Many fans of LEGO and Jurassic Park expressed disappointment when the Jurassic World theme from 2015 did not include any sets based upon the 1993 film. 75932 Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase should therefore prove to be extremely popular as it features several major characters and three significant locations from the movie.
These have been combined into a single model with remarkable efficiency but the designer has not compromised on the level of detail. I have therefore been looking forward to this set very much indeed, although the price of £44.99 in the UK seems rather expensive given that it costs just $39.99 in the US.
Alan Grant is an exceptionally popular character and this minifigure is instantly recognisable as the renowned palaeontologist. His medium blue shirt and red neckerchief look perfect in relation to the movie but are sufficiently generic that the torso could be re-used elsewhere. The unique head is also very impressive, featuring some wrinkles around the eyes and mouth as well as a small mark beneath Dr. Grant's right eye, all of which are accurate.
The minifigure comes with a tan fedora which is pleasing and the dark orange hair piece looks good too, especially when compared with Dr. Grant's disheveled appearance towards the end of Jurassic Park. Alan is armed with a pearl silver stud shooter which is presumably intended to represent the shotgun he uses in the film, even though this weapon fires trans-light blue 1x1 round plates!
Many of the best LEGO minifigures take inspiration from characters wearing distinctive attire and Ellie Sattler is an excellent example. A pink blouse is tied around her waist, just as in the movie, while the double-sided head features a wry smile on one side and a frightened expression on the other. These seem appropriate based upon Ellie's personality and the blonde hair piece was well chosen too, capturing her wavy hair style nicely.
Furthermore, the dual-moulded legs are printed with brilliant detail, consisting of dark tan shorts, white socks and reddish brown boots which all match the film. These designs continue onto the sides of the legs so the minifigure looks great from every angle. It should be acknowledged that Ellie is actually no longer wearing her blouse when the Velociraptors attack during the movie, although the version with a pink blouse is probably better known so I am glad the graphic designer made this decision.
Lex Murphy sports an unusual tank top which is decorated with colourful spirals. This element looks fantastic and may prove popular even among those with little interest in Jurassic Park, simply because it is unlike any other minifigure torso. Lex's hair piece has been in use since 2010 but is new in medium nougat so might also appeal to minifigure collectors.
Both Lex and Tim Murphy feature double-sided heads with smiles, worried expressions and freckles. The two pieces appear nearly identical at first glance which is a bit strange, although the characters are siblings so in that respect it makes sense. I like the striped shirt and bright light blue jacket worn by Tim as well as his medium nougat hair piece which is very rare, having only previously appeared in 10402 Fun Future.
A unique medium nougat and dark brown Velociraptor completes the set. Its colour scheme is much stronger than that of the raptors in Jurassic Park but I still think the dinosaur looks superb, featuring irregular streaks across its back as well as the standard sickle-shaped claws on each foot. LEGO Velociraptors are larger than those in the movie so I was unsure how effectively they would be able to interact with an interior space, like the kitchen. Fortunately, the open design of the model negates that issue.
The elements that make up the Velociraptor were introduced in 2012 and I am pleased that they remain in use as it would be difficult to improve upon them. I love the sunken eyes and nostrils on the head as well as the articulated jaw which looks magnificent whether it is open or closed. The neck, shoulders and hips are also poseable so you can create some spectacularly dynamic displays with ease.
Designing organic patterns for LEGO figures is often difficult but I like the dark brown design along the back of the Velociraptor very much. Not only does it blend nicely with the medium nougat base colour but some speckles are visible on either side, giving the impression of scaly skin like that seen in the films. Of the nine different adult Velociraptors that have been produced since 2012, this is my new favourite.
The Completed Model
Locations from film and television are often too large to be recreated with perfect accuracy in an official LEGO product, hence the essential features of those locations are sometimes condensed into a single affordable set. 75932 Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase is a wonderful example, taking three important areas from the Jurassic Park Visitor Centre and combining them in a manner which should satisfy both adults and children.
The control room is the largest area of the model which makes sense as it occupies by far the most screen time in Jurassic Park. I like the dark red carpet on the risen area of the floor and the computer station looks excellent, with one monitor showing the Unix security system while the other features Dennis Nedry's famous GIF. I expect the graphic designer had a lot of fun when creating the latter sticker!
A secure door separates the control room from the embryo cold storage chamber and this includes a functional locking mechanism which works remarkably well. Pulling the red Technic lever beside the computer console will cause a dark bluish grey Technic axle to retract, thereby allowing the door to open. This is simple but it offers a great deal of play value, particularly since these kinds of functions rarely appear in LEGO sets.
The neighbouring wall includes a green light, presumably indicating that the door lock is in operation, as well as a map of Isla Nublar. It is clear that the designer has tried to squeeze as many details from the movie as possible into this set, even finding space for a telephone so Dr. Grant can contact John Hammond to inform him that the phones are working.
Unfortunately, sealing the door is rarely sufficient to discourage attacking dinosaurs during the Jurassic Park films so you can break through the window fairly easily. It is a perfect height for the Velociraptor to burst in, although actually climbing into the control room might be difficult. Nevertheless, this is a great feature and I like the Jurassic Park sticker on the window which could be useful for other creations.
Once the Velociraptor has broken through the glass, our four heroes escape into the air ducts above the control centre via a step ladder. That step ladder is accordingly included here but the air ducts are absent, as one might expect in a relatively small set. The minifigures can still clamber over the walls though so I am glad the ladder is included.
Jurassic Park is absolutely packed with iconic scenes, among the most famous of which takes place in the Visitor Centre kitchen where Lex and Tim hide from two Velociraptors. Once again, this area of the model features a number of notable details from the film, including some cutlery hanging from the end of a workbench and a plate which is piled high with trans-green jelly.
The cupboard space beneath the workbench is accessible from either side and is large enough to fit a minifigure with short legs inside. This is a lot of fun and I think the designer has included all the details one might need to recreate this scene, except for the door to the refrigerator. Fortunately, each section of the model is attached to the control room using Technic pins so you can disconnect and swap them quite easily.
The embryo cold storage area is visible from the control room through a window, just as in the movie. I love the angular steps leading from the door but their position seems odd as a minifigure accessing the embryos would need to walk all the way around to the other side of the model. The security camera is lovely though, again matching the source material.
Eight trans-orange globe elements represent the embryo capsules and these rotate on their stand so minifigures can access them all from the walkway. I like the white tusks which form the railing around the embryo storage tower and you can even find Nedry's modified Barbasol can which he used when attempting to steal the embryo samples. The designer of this set really has thought of absolutely everything!
75932 Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase has immediately become one of my favourite dinosaur-based sets. Not only are the minifigures and the Velociraptor excellent but the Visitor Centre play set includes tremendous detail, making the best possible use of the space available by combining the three different areas. These are sensibly arranged for both play and display, although Technic pins allow you to swap them around if you wish.
The UK price of £44.99 is higher than I would like but $39.99 in the US seems reasonable and I would therefore definitely recommend this set, albeit only at a discount in Europe. Hopefully a future Jurassic Park set will include some more of the popular characters from the original film. John Hammond, Ian Malcolm, Dennis Nedry and Robert Muldoon would all be particularly appealing!
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.