LEGO Jurassic World Dominion 76951 Pyroraptor & Dilophosaurus Transport – Come along for the ride [Review]

LEGO’s Jurassic World Dominion Spring 2022 sets feature a mix of vehicles, dinosaurs, and minifigures. Do you need an older Ian Malcom in your collection? How about a Pyroraptor or a Dilophosaurus? Then you’ll want to check out Jurassic World Dominion 76951 Pyroraptor & Dilophosaurus Transport. This 254 piece set will be available April 17th from the LEGO Shop Online for US $39.99 | CAN $49.99 | UK £39.99. Come along as we take a close look at this upcoming set!

The LEGO Group provided The Brothers Brick with an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.

Unboxing the parts, instructions and sticker sheet

This set comes in a mid-sized thumb-punch box. It has the Jurassic World Dominion and LEGO logos in the upper left, and a pyroraptor bursting out through some amber-like transparent orange bricks on the right edge. The set’s contents are shown against a forest landscape, with the two dinosaurs being the primary focus.

On the back of the box, we see the “Transport” part of the set in action. The pyroraptor has been caged in the trailer, while the dilophosaurus is being tranquilized (hopefully) by the concisely named “Guard” minifigure. Two inset shots show the trailer’s moving capture rails, and the jeep’s opening  trunk.

Also on the back of the box are a couple of diagrams showing how the included dinos scale compared to humans. Normally LEGO would be boasting about the size of the models in the set, but these are a bit more impressive numbers. The graphics from the thumb-punch instructions tempt you to pet the pyroraptor. Come on. You know you want to.

Inside the box are three numbered parts bags, two smaller bags containing the dinosaurs, a small sticker sheet, and a 84 page, stapled instruction booklet.

The sticker sheet has three Biosyn Genetics logos to adorn the hood and sides of the jeep. It makes sense to provide these details with stickers, rather than raising the price of the set for printed elements.

The parts

This set has no new molds, but does have a couple of recolors and rarer parts. The dark tan car doors are new for this set, and the yellow minifigure syringe is new for the Jurassic World Dominion line. The tan hood elements have appeared only once before, in 2021’s 76941 Carnotaurus Dinosaur Chase.

The build

The construction on the set’s vehicle is a pretty standard, 8 stud wide jeep. The build is elevated somewhat with swanky fender elements and clip-mounted running boards to smooth out the bodywork’s curves. A ball-joint connection at the rear serves as a trailer hitch. Although there are rail guide bricks in the rear, they’re not utilized in the set’s play features.

The interior of the jeep is up to LEGO City standards – a steering wheel and not much else.

The removable roof allows for easy access to the cabin and rear areas, and clips on securely once you have your minifigures and accessories in place. The rear hatch is attached with clips, and stays in place well.

The completed jeep looks good, with a pleasing tan and black color scheme. There’s the usual small nit of the stickers’ background colors not matching the color the plastic very well. It’s one of those things that once you start noticing it, it’s hard not to see it everywhere. And since I have to suffer through it, now you do, too.

A small radar/gun station is provided to sit in the back of the jeep. Maybe this will tie in to something that happens in the movie. Ah, the thrills of merchandise that predates the cinematic release!

The trailer has 1×2 jumper plates that match up with the feet of both the pyroraptor and dilophosaurus. The sides are mounted with Technic pins and stay in place pretty well. The ball joint in the front hooks up easily to the jeep for hot towing action.

Hopefully this mode of transport will make more sense in the film. Right now, it doesn’t seem like there’s a heck of a lot keeping the dinosaur from just wiggling out the trailer and eating Guard’s face.

The Dinosaurs

The dilophosaurus and pyroraptor are the major draws of this set.  Both have movable jaws, but lack any other articulation.

The pyroraptor has a striking dark orange and dark red color scheme with dark brown accents and teal plumage. It has a single stud exposed on it’s back, and is more of a statue than an action figure. The sculpting makes me think that LEGO considered having the front arms separate pieces at some point, but I guess it wasn’t worth the added cost versus a single mold. At least the jaw is mobile, allowing for a couple of different looks.

The dilophosaurus uses the same soft-plastic mold that appeared in 75934 Dilophosaurus on the Loose, but now cast in olive green with nougat accents. The opening mouth is again the only articulation for the figure.

The minifigures

This set comes with three minifigures – Guard, Ian Malcom, and Elie Sattler. All three are unique to this set. As much as I love having another Jeff Goldblum figure to add to my collection, the coloration of his skin on the torso is a terrible match for the plastic used for his head and hands.

All three have dual sided head and torso prints, but plain legs. The Guard uses only standard parts – her torso was seen before in the 2021 Jurassic World sets, and her head has appeared in characters from Vicki Vale to Rachel Green. Both Ian and Ellie have new head and torso prints.

Conclusion and recommendation

There are a lot of LEGO collectors and Jurassic Park fans that will be excited to add more molded dinosaurs into their army of prehistoric beasts. If you’re one of them, then this set will be an easy win for you. If you’re a minifigure collector, the exclusive Ian and Ellie figures are going to tempt you, too. If you like cool vehicles, then the jeep is sure to satisfy. But is even this combination of lures enough to justify a $40 US price tag? At only 254 parts, that means that you’re spending nearly 16 cents each; pretty steep, even for a licensed set. People looking just for a parts pack are likely going to want to give this one a pass, or at least be willing to go to the effort of finding the figures and dinos a home on the secondary market to recoup the higher cost. And if you’re “just” a fan of LEGO sets that offer a lot of play opportunities, well…you’ll do just fine here.

Where do you fall on the molded dinosaur collecting scale? For it? Not impressed? Unreasonably angry at a toy line? Sound off in the comments and let us know!

Jurassic World Dominion 76951 Pyroraptor & Dilophosaurus Transport will be available April 17th from the LEGO Shop Online for US $39.99 | CAN $49.99 | UK £39.99. It may also be available via third-party sellers on Amazon and eBay.

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.

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3 comments on “LEGO Jurassic World Dominion 76951 Pyroraptor & Dilophosaurus Transport – Come along for the ride [Review]

  1. Shane Church ????‍???????? (@shaneschurch)

    I find it really disappointing that, in this iteration, the dilophosaurus and other similar sized dinosaurs are going backwards on articulation. My kids have versions from previous Jurassic World iterations where the head is articulated and connected with a Technic pin and the arms both move as well. It’s disappointing that these new molds offer neither of these options.

  2. Jimmy

    Someone in the graphics department really messed up the box art showing the dinosaurs to scale with a human. Either that or the numbers are all wrong. An/or the lego dino sizes are also way wrong.

    The 76948 set reviewed a couple of posts below this one has the same problem!

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