“Good day, fellow dinosaur lovers! Time once again to delve deep into the world of Lego with yours truly, Dr. Bella Bricking, along with the indispensable Beth Buildit! And how is little Bronwyn today, Beth?”
“She’s just fine, Doc. Although I’m still not sure my sister would be cool with all this.”
“Stuff and nonsense, Beth, she’s going to have a perfectly lovely adventure just like last time! Today we shall be examining Gentle Giants Petting Zoo, the second of two Jurassic World-themed Lego Duplo sets! Let us make haste, Beth and Bronwyn!”
“So here are our two ‘gentle giants,’ Doc: a baby Brachiosaurus and Triceratops. The Brachiosaurus measures about 7.5 cm tall and 8 cm long. It’s coloured medium and light yellow with light yellow eyes and light brown stripes. The Triceratops measures 6 cm long and slightly over 5 cm tall at the frill, and is light blue and teal with dark yellow markings and eyes and white horns. They both look pretty cute!”
“Arguably a little too cute, Beth. While these toys are unmistakable as Brachiosaurus and Triceratops, their proportions and appearance have clearly been compromised in order to appear to children ages four and under. Both can be pegged onto Duplo bricks or base plates and are too large to present any choking hazard.”
“It’s also worth noting that these aren’t the first Brachiosaurus and Triceratops to be rendered in Duplo form, Doc. Whether these ones are better or worse is a tough call, although I definitely like their colours better.”
“An excellent observation, Beth. And here is the character Grey, immediately recognizable by his outfit. His sole accessory is an oversized camera, again designed to prevent a choking hazard.”
“Better him than that twit older brother of his!”
“Now, now, let’s not be flippant, Beth! We must now proceed to construct the petting zoo itself. Beth? Beth? Are you paying attention here?”
“Sorry, Doc, but Bronwyn’s diaper needs changing. Don’t sweat it, you did great on your own last time!”
“Humph! Anyhow, here is the completed petting zoo. As you can see, it is a fairly simple design consisting of a log bridge with bright flowers at one end and a large palm tree at the other. Two barrier pieces separate park guests from the baby dinosaurs, along with a prominent Jurassic World emblem. The dinosaurs or Grey can be attached to the middle of the bridge, which swings freely for added play value.”
“Bronwyn! Stay close to Auntie, sweetie!”
“So Beth, what are your final thoughts on this set?”
“It’s pretty nice, Doc, although again, it’s obviously marketed towards little ones and not grown-up dinosaur nuts. The Brachiosaurus and Triceratops are cute and the palm tree and the swinging bridge can easily be incorporated with other Duplo sets. If you’ve got a child who’s into dinosaurs and Duplo, then this set is for you. Right, Bronny?”
“Fine observations indeed, Beth and Bronwyn. And now I believe it’s time to bid our readers a fond adieu. I told you everything would be perfectly fine!”
“Yeah, yeah. C’mon, Bronny, let’s go for a nice walk before we take you back home. Later, all!”
Sadly, this set has already been retired. For kids that love Dinosaur Train, like me and mine, the little dinos here would easily pass for Tank Triceratops and (a slightly undersized) Ned Brachiosaurus.
Of course, I still wish PBS/Jim Henson would license a series of official Dinosaur Train Lego Duplo sets. That would be so much better for preschool children than these Jurassic World sets.
Lego has released a Duplo set with the T.rex and Triceratops, along with Owen and the Jurassic World Gates. Feel like that might be worthy of a review!
Super cute! Probably not worth it for most collectors with the exception of the smallest dino fans.
Thanks. It is what it is. My little guy enjoys chewing on the little dinos.