Despite what your 12-year-old neighbor thinks, movies about theme parks set in artificial dinosaur habitats didn’t start in 2015 with Jurassic World starring Chris Pratt. They started back in 1993 with the Steven Spielberg classic Jurassic Park, based on the Michael Crichton novel of the same name. And as part of this year’s wave of LEGO sets tying into the latest sequel Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, LEGO isn’t missing the opportunity to celebrate Jurassic Park’s 25th anniversary by taking us back to Isla Nublar. 75932 Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase includes 360 pieces, and is available beginning April 16 for $39.99 USD from the LEGO Shop Online.
The box and instructions
Because this set is part of the new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom line, it bears the same box art as the rest of the theme, with the new film’s muted silver logo, which is a bit disappointing. We would definitely prefer to see the iconic red/yellow/black logo from the original film embellishing the box. Inside, we’ll find three numbered bags, three long Technic beams, the velociraptor elements packaged in connected bags, a sticker sheet, and a pair of instruction manuals. Together, the manuals span 117 steps and more than 120 pages.
The triangular base of the central control room has a raised platform for the door, and the door itself is brick-built with a bit of studs-out building along the edge to get ensure the proper width. The long Technic beams run along the base so that the modules can connect with Technic pins. By the end of bag 1, you’ve built the main structure for the central security control room, with the details to be added later. The control room is cutaway on a diagonal with two walls remaining, which include the heavy-duty door and windows. Bag 1 also includes Alan Grant, Tim Murphy, and the velociraptor. The first instruction manual is rather short at 50 pages, comprising only this small segment.
Moving on to both bag 2 and manual 2, we finish out the details in the control room with a computer, door lock, and various gear including an umbrella and ladder. Bag 2 also includes the kitchen, which is built as a separate module then attached to the control room. Here you’ll also find the remaining two minifigures, Ellie Sattler and Lex Murphy.
Finally, bag 3 rounds out the compound with the embryo cold storage room–and “embryo cold storage” is one phrase we never expected to find in a LEGO set. All of the decorated elements in this set are stickers, with the exception of a few preexisting designs such as the computer keyboard in the control room. One nifty little detail that’s easy to miss at first is the dark blue and red canister sitting next to the storage tower, which is Dennis Nedry’s clandestine embryo container disguised as a Barbasol shaving cream can. It’s a shame the container included here doesn’t have any printing or even a sticker–this would have been the perfect opportunity to make a LEGO-fied shaving cream brand.
It’s great to get back to Jurassic Park. The film was a touchstone of entertainment for an entire generation, so it’s good that LEGO is covering the roots of the franchise and not just the newer releases. As what I hope is a beginning to the Jurassic Park theme, this set does a wonderful job of capturing key scenes while keeping the overall scale small. In the future, we’d love to see one of the Ford Explorer tour vehicles in eye-searing lime green and yellow, along with the park gates to fully recreate the Jurassic Park nostalgia. For now, though, distilling a trio of key scenes into a single playset is pretty great work.The main control room is the central hub of Jurassic Park. Armed with all the latest computerized tech, “you could run this whole park from this room with minimal staff for up to three days” says Nedry. However, that’s assuming that highly intelligent velociraptors aren’t on the loose. Nedry’s desk has great details despite its compact size, including two monitors and a mouse. As far as we can remember, this is the first time a LEGO set has included a mouse, though this solution is common in fan builds. The right monitor shows a remarkably accurate representation of the park’s security system, while the left screen feature’s Nedry’s nagging password lockout, as translated into LEGO form and surrounded by the “uh uh uh” text that his recorded message plays (although in the film it’s pretty clear he actually says “ah ah ah”). Sadly, Ray Arnold isn’t included to sit and smoke while furiously pounding at the keyboard.
To ensure the control room stays velociraptor free, there’s a hefty locking mechanism on the reinforced door. A quick pull on the red bit by the computer, though, and Dr. Grant might get up close and personal with the predators.
Of course, velociraptors are smart and don’t give up easily. Even if the door is locked, they’re not stymied for long, as the window can be broken to provide an alternate vector to tasty two-legged meals. Two of the best stickers are here, though both are applied to pieces that will be hard to use out of this specific context: the classic Jurassic Park logo, which goes on the window, and an Isla Nublar map, which is unfortunately placed on the side of the large grey slope rather than the more useful application of a tile hanging on the wall.
As a nice little added touch, there’s also a ladder for quick escapes into the ceiling. It’s a compact design, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see it appear again in City sets.
Moving over to the embryo storage room, this facility looks nice, but doesn’t have much for play features. The embryo storage canister gets the point across about what it is, but doesn’t look all that much like the ones in the film, using light elements staggered around the central core instead of tiny vials neatly lined up in rows. In addition, it’s totally static and lacks any mechanism for raising, lowering, or closing the freezing chamber. In fact, there are no action features in this section at all.In the kitchen, one of the most terrifying film sequences of the early 90s plays out as Lex and Tim play hide-and-seek with a velociraptor. The cafeteria’s kitchen is equipped with various pots, pans, and utensils, along with a few food items like a sausage and a chocolate bar. In a great nod to the film, there’s green Jello on the counter. Beneath the largest counter is a large cabinet with doors on both sides to hide in, though it’s not quite large enough to fully fit a minifigure, even one of the children with shorter legs.
The minifigures & dinos
The minifigures are central to this set, and thankfully Dr. Alan Grant and Dr. Ellie Sattler both look excellent. Dr. Grant is the highlight of the set, as his presence has long been missing from the LEGO dino world, ever since the Adventurers Dino Island sets made me wish for real Jurassic Park sets. Dr. Grant includes both his battered fedora and a hair piece. Dr. Sattler, meanwhile, has light yellow hair, dual-molded legs with brown boots, and a double-sided head that includes an alternate frightened expression (Dr. Grant has a single-sided head).
All four of the characters included wear the pristine outfits they have at the film’s outset, not the mud-stained and torn remnants they survive with. This is particularly obvious with Lex and Tim Murphy, who have chipper, bright clothes perfect for a summer holiday at a theme park. Lex’s shirt is very 90s chic, with bold swirls of color. Both children have short legs and reversible heads to show their worried faces.
This set includes a single velociraptor to hunt the humans, of the same design that was used in the previous Jurassic World sets for Owen Grady’s trained pack. This velociraptor is uniquely colored, with a medium nougat base color with dark brown markings. All four limbs are poseable, along with the head and mouth. While the large toe looks like it should be able to grasp a rod connection, the fit is slightly too large.
Conclusion & recommendation
With three iconic scenes from the movie distilled down to a single $40 playset, this set is a great one-shot intro to Jurassic Park. (And while we sincerely hope it’s not the only set that will be based on the original movie, as yet all the other sets we know of are tie-ins to the new movie.) The set isn’t heavy on action features, except insofar as you’ll get a velociraptor to chase the protagonists around the excellent movie locations. Each of the three scenes is loaded with tiny details to discover, and the minifigures are the perfect choices. As a parts pack, however, the set falls short, with only 360 pieces for $40 and not too many unusual elements, so we don’t recommend it just for bolstering your collection. However, we suspect that most people who buy this are in it for the set itself, not merely the parts, and it shines as a throwback to the 1993 film.
The LEGO Group sent The Brothers Brick an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.