For the love of Jurassic World…

Friday June 12th, T and I took off from work and went with some friends to Downtown Disney to see Jurassic World in 3D. It was a very long time since we have been to the movies and it’s been an even longer time since seeing a movie on opening day. On top of that, it was my first time going to a dine-in theater. With comfortable seats and popcorn refills at the push of a button, I don’t think that I would be able to see a movie any other way in the future.

Admittedly, I love all things Jurassic Park, both the movies and the books, and I was so excited to relive some childhood nostalgia through Jurassic World and was happy that it did not disappoint. I liked that it included bits of the Jurassic Park movie (such as the original visitors center, night-vision googles, JP Jeeps, Indominus rex roaring in the old JP visitor center a-la T-rex, etc.), I think there were some missed opportunities and special touches to help relive those Speilburg-eqsue moments from the first Jurassic Park movie. It wouldn’ve been awesome to see some water tremoring in the enormous footprint of the Indominus rex or the toe-taps of the Raptors. I was also unnecessarily annoyed by the wardrobe choices for Clarie’s character… I mean, outrunning dinos through the jungle in heels? Come on!

Overall Jurassic World may not have been as thoughtful or as powerful as Jurassic Park had been and there were a lot of superficial characters and predictable situations, but I think I allow my overwhelming love for all things Jurassic Park to overshadow the cinematic realities of Jurassic World. And I think I’m ok with that.

So, after seeing the Jurassic World movie on Friday, I found myself on Saturday wanting some more dino action and was so happy that I held on to my Lego Jurassic World Dilophosaurus Ambush (75916) set. It just made it that much cooler after just seeing the movie and recognizing the characters, vehicles, dinos, and the scenes that each of the Lego pieces were from.

With that said, I’m not really sure why Gray and the gyrosphere would be included with the truck and a Dilophosaurus when in the movie the only Dilophosaurus seen was that in a form of a hologram in the visitors center. Suspension of disbelief aside, this little set was pretty cool to put together and rather affordable a $29.99.

At 248 pieces, this set was a breeze to put together and took about 30 minutes total (had to stop and play with the gyrosphere!). Completing book one gave me a fully assembled Gray and ACU Trooper figures, crates with a chicken leg/binoculars/wrench, a lovely hooded Dilophosaurus, and the bottom foundation of the truck. Completing book two results in the completion of the truck that features a working winch, custom Jurassic World stickers, and a “rear explode function” which isn’t really as cool as it sounds…

Overall it was a fun little build and a great collector item for any Jurassic Park or dino lover. My favorite parts are the gyrosphere for the fact that it actually rotates and can keep Gray upright and for the wow factor of having a small piece from a Jurassic World scene to play around with. I also love the Dilophosaurus with its colorful paint job, familiar fanned hood from the Jurassic Park movie (poor Dennis Nedry), and the ability to open and close the jaws with a click. The truck is pretty cool but I honestly bought this set because of the other items and because, you know, my overwhelming love for all things Jurassic Park and that childhood nostalgia the franchise taps into.

Though playability is pretty strong with these new Jurassic World sets, as a collector I think this set will look great on my bookshelf next to my hardcover copy of Micheal Crichton’s Jurassic Park/The Lost World. With that said, I couldn’t resist taking these pieces outside to play around a bit in the grass and to let the Dilophosaurus do its dino-thing. Watch out, Gray!


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My First Lego Dinosaur Figure…

I love dinosaurs. I mean, who doesn’t? I love watching documentaries, reading news articles, publications, even fiction and, as you could guess, I love all things Jurassic Park  from the movie to the books. The Jurassic Park franchise shamelessly holds a special place in my heart and is something that I genuinely never tire of. With said, I was excited that Lego was not only coming out with a Jurassic World series but also a Lego Jurassic World video game to coincide with the release of the movie. So cool!

