The Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom merchandise tie-ins keep roaring in!
When I visited New York Toy Fair I heard a rumor that the soda company Dr. Pepper had a large partnership with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, and that the campaign would be launching soon. Allegedly, Dr. Pepper products would make a ‘subtle’ appearance within the film, and there would be a more aggressive co-branded marketing campaign with their food products this Spring. As Dr. Pepper cans were spotted in a recent video from the Dinosaur Protection Group, it was only inevitable products would show up in stores soon after.
The four dinosaurs expected to standout the most in Fallen Kingdom each have their own can: the Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor “Blue”, Stiggy the Stygimoloch (who is said to have a more heroic role), and the ‘villainous’ new hybrid the Indoraptor. Each can features unique background art, and a detailed and exciting render of one of the aforementioned dinosaur species.
This has given us our clearest look at the Indoraptor yet, which was previously teased during the Super Bowl trailer, and shown off fully in toy form. In the render above, he has a menacing quadrupedal prowl, with a similar gait of the maned wolf or a predatorial cat which looks quite intimidating and unique. While I prefer ‘real’ dinosaurs to hybrids, I’m quite excited to see more from the Indoraptor, and this excellent artwork has only made me more eager!
It’s currently unclear when the promotion fully kicks into gear, but products have already made their way on to store shelves and into homes:
The Mattel Jurassic World toys do not hit shelves until April 16th, however that hasn’t stopped some early items from slipping through the cracks!
While the majority of this years toy line was revealed at New York Toy Fair, that did not included exclusive assortments. One of the most anticipated lines is the ‘Jurassic World: Legacy Collection‘, which are toys based upon the first three Jurassic Park films! This line will be highly sought out by collectors, and it is exclusive to Target in the United States (availability worldwide may vary).
Only one item has shown up in stores so far: the Extreme Chompin’ Tyrannosaurus Rex – however the back of its packaging reveals Robert Muldoon and Alan Grant from Jurassic Park, both packed with a Compsognathus from The Lost Wolrd! Also from The Lost World is the male juvenile Tyrannosaurus Rex, and the Pachycephalosaurus.
The Jurassic World Facts App has revealed other dinosaurs coming to the Legacy Collection this year as well: from Jurassic Park 3 there is a male Velociraptor, Pteranodon, and a large Spinosaurus (the exact size of the toy is unknown). Additionally, from The Lost World there is the male tiger striped Velociraptor. It remains unclear if there will be dinosaurs from the first Jurassic Park (other than the large T. rex), but the line also includes Ellie Sattler and Ian Malcolm.
Check out the rest of the pictures below, and stay tuned for more toy announcements in the future, as both Walmart and Toys R Us* have exclusive toys.
*The fate of the Toys R Us toys currently remains unknown, as the company is closing every store in the US.
Huge thanks to shrieker_fan on the JP Toys forums for sharing!
If you love Skittles, this is your chance to possibly turn that love into a movie ticket to see Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom this Summer. Mars Wrigley Confectionery has announced a promotion with the highly anticipated film that is currently underway and ends this July.
As seen in the promotion image above, simply buy participating Skittles, Starbursts or Juicy Fruit products between now and July 15th and upload your receipt to the promotion website by 11:59 PM ET on July 22nd. By doing this you can be entered to win a free movie ticket to see the new installment of the Jurassic franchise.
All rules and regulations for the promotion can be found here.
Skittles also has a free web gamewhere you can win tickets here! Simply reveal three Fallen Kingdom logos to earn your prize, and you can play once every day.
Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and on our forums.
Over the past few days, Jurassic World composer Michael Giacchino has hard at work recording the Fallen Kingdom score.
While the recording session has been occurring behind closed doors at the world famous Abbey Road Studios, director JA Bayona and Michael Giacchino himself have been sharing previews online. Following up on the first preview from Wednesday, Giacchino posted an updated reprisal of ‘Ye Old Visitor Center‘ yesterday which again returns to the classic Jurassic Park themes with an uneasy and somber tone.
Moments ago, JA Bayona shared another sample of work, this time a new track which apparently ends the film. Listen to both below!
If JA Bayona’s tweet is to be taken literally, and that music closes out the film before the credits roll, then it’s safe to expect quite the dramatic closing scene, setting up a higher stakes Jurassic World 3.
While it’s too soon to speculate about the third film in the latest Jurassic trilogy, this certainly has us curious. Of course, this tease also has us eager to hear more of the soundtrack from Fallen Kingdom – Giacchino has had no small task set out in front of him: creating music for Nublars demise. Whatever new themes and classic reprisals close out the home and setting of Jurassic Park it is sure to be bittersweet.
What do you think of the latest teases, and what do you want to hear from the Fallen Kingdom soundtrack? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for the latest news!
