage. It seemed to be the best of the bunch. Like what is said in the review, it felt very faithful to the film (which I truly enjoyed), and I also liked that it came with a great assortment of important mini figures. Claire and Owen are a must for the film, and the ACU guy makes for fine dino-fodder. Then, it also comes with Blue, who winds up being very important for the climax. The set isn't 100% accurate, but it was close enough to really catch my eye and open my wallet. The price did hurt, though...

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By in United States,

I don't know, looking at the video game, it makes me wish the designers made just a few more dinosaur sculpts, especially plant-eaters like Stegosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Brachiosaurus, etc. Heck, even if another wave were released, I would be fine if it kept the single Jurassic World license but released more dinosaurs, that would be great in my opinion.

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By in United States,

Where Lego to do more I would suggest: Ankylosaurus, Mossasaurus, Dimentrodons, JP1 Visitors Center.

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By in United States,

Argh! I've seen the movie, but I didn't realize the smaller sets were so inaccurate. The fixes are easy... why they made the gyrospheres seat just one strikes me as odd, considering that whole chase sequence with Zach and Gray's gyrosphere doesn't work with two. With a different color scheme and another seat, though, that Jeep would be perfect for the Continuing Escapades of Two Teenagers And A Dinosaur.

The LEGO I-rex doesn't look right. At all.

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By in United States,

I have all of the JW sets, and for the most part I like them a lot. There are some glaring inaccuracies (looking at you, T-Rex Tracker...), and I'd have loved for them to include a few herbivores in the selection.

What we absolutely need, though, are some sets based on the original three films!! Hopefully it's on Lego's radar now that the theme seems to be doing so well.

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By in Netherlands,

Nice idea for a post! Some of us actually do buy sets because they are models, and we're quite underserved on most review sites. Can we expect more of these?

I do feel you could have been a bit harsher, though. Half of the time LEGO just made something up.
And whether or not something is a decent playset doesn't really matter when you're comparing a set with the source material - you already covered that in the regular review.

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By in United States,

I have to disagree with some points toward 75916 Dilophosaurus Ambush. The vehicle is not even a little bit paying homage to the Ford Explorers in JP. The model is clearly going for Jeep. The open roll cage, round headlights, rear mounted spare, and trapezoidal fender openings identify that.

I've only seen the movie twice now, but the Jeep Wrangler YJs found by Zach and Gray are even done in a blue and light grey / white color scheme rather than JP's red and grey, are they not?

The only thing the designer could have done to make it more obvious would have been to orient the vent tiles at the grill vertically. Jeep is sensitive about that "trademark" however, so I think it was far safer for LEGO to do as they did.

So, yes, it bares a solid resemblance to the vehicles shown in the film and indicates that, if they lacked photos, LEGO designers were at least given vehicle make, model, and color.

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By in Spain,

Insubstantial sets, with a lot of stickers, mediocre level of detail and design and a highly inflated price. As usual in the franchises (Despite honorable exceptions like the first LOTR wave or the Simpsons one).

That's my opinion about this line, which could have been much more.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Sourisnoire - I think it is important to acknowledge the play value even when considering the accuracy of a set to the source material. Naturally play features have to be included in most LEGO sets and the designers must find a balance between playability and faithfulness to the film.

@Revenant - Gray and Zach take Jeep 29, the very Jeep which carried John Hammond and Donald Gennaro to the Visitor Centre at the beginning of Jurassic Park. The mudguards of the model are reminiscent of those on a Jeep but the width of the wheel base and shape of the cab scream Ford Explorer to me.

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By in United States,

Am I the only one that was really hoping for a molded Brachiosaurus?

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By in United States,

@The Werebrick You're not alone! Yearning for Brachiosaurus or Stegosaurus.

I hope another run of sets gets released, because I don't feel any personal finickiness about accuracy to the film (then again, I have yet to see the film because I work too much). For kids who are gonna play with these sets, I'm sure they're awesome. For adults like myself who just build to relieve stress and also love dinosaurs, they still feel awesome. Also, I think the I-Rex looks wicked in white, and the image provided in the article looks white to me anyhow.

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By in United States,

I did want to comment.
I haven't read the actual shooting script, so I don't know -- but it is possible that scenes which were filmed or scripted were deleted from the final movie edit, and some things from the Lego sets could possibly represent that. But then again, everything you said could be right as well.

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By in United States,

Great article! Hope to see more sets in the future, and possibly sets from the older movies would make my day! Overall I still think Lego did a great job with the Jurassic World sets. I would love to see some herbivores in the future! Great job Capn

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By in United States,

Since these sets are made for kids(many here seem to forget that) I think most of the sets work. Raptor Escape and Rampage being the best. The T-Rex Cather thing is from the Lost World basically. It didn't catch a T-Rex but after seeing that movie a couple days ago that is the same vehicle.

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By in United States,

The latest issue of Blocks has a great interview with the head of the design team of the JW sets and he discusses the issues of making sets so far ahead of movie release. Very possible that scenes of the movie changed at the last minute, which is common, but sets were already designed and too late to change. It sounded like Lego gets a lot of access to info on the movie though.

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By in Singapore,

JW has yet to be released on home video so there's ample time to release a set featuring the Mosasaur. As for the movie, it's reliance entirely on CGI and lack of production design made it an extremely disappointing film for me. I'm only interested in the sets for the dinosaurs. The minifigs, in particular the child (who is a horrible actor) will be discarded.

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By in Australia,

One thing to consider with the colour of the Jeep in Dilophosaurus Ambush is that all the other sets have a blue/white/grey palette. I think one of the things that the lego designers try to do is keep colour palettes similar for series. This makes sense, as then when you buy two or more of the sets, you can make many more colour consistent creations.

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By in United States,

Helicopter is actually the coolest set. Masrani's pink shirt and ineffable grin are great.

Better than any JP/JW set of any ilk would be just dinos in their environment.

Imagine an Ankylosaurus with a cycad grove and hill - an Oviraptor on a sand dune. Get ridda those vehicles!

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By in United States,

Sorry to sound annoying, but I want to know. Capn, did you get the idea from my Bricklist?

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By in France,

@123MrBrick
You might have to explain what idea you're talking about.

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By in United States,

Isn't comparing the accuracy of LEGO sets to source material (as most licensed sets would be), something that pretty much everybody does? It's not always done as comprehensively as this article, but it's hardly a novel idea.

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By in United States,

@Huw Thanks for the clarification! :)

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By in United States,

The inaccuracy of the Jurrasjc World sets reminds me of the Iron man 3 sets.

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