I was really looking forward to this month’s LEGO Jurassic World magazine simply because I like buildable stuff and knew this one wouldn’t disappoint. more on that further down. First let’s take a look at the regular contents for the May 2023 issue.
The comic, while it would be okay in the overall style, again puts me off with its excessive use of fake Inner Shadow and Bevel layer styles (to the uninitiated: that’s what it’s actually called for real in Photoshop). It not only makes everything look very dark and murky, but personally I’m even offended by the sloppy way it’s applied. The values are all wrong and it is too large and too soft. It’s like they created a preset and threw it on to every image without re-tweaking it to account for different scales.
In terms of story writing Blue Ocean aren’t going to win any awards, as of course it’s just another escape & chase story. That even goes for the shorter secondary comic. It’s odd that they always play up the hostility and danger when there could be other narratives to explore.
For the poster I elected to show you the back side, not just because the one on the front is yet another run-of-the-mill hack composition pieced together from existing renderings. sure, this little overview isn’t showing that any special effort was made, either, but at least it meets my standards for acceptable clean design. Funny enough, as another little bit of Photoshop and design wisdom, adding a thin outline or outer glow would have helped with contrast. Some of the Tan-colored areas blend a bit too much with the yellow background and the Quetzalcoatlus with its White body would have benefited from that as well.
Moving on to the extra, we get a Pyroraptor built from bricks. If the overall appearance looks familiar of course you are not wrong. This is quite similar to the T-Rex and Velociraptor builds we got in past issues, but then at the same time there’s only so much you can do with a given set of elements. It’s almost impossible to avoid that they all look nearly the same. This particular build tries to distinguish itself not only with the colors, but by also trying to hint at the plumage. Jurassic World – Dominion is by all accounts a terrible movie, but at least they started honoring this long-standing knowledge that very likely a lot of dinosaurs had feather-like body coverage, at least in part. Whether they had to invent a whole new species for that is a different question entirely… Anyway, it’s just fine.
With regards to the parts usage we even get a small highlight by ways of the vertical “shield” 1 x 1 modified plate being included in Dark Blue. At this point it literally has only been in the expensive The Ice Castle (43197) sett associated with the Disney sub-theme and therein the Frozen animated movie(s). The horizontal red tooth plates are also not bad and since you get four of each type, the yield isn’t bad. The rest is just a bunch of curved slopes, hinge plates and a few others in pretty standard colors, but you can never have enough of those, either. I’m just wondering why they didn’t go with the wedge slopes on the head like on the previous variations of this critter. It would have made him look more aggressive.
This is a pretty decent issue, in particular since building the model takes more than thirty seconds and thus you feel like you get some value. Unfortunately the comic is a bit of a miss due to that weird shading thing. It would have looked so much better in a more pristine style.