Jeff Goldblum, who is reprising his role of Dr. Ian Malcolm in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, was a guest on the Conan talk show last night. They briefly showed and talked about the two Ian Malcolm Funko Pop! Figures that have been released. Check out the clip below.
The Target Exclusive Wounded Ian Malcolm Funko POP officially went on sale this past Wednesday at midnight PST and was completely sold out in less than 15 minutes. Fear not though as a second wave will be hitting online closer to the release of Fallen Kingdom According to Funko.
The @target exclusive Dr Ian Malcolm WILL be re-stocked. Target will have more available closer to the release of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. More are on the way! https://t.co/4DPX86TE60
Dinosaurs versus ninjas? Jurassic World is coming to ‘American Ninja Warrior’!
‘American Ninja Warrior’ is a competition show that has competitors attempting to complete increasingly difficult obstacle courses. The show consists of obstacles that test the competitors’ agility, strength, and speed. The courses must be finished within a time limit for the competitor to advance, and potential win cash prizes. The Salmon Ladder, the Flying Bar, and the Warped Wall are a few of the obstacles that the show features.
The show periodically does special episodes, and it looks like we are lucky enough to be getting one with dinosaurs and Chris Pratt! Filming of this special Jurassic World Night episode was discovered when posts from the Universal Studios Hollywood set appeared on Instagram.
This follows pictures from the Universal Studios Backlot tour, where a Pteranodon prop (above) was spotted on a set under construction – that’s one mystery solved! The air date for the episode isn’t known at this time, but it will be airing as part of Season 10 of ‘American Ninja Warrior’ sometime prior to the release of Fallen Kingdom.
Are you a fan of American Ninja Warrior, and what kind of obstacles are you hoping to see in the episode? Comment below with your thoughts!
When Jurassic World released, the online discussion was mired with debate and controversy – sometimes forced, othertimes earned.
One of the talking points that stuck (other than high heels and Zara’s death) was Clarie Dearing’s (played by Bryce Dallas Howard) ownership of blame for the Jurassic World incident, which led to many civilian, staff, dinosaur, and private military deaths. As the parks Operations Manager, audiences questioned why the movie didn’t end with her being jailed – an argument that at the time I felt was weak, with no real gravitas.
The movie goes out of its way to show that InGen and Simon Masrani were running the show when it came to genetic research plus security controls, and that many less than savory characters were able to back channel their own projects due to Masrani’s eccentric aloofness. Claire’s responsibilities essentially fell into making their workings flow as an entertaining resort for guests and a profitable endeavor for their shareholders. Yes, she was part of the discussions that led to the Indominus Rex, and therefore owns some of the blame of the events that followed – however, she was second fiddle to many higher on the chain of command, and was not a Hammond like entrepreneur and owner.
So when people often called for to be jailed, I found myself going to bat for her character. It seemed most people arguing for her to be behind bars simply didn’t like her as a character, and were using this as an excuse to write her off. I don’t love Owen or Claire, as I felt both played out like comic book heroes, rather than real world people – but I don’t hate them, and feel that there is a story to be told from both players, with Claire offering more humanity than people gave credit.
So why is it that with every Dinosaur Protection Group update, I’m becoming less and less a fan of Claire’s?
In a new happy go lucky video from the DPG, Claire Dearing calls for your support in saving the dinosaurs. Much like the website of the advocacy group, it focuses on a friendly vibe, and pulls on the heartstrings of viewers of their nostalgic dinosaur encounters. While this is reflective of many forms of grassroots activism, it seems to sidestep many pertinent controversies and conflicts, burying them beneath a few layers of friendly gloss.
In the video above, Claire doesn’t remind viewers of the role she played in exploiting these animals herself – something I am readily able to forgive, should she take more ownership. In fact, the entire website paints the DPG as a naive organization, not ready to fully discuss the impact and implications resurrected prehistoric life has on the greater ecosystem. I suppose what really irks me, is that Claire and the DPG seem more interested in preserving the experience of the world being able to enjoy dinosaurs, rather than their value as a lifeform damned by mankinds actions.
The imminent eruption of Mount Sibo appears to be a convenient rallying call, but not the the core ethical dilemma driving the seemingly well meaning, but out of touch organization.
The inability to truly accept responsibility, nor deal with the greater implications and impact her past has had on animal rights was double downed upon with today’s update. In a faux newspaper article titled ‘OPINION: DINOSAUR RIGHTS – BIRTH OF AN ACTIVIST’, the foundation is set upon where the film will pick up. The debate on whether the dinosaurs of Isla Nublar have rights or if their corporate property rages on, and many are pointing fingers.
