Jurassic Park is one of Steven Spielberg’s most iconic movies. It inspired a whole new generation of special effects in Hollywood, and a blockbusting successor – Jurassic World – in 2015. This in turn inspired its own LEGO theme, which has seen over 50 sets land on shelves in the last half-decade.
In some respects, Jurassic World seems like an odd choice for a LEGO theme. The franchise that inspired it is as much about humanity’s arrogance and hubris as it is about dinosaurs, and goes to some dark places as a result. Clearly, though, the latter element has proved enduring, and has gone on to inspire child-friendly media within and without LEGO itself.
LEGO Jurassic World history
LEGO Jurassic World sets launched in 2015 to accompany the release of… well, Jurassic World. This was the fourth movie in the Jurassic Park franchise; it acted as a kind of soft reboot for the series, taking place several years after the original. Focusing on a new, more ambitious park, Jurassic World introduced a host of new dinosaurs to contend with – including the genetically modified Indominus rex.
The initial run of Jurassic World sets offered a mix of vehicles and dinosaurs inspired by the movie. New creatures like the Dilophosaurus appeared in LEGO form for the first time, as well as unusual new vehicles such as the gyrosphere. Another obvious point of differentiation was the minifigures, with more realistic flesh tones making their first appearance in a dinosaur-based theme. In addition to main characters such as Owen Grady and Claire Dearing, a number of generic troopers offered additional play opportunities.
After a three-year hiatus, a new line of sets appeared to tie in with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Offering a decidedly bleak storyline, this new range of sets was more subdued in terms of colour scheme. It also offered more diverse subject matter; 75930 Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate provided the first conventional building in the Jurassic World range, with pleasing features like a brick-built dinosaur skull.
A set inspired by the original Jurassic World also appeared during this period. In addition to a velociraptor, 75932 Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase features familiar characters like Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler. It also recreates a number of key locales from the movie, including the nerve-shredding kitchen scene.
At this point, history suggested that the LEGO Group would temporarily retire its dinos, and wait another three (or more, as it turned out) years for Jurassic World: Dominion to arrive in theatres. Instead, it surprised us all in 2019 by launching LEGO Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar. This was a CGI children’s show that continued the story of an earlier television special, and acted as a prequel to the original Jurassic World movie.
While it starred familiar characters like Owen and Claire, it also featured new characters like Danny Nedermeyer (a relative of, and stand-in for, the late Dennis Nedry). To date, eight sets inspired by the TV show have been released, with a mix of new and familiar elements across the collection.
The most recent inspiration for the theme is Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous, another CGI animated series. It debuted on Netflix in 2020, and follows six teenagers who visit an Isla Nublar adventure camp. When the dinosaurs (inevitably) break free, the teenagers are plunged into a fight for survival. Four models inspired by the show have been released so far.
Both Jurassic World: Dominion and a new slate of Jurassic World sets have joined the fray in 2022, alongside another set inspired by Jurassic Park in 76956 T. rex Breakout. It seems that there’s life in these old bones yet.
LEGO Jurassic World sets
Jurassic World LEGO sets mix a bevy of vehicles with amusement park infrastructure. While many elements (such as jeeps and helicopters) are familiar, the range has often gone in very interesting directions over the years.
75916 Dilophosaurus Ambush is probably the quintessential Jurassic World set. Offering a reimagined jeep (with new blue and white livery) and a fearsome dinosaur, it includes some of the key elements of the broader franchise. It also features a then-new gyrosphere assembly; with its free-swinging passenger seat, it captures the essence of the movie version rather effectively.
Of course, later models prove equally attractive. 75933 T. rex Transport includes the franchise’s most iconic character, as well as a sturdy transportation vehicle to contain them. Essentially a redux of 75918 T. rex Tracker, both of these sets provide numerous play opportunities for younger fans.
That said, the Legend of Isla Nublar collection includes some of the most fun Jurassic World sets. While early Jurassic World models focus on the dinosaurs – with security fencing and other containment facilities – these models focus on the park surrounding them a bit more. In practical terms, this means sets like 75937 Triceratops Rampage and 75934 Dilophosaurus on the Loose. These products combine dinosaurs with gift stalls and conventional theme park rides – a fine fit for the LEGO Group’s family-friendly ethos.
While Jurassic Park is underrepresented, its models are probably most desirable to the older franchise fan. 75932 Jurassic Park Velociraptor Chase is very much a playset – its footprint is rather small, and it mashes together a few different scenes haphazardly. That said, its recreations of the control room, embryo cold storage area and kitchen (complete with green jelly) are all very thoughtfully assembled.
