If you're a regular Gizmodo reader, you'll know I'm obsessed with Jurassic Park. And with that obsession comes a fear that the fourth film in the franchise, Jurassic World (set to open in cinemas this week) might not live up to its predecessors. Do we really need Frankenstein-like dinos?
But, having spent the weekend with some of the new Jurassic World LEGO sets, my worries have subsided a bit -- if the film is half as good as the toys it's inspired, we're all in for a treat.
I got my hands on the T-Rex Tracker (£59.99) and Raptor Rampage (£49.99) playsets and, as a veteran of the old Kenner Jurassic Park toys, they've got all the elements that once made seven year old Gerald squeal.
Kicking off with the Raptor Rampage kit pictured up top, the set comes complete with three minifigs (including stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard), two raptors with muzzles, a motorbike and a vet's truck, which houses a dino-containment unit that slips off the rear and a spring-loaded stun dart shooter.
The raptors themselves are great -- it's hard to make toys for kids look too terrifying, but there's something about the way the LEGO dinos' jaws snap open that is eerily reminiscent of the hunters in the films. You're looking at about an hour-and-a-bit's worth of construction time with this one.
The incredible T-Rex Tracker is my favourite though. Complete with three minifigs, a motorbike, spring-loaded trip cable and a six-inch tall, eight-inch long Rex, it's like a tank crossed with a mobile dinosaur petting zoo. A removable cage sits on the rear of the chunky vehicle, with fold down bars letting the little'uns trap the Tyrannosaur and transport it around. Not that you can really keep a T-Rex on lockdown though; "life finds a way", as we all know, and its snapping jaws are the perfect size for a minifig meal.
Quite a complicated set (some steps in the cage construction in particular had me stumped), I'd say you'd want to allocate around two hours to build the T-Rex Tracker kit. The days of play though? Well, you'll just have to block off a week or your calendar I guess.
LEGO has four other Jurassic sets in stores now, including the Pteranadon Capture playset (£19.99), Dilophosauraus Ambush (£29.99), Raptor Escape (£39.99) and the top-of-the-line Indominous Rex Breakout (£99.99). Having seen each behind glass at a recent press event, all look equally detailed and intricate to construct as the one's I've spent hands-on time with.
Jurassic World: The Movie however hits cinemas on June 11th in the UK. We'll have our full review later this week, so keep an eye out for it. Good or bad, at least we'll have these excellent toys to come back to after the flick, letting us dream of what could have been. [LEGO]