Coelophysis (DINO by Lego)

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“Hello there, fellow dinosaur lovers! My name is Dr. Bella Bricking and I am the curator of paleontology at the Bricksburg Museum of Natural History. And this is my assistant and friend, ace tracker and wrangler Beth Buildit. It’s so nice to meet all of you!”

“Hey there.”


“Today we shall be embarking on an exciting and educational journey through the amazing world of Lego dinosaurs. Please remember to lace up your boots, tighten your belts, hold on to your hats, and keep track of your fingers!”

“Let’s do it.”


“And here are our first dinosaurs, a pair of Coelophysis. Coelophysis, as I’m sure most of you know, was one of the earliest known dinosaurs. It is known from literally thousands of fossil specimens.”

“Didn’t these guys eat their own babies, Doc?”

“No, Beth. Although it was once thought that Coelophysis engaged in cannibalism, it was later determined that the specimens in question were adults deposited stratigraphically on top of juveniles.”


“Gotcha. These little guys don’t quite fit the standard definition of Lego, do they?”

“That’s correct, Beth. There is no building involved in these animals. They are moulded from a single piece of rubberized plastic. They have sockets in the soles of their feet for attaching them to Lego baseplates, their mouths can hold bars, antennae, or other cylindrical bricks, and they have hard single studs on their backs for attaching other Lego parts if you so desire.”

“Dang. Forgot to bring my add-on missile launchers.”

“None of that, Beth! Anyway, the beige and dark green specimen is from set 5882: Ambush Attack. The olive green and red specimen hails from the much larger 5887: Dino Defense HQ. Each stands about 4.5 cm tall and measures 9 cm long.”


“So how do they rate in terms of accuracy, Doc?”

“Not too bad, Beth. Their legs and feet are overly chunky, but that’s clearly to help with stability. Although on that note, a bright green and red one was released this year as polybag 30320-1: Gallimimus Trap..”

“Seriously? Lego though a Coelophysis could pass for a Gallimimus?”

“I’m afraid so, Beth. But given all the glaring scientific inaccuracies in Jurassic World, perhaps Lego figured they could get away with it. And the polybag certainly did sell well.”

“True that, Doc.”

“So what is your final word on these Lego Coelophysis, Beth?”


“They’re okay. Sure, there’s no building involved, but they’re pretty well sculpted for Legos, and their rubberized plastic makes them more or less unbreakable. They’re not in the same league as as the fancy schmancy figures that make up most of the content on this site, but they’re fun to play with. Kids will like them best.”

“I heartily agree with that conclusion, Beth. And on that note, it’s time for us to say goodbye. But don’t worry, you’ll see us again very soon! Ta ta!


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