Look what I did there! Hot on the heels of my review of Vincent van Gogh – The Starry Night (21333) I recycled the title for this month’s LEGO Jurassic World magazine. Let’s see what the January 2023 issue has on offer.
The relationship between the articles and my cheap word play becomes immediately apparent once you turn your attention to the pages of the first comic. It indeed plays out at nighttime and has a lot of blue in it. It has it’s roots in movie production where using blue filters is actually a very typical technique to do day-for-night shoots. I once a long time ago got in hot water with a gentlemen who mistook what we call American Night here in Germany (for the aforementioned reason of it originating in Hollywood) to be an insult to US people. Go, figure! Anyway, I digress. The comic is about some Velociraptors making an escape with the accidental help of a Ceratosaurus.
There’s a second, short three-page comic showing a Dilophosaurus stampede. This is a bit like they are adapting the pattern from the Star Wars magazines, only without the second comic being required to advertise the extra, which is covered in the big one. We’ll have to see if this just a one-off or will become a permanent change.
For the poster I opted to show the back side, since it has a nice graphical design illustrating a few of the main types of LEGO dinosaurs. It’s far from complete and exhaustive, but looks nice enough. The front side is more standard fare with some dinosaurs and a water-based chase scene being depicted.
The extra is a little dino trap and as mentioned, it can also be seen in the main comic. I intentionally assembled it wrongly for the photo, as otherwise the dino and the chicken leg bait get too close and it doesn’t look nice. I also couldn’t get the mechanism to stay up. It would be one row of studs more in and then it would work by holding the dino down as opposed to strangulating the little guy from below as it looks like in my image.
Regrettably it always seems things never come together fully and while this issue has good comics and acceptable posters, the extra is a bit lackluster. Not bad, just not as exciting as the last few ones. 😉
Been a little on the slow side lately due to some pre-Christmas madness and health problems, so here at last is my somewhat belated review of the latest LEGO Jurassic World magazine, which technically is for January 2022.
The comics have become so repetitive you wouldn’t be wrong to bet money on yet another chase story, this time featuring the Dilophosauraus, Baryonyx and Carnotaurus. There’s really not much to say about the matter otherwise. It’s all so formulaic. At least this particular comic is much more colorful and dynamic than the last few times, though I feel that the rigid rectangular panels don’t necessarily support it making an impact.
The poster fits into the established pattern of the previous ones and adds one more entry to the gallery of species available in LEGO form. The alternate one on the backside also does not look too shabby, depicting one of the scenes from the comic, but nicely 3D rendered. This goes to show that if only they want, Blue Ocean can manage to crank out some decent stuff. Most of the time they’re just too lazy to invest the effort, it seems.
The extra is a rather unspectacular piece of jungle with yet another Blue in the wrong green version. It’s okay for a bit of play fun on the side, but if it wasn’t for the inclusion of the leaf elements it would look rather sparse.
All things considered, this is a bit of a letdown and by no means would I tell you to rush to your local newsstand to get it. It is okay for what it is, but does offer zero innovation and surprises nor any valuable parts/ minifigures.
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.
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.
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?
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.