Just in time for Jurassic World Dominion, LEGO has returned to the popular franchise with a new wave of sets for Spring 2022. We’ll be taking a close look at several of the sets based on the new movie, starting with Jurassic World Dominion 76948 T. Rex and Atrociraptor Dinosaur Escape. This 466-piece set will be available April 17th from the online LEGO Shop for US$79.99 | $109.99 CAD | UK £79.99. It includes four minifigures, a large platform, a transport container and a market playset. Oh, yeah…and a Tyrannosaurus Rex and an Atrociraptor. It sounds like a lot of things… but how cool is it really? Come along as we take a look at this set and try to find out!
The LEGO Group provided The Brothers Brick with an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review does not guarantee coverage or positive reviews.
Unboxing parts, instructions and sticker sheet
This set comes in a large punch box with Jurassic World Dominion graphics. The head of the T-Rex featured prominently in the upper right corner, with an amber band of transparent orange bricks surrounding the edge. The set itself is shown during the eponymous event, with the two dinosaurs charging at the four figures.
On the back of the box, you can see the moments leading up to the escape, with the T-Rex peering through a stall in the market and the raptor presumably nestled in the transport crate. Inset shots along the bottom edge show the truck backed into market street, the raptor being placed in the removable crate, and a detail of the dinosaur-related relics in the market shops.
At the bottom right is a graph showing the actual scale difference between humans and inclusive dinosaurs. Normally we’d expect to see LEGO show off the scale of the included models, but perhaps these weren’t considered impressive.
As sometimes happens with punch boxes, the “open here” finger graphic has an unintended interaction with the other graphics. I mean, it looks like you’re invited to pet the raptor. I hear they really like it.
Inside the box are four numbered bags of parts, a 132-page loose leaf, a perfectly bound instruction book, a small sticker sheet, and the Atrociraptor body.
The T-Rex comes in its own large segmented bag. This does a great job of protecting the print on the dinosaur from getting nicked during shipping.
The sticker sheet is quite small, but it could have been even smaller. As we’ll see, the masonry stickers are pretty dull and probably could have been omitted without anyone noticing. The storage crate graphics have some weird drops in the design – hopefully it matches something in the movie, as it seems like a weird thing to add otherwise.
The main draw of this set for many people will be the large cast Tyrannosaurus Rex. It is made up of eight interlocking pieces, with tan and dark tan accents. The molds are nearly identical to the 75938 Jurassic World T. Rex vs Dino-Mech Battle, but the colors here are all new and unique to this set.
The assembled T-Rex looks great. The colors are very natural, but different enough from other Rex’s released to stand out from the crowd.
The smaller of the two dinosaurs in this set is the Atrociraptor. This is a new mold for the wave of Dominion sets. There’s another version of this critter in 76945 Atrociraptor Dinosaur: Bike Chase, but the orange color scheme here is unique.
The only point of articulation is on the jaw. Although they needed to keep the legs strong for stability, it would have been nice if LEGO had gone with movable arms. Considering we’ll likely see more color variations of this race in the future, this feels like a cost that could have been absorbed in the name of increased playability.
But at least the jaw is moving. You can get some decent expressions, and the “Philosoraptormeme appears to be set for a comeback.
The construction portion of this set begins with the crate used to transport the Atrociraptor. It is designed to hold both the orange version of this set and the white version of the 76945 Atrociraptor dinosaur: Bike Chase. The 1×2 jumper plates used to pose the raptors are even color coded.
The crate uses two sand blue wall elements and two stickers to add visual interest. The rear wall element is mounted on a clip hinge and it stays closed quite well.
From the outside, the closed box looks solid enough. It will be interesting to see how this stands next to the prop used in the movie.
The sled slides easily. The raptor can either look out the front window or prepare to jump. Interestingly, the inner tray does not clip on, but simply relies on friction and the rear door to hold it inside.
The crate is not a stand-alone accessory; it comes with a big 8 stud wide truck to transport it. The construction here is nothing special, but it is well formed. The dark red color of the cabin looks very elegant.
The finished truck has additional orange stripes that go well with the dark red.
The sand blue of the container body is reflected in the light bar on top of the cabin.
The bed locks in place with exposed studs on the light gray elements along the truck bed. The proportions look good, and custom builders could easily modify the truck to handle even larger trailers.
As a play feature, the truck and crate combo is the real star of this set. There are no obvious cost-cutting points or design compromises; It’s a very well designed vehicle and fun to build.
I had to go read the product description on LEGO.com before I could identify what this section of the set was supposed to be. Described as a “marketplace,” we’re left to make some educated guesses about what role this area might play in the upcoming film. The main clue seems to be this area which seems to be full of dinosaur-related merchandise. Some bones, fossilized eggs (?), and pieces of amber all seem like trinkets that would fit in well in the Jurassic world.
The store connection is a small square area where the T-Rex can hang out. The walls here are designed to come apart easily, for the “escape” event. Large tan 2×2 bricks have lightweight stickers with brick designs. The stickers don’t really line up with anything and don’t add much detail. I guess it adds at least a little something to this very minimalist play area.
The final steps add some arches to connect the shop and paddock areas. The height here is designed to allow the container truck to slide in, perhaps delivering the raptors for sale. There is a big black spider on the roof. Will it be a plot point? May be! Maybe not!
The T-Rex adapts perfectly to the pen area. If it ends up matching the size of the pen in the movie, traders were really asking for trouble.
The evade function works very well, although it is a manual process rather than being triggered by Technic items. This creates a rubble-strewn area for the aftermath.
Finally, it should be mentioned that the 76945 Atrociraptor Dinosaur: Bike Chase set also contains a market building piece that can be combined with this set. This set really looks like a booster for this kit, but I guess the marketing wanted another lower cost set option to tempt finalists rather than bundle it into this set and put it on a $100 price tag US.
This set includes four minifigures: Owen Grady, Soyona Santos, Rainn Delacourt and Claire Dearing. Owen is identical to many of his other appearances, including 75938 Jurassic World T. Rex vs Dino-Mech Battle. Rainn and Claire also appear in identical forms in other Jurassic World Dominion sets, leaving Soyona alone to stand out.
All figures have double sided torso and head imprints. Everyone except Claire has a leg print. Rainn is the only character with a new headprint for 2022. It’s sad how the leg print on Soyona doesn’t look white on the black plastic. It kind of ruins the look of the only exclusive figure in the set.
But let’s not forget the other two figures in this set. One way or another, I think they’ll tempt a few more collectors than the rest of the gang.
Conclusion and recommendation
This set is a bit of a mixed bag. The T-Rex and Atrociraptor are interesting molds and are sure to be a hit with Jurassic Park collectors. The four figures (including one exclusive) are also a draw, adding to the overall collection. The transport truck and crate are nice builds with some minor but fun gameplay features. But this market… ugh. It’s very disappointing. The price could also be an issue for some. At US$80 for 466 pieces, the ratio is over 17 cents per – which will prevent this set from being considered a useful piece pack. (Depending on your interests, the exclusive selection of die-cast dinos and minifigures can balance out the parts selection, of course.) From a gaming standpoint, there’s a lot to do here, and LEGO didn’t even have to. resort to adding studs. shooters. If you want to add a handsome Tyrannosaurus Rex to your collection, this could be just what you’ve been waiting for.
Jurassic World Dominion 76948 T. Rex and Atrociraptor Dinosaur Escape will be available on April 17th in the online LEGO Shop for US$79.99 | $109.99 CAD | UK £79.99. It may also be available through third-party sellers on Amazon and eBay.
The LEGO Group sent The Brothers Brick an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review does not guarantee coverage or positive reviews.
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