Blue T-Rex? – LEGO Jurassic World Magazine, December 2022

The LEGO Jurassic World remains my favorite of the currently available LEGO-themed magazines as I can always find something in it that gives me that good feeling in my tummy and the December 2022 issue does just that as well.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, December 2022, Cover

The comic is not my favorite, being that it’s one of those half/ half ones, but it is a definite improvement over last month’s “empty skies” orgy. There’s some panels with detailed drawings and interesting perspectives, it’s just that there could be even more density with e.g. the jungle looking more alive. It really would make those escape scenarios more interesting.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, December 2022, Comic

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, December 2022, Comic

The posters are standard fare, but at least the one on the front is decent enough. The reverse on the other hand is any Photoshop user’s nightmare. They just stuffed in every existing rendering or cut-out of dinos they could find and arranged them in a fake photo, but it’s really all over the place in terms of colors and perspective.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, December 2022, Poster

The extra will be a familiar sight to regular followers of my blog or for that matter frequent buyers of the magazine. It’s another buildable dino, this time in the guise of Blue, the Velociraptor, bur rge basic structure is pretty much still the same of the original T-Rex we got after the relaunch in January 2020 and then of course we got it again in September 2021 in the form of a Dilophosaurus and even this year already in the February 2022 edition as another variation on the T-Rex. The nice thing about those creatures that you really have quite a bit of building to do and it feels rewarding, but of course it’s also getting a bit stale and repetitive to always have the same structure. Would be nice if they could design a few other species.

All in all this is an okay issue and worth its money. I still think we need an influx of some new dinos and also on a more general level new ideas, though.

Blue Bike Chase – LEGO City Magazine, November 2022

Three times in a row! That’s how Blue Ocean got under my skin by including something actual useful in the LEGO City magazine after I announced my abstinence from this publication. So what’s it for this month? Let’s find out!

LEGO Magazine, City, November 2022, Cover

The comic is another police chase story, only this time on a bicycle. It’s also spiced up (no pun intended) with some Halloween-themed stuff and the evil-doers exploiting the situation by doing their mischief during the spooky night.

LEGO Magazine, City, November 2022, Comic

Unfortunately the special holiday is not really put to good use with the emphasis being on the rather mundane police action (and the gangsters not even dressing up for the occasion), so the panels are a bit boring at times in the sense that there’s a lot of “blue night”, but no crazy ghosts, werewolves, vampires or other such creatures.

LEGO Magazine, City, November 2022, Comic

The posters reflect the story as well, but are equally a bit too ordinary and lacking an original twist.

LEGO Magazine, City, November 2022, Poster

The extra that tempted me into buying this issue is of course the Dark Blue BMX bike/ mountain bike frame. This particular bicycle type is still pretty rare and while I have one in Dark Azure from the Hidden Side Newbury Subway (70430)  (oddly enough, I never reviewed it here) and also the Light Bluish Grey one from the Jurassic World Blue & Beta Velociraptor Capture (76946) (too small to make a review worthwhile), it’s always good to have more options at hand. The minifigures are a so-so affair. The positive thing is that the female police officer has a dirtied up face, but her uniform doesn’t reflect the same. It’s just a standard torso and pants. The same could be said for the thief who really is just “Bad guy no. 3” in a standard outfit.

LEGO Magazine, City, November 2022, Extra

To get back to my opening statement: No, my streak won’t go up to four in a row. I definitely won’t be buying the next issue because I have no interest in the extra, which is going to be an ugly forklift with no “special” parts for my collection that would warrant spending the cash. This one is okay if you want a simple way of obtaining the bike vs. buying an overpriced set, but otherwise it doesn’t really offer much that would get me excited.

