LEGO and dinosaurs together?! My boyhood dreams come true in Lego Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar

(image via Jurassic World)

The 13-part production is set in 2012, three years before the events of the 2015 blockbuster, and follows animal behaviorist Owen Grady and Assistant Manager of Park Operations Claire Dearing (characters played in the films by Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, respectively, though both are voiced by different actors for this animated series) as they arrive on Isla Nublar and face off with runaway dinosaurs. There’s also a saboteur in their midst with a connection to the park’s past, who is on a hunt for a legendary treasure and could destroy the venue forever.
(synopsis (c) EW)

My childhood, like that of so many other kids in the ’70s, was made up of a lot of dinosaur talk and LEGO playing.

They rarely intersected because at that point dinosaurs were confined to plastic toys and books for the most parts and LEGO, though the engine of imagination then, as it is now, was reasonably plain and delightfully utilitarian.

So imagine my delight that LEGO and dinosaurs are finally coming together, in a 13-episode series that brings together the two great mainstays of my childhood – throw in some Hanna-Barbera and it would be my younger years personified, pop culture-wise at least – and gives Jurassic World its very own bricked-up prequel.

My inner child is doing cartwheels within and I can only hope the series makes it to Australia in some form.

For those of you in North America, Lego Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar premieres on 14 September on Nickolodeon, and also the Nick App, Nick On Demand, and Nickelodeon’s YouTube channel, according to EW.

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