J is for Jurassic
I was about 11 years old when the original Jurassic Park film hit theatres. It was the first “scary” movie I had ever gone to see. I remember jumping out of my seat when Lex almost fell through the ceiling grate and the raptor jumped up to try and get her. I begged my parents for the VHS when it came out, and finally got it for Christmas. I don’t even know how many times I have watched that film over the years. It was my all time favorite movie growing up. I loved it so much as a kid that it was even the first real novel that I read. I have even created lessons based on Jurassic Park to relate science concepts to my students.
The subsequent films that have come out over the years have been mediocre at best. I still go see them, and I still own them simply because I love dinosaurs and the first movie meant so much to me. But, none of them have captured the magic of the original Jurassic Park. As a result, my hopes are not very high for the upcoming fifth installment.
So, what does Jurassic Park have to do with LEGO? Well, as you probably guessed from the pictures, when Jurassic World was released in 2015, it was developed into a LEGO theme. The dinosaurs were all repaints of the moulds created for the 2012 Dino theme, with the exception of the Indominus rex. All the same, Jurassic World is one of my favorite themes. I am thrilled to have LEGO dinosaurs. The theme contained many characters from the movie, the aforementioned Indominus rex, the Tyrannosaurus rex, velociraptors, a dilophosaurus, and a pteranodon (which was not actually a dinosaur). There was only one wave of sets, and it has sadly now been retired. Hope remains that with another sequel in the works, there will be more sets on the horizon.
I have done a large number of posts over the last year surrounding Jurassic World because I loved the LEGO sets so much. If you are reading this on my actual blog site, you can use the search feature in the right hand menu to look for all things “Jurassic”. I even recreated the movie poster using LEGO, and redid a sequence from the movie as a LEGO comic book (click here to read it). The Jurassic World LEGO dinosaurs have even been showcased in my weekly free colouring pages (click here to get them).
I would like to see more LEGO based on some of the other movies in the franchise. While the movies were not always stellar, it would be awesome to have more dinosaurs from them, like the brachiosaurus, stegosaurus, and spinosaurus. Would you be interested in more LEGO Jurassic Park/World sets? If so, what set, and what dinosaurs should be included? I wouldn’t mind the original visitors’ centre from the first movie (I guess it would come with another T. rex and some raptors), or a spinosaurus plane crash…
This post was written as part of the April A-to-Z blogging challenge. To read more about the challenge, be sure to visit the official website. Be sure to check back here tomorrow for my LEGO themed letter “K” post!
Until next time,