Perhaps most surprings is that Claire isn’t owning up to her role in the events that came before as way to earn authority over the talking points being presented, but rather shifts blame to Dr. Henry Wu only, painting him as a seedy villain for the press to focus upon. Perhaps Dr. Wu is a villain, or perhaps his role in the events of the past and future are more nuanced – while he certainly has a lot to answer for, Claire pushing that argument so strongly only acts to delegitmize any claim she attempts to showcase that she accepts any responsibility, and has grown as a person because of it.
As a viewer, I want to support the DPG. I want to feel that the organization is able to tackle the larger elements at play, and offer an actual intellectual argument for their cause. Animal rights are important, even within fiction, and the theme behind this film offers a nuanced ethical dilemma playing as the backdrop of the dino carnage that no doubt will play out. However, at this point, it seems the DPG are not prepared for the endeavor they’ve put themselves at forefront of – and perhaps that is an element within the film.
Will the DPG’s well meaning, but ill approached antics be exploited and lead to the death of more people, and the mistreatment of even more prehistoric fauna? It seems likely. I just hope Claire accepts more blame than the website currently implies, as her likability of a character, and believability of growth depends on it.
“Some of the worst things imaginable have been done with the best intentions.” – Dr. Alan Grant
There is a line in the sand between clear actions of good and evil, but most real world events and individuals never come close to a definitive side, operating unknowingly in a blurred grey area. What makes Jurassic Park so special is its focus and embrace of that concept. As of now, it seems the DPG is attempting to paint Claire as purely good, and Dr. Wu as a malicious counterweight – something that doesn’t sit right with me as a fan of films, nor do I feel the onscreen evidence entirely supports this.
Perhaps I’m asking for more nuance – or perhaps we’re given a peek into the DPG’s bias and Claire’s personality, who still has room to learn and grow. All will be answered this June with the release of Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom.
Agree – disagree – debate and share your thoughts in the comments below, and as always stay tuned for the latest news!
Hold on to your butts, and get ready to see Jurassic Park like never before.
Revealed on Amazon, all four Jurassic Park films (yes, that means Jurassic World) will be released in 4K on May 22nd, 2018 in celebration of the first Jurassic’s 25th Anniversary. For the first time ever, the Jurassic franchise has been remastered in 4K (also known as Ultra-HD), featuring a far higher resolution and ‘High Dynamic Range (HDR) for Brighter, Deeper, More Lifelike Color’.
Available to pre-order now the ‘Jurassic Park 25th Anniversary Collection’ ($79.98) set features a total of 8-discs, with each 4k film on their own discs, and the special features on another. As they have likely gone back to the source material for these remasters, the transfers will likely be entirely new, and have a different more authentic look akin to the theatrical run of each film. Since running the article, the Amazon listing has been updated with pictures – the cover is very nice, and would be near perfect if it weren’t for that incredibly ugly looking logo (also, the head being replaced with the Jurassic World rex doesn’t look right).
There’s a small chance these sets will also include some collectible material – recently a 4-film Blu-Ray set (not 4K) for the 25th Anniversary went on sale on Amazon UK (pictured above), and includes concept art from the upcoming sequel, Fallen Kingdom. Much like the 4K set, it will be released this May. However, since the listing has updated with imagery, it seems unlikely this set also includes the concept art – but time will tell!
Are you excited for the 4K release of Jurassic Park – and will you buy a 4K TV just for these films if you don’t have one already? I know I’m considering it. Sound off in the comments below!
As always, stay tuned – as soon as images of the 4K transfers become available, we will be sure to run another article. Thanks to Jeremy Conrad for the heads up!
Get ready for a deep dive into Ingen’s secrets and inconsistencies.
Alongside the ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ Super Bowl trailer earlier this month, the viral website for Dinosaur Protection Group formally launched with a trove of new information and images. The DPG is a fictional organization introduced in the upcoming Jurassic Park sequel founded by Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard), with the goal of gaining public and financial support to save the dinosaurs of Isla Nublar from the ‘extinction level’ eruption of the once dormant Mount Sibo.
Claire’s ambition to save the dinosaurs is driven by not only an empathetic bond to animals in need, but the moral responsibility of those who created the dinosaurs to save them from a doomed fate – a fate humanity dictated due to their unnatural forced containment and isolation. The DPG argues mankind must be held accountable for the life they’ve created, for better or worse, and it’s their obligation to save the dinosaurs via relocation or other means.
Thus, the ‘in-universe’ intent of the Dinosaur Protection Group website is to educate the world not only about the prehistoric life created through de-extinction, but to also help the public better understand the history of InGen’s actions, and the range of impact the epochal company has induced.
