Beaming Chamber – LEGO Jurassic World Magazine, February 2023

It’s a good thing that the LEGO Jurassic World magazine is now on one and a half month cycle, so there’s at least some stability there, given how much the publishing schedule of the other magazines has been thinned out or stretched to a point where every issue that still gets released feels like a surprise because you simply lose sight of the release dates in those long weeks.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, February 2023, Cover

The first thing of note in the February/ March 2023 issue is the new style of coloring. It’s not big news that each of the inking artists has their own style and that’s fair and square and logical with how the magazine is produced, but I feel this particular look is one step too far. It makes things look a bit too dark and the silky sheen with the inner glows/ inner drop shadows bleeding into certain areas feels weird. It’s plausible in that both comics play out at night and you’d have this odd “moonlight effect” to some degree, but if feels a bit too extreme here. It’s all too soft and there are e.g. barely any hard shadows in the panels. They need to take it back a notch next time.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, February 2023, Comic

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, February 2023, Comic

The posters both aren’t very good, only recycling and repeating the ever same ideas and motives. It’s not even executed well from a technical standpoint with the orange wall looking murky and lacking any crunch. The bricks breaking out are a completely different color and don’t cast shadows, either. Some very unsophisticated Photoshop hack job!

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, February 2023, Poster

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, February 2023, ExtraSaving the day once again is the extra. It’s not very complex, but makes up for it with volume. It isn’t every day that you get two half-cylinders in a magazine “polybag” (they’re obviously paper now) and some 1 x 1 x 5 bricks. It’s supposed to be some sort of hatching/ growth chamber, but could just as well be a transporter from Star Trek or some sort of deep freeze hibernation thing. A slightly larger base plate and perhaps a few extra pieces could have elevated this to a level where it would almost compete with commercial sets.

On the whole this is a somewhat hum-ho issue and only the extra is adding some real value. Unfortunately we’re still in this slump with Jurassic World with no new sets on the horizon independent from the movies and so it’s all a bit too much rinse-repeat with the ever same content.

Another Blue Night – LEGO Jurassic World Magazine, January 2023

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.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, January 2023, Cover

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.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, January 2023, Comic

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.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, January 2023, Comic

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.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, January 2023, Poster

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, January 2023, ExtraThe 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. 😉

Deep Blue Tree? – LEGO Jurassic World Magazine, January 2022

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.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, January 2022, Cover

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.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, January 2022, Comic

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, January 2022, Comic

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.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, January 2022, Poster

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.

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.