Jurassic Jeeps And Other Designer Insights [Designer Q&A]

A little earlier this year, I put the two 2023 Jurassic Park sets containing the iconic Jeep Wrangler side by side, as a comparision of building techniques. I found the jeeps to be sufficienty different in the way they were constructed that it raised a few questions for me. I had the chance to put a couple of these questions to members of the design team, thanks to the LEGO Ambassadors Network. It was initially intended to address these questions at a round table meeting, but for various reasons, we ended up getting questions answered by email. I’d like to thank the team for taking the time to answer these.

We see two completely different versions of the Jeep Wrangler – what were the considerations that went into designing these two?

For the Jeeps, we had two different scenes to depict as well as target ages.  When it came to designing these vehicles, while we knew some details had to be the same, we also had to consider what made for the best build and play experience in the context of the respective places in the line. 

So, for the Brachiosaurus Discovery, the set had to include the three pivotal characters from that first iconic moment, and therefore should be able to fit them all. 

Bottom line; it comes down to context.  What best serves the intended audience? As well as, what makes for good play in this setting?

This T-Rex is the colour scheme as we saw last year, but with more scarring and battle damage seen in the decoration. Do you know if , in the minds of the IP holders, is it the same T-Rex that saves the day (in JP; JW, JW: dominion), or are they different? If not, why was a previously used colour scheme adopted for this T. Tex.

Here is the 2023 Jurassic Park Dinosaur from 76961: Visitor Center: T. rex & Raptor Attack

I can’t speak to what our partners are thinking, but the design schemes for the Dinosaurs were based on the scenes we plucked them from. It was very important to us that we adapt this movie as best as we could to a playset-style line. [Ed.: It is important to note, that the less battle damaged T.Rex was not the ‘Final Hero’ from the movie, but rather one that escaped from a market in Malta.]

Great to see the paper bags – these are the first sets that I have been sent for review (apart from the Cyber drone ). Can anyone speak for what her this was a conscious decision, or just a happy accident with these sets?

Given that The Lego Group is determined to move its entire production to Paper Bags as quickly as possible, I’m happy to hear there are members of this line that were given this treatment.  However, I think we can chalk this up as a happy accident, haha.   

Where’s our stegosaurus?

Hey, I want one too. 

Here is the last moulded Stegosaurus, from 2000’s 5987 Dino Island Research Compound. I was excited to pick this up, MISB a few months ago. there’s a T.Rex and Baby, as well as a pteranodon, too. But should there be a revised mould, perhaps to go with the early scenes in The Lost World?

Should I crack the seals on this set? Let me know in the comments section.

I’m grateful to Ana from the Adult Engagement team at the LEGO Group, as well as the design team [Woon Tze Chee, Atticus Tsai McCarthy and Matilde Gro Larsen] behind this year’s Jurassic Park sets for their responses.

I’ve taken some new photos of my Dinosaurs and Jurassic Park Minifigs that will feature on my Instagram and Facebook account this week – Drop by and take a look!

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