Raptor Relay – LEGO Jurassic World Magazine, October 2022

The Jurassic World magazine for October 2022 is not that great. I can tell you that up front. However, despite this in a more general sense the magazine remains at the top of my list of Blue Ocean‘s publications and I always look forward to it, so let’s have a gander at some of its contents.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, October 2022, Cover

The comic can quickly be summed up as “another issue, another chase”, and to boot, of course we’re still stuck in the actual Jurassic Park and on the island. This is really becoming long in the tooth and boring as heck, even more so since there are so few interesting new dinosaurs. There’s only so many ways you can spin a Velociraptor story.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, October 2022, Comic

The graphical style also once more is of the “lots of blue sky” variety and the panels don’t look that terribly interesting. At this point clearly City and Star Wars have the lead with their much more explosive and varied visual storytelling.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, October 2022, Comic

Another department clearly suffering from the lack of new dino species are the posters, which make you think “Didn’t I see that just two issues ago?”

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, October 2022, Poster

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, October 2022, ExtraThe highlight of the magazine once more is the buildable extra, which in the Jurassic World magazine tend to be reasonably decked out. Though the cover sells this as a “(communications) base”, it is of course not. It’s more of a relay or one of the many surveillance points and access points to different areas of the park.  It captures this feeling nicely, even if it is rather small. The “bad guy” Rainn Delacourt is from the Atrociraptor Dinosaur: Bike Chase (76945) set and so is the little raptor with the new print, joining his Pyroraptor buddy from the July edition. A small highlight are the two 1 x 6 dual arches. I have a ton of white ones and a few crazy colors like Dark Pink, but the Light Bluish Grey ones so far have eluded me. LEGO uses this element relatively rarely and often in sets that I don’t buy like expensive Star Wars ones, so it’s nice to have them. It would have been ace if they had thrown in a printed tile like this one for instance to connect the two arches and cover the studs.

As said in my introduction, this certainly isn’t the best edition in the series, but at least the extra is its saving grace. I’d really only get this issue for that reason because the rest unfortunately is very forgettable.

Pyro Raptor Buggy – LEGO Jurassic World Magazine, September 2022

The summer heatwave having dissipated and more regular temperatures now being prevalent again certainly also makes that LEGO business more enjoyable just as it facilitates writing reviews. So here we are having a look at the Jurassic World magazine, September 2022 edition.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, September 2022, Cover

The all too apparent differences between the various artists doing the comics’ drawings are still a bit funny to me and in a way also odd, so this month we’re back to one of those 50/50 illustrations, where some panels are reasonably detailed and look good, but a lot of the others don’t. Thematically we at least get to see a few dino species that haven’t been represented in their LEGO-fied form for a while. It’s been a moment since the Brachiosaurus made an appearance.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, September 2022, Comic

The same goes for the Mosasaurus and the mere depiction in the comic makes me wonder if LEGO ever have any plans of doing sets with those creatures. Aside from the potentially insane price I could totally go for that. The aquatic side of prehistoric life has never been explored in this form, anyway, and doing so could actually inject some new life into the series as a whole, even in the movies themselves. Since Dominion was such a failure, though, I’m not sure if this will ever happen. We might have to settle for more half-baked content like this.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, September 2022, Comic

The posters both feature a T-Rex, but are equally boring, regardless which side you display. At least there’s not too much visible poor photo editing.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, September 2022, Poster

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, September 2022, ExtraAs hinted at last time the extra is the towing vehicle to the trailer that came with the previous issue. Stupid little me just forgot about the whole thing and then I disassembled the cart prematurely and buried the pieces in my boxes. Therefore I can’t show you the whole combination. Sorry about that! As predicted, the buggy/ quad is standard fare like we’ve seen it a ton of times, but the designer deserves at least some praise for custom-building the steering from multiple elements instead of relying on the existing molded element. Owen has one of those prodding sticks seen in the movies, but overall he remains not just a boring character in the films, but easily also one of the dullest and most repetitive minifigures.

If it wasn’t for the buggy connecting to the last issue and presenting it here, I’d probably have skipped this one. It just doesn’t offer much that would be interesting.

