LEGO has produced numerous sets based upon the Jurassic Park franchise, commencing in 2001 with two Studios models. Unfortunately, limited attention has been paid to the original movie in the long-running series so the latest Bricktober pack has attracted considerable interest.
5005255 Jurassic World Minifigure Collection is particularly notable for the exclusive Ian Malcolm minifigure, as one might expect given the mathematician's extraordinary popularity. Owen and Claire are also unique, although other characters such as John Hammond, Dennis Nedry or Robert Muldoon may be more enticing.
Several interesting characters were introduced during Jurassic Park but Ian Malcolm is probably the most popular, due primarily to the tremendous charisma which Jeff Goldblum brought to the role. This minifigure wears a leather jacket and an open shirt, revealing some chest hair. Moreover, a pendant is included but Dr. Malcolm's belt looks slightly odd as this design does not continue onto the hips.
The head features a pair of glasses along with smiling and frustrated expressions. These designs do convey some personality, although a concerned expression may have been preferable. Medium dark flesh was probably the best approximation for the character's skin tone and his distinctive hair style is faithfully replicated as well. He wields a flaming torch, presumably taking inspiration from the flare that appears in the original film.
Owen Grady has appeared in numerous Jurassic World sets since 2015 but this minifigure is unique, reflecting his flashback appearance while training the baby Velociraptors. He wears a detailed reddish brown vest which includes some pockets with metallic silver zips. The tan shirt underneath is relatively simple but looks good when compared with the movie and I like the belt printed on his hips too.
Food for the baby dinosaurs is kept in a satchel strapped across Owen's chest during Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom so I am pleased that is included here. Furthermore, the minifigure is decorated with a dark orange sleeve on its left arm, protecting Owen from bites. His medium nougat hair element looks great and the double-sided head is brand new.
One side features a confident smile while the other appears surprised. This second face is delightfully expressive, reminding me of the early LEGO video games which lacked dialogue so were reliant upon exaggerated facial expressions! A chicken leg is included so Owen can feed the raptor, corresponding with their appearances together in the 2018 film.
An exclusive Claire Dearing minifigure accompanies Owen, wearing a light bluish grey jacket. This design resembles her appearance at the beginning of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, when visiting Lockwood Estate, although her blouse should be white. However, the light bluish grey jacket appears accurate and I like the realistic creasing as well.
Unfortunately, the continuing design on the legs does not line up precisely with the torso and a dual-moulded element would have been welcome. The new double-sided head is marvellous though and dark orange is a suitable colour for Claire's hair piece. The minifigure carries a printed mobile phone which suits the character, although this may have been a good opportunity to produce a new version.
Bricktober packs typically contain four minifigures but this example includes Blue in her juvenile form. Dinosaurs are probably the most significant draw to Jurassic World sets so I can understand why this decision was taken, especially since these baby Velociraptors are adorable! His sand green and dark blue colour scheme matches the source material exactly and the yellow eyes certainly stand out.
The exclusive Ian Malcolm minifigure has attracted significant attention and does not disappoint in my opinion. Its design takes inspiration from the original Jurassic Park movie and looks wonderful, lacking only some printing on the hips. This version of Owen Grady is excellent as well, conveying remarkable personality through two facial expressions.
Claire Dearing, on the other hand, appears very bland and I think a fourth minifigure should have been included, despite the impressive standard of this baby dinosaur. I am accordingly slightly disappointed with this Bricktober pack and would only recommend it to those who feel absolutely compelled to own an Ian Malcolm minifigure. Fortunately, the pack only costs about £17.00 or $22.00 on the secondary market so it is relatively inexpensive.
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