When you have any major movie blockbuster, you can be sure that merchandise will be hitting the stores even before the movie does. There's nothing wrong with that. While merchandise can certainly get out of hand, people want toys and posters and whatever else to help commemorate their favorite movie. Sometimes that merchandise can be really cool, but sometimes, it gets a little weird, or in the case of one piece of LEGO merch that Jurassic World: Dominion co-star Sam Neill recently discovered, possibly a little insulting.
Sam Neill has already called out one piece of Jurassic Park related merchandise that he found a little weird, an action figure of himself as Dr. Alan Grant that includes, among other things, more than one head. That piece of merch was already strange, but now Neill has come across a Jurassic Park LEGO set that, for some reason, doesn't give him quite the same recognition as it does his co-stars in the movie. Check it out.
The LEGO set includes classic minifigs of all your favorite Jurassic Park characters, which is cool. And the box includes a shot of each minifig along with a shot from the movie to make sure you're clear on who is who. But when it comes to the Dr. Alan Grant figure, there's no corresponding picture of Sam Neill. Instead, the image next to him is a LEGO toilet.
I mean, to be fair, that's a pretty iconic toilet. The lawyer getting eaten by a Tyrannosaurus Rex while he sits on a toilet is possibly the most famous scene in the move, and so knowing that this LEGO set will let you recreate that moment is potentially a selling point. At the same time Sam Neill is probably right to be a little confused. It does make one wonder just what LEGO was thinking with this box design. Luckily, they did respond to Sam Neill's tweet with something of an explanation.
Considering that almost every other character us included on the box, including Samuel L. Jackson who has a relatively small part, Sam Neill is probably justified in being a little confused by the whole thing. Perhaps there was a feeling that his character, being a bit more iconic and recognizable, didn't need the movie still attached. But still, the toilet?
Hopefully whoever receives this autographed LEGO set will appreciate the autograph and not think too much about the box itself. Although, Sam Neill could have potentially drawn attention away from it if he had signed the other side. Maybe LEGO can make it up to him when the eventual Jurassic World: Dominion LEGO sets come out. He'll probably be a minifig again and maybe this time he can get his picture on the box.
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CinemaBlend’s resident theme park junkie and amateur Disney historian, Dirk began writing for CinemaBlend as a freelancer in 2015 before joining the site full-time in 2018. He has previously held positions as a Staff Writer and Games Editor, but has more recently transformed his true passion into his job as the head of the site's Theme Park section. He has previously done freelance work for various gaming and technology sites. Prior to starting his second career as a writer he worked for 12 years in sales for various companies within the consumer electronics industry. He has a degree in political science from the University of California, Davis. Is an armchair Imagineer, Epcot Stan, Future Club 33 Member.