"What should have been a large, interactive, and complex set was ultimately bogged down to a disappointing build.
I should start by saying that while I am a fan of LEGO, I am an even bigger fan of the Jurassic Park franchise. LEGO did a fantastic job in 2015 with their sets. Each set spoke volumes and had just the right level of complexity. As of writing this review, I’d have only assembled the Indoraptor set, and boy was it a frustrating set. My problems can be condensed into one simple issue, and that is the relationship between the price, complexity, and the value.
Whenever LEGO creates builds based on a property, they usually have tiered sets. The main big set, usually over 1,000 pieces, is the biggest and the most prestige of the sets. While that can be said for the ‘Indominus Rex Escape’ from the 2015 sets…. The king of the new Jurassic World sets disappoints big time.
Let’s get the dinos out of the discussion first. This set features two dinosaurs: The Indoraptor and Blue. All I’m going to say about Blue is that we already have a Blue from the 2015 sets, and there’s another set in this series with the same exact Blue.. So having her doesn’t add much value in this set. The Indoraptor on the other hand… It’s just not that impressive. The paint job is flat. There’s no metallic paint on it whatsoever, not even the decals on the sides, which would have helped. A lot of the detail on the indoraptor is non-existent because it blends too well with the base paint. The sculpt in of itself is also disappointing. It’s hands are too small, the frills are barely there, and the head detailing is minimalistic… This is disappointing especially considering the amount of detail the Indominus Rex had in 2015.. including metallic decals! There are a lot of minifigs in this set, however, most of them are either available in other sets or are not detail heavy… Their hair pieces are impressive though!
The actual set though… was very frustrating for me. First things first, it’s way too small for $130. There is an iconic scene, as seen in the trailers, involving the Indoraptor and a balcony/window… There is no way this indorator can do that. The windows and balcony are too small, even for the minifigs! The glass rooftop is so small, and the flimsy action of it falling isn’t as effective as you think it would be. Infact, the whole manor was small for a set that costs this much. Second, the actual mansion is frustratingly repetitious. Building this set kept getting increasingly mundane. It’s the same thing: floor plate, two pillars, windows, another floor plate, two pillars… Over and over again. A large part of this problem boils down to lack of creativity. LEGO could have added a staircase, or more dinosaur displays… even a room with paintings.. But no, it was just the same thing over and over again. For crying out loud, we had two identical rooms that only had a vase in them… WHY? Let’s not even talk about how plain the façade of the manor looks…. It’s just plain beige bricks!
Another problem is the justification of the price. As I was building this set, I started to understand what LEGO was doing to amp up this mediocre set.. They just made it needlessly complicated. There are many shortcuts that LEGO could have gone with instead of the overly complicated build. Every 5 steps could have been reduced to 1 or 2. And when you’re building the same room over and over again, you’d want a more simplified build… Ideally, this mansion should have two sides with hinges where you can close them up so that it seems like full house. Further proof of LEGO struggling to justify the price is adding Blue to this set, along with a motorcycle… The same one from multiple other sets, including the ones from the 2015 sets. I mean honestly, it doesn’t get more lazy than that.
When you compare this to the big 2015 set, you start to see why I’m frustrated. The Indominus Rex Escape was a whole paddock, that had a crane operated by a minifig, a backside that had a science lab, a helipad with an actual helicopter, and a gyrosphere that had its own dedicated launch area… AND it was big! Now THAT is a set worth $130!
So, would I recommend this? Only if you are a diehard Jurassic Park fan. If I weren’t one, I’d invest heavily on the other sets that seem to be more worthwhile."