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.