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Published on May 4th, 2015 | by Sharp-O


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* 

75916 Dilophosaurus Ambush is the next step up from 75915 Pteranodon Capture, retailing for around £30 and boasting a bigger piece count for your money.

IMG_3025 IMG_3027Again, the box looks gorgeous and I really dig it!

IMG_3031The contents include to baggies of bits, a segmented baggy of dino-bits, two halves of a ball, stickers and instructions! Piece count is 248 all together but, as always, it’s minifigure time!

IMG_3033 IMG_3036On 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…

IMG_3037 IMG_3041 IMG_3043The 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.

IMG_3045 IMG_3046 IMG_3051 IMG_3053 IMG_3056 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!

IMG_3067 IMG_3068 IMG_3072 IMG_3073 IMG_3076 IMG_3078 IMG_3087The 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.

IMG_3091 IMG_3093 IMG_3097 IMG_3099 IMG_3101 IMG_3103 IMG_3104 IMG_3108 IMG_3110Book 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.

IMG_3112 IMG_3114 IMG_3115 IMG_3116 IMG_3117 IMG_3118The 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.

IMG_3131 IMG_3142 IMG_3150All 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.

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