Review: 75936 Jurassic Park: T. rex Rampage

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Jurassic Park was released during 1993 and has sometimes been discussed among the greatest movies ever created. 75936 Jurassic Park: T. rex Rampage focuses upon two popular icons from that excellent film and I think each model looks magnificent, although the classic Ford Explorer seems notable by its absence.

However, the imposing Tyrannosaurus rex has deservedly elicited significant attention, potentially improving upon previous LEGO dinosaurs which have been consistently smaller. Furthermore, some appealing minifigures are included so this should definitely prove to be an enjoyable set, although I do have certain reservations regarding its general cohesion and cost.

Box and Contents

The box is absolutely enormous, corresponding with 71043 Hogwarts Castle and 70840 Welcome to Apocalypseburg. Its natural colours certainly stand out, although the stance of the Tyrannosaurus rex appears slightly awkward. I presume that was because the box shape prevented the graphic designer from positioning the dinosaur more realistically without obscuring the Jurassic Park gate.

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Opening the box reveals thirty bags, numbered between one and fifteen. Two instruction manuals are provided which focus upon the dinosaur and the gate separately, thereby enabling people to construct these substantial models concurrently. In fact, they are fairly similar in size as the first booklet includes 212 pages while the second is slightly longer, comprising 252 pages.

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Some information about Jurassic Park and the design process occupies the early pages. Mark Stafford and Casper Glahder document the development of the models and the graphics respectively, providing many interesting insights. However, I noticed an error during the introduction as the Tyrannosaurus rex is described as the only dinosaur to appear in every film from the franchise. The same actually applies to Velociraptor, Triceratops and Parasaurolophus.

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Only seven stickers are included but two of them are quite large and accordingly challenging to apply. Nevertheless, I think the majority of these stickers are necessary for adding smaller details that might otherwise be missing altogether, even though printed elements would definitely have been preferable.

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Minifigures

75932 Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase was released last year and featured four minifigures from the original Jurassic Park movie. Alan Grant remains unchanged from that appearance, wearing a fedora along with a medium blue shirt and a red neckerchief. This attire corresponds exactly with the film and his smile looks good, although a more serious expression might have been welcome. Alan comes with a black Velociraptor claw.

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Ellie Sattler looks similar to the previous minifigure too, albeit now featuring a blonde ponytail rather than her earlier wavy hairstyle. The pink blouse looks fantastic when compared to the source material and the dual-moulded legs are great, faithfully replicating her dark tan shorts, white socks and reddish brown boots from the movie. In addition, I like the double-sided head that includes smiling and worried expressions.

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Enjoyable characters populate the entire Jurassic Park movie series but Ian Malcolm is probably the most beloved. The first minifigure depicting this charismatic chaotician appeared in 5005255 Jurassic World Minifigure Collection but the latest example is exclusive, taking inspiration from latter scenes in the film as Dr. Malcolm wears an open jacket and sweats profusely.

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Additional beads of sweat are printed on his double-sided head with severe and worried expressions. These convey remarkable personality and the medium dark flesh skin tone looks wonderful. Its colour appears reasonably consistent between the head, torso and legs while the bandages around Ian's left leg are superb.

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Jurassic Park was originally created by John Hammond but he has not been available as a minifigure, until now. His white beard and friendly facial expression look splendid in relation to the movie and I like the tan fedora, although a new straw hat component would have been more suitable. The torso design is perfect though, incorporating dual-moulded arms that form short sleeves. Hammond comes with his famous amber-tipped cane.

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Ray Arnold occupies a relatively minor role during the film but this minifigure looks brilliant, wearing a detailed lab coat that includes the Jurassic Park emblem and an identification badge. His patterned tie matches the onscreen character and I like this head which features a smile on one side and a terrified expression on the other. The white section between his legs seems odd, although that is an inevitable aspect of dual-moulded legs.

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The final exclusive minifigure is Dennis Nedry, whose conniving facial expression definitely captures his vile personality. However, the reverse is splattered with dark blue Dilophosaurus venom and looks even better in my opinion, reflecting Dennis' demise during the movie! The black hair component suits this character nicely as well.

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Furthermore, I like the yellow raincoat which takes inspiration from Dennis' attempt to escape Jurassic Park. This lurid design certainly stands out beside other minifigures and includes appropriate branding on both sides. A cylindrical Barbasol can for keeping stolen dinosaur embryos is provided but appears inside one of the vignettes.

