Published on May 4th, 2015 | by Sharp-O0
Mint in Box: LEGO Jurassic World – 75916 Dilophosaurus Ambush
Did the ACU use Gray as bait FOR the Dilophosaurus Ambush or did the Dilo ambush THEM? *scratches head*
On the minifig front, we have yet another ACU security guard whom I will call “Lunch” and Gray, the young lad in all the trailers. The ACU is in the standard uniform but this time rocking a baseball cap and a stun stick. Gray, being the younger and shorter of the two brothers, has surprisingly long legs. Yes, I can imagine the reason why they gave him regular minifig legs is that the shorter legs, coupled with the hair piece would have made him look like a Hobbit on holiday! Also bears a striking resemblance to Chunk from The Goonies. Poor Ty Simpson…
The Dilophosaurus, whose previous standout performance was spitting acid in Dennis Nedry’s face in the original Jurassic Park, seems to have grown up a bit, now being as tall as a raptor! Now, I don’t know if this is just a cost-saving measure since the Dilophosaurus does share the Raptor’s base body and bears a slightly remoulded head but still, I really love this guy.
First part of the building process includes those mysterious transparent semi-spheres! A little gearing is added to the inside and you have Jurassic World’s signature Gyrosphere! This little viewing vehicle looks pretty cool in the movie and is replicated as close as it could be. I’m actually amazed that Gray stays seated and upright as the sphere rolls, I was half-expecting him to just spin around inside. Such a unique vehicle is a fantastic way to kick off this build!
The rest of the first instruction book is the skeleton of the jeep. In terms of building, it was pretty paint by numbers, especially in terms of vehicle building with only some gearing in the rear of the vehicle for an action gimmick.
Book 2 focuses on the remaining shell of the jeep as well as the roll bar, winch, and accessories. There’s some interesting choices which surprised me, such as building your own winch rather than using the winch pieces that exist already and the blue crowbars acting as guide bars for the windshield, though they don’t stay clipped on too well.
The finished jeep looks FANTASTIC. You can’t get much more iconic than a Jurassic Park jeep. All white and re– Oh. Yeah, something about the branding for Jurassic World (I assume in-universe) means that the jeeps are blue now and that’s fine but let’s face it, this jeep would have look beastly in the iconic red and white. The rear wheel turns to tip out boxes of accessories and I hate it. It’s a pointless gimmick. Still, having storage for supplies is a good thing and just adds to the character of the vehicle. The roll bar is pretty interesting, moving on ball-jointed struts to allow better access to the interior.
All together, I heartily recommend this set. It’s got superb play value and lots of unique pieces that anyone can have a ton of fun with (like I’ve done above). 75916 Dilophosaurus Ambush is £29.99 and is available online as well as from most good retailers from May 1st.