Comparing the fossil-themed sets from LEGO Ideas and Jurassic World

With the reveal of the LEGO Jurassic World 2021 sets, the LEGO Group will soon have two fossil-focused models on shelves at once, but just how do the brick-built bones compare to one another?

When Jurassic World 76940 T. rex Dinosaur Fossil Exhibition releases on September 1, it will the second build based on ancient skeletal exhibits to be available, with 21320 Dinosaur Fossils LEGO Ideas being the other.

One was designed by a fan and the other is based on intellectual property, so how can the two compare? Let’s take a look at both T.rex skeletons to start, as 21320 Dinosaur Fossils is twice the price and includes more fossils than the newer model.

It’s undeniable that the former build is much more complex, with a suggested age of 16 and up compared to the latter’s rating of seven and up. However, whereas the build from 21320 Dinosaur Fossils has more detail, the model from 76940 T. rex Dinosaur Fossil Exhibition utilises a uniquely printed head brick, that is sure to become a collectable item among fans.

The accuracy of the age of these fossils may have been captured better in the new Jurassic World set too, with a combination of white and tan elements showing the age of the fossil.

The stand for each skeleton also features an ample amount of detail with the former simply displaying the name of the dinosaur on a plaque. However, the latter features more information such as a diagram of the head and where these creatures would be found today, had they not gone extinct.

The price for each also differs greatly, with the LEGO Ideas model costing nearly twice as much as the Jurassic World set. For those looking for a complete exhibit experience, either would be suitable depending on your budget. However, the additional builds between the two are somewhat incomparable with 21320 Dinosaur Fossils featuring three separate skeleton builds. Though only one comes with a living LEGO Dinosaur.

Either way, you’ll soon have plenty of choice for LEGO fossils as 21320 Dinosaur Fossils is available now from the official online store and Jurassic World 76940 T. rex Dinosaur Fossil Exhibition will join it on September 1.

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