Racing back to the 80s in style

Here’s a collection of beautiful Porsche 962 racing cars, built in LEGO bricks by PROTOTYP and decked out in the livery of 3 of the teams from the 1988 Fuji 1000km Endurance Race. Originally designed in 1984, the 962 was to become one of the most dominant racing cars in its class. In the Fuji race depicted with these models, the 962 took no less than 7 of the Top 10 places. The curved lines of these LEGO versions are excellent — wonderfully smooth and immediately recognisable. The different team liveries are nicely done too, with the colour blocking on the white model particularly good.

Porsche 962, Fuji 1988

As if the smart shaping wasn’t enough, there’s a brick-built 2.8L engine lurking beneath the removable rear cowling…

Porsche 962C Trust GReddy, JSPC 1988

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The LEGO cargo hauling Shell-Walker from Horizon Zero Dawn

German LEGO builder Marius Herrmann has quite an expansive army of LEGO ancient machines from Horizon: Zero Dawn. His latest, the Shell-Walker, is one of his most detailed machines yet. I love the way he achieved the pattern on the hexagonal container as well as his use of orange roller skates for the shield-generator claw and subtle mechanical bits on the legs.

Shell-Walker (from "Horizon Zero Dawn")

Marius’s Shell-Walker features an incredible range of motion, and the container on the back can be separated from the body.

Shell-Walker (from "Horizon Zero Dawn")

Be sure to check out his other Horizon: Zero Dawn builds which include the Thunderjaw and Corruptor.

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LEGO Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom 75930 Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate [Review]

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom hits theaters this weekend, so we’re wrapping up our series of reviews of the LEGO sets released to support the latest movie in the Jurassic Park franchise. 75930 Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate is the largest set in the current wave of Jurassic sets, with 1,019 pieces, 6 minifigures, and 2 dinosaurs, at a retail price of $129.99 ($149.99 in Canada | £119.99 in the UK).

If you’re mainly interested in the new dinosaurs, don’t miss our Field Guide to LEGO Dinosaurs: A Jurassic World Compendium (complete with several handy infographics).

The box, instructions, & sticker sheet

The large LEGO box includes six numbered bags, plus the dinosaur figures and instruction booklet with sticker sheet in their own bags.

The sticker sheet has designs featuring dinosaur scenes, brickwork, and a computer panel.

The build

We noted our disappointment in our recent review of the new 60204 City Hospital that the building doesn’t have much in the way of interesting details or building techniques, accurately reflecting its 6-12 age range. Similarly, I described the vehicle-focused sets as “dark blue LEGO City sets with bonus dinosaurs.” In contrast, I was hoping that the largest playset with an imposing-looking building on the box front would prove more like the Wayne Manor sub-structure of 70922 Joker Manor, which pleasantly surprised us with its excellent attention to detail and innovative building techniques. Sadly but unsurprisingly with an 8-12 age range, the Lockwood Estate manor building in this set aligns with the LEGO City Hospital and the rest of the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom sets rather than other larger LEGO sets that have recently had a lot to offer adult builders.

The build is also highly repetitive — despite variations in their base and roofline, you end up assembling eight identical wall sections with large windows, including two identical vertical sections that attach to each side of the building’s center.

Adult builders likely have a higher tolerance for repetition than kids aged eight to twelve do, but after the third or fourth wall section that simply stacked on top of the previous one, I was ready to pour the rest of the set into my unsorted parts bin and just play with the dinosaurs. In the central section, large panels replace the windows, with huge stickers inserted in the panels’ concave sides representing bricks — sections that could easily have been built from “brick bricks” (at a higher part count, of course).

My boredom was relieved at the end of the build by the rather lovely Triceratops skull, which uses a variety of horn and “tooth” pieces angled with hinges to create a surprisingly accurate brick-built replica of this iconic dinosaur (which is sadly not part of the current wave of dinos).

The finished model

A disappointing and repetitive build results in a tall, three-story building with a lot of windows.

