75930 Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate is the largest of the new sets which make up the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom range, containing 1019 pieces. The manor house looks marvellous in official images and the minifigure selection is brilliant, featuring almost every major character from the movie!
However, I have most been looking forward to the brand new Indoraptor. Promotional material has demonstrated that this hybrid dinosaur will occupy a prominent role in the film so the LEGO rendition should prove to be very appealing. Unfortunately, this set costs £119.99 or $129.99 which seems quite expensive to me, although a selection of three dinosaurs are included and the bigger ones are bound to inflate the price by virtue of their complexity.
Owen Grady has undergone a substantial update since 75917 Raptor Rampage was released in 2015 and now looks far better in every regard. His medium nougat hair piece is very nicely textured while the double-sided head features some facial hair which appears accurate to the source material. It would have been good to see greater variation in Owen's expressions across the theme but I do like these designs.
The front of the torso is similarly detailed, consisting of a creased sand blue shirt and a reddish brown waistcoat. I love the dark orange and metallic silver highlights on that waistcoat but the reverse of the torso looks plain by comparison. The belt and pockets which are printed on the legs look marvellous though and the minifigure comes equipped with a black axe, presumably in reference to a notable moment from the movie.
While Owen appears in almost half of the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom sets, Claire Dearing is only available in three. This minifigure looks excellent when compared with the film, sporting an olive green jacket over a striped shirt and a belt. I like the shading around the jacket collar and the wrinkles in the fabric look reasonably realistic as well.
Claire's head is double-sided, featuring a smile on one side and a frightened expression on the other. This represents a considerable improvement over the figure from 75917 Raptor Rampage which looked rather bland in my opinion. The dark orange hair piece has only appeared in this colour once before, with the Tennis Player from Series 3 of the Collectable Minifigures, so I am glad to see it return.
Maisie Lockwood also makes use of a dark orange hair piece. This element was created for Ginny Weasley in the 2010 Harry Potter range and its colour certainly matches the character in the film, although Maisie is shown with her hair tied back in the trailers. The head is perfect though and is shared with Lex Murphy from 75932 Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase, including happy and worried expressions.
The torso, on the other hand, is brand new. It looks great in relation to the trailers but is also reasonably generic so I can imagine the striped shirt and bright red jacket proving quite popular among those who wish to create their own minifigures. Some printed shoes would have been a welcome addition but I think the short legs look alright without them.
My favourite of the six minifigures included is undoubtedly Gunnar Eversol. This character's patterned jacket is incredibly distinctive and I like the dark tan detailing on his waistcoat and tie. The exclusive dark orange hair piece looks fantastic as well, making good use of a component that was originally moulded in dark bluish grey for Commissioner Gordon from The LEGO Batman Movie range.
Gunnar's head is also highly detailed and features two different expressions. One appears determined while the other is decorated with a cruel smile, befitting the pompous auctioneer. I love the wrinkles on both sides of the head and the chin is clearly defined so closely resembles Toby Jones, who portrays Gunnar Eversol in the film. Naturally, a brick-built gavel completes the minifigure.
Big-game hunters have appeared in a couple of the previous Jurassic Park movies, often finding that dinosaurs present a far greater challenge than any modern animal. The latest such character is Ken Wheatley who wears a tan and dark tan uniform with an impressive bandoleer printed across both sides of his torso. I like Ken's severe facial expression and the figure is appropriately armed with a tranquiliser gun.
Eli Mills consists entirely of existing parts which detract from the minifigure in my view. His dark brown hair piece looks good but the character should have some prominent stubble so this clean-shaven head is not suitable. The black suit also looks very plain when compared with the other characters in this set and a new design would definitely have been preferable. Eli comes equipped with a walkie-talkie.
Experience has demonstrated that creating genetically modified dinosaurs is not a sensible decision. Unfortunately, InGen has inexplicably chosen to design a brand new creature which improves upon the perceived weaknesses of the Indominus rex. The Indoraptor is therefore smaller and more nimble than its predecessor and that is reflected in this LEGO depiction which measures 26cm in length but only 12cm tall.
