The cat, ore more precisely the T. Rex is out of the bag and the long rumoured “big” Jurassic World set has been officially revealed. A lot of people were hoping for a fully decked out Visitor Center build from the first Jurassic Park movie including those fancy Jeeps, but they opted for a super large T.Rex and the equally large entry gate to the actual park ride instead.
And therein lies the problem. To say it’s causing an uproar would perhaps be an exaggeration, but it is definitely divisive. There are of course a few problems with this approach. Even if you discount the disappointment of not getting a building-based set there’s no denying that it will be difficult to get behind the set for many. The biggest issue in my view (and many others’) is of course the gate. It feels for all intents and purposes like superfluous padding. Of the 3120 pieces at least one-third of them appear to go just into this gate and since they are also large ones, they are likely responsible for a good chunk of the 250 Euro price.
What’s worse even are the little miniature scenes crammed into the gate posts and replicating a few iconic scenes from the movie, including the genetic lab, that infamous toilet scene and a few others. In particular this part feels like giving potential buyers that would have been interested in that Visitor Center thing the finger or in other words rubbing salt into their wounds while they ponder what could have been. say what you will, this doesn’t seem a smart decision on LEGO‘s part.
Personally I tend to see things similarly – love the dino, loathe the gate. I’d dig the T.Rex if it was sold separately for around 120 Euro and it would jump to somewhere at the top of my wanted list, but potentially having to buy something at twice the price of which you only really want half the package doesn’t seem like a good prospect. I’d think very hard about buying it even if my finances weren’t as constrained as they are. So overall this is a bit of a disappointment on several levels, sad as it may be…