T. rex and Atrociraptor Breakout (76948) Review
The True North Bricks pre-release Jurassic World Dominion review marathon continues with a new tyrannosaur! What Jurassic World wave would be complete without one? Truthfully, this wave has two. However, the other is a 4+ set aimed at younger children. Personally, I am more drawn to the color scheme on today’s variant. On top of that, our review set of the day comes with a new raptor. So, get cozy as we dive into the T. rex and Atrociraptor Breakout!
NOTE: The LEGO® Group provided this set for review. However, the provision of products does not guarantee a favorable review. True North Bricks’ usual rating system applies (click here for more information).
T. REX AND ATROCIRAPTOR BREAKOUT SUMMARY
- NAME: T. rex and Atrociraptor Dinosaur Breakout
- SET #: 76948
- THEME: Jurassic World
- COST: $109.99 CAD
- BRICK COUNT: 461
- MINIFIGURES: 4
- OF INTEREST: 2 dinosaurs
- RELEASE DATE: April 17, 2022
T. REX AND ATROCIRAPTOR BREAKOUT QUICK REVIEW
- VALUE: 58% (Expensive bricks and build time.)
- BUILD: 83% (Part of the build impress, others not so much.)
- MINIFIGURES: 98% (Great number of characters with excellent designs and accessories.)
- ENTERTAINMENT: 90% (Great from a purely dino-nerd point of view.)
- OVERALL SCORE: 82% (Good set.)
T. REX AND ATROCIRAPTOR BREAKOUT REVIEW
This is one of the larger sets in the Jurassic World Dominion wave. It includes 461 bricks and retails for $109.99 in Canada. Okay, maybe it is not that big in terms of brick count, but it is high in price. The cost-per-brick for this set is $0.24. That cost-per-brick is right up there with Triceratops Pickup Truck Ambush. It ties for second most expensive in the theme (only Indominus rex Vs Ankylosaurus was higher). I think that is quite expensive, and it earns 46% on our usual rating scale.
I spent an hour and 19 minutes putting the set together. At full price, each minute of build would cost $1.39. For the Jurassic World theme, that is expensive but passable. Compared to LEGO® in general, it is just plain expensive. I rate the cost-per-minute of build time at 58%. Averaging this with the cost-per-brick score gives an overall value rating of 58%. Even for a set with a T. rex, this kit is expensive.
The set includes three main builds. First, you assemble a raptor crate reminiscent of the one from the original Jurassic Park. The Atrociraptor fits inside on a palette that slides in and out. It can actually fit two raptors of this size. That is pretty convenient since this whole set connects to the Atrociraptor Bike Chase (76945). I really like the design of the crate.
The second build is a truck to carry the crate. With the crate on it, the truck looks great. Without it, the truck is okay. There are no cab doors, which is always an issue in my mind. The roof and windshield come off so you can insert Minifigures inside. I don’t have any major issues with the truck, it fits with the general idea of the set. However, I do get a sense of “been-there-done-that” with yet another dinosaur transport vehicle in this theme. I could have done without the truck and would have liked a more detailed market in this case.
Finally, you assemble a marketplace. It features a small booth with dinosaur bones, amber, and eggs for sale. Additionally, there is a stall for the T. rex. It has three collapsing walls to recreate a dinosaur escape. Structurally, there isn’t much to it. You don’t get any interesting build techniques or new pieces. This is a playset first and foremost. I have little use for it, but the bricks are useful in other projects. Taking each build alone, I rate the crate at 100%, the truck at 80%, and the market at 70%. Overall, that gives the set 83% in this category.
This set includes four Minifigures. You get Owen Grady, Claire Dearing, Rainn Delacourt, and Soyona Santos. The latter two are new characters for Dominion. Each character features all the standard parts, a double-sided face, and front and back torso printing. Additionally, three of them feature leg printing. In terms of character add-ons, there are two revolvers, two tranquilizer guns, three yellow darts, a spider, and two eggs. Throw in two dinosaurs, and you’ve got quite a few accessories. I rate the character designs at 100%.
Four Minifigures and two dinosaurs gives you six characters to play with. In a 461-piece kit, you get about 77 bricks/fig. That is excellent whether you compared to the Jurassic World theme or to LEGO® sets in general. You get a lot of characters for a set of this size. That earns 96%. Averaging this with the design scores gives an overall Minifigure score of 98%.
The main draw for many with this set will be the T. rex. It is a nice color variant too. Until now, my favorite T. rex came with T. rex Transport (75933). This new one is similar in style, but still different enough to look like a separate individual. I still like the other one more, but this is a close second.
The other dinosaur you get is the Atrociraptor. This one is tiger striped. That is a significant detail if you are a fan of the original book. Essentially, this dinosaur looks the way Michael Crichton described velociraptors in the book. If you ever wanted to build your own Jurassic Park inspired by the book, here is the raptor for you. With that said, this figurine follows the new raptor design. The body is one piece with only a moving jaw. However, I like this one more than the pyroraptor. This atrociraptor looks great, even if the limbs don’t move.
Ultimately, I am not very entertained by the set. Perhaps a younger me would be. Current me will recycle these bricks into other builds. However, I love the dinosaurs. Additionally, I am sure other AFOL dino-nerds will too. I rate the entertainment score at 90% purely from that perspective. I do not feel these dinosaurs are as exciting as the triceratops, especially since I have quite the collection of tyrannosaurs now. But they are still fun.
OVERALL SCORE: 82%
T. rex and Atrociraptor Breakout is another good set from the Jurassic World Dominion film. If you are a fan of the franchise, you will certainly enjoy the dinosaurs. However, the set is quite expensive for what you actually get. If a T. rex is your goal, there are cheaper ways to get one. However, the color scheme is quite nice on this one. I also enjoy the atrociraptor, even if it has almost no mobility. It just looks nice. The set itself is nice for kids to play with. Meanwhile, the crate might inspire older builders too. Conversely, the dino-transport truck is starting to feel old for this theme. What do you think of this set? Let us know in the comments below or reach out on social media.
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