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LEGO Jurassic World Sets Going Extinct in 2016

Back in May 2015, LEGO released their line of Jurassic World sets to coincide with the film’s theatrical release in June 2015. The film was, unsurprisingly, extremely popular (just like the original Jurassic Park) and is the fourth highest grossing film at the time of this writing.  The LEGO Jurassic World sets were very popular as well; they sold out quickly in many places and, in some cases, took a relatively long time to be restocked.

Now, approximately one year after the release of Jurassic World, retirement is in sight for the movie’s LEGO sets. With the film no longer in the spotlight, and LEGO releasing more and more new product lines, shelf space needs to be cleared and Jurassic World sets will cease to be produced. But is there value in collecting or investing in these sets? The answer is almost certainly yes, as long as expectations are realistic.

LEGO Jurassic World theme upsides:

  • Based on a proven, extremely popular film series. (I’ll say it again: Fourth highest grossing film of all time!)
  • The demand for these sets at retail has been very good — these are not shelf warmers like The Lone Ranger series.
  • Every set in the series includes a dinosaur. In other words, every set contains an exclusive, large figure, and these types of figures have proven to be valuable in the past.

LEGO Jurassic World theme downsides:

  • There will likely be plenty of supply in the secondary market after retirement.
  • There is no large, exclusive set (2000+ pieces) in the series.

Overall, if we weigh the pros and cons of the theme, I think we can conclude that these sets will be profitable in the post-retirement market. Do they have the same upside as something like the better Star Wars original trilogy sets? No. But they are nonetheless based on a proven license, have exclusive figures, and dinosaur-related LEGO themes have historically been good sellers. As for which particular sets will appreciate the most, it’s tough to argue with the “bigger is better” theory when it comes to LEGO collection and investment.

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  1. I remember reading in reviews that the dinosaurs in some cases (at least with T-Rex) were leftovers from the 2010-2012 Dino sets and actually have 2010 dates on their bellies. I am not sure about these sets as they simply do not appeal to me. The large sets look a bit clunky to me.

    From a pretty reliable source I heard the following lines will retire soon (Hope I will read this later being correct 🙂 ):
    – Star wars sets below 75100
    – Disney Princess first series
    – Place cinema and Pet shop modulars
    – Ewok Village

    • At JDERKS:
      With “Star Wars sets below 75100” I don’t think that would include 75099 (Rey’s Speeder), nor the UCS sets like Sandcrawler (75059), Slave-1 (75060) and TIE Fighter (75095). Right?
      Play-sets below 75099 sounds not impossible though. There are rumours of a retirement (this year) of the 75094 Imperial Shuttle Tydirium…

      I think Return will probably make a post about that set in the coming months. 😉

      • It was a bit of a rough number, indeed. Rey’s speeder will probably go later, combined with the remaining 2015 sets that are just above 75100 (September 2015). I think 75106. Imperial Assault Carrier. will also leave soon, as it was released in June 2015, so not part of the september releases. The Tie fighter 75095 and the slave 75060 are special sets, so they are very hard to predict. I have a feeling the Tie fighter could leave earlier than the Slave though. because the amount of people that have it on Brickset are much lower, suggesting it is not selling that well.

        The Imperial Shuttle Tyridium could last longer as it is a big seller, but recent clearence sales could suggest it is still leaving.

  2. You forgot to mention that ebay is flooded with very cheap Chinese knockoffs of all the dinosaurs. At a certain point most people, especially parents, will buy those rather than be gouged by scalpers.

  3. Looks like the scooby doo sets are retiring as well. What do you think will do better in secondary market?

    • In the long term I would have to think Scooby Doo, if for no other reason than it’s less likely to be remade. There will be more Jurassic Park/Dinosaur sets at some point.

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