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More photos on Instagram. Okay, Jurassic World continues to push out lackluster sets that I want just for the dinos. (The big one this year with the Ankylosaurs is pretty bland, but I want it for the Ankylosaurs!) This set is cheaper but it definitely shows. All the same, you get two baby dinos here; a small baby Ankylosaurs and a slightly larger baby Triceratops. The set is almost worth it for the two dinos alone; and if you're not interested in them, then don't bother, as the rest of the set isn't really worth it. ($19.99 for 164 pieces is a bad value, although pretty standard for licensed themes at this price point.) The build is the interior of a lab, but it's very sparse. (Granted, it looks better with the stickers, but since I'm not planning to keep this together for long, I didn't apply them.) On the far right, you have a window into an enclosure for the dinos, with a convenient lever to knock it down and allow them to invade the lab. (Seriously, why does Jurassic Park build destruction levers in all their buildings? Seems like the opposite thing they should do for safety's sake!) Then there are some computer monitors and screens, and a little tables with a basic microscope built in. (Some of the Friends science sets have had better lab equipment designs.) The most interesting build is the egg display on the left, with a little dome and a robot arm that can pick up the eggs. And the most interesting piece is a 1x1 trans orange brick with a mosquito printed on it, to resemble the bug trapped in amber. Classic reference there! The figs are Own and Dr. Wu, who have been in plenty of other sets before and are hardly even worthwhile to comment on. The Ankylosaurs has some great details and printing on it; it can fit onto a 2x3 plate and had a single stud on it's back. The Triceratops is about twice as big, and the bricks in its back can be removed to allow a fig to ride it (in Lego horse style). The two baby dino molds are great. Is this set worth it? I mean... no, probably not. Jurassic Park / World sets have a problem with having very lackluster builds but then intricate dino molds that jack up the set prices, and the two baby dinos do that here. They're great molds, better than getting another raptor or something. But it is a little spendy to get them, and outside of the amber brick, there's not a whole lot else that's exciting in this set. So the value really depends on how much you want the baby dinos. The rest is just filler.
[ ] 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.
SO someone on Eurobricks suggested a possible tribe of Mixels based on dinosaurs. Now, after Dino Attack and Dino 2010, I trust Lego with dinosaurs about as much as I trust a baby to dual-wield flintlock pistols. However, the idea of dinosaur-themed Mixels appealed to me enough for me to try designing my own. The results are... mixed. Patos (57 pieces) What PATOS lacks in brains is made up for in brawn. While the other Sauropoids are often left waiting on this slow creature, Patos is essential to the team to push past any obstacle in their way, whether it be a large boulder or an annoying Nixel! (The body is a little rectangular because I wanted that back spine, and I was already pushing it with the parts count. Also this is an Apatosaurus, NOT a "Brontosaurus". there will be none of the "b" word here.) Tyrux (57 pieces) The leader of the Sauropoids, TYRUX relies on pure jaw power to assert authority. Tyrux tends to get a little big-headed, but in a pinch, those jaws that can bite through iron will help against even the strongest threat. (I'm a little disappointed I couldn't keep the white studs off the upper jaw, but putting a tile over it would block the eyes and make the jaw far too wide for my comfort. Still, I am happy with how the head turned out. Also there's no feathers because even if there was solid evidence of T-rex having feathers, it would be difficult to show the likely feathering patters on this.) Vilousus (59 pieces) VILOUSUS is fast and clever, but often has trouble slowing down, both in running and thinking! This Sauropoid's wings are too small to fly, but with their help, plus powerful legs, Vilousus is the best jumper around! (if i could have found a way to get hands beneath the wings, I would have, but the parts count was already a little high. besides, the wings look fine to me.) Sauropoids MAX ...okay, so I MAY have designed them without a good MAX in mind and tried throwing one together after the fact. The head and legs are both severely lacking and kinda awkward. If anyone wants to have a shot at it, I might post an inventory for the three Sauropoids and let them have a crack at it. Only catch is I really would rather it was based on a real dinosaur instead of just being vaguely saurian. For instance, this is intended to be a Spinosaurus. Not sure on their color scheme; it comes across as a less-vivid version of the upcoming green mixels so I might try something different, possibly with dark tan, possibly with pink, maybe even with both? That might look awful but it MIGHT NOT. Comments and criticism would be much appreciated.
DinoOfficial Site | Shop @ Home Dino is a new 2012 Lego theme. The theme will be different from Dino Attack and more similar to Dino 2010 in that the protagonists are attempting to capture and study the dinosaurs rather than hunt and kill them. Each set features a different dinosaur, piece of location and minifigure vehicle with some feature or function focusing on trapping the dinosaurs. (Official theme description TBA)SetsSets are scheduled for a winter 2012 release and should start appearing in stores mid-November for holiday sales. There is currently 7 known sets, 6 main release sets and 1 store exclusive (click images for a larger version):5882 Ambush AttackPrice: 11.99 Euro / USD80 Pieces 5883 Tower TakedownPrice: 19.99 Euro / USD136 Pieces 5884 Raptor ChasePrice: 29.99 Euro / USD259 Pieces 5885 Triceratops TrapperPrice: 49.99 Euro / USD271 Pieces 5886 T-Rex HunterPrice: 69.99 Euro / USD480 Pieces 5887 Dino Defense HeadquartersPrice: 99.99 Euro / USD793 Pieces 5888 Pteradon Chase / Hydroplane (Store Exclusive)Price: TBAPieces: TBADinos / Minifigures: 1Hunter, 1 Pilot, 1 Pteradon (Light / Dark Green)Latest News[*] Now available in Lego Retail Stores, Lego Shop @ Home and various retail stores in the US! (11/09/2011)[*] Official placeholder web-site is now live on Lego.com: Dino site. (11/01/2011)[*] New Dino promotion comic in the November-December 2011 Lego Club Magazine! (Scans coming soon) (11/01/2011) ---Anyone else excited and looking forward to this theme? Personally I'm really looking forward to it, especially after seeing the finalized sets. Dino themes are always a welcome Lego addition, especially if they come with new molded dinosaurs.