A better choice for the older fan might be 75936 Jurassic Park: T. rex Rampage. This model recreates the gates into the park itself, as well as a colossal Tyrannosaurus rex. The gate structure is also large enough to accommodate scenes from the movie, such as the bunker, the power shed, the dining room and – of course – an empty dinosaur nest, complete with broken eggshells.
Measuring 69cm long, the T. rex offers additional detail and a wide range of articulation, including an opening jaw. Powerful ball joints allow for stability while posing, with a mix of brown and grey elements providing ample texture and visual interest.
Perhaps the most intriguing Jurassic Park set for adult fans, however, has launched in 2022. 75956 T. rex Breakout recreates an iconic scene from the original movie, with a huge, brick-built rex stomping on a Ford Explorer. It’s all set on a black display base, capped off with two tiles that display the LEGO and Jurassic Park logos, and a classic Ian Malcolm quote.
An intact, fully-licensed Ford Explorer is also provided, and provides interior space for minifigures of Alan Grant, Ian Malcolm, Lex Murphy and Tim Murphy. It also includes a transparent sun roof, a stickered brick with a map of the island, and a pair of water glasses on the dashboard. Like the T. rex, it can be detached from the base if you want to play with it.
The LEGO Group has also released a number of sets for the younger Jurassic World fan. The Juniors theme (a forerunner of today’s 4+ branding) explored a number of different licences over the years, with three Jurassic World sets making an appearance.
10758 T. rex Breakout was the highlight of these. In addition to a full-size T. rex, it includes a miniature park gate and security fence to cower behind. More recently, a LEGO Jurassic World magazine has also been released, with various builds inspired by the franchise. New issues of the magazine continue to land on shelves in the UK and Europe today.
For Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the LEGO Group even released a pair of DUPLO sets, swapping gloomy filmmaking for friendly petting zoos and a small watch tower. Children who preferred Barney to Blue were well served with these models.
LEGO Jurassic World: Dominion
The Jurassic World trilogy came to end in 2022 with Jurassic World: Dominion. This film takes places four years after Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, with dinosaurs and humans forced to share a modern-day society. The film’s events return Alan Grant, Ellie Satler and Ian Malcolm to the silver screen, with newer characters like Owen Grady and Claire Dearing making a comeback as well.
A wide range of LEGO sets was released alongside the movie, with several different characters and dinosaurs naturally included. At the smaller end of the scale, 76943 Pteranodon Chase is aimed at younger LEGO fans. It offers a beachside seafood stall, a dune buggy and a pteranodon, as well as minifigures of Owen Grady and Maisie Lockwood. Its build is extremely simple, but a variety of accessories (like a fishing line, a whip and some sea life) offer some welcome play value.
76944 T. rex Dinosaur Breakout offers a more familiar setting: a dinosaur enclosure, a watchtower and some accompanying vehicles. Like 76943 Pteranodon Chase, this set offers a rather simple build for young LEGO fans. However, this allows the electrified fence to be easily repositioned – and a dinosaur breakout to be staged more easily. Sections of the adjoining fence can also be broken apart.
Despite its young age group, this set comes with a number of striking features. There are tiles printed with a logo for the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, which would look right at home in a more serious build. There are also minifigures for Owen Grady, a generic guard and Zia Rodriguez. The latter character last appeared in 2018’s 75933 T. Rex Transport, making her reappearance her a welcome one. Throw in a pre-moulded T. rex with a unique green colour scheme, and we have a set that may tempt even older Jurassic World fans.
The rest of the Dominion releases offer more sophisticated models, with several vehicles included in the theme. 76946 Blue & Beta Velociraptor Capture may be of particular interest; it includes the raptor Blue, her child Beta, Maisie Lockwood and Rain Delacourt – complete with facial snake tattoo. Blue offers particularly accurate colouration in this set, compared to previous LEGO versions.
Most of the set’s pieces go into building a red pickup truck, which can hold a small cage for Beta on the back. A grey dirt bike and a small ramp made from fallen wood is also included. Despite the inclusion of literal dinosaurs, the truck is generic enough to fit into many other scenarios.
76950 Triceratops Pickup Truck Ambush offers similar points of interest. It includes a pre-moulded triceratops, a black pickup truck and a quad bike. The triceratops is covered in scars, suggesting a checkered past; fortunately, it can ram the pickup truck to detach its bonnet.
