LEGO’s partnering with Universal for a new 13-episode animated mini-series called LEGO Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar that takes place before both of the Jurassic World movies.
It’s a thinly-veiled attempt to sell more toys, but I’m totally fine with that since one of the sets features Jurassic Park’s much-loved T-rex battling a robotic doppelgänger. Did LEGO somehow find a trove of my childhood drawings?
The toymaker sold me at Dino-Mech, which is how the robotic T-rex is described in this 716-piece set that will be available in the US this spring for $US90 ($127).
But I’m even more in love with the idea of this mechanical thunder lizard given it features the same colour palette and designs as the tour vehicles in the original Jurassic Park: A film I will never tire of.
The set also includes a volcano in mid-eruption that opens to reveal a treasure chest inside, four new minifigures including Chris Pratt’s Owen Grady and Bryce Dallas Howard’s Claire Dearing, a boat, and baby versions of Grady’s trained velociraptors — including Blue.
LEGO Triceratops Rampage - 447 pieces - $US60 ($85)
LEGO Baryonyx Face-Off: The Treasure Hunt - 434 pieces - $US60 ($85)
LEGO Dilophosaurus on the Loose - 168 pieces - $US20 ($28)
LEGO Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar will also spawn three additional sets including the $US60 ($85), 447-piece LEGO Triceratops Rampage; the $US60 ($85), 434-piece Baryonyx Face-Off: The Treasure Hunt; and the $US20 ($28), 168-piece Dilophosaurus on the Loose. They’ll also be available in the US in spring, presumably closer to when the new animated series will air.
They’ll each add more dinosaurs to your LEGO collection, but only one comes with that magnificent mechanical park menace.
Australian pricing and availability hasn’t yet been announced, but going by past LEGO releases, we can reasonably expect these sets around the same time as the US.