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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 (yes, seriously), was now churning out sets featuring tanks and helicopters battling dinosaurs in a post-apocalyptic LEGO City. And not just any dinosaurs, but evil mutants that can shoot lasers out of their eyes, breathe fire, and shoot lightning.

The story is simple. In 2010, dinosaurs (which may be mutants or Ambiguous Robots) 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.

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:

  • Adaptive Ability: An Informed Ability of Mutant Lizards is their ability to adapt, making it difficult to defeat Mutant Lizards with the same battle strategy twice.
  • 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, even though other marketing materials call them mutants. 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, this is directly contradicted by other marketing materials which describe the dinosaurs as mutants without so much as a hint towards a robotic nature.
  • 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 is Built 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, and a story summary on the back of the sets' boxes states that multiple cities across the globe were affected by the outbreak.
  • 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.
  • Captain Smooth and Sergeant Rough: May be the case between Specs and Shadow.
  • Casting a Shadow: Some Mutant Lizards have darkness abilities.
  • Chameleon Camouflage: Some Mutant Lizards (the green ones in the online game) have camouflage abilities.
  • Chromosome Casting: Dino 2010 had a cast consisting entirely of four men. Dino Attack just barely averts this with the appearance of Dr. Nicole Soscia in one of the online stories, but the sets still only contain the same four male characters.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: According to the Dino Attack website, there are many different breeds of Mutant Lizards, each with a different ability, such as camouflage, acid-spitting, and fire-breathing. The online game color-codes these three specific breeds to three different colors: green (camouflage), yellow (acid), and red (fire).
  • Conscription: Viper was drafted into the team.
  • Cool Mask: Specs always wears a balaclava.
  • Crossover:
    • 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.
  • Death from Above: The T-1 Typhoon.
  • Deflector Shields: The Raptors in the Dino Attack line supposedly have force fields that can only be broken by Cosmotronic Rays.
  • Dinosaurs Are Dragons: Some Mutant Lizards (as well as red-skinned Raptors and T-Rexes in the online game) can breathe fire.
  • Dumb Dinos: Averted - at least the Mutant Lizards are smart enough to learn from tactics used against them.
  • Eye Beams: T-Rexes in the Dino Attack line.
  • Family-Friendly Firearms: See those giant machine guns? They're actually sonic beam emitters. They definitely don't fire bullets or anything like that.
  • Fighting the Lancer: Specs and Shadow often argue over tactics, and it's usually Viper who has to step in to calm things down.
  • Five-Man Band: Okay, so it's more of a Four-Man Band, but who's counting?
    • The Leader: Specs, who is revealed to be the team leader in one of the online stories.
    • The Lancer: Shadow, who serves as a contrast to Specs due to his emotionally-driven desire to exterminate the dinosaurs.
    • The Smart Guy: Digger, whose knowledge of paleontology serves as an asset to D.I.N.O. Attack's understanding of the dinosaurs.
    • The Chick: Viper, who gets along well with his teammates and is usually the one to calm Shadow down.
  • Flunky Boss: The yellow T-Rex in the online game, which spawns Raptors whenever it roars.
  • Foil: Shadow, who is out to exterminate the mutant dinosaurs, serves as a Foil to Specs, who wishes to study the dinosaurs.
  • Frickin' Laser Beams: T-Rexes have laser vision. In the online game, red-skinned Pteranodons shoot lasers from their wings.
  • 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. Presumably, the city was evacuated so the squad could go after the dinosaurs.
  • Giant Flyer: The Pteranodons.
  • 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.
  • Lighter and Softer: Dino 2010, in comparison to Dino Attack.
  • Lost World: While unconfirmed, this may be the setting of Dino 2010.
  • Market-Based Title: Dino Attack in North America, Dino 2010 in Europe.
  • Nigh-Invulnerability: T-Rexes are said to be nearly invincible.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: J. Theano of station WDNO.
  • No Endor Holocaust: According to Shadow's backstory, his home was flattened by the mutant dinosaurs. Don't worry, because according to Word of God, his family escaped without a single casualty.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Specs is a chemist, a paleontologist, a biologist, a nuclear physicist, and a technician all in one.
  • Playing with Fire: The fire-breathing Mutant Lizards.
  • The Power of Hate: Shadow is the most driven member of the team, eager to exterminate the mutant dinosaurs after they devastated his home.
  • Predators Are Mean: Hence why all the dinosaurs in the line appear to be carnivorous.
  • Prehistoric Monster: Dino Attack is the first LEGO line to cast the dinosaurs as the villains (the earlier LEGO Adventurers Dino Island and LEGO Dinosaurs lines cast them as neutral creatures).
  • Ptero Soarer: A Pteranodon is included in the T-1 Typhoon and Dino Air Tracker sets.
  • Raptor Attack: A Raptor is included in the Urban Avenger and Dino Buggy Chaser sets.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: The T-Rex included in the T-1 Typhoon and Dino Air Tracker sets.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The T-Rexes came with light-up eyes that would turn red, possibly simulating their laser vision.
  • 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.
  • The Squad: D.I.N.O. Attack.
  • Stock Dinosaurs: Given that this is a LEGO Theme about dinosaurs, this is to be expected.
    • 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.
    • Additionally, we have a generic raptor (similar in size and proportions to Utahraptor) and the flying reptile Pteranodon. The Mutant Lizards are never given a specific name, though most fans speculate that they're actually Compsognathus.
  • 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.
  • Super Strength: T-Rexes and Raptors.
  • The Swarm: Mutant Lizards.
  • Tank Goodness: The Iron Predator.
  • Tanks, but No Tanks: But what kind of tank is the Iron Predator supposed to be, exactly?
  • Trope 2000: +10 for Dino 2010.
  • 20 Minutes into the Future: When Dino Attack and Dino 2010 first came out in 2005, their 2010 setting was five years into the future.
  • Urban Warfare: The setting of Dino Attack is LEGO City. . . . after it's been overrun by dinosaurs.
  • Voodoo Shark: Dino Attack begged the unanswered question: where did the dinosaurs come from? According to LEGO designer Mark Stafford, they were essentially animatronics and robots at a theme park (described as Westworld Meets Jurassic Park) that got out of control and went on rampage. This only raises further questions, such as "Who would program robots with Eye Beams, Deflector Shields, and Shock and Awe powers for a theme park?", "Why do robots have nests and eggs?", and "Where do the Mutant Lizards fit into this?"
  • Weaponized Car: The Fire Hammer.


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