It’s a rather thin facade (open in the back) supported by brown wall sections.

Each part of the building has some interior detail, with some basic plants and accessories on the ground floor alongside the entryway.

The brown walls that support the front facade include display cases that showcase the prehistoric scenes from the other two large stickers in the set.

The next floor up has a fairly detailed laboratory, with some fun brick-built scientific equipment, and the top floor has a sleeping area with a bed so you can scare sleeping children as seen in the movie’s trailer.

We would expect several major play features in a $120 LEGO set with over a thousand pieces, but the only significant play feature is the skylight built into the partial roof, which drops down when you pull a pin.

The minifigures & creatures

I’ve appreciated both waves of Jurassic World LEGO sets not only for the new dinosaurs but also for a diverse range of excellent minifigures, like the new character Zia in 75933 T. rex Transport and the guard minifigures with highly useful tactical outfits and a broad range of skin tones. However, this set is full of a bunch of rich white people.

The movie’s heroes Owen Grady and Claire Dearing make their requisite appearance in this set, with duplicates of the figures available in two other sets. Mansion resident Maisie Lockwood (presumably the kid scared in the trailer) is unique to this set.

Each of these minifigs has printing on the back of their torsos, as well as alternate facial expressions.

The Jurassic Park franchise is full of men in suits getting eaten by dinosaurs. We can thus safely assume based on their facial expressions and attire that the next three minifigures — Gunnar Eversol, Eli Mills, and Ken Wheatley — will meet an untimely end during Fallen Kingdom. Gunnar wears a unique new suit with a checked pattern, while Eli wears a black suit similar to many previous LEGO suit torsos (though this particular variant has only appeared previously in the Classic TV Series Batcave.

The main antagonist dinosaur in this set is the lanky black “Indoraptor,” a genetic hybrid created for the movie, and thus not a real dinosaur.

The Indoraptor is accompanied by another Velociraptor — Owen’s scaly friend Blue — also available in 75928 Blue’s Helicopter Pursuit.

Finally, another baby raptor turns up, ready to grow into a menacing terror but adorable in the meantime.

Conclusions & recommendation

With very few interesting minifigures, a deeply repetitive and uninteresting build, and nothing but a made-up dinosaur for its primary creature, 75930 Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate has very little to recommend it to adult builders and collectors. The one highlight of the set resulting from all that repetition is that it includes 20 of the fairly new and relatively hard-to-find scrollwork brick. But beyond this one cool piece in a higher quantity, the rest of the set isn’t a great parts pack either, consisting primarily of larger pieces like plates and panels (plus lots of windows).

In our LEGO Star Wars set reviews we talk about a given set being a hit with Star Wars completionists even if it’s not a great value or even a great design — nearly every set has a unique or useful minifigure, plus at least some amount of neutral gray pieces. But with the tan pieces in this set consisting of far too many large columns and panels, at a price point of $120 for 1,000 pieces, you’re essentially paying for a couple of less-interesting dinosaurs and some rather generic minifigures. And then when we think about the set’s actual target audience, the highly repetitive build prevents a strong recommendation even for parents shopping for their children. Ultimately, even on sale, it would be hard to recommend this set.


Read our other reviews of the latest Jurassic World and Jurassic Park LEGO sets here on The Brothers Brick:


75930 Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate includes 1,019 pieces, 6 minifigures, and 2 dinosaurs. The set is available now from the LEGO Shop ($129.99 in the US | $149.99 in Canada | £119.99 in the UK), Amazon.com, eBay, BrickLink, and elsewhere.

The LEGO Group sent The Brothers Brick an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.


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Get primal, go bananas, gone ballistic!

It may seem like Vincent Kiew took a page right out of the Planet of the Apes from the big screen for this creation, and it’s a good page to pick from, starring a primal ape heavily armed and ready to go bananas. Those scary-looking cartridges in the ammo carrier feature a nice use of red lever bases, while the ears look perfect with the 1×1 tooth tiles.

Evolution

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