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