The popular Jurassic Park franchise has become increasingly fantastical and 75938 T. rex vs Dino-Mech Battle continues that trend, focusing upon a formidable robotic dinosaur! This model looks magnificent in official images and four adorable baby dinosaurs are included here too, depicting Blue, Charlie, Delta and Echo.
However, the larger Tyrannosaurus rex is less appealing than other dinosaurs, due primarily to its relative ubiquity across the Jurassic World theme. The volcano also seems somewhat disappointing in official images so I am hoping that the minifigure selection and remarkable Dino-Mech might compensate for any shortcomings elsewhere.
Several different Owen Grady minifigures have been produced and this version features a new torso, appearing here and in 75937 Triceratops Rampage. The light bluish grey shirt includes some realistic creasing and I like the reddish brown belt printed across the legs as well. Furthermore, intricate facial hair decorates either side of Owen's head and both facial expressions look superb.
Another unique component has been produced for Claire Dearing, whose sand green shirt appears without her olive green jacket on this occasion. It includes fantastic detail and the unusual broad belt around her waist looks great. This double-sided head is available in many other sets which is slightly disappointing but it conveys some nice personality and the dark orange hair piece is perfect.
Dennis Nedry is arguably among the most popular characters from Jurassic Park so the emergence of his nephew, Danny Nedermeyer, is interesting. This minifigure looks brilliant. I love his nougat shirt which is decorated with some wonderful floral designs, covering both sides of the torso and the short sleeves. Dual-moulded arms are extremely effective here and I appreciate the continuity between this figure and the version from 75935 Baryonyx Face-Off: The Treasure Hunt.
Moreover, the double-sided head conveys a great deal of personality, appearing quite cheerful on one side while the other seems alarmed. Unfortunately, the figure lacks an evil expression which is slightly disappointing. Nevertheless, this is probably my favourite minifigure from the latest wave of Jurassic World sets and Danny comes with a red beverage can.
Vic Hoskins previously appeared in 75918 T-Rex Trapper during 2015 and this minifigure looks quite similar to its predecessor, wearing the same tan shirt and a leather shoulder holster. The creasing has been updated though and definitely represents an improvement over the earlier design, particularly on the reverse.
Jurassic World: The Legend of Isla Nublar takes place three years before the events of Jurassic World so this minifigure includes black hair, contrasting with the earlier dark bluish grey hair component. This element seems slightly odd beside grey facial hair, although I like Hoskins' two expressions, hinting at his sinister motivations where the Velociraptors are concerned. The minifigure carries a stun rifle.
Baby dinosaurs were introduced with the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom range and these examples are excellent, depicting the four Velociraptors trained by Owen Grady. Blue was predominantly sand green last year but this rendition is light bluish grey, closely reflecting her onscreen appearance. Charlie appears similarly accurate, combining olive green pigment with dark green streaks across her back.
Dark green markings are also present on Delta, although this dinosaur is moulded in sand green. It therefore looks reasonable when compared with her appearance during Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and the yellow eyes on each Velociraptor really stand out. Echo is predominantly medium nougat so also seems faithful to the film. Ideally, their printing would extend across the hips but that might not be possible at the moment, hence I am very pleased with these tiny figures.
The Completed Model
Tyrannosaurus rex is probably the most immediately recognisable and popular dinosaur, hence its prevalence across the Jurassic World range. The latest version is dark bluish grey and dark tan which contrasts with previous renditions and I think this colour scheme looks good, although it is probably my least favourite of the four recent designs. However, the proportions of the dinosaur remain perfect.
Several joints provide excellent articulation, most notably within the neck as the Tyrannosaurus' head can rotate or move vertically to reach its prey. Furthermore, the lower jaw is attached using a hinge so may be displayed in two positions. The white teeth look superb against the surrounding muted tones and I am impressed with the intricate printing, particularly around the eyes which appear appropriately scaly.
Both the arms and legs can swing back and forth while the tail rotates, although doing so interrupts the pattern along the back of the Tyrannosaurus rex. I like these dark brown streaks though and they continue onto the legs. Unfortunately, exactly the same design appeared on the version from 75933 T. Rex Transport so these two dinosaurs appear somewhat odd when placed together, sharing identical dark brown markings. Perhaps that suggests a familial relationship between them!
