Theme: Jurassic World
Release Year: 2019
Cost: AU $399.99
Pieces: 3120 (with six minifigures)
When LEGO announced 75936 Jurassic Park: T. rex Rampage back in June, I (along with many of you) knew that it had to be in my collection. What a set! A gigantic dinosaur, a spectacular looking Jurassic Park gate, and six minifigures in one set was too good to miss. It took me a bit of time to get to building it, but I’ve spent the weekend getting stuck in. Needless to say, I’m impressed.
The movie itself? Well, it’s one of the greatest films ever made (in my opinion). A timeless classic, and this set captures a number of iconic scenes well.
Inside the enormous box you’ll find 29 numbered bags across 15 stages, one bag of plates, a loose tan 16×16 plate, two instruction booklets – one each for the dino and the gate, and a sticker sheet with seven stickers. The seven stickers are welcome additions for me, as they add in nice details. What was tricky about them was the two large ones. These took a bit of time, and a couple of attempts to get straight. The larger the sticker, the harder it is to get right!
The minifigures in this set by themselves were a big draw for me, picking out six key characters to portray in LEGO. First up is Ian Malcolm, the chaos theory mathematician. Easily a favourite among fans, it’s so great to see him in this form – injured leg, shirt open and sweating. It’s a favourite scene in the film, and it’s been immortalised thanks to the internet. The printing is fantastic, although there’s a slight colour difference between the torso and legs, and the head. He’s got a double sided head with the smouldering look, as well as a surprised one.
Next is Ray Arnold, Jurassic Park’s Chief Engineer. He doesn’t get as big a role in the movie as the others, but he does get one of my favourite movie lines ever – “Hold on to your butts!”. Ray’s got a nice lab-coat on, complete with the Jurassic Park logo and name badge, and under it is a creased white shirt and grey tie. He’s also got a surprised look on the other side of his head. Probably when he’s looking at that velociraptor…
John Hammond is the creator of Jurassic Park, and this is another excellent minifigure inclusion. He’s wearing white pants, a white short sleeved shirt (thanks to dual moulded arms), and a tan fedora. He’s got a friendly smile on his face, and carries his trademark amber tipped cane. The facial printing in particular is excellent.
Ellie Satler, the film’s paleobotanist (someone that studies ancient plant fossils etc), and has been seen before. This isn’t the first time Jurassic Park has been seen in LEGO form. Last year we got 75932 Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase. Included in that set was Ellie with a different hair style, and Alan Grant. Ellie looks good in this set, with a character perfect torso print and dual moulded legs. I think the pony-tail hair suits the character much better as well.
Alan Grant is identical to 75932 in this set, with his blue shirt, red neckerchief and fedora. He also comes with a velociraptor claw as an accessory.
Lastly, there’s Dennis Nedry, the guy we love to hate in the film. He comes with his yellow raincoat, a great nod to the film. The best thing about this minifigure is the head – on one side is his menacing grin, and the other has his face covered with Dilophosaurus venom! It’s just a shame that a Dilophosaurus isn’t included in the set. Good thing I’ve got one lying around!
The minifigures in this set were of very high quality, and while they don’t necessarily fit with the overall scale of the set, they suit the dioramas in the back of the gate perfectly. Also included with the minifigure stand is a baby dinosaur. It doesn’t have any purpose, but is a nice inclusion.
The build for this set is long, but a lot of fun. I spread it out over the course of three afternoons over the weekend and had a ball. I’m not going to go into too much detail, but the way the dinosaur in particular has been built was superb. There’s SNOT plastered all over this build, obviously, and it all comes together so neatly. While there were a few sections of repetition due to symmetry, particularly in the legs, tail sections and areas of the gate, it wasn’t arduous. Seeing the dinosaur stand on it’s legs and grow gradually was incredibly exciting, and it was the same for the gate. Seeing it rise off the table was fantastic. I’m really glad I took my time with this. I found it a lot of fun to build.
The hidden frog in the body of the dino (as a nod to the mention of amphibian DNA in the movie used to make the dinos) was amazing. Also, there’s a 1×2 pink plate in the head, used to represent it’s brain! Fun fact…
There are also some very well executed points of articulation in the dino – the tail can swish from side to side (not up and down), it can hinge up and down on it’s hips, and the neck has some rotation, as well as the obvious jaw. The tail, using a bunch of ball and socket joints has a very satisfying swishing movement. It’s so clean and natural! The tip of the tail has some up and down movement, which isn’t as natural, as the rest is limited to side to side, but it still works well if you’re careful.
The hips, though, are both strong and smooth. They use a very strong combination of cogs and swivels, resulting in articulation points that can easily take the weight of the body, with all it’s length, and then some. You actually need to apply some pressure to move them, and the move independently as well.
The head section has a couple of small issues that I noticed in regards to movement. There is a ball joint at the top of the neck, but the head is too heavy for it to look up. I wanted to have it crouching down and then looking up like it’s roaring, but it doesn’t hold in place. I also love that there’s a tongue included, but when the mouth is closed, the tongue gets pushed back up. Of course, this makes sense, but I found it tricky to get the tongue out of the roof of the mouth! Maybe it’s my fat fingers.
The gate is glorious. There is a good amount of strength in it thanks to some Technic beams holding it together and it’s just as imposing as the dino. It’s very faithful to the original movie, and the way the big doors swing open, thanks to a mechanism hidden behind the sign, is extremely satisfying. Open them nice and slow and it almost has a rather grandiose feeling to it.
The vignettes hidden behind the gate are also nicely built and add a lot more to the experience. Each little section has excellent nods to the source material, from the shelves behind Ian Malcolm’s ‘bed’, to the white computer screens, the canister of dinosaur embryos, and that fantastic little toilet. Even the background is perfect! To be honest, I would have loved to have a separate toilet that could be broken when it got eaten, but that’s what mods are for!
The sections of foliage at the front of the gate just add to the atmosphere, and break up the giant walls of dark bluish grey. Some of the techniques included are also good to see, and ones I’ll be replicating for sure. The tyre tracks using the 2×3 rock detail plates were spot on.
With all it’s amazing qualities, this is not really meant to be a play set, but it’s a lot of fun positioning the tyrannosaurus rex in different ways. It’s extremely play friendly in that sense, but the scale of the minifigures in comparison to the dino is off, and the vignettes behind the gate are just too small to do any playing with. What would have made it immensely more playable would be a Ford Explorer to drive around and get chased, but as the scale for the dino was larger than normal, the scale for the vehicle would have been as well, which would have thrown out the minifigures altogether. For now, keep this as a display set, and move the dino around a bit. I’ve done it a bit this week, and it’s been very enjoyable!
Obviously, this set is not cheap. At AU $400, you’ll need to save up a bit. What you get though, is marvellous. To be honest, I think that if TLG decided to release the set as just the dinosaur, I’d be happy with a cheaper price. The two builds separately are big enough for sets to their own. Combining them means an awesome build experience and a great looking display. This one will surely do well in the secondary markets, and it’s worth getting now as well. To sum it up in a word, the dinosaur in particular is a masterclass.
ELEMENTS & MINIFIGURES: 20/20
DESIGN / APPEARANCE: 20/20
VALUE FOR MONEY: 10/10
A special thank you to LEGO for sending me a copy to review. All thoughts on this set are my own and are not influenced in any way, shape or form. The provision of sets for review does not guarantee a favourable review.