'Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom' dinosaurs still look dangerous, even in Lego form (exclusive)

Ethan Alter
Senior Writer, Yahoo Entertainment
To re-create the raptor from the Jurassic World films, it required 121,014 Lego bricks and 652 hours to build. (Time-lapse footage: Courtesy of the Lego Group)

Once home to the world’s most popular prehistoric-themed theme park, Isla Nublar has gone to the dinosaurs… again. When moviegoers return to the Central American island in the latest entry in the Jurassic franchise, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, they’ll find its dino population roaming freely around the ruins of Jurassic World, as well as its never-opened predecessor, Jurassic Park. As the previous Jurassic World illustrated, there are still some relics from the early ’90s lying about, including one of the jeeps that carted around visiting experts Alan Grant (Sam Neill), Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern), and Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum).

Blue is ready to terrify park-goers. (Photo: Courtesy of the Lego Group)

That vehicle is the centerpiece of an all-new life-size Lego model that will be unveiled outside of Stage 18 at Universal Studios Hollywood on Wednesday. Re-creating a major moment in Fallen Kingdom — which roars into theaters on June 22 — the model depicts a vine-and-moss-covered jeep that now serves as a throne of sorts for Blue, the superintelligent raptor that Owen Grady (Chris Pratt) demonstrated a special bond with in the previous movie.

As early trailers have indicated, the plot of Fallen Kingdom involves an Owen and Blue reunion that goes horribly wrong when the raptor is captured by a shadowy group intent on selling him and his dino pals to the highest bidders. Before that happens, though, the trainer encounters his former pupil in her natural habitat atop a Jurassic Park jeep.

Visitors to Universal Studios Hollywood can catch a glimpse of this Lego re-creation of a key scene from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. (Photo: Courtesy of the Lego Group)

It took the Lego model-making wizards a combined 2,548 hours to build replicas of both raptor and vehicle, with the former consisting of 121,014 bricks, while the latter boasts 582,841. Visitors to Universal Studios Hollywood can catch a glimpse of this Jurassic World Lego on their next tram tour of the lot. And be glad you don’t have to put all those pieces back in the box when the exhibition ends.

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom opens in theaters on June 22.

Time-lapse footage of the Jurassic World jeep build. (Time-lapse footage: Courtesy of the Lego Group)

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Jurassic World raptor Blue gets Lego-ized (Photo: Courtesy the Lego Group)