I am not going to lie. I bought Triceratops Rampage (75937) exclusively for the dinosaur figurine. The triceratops is one of the most recognizable dinosaurs. Additionally, it features in a key scene in the original Jurassic Park film. My dinosaur collection would be incomplete without it. I waited for a sale since the set itself did not factor into my purchase decision. However, it turned out that a good sale on this set was hard to come by. I ended up caving for 15% off. With that said, I love the triceratops. This was totally worth the buy just for that. But let us look at the set too just for fun.
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TRICERATOPS RAMPAGE SUMMARY
- NAME: Triceratops Rampage
- SET #: 75937
- THEME: Jurassic World
- COST: $79.99 CAD
- BRICK COUNT: 447
- MINIFIGURES: 4
- OF INTEREST: 1 Triceratops
- RELEASE DATE: August 2, 2019
TRICERATOPS RAMPAGE QUICK REVIEW
- VALUE: 72% (Satisfactory build-time for the price, but expensive bricks.)
- BUILD: 70% (Too many builds without enough detail, but with fun tidbits.)
- MINIFIGURES: 92% (Good minifigs and accessories, excellent brick-to-fig ratio.)
- ENTERTAINMENT: 75% (The triceratops is the main draw, the set is just okay.)
- OVERALL SCORE: 77%
TRICERATOPS RAMPAGE REVIEW
In Canada, Triceratops Rampage costs $79.99 at full price. Considering that the box contains 447 bricks, the cost-per-brick is $0.179. Comparatively, my average cost-per-brick is $0.14 now. As such, the set is on the expensive side. At full price, I rate it at 67%. However, the set is getting old. I was unable to score a deal better that 15% off. The set cost me $68.00. If you can score a similar deal, the cost-per-brick goes down to $0.152. Consequently, the score goes up to 76%.
Triceratops Rampage was a 91-minute build (one hour and 31 minutes). At full price, each minute of build-time costs $0.88. By comparison, my average cost-per-minute if $0.83. Therefore, for a set this size, you get a satisfactory amount of assembly time. I rate it at 77%. However, even a modest sale of 15% off improves that to 83% ($0.75/min). Averaging the value-per-brick and value-per-minute scores at full price gives an overall score of 72%. If you find it for 15% off, the score is 80%.
The first build is a small four-wheeler for Owen to ride. I am not going to spend much time on it because it is unimpressive. I have seen nicer constructs in polypags.
Triceratops Rampage includes a small stretch of fence for the triceratops to rampage through. It employs Technic beams and pins which allow a fence post to swivel. Consequently, the fence wires can collapse as if the triceratops tore them down. It is a fun play feature, but there is not nearly enough fence. There is no need for the dinosaur to tear down a fence that it can just walk around. This feature would play better in a larger paddock set.
In addition, you assemble a small Jurassic World gate and a fence for queueing behind. The gate serves as the entry to the set’s main build, a theme park ride. The fence blocks guests from getting too close to the ride. The gate is fine, I have no complaints about it. It would look nice in a theme park scene with a path built through it. However, I wish a Jurassic World logo sat above it. As it stands, the sign features a rotating egg picture. It is apt for the ride but does not lend itself well to repurposing.
The ride is essentially the teacup ride at a standard amusement park. However, instead of teacups, you spin around in half a dinosaur egg. The mechanism to spin it is clever and uses large gears to great effect. If you have an amusement park display, it is not a bad addition as a small side ride. My interest in this piece is not for the ride though. I really like the egg display on top. While it is meant to be decorative, it resembles the incubator from the original movie. If I ever build a Jurassic Park Visitors’ Center, this design is ideally suited to the lab scene.
Overall, the Triceratops Rampage build is alright. As with many LEGO® sets geared towards children, the kit tries to be too many things. The four-wheeler is lack luster, the electric fence is too short, and the stairs to the ride (attached to fence) are not tall enough to get into the eggs. I like the collapsible fence, but the idea works better in a different style of set. Additionally, I like the egg incubator décor, but again it would suit a different set. Perhaps I am being too harsh, but I rate the build design for this set at 7/10 (70%).
Triceratops Rampage includes four Minifigures. You get an unnamed tourist, Owen Grady, Simon Masrani, and a scientist named Allison Miles. Each one has a double-sided face as well as front and rear torso printing. However, only Owen features any leg printing. The set also comes with five eggs, a wrench, a handheld radio, a garbage can, a carrot, a whip, and a dinosaur. While the set does come with a lot of fun signage, they are all stickers and do not count towards the accessory score. I rate the design of these characters and their accessories at 56/60 (93%).
Four Minifigures and a fully articulated Triceratops means you get five playable figurines in this kit. Additionally, the triceratops is amazing. It has become one of my favorite Jurassic World dino-figures. With 447 pieces, the brick-to-fig ratio for this set is 89:1. By comparison, my average ratio is 145:1. Therefore, for a set of this size, you get an excellent number of figurines. I rate the ratio score at 90%. Averaging this score with the design score gives an overall Minifigure rating of 92%.
I have already confessed to buying this set for the triceratops. Incidentally, I waited a long time to acquire it because the rest of the set does not interest me much. I can see it being fun for a theme park or Jurassic Park display. However, I have no use for it. The design offers a few interesting inspiration points for future MOCs though. Who knows, maybe InGen will show up in my LEGO® city someday. Mostly, I am repurposing the bricks though. From an AFOL perspective, I rate the entertainment of this set at 3.5/5 (70%).
Kids may enjoy Triceratops Rampage more than adults. The dinosaur is a must-have, and ride works very well. Even the short stretch of fence is likely less of an issue during imaginative play. I think a paddock is more fun though, even for a kid. This ride does not feature anywhere in the movies and is not relatable either. From a KFOL perspective, I think the triceratops is the main draw. I rate it at 4/5 (80%). Averaging the KFOL and AFOL scores gives an overall entertainment rating of 75%.
OVERALL SCORE: 77%
I waited a long time to buy this set, hoping to score a good deal. I ended up with a modest savings. The main reason I wanted this set was the triceratops, and it does not disappoint. However, at full price this set is expensive for the piece count. Additionally, you do not get a bad amount of build time, but it is nothing to write home about either. If you want the dinosaur, I say go for it. However, the set is only satisfactory in my books. What are your thoughts on Triceratops Rampage (75937)? Feel free to reach out on social media.
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