I thought the Gallimimus were the small dinosaurs that ate the little girl at the beginning of The Lost World: Jurassic Park, but I am wrong. Those little suckers were Compsognathus. The Gallimimus were the ones that almost ran over Dr. Grant and the two kids from the first movie.
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That first movie is always enjoyable to watch and that scene was always one of the more memorable ones. It’s a great piece of CG mixed with live action.
Anyways, we’re not here to talk about that, we’re here to talk about 30320 Gallimimus Trap, a set under the Jurassic World license. It says so right on the bag. There’s no minifig in this set, instead the star of the show is the Gallimimus one-piece dinosaur. It’s made from a hard rubber material instead of the usual ABS that we’re used to in this hobby. I am not a fan personally. LEGO has their reasons why they went with rubber instead of plastic (probably financially-driven), but it is a poor choice of material. I’ve had other toys that had a similar feel like the Gallimimus and over time and exposure to dust, they become tacky, sticky, and downright gross. And did I mention nearly impossible to clean? The set I’m reviewing was not exposed to those elements and was freshly opened for this review, but even now I can sort of feel a very, very slight tackiness to it. It does not bode well. It could be that I’m being overly pessimistic and that the materials used for this run of dinosaurs won’t experience that kind of deterioration. Even so, I’m willing to bet that that it will not hold up as well as other ABS elements.
Gallimimus has a pair of hooked hands that kind of look like it would be able to hold a bar element. Unfortunately they do not, the grip is just strong enough to lightly grasp onto it but the arc of the hands does not provide enough coverage for a bar to snap into. There’s also a stud on the back of the dino, but I wouldn’t count on it being strong enough for whatever battle suit you want to concoct for it.
The feet can anchor down anywhere on a base plate. Only the front foot has the proper geometry to fit around a stud snugly though. The rear foot is a little more open and can’t really be locked down. The toes on both feet are shaped in such a way to fit over and around a stud to provide a little more stability and it needs it! Attaching Gallimimus gave no satisfactory click like you would expect with ABS, and I really had to press down on both feet to get it somewhat secure. Even then, it felt loose like there was very little clutch power.
The trap itself is pretty effective. Prop up the trap and all it needs is a slight nudge for it to spring.
The arms, connected together by a chain element, swing down via gravity trapping the Gallimimus that was lured in by the turkey leg. It’s simple, effective and it works without issue.
Does It Suck or Does It Rock?
This set rocks! That being said this is one of those middle-of-the-road kind of sets where my final rating would have been dead center, but I’m not rating polybags the same way. It’s all or nothing and for this set, it does execute what the title of the set describes, “Gallimimus Trap”. The choice of material for the Gallimimus is questionable in the long term. Short term however, I could see a Jurassic Park fan picking up a bunch of these to create their own dinosaur swarm to stampede into their modular building layout or, I dunno, try and run over a paleontologist and a pair of pesky pre-teen minifigs. Plus I like dinosaurs so thumbs up it is, but just barely.
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