Welcome to Jurassic Park...T.rex Rampage review. Ray Arnold said it best "Hold on to your butts". Upon release, this set was surrounded in a fog of controversy, but still managed to impress. I have high hopes for this set, it sure doesn't look like a six-foot turkey.
A quick fire history of Jurassic Park. Originally a book by Michael Crichton, published in 1990, it was very quickly adapted into the worldwide phenomenom Jurassic Park the movie. More books followed, as did movies. Now the movies have moved on from the source materials as Michael Crichton passed away in 2008. But the francise is going strong even in his absence.
LEGO first made Jurassic Park sets back in 2001. One of LEGO's first licensed theme. Based upon the recently released Jurassic Park 3 the two sets didn't really offer anything special. Set 1371-1 Spinosaurus Attack Studio and 1370-1 Raptor Attack Studio, as with all Studios sets, were based around the concept of making an actual movie. These early Dinosaur models left a lot to be desired.
In 2015, when the first new movie came out, LEGO finally went all in on the theme. Giving us awesome sets like 75919-1 Indominus Rex Breakout, the T-Rex even got a proper showing in 75918-1 T-rex Tracker. We got another wave in 2018 to tie in with the released of Fallen Kingdom and yet another wave in 2019 which was based upon more generic Dinosaur Theme Park scenes.
But, do not let all this Jurassic Park talk fool you into thinking this was LEGO's only foray into Dinosaurs. During the 90's Duplo had a whole run on Dino sets. And during the gap between Jurassic Park movies LEGO launched several of their own dinosaur themes. In 2005 LEGO realeased a theme called Dino Attack, they took the unusual step of renaming it in Europe to Dino 2010. It's unclear why, it's not like 2010 seemed so futuristic that it made the sets look cool. These sets had some really great aspects to it, unfortunately the dinosaurs were not one of them. Featuring lots of the still relatively new color (introduced in 2000), Dark Red, the overall look of the sets were kinda cool, especially to the target audience. The theme lasted just one year. LEGO dinosaurs seemed to go, well extinct (boo my pun in the comments). Then Dino was launched in 2012 and contained some really great sets with a yellow color palate. I really like these sets, more than the newer Jurassic World sets. We finally got really good looking dinosaurs along with sets that were nice to build and great to play with.
Onto that controversy I hinted at in the opening. LEGO Ideas has been the subject of many people crying foul, usually not the designers themselves but disappointed supports perceiving that LEGO are using Ideas to find what's popular than steal the idea and give no credit (and no prize) to the original designer, from the Ghostbuster HQ, to Marvel's SHIELD Carrier. When senteosan uploaded his idea, Jurassic Park, I wonder if he knew the pandora's box he would open. The only box LEGO so desperately were hoping would never be opened. His set featured the iconic gates along with a brick built T-Rex and a model of the Jeep. At a glance the similarities are staggering.
Uploaded in October 2014, it reached 5000 supporters in 16 days. Hitting 10,000 in two months, truly an impressive feat. As with all rejected projects, a lot of supporters were left disappointed. And when LEGO announced a very similar set those feelings of disappointment turned into feelings of outrage. So much so LEGO took an usual path of actually addressing the issue by releasing a statement regarding the controversy.
"Although the new 75936 Jurassic Park T-Rex Rampage set shares similarities in design to the LEGO Ideas submission “Jurassic Park” by senteosan, this model was developed entirely internally by a team of LEGO Designers who create great new sets that kids and adult fans alike are passionate about. The basis of their model was a large, grey, brick-built T-Rex created by LEGO Designer Mike Psiaki in 2012 when he joined the LEGO Group and from there the model evolved by including the iconic Jurassic Park gates to add additional building experience and value for “Expert” builders.
In our desire to continue to allow LEGO Ideas members to submit product ideas based on third-party licenses, we have in the LEGO Ideas guidelines acknowledged the fact that there may occur unintentional overlaps between products being developed internally by our design teams and those submitted by fans via LEGO Ideas. This is simply because great minds think alike sometimes, especially when basing designs on popular licenses of movies, TV shows, vehicles, buildings and more, with whom we either already collaborate with or who fit the LEGO brand values for potential future collaborations."
