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I think my new way to do set reviews will be via Instagram. Sure, I'm limited to square photos only, but it's the easiest at the moment. There's not exactly a ton of room for text, but I can elaborate here if I really want to! This set is $59.99 and has 447. I totally got this set for the Triceratops. The coloring of the dino is new, but I believe the mold was reused from the 2012 Dino theme. And we've had three or four waves of dino sets since then, but we haven't had a real herbivore since 2012. (Yes, I realize there was one Jurassic World dino last year that was technically a herbivore, but it basically reused the body of the raptors, so I'm disqualifying it for my argument.) The dino itself is great; posable legs and neck, to a degree. Big, bulky, and expensive, so there is something to be said of cooler brick-built designs... but hey I wanted a triceratops and now I've got one. Desire achieved! The rest of the set is fairly bland. The figs are okay, but nothing stellar. (I mean, half are PoC so I guess that's good. It's based off some new Lego cartoon that ties in with the movies... I don't really care for either so I don't have much to say about them.) It comes with a basic 4-Wheeler for Chris Pratt, but the carrot on a stick feature is funny. It comes with a collapsible fence for the triceratops to break thru. (Seriously, all the Lego Jurassic park fences are terrible, it's like they don't even want to keep the dinos contained!) It comes with a mini Jurassic World gate and some other things like a sign and trash can. Meh. The ride itself looked fairly basic, but I'm spoiled after things like the Roller Coaster and Ferris Wheel. After putting together the spinning ride, I have to say that it is pretty satisfying, and makes good use of the new gear plates. It would fit well in any amusement park, even with the dino egg theme it has going. Is the set worth it? Absolutely not. The price for the big triceratops mold and the licensing fees make this way too expensive for what you get; it feels like a $40 set, not a $60 set. If you can get it for sale, then maybe. If you absolutely want the Triceratops (like me) then it's okay, but honestly I think it might be the weakest of the Jurassic World sets from this wave. I have trouble recommending this set when there are a bunch of others to choose from. It's a $60 Triceratops and parts pack, basically, but the ride is still fun to put together. (And it's not like the concept isn't used elsewhere; I think a Harry Potter has the exact same feature.)
[ ] Apparently, this was the idea for Jurassic Park IV as envisioned in a script written by John Sayles, years before Jurassic World was a thing. Now, despite being someone who rolls their eyes every time someone in the "Jurassic World" movies brings up the idea that dinosaurs have any military value what so ever I just love the idea of a scene where an Ankylosaurus is sitting inside the hold of a C-130 Hercules, the door opens and an army guy shouts, "GO, GO GO, GO!" Prompting the dinosaur to jump out the aircraft and three big ol' parachutes deploy causing it to fall safely to earth. And don't forget the priceless reactions of the poor guys on the ground looking up as an eight ton dinosaur gets dropped on their heads. I just thought everyone's life would better with that imagery in their brains.
Life: Birth of a Hybrid The egg was ready to hatch. The baby raptor pecked at the inside of the shell, squeaking quietly. A shadow passed in front of his egg—he was only being born, and he already knew that it was his mother. A crack appeared in the shell, sunlight blinding him for a moment. His mother cooed gently, urging the hatchling to break free. He pushed once, twice, a third time, and his head broke through the eggshell. The baby paused to catch his breath. The world around him was fuzzy, and he squeaked in surprise as he felt his mother’s tongue licking albumen off of his tiny, frail body. He surrendered to the larger raptor, feeling loved. There was a shriek of alarm from nearby. A male raptor, presumably his mother’s mate, looked like he was going to rip the baby to shreds… and then his mother. His mother was not so easily swayed, though. She bared her teeth and claws, making her intentions clear: she would fight and die for this one hatchling. What the newborn didn’t know was that he was the only living member of his brood; his brothers and sisters had either died in the egg, or died shortly after being born. To his mother, he was one in a million—to the rest of the world, he was a freak of nature. His mother’s mate begrudgingly slinked away, leaving mother and son alone. She cleaned him up, and examined him from the tip of his snout, to the end of his tail. For the most part, he was a yellow that was almost gold, with black stripes. A single blue stripe ran horizontally along each side of his body, close to his spine. His eyes were a clear, intense blue, with catlike pupils. His underbelly was black—an oddity for both subspecies of Velociraptor on the island. He had a pair of well defined crests above his eyes, the same color as the stripes on his body. To top it off, it looked like he would develop a blue quill crest. This hatchling—this accident—was special, and precious to his mother. She examined his dead brothers and sisters, the unfertilized eggs, and she came up with a name for her beautiful baby boy: Ignika—Life. She cooed to her baby. She knew he would be looked down on, ridiculed, and possibly killed, just because he wasn’t supposed to exist. But whatever didn’t kill him would make him much stronger, and he would be an able warrior and hunter. He would outshine his peers. He combined the best of both raptor subspecies; he would survive to a ripe old age. But for now, mother and son slept, Ignika curled up in between his mother’s chest and arms. In order to grab Ignika, an attempted killer would have to wake her up… and she would rip their throat out. For her beautiful baby boy.