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An impressive Baby Dinosaur completes the selection of figures. This seems somewhat out of place here as the Tyrannosaurus rex does not appear beside an infant during the original Jurassic Park film, although its presence is definitely appreciated. The dark orange and dark brown colour scheme looks marvellous and I love the piercing yellow eyes too, particularly since the adult dinosaur also features yellow eyes.

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The Completed Model

Each minifigure can be displayed beside the baby dinosaur and some foliage. This structure is simple but attractive, due in particular to the colourful flowers and minifigures which contrast against the black information plaque behind them. Unfortunately, that plaque includes Jurassic World branding instead of the emblem for Jurassic Park which would have been more appropriate.

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Many dinosaurs have appeared across the Jurassic Park franchise but the formidable Tyrannosaurus rex is probably the most popular. This model looks absolutely spectacular, measuring 69cm in length with its tail fully extended. The predominant dark tan, reddish brown and dark brown colour scheme differs substantially from its onscreen counterpart which is fairly monochromatic, although I think the more variegated design looks superb.

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This rendition of the Tyrannosaurus rex towers above earlier versions and is considerably larger than minifigure scale. That does make it difficult to display beside other Jurassic World sets but it looks magnificent when situated independently. Furthermore, constructing the model at a larger scale has allowed the designer to include exceptional detail, faithfully recreating the shape of the original animal.

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Augmenting the scale of a model inevitably increases its weight and that can affect the articulation, as exemplified by 21311 Voltron which is enormous but offers limited movement. Thankfully, this model includes multiple joints for creating dynamic displays and the weight distribution is absolutely perfect, thereby ensuring that the Tyrannosaurus rex can comfortably stand on two legs without toppling over.

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Curved slopes are an integral feature of the whole dinosaur and they are used to exceptional effect on the head. This structure closely resembles the film and its striking printed eyes look brilliant, especially since they are angled forwards so replicate the Tyrannosaurus' binocular vision. However, the gaps surrounding the lower jaw are unsightly and the bottom row of teeth should be hidden when the mouth is closed.

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The head appears significantly more impressive when the mouth is open, as exhibited below. Dark red occupy the interior beside numerous teeth. Their differing sizes are authentic when compared with the source material and I am delighted with the articulated tongue, although the dinosaur from the movie includes a broader tongue so its design could be improved.

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Opening the jaw reveals another gap behind the tongue which seems rather awkward. An angled plate partially covers this gap but should have extended further back in my opinion. The integration between the head and the neck is excellent though and this structure is mounted on a sturdy joint, enabling the head to rise and remain securely in position. The dinosaur includes two tiny forearms which are fitted using ball joints. They look great but the light bluish grey fingers should be darker.

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Exposed studs and smooth surfaces are combined to outstanding effect and the organic shape of the body looks magnificent. The angular ridges along the top are particularly attractive and I love the dark brown and reddish brown streaks which are found here. On the other hand, distributing some medium dark flesh elements between the reddish brown and dark tan parts might have softened their transition.

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The dinosaur is almost exclusively reliant upon a single building technique as bricks with studs on the side and brackets form the core of this model. These are subsequently covered with bricks, plates and curved slopes which look marvellous when the structure is completed but I was surprised by the lack of variation during assembly. However, I love the frog which is hidden inside, making reference to the frog DNA mentioned during the movie!

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21311 Voltron introduced an innovative joint design which returns here, comprising a Technic turntable with two gears which are secured using ball joints. That technique returns here and connects the body to the legs. The resultant structure feels comparatively robust, although the inherent design of Technic elements means that the hips are slightly wobbly because of their internal structure.

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Nevertheless, that does not impact upon the stability of the Tyrannosaurus rex. Its broad feet provide considerable support and they look fantastic. I am particularly pleased with the black claws at the end of its toes and the dewclaws on the back of each leg. The partial dark bluish grey colour scheme does not match the source material but certainly looks good and I like the layered 1x2 slopes on the ankles.

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The tail comprises ten segments of varied size, beginning with a substantial block that includes more than sixty pieces and tapering to its smallest section that only consists of four elements! The sections are connected using multiple small ball joints so the tail can swing back and forth which is remarkably important for giving the illusion of motion.

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Gaps are accordingly introduced but they are disguised quite effectively, due in particular to the stripes across the top. Of course, the designer could have constructed a sculpted tail which may have avoided these gaps but that would compromise its versatility for display. Moreover, I like how the colour scheme remains consistent for the whole length of the tail and its tapered design corresponds precisely with the movie.