In a new DPG update today, the groundwork is set for explaining many of the mysteries of the Jurassic universe (such as why was the Spinosaurus not on InGen’s list, for starters). But before we go that far, it’s best to understand the lay of the land – after the San Diego incident in 1997, the Gene Guard Act was passed by the US House Committee in collaboration with InGen. The act rewarded currently existing dinosaur species the same rights as naturally existing endangered species, protected the islands from outsiders, and outlawed furthered creation of extinct prehistoric fauna.
This act was put into place before John Hammond passed away, and at the time InGen was fully committed to upholding a greater standard of ethics, standing as guardians of these majestic animals from the past. The restrictions would remain enforced when Masrani Global acquired InGen in 1998, though it was later discovered the company neglected the law well before the sanctions were dropped in 2003 (note: those sanctions were later discovered to be removed under illegal pretenses such as bribery).
The breaches in the Gene Protection Act began as soon as 100 days after Masrani Globals acquisition of InGen, and led to the creation of the Spinosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Ceratosaurus, and Corythosaurus* (all new species which first appeared in Jurassic Park 3). Curiously, the Jurassic Park 3 Ankylosaurus varies from that seen in Jurassic World – perhaps it’s an example of sexual dimorphism, where the males of the species have a different body structure and a splash of red on their face. The aformentioned file leak dates to 1997, prior to the acquisition; presumably any new variation of dinosaur seen in ‘World’ not listed as illegally cloned was created after 2003.
*Note:Despite what the DPG says, the Corythosaurus was not cloned illegally, and existed on Isla Sorna prior to the Gene Protection Act. It can be seen as part of the species list in ‘The Lost World: Jurassic Park’.
The files also point to the breeding Velociraptors, and much like Grant did, assumes Frog DNA is to blame. However, this does not take into account that modern reptiles and birds have been observed changing sex, and breeding in nature. As birds are a direct decedent of dinosaurs, and share the common archosaur ancestory with reptiles, it can be assumed that particular genetic ability evolved naturally. Hence, even without the frog DNA, dinosaurs would likely find a way to breed in certain circumstances. This is further evidenced by the documented breeding of Stegosaurs, Triceratops, Tyrannosaurs, Gallimimus, Pteranodons, and in all likelihood, numerous other species (for example sexual dimorphism can be observed in Parasaurolophus with green females, and orangeish males).
What the InGen file leak does not account for is the curious omission of Proceratosaurus, both a species on the Jurassic Park map, and a viable embryo stolen by Dennis Nedry – perhaps this can be explained by carelessness in InGens archival of information, or it was scrubbed from record for even more nefarious motives. Further anomalies that are yet to be explained are the separate sub-species of Velociraptor, Brachiosaurus, and Pteranodon observed on Isla Sorna during the events of Jurassic Park 3.
The latest DPG blog entry is vague on the status of Isla Sorna – it’s alluded that InGen at least claimed they moved all species to Isla Nublar, however the likelihood of that being true or possible seems slim at best – especially as many of the species of Sorna are nowhere to be found on Nublar. While one may account that to population extinction, earlier DPG updates suggest the only known extinctions are Metriacanthosaurus and Edmontosaurus on Isla Nublar only.
There is a lot more to dig into on the Dinosaur Protection Group website, such as dinosaur population counts from 1993 to 1997, illustrating the various survival rates and hunting patterns of the animals on both islands. Further, it showcases that some of the new dinosaurs seen in ‘World’ were species InGen aspired to create via incomplete genomes during the ‘Park’ era, such as the Dimorphodon and Allosaurus.
This is an exciting time to be a Jurassic Park fan, and further dig into the canon of the films. Be sure to check the website out, and sound off on what you think of this latest lore expansion!
Jurassic World 3 will release June 11th, 2021! Pacific Rim Uprising writer Emily Carmichael joins Colin Trevorrow as a writer for Jurassic World 3, working from a story by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly. No details have been shared about who is directing, though we suspect Colin Trevorrow may return.
Emily Carmichael is no stranger to Amblin Entertainment, as she was brought on to write and direct an upcoming action-adventure titled Powerhouse – further, she recently rewrote ‘The Black Hole’ for Disney. Colin Trevorrow had this to say about her joining the team (via Variety):
“It’s important to this franchise that we welcome new creative voices to keep our storytelling fresh and alive,” says Trevorrow. “I’m thrilled with the tension and beauty J.A. has brought to ‘Fallen Kingdom,’ and I know Emily will add another layer of emotion to the concluding chapter of our trilogy.”
Emily Carmichael fell onto Amblins radar from work on projects like her short film Stryka, which you can watch below:
Jurassic World 2 is directed by JA Bayona, and release June 22nd, 2018.
Who do you want to direct the 6th Jurassic Park film, and where would you like the story to go? Sound off in the comments below, and as always, stay tuned for everything Jurassic!