Dilophosy? – LEGO Jurassic World Magazine, September 2021

Regrettably LEGO don’t quite seem to know what to do with their Jurassic World license other than selling those coveted dinosaurs in otherwise mediocre, yet expensive sets (too expensive for me in most cases), so I take some comfort in the fact that at least the associated magazine is halfway good and mixes things up a bit. That’s especially true again this month.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, September 2021, Cover

One of the problems the series apparently has is that there is not enough momentum with new movies only coming out every once in a blue moon, with the latest Jurassic World – Dominion having been delayed over and over again due to the pandemic, and other content  that could serve as inspiration being scarce just as well. this shows more and more in the comics with the storylines becoming unrealistic and really a bit too ridiculous. Rolling around in the Gyrospheres and chasing escaped dinosaurs gets a bit thin after a while. Again this particular comic also shares the problem of the panels looking rather empty with many panels having very simple backgrounds.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, September 2021, Comic

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, September 2021, Comic

The main poster follows the design paradigm of the previous ones, so it should fit the rest of the line-up. I don’t find the color combination ideal, as with the Indominus rex itself already being pale as the moon the yellow also looks way to milky. A more contrasty color would have been better. Beyond that there’s not much other content safe for a bunch of profiles on the Triceratops and Stygimoloch and a single two-page spread with a game. They can hardly make it any more sparse or can they?

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, September 2021, Poster

As it is, the extra has to pick up the slack for the lackluster content and in this department this issue delivers. Though not nearly as awe-inspiring and surprising as the T-Rex was way back then when they soft-rebooted the mag, the colorful Dilophosaurus is still nice enough. Of course it borrows some of the techniques, but is ultimately a different creature. With 65 parts this is quite a complex build for a magazine freebie, further indicated by the instructions spread across four pages. They would have fitted on three just as well and actually there is an error with the feet in one step, but it’s still more involved than your average City or Friends build.

Admittedly this edition of the LEGO Jurassic World magazine wouldn’t be anything special if it wasn’t for the buildable extra. That’s the only thing I would recommend it for with the rest being a typical case of “Your mileage may vary.” Having all the posters may be worth something to you or your little ones and they may enjoy the comic, but for me it’s beginning to get a bit stale.