Only you can decide whether or not you believe LEGO, personally I don't think they stole the idea. Like they said, when working with the same intellectual properties there's always overlap, we see it here on rebrickable with MOCs, all the time. And knowing how long development of sets takes, it's completely believable this set was already in development when the ideas set was submitted. Add the fact that the Ideas set designer, senteosan, also has gone on record saying he doesn't think LEGO stole his idea, I think the case is closed.
Enjoy an advanced building experience and relive classic movie moments with LEGO® Jurassic World 75936 Jurassic Park: T. rex Rampage. This collectible construction toy includes 3,120 building bricks and features the original Jurassic Park’s iconic gate and a large, fully posable, brick-built T. rex dinosaur toy which is ideal for display. The trigger-activated gate is framed by a wall incorporating 7 detailed, brick-built scenes inspired by the movie, such as John Hammond's dining room, Ray Arnold’s control room and a bunker for Ian Malcolm. A must-have for Jurassic World fans, this toy construction set includes 6 minifigures and baby dinosaur figure, plus a minifigure display stand with T. rex facts plate.
The box measures 580 x 475 x 120 mm. Inside are 29 bags numbered 1 to 15, 1 unnumbered bag, 1 loose part (91405 Plate 16 x 16), 2 instruction manuals, and a sticker sheet.
- Instruction manual 1 measures 270 x 190 mm. With 218 pages and 464 total build steps.
- Instruction manual 2 measures 200 x 260 mm. With 250 pages and 309 total build steps.
The pdf's can be downloaded here.
The set contains 3120 parts and 63 spares, in 41 colors, and 36 part categories, with a total of 531 unique parts/color combinations.
Main colors are:
- Dark Bluish Gray:104 parts, 877 quantity.
- Reddish Brown:79 parts, 579 quantity.
- Light Bluish Gray:56 parts, 223 quantity.
Main categories are:
As is common with a large set like this there's tons of parts in new colors, and new prints. No new parts this time though.
New Prints of Existing Parts:-
Parts in new colors:- I have separated this into new in 2019 (the element appeared new in other sets in 2019) and totally unique to this set.
First, new colors, unique to this set: A lot of Dark Brown here. A color first introduced in 2008 seems to be going through a sort of renaissance recently appearing in just 198 parts in it's first 5 years but 338 in the last 5.
Now, parts in new colors in 2019:
Also in 75965-1 - The Rise of Voldemort.
Also in 75965-1 - The Rise of Voldemort.
Also in UCS set 75252-1 - Imperial Star Destroyer.
Rare Parts (Appears in 3 or less sets):-
This set comes with 6 minifigs, John Hammond, Ian Malcolm, Ellie Sattler, Alan Grant, Ray Arnold and Dennis Nedry. All look really great. Ellie and Allen are the same minifigs that feature in the earlier, smaller, Jurassic Park set 75932-1 Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase. The other four are all new parts.
Bag 1: We have a T-Rex! Starting with the Torso, it initially looks like some kind of boat. A really hefty neck joint is built that has a really satisfying action. The skin of the T-rex utilizes slopes on SNOT parts effectily to give texture to the model. Theres also a nice little easter egg in this build that I wont spoil for those who haven't built it yet.
Bag 2: Finishing off the Torso with more SNOT skin, but the thing that steal the show in bag 2 are the hilarious little T-Rex arms. they actually look really creppy without the head or legs making them look silly. The arms are the most 'unfinished' looking part of the model, with all of the articulation parts showing. It's a minor blemish on an otherwise amazing model.
Bags 3 & 4: The right and left legs are added. The joint is incredible, strong and completely hidden once attached. Same for the ankle joint which looks flawless. A lot of repatition with the left leg. It's exactly the same, but that's obvious. When attached the model is very well balanced, even without the tail and head. Again those hip joints are just incredible.
Bag 5 & 6: The tail sections are built. They look and work great, continuing the great skin work from the torso. But the repetition gets a bit much, each section is esstentially the same but a little smaller. When connected the motion, even if it is limited to left and right, is awesome. My only complaint it I found it to be quite delicate, the last few sections break off if you allow the tail to swing un-held. And I do wish they matched the smooth texture of the rest of the tail with the last two sections.
Bag 7: Finishing the Rex with it's head. Some really nice techniques here. They acheive the shape and menace of the face perfectly. The underside of the jaw is left hollow which looks a bit unfinished but the jaw action fully makes up for it.
The final T-Rex model is the single best thing I've built from LEGO, no exaggeration. It's an absolute work of art. It's balance is just...I have no words. The articulation allows a lot of flexibilty when posing the model. I am just blown away.