Pyro Raptor Capture – LEGO Jurassic World Magazine, July 2022

Creative cover design is certainly nothing to scoff at, but can’t they keep it at least a bit real? Those Dark Red hot dog pieces are gonna cost you an arm and a leg if you were to recreate that cover shot, given how rare they are. Anyway, on to the actual July edition of the LEGO Jurassic World magazine.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, July 2022, Cover

The comic is one of those 50/ 50 ones where you can’t quite put the finger on what bothers you. Well, in a way you can, but it’s rather subjective. I think my biggest issue here is that the comics make it appear as if those dinosaur parks somehow are mostly heavy plain concrete buildings and jungle, but overall have very little else and are not particularly structured. So here we once more get lots of greys and dull browns with occasional greens popping through. It would probably help a lot if some of the walls would be colored or had some signage and posters.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, July 2022, Comic

With regards to the actual story – it’s of course another chase. The positive here is that we actually get to see a few buildings like the visitor center pyramid and an aviary, not just fences and walls. Apart from that there’s not really much that would differentiate it from other such plot lines of which we had tons before. A school class quietly visiting the dino petting zoo would really be a welcome change of pace…

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, July 2022, Comic

The poster is a play on one of the scenes in the latest Jurassic World – Dominion movie where the silhouette of a T-Rex can be seen on an open air cinema screen. A bit too much of an insider gag if you haven’t seen the film or aren’t following film blogs and YouTube channels like I as a film buff do, so the joke will be lost on most people. On its own merits it’s fine and still impresses. However, one has to question the color choices. The black isn’t really black and instead a dark brown and the reds and yellows look dull. This ruins the contrast IMO. It looks like those thinly printed logos on one of those brown recycled paper shopping bags, but this should definitely look a lot more vibrant and contrast-y.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, July 2022, Poster

For the extra, Blue Ocean are pulling a “Reverse November”, that is November 2020. Back then they brought out another small trailer after having brought out a buggy to tow it in the issue before. We will now get such a vehicle in the August edition. The cage cart itself is reasonably detailed and benefits from having the two leaves and the hot dog as decorations. It makes things so much more lively. The cage elements unfortunately cannot be opened in a way so they touch the ground, so using them as a ladder for the dino to get on and off. You know, it would have been nice had they been offset and mounted on a hinge to reach over the wheels. A minor complaint, though. Overall it’s lovely, not least of all because they included a new version of the baby raptor. That’s a Pyroraptor for you with a purple stripe down its back. If you haven’t bought any of the sets from this year’s wave of new sets this is an easy way of adding the little bugger to your collection without spending too much.

Once more this issue is saved by the inclusion of the extra and how nicely it is designed. The rest is slightly forgettable and lacks this extra touch of finesse I would like to see. I’d even be willing to bet that some kids are a bit tired of the repetitive stories and the Jurassic World universe having become to dark and gritty for its own good. Can’t we simply be enawed by nice dinosaurs like back then when the first Jurassic Park movie came out?

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…

Air Boat Chase – LEGO Jurassic World Magazine, May 2022

With so many bad news hammering in on us every day those little moments when you go to the newsagent’s and pick up your favorite print publication(s) have become even more valuable. I always look forward to the LEGO Jurassic World magazine as even when it’s “bad” it gives me that bit of joy. there’s always something to brighten my day, be it the extra or a comic panel that I particularly enjoy. So let’s see whether the May 2022 edition can help us to put on a smile or grin.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, May 2022, Cover

The comic this time is one of those fifty-situations. It’s somewhere between those “infinite sky in a rectangle” variants and my preferred more dynamic panels with varying shapes. Especially the first few pages feel a bit dreary and it only gets better near the end. Somehow you always see when they just struggle with filling the background with all that greenery or other textured details.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, May 2022, Comic

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, May 2022, Comic

The poster once again supports my theory from the last issue about them simply having run out of content and the new stuff not being ready yet, so we get yet another uninspired and poorly executed Photoshop composite. I even chose the backside because the front featuring a T-Rex at night with glowing eyes looks even more ridiculous.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, May 2022, Poster

The extra is one of them small air boats as you find them in Florida and other flat water/ swamp regions all across the globe. It’s also in the comic as part of the chase story. It’s a bit too short and should really have at least two more studs in length, be it just to convey that it doesn’t flip over at every turn for being to short and square-ish, but otherwise it’s a nice and efficient little build. Had they paired it with a more interesting minifigure and not just the five millionth Owen it could have been pretty awesome.

