T-Rex on the Run – LEGO Jurassic World Magazine, June 2022

With the latest Jurassic World Dominion not far away from finally being released the dinos are once more in the limelight and it makes it ever more interesting what the LEGO Jurassic World might have in store for us. For now we’re still in this inbetween, phase, though, so the June issue does not contain anything specifically referencing the movie.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, June 2022, Cover

As you might be able to guess from looking at the photos this is definitely not one of my favorite comics as it feels all too empty and bland. Yupp, it’s that old gag of these materials being prepared months in advance and handed over to different artists and every three issues the same people contribute to the mag and you can recognize their style for good or for bad. In this particular instance I also simply miss a bit of variety. The T-Rex and only a handful of other characters being visible in so many panels just is boring. Weird as it may sound, but a randomly thrown in colorful parrot or for that matter any other animal casually appearing would indeed be an improvement and enliven the scenery.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, June 2022, Comic

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, June 2022, Comic

The poster(s) is/ are okay, but nothing you haven’t seen before. as so often, it’s just pieced together existing stuff from marketing photos or renders. It’s even a bit frustrating when you consider how they show items that do not even exist or never were available in a Jurassic World set. That T-bone steak piece upsets me every time. If at least they included it as an extra one of those days…!

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, June 2022, Poster

The extra this time is really nice. By that I mean the well-balanced, serene scenery, not so much the value of the parts. In fairness, though, even they have some value, being that they come in useful “natural” colors. The Tan clips on the nest are less widely used than the standard grey versions and always nice to have and so are the two bar elements poking through the eggshells. They could easily have played it cheap and just used the Light Bluish Grey version. Because they didn’t, it actually looks very tasteful and consistent. The only thing that could have made it better would be that instead of yet another Delta they could have included a different mini dinosaur.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, June 2022, Extra

While certainly not the most exciting issue, this one makes up the shortcomings of the print content with a lovable little build. However, it becomes clear that the magazine needs to move on and catch up with reality. You can only milk the same topic so much. An injection of fresh content related to Dominion is definitely needed and from what it looks like, we may get just that in the next edition at least a tiny bit…