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Jurassic Park introduced several classic characters and popularised certain dinosaurs but marketing material for the franchise often focuses upon the famous Jurassic Park gate. This enormous structure seems accordingly appropriate here and looks great when compared with the film, measuring 42cm in height and 48cm wide at the base. Its exterior features many studs which might disappoint some fans but I think this design is extremely effective.

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Dense foliage surrounds the Jurassic Park gate during the film and that has been replicated beautifully here. An exceptional range of plant pieces surround the base of this structure, combining four different shades of green! The leaves appear rather muddled but I think that works perfectly and the large palm fronds are particularly effective, perhaps representing one of the veriforman mentioned by Ellie Sattler.

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Muddy tracks have been cut through the undergrowth and that is represented by reddish brown bricks which contrast against their surroundings. The central guide rail looks superb and I love the textured tyre impressions on either side, although their position is inaccurate as they should be closer to the guide rail when compared with the movie. Even so, this track is among my favourite aspects of the whole set.

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Two enormous gates form the entrance to the Safari Tour. They are simply constructed using layered dark brown and reddish brown plates and the resultant design seems accurate to the source material, including diagonal braces. Such varied shades of brown are not evident during the film but occupy an important role as too much reddish brown might overwhelm any other colours.

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Stickers form the famed Jurassic Park sign above the gates. Their font and the spacing between each letter looks brilliant but stickers capture little depth, unfortunately. Assembling these letters individually would definitely have been impressive but that would be impractical at this scale without affecting the accuracy of the font. On that basis, I think this is a good compromise but understand why some people have expressed disappointment.

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Turning the model around reveals seven separate scenes, depicting important moments from Jurassic Park. This is an interesting idea which may be likened to 71040 Disney Castle and makes good use of space that would otherwise be empty. However, the Technic beams that strengthen the model appear completely exposed and their integration could have been improved in my opinion, particularly along the top.

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An emergency bunker is situated beneath the Visitor Centre and surviving characters take shelter in here towards the end of the movie. Its shelves are stacked with provisions and I appreciate accurate details such as the fire extinguisher and rifle locker on the walls. Furthermore, there is enough space for Ian Malcolm to lie on the light bluish grey block at the centre of this chamber but blueprints for the maintenance shed are not provided.

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The aforementioned maintenance shed occupies the opposite side of the base. Its internal layout has been adjusted but numerous authentic details are included, such as the system power indicators and the priming handle. Hammond describes a grey handle during the film but a black element has been used instead. The colourful buttons are perfect though and I was amazed to discover Ray Arnold's dismembered arm which is represented by a reddish brown clip and slots through the fence!

Additional scenes are situated on the next floor. The control room includes three computer monitors, featuring an idyllic waterfall, Isla Nublar and the infamous blue screen which is frequently associated with computing disasters! I like the dark red carpet underneath the desk, although the flooring seems rather dull onscreen and this shade is too bright.

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On the other hand, the restaurant where John Hammond quietly eats ice cream is dominated by lurid colours and looks great. I love the tiled floor and the lime green leaves on the back wall are excellent. There are certain inaccuracies though as the trans-green jelly originates from a later scene and John sits at a rectangular table. Nevertheless, these subtle alterations do not detract from the model in my view.

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Dennis Nedry struggles to navigate during the storm and his valuable Barbasol can, containing fifteen dinosaur embryos, is lost. That famous scene is replicated here and includes the dark blue can buried in some mud. The space is rather cramped so there is no room for the Nedry minifigure inside but you can attach his hand to the 1x2 plate with a bar shown below, as though he is rolling down the hill.

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The sixth archway houses another instantly recognisable moment from the film as Donald Gennaro is devoured by the Tyrannosaurus rex, having fled into a nearby toilet block. Unfortunately, this set does not include a Gennaro minifigure which seems quite odd. The toilet looks reasonable though and I do think it was worthy of inclusion, even without an appropriate accompanying minifigure.

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Despite scientists only engineering female dinosaurs, Alan Grant discovers a nest which confirms that the dinosaurs are breeding independently. Two broken eggs occupy the nest and they are represented by Queen Watevra Wa'Nabi's crown from The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part. The same component also appears in 41376 Turtles Rescue Mission and 75938 T. rex vs Dino-Mech Battle.

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Three black gears control the gate mechanism. This function seems reasonably smooth and I like how it has been partially disguised using foliage, although it could have been fully enclosed. In addition, the gears with four teeth which are found on each side do not knit together precisely. For that reason, both gates sometimes move independently and lining them up correctly can be slightly difficult.