As said in the introduction, I usually enjoy this mag even with shortcomings and this issue meets these criteria just as well. It’s a fun good time and a quick excursion to the newsstand to pick it up is certainly not a bad idea…

Eggsy Hatchery – LEGO Jurassic World Magazine, March 2022

Inbetween this issue and the last one LEGO have announced a ton of new sets for the Jurassic World theme and while no doubt it will take at least two more cycles before we see something in the associated magazine, I’m quite excited and really look forward to some of that stuff after the last two years have been a bit lackluster in that department. For now, though, we have to settle on established stories, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing when it comes to dinosaurs.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, April 2022, Cover

One of my ongoing complaints for the LEGO Jurassic World magazine are the “flat” comics, but this month at least we got lucky as apparently out of their pool of illustrators the one with the most dynamic drawing style was at it again. This makes even those simplistic chase scenarios so much more attractive and if Blue Ocean were actually smart enough (which sadly they are not), they’d really exploit that more and be better off.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, April 2022, Comic

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, April 2022, Comic

The posters aren’t half bad, but visibly only re-tread old paths and recycle existing imagery. That should improve with the new releases, too.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, April 2022, Poster

The extra this month is one of the automated hatching stations seen throughout the movies. The build is not dissimilar to that in Dr. Wu’s Laboratory (75939), just simplified even a bit further. While not particularly complex, this feels good due to the many large parts involved such as the turntable and the glass dome. It’s a good value and the small Velociraptor is a nice addition, too, even if it’s just an old color variant.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, April 2022, Extra

Overall this is a pretty neat issue and while not outstanding, delivers good enough content to keep you satisfied. Definitely worth buying!

T-Rex Reloaded – LEGO Jurassic World Magazine, February 2022

The LEGO Jurassic World magazines still rank among the better versions of those print works and I’m always looking forward to them. The February/ March 2022 edition just arrived, so let’s have a look at it.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, February 2022, Cover

You wouldn’t be wrong in guessing that the comic is – and say it with me – just another chase story. A heartfelt *yawn* would be appropriate. It’s not just the dullness of the recurring motive, but also the very geometric drawing style of the panels with lots of evenly colored skies and walls that doesn’t really help to make this more interesting. Ironically there are a few panels that illustrate how things could look differently. They don’t make up for the others, though, so it remains a mixed bag.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, February 2022, Comic

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, February 2022, Comic

The main poster breaks from the style of the previous ones. Likely they’ve simply run out of dinosaur species to cover before some new ones may be revealed in new sets. Instead we get a group of T-Rex‘s on the prowl. Even if it’s just a less than great photo montage it could be factually correct, according to latest research suggesting that these predators may indeed have banded together to hunt down bigger prey. The alternate poster is a group shot of various characters cobbled together in a similar vein, but not half as attractive.

LEGO Magazine, Jurassic World, February 2022, Poster

The extra is a buildable T-Rex which is a nice callback to the first issue after the soft reboot of the faltering Jurassic World magazine back in 2019. I loved this little thing back then for it being quite elaborate and truly representing the creature in a recognizable form, so I’m not at all objecting to getting another variant of it. While you build it you will encounter some familiar elements, but all the same, quite a few things have been modified and changed, so it’s not just a cheap recolored rehash. The many Light Bluish Grey elements peeking through are still a bit of an issue, however. One really wishes they’d more consequently make use of uniformly colored elements in Dark Tan here, as much as I understand their attempt to mimic the coloration of the actual molded version.

If it wasn’t for the buildable item this would be a rather forgettable issue. It really feels they’re tied too much to what’s actually available as sets based on the Jurassic World movies and with the Dominion movie having been delayed forever and new sets only coming out in the summer release wave, they’re struggling to fill the gaps with creative content and develop the magazine on its own…

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.