Inflatable dinghies have appeared in multiple sets but they are traditionally designed around a single large component. This example is accordingly unusual, making clever use of brackets and curved bricks to form its rounded sides. The model measures 13cm in length so fits between the smaller and larger boats with prefabricated hulls, although its appearance remains consistent. Of course, this boat cannot float properly.
Two stud shooters are mounted towards the bow of the vessel and additional trans-yellow 1x1 round plates are kept in a storage container. Nevertheless, plenty of space remains for minifigures to stand inside. A light bluish grey band runs around the edge of the dinghy which is effective, particularly beneath those stud shooters where some 1x2 angled bows slot together neatly. The famed Jurassic World emblem looks lovely too.
However, the outboard motor is probably the highlight of this model. It makes ingenious use of an inverted steering wheel that forms the propellor and the motor is connected to a tiller for minifigures to hold. The colourful Technic pin seems out of place, although this does allow the motor to rotate and you can lower is slightly as well.
Isla Nublar was revealed to include an active volcano during Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and this set therefore contains a small volcano. The model appears relatively simple, consisting primarily of three large rock elements which are then decorated with light bluish grey slopes and foliage. I think a slightly shallower structure might have been more appealing than this example, although these steep slopes are rather dramatic.
Orange, flame yellowish orange and trans-orange pieces are combined to form lava pouring from the volcanic crater. This contrasts against the dark bluish grey rocks and has presumably created a crack through the volcano that opens to reveal treasure hidden within! Both halves of the model are mounted on sliders and the opening function is activated from behind, as demonstrated in the images below.
The treasure chest is overflowing with valuables, including golden coins, ingots and colourful jewels. Unfortunately, the interior is otherwise lacking in detail. The upper level looks reasonable though and features a broken dinosaur egg beside two bats, both of which are hanging upside down. I appreciate this potential for minifigure exploration but the volcano looks awkward on display, resembling those in the Volcano Explorers subtheme from City.
Mechs are currently an exceptionally popular subject across numerous themes, varying dramatically in scale and design. This model looks spectacular, due primarily to its atypical stance but also the lurid lime green and dark red colour scheme! I appreciate the resultant link between this vehicle and the Ford Explorer from Jurassic Park.
Furthermore, the Dino-Mech measures 33cm in length so loosely corresponds with the Tyrannosaurus rex which measures 29cm long. This model was evidently inspired by the Tyrannosaurus so features a large head with trans-orange eyes on either side. I like how the headlights have been designed to resemble nostrils and the dark bluish grey teeth look superb. However, the lower jaw seems quite long and forms a chin which I dislike.
The metallic silver dishes attached to the head look perfect though and I like the flexible hoses. They do restrict articulation slightly, albeit only if you were intending to turn the head upside down! Danny Nedermeyer controls the Dino-Mech from a cab on its back and is protected by a black roll cage which opens sideways. The reddish brown seat looks splendid and there is also a printed control panel inside.
Enormous feet ensure the absolute stability of this mech and I like the muddy stickers which are applied between its toes. Two further stickers are placed on the thighs, featuring some wonderful dark red streaks. Unfortunately, this heavy armour does not extend over the hip joints and that section of the model therefore bears little resemblance to a real Tyrannosaurus rex. The arms are also unusual but I like the light bluish grey ice picks that form each finger and their articulation is impressive.
Similar articulation enables the tail to swing sideways or move downward to provide additional support. The decorative dark red stickers look marvellous and I like how these angular tiles resemble layered armour. A dark bluish grey landing skid forms the tip of the tail which is interesting, suggesting that the tail is designed to support the Dino-Mech while it performs particularly delicate operations, such as recovering treasure from a volcano!
LEGO has certainly produced an interesting selection of mechs and the Dino-Mech is an outstanding model. Its lime green and dark red colour scheme is brilliant and I love the metallic silver highlights as well. Furthermore, the vehicle is highly articulated so looks great on display. The yellow raft is similarly attractive and I love the infant Velociraptors.
The volcano, on the other hand, is disappointing. Its offers reasonable play value but lacks detail, particularly towards the summit. Moreover, a new dinosaur would have been preferable to another Tyrannosaurus rex but this species is extremely popular so its presence makes sense. Unfortunately, this set costs £79.99 or $89.99 which seems expensive when compared with certain other Jurassic World sets.
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This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.