Nevertheless, the Indoraptor feels rather large beside a minifigure and may have benefited from slightly shorter legs. This would also have allowed the dinosaur's arms to reach the ground so it could walk on all fours, as shown in trailers. The arms are still comparatively long though and are the same as those used for the Indominus rex so you can slot minifigures into its hands, just as on the previous genetically modified dinosaur.
The Indoraptor's head is brand new, featuring a pair of piercing red eyes and a mouth that opens to reveal jagged teeth. These feel very reminiscent of the Indominus rex and look absolutely terrifying, although it is a shame that the mouth can only open and close in two positions rather than moving smoothly. The neck also looks awkward to me but permits a wide range of motion as the Indoraptor can look up and down as well as rotating it's head.
Additional points of articulation can be found at the shoulders, wrists, hips and the base of the tail. This is sufficient for the majority of poses that one might wish to create but ankle, knee or elbow joints would have been helpful. I like the narrow shape of the Indoraptor's body and the spines along its back look superb, again indicating that this creature shares many of its genetic features with the Indominus rex.
A dark tan and orange stripe runs along either side of the figure, matching the film closely. However, I am even more impressed by the subtle black scales printed just above those stripes. They are most clearly visible in the image above but are still quite difficult to distinguish from the black plastic, only appearing under certain light conditions. Ideally, the scales would have continued across the entire Indoraptor but plain black works nicely too.
Blue first appeared in 75917 Raptor Rampage but has been updated quite significantly for the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom range. The components which make up the Velociraptor remain the same and they look wonderful but this version of Blue is more brightly coloured than the 2015 figure, featuring splashes of dark tan and no dark green on this occasion. On balance, I think the new design is probably superior, although neither quite captures the dinosaur's onscreen colour scheme.
Technic pins connect the head, arms and legs to the body so you can rotate each limb individually. The jaw is also mounted on hinges and it can be displayed in an open or closed position, both of which look great. Blue's feet include the sickle-shaped claws for which Velociraptors are well known and the hands are the ideal size to grip LEGO bars, allowing you to pose the figure as though it is climbing or grip an accessory.
The bright orange eyes look absolutely fantastic and I love the dark blue streaks along Blue's flanks. These designs appear completely organic which is no easy feat and the patterning on the hips looks magnificent as well, helping to mask the abrupt colour transition from the sand green body to the dark tan legs. The printing on LEGO's dinosaurs has certainly improved since the 2015 Jurassic World range and I hope that trend will continue in future sets.
An adorable Baby Dino completes the menagerie. I believe this dark orange figure is intended to depict a baby Tyrannosaurus rex given its short arms and head shape, although it could represent almost any bipedal dinosaur. The baby stands on a single stud and includes some lovely printed detail along the length of its back as well as around the eyes.
The Completed Model
Owen rides a dark green motorcycle here, just as he did during the first movie. The dark green fairing has only appeared once previously in 75917 Raptor Rampage and features plenty of moulded detail, including an exhaust on the right hand side and engine cylinder heads. Furthermore, a trans-yellow headlamp is fitted to the front of the bike.
Lockwood Manor is quite distinctive when compared with past LEGO buildings of a similar scale. It measures about 32cm wide with the wings attached and is 22cm in height so feels comparable in size to a set like 10937 Batman: Arkham Asylum Breakout. However, whereas that model included a huge amount of textured brickwork and moulded Gothic details, the design of this set feels quite simple, consisting almost entirely of tan bricks and panels.
The wooden doors are constructed using reddish brown plates which is a nice idea but the exposed studs look rather odd in my opinion. A few tiles would certainly have been beneficial here and the tan and dark tan doorstep is similarly bland. I like the pearl gold door handles though and the scrollwork beside the windows helps to break up what might otherwise be an extremely plain façade.
A few medium nougat bricks are also scattered throughout the model which is reasonably effective and I think the stickers on the exterior of the first floor look pretty good too. The rounded window between them, on the other hand, seems completely out of place on a building of this architectural style and does not include a glass pane, unfortunately. Presumably this is based upon a distinctive feature of the manor in the film.
