“Lego® Releases Set with 3 Model Fossilized Dinosaur Skeletons,” by S.M. O’Connor

On October 15, 2019, Lego A/S, doing business as The LEGO® Group, announced the forthcoming release of the set Dinosaur Fossils in the LEGO® IDEAS theme. It becomes available worldwide on Friday, November 1, 2019 (All Saints’ Day).  Comprised of 910 pieces, the set consists of three buildable models of fossilized dinosaur skeletons: a Tyrannosaurus rex, a Triceratops, and a Pteranodon.  Each 1:32 scale model is posable and has a buildable display stand with a suitable sign in the style of an exhibit label.  [By contrast, the quasi-dinosaurs[1] from LEGO® Jurrasic World™ theme are toys.]  The set also includes one paleontologist Minifigure™, a LEGO® fossilized egg, a small LEGO® fossilized bone, and a Homo sapiens skeleton MinifigureTM to demonstrate the size differential between a modern man and the prehistoric creatures.

It would make for a fine natural history exhibit in miniature for display on a desk or bookshelf.  This set might be an appropriate gift for a paleontologist or the child or grandchild or niece or nephew of a paleontologist, a paleontology student; any adult or teenager who appreciates dinosaur fossil exhibits; or anyone who works in any capacity (not just curators) for a natural history museum such as The Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., or the Natural History Museum in London.

Figure 1 Credit: The LEGO® Group Caption: The Tyrannosaurus rex model is the largest of the three in LEGO® IDEAS Dinosaur Fossils, as it measures 7” (20 cm) tall and 15” (40 cm) long.

Figure 2 Credit: The LEGO® Group Caption: LEGO® IDEAS Dinosaurs (Set #21320) comes with three buildable model fossilized dinosaurs skeletons, each with its own buildable display stand; a paleontologist Minifigure™; a chest of his tools; a fossilized egg and bone; and a fossilized human skeleton to showcase the size differential between dinosaurs and people.

Credit: Solid Brix Studios Caption: The host, who received a free LEGO® IDEAS Dinosaurs Fossils set from The LEGO® Group for review purposes, suggests fans of the Jurassic Park and Night at the Museum films may enjoy building the models.  After building the models, he indicates these are definitely display models, not toys, and someone younger than sixteen would have difficulty building the intricate models.

The LEGO® IDEAS set includes interesting facts about Tyrannosaurus rex, a Triceratops, and a Pteranodon, as well as information about the fan designer.  Sets in the LEGO® IDEAS theme are submitted by fan designers.  [In this case, it was Jonathan Brunn.]  Other fans around the world vote on a creation submitted.  If it reaches a threshold of 10,000 votes, then The LEGO® Group reviews the submission, and may bring it to market.

The aforementioned Jonathan Brunn is a creative and Web designer who works for a creative agency in Perpignan, France.  Mr. Brunn describes himself as a “massive science and dinosaur geek.”  He’s also interested in outer space, and obviously, paleontology and LEGOs.

Brunn states, “When I was little, my passion for dinosaurs was almost obsessional.  Dinosaurs were the most incredible thing ever for me, so I made this project to please my inner child!  I would have loved it as a kid, and I think every kid who loves dinosaurs and science would agree with me.”

LEGO® IDEAS Dinosaur Fossils (Set #21320) became available worldwide in LEGO® Stores and online at www.LEGO.com on Friday, November 1, 2019.  It is designed for builders who are sixteen-and-over.  The list price is $59.99 in the United States of America and €59.99 in the European Union. LEGO.com lists it as “Temporarily out of stock.”  Speculators are already selling it for $109.97 or more through Amazon Marketplace.

[1] Remember, in both Dr. Michael Crichton’s novel Jurassic Park and in Steven Spielberg’s adaptation Jurassic Park (1993), it is explicit the geneticists at InGen have spliced dinosaur genes recovered from mosquitoes found in amber with genes from reptiles, birds, or amphibians to create living facsimiles of real dinosaurs.

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