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Overall

75936 Jurassic Park: T. rex Rampage contains two impressive models, both of which look spectacular on display. The imposing Tyrannosaurus rex certainly captures the majesty of its onscreen counterpart and I am satisfied with its articulation, especially given the substantial weight of each limb. I appreciate the vignettes hidden inside the gate too, despite the absence of important minifigures.

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However, scope for improvement remains. The hip joints on the Tyrannosaurus rex feel rather wobbly and certain details have not been captured accurately, particularly around its lower jaw. Moreover, the dinosaur and the Jurassic Park gate feel incohesive, perhaps because of their varied scale. Including the Ford Explorer may have solved this issue, although licensing difficulties apparently prevented that.

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They are outstanding independent models though and their remarkable size seems appropriate for a set costing £219.99 or $249.99. On that basis, I believe anyone seeking an impressive display model will appreciate this enormous set while those focusing predominantly upon play value may find greater enjoyment elsewhere.

I hope you have found this review informative. Let us know by liking this article and share your opinion of the set in the comments below.

This set was provided for review by The LEGO Group but the review is an expression of my own opinions.

70 comments on this article

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By in United Kingdom,

Good review.This is beautiful I hope they release a Jurassic Park tour car.
I love the frog which is hidden inside. is it green the frog?

ps Now there’s some excellent photography

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By in United States,

We appreciate both the thoughtfulness and thoroughness of this review, and the impartiality with which it was written. Thanks, Rex

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By in France,

Wonderful set and brilliant review. Cheers.

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By in Slovenia,

Nicely done, as always ofcourse.

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By in United States,

Wow! I love this set!!!! S L Jackson finally gets a minifigure for totally his best role ever!
And (divisive comment) I love that T-rex. I also think that putting the Jeep tracks on the base might hint at another upcoming set...

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By in Netherlands,

Don't be negative in the comments, please. It is forbidden to have opinions here.

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By in United States,

This is beautiful, I will definitely get this one! I hope they release a Jurassic Park tour car soon, cause if there’s only one in the set, I’d be willing to buy two

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By in United States,

Wow, the scale of the T-rex is impressive. This set may never be in my budget but it’s still on the wishlist. Good review.

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By in Canada,

I had seen a few comments floating around about the gates being disproportionatly too large for a car. I think Brothers Bricks had compared with the VW Bus.
Jurassic Park being one of the first movies I was allowed to see in theaters WITHOUT parents, it was quite influential. The gate always looked so ominous, I mean what do they keep in there...King Kong...
Looking at screen shots of that scene. Car to gate ratio. This is (in my opinion) the PERFECT size for a minifigure scale vehicle commonly used in sets today....
Fingers crossed with Speed Champions having Ford and Chrysler licenses we see more....if not, we'll all do what we do best, make our own.
Cannot wait to build this in 2-3 business days haha.

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By in United States,

@coenstegeman: It's fine to have opinions, just don't be hyperbolic about them and start insulting the reviewer/designers/people who disagree with you. It's not a big ask; I don't know why that's so hard for people to understand...

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By in Norway,

coenstegeman: "Don't be negative in the comments, please. It is forbidden to have opinions here."
Will you all stop droning about this. Huw just friendly asked us all to have a respectful tone to each other. All opinions are still welcome. Behave!

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By in United States,

While the T-Rex is impressive and the gate does have some interesting nooks and crannies, I'm still not sold on this set. If it came with the car and upped the price another $50, this would have been an instant buy. I don't know, something about this set just seems like it's holding back. They may do the car later but it won't get me to buy this set. It would have been really cool if they made the gate modular and build a bunch of sets so you could make the important parts of the park. I guess with Lego I could do that myself, but these days I use my own imagination elsewhere.

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By in Italy,

When saying the only dinosaur to appear in all movies it means actually the same dinosaur , not the same species. The same T-rex as a carachter is in all movies and is named Rexy, or Roberta.

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By in United Kingdom,

@MOMAtteo79 - I did consider that possibility but the Tyrannosaurus rex living on Isla Nublar does not appear in The Lost World: Jurassic Park or Jurassic Park III.

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By in United Kingdom,

Good review (as ever) I have similar questions about a UCS t.rex (not minifig scale) with a UCS gate (roughtly minifig scale). That being said the dinosaur looks impressive at that size and the gate would be a welcome addition with any other JP sets. I'm not going to get this I don't think but I think anyone who does will have an excellent display set.

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By in Singapore,

This may just be fatigue from the recent hoo-ha but I don't really have much to say about this set, other than that I kinda want to get the experience of building it and "playing" with it (with what little play value there is) even though I have no nostalgia for Jurassic Park and little interest in dinosaurs (and as such I don't want to pay for the minifigures or the vignettes at the back of the gate). That's how taken I am with the two primary builds themselves.

