The brand new baby dinosaurs are perhaps the most popular aspect of the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom range. It is therefore wonderful to see one such dinosaur in 30382 Baby Velociraptor Playpen, a polybag set that is currently being given away with Jurassic World purchases at shop.LEGO.com in Europe.
However, the infant Velociraptor is not the only appealing aspect of this little set. In fact, I find its entire premise to be absolutely charming! Many intelligent animals are known to play so it would perhaps be unsurprising to find baby dinosaurs exhibiting similar behaviour.
Both variants of the Baby Dino look marvellous but this sand green version is probably my favourite. A dark blue stripe runs along either side of the figure, replicating Blue's patterning and matching the infant dinosaur which has appeared in a couple of trailers for the movie. Its vivid yellow eyes look superb and the level of moulded detail is equally impressive, including a pair of tiny nostrils as well as distinct arms and legs.
The Completed Model
The dinosaur's playpen measures just under 10cm wide so is slightly larger than I was anticipating. Its design is very simple, consisting of a tan entranceway and some fencing. I appreciate the inclusion of scattered dark blue pieces that match the colour scheme of larger sets such as 75927 Stygimoloch Breakout and the light bluish grey telescopes provide some lovely texture for the fence.
A round water dish is situated towards the left of the model and a chicken leg hangs over the fence on the right. This is suspended from a grey arm which can move a short distance from side to side. It might have been nice to see an entirely enclosed pen but that would probably be unrealistic for a polybag set and leaving one side open makes it much easier to play with the Velociraptor inside.
That having been said, I do think the entranceway should have included a door as the model looks odd without one when viewed from the reverse side. The walls look pretty good though, particularly at the corners where 2x2 bricks with a diagonal side are used. These have only appeared in dark blue on a couple of previous occasions so it is great to see them again in a much smaller set.
30382 Baby Velociraptor Playpen is a lot of fun. The baby dinosaur is undoubtedly the most appealing aspect of the set and looks brilliant, including considerable moulded and printed detail. I am also quite satisfied with the playpen, the colour scheme and design of which is perfectly consistent with the rest of the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom range.
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