|I put this together in 87 seconds. Does it show?|
Next summer, they're going to try their hand at the prehistoric animals once again, this time in partnership with Universal, as Lego has officially acquired the licence for Jurassic World. They had held the licence for Jurassic Park III back in 2001, but the two sets were just part of the Studios line, and didn't include any minifigs based on the film's characters. With the release of Jurassic World sets, it'll mean that Chris Pratt will have gotten three entirely different minifigs based on him within a year and a half, which sets a record (he'll tie Alfred Molina with most minifigs based on a single actor, but Molina's figures were released between 2004 and 2010).
Said Universal Partnerships & Licensing President Stephanie Sperber, "Jurassic Park defined dinosaurs for an entire generation 20 years ago, and Jurassic World will do the same in 2015. Working with LEGO Group to bring this classic into the present in dynamic and exciting ways is truly thrilling." Added VP of global licensing for Lego Jill Wilfert, "We are thrilled to be a part of the groundbreaking Jurassic Park series. The film's imagery and branding are iconic, with a rich array of landscapes, vehicles and dinosaurs that are perfect for inspiring a line of building sets that will encourage hours of creative play."
Personally, I'm hoping that this will be Lego's major summer line, something akin to the range of the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings sets, both in scope of the line across all price ranges, but also in the depth of the adaptation. Lego doesn't usually drop the ball on their licensed materials, though I'm sure if they had known that Guardians was going to be as big as it was, they would have released more than just three sets. And next year, the Superhero lines will be jammed up with Age of Ultron and Batman v. Slenderman: Rise of the Spanx. Thank to the previously released Dino line, Lego already has the molds for the major animals the film sets will require, the T-rex and the raptors, so it shouldn't cost them too much extra to put together some fantastic pieces.