Red Dino Bike – LEGO Jurassic World Magazine, July 2021

It’s getting notably hotter outside and the temperatures are slowly getting at me along with my usual health issues, so I’ve been a bit lazy this week, but at least there’s a new issue of the LEGO Jurassic World magazine to take my mind off things a bit. Let’s see what the July 2021 edition has in store for us.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, July 2021, Cover

First off the comic. In the last issue I criticized the somewhat dull and monochromatic nature of things. Thankfully, this time around things are much better and the comic is a lot more colorful and vivid. Story-wise it’s just another chase drama with a minor twist, so nothing new there.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, July 2021, Comic

The main poster follows the design template of the previous ones with a dino surrounded by a brick pattern. By now you could have a line-up of four or five of them side by side and it may actually not look that bad. The one on the reverse would in theory also not be that bad, showing different types of dinosaurs in a jungle environment, but unfortunately it is one of those terrible Photoshop hack jobs. Instead of organically placing the 3D models of the beasts inside a fresh scene, the poster is bashed together from existing separate renders all too recognizably. The lighting and scale of the individual creatures is way too inconsistent.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, July 2021, Poster

On the games & activities front there’s not much to do with only a bunch of simplistic and insignificant puzzles that wouldn’t stress out a first-grader, but maybe it can at least distract for fifteen minutes.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, July 2021, Game

The extra that comes with this issue is rather unspectacular, but potentially still useful. Sure, nobody needs the 100th Owen, at least not when they’re not really doing anything with him in terms of different prints and components. They could have just left him out for once or thrown in a different character. The motorcycle on the other hand is nice. It’s the same type as the Dark Orange version that came with the City mag a few months ago. Together with the Pearl Dark Grey version from Pigsy’s Food Truck (80009) this completes my collection and I now have it in all three colors it currently exists in. The Red version otherwise only can be found in the hard to come by Monkie Kid polybag or two somewhat costly City sets, so getting it just like that is a good thing. It’s one more example where a little patience has paid off and can save you some money.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, July 2021, Extra

If it wasn’t for the red bike, this issue would unfortunately be very unremarkable. The comic is good, but the rest is somehow lacking and just doesn’t give me that kick. There’s simply that little something special missing that makes me love these magazines. Don’t let this stop you from buying it, though. I’m perhaps just being a bit too picky…

Dino Chopper – LEGO Jurassic World Magazine, May 2021

With the world still under the veil of the pandemic, little moments of joy become ever more important and so I’m always marking the dates on my calendar when a new LEGO magazine is supposed to come out. This week has the Jurassic World issue for May on the menu.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, May 2021, Cover

The comic is a bit lackluster in that the usual chase story (What else could it be?) is missing a few exciting twists and progresses rather predictably. It’s also visually rather boring with large swaths of blue – a blue dinosaur, a blue helicopter, blue sky, blue water. It just doesn’t really jibe with me as it feels rather sterile and many panels are quite empty even.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, May 2021, Comic

There’s very little else to do, with nary any puzzles and quizzes. I’ve already noticed this across most of Blue Ocean‘s mags recently. One can’t help the impression that under the current conditions they can’t quite pull their editorial staff together and are living of existing material and what little new stuff they can produce, stretching it extremely thin. At least the poster is okay and aligns with similarly styled ones in previous editions, so here’s one more for your gallery wall.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, May 2021, Poster

I’ll freely admit it, but the extra, a small baby chopper, made me go “Whuuuttttt?” already when I saw it in the preview in the last issue. Similar items in the City magazine have been pretty low-brow efforts, but this one is just plain ugly. It doesn’t even pretend to be anything else but a lump of bricks slapped together with whatever minimum energy they could muster. And yeah, there’s Owen and the “wrong” Blue again. As if anyone already owning a dozen of these figures would have asked for another one…. *sigh*

This is not a good issue and for all intents and purposes you can safely gloss over it without missing anything. If i wasn’t regularly reviewing it, I would really only buy this mag if there’s nothing else around to satisfy your LEGO fix. Otherwise it’s just disappointing on pretty much every level…