Bag 8: Here you build the base for the gate. The floorprint is a lot bigger than I was expecting. I love how they acheived the tyre marks in the mud.
Bag 9: The right side of the gate begins with the room where Ian Malcolm rests afte begin maimed, and above it the dining room where John Hammond tries to eat away his problems. Both rooms have great attention to detail, the mural on the dining room is a nice touch. I'm less impressed with the side panel however. They sort of hang loose from the top, meaning you can lift them like a box lid. This makes carrying the model tricky and leaves an unfinished look to the back, especially when you notice all the off colored parts. All the arches are in Light Bluish Gray (LBG) but everything else is in Dark Bluish Gray (DBG). I think it looks awful. The reason was probaly cost. Part 18838 Brick Arch 1 x 12 x 3 has yet to be made in DBG. With all the recolored parts for the T-Rex, I'm guess recoloring that part was a new element too far for this set. The other two arch parts for other rooms (14395 Brick Arch 1 x 5 x 4 and 92950 Brick Arch 1 x 6) are already in DBG but with one arch having to be in LBG I guess it sorta makes sense to have them all in that color.
There's also a printing error during this section. Build step 31 requires 2x 1x1 Tile with Soda Can Lid Print. But when shown during the construction image they appear Dark Brown. I often wonder how no-one spots these things during QA.
Bag 10: Builds the left side. It contains my favorite room where we discover what happened to Ray Arnold, and the control room (they totally missed the oportunity to have one of the screens have a sticker of Nedry saying "Uh uh uh, you didn't say the magic word"!) The outer shell is the same as the right side.
Bag 11 & 12: The left and right sides gains another floor. This time the right is depicts the scene where Nedry, lost in the jungle, drops the canister of dino DNA. Its the least immediately recognizable and is hampered by the fact you can't display Nedry in it. All the rest get to be displayed in their scene.
The left depicts the infamous toilet where Genaro meets his fate. It's the only scene without an accompanying minifig.
Bag 13: The actual gates are built. They are massive! Pretty simple build and they initially don't attach to the frame very well. The connections are re-inforced later.
Bag 14 & 15: Adding all the finishing touches to the gate. The towers rise as the gate mechanism is completed. It's a nice, smooth, mechanism. One issue I had is because they used part 32072 Technic Knob Wheel there's a lot of give in the gates and if the model isn't on a flat surface the have a tendancy to swing open a crack. I may try and re-fashion the mechanism using different cogs to see if I can fix this. Surrounding the opening mechanism on the top is the scene with Alan where he discovers the dino eggs and utters the famous line "Life found a way".
On the outside of the gates we add foilage in more shades of green than you could possibly want. Bag 15 came in 3 bags, one of them were just plant parts, as well as getting plant parts mixed in the other bags. I don't know for sure but I assume those are the plant based plastics that LEGO launced last year that probably come from a different production line and thus have to be bagged separately.
The last thing built is the minifigure display stand. I'm not really a fan of these things. I find them a waste of parts. Here they added some foilage and a mini dinosaur found in many other sets.
Going into this set I knew it would be one I liked. I was so excited to build the T-Rex and absolutely wasn't disappointed. It's extraordinary to build and the finished model is one of the most beautiful things made from LEGO ever made. Yes the tail is more delicate than is sensible, but otherwise it's a brilliant design.
The gate, while more imposing than I was expecting, is a perfect display companion for the T-Rex. I actually don't like the back much, with all the little rooms. I think they look unfinished and messy, but the front profile is great. The side panels are the biggest let down of the set. They shift very easily, I would've liked something more solid that would make it easier to move. I still havn't found the best place to hold to move it without braking something.
It's almost a shame the T-Rex isn't a stand-alone set. If it were it could've been more affordable (could've even dropped the Jurassic World tag!) and more people would have the chance to build it. As it is this is a luxury set, at 8c (USD) per part it's not bad value, but still has a high price tag. This is a set you probably wouldn't want your kids to touch. Most of my LEGO is fair game to my kids, not this.
Yes I recommend this set. If someone told me they hated it I'd call Steven Spielberg and get him to go to their house and take the set off them. They don't deserve to own such amazing LEGO art. Got a spare $250? Go buy it. Otherwise, here's Tim's joke to help hold back the tears. What do you call a blind dinosaur? A Do-you-think-he-saurus.