LEGO Jurassic World 76962 Baby Bumpy: Ankylosaur – Dinos-awww! [Review]

Just as Jurassic World followed up Jurassic Park, later this month, the second instalment of the Jurassic World animated series Camp Cretaceous will come to the small screen. Dubbed Chaos Theory, a handful of LEGO sets will also release later this summer to partner it. The first of these is not your traditional system set, instead being a 358-piece model of Baby Bumpy – the dinosaur mascot of the show. Retailing for US $24.99 | CAN $29.99 | UK £19.99 (pre-orders are open now), 76962 Baby Bumpy: Ankylosaur will ship from August 1st in the USA and Canada, or June 1st for other territories including the UK, Australia and Europe. Keep reading to find out what we make of this set!

The LEGO Group provided The Brothers Brick with an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.

The box and contents

Bumpy’s box is a thumb-tab one, with shots front and rear showing her about to chow down on some plants. In the top-right on the front is a precautionary “egg shells are not included” message, which is a fun gag!

Inside are the instruction booklet and three paper bags (although as we start building, we’ll find out that there are smaller plastic bags within some of these).

The build

We kick things off in bag 1 with the central body. Right off the bat, there’s a turntable placed in the middle which will allow Bumpy to move wag her head and tail.

The connection points for these – a pair of click hinges – are connected to the turntable with plates.  An additional 2×6 plate and round jumper plate are used to give the system a bit of friction, so that it’s not too floppy.

The shell is made up of teal 2×2 jumpers and cheese slopes, all placed on hinges. By the end of bag 1, it reminds me a bit of a blue shell from Mario Kart!

The next part to make is the head. This uses a Studs-Not-On-Top (SNOT) core.

Another more complex SNOT assembly goes on the back.

These bars are used to attach the snout with the help of some 1×1 hollow studs. It’s an interesting connection, but it’s a bit hard to tell if it’s on right.

The sides of the head are next, with the cheek and eye made consecutively for each side. Our only printed pieces are used here – 2×2 tiles with an eye print on them. The left-hand side also includes a BB-8 head in tan, which is a new re-colour.

Once assembled to the head, the eye on the hinge meshes nicely with the cheek build.

The lower jaw is clipped in upside-down. We’re not even at the final bag, and look how sassy she is already!

With that done, it’s time to apply the finishing touches, such as the swinging club tail…

…And the legs, which are built together in pairs.

The final parts from the final bag go towards building some snacks for Bumpy. And after about an hour of building, we’re done!

The finished model

Before I go on, I should preface this by saying that I haven’t seen much of either Camp Cretaceous or Chaos Theory. But that won’t stop me from recognising how darn cute Baby Bumpy is!

As well as being cute, it’s a good representation of an ankylosaur’s armoured back and club tail. Comparing the model to the shot of Bumpy on the box, I’m not sure teal is the closest match to her armour colour; sand green is probably a closer match. Then again, the blue-green hue combined with the tan and dark-tan bits is a bit more visually interesting, so I don’t mind it so much.

She is reasonably posable; the legs, tail and head can all be articulated. But in the case of the latter two, you can only really move them by one ‘click’ on the click hinges, so the movement is a bit limited. I’ve also found the front part of the legs very easy to knock off when moving them.

The rotating body function is fun, though, and you can really swing her club tail around by moving the head.

Conclusions and recommendation

My first reaction when I pulled this set out of its packaging was ‘awww, that’s so cute!’ and that remains my overarching feeling about this set. It looks good, it stands up well to play with the exception of the legs, and she has plenty of character. Posability is a bit more limited than I would like, but the rotating body function is still fun and well-executed.

Some Jurassic World sets don’t fare too well on the price-per-piece ratio, owing to the presence of large, specially-moulded dinosaur parts. However, the last ‘non-system’ set in this line – 76964 T-Rex Skull – represented exceptional value for money in this regard, and with 358 pieces for 25 bucks, the same praise can be directed at Baby Bumpy here. If you like teal (and who doesn’t?), then this makes for a pretty decent parts pack too… If you can bring yourself to take it apart!

LEGO Jurassic World 76962 Baby Bumpy: Ankylosaurus will retail for US $24.99 | CAN $29.99 | UK £19.99 and is available for pre-order now. Shipping for pre-orders starts from August 1st in the USA and Canada, and June 1st in other global territories.

The LEGO Group provided The Brothers Brick with an early copy of this set for review. Providing TBB with products for review guarantees neither coverage nor positive reviews.

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