I know that the lower half of the dino is dark tan, but it's interesting how the environment in the outdoor photograph makes it look more like olive green.

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By in Switzerland,

I appreciate the care and detail in this set, the making-of / development text, the figures are great.

Nice collectors piece. -I'm a big Jurassic Park fan, but I'm not willing to pony up 250 bucks for this.

Is Lego gonna get around to offering a smaller sized Jurassic Park era set with these figures?

The Jurassic World franchise is a hack fraud, as far as I care. -I bought up all the 2012 Dino stuff back then, those were great. The newer JW stuff? Eeh..

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By in United States,

I'm not interested in Jurassic Park Lego, but do like the gate. That to me was one of the best shots in the movie. That and the helicopter rides.

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By in United States,

Hold on to your butts.

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By in New Zealand,

Great review! The price is too high to just get the minifigures...

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By in United Kingdom,

It's certainly an impressive looking set but it doesn't change my opinion on brick built animals, they just don't appeal to me at all. Give me the smaller T-Rex's any day of the week.
I do really like the new figures though, looks like it'll be an expensive order on Bricklink for me.

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By in Brazil,

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By in Germany,

The inclusion of the vignettes still feels rather superfluous to me. However, the thing that really bugs me about the back are not the exposed technic beams but the light grey arch pieces, which really ruin the aesthetics in my opinion.

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By in United Arab Emirates,

Not liking the T-rex head at all. Keeps reminding me of Barney. Not menacing enough. Legs are a bit weird too. Like a chicken. Other than that looks ok. N wish it had the car, or hope the car will be released in another set. I grew up with Jurassic park but I won't be getting this.

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By in Netherlands,

The T-Rex looks a lot better with its mouth closed. Once it opens it looks like a mentally disabled dinosaur as opposed to a scary flesh eating predator. As for the rest, I've still no interest. The gate means nothing to me. I'd have paid money for a T-Rex and a Ford if well excecuted. However, neither the gate or the dino look striking to me so I'll pass.

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By in Puerto Rico,

I think the T. rex model is exceptional, but I have many gripes with this set.

The gate is scaled up, which unfortunately means the minifigures can't interact with it properly, and I doubt LEGO will ever release a separate set with an appropriately sized site. That being said, a smaller gate likely wouldn't be able to accommodate the vignettes, so it's sort of a trade off.

I also have some issues with the minifigures themselves. Alan Grant in particular lacks detail on his torso, and they neglected to include belt printing on both his and Dennis's legs. I really hope LEGO continues the Jurassic Park line and improves on these minor errors.

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By in Canada,

I don't get why anyone would complain about the cost of this set. It is less than 10 cents a piece Canada. As opposed to every City set which clocks in with 20 cents per piece.

Its not even close. Its a great set.

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By in United States,

Just an idea to roll around, but what if instead of a giant t-rex and gate, we got
-the gate
-a minifig scale brachiosaurus(a dino we don't have yet that doesn't require extensive articulation)
-a minifig scale jeep
Call the set "welcome to jurassic park"

Then in the future we could get a minifig scale visitor center (or at least enough to fit the most relevant and iconic rooms/scenes)
With one normal Rex big-fig, two raptors and the classic explorer
Call it "visitor center escape or rampage or whatever.

Not a negative comment, just a little fun dreaming.

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By in United Kingdom,

Was never a fan of the movie (although I watched 2 or 3)... but this T-Rex is just amazing. Brick built! One thing people should be happy with! It is all brick built and for that alone, I will consider buying it.
Amazing display model. Great review too. Cheers!!

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By in Germany,

I love the minifigs, but the rest of the set lacks too much imho for me to consider spending that much money on it. Yes, the price per piece ratio might be OK, but it is still 250 Euro. My two main gripes are the missing Ford Explorer and the fact that the T-Rex looks nothing like the one in the movie "thanks" to the colour scheme which is completely different.

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By in United Kingdom,

Just been to the LEGO store, Leicester Square London and they have this set to buy and out on display, it’s simply huge - far bigger than I thought it would be from the pictures, has 100% swayed me, it’s superb!!!

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By in United States,

I like this set, and I appreciate the design, but it ultimately gives me a 76052 (Batman Classic TV Series: Batcave) vibe. My initial desire to own both sets was solely because of the license. I would gladly purchase a non-licensed LEGO T-Rex of this size for $120, but I can't justify buying this set at this time with other D2C on the horizon. If I'm still thinking about this set in a year, I'll bite - pardon the pun.

