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Welcome to Jurassic Park (Well, LEGO Jurassic Park…)

With Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opening today, marketing for the film is in full swing. Toys, specialty Dr. Pepper cans, video games, and yes, new LEGO sets are available or soon to be available at retailers. This is the second “wave” of Jurassic Park LEGO sets to be released, the first being released in 2015 and retired in 2016. That wave included six sets, and for this wave they have expanded the line significantly to include regular sets, Junior sets, and Duplo sets. The regular series is composed of eight sets. It is important to note that even though they are in the regular line, they are still for the 8-12 age range, so there are no complex builds here.

That being said, lets dive into the largest set, Indoraptor at Lockwood Estate. This set is comprised of 1019 pieces and retails for $129.99. There are three dinosaurs in this set; Blue, an unnamed “baby dino”, and the set-exclusive Indoraptor. Blue is a Veciloraptor who has appeared in several of the films and has become a character unto herself. This set also includes six minifigures, including Claire and Owen from Jurassic World and Maisie Lockwood from Fallen Kingdom. The set itself is a three-story “house”, and I use that word loosely. It is basically one side of the house with part of a wall sticking out on two sides. Lockwood Estate is one of the locations of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and without having seen the film it is hard to put the scene into context. After some online digging, there is supposedly an auction of dinosaurs that takes place at the estate which is where this set comes from. My guess is that the auction doesn’t end well (chompy, chompy). It will be interesting to see if that is indeed the case once the film is released. Anywho, the house is three stories and includes some details such as a fold-up bed, a lab, and windows that can be released by pulling a rod (probably to be able to recreate a scene in the film). The set also includes a motorcycle.

The house is sturdy, and considering the number of pieces, the details are pretty neat. Most of the building of the set comes from building up the wall of the house. As I said. It’s not very complex, but it does make for a nice relaxing build, and is just challenging enough for the target 8-12 range.  The minifigures are nicely detailed and look really nice set up in the different rooms. The dinosaurs are the stars of the show here, and they are fun to build and are scaled nicely to the house. The entire set is basic and nice, and that is why I continue to have mixed feelings about the Jurassic Park LEGO sets as a whole.

I love Jurassic Park. The original film is one of those films that never gets old to me. I have seen the film many times and still get a lump in my throat when they play the music and pan over the field of Brachiosaurs’ for the first time. I remember first seeing the film in an after-school program when I was a kid. I have had a countdown to Fallen Kingdom since it was announced. Needless to say, collecting the Jurassic Park Lego sets is something I feel drawn to do. I have the entire first wave and am working on the second wave. Here is my problem with the sets: they do not feel like sets. They are bits and pieces of the franchise that get bundled and sold together as sets. Usually a dinosaur or two, a vehicle and a few minifigures.  The sets lack the cohesion of some of the other franchise sets, such as the Simpsons and Ghostbusters sets. I would love to see them take the risk of doing one large set, such as the visitor’s center. Jurassic Park has a lot of fans that I am sure would enjoy tying the individual sets together with a larger, more complex build.  Don’t get me wrong, I love that they made Lego Jurassic Park (World), but I wish they would expand of it to capture the older fans of the franchise. Maybe by the time the next film comes out?