Three years have passed since the first wave of Jurassic World sets was released in 2015. Those sets proved to be incredibly popular and I think this second series might be even more exciting, including a much broader range of prehistoric creatures along with some excellent models!
75927 Stygimoloch Breakout really stood out when the first Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom images were revealed a couple of months ago. This set includes a new dinosaur as well as its enclosure which is absolutely packed with detail and functions. It therefore feels reminiscent of 75920 Raptor Escape from 2015 but expands upon that model, featuring a section of Dr. Wu's lab which looks as though it could be rather interesting.
Dr. Henry Wu was responsible for creating the Indominus rex which caused such devastation during the events of Jurassic World and he will appear once again in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. This minifigure is quite different to that released in 2015, sporting a black jumper and a light bluish grey jacket rather than a lab coat. The torso design looks great in relation to the film, even including a printed badge on Wu's left lapel.
The head has also been updated and includes two expressions. One side is printed with a smile while the other seems to convey both bewilderment and disgust in equal measure! I love this design and the nougat skin tone feels appropriate for the character, as indeed does the neatly combed hair piece. Dr. Wu does not come with a chunk of amber on this occasion which is somewhat disappointing as the gold ore component introduced earlier this year would have been ideal for that purpose.
Most of the new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom sets include a Guard and they are each dressed in a dark blue uniform with a black tactical vest worn over the top. I like this design very much and it could prove useful beyond the Jurassic World range as there are no identifying symbols on the torso. The legs are also nicely decorated with some black knee pads and a belt.
Furthermore, the bearded head has only previously appeared in two sets so is very rare. I think it looks brilliant here and fits perfectly with the dark bluish grey hat which has also only been used a couple of times before. In fact, it seems as though the designers have actively tried to include some uncommon pieces for the guards throughout the range which is wonderful. He carries a tranquiliser gun with a lime green syringe fitted on top.
Excellent though the minifigures and enclosure appear, the brand new Stygimoloch is undoubtedly the highlight of this set for me! The figure measures 12cm long from nose to tail so appears considerably larger than its prehistoric counterpart when placed alongside a minifigure, although that might be an appropriate size in relation to the animal in the movie. As Dr. Wu himself stated, nothing in Jurassic World is natural.
The Stygimoloch shares its body shape with that of a Velociraptor while these legs were created for the Dilophosaurus in 2015. The head and arms, however, are brand new and both include superb moulded detail. I particularly appreciate the short spikes along the forehead as well as the domed skull and beak which are distinguished by tan printing. Four longer spikes slot into holes on the back of the head.
The head, arms and legs are all attached to the body using Technic pins so each limb can rotate. This is sufficient for dynamic posing but Pachycephalosauria are arguably best known, perhaps erroneously, for their head-butting behaviour. It would therefore have been interesting to see an additional joint that would allow the dinosaur to lower its head in preparation for a charge. Nevertheless, I am still very satisfied with this figure.
The Completed Model
75920 Raptor Escape was released three years ago and certain aspects of this set seem familiar as a result. The size and shape of the enclosure are fairly similar and both sets include a viewing platform on the upper level. This might disappoint some fans but I am actually quite pleased as I think the set improves upon its predecessor, including far greater detail and a new laboratory area for researching the Stygimoloch.
A sliding gate allows access to the enclosure, much like in 75920 Raptor Escape. The dark bluish grey lattice panel looks marvellous and I like the hazard warning stripes sticker, which comes complete with a few claw marks, along the bottom edge of the door. Textured bricks are used to add some detail on either side of the gateway but this design is not nearly as elaborate as that found in the 2015 set.
The gate slides upwards smoothly but does not include a locking mechanism. In fact, such a feature is not necessary as there is enough friction between the gate and its rails to ensure that it remains open. The dinosaur will need to duck underneath the door when entering or leaving the pen which is not ideal, although you can remove the gate entirely if you wish.
Six fence sections make up the Stygimoloch pen and these are connected using clips so you can alter its shape. I like the combination of grey walls with black electric fences and the dark blue stripes look good too. Stickered warning signs confirm that the fences are electrified and four more stickers, each featuring a chequer plate pattern, are applied along the top of the fences.
The enclosure is fairly cramped and there is not very much room for the Stygimoloch to explore inside, perhaps reflecting InGen's attitude towards these creatures. However, I think it looks alright on display and you can disconnect sections of the fence to form a larger pen if you wish, albeit one which is not completely encircled. That allows much easier access to the dinosaur for play.
The rear wall of the enclosure adjoins a laboratory and includes a large trans-light blue viewing window on the upper level. This part of the set is dominated by grey so looks quite plain in my opinion but I like the floodlights mounted on the roof. Another sticker represents an access panel on the wall which is nice, although its positioning seems slightly strange as this side of the wall is inside the dinosaur pen and there are no doors nearby.
Science has always been a significant subject within the Jurassic Park franchise but has largely been omitted from the LEGO sets, until now. This laboratory is only small but includes a number of realistic details which match the films. I love the egg incubation unit and the computer, displaying an X-ray of the Stygimoloch, looks fantastic. There is even a dinosaur-themed calendar which is open to June on the wall, perhaps making reference to the release month of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.
Unfortunately, dinosaurs have a tendency to escape their enclosures in the Jurassic Park movies and this set includes a couple of fun features to reflect that. The lattice wall panel fits on just two studs so can be knocked down very easily and the table can be flipped over as well, breaking the glass wall behind it. One has to wonder why an intelligent scientist like Dr. Wu would build his laboratory right beside the Stygimoloch enclosure. After all, this dinosaur is well known for its powerful head butting behaviour!
75927 Stygimoloch Breakout is among my favourite Jurassic World sets. The new Stygimoloch looks magnificent, including excellent moulded detail and intricate printing on almost every available surface as well as reasonable articulation. The minifigures are also very impressive and I think two figures are enough for a set of this size, although a second InGen scientist would have been a welcome addition.
In addition, the dinosaur enclosure and laboratory look great. Connecting the fences using clips allows you to change their configuration with ease and I like the destruction features inside the lab very much. My only major qualm with this set relates to its cost as £34.99 feels a little expensive to me. $29.99 in the US is much more reasonable and I would definitely recommend 75927 Stygimoloch Breakout at that price.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.