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By in United States,

Just as an aside, I love the look of the nature photos in this review!

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By in Canada,

@ProfBrick489, @CapnRex101 your picture in the woods makes me think this would be a ideal set to do one of those small garden (or flowerpot) made out of LEGO with real plants and/or flowers with the gate and T- Rex in it!! The picture of CapnRex and the last line of ProfBrick’s comment have struck golden inspiration in my head :)! Thanks a lot.

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By in United States,

It’s a beautiful model! I just wish we got a Vistor Center instead. Nice review!

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By in United States,

I really liked this set at first, and I still love the gate, but I'm not so sure about the T-rex anymore. Someone on the reveal article mentioned how the Jurassic Park T-rex has a distinctive look. The more I look at this one the more I agree with that commenter that this T-rex doesn't look like the Jurassic Park one. Looks really good as a generic T-rex, though!

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By in Canada,

This is a really bad set, worse than Creator dinosaur sets because this is so large. Reminds me of early 2000s Star War sets. We will not look back at this set fondly.

Please don’t delete my negative honest comment.

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By in United States,

How long, usually, until Lego puts the instructions up for a newly released set?

I want to build the T-Rex!

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By in Australia,

Good review. This is definitely 100% being added to my collection.

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By in United States,

Eh, not for me. Hopefully we get a visitor center and jeep one day.

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By in United Kingdom,

Another baby dino for the collection.

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By in United States,

The set looks awesome, but I’d really rather they include the little scenes in the back in future sets. For example they could have included Nedry and the embryo canister in a soft top jeep set. I’d want it to include a tree to wrap the jeeps winch around, one of those new dilophosaurus, and a dock sign post. Most of the other scenes deserve to be in a visitor center set. Hopefully they’ll make more classic Jurassic Park sets in the future

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By in Japan,

I love the set, the minifigs, the gate, the T-Rex, everything! It is just out of my budget... :(
I wish they had instead released smaller and more affordable sets related to JP...
I will try save to maybe get it.

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By in Australia,

Smaller brick built T-Rex and Ford Explorer, and this set would’ve been perfect.

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By in United States,

TBB posted an interview that explains the lack of a vehicle. They're working with the JP/JW license here, but while they do have the Ford license, that does not cover including an obvious-Ford in a JP/JW set. We don't even know if the license that allowed them to make their first Dodge set covers other Mopar brands like Jeep, but they'd still have the same cross-license issue. For a previous set, they had to make a truck for Owen, and they purposefully made it dissimilar enough to skirt any licensing issues, but imagine the uproar there would be if they released the Jeep/Explorer and it was clearly inaccurate to the degree required. Since the T-Rex body seems to function much like a see-saw, any pose that falls between the tail touching the ground, and the mouth touching the ground, should be "realistic". I recently looked up a list of which dinos appeared in which movies, and they didn't list Triceratops as one that appeared in all five (only three, I think), but Wikipedia does cite appearances in all five films. I think the issue is that some of the appearances are very brief, or shown in background shots, or the dinosaur is just largely forgettable (*coughParasaurolophuscough*), where the T-Rex has played a prominent role in all five films (but so does the Velociraptor). The raptor claw is going to be a problem for people later on, as my experience is that they really need to tweak the design of the minifig hand so it doesn't chew up polyethylene minifig accessories, but these claw/horn pieces are even more damage-prone due to the fact that they're really not designed for a minifig to hold.

For the large stickers, has anyone ever tried applying them directly off the sticker sheet? You know, peel back the top edge, get it started on the tile, and then just let the sticker peel itself off as you sweep your finger side-to-side to apply it.

@The Teenage Brickster:
And 4, after Mace Windu, Nick Fury from the Helicarrier, and Frozone.

@dontfeedthebrickster:
I saw a comment that pointed out they're actually too small to be minifig scale. The lowest torches should be higher than the roof of the Explorer, but they're right about at roof-level for any 6-wide vehicle they've made. The irony is they mixed three scales, then, between the T-Rex, the gates, and the tire tracks.

@CapnRex101:
Yeah, Isla Nublar is the island in the first film, and they left the T-Rex in charge when they fled at the end of the first film. Isla Sorna is where they bred them, and is the main location for the next two films. More than one T-Rex appears in Lost World, and we don't really even know if the one from JP3 was one that appeared in Lost World. But the original T-Rex from JP _is_ supposed to be the one they had on display in JW, and should be what appeared in JW2.

