This year, we see the 30th anniversary of the release of Jurassic Park: the original, and in my opinion, the best offering from the 6 movies in the franchise.
Last year, I brought you an overview of LEGO Dinosaur sets over the years. The sets are due for release in June, but 5 sets in the series have been revealed today, with one, 75961 Jurassic Park Visitor Centre, available to preorder from March 8, 2023. Scroll down for more details and pricing:
76957 LEGO Jurassic Park Velociraptor Escape
- Age: 4+
- Price: 37.99€/ $39.99 USD/49.99CAD/£31.99/AUD52.99
- Piece Count: 137 pieces
This 4+ set introduces youngsters to thrilling LEGO Jurassic Park playsets with a Velociraptor figure, buildable dinosaur pen and off-roader vehicle. Packed with endless fun, children can help Dr. Ellie Sattler and Muldoon look after the Velociraptor in the dinosaur pen before the dinosaur tries breaking through the electric fence to escape.
Perhaps not a perfect recreation of the carnage-filled, on-screen moment where Ellie Sattler and Muldoon are setting out to reestablish power to the visitor centre, this set certainly contains the beginnings of a fun afternoon’s play!
76958 LEGO Jurassic Park Dilophosaurus Ambush
- Age: 6+
- Price: 26.99€/ $19.99 USD/24.99CAD/£20.99/AUD42.99
- Piece Count: 211 pieces
This set lets children play out a memorable Jurassic Park ambush scene with this collectible building set featuring a buildable Jeep® and Dilophosaurus figure. With Dennis Nedry in the driver’s seat, children can let their imagination run wild and decide whether he can escape before the Dilophosaurus attacks.
76959 LEGO Jurassic Park Triceratops Research
- Age: 8+
- Price: 52.99€/ $49.99USD /64.99 CAD/£46.99/AUD84.99
- Piece Count: 281 pieces
Triceratops Research gives children a chance to join Dr. Ellie Sattler and Dr. Ian Malcolm on a research mission to find dinosaurs. Jump out of the off-roader vehicle and help take care of the sick Triceratops by looking for clues to what has caused the illness.
For the first time in smaller set, we have the iconic Ford Explorer vehicle – otherwise seen in an upside-down and right-way-up version in T. Rex Breakout. To say nothing of a brick-built pine of Dino Poo!
75960 LEGO Jurassic Park Brachiosaurus Discovery
- Age: 9+
- Price: 84.99€/ $79.99 USD /99.99 CAD/£74.99/AUD139.99
- Piece Count: 512 pieces
This set invites fans to jump into the Jeep® Wrangler with John Hammond, Dr. Ellie Sattler and Dr. Alan Grant in search of dinosaurs. With 512 pieces for ages 9+, fans can recreate a classic scene from the iconic, original film featuring the first-ever Brachiosaurus LEGO dinosaur or simply build and display the impressive model when complete.
It’s the first time we have had a fully-fledged sauropod appear in the Jurassic Park sets. It is certainly a step up from 2001’s 6719 Brachiosaurus, where including any significant level of detail in the model appeared optional.
Or is it? The new mould does not appear to feature any articulation at the hip joints but does rotate and move up and down at the top and base of the neck.
75961 LEGO Jurassic Park Visitor Center
- Age: 12+
- Price: 129.99€/ $129.99 USD /169.99 CAD/£114.99/AUD189.99
- Piece Count: 693 pieces
It’s not over until the T. rex Sings, and undoubtedly T. Rex is ultimately the ‘hero’ dinosaur of the Jurassic Park Franchise: always rushing in at the last minute to distract the raptors or any other mortal threat to the latest set of heroes!
T. rex & Raptor Attack sparks memories of the classic Jurassic Park film by letting fans perform tests and check on the dinosaur eggs in the incubator with Dr. Henry Wu and Ray Arnold. Take a break in the kitchen for a quick snack with Dr. Ellie Sattler, Dr. Alan Grant, Tim and Lex Murphy before the T. rex and Velociraptor cause total chaos. Unlimited play opportunities with this 693-piece set are waiting for children ages 12+ as well as adult fans.
Bringing us the setting for the final act of the film, we might have hoped that this set would be a little larger than it appears to be. Still, we get a raptor, T. Rex, lots of minifigures and a skeleton on display ‘inside’
All LEGO Jurassic Park sets will be available for purchase on LEGO.com, in LEGO Retail stores and other major retailers on June 1, 2023, with a pre-order available on AMAZON and LEGO.com for set 75961 LEGO Jurassic Park Visitor Center: T. rex & Raptor Attack starting March 8th, 2023.
I’ll have to admit, these sets speak to me a little louder than last year’s sets based on Jurassic World: Dominion. Perhaps its the 90’s nostalgia, perhaps it is the availability of all the important dinosaurs in the one series: T. Rex, Triceratops; brachiosaurus, velociraptors and Dilophosaurus. That said, LEGO Sets containing dinosaurs, particularly the larger ones such as a Triceratops or the T-Rex come with a premium price.
Are you looking forward to any of these sets? Why not comment below and until next time…