LEGO Dino Attack (released as LEGO Dino 2010 in Europe) is a LEGO Theme released in 2005 and revolving around the conflict of Man Versus Prehistoric Monster... in a modern-day setting!Compared to most LEGO Themes of the time, LEGO Dino Attack was considerably Darker and Edgier. LEGO, the company that once refused to produce green bricks in fear that kids would built military vehicles, was now churning out sets featuring tanks and helicopters battling dinosaurs in a post-apocalypticLEGO City. And not just any dinosaurs, but evil mutants that can shoot lasersout of their eyes, breathe fire, and shoot lightning.The story is simple. In 2010, these mutant dinosaurs come the heck out of nowhere and wreck LEGO City, and four survivors (Specs the all-around scientist, Digger the thrilling paleontologist, Shadow the emotionally-driven hunter, and Viper the drafted racer) form the D.I.N.O. Attack team and use the latest military technology and weapons to combat the dinosaurs and drive them out of the city.At least... in North America.European countries got a similar-but-different line titled Dino 2010, which moved the apocalyptic setting to the jungle, dropped all references to the dinosaurs being mutants, and changed the premise from a band of survivors fighting to reclaim LEGO City to a team of hunters deployed to recapture escaped dinosaurs. The most notable difference between Dino Attack and Dino 2010 sets is that Dino 2010 removed all of Dino Attack's over-the-top weaponry and replaced it with chains, grappling hooks, and cages. For instance, Dino Attack's Iron Predator, which is clearly supposed to be a tank, lost its cannon and gained a large T-Rex cage attached on a trailer and was renamed the Dino Track Transport.Upon its release, Dino Attack and Dino 2010 were met with lukewarm reception among teenage and adult fans of LEGO, many of whom felt that the dinosaurs were too inaccurate in appearance and a little too close to LEGO's Galidor action figures in design for comfort. The Bowdlerisation of Dino 2010 also raised some questions about LEGO's perception of its North American audience versus its European audience, and Moral Guardians objected to the violence in Dino Attack. Among the target audience, however, Dino Attack and Dino 2010 were enjoyed just as much as any other LEGO line.See Dino Attack RPG, which was based off this line.In 2012, a Spiritual Successor to Dino Attack was released in the form of LEGO Dino, which many fans of Dino Attack and Dino 2010 have nicknamed "Dino 2012".
LEGO Dino Attack and Dino 2010 contain examples of:
Adventurer Archaeologist: Digger seems to be portrayed as one, given his paleontologist background and his love for exciting thrills.
After the End: Dino Attack takes place in an apocalyptic LEGO City. However, as seen in one of the comics, LEGO City is already being rebuilt by Christmas time, so the end might not be as ending as it might appear.
All There in the Manual: The Dino Attack website had biographies of the four main characters and descriptions of each mutant dinosaur's capabilities. Other bits and pieces of information can be found throughout the website; for example, one of the short stories on the website is the only source confirming that Specs is the leader of the D.I.N.O. Attack. This is also the only major source that refers to the larger dinosaurs as Ambiguous Robots. However, what is not explained is the origins of the dinosaurs; the final story entry still comments on the fact that the dinosaurs' origin is a mystery.
Ambiguous Robots: The larger dinosaurs were intended to be robotic, unlike the smaller Mutant Lizards. This was hinted upon on the Dino Attack website. However, because the distinction between the mutants and the robots was not made clear, most fans assumed that the dinosaurs were living creatures.
American Kirby Is Hardcore: While Europe gets sets about hunters recapturing escaped dinosaurs in a jungle, America gets a post-apocalyptic battle between survivors and rampaging mutants in a ruined city. This is actually an Inversion, seeing as Dino 2010 was made specifically for the European market after Dino Attack was deemed too violent.
Apocalypse How: Given how quickly LEGO City is rebuilt (it isBuilt With LEGO, after all), this seems to be Class 1 at worst. However, while only LEGO City is focused upon in Dino Attack (implying a Regional scope), an animation on the Dino Attack website suggested a Planetary scope.
Barrier Warrior: Raptors have the ability to create Deflector Shields that protect them from nearly any weapon. Only the Cosmotronic Ray can pierce their shields.
Bowdlerise: Dino 2010 dropped all of Dino Attack's weaponry and post-apocalyptic setting.
Breath Weapon: Some Mutant Lizards can breathe fire. Additionally, a T-Rex's mouth is a nuclear furnace that can disintegrate anything.