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By in Australia,

It's a lovely review, and those are some gorgeous photos, but I'm still not sold on the set. "Jurassic Park" was my absolute favourite movie, as a kid, but this set just isn't doing anything for me. And alleged-expectations (of the car or visitor centre) aren't an issue, because I didn't even know this set existed until the press release popped up last week. It doesn't work, for me, that there's 3 different scales between Rexy, the gates themselves, and the tire tracks (four different scales if you count the minifigs as well). The vignettes are nice, but who displays something from the back (and the toilet really is superfluous if you don't have a Gennaro figure)? And I get that people like Rexy's design, but she doesn't work for me at all (the mouth issues are one thing, but the legs seem strange. The thighs and middle section seem too small. And the angled plates don't seem to create smooth reptilian skin, very well at all, in my eyes. They just look like a collection of mismatched angled plates). And given this is allegedly going to be about $400 in Australia, or thereabouts? I'm still not convinced.

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By in United States,

@CapnRex101 - I am genuinely curious because I've been wanting a JP Ford Explorer for years. Does Lego only have certain licenses for vehicles, dinosaurs, characters in the Jurassic World/JP universe? For some reason, I thought as long as they have the license for a certain movie, they can make anything from that movie. I understand this may be naive thinking on my part, though.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Purple Dave - Exactly. The same Tyrannosaurus rex appears in Jurassic Park, Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

@ngclarkkiv - I am not informed of the details but understand that LEGO cannot release any models based directly upon the Ford Explorer or the Jeep Wrangler from Jurassic Park at the moment. Licensing agreements doubtless vary quite significantly between themes but I get the impression that many only cover an immediate subject matter. The owner of a movie or television series might hold a license but that does not necessarily transfer to any company creating products inspired by that film or series.

For instance, 75810-1 The Upside Down includes a 'Shark' poster in reference to the Jaws poster from Stranger Things. Presumably something in the licensing agreement prevented LEGO from actually recreating the Jaws poster.

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By in United States,

Not impressed with the set. It's large. That's about it. You pay for a large slab of plastic.

I just don't see $250 of value in this set. It's easily the weakest $200+ set I've ever seen Lego produce.

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By in Norway,

IMO Lego's handling of classic JP has been nothing short of inexcusable. It's a bit like if they got the SW license in '99 and then solely focused on prequel sets, with the only OT sets being the Mos Eisly Cantina and an $800 UCS Falcon with a few totally unrelated scenes inside. I just can't understand why neither Lego nor Universal seems to see the value of the classic JP theme, but rather insists on pushing another forgettable remake.

It seems like this is people's main gripe with the vignette scenes - not that they're bad or add much to the (already too high) cost of the set, but that they see them as a sign that these scenes will never be released as stand-alone sets. And this is also the reason for the "negativity" about this set - finally we get the JP set we've been waiting for all this time, and then Lego fumbles it up and drops the ball.

And sorry, I just don't buy the "couldn't get a Ford license" nonsense. What makes the Explorers distinctive is is the red/green/yellow JP paintwork, I'm pretty sure they could've replicated that while making the car design itself just generic enough to not require a specific license. And seriously, if licensing really are that complicated it should be a sign for Lego to start pulling out of licensed themes altogether, as it clearly is hampering their creative freedom.

When it comes to whether Lego did or did not "steal" this concept from Ideas, that's gonna be a situation they're gonna face over and over in the future. Someone submits an Ideas concept for an iconic movie scene, while Lego in the meantime gets a license for said movie. They then feel obligated to include that scene as a set, and the stink starts all over again.

Personally I think Lego would be better off crediting the Ideas designer, at least if their concept is equal or better than anything they could come up with in-house - the cost of percentages would be miniscule compared to all the flak they'll get for "stealing" the idea. Lego is big and has enough leverage to make this a standard contract requirement - something like "if we sign up on this license and someone is about to reach 10k on Ideas with the same concept, we reserve the right to release the first set under the Ideas brand".

In this case it seems like they tried too hard to make it something different from the submitted idea, and as a result ended up with something of lesser value at a higher price.

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By in Canada,

That it's not scaled in line with the regular playline stuff IS the selling point on this one, tbh. It's just an attractive display piece, showcasing two iconic images from the film. This set is clearly made primarily for the people who don't actively collect Lego JP sets, but who enjoyed the film and are looking to buy an interesting memento. The minifigs and vignettes are there as a random little extra, primarily to assuage the Lego JP playset collector. The primary model really gains nor loses anything with their inclusion.

This set is fantastic, imho. The more I see it, the more I want it.