Light bluish grey drainpipes run down either side of the building. I always enjoy seeing realistic details like these and they also add some extra colour to the model. The wings of the mansion are attached to the central structure using Technic pins so you can separate them easily and alter the arrangement of the different sections if you wish. This is a lovely idea but it has not been executed very well as there are few alternative configurations, none of which look as impressive as the main symmetrical design.
The interior is more richly detailed than the exterior, including some decorative flowers and two display cases in the entrance hall. I like their contrasting reddish brown colour scheme and the walkway above each cabinet looks nice, despite not lining up exactly with the upper floor. The cabinet on the right of the door features a Dimetrodon sticker. I am not sure whether this is supposed to be a backdrop for a cabinet which has yet to be filled or if the Dimetrodon is the creature on display, in which case a sticker does not seem satisfactory.
Another display cabinet on the other side of the room contains a sticker showing two olive green dinosaurs. This graphic is based upon the LEGO Coelophysis element introduced in 2012 but may be intended to represent Gallimimus here, following the example of 30320 Gallimimus Trap from the first Jurassic World film. Both cabinets can be detached from the mansion and include Technic pin holes at either end but there is very little opportunity to rearrange the different sections.
A minifigure-scale Triceratops skull occupies the centre of the room. This is a highlight of the whole set in my opinion, capturing the shape of a real Triceratops skull remarkably well and including excellent brick-built detail. I like the combination of white and tan pieces which suggest that this is an authentic bone skull rather than a plaster cast and the smaller details look tremendous, most notable of which are the angular beak and the orbits.
The towers on either side of Lockwood Estate are sparsely furnished, featuring an attractive vase on the ground floor but nothing on the next level. There is some space for minifigures in here which is welcome but the doorways are not connected to the rest of the manor so the figures cannot easily travel between rooms. Issues like this are particularly frustrating as it could have been resolved by altering the floor layout during the design process.
Each of the eight large windows across the model is attached to its frame via two jumper plates. They can be knocked out with ease, as demonstrated below. This is a simple function and it works perfectly but it seems a shame that there is no mechanism for smashing the windows without pushing on them directly as I think that would be more fun.
The first floor is occupied by a laboratory where scientists work to create new dinosaurs. This is by far the most detailed area of the manor, including various pieces of analytical equipment and an incubator for the baby dinosaur. I like the computer monitor towards the right of the lab that makes ingenious use of a trans-light blue window element and the cylindrical containment unit in the centre looks fantastic, housing a dark tan claw.
A microscope and a dark bluish grey crate with an egg inside are also found in the laboratory. These accessories are all lovely but they leave very little space for figures. Buildings with open backs do not bother me but Lockwood Manor is impractically shallow so there is absolutely no room for dinosaurs to stand and only a few exposed studs for the minifigures.
Three different rooms are located on the second floor and these also feature some furniture. The area on the left is officially described as an office but only contains an umbrella stand and a table with a printed map and a lamp on top. I am more impressed by the colourful bed on the other side of the manor, although yet again there is nowhere to stand a minifigure in here as a result of the building's shallow design.
Fortunately, Maisie can still take refuge from the Indoraptor by hiding under her bed. There is just about enough space to place a minifigure with short legs in here and fold the bed back down so it will rest on its black and pearl gold feet. This is a tight squeeze though so you might need to move the figure around in order to find exactly the right place where it will not obstruct the bed.
An enormous skylight dominates the roof. Black train windows have been placed on their side to form this unusual shape which is very clever and you can release the skylight by pulling a pin beside one of the chimneys, dropping anything standing on top. Once again, this function is simple but it works well and the trailers indicate that the collapsing skylight feature is based upon a specific moment from the movie.
I am somewhat disappointed by this set. The minifigure selection is excellent and the dinosaurs are thoroughly impressive, as we have come to expect of the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom subtheme. However, Lockwood Estate itself is definitely lacking in detail and offers surprisingly little play value for such a substantial model, especially on the inside where there is very limited space to place minifigures.
Personally, I would rather have seen a more compact mansion which might include a greater level of detail throughout. The price of £119.99 or $129.99 seems relatively expensive for a set containing 1019 pieces, although the magnificent dinosaurs go some way to justify that cost. I would therefore suggest waiting for a discount before purchasing this set or skipping it entirely in favour of some of the smaller ones.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.