In one of the LEGO Brickmaster Magazine comics, Dino Attack participates in a Crossover with LEGO City, LEGO Creator, and LEGO Racers (with Knights' Kingdom making a cameo on one of the billboards in the background).
Shadow, Digger, and Viper crossed over with LEGO Adventurers through My LEGO Network, in which they are networkers and join forces with fellow networker Dr. Charles Kilroy in search of the legendary Jeweled Triceratops. By extension, Dino Attack can be considered to have crossed over with LEGO Alpha Team, LEGO Agents, LEGO Universe, and LEGO Factory, which also have delegates working as networkers on My LEGO Network.
Darker and Edgier: Dino Attack is the only post-apocalyptic LEGO Theme and has a heavy focus on the military and weapons. It may very well be the Darkest and Edgiest LEGO Theme, aside from BIONICLE.
Fun with Acronyms: D.I.N.O. Attack. What "D.I.N.O." stands for, on the other hand, is never revealed.
Gadgeteer Genius: Specs invented most of D.I.N.O. Attack's technology, including the Xenon Multi-Mode Launcher.
Gatling Good: The Twin Quintronic Beam Emitters on the T-1 Typhoon.
Ghost City: Considering how bustling it normally appears, LEGO City is devoid of any life in Dino Attack.
Glory Seeker: Viper might be one, due to his secret desire to defeat the biggest and baddest T-Rex single-handedly.
In Harm's Way: Digger lives for thrills, often placing himself in dangerous situations to increase the dramatic tension.
Informed Ability: The majority of the mutant dinosaurs' abilities are never seen in any of the media. To name a few examples, Mutant Lizards are said to have darkness and stealth powers, and adapt to attacks in order to never fall for the same trick twice; Raptors are said to have force fields; Pteranodons are said to have lightning powers; and T-Rexes have nuclear furnaces in their mouths.
Intrepid Reporter: J. Theano travels with D.I.N.O. Attack to broadcast news stories for the WDNO station, which he calls Dino Radio.
It's Personal: In the initial invasion, mutant dinosaurs leveled Shadow's entire neighborhood, causing him to be the most driven member of the D.I.N.O. Attack.
Kill Him Already: Digger prefers to wait until the last possible second to fire his Cosmotronic Ray to defeat a mutant dino... for no other reason than to increase dramatic tension.
Shock and Awe: In Dino Attack, Pteranodons have the ability to shoot lightning bolts from their wings.
Shown Their Work: Despite all the inaccuracies regarding the dinosaurs in the sets, a LEGO Brickmaster Magazine article on dinosaurs (featuring, naturally, the local paleontologist Digger in a Q&A section) showed that LEGO actually does know a fact or two about the real things.
Sonic Stunner: The assumed purpose of D.I.N.O. Attack's Sonic Screamer weapon and Quintronic Sonic Beam Emitters.
Spell My Name with an S: The name of the Dino Attack ATV is a confusing issue. In the LEGO Shop@Home Catalogues, the Summer 2005 issue labels it the "Steel Sprinter", but the November 2005 issue refers to it as a "Street Sprinter". The July/August 2005 LEGO Brickmaster issue calls it the "Steel Sprinter", but the September/October issue calls it the "Street Sprinter". The set's box is labeled "Street Sprinter", so that appears to be its definite name, but most people familiar with the early press material still call it the Steel Sprinter.
Spiritual Successor: LEGO Dino (often dubbed "Dino 2012" by fans), which features a similar premise to Dino 2010 in that it centers around hunting and capturing dinosaurs in the jungle. Additionally, this jungle is located outside a major city, meaning that the Dino Strike Team is preventing another Dino Attack from occurring by stopping the dinosaurs before they can reach the city.
Tyrannosaurus rex: What is a toy line about dinosaurs without the classic Tyrannosaurus rex? Two show up in each version of this theme, with a green-bellied version included with the Iron Predator and Dino Track Transport sets and a red-bellied version included in the T-1 Typhoon and Dino Air Tracker sets. In the online Dino Attack game, a Tyrannosaurus rex would serve as the boss of each stage, with an unreleased yellow-bellied version serving as the boss of Stage 2.
Super Senses: Possessed by Raptors to make them the ultimate hunters.
Super Spit: Some Mutant Lizards (the yellow ones in the online game) can spit acid.