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By in United Kingdom,

Thanks for the amount of research you clearly put into this superb review, Cap'n!

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By in Russian Federation,

T-rex looks wrong, stuffed and bloated. Ideas submission was more graceful and menacing. And in scale with mini figs.

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By in Canada,

$300 plus tax in Canada, youch... Looks nice, but that's an awful lot of money...

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By in Hungary,

So the recently hottest lego set is a huuugee door, amazing.

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By in Latvia,

I actually think the baby dino is a baby velociraptor, seen in the egg hatch scene, though that one was inside a lab. But still, the set is very cool, but I collect only those that are compatible with minifigures.

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By in United States,

I was really harsh and kinda mean about this set when it was first announced. I was probably a little out of line with some of my comments.

The dino does look pretty good. It particularly seems well designed. That it can stand at all is something of a minor miracle. I just don't get why it needed to be so BIG. This isn't like, say, the UCS Mustang where the level of detail is vastly improved at a larger scale - and its inability to interact with minifigures OR other dinosaurs (since no others are this large) makes it feel like an experiment in design rather than a genuine product of interest. Which, since it seems to have started as a model designed as a lark by a member of TLG, makes sense.

The gate, IMO, is big slab of wasted space, however. It looks like a hodgepodge from the back (would ANYONE display it with the back showing?) and while it's an iconic image, that's just it. It's an image. It'd be like if TLG released a UCS set of Luke Skywalker staring at the setting Twin Suns but omitted the rest of the Lars Homestead. Iconic, yes, something we really need in 3D? Not really. If they wanted to do a big T-Rex model, a large, destroyable piece of electric fence would have been a better companion build.

All in all, not worth the dollars. And a big disappointment because it seems like it's probably the only classic JP set coming down the pipeline.

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By in United States,

I purchased this Wednesday morning as soon as my local LEGO Store opened. Was the first one in the door and first one to buy it. It is safe to say that this model is my favorite LEGO set of all time by a long shot. Jurassic Park is my all time favorite film, and constructing this model just brought back all the memories of watching it for the very first time. I very much hope that they release a Visitor Center set possibly around the time of the third Jurassic World film in 2021 or 2022.

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By in United States,

Some of the pictures of the vignettes in the second half of the article aren't showing up for me. Is everyone else able to see them?

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By in United States,

LEGO Newman!
Finally!

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By in United Kingdom,

@ScoBo - Which images are not showing up? They are all visible to me but I can replace any which are not visible for you.

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By in Germany,

Honestly, these licensing issues are totally annoying. Lego apparently has the JP license. They also have a Ford license. And now they are telling us that they can't make the JP Ford Explorer because of licensing issues?
What a load of BS this whole licensing thing creates. This is one instance where I'd rather root for a copycat company like Lepin and the like who don't give a toss about licensing. Sure, it's wrong, but so is handing out (or accepting) an incomplete license to one of the most important and pivotal films in cinema history!

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By in United States,

5, 6, 8, 9 and 11, of the gate (vignettes) are not working for me.
My brother tells me he had the same problem on the 19th.

Awesome review, love the nature shot.

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By in United States,

I am quite pleased with this set. Watching the designer video also made me appreciate it way more; I liked it at first, but seeing how much effort and love Mark put into this set makes it way cooler.

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By in United States,

This set is quite amazing. I saw it at my local Lego Store and it really looks great. I don't collect Lego Jurassic Park stuff but this set is pretty impressive.

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By in United States,

@AustinPowers:
The JP/JW license apparently does not include permission to make exact replicas of the vehicles, and the auto company licenses tied into Speed Champions and the big Creator/Technic cars apparently do not allow them to cross over into the JP/JW license.

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By in United Kingdom,

1 more day to wait. I ordered it first thing Wednesday morning. I have just checked the tracking and it is due to be delivered 25th

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By in United States,

Good review, I am not interested in this particular set but I would love to see what else LEGO can fish from the first three movies. It is such a shame that we can't have the exact film vehicles from the films.

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By in Germany,

I really like the dinosaur, brick-built animals are always great. I'm also a huge fan of the Ninjago dragons or even the Microfighter Dewback.

The gate is not for me, though. Wouldn't put it on display and it just doesn't fit the T-Rex or minifig proportions. A stand with some footprints in the mud and the snapped fence in the background, that would have been so much better!

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By in United Kingdom,

I saw this on display today in the Lego store in Milton Keynes and it it way more impressive and much larger than I had imagined from the pictures. It's on my wish list now but I'll definitely have to MOC the jeep to go along side it.

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