My interest with the video game was especially peeked when I found out you could receive a bonus Lego Jurassic World Gallimimus Trap (30320) with a Lego Jurassic World video game pre-order at GameStop (I’ve also heard that this polybag is available in Toys R Us in Canada). While I’ll definitely get the game a little later, my mind was hell-bent on getting a hold of this sweet little polybag so off to eBay I went!

I immediately found a polybag for sale from a Canadian seller for $14.99 with free shipping. While I admit that is probably more than I should have paid, I wanted that dino oh so badly and because it doesn’t come with any of the current Jurassic World sets out. Now I think it’s a good to mention, to defend my purchase price of $14.99, is that as a dino and Jurassic Park lover I do not own a single dinosaur toy let alone a Lego dinosaur.. how crazy is that? So this little guy is my very first dino *EEK!*

Luckily it arrived quickly and I was eager to crack it open…

With only 29 pieces, it comes with a Gallimimus figure and a trap with a drumstick of some sort. It took about a minute to snap together and the instruction page was so tiny. The paint job on the Gallimimus figure is bright and colorful but it’s interesting to consider that the actual Gallimimus dinosaur was supposedly an omnivore and were toothless, had a beak, and hollow-bones much like a bird. Though not entirely accurate in aesthetic, it was still fun to put the little Galli to play:

I even took this set outside for some new scenery and more realistic terrain…

Overall I’m pleased with this purchase and glad to have it as one of my first Lego dinosaurs in my soon-to-be growing dino collection. While the baited trap is unsubstantial, the Gallimimus figure is pretty neat and worth adding to any dinosaur or Jurassic Park lover’s collection. I’m looking forward to carrying the Galli around with me to try to take some different scenery shots just for fun. And I putting this polybag set together has made me look forward to getting a hold of more Lego Jurassic World sets.

Sick Days and Lego Bricktober Sets

I woke up this morning not feeling well and made the decision to stay home from work and rest. While I napped away most of the morning and early afternoon, I did manage to pull myself out from the fetal, movie-watching position on the couch and put together two of the Lego Toys R Us 2014 Bricktober sets that my friend had managed to score at a Toys R Us while visiting family in Kentucky for $19.99 a pop – Lego Bricktober Fire Station (40182) and Lego Bricktober Town Hall (40183):

I was excited that my friend was able to pick these up for me because I had fun building the Lego Mini Modulars (10230) and have an affinity for all things miniature. My fingers are still crossed that they release another set of those Mini Modulars in the near future (a girl can dream) but for now these are as close as I’ll get. Of the two Bricktober sets, I liked the Town Hall set best and decided to begin with that one.

At 186 pieces, it was a breeze to put together in less than twenty minutes. Even though I’ve had a few years of collecting and building with Lego, I am continually pleased and impressed with the final product coming to life as the pictures just do not do the final product the proper justice it deserves. My favorite part has to be the front facade with the columns, frog statues, and domed roof. The double-decker bus is pretty neat too. It’s crazy to think that a building rendering can be made with so few bricks.

After completing the Town Hall I was eager to tear into the Fire Station:

With 175 pieces this one was even easier to snap together. I really liked the clear blue bricks used for the garage door and the tiny little firetruck with working ladder and helicopter with rotating propellers.

For both sets I liked the use of the small clear bricks for the windows and how they are able to connect together much like the Lego Mini Modular set:

I knew these sets were tiny… but when comparing them next to the Mini Modular set, they’re teenie tiny!

Itty bitty indeed…

Overall these were two fun and quick builds. It’s a little rough that they cost $19.99 + tax each and I was a little hesitant on paying that much but in the end I think they’re well worth it. It’s always fun to have miniature items and it’s great on how much detail is able to be included with so few and so small of bricks. My favorite of the two is definitely the Town Hall as I think it has more of an aesthetic presence to it, but the Fire Station is a vital aspect to any Lego town, no matter how small.

While this was my first Bricktober set and the first time I’ve ever heard of Bricktober, I hope that new ones will be released this fall. For now though, I just may have to be on the hunt for Lego Bricktober Theater (40180) Lego Bricktober Pizza Place (40181) sets to add to my tiny town.


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