Review – Stygimoloch Breakout 
I am really excited to be reviewing my first set from the new Jurassic World line. I really loved the 2015 selection, and collected almost all of them. Some of my first reviews here on True North Bricks were in fact the original Jurassic World sets. Now, with Fallen Kingdom about to hit theaters, I get the opportunity to acquire some more LEGO dinosaurs! Up first, I am reviewing Stygimoloch Breakout. As always, if you are curious about how I rate sets, and where all my numbers come from, check out my LEGO rating page.
NAME: Stygimoloch Breakout
SET #: 75927
THEME: Jurassic World
COST: $39.99 CAD
BRICK COUNT: 222
OF INTEREST: Stygimoloch figurine
RELEASE DATE: April 17, 2018
SUMMARY REVIEW: 79%
VALUE: 70% (The cost per brick is a little high at $0.18.)
BUILD: 90% (Nicely designed set that is easily expandable.)
MINIFIGURES: 97% (Excellent Minifigs, dinosaur, and brick:fig)
ENTERTAINMENT: 60% (Really fun set, but build time is expensive.)
This set costs $39.99 in Canada, and comes with 222 parts. At that price, each brick is going to set you back $0.18. That is a really hefty price tag in my books. While I have not seen the Summer 2018 LEGO catalog yet, the average cost of a brick in the January catalog was $0.12. Given that each of these sets comes with a dinosaur and licencing costs, I guess a high price per brick is to be expected. None the less, I give Stygimoloch Breakout 3.5/5 (70%) for value.
Stygimoloch Breakout is a nicely designed set. As with the 2015 Jurassic World sets, the pen seems a little small for the dinosaur, but the design of it is such that you could pretty easily expand it by buying a second kit, or using pieces you already have at home. The pen walls are hinged together, so you just need to build a couple of extra wall segments. I like that it is so easily expandable. The gate is also well constructed, though perhaps a little small for the dinosaur again. Of note as well are the play features. The Stygimoloch is able to batter its way through two walls, one leading from the pen into the lab, and the other through the lab bench out into the open world. Speaking of the lab, I like the set-up with the egg incubator and computer. The observation deck upstairs leaves a little to be desired as there is not much going on, and not much space for Minifigures. Overall, I give Stygimoloch Breakout 9/10 (90%).
Two Minifigures come with Stygimoloch Breakout, a guard and Dr. Wu. The guard comes with a beanie, and Dr. Wu has the same hair as the last incarnation from 2015. Only Dr. Wu comes with a double sided face, but both have front and back printed torsos. Dr Wu’s legs are plain, but the guard has printing on the front of his legs. In terms of accessories, you get a gun, two syringes, two dinosaur eggs, and a coffee mug. Based on my rating scale, I give these guys 28/30 (93%) for design.
With 222 bricks and two Minifigures, you are looking at a brick-to-fig ratio of 111:1. That is already pretty good, but you also have to consider the stygimoloch. Though not a Minifigure, if you include it into the ratio, you are getting one Minifig/character for every 74 bricks. That is an excellent ratio, and earns a full 5/5 (100%). Averaging that with the design score gives Stygimoloch Breakout an overall Minifigure rating of 97%.
While not actually part of my review, I thought I would take a moment to compare this variant of Dr. Wu with the 2015 version. I like that this time Wu comes in a cheaper set. In 2015 he only came in the priciest set (Indominus rex Breakout, click here for my review). If you were lucky, Dr. Wu was also given away as a polybag promotion in 2015 in conjunction with the video game release, and later at Comic Cons. The promo Minifig was identical to the one that came in the set. I like both versions, but I never liked that 2015 Wu’s lab coat was only printed on the front of his legs. That was remedied in 2018 Wu. I also like that 2018 Wu’s ID badge just says “Dr”, and there is no Jurassic World logos on his clothing. This will allow me to use the body for any doctor in my LEGO city, should I so choose. Overall, both are fun characters.
Stygimoloch Breakout took me 37 minutes to build. Considering the size of the set, that is actually pretty quick. A set of this size will more often take me in the 45-60 minute range. It is not a very challenging build. At $39.99, that also means that it is a very expensive build. This set cost me $1.08 per minute of build time, earning a super bad score of 1/5 (20%). I do really like the set though, and can see it being a lot of fun in terms of play, so in that regard, I give it 5/5 (100%). Averaging the build time value and enjoyment scores gives this set an overall entertainment rating of 60%.
I really like Stygimoloch Breakout in terms of design, figurines, and fun factor. But, when looking at what you are actually getting, this set is fairly expensive. You are paying $0.18 per brick ($0.06 above the average for the last catalog), and you don’t get a lot of build time for that price. Overall, I do still recommend this set, but I also suggest waiting for the next 20% off sale at Toys R Us. At that price ($32), the entertainment score would go up to 70% and the value up to 80%. With those improvements, I would rate this set at 84%, and worth the price.
How do you feel about Stygimoloch Breakout? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Until next time,