LEGO Jurassic Park 76956 T. rex Breakout has an ‘early Speed Champions’ sticker count

The designer of the newly-revealed LEGO Jurassic Park 76956 T. rex Breakout says its sticker count is almost comparable to ‘early Speed Champions’ sets.

The reception to the 18+ display model – which recreates a classic Jurassic Park scene, and finally brings us the movie’s iconic Ford Explorer in bricks – has been almost universally positive since its announcement last week, but one of the biggest concerns surrounding the set is in its sticker count.

That’s because there are tonnes of decorated parts littered throughout 76956 T. rex Breakout, each adding to the authenticity of the experience – but also potentially adding to the sticker count, with no way yet to know how many of the elements are printed, and how many rely on decals.

LEGO 76956 Jurassic Park T.Rex Breakout contents

According to the set’s designer Atticus Tsai-McCarthy, however, the 1,212-piece set mostly swings towards the sticker-heavy side of things. In a conversation with prolific builder Jonas Kramm on Twitter, the LEGO designer said: “It is, admittedly, a lot of stickers. Think, like, two [to] three notches below early Speed Champions.”

Whenever stickers enter the conversation, Speed Champions is basically the barometer for what’s acceptable within any given set. While that theme’s switch to eight-stud-wide vehicles in 2020 has seen less of a reliance on stickers over brick-built details in recent years, and even more so this year through new printed headlight elements, its earliest sets included insane levels of stickers.

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To say that 76956 T. rex Breakout comes in anywhere near those quantities of stickers is slightly concerning, but beyond the décor on the tour vehicles and a couple of other tiles, it’s hard to see how it could ever reach the dozens of decals in Speed Champions’ worst offenders. (75876 Porsche 919 Hybrid and 917K Pit Lane springs to mind.)

LEGO Speed Champions 75876 Porsche 919 Hybrid and 917K Pit Lane
This 2016 set is especially sticker-heavy.

The display tile decorated with the LEGO and Jurassic Park logos at least looks to be printed, based on how closely the image wraps to the edges of the element. And on that basis, the tile next to it, adorned with a classic Ian Malcolm quote, should hopefully follow suit.

We’ll know for sure once 76956 T. rex Breakout arrives on shelves on April 17, when you’ll be able to pick it up for £89.99 / $99.99 / €99.99.

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Chris Wharfe

I like to think of myself as a journalist first, LEGO fan second, but we all know that’s not really the case. Journalism does run through my veins, though, like some kind of weird literary blood – the sort that will no doubt one day lead to a stress-induced heart malfunction. It’s like smoking, only worse. Thankfully, I get to write about LEGO until then. You can follow me on Twitter at @brfa_chris.

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