The pickup truck can accommodate a single minifigure in the cab and is relatively bland, although you can attach a floodlight to either side of the vehicle. Two generic bad guys are included, with similarly generic clothing for each of them. The accompanying quad bike can hold two minifigures; Claire Dearing and Franklin Webb are provided to drive it, in matching black outfits. A generic design and a high price point may make this set a tough one to justify.
In contrast, 76951 Pyroraptor & Dilophosaurus Transport may prove much more appealing. Its vehicle is more attractive, and it includes new minifigures of both Ian Malcolm and Ellie Sattler; key players in the original Jurassic park movie.
The focus of the set is an off-road vehicle with branding for Biosyn – an unscrupulous genetics company that appears throughout the Jurassic franchise. The vehicle is large enough to hold two minifigures, as well as various tools and a small communication dish. It can also tow a small trailer, aboard which a dinosaur can be transported.
Two dinosaurs are provided for this purpose: a Pyroraptor and a Dilophosaurus, the latter of which has appeared in previous models. The Pyroraptor is a new mould, and currently exclusive to this set. Its shaping and printing imply feathers, with an aggressive stance and opening jaw implying a fearsome foe.
A generic guard provides some extra opposition. She presumably works for Biosyn, although her torso feature Jurassic World branding on the back. Still, this is a solid addition to any LEGO Jurassic World collection.
If you’re looking for something a little different, 76947 Quetzalcoatlus Plane Ambush may be what you’re after. This cargo plane is used by the film’s characters towards the end of the movie, but they have a flying foe to contend with.
The plane itself shares some design traits with older models like 60101 Airport Cargo Plane and 60116 Ambulance Plane. It can hold three minifigures – Owen Grady, Claire Dearing and Kayla Watts – in the cockpit, although this is a rather tight squeeze. A black bucket handle provides a more realistic control yoke than previous LEGO aircraft.
The fuselage of the plane features a wide mix of different colours. It also features several stickers, including a graphic of a female minifigure. Interestingly, the minifigure on this sticker features yellow skin – a rarity in licensed LEGO products. Sections of the plane can be detached to simulate damage from the flying Quetzalcoatus, who introduces some new pieces for maximum accuracy.
Several movie scenes take place in Malta, with three LEGO sets recreating that location. 76945 Atrociraptor Dinosaur: Bike Chase recreates a dinosaur marketplace, complete with stone masonry and a ‘battle pit’ for smaller dinos to fight. The nearby archway can be broken apart, and various artefacts (including a chunk of amber and a dinosaur skull) can be found in the set.
Like the other smaller dinosaurs in this range, the Atrociraptor (which actually existed) used a pre-moulded design with limited articulation. It features white skin and brown stripes, helping to differentiate it from other LEGO dinosaurs. Owen Grady and Rainn Delacourt are on hand to provide hunting fodder.
76948 T. rex & Atrociraptor Dinosaur Breakout offers a larger chunk of scenery to play in. This features a stone archway, more dinosaur artefacts and a containment area for a large T. rex. It also includes a large dinosaur transportation vehicle. This can accommodate a second (orange) Atrociraptor, with the container itself detachable from the truck it sits on.
Owen, Claire, Rainn Delacourt and dino-smuggler Soyona Santos are included with this set. The latter minifigure is actually exclusive to it, which makes an already-attractive set even more appealing.
Rounding out the trio is 30390 Dinosaur Market. This set contains a single market stall and a generic guard – albeit with a rare, young Han Solo face. Its availability is unclear, although if you own the previous two sets it’s an easy miss.
The largest set in the Jurassic World: Dominion range is 76949 Giganotosaurus & Therizinosaurus Attack. Depicting a Biosyn laboratory, the main structure comes with everything you need to clone a dinosaur: chunks of amber, an egg incubator and (of course) a coffee machine. There’s also a desk and a charging area for a small quad bike.
Outside this building is a watchtower with a pair of screens and a balcony. A section of this balcony can be collapsed to mimic dinosaur damage. A Giganotosaurus & a Therizinosaurus – each very large – is provided to simulate this.
Minifigures of Owen, Claire, Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, Dr. Wu and Kayla Watts can also be found in this set. This version of Alan Grant is particularly appealing, as this is the only conventional LEGO set he appears in. However, he can also be found in an activity book that accompanies the movie’s release.
LEGO Jurassic World minifigures
The humans of the Jurassic Park movies have inevitably played second fiddle to their Cretaceous co-stars. Of course, some iconic characters have emerged over the years, and received the rare honour of a LEGO counterpart.
