Dilophosaurus Ambush (Jurassic World by Lego)

“Heeeeeey there, fellow dinosaur lovers! Dr. Bella Bricking and Beth Buildit in the house again! Who’s ready to go Hollywood?”

“Hey folks. What Doc means is that today we’re tackling a Jurassic World Lego set.”

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“That’s right, Beth! We’re going to review set 75916: Dilophosaurus Ambush! So hop in the car and let’s go!”

“Sure wish you drove a two-seater, Doc.”

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“Here we have the parts for the Lego Dilophosaurus. Once assembled, it stands about 8.5 cm tall and measures–”

“Whoa, whoa, hold on a sec, Doc! Some of these parts look very familiar!”

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“Ah, you beat me to it, Beth. Yes, the Dilophosaurus reuses the body, arms, and lower jaw from the Velociraptor. The head and legs, however, are brand new.”

“Won’t lie, Doc, that is a little disappointing. Our poor Dilo’s tail ends up being too short. And surprise, surprise, it’s also got that fantasy frill.”

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“Indeed. But on the positive side, the new head is very well-sculpted. And the colour scheme is the most vibrant of any Lego dinosaur. Light green is the main colour with dark green patches, black claws, off white teeth, orange eyes surrounded by red patches, and orange and red markings on the frill. I think this toy looks very snazzy!”

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“Yeah, not bad considering the critter only popped up as a hologram for about five seconds in the movie. And who do we have here?”

“Here we have Grey, the precocious young dinosaur lover. He comes with a double head, with a smiling face on one side and a frightened expression on the other. His shaggy hairpiece is reused from a hobbit minifigure.”

“Aw, and he’s got a little fanny pack on! How cute is that, Doc?”

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“And here also is a grim-faced ACU (Asset Control Unit) trooper. His uniform looks very smart, with a painted-on utility harness and plenty of straps.”

“Oh yeah, these clowns are the JP equivalent to Star Trek redshirts. That cattle prod he’s carrying wouldn’t stop a puma, let alone a giant mutant monster. InGen should’ve just hired me instead!”

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“I’m sure you would have nipped everything in the bud easily, Beth. Now, here we have our Lego gyrosphere. As you can see, it is only built to accommodate one person as opposed to two. The seat is meant to rotate freely as the gyrosphere rolls along, but it doesn’t work very well. And sorry about the reflection, everyone!”

“I never bought into the concept of these squeaky clean things, Doc. What happens if it rolls through mud? Or dino dung?”

“I honestly have no idea, Beth. But here’s something I believe will be much more to your liking: the ACU jeep!”

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“Whoa! This is a sweet-looking set of wheels, Doc! It’s way bigger than your average Lego car! It’s got giant headlights, a retractable front winch, pressure-based launching missiles mounted on the rollbar, a roomy interior, and huge wheels. Not even the thickest shag carpet will be a problem in this baby!”

“I’m glad you’re impressed, Beth. Also note that turning the spare tire mounted on the rear causes the two crates in the back to pop out. In addition to the aforementioned cattle prod, this set also comes with a wrench, a set of binoculars, and a turkey leg for enticing escaped theropods. And how very clever to use blue crowbar pieces to form the windshield frame!”

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“Alright, I’m sold. Hop in, Doc, we’re switching rides!”

“With pleasure, Beth. Well, fellow dinosaur lovers, I hope you’ve enjoyed our latest review. As a retool, the Dilophosaurus toy may be a disappointment to some, but it’s a decent rendition of an iconic JP dinosaur. The two minifigures are nice. The gyrosphere doesn’t work too well, but you have to credit Lego for making it look so close to the film version. And the jeep is a lot of fun to play with and comes with some very useful parts for creative building. Overall, I think you’ll enjoy Dilophosaurus Ambush. Take care, see you in the future!”

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“We’re outta here, Doc!”

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*sniff* *sniff*

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Available from Amazon.com here.

3 Responses to Dilophosaurus Ambush (Jurassic World by Lego)

  1. Interesting that your gyrosphere doesn’t work properly. Both of mine (the one from this set as well as the Indominus Rex Breakout set) are able to function extremely well. Short of throwing the gyrosphere, the minifigure inside never ends up upside down.

  2. Hey, it has a maxillary notch! And it’s sorta in scale with the mini figs. That already makes it better than the movie version at least.

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