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QM presents Jurassic World with 6M+ bricks

Sarah Ward, A Lego Exhibition That Recreates ‘Jurassic World’ with Six-Million-Plus Bricks Is Coming to Brisbane, Concrete Playground, 3 October 2023

Lego finds a way, with more than 50 dinosaurs, props and scenes from the movie built out of the popular plastic bricks.

When Michael Crichton put pen to paper and conjured up a modern-day dinosaur-filled amusement park, he couldn’t have known exactly what he’d done. The author easily imagined the story making its way to the big screen, because the Jurassic Park novel started out as a screenplay. He could’ve also perceived that a whole film and TV franchise could follow, and that folks would be quoting the movies for decades. And yet, we’re guessing that he didn’t predict the latest development: a recreation of the Jurassic World movies, which started with the fourth flick in the series back in 2015, made completely out of Lego.

Jurassic World by Brickman first popped up in Melbourne in 2021, then Sydney in 2022. Next, Brisbanites will be able to wander through it, too — and peer at more than 50 dinosaurs, props and scenes from the Jurassic World movies that have all been fashioned out of the popular plastic bricks in the process. That’ll all be on display at Queensland Museum from Friday, December 8, 2023–Sunday, July 14, 2024 as the exhibition keeps touring the country.

More than six million Lego blocks have been used in Jurassic World by Brickman, each brick stacked together to create the four-metre-tall park gates, the lab where the dinosaurs are genetically engineered, those instantly recognisable jeeps, a heap of creatures and more. Welcome to… your Lego Jurassic World fantasy, basically.

Lego dinosaurs are clearly the main attraction and, yes, this event is going big. There’ll be a life-sized brachiosaurus that weighs more than two tonnes, a huge tyrannosaurus rex, two life-sized velociraptors (Blue and Delta), and everything from a stegosaurus to a triceratops, too.

Plus, you’ll see some prehistoric creatures in the baby dinosaur enclosure, encounter more on the loose and learn how to track them over the exhibition’s recreation of Isla Nublar (while using your imagination a whole heap, obviously).

If it all sounds rather sizeable, that’s because Jurassic World by Brickman is the largest Lego exhibition in Australia. And if getting a closer look at Jurassic World sounds a little familiar, you might remember the non-Lego exhibition that hit Melbourne back in 2016 and the current showcase that’s on display in Sydney right now.

In Brisbane, Lego aficionados will also be able to get building while they’re there, with 2.5 million bricks to play with. This’ll be a family-friendly affair, so expect to have plenty of small dinosaur fans for company.

Queensland Museum is having a dino-filled year given that it just said goodbye to Dinosaurs of Patagonia on Monday, October 2. Featuring fossils from 13 dinosaur species, that exhibition included the patagotitan, which was the largest-known land animal, reaching 37 metres in length and weighing 70 tonnes. It wasn’t made out of Lego, though.

Jurassic World by Brickman will display at Queensland Museum, corner of Grey and Melbourne Streets, South Bank, South Brisbane, from Friday, December 8, 2023–Sunday, July 14, 2024 — with pre-sale tickets from Monday, October 16 and general sales from Monday, October 23. Head to the venue’s website for further details.

Images: Anna Kucera.