Raptor trainer Owen Grady is a fixture of the Jurassic World theme. Portrayed in the movies by Chris Pratt, the first Owen minifigures use the Star-Lord face from the Marvel Super Heroes theme. Jurassic World would return the favour; a moustachioed Owen face popped up in 2018, gravitating to 76193 The Guardians’ Ship three years later.
Pratt’s presence across multiple blockbusters (including The LEGO Movie) would go on to inspire Rex Dangervest. A supporting character of The LEGO Movie 2, Dangervest acts as a thinly-veiled reference to many of Pratt’s blockbuster roles. His crew of trained velociraptors is a clear nod to his work in the Jurassic World movies.
Claire Dearing also makes a few appearances in LEGO form. Her first showing is as the buttoned-down manager of Jurassic World, while later minifigures portray her as more prepared for outdoor activity. A number of other Jurassic World characters earn one-off appearances, scattered across the theme more generally.
A higher level of detail is often reserved for the Jurassic Park characters, particularly since they appear in rarer and more expensive sets. 75936 Jurassic Park: T. rex Rampage has a number of very desirable minifigures. With his open shirt, bandaged leg and sweaty complexion, Ian Malcolm may be a particular highlight for LEGO fans – especially given the character’s use in multiple internet memes.
Dennis Nedry is similarly esoteric. His LEGO counterpart preserves several characteristics of the saboteur, including his yellow raincoat and gleeful expression. An alternate print shows Nedry’s face splattered with Dilophosaurus venom – a particularly ghoulish scene for any LEGO set.
LEGO Jurassic World game
Adapting the first four films, LEGO Jurassic World allows players to visit both Isla Nublar and Isla Sorna. It broadly sticks to the contemporary LEGO formula, but it also shifts the gameplay focus a bit. Where previous LEGO games focused more on combat, this game has a greater emphasis on puzzle-solving and exploration.
It also includes a diverse cast of playable characters, from Alan Grant to Mr. DNA himself. In keeping with its gene-splicing roots, the game even lets you create your own dinosaurs, mixing and matching parts from different species as the game progresses.
LEGO Jurassic World dinosaurs
LEGO Jurassic World sets follow a rich tradition of LEGO dinosaurs. The terrible lizards have popped up many times over the years in themes such as Dino Island and Dino Attack. The Studios theme (released at the turn of the century) even includes two sets inspired by Jurassic Park III. However, these bear little resemblance to the film that inspired them.
Jurassic World continues many design trends of the short-lived Dino theme, which had released three years earlier. Bespoke dinosaur elements have been re-used (albeit in new colours) and sophisticated printed detail has also been retained. Species like Velociraptors, T. rexes and Triceratops have returned to LEGO sets, keeping their impressive play value. Their arms and legs are articulated, as are their necks, and their jaws can open to display fearsome teeth.
LEGO Jurassic World also introduced some new dinosaurs to the family. The hybrid Indominus rex is immediately striking, thanks to its pale body and larger arms. Two versions have appeared in LEGO form; the most recent (and most screen-accurate) version appeared in 75941 Indominus rex vs. Ankylosaurus.
Other new dinosaurs include the Stygimoloch (with a distinctive beaked mouth and domed skull), and the Carnotaurus (with horned protrusions on its skull). The Indoraptor (from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom) is particularly fearsome, thanks to its powerful arms and large, toothy jaws.
Despite their pre-moulded nature, Jurassic World’s dinosaurs can interact well with LEGO environments. Their feet can stick to studded surfaces, and their backs also features studs. This allows for passengers or accessories to be attached to their backs very easily. In some cases their front limbs can also grip tools and bars. Now your raptors can open doors, just like in the movie!
A new variety of baby dinosaur appeared in 2018. Unlike previous versions, these feature printed detail and more realistic shaping. Elsewhere, the LEGO Jurassic World magazine has provided dinosaurs for the LEGO purist. Brick-built versions of the T. rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus and Dilophosaurus have accompanied magazine issues.
Dinosaur fossils have also popped up in LEGO sets over the years, and LEGO Jurassic World is no exception. Preserving the pre-moulded T. rex skull, 76940 Dinosaur Fossil Exhibition offers a more familiar dinosaur for the 21st century. Its bones are brick-built, and a mix of beige and white elements give it a more realistic appearance.
However your tastes run, Jurassic World has provided plenty of fodder for any LEGO dinosaur collection. With more Jurassic World sets on the horizon, we expect more dinosaurs (old or new) to accompany them.