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 February 21, 2005

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Move over Jurassic Park, here comes "DINO ATTACK!" The exclamation point is mine, but I just can't write "DINO ATTACK!" without it. The sets and images on the boxes you see here are all preliminary, so perhaps The LEGO Group will add it, but I doubt it.

Mutant dinosaurs are wreaking havoc on the city and the DINO Force must tame them! Exciting theme features awesome models with incredible function and detail an all-terrain vehicle carries supplies, a tank with rotating extending arm rolls in with the team and a huge chopper hits the air to aid the effort. Larger dinos feature light-up eyes, smaller collectible dinos add to the play.

Working our way from smallest to largest, we begin with set 7473 Street Sprinter vs. Mutant Lizard:

Here we have one of the "smaller collectible" dinosaurs along with a four-wheel ATV. The dinosaur on the box looks far more interesting than the one in front of the box. We will just have to wait and see what the final product looks like.

Next up is set 7474 Urban Avenger vs. Raptor:

My money is on the Raptor. Like the Street Sprinter, the Urban Avenger appears to be named for the city but designed for off-road transportation. This set is 87 pieces for ages 6+ with an SRP of US$9.99 and CA$14.99.

For you assault vehicle fans, there is set 7475 Fire Hammer vs. Mutant Lizards:

The lizards still look like they have the upper claw here. Any resemblance between the Hammer and the Hummer appears to be purely intentional. This set is 254 pieces for ages 6+ with an SRP of US$19.99 and CA$29.99.

The box says T-1 Typhoon, but this is really the Iron Predator from set 7476 Iron Predator vs. T-Rex, along with the T-Rex of course:


I am guessing the "mutant" part explains all of those wild colors on the dinosaurs. Unlike the smaller vehicles, I feel the Iron Predator can probably hold its ground. 278 pieces for ages 7+ for US$39.99 or CA$59.99 SRP.

Finally, we have set 7477 T-1 Typhoon vs. T-Rex:

The T1-Typhoon is a very impressive helicopter with a large crew and a large assortment of anti-dino weaponry. If mutant dinosaurs are down on the ground, then I know I want to be up in the air. US$69.99 and CA$99.99 SRP for 805 pieces, ages 9+.

The DINO ATTACK theme appears to be a well-thought-out, well-executed line of toys which combines the popularity of dinosaurs with a modern arsenal, albeit in a fantasy vein to preserve some semblance of The LEGO Group's anti-violence stance.

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