In 1993, Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park changed the way we saw dinosaurs forever. No longer were these ancient reptiles dumb beasts; now, in modern folklore, these prehistoric predators have been imbued with a sinister intelligence and a malice that is now deeply ingrained in our minds. It’s hard not to feel a chill run down your spine when you first see Vincent and Veronica, our larger-than-life raptors, built from 47,000 and 49,000 individual LEGO pieces, respectively. We’ve tackled dinosaurs here at Bright Bricks, but these raptors are the first designs from our forthcoming Brickosaurs touring show to be assembled by our builders, and from these models, they’ve set a very high bar for themselves.
As in Jurassic Park, Vincent and Veronica are somewhere between paleontological fact and fiction, instead playing into the image of the raptor we all know, love and fear in equal measure: large, intelligent pack hunters, with hostile, red eyes. Vincent, rearing on his powerful hind legs, stands 218cm high (a towering 7 feet), scanning the scrublands for his next prey, while Veronica runs 400cm long nose-to-tail, preparing to give chase to her unfortunate quarry – a weary builder, perhaps? Both are as imposing as they are impressive, and convey a captured moment in time, seconds before they might sprint away to continue their hunt.
“It’s details like [the eyes] that truly bring a model to life.”
Artists’ depictions of dinosaurs have always been a tapestry of rich camouflage lines and colourfully-patterned scales, and these raptors continue the trend. A tan base and white underbelly are stark backdrops for the black lines scoring the lengths of the beasts, and the thin black stripes crossing the raptor’s hide like an exoskeletal ribcage. Highlighted by patches of dark orange and nougat, this almost gives the raptors the airs of a tiger, heightening that sense of a predator’s deadly elegance weaving across the terrain with all the lithe energy of these infamous reptiles.
At BrickLive Korea, the public just couldn’t help but be drawn in by these fierce hunters, examining rows of sharp white tooth plates, parted in a vague snarl. Those piercing eyes are each a dark red dish, its reptilian pupils achieved with two black tooth plates, and set into a circular socket closed by two 1x8x2 arches. The effect is unsettlingly livid, enough to give you the worrying sense that every time you take a look into those red eyes, they’re staring back at you, studying you, waiting for the right moment to pounce. It’s details like these that truly bring a model to life, and when the subject has been extinct for 80 million years, that’s even more of a feat to perform.
Words and photos by Bright Bricks.