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Jurassic World almost had a second hybrid dinosaur, and we finally have pictures!

Ah, hybrids. Love them or hate them, you can’t help but be a bit fascinated by their rocky history in the lead-up to Jurassic Park 4. At a very strange point in time, Jurassic Park 4 nearly had dinosaur human hybrids that wielded weapons – thankfully, that idea was quickly abandoned. Jurassic World of course brought the hybrid idea to life with the Indominus Rex, but believe it or not, she almost shared the screen with another fictional chimera.

Enter the Stegoceratops.

Many of you probably already know this weird dinosaur was almost in Jurassic World. It had not one, not two, but three toys, made an appearance in Dr. Wu’s secret lab, and was featured in Jurassic World the Game by Ludia. When it first appeared at Toy Fair 2015, Hasbro claimed it was a fictional creation by their team – but when the movie came out, it became clear there was much more to the story.

Information and images of its role in Jurassic World have remained elusive, but finally some HD concept renders had surfaced thanks to artist Bodin Sterba!

Bodin didn’t have much to say about the Stegoceratops on his blog post, other than it was cut from the film – however, we have heard the scene involved Owen and Claire stumbling upon an adult and juvenile in the wild. Claire expresses her surprise, saying she didn’t know this dinosaur was on the island, and the Stegoceratops charges Owen as he gets too close to the infant. However, some of those specifics remain unconfirmed for now – perhaps more art will surface and tell the story in time!

If you’re wondering why the Stegoceratops was cut from the film, you can thank Colin Trevorrow’s son. Speaking to Empire Magazine in 2015, he had this to say:

“In an earlier draft there was a scene where Chris [Pratt] and Bryce [Dallas Howard] come across another hybrid in the jungle. It informed them that Dr. Wu has been making other hybrids under her nose. Then my six-year-old son watched Return Of The Jedi, and said to me, ‘Dad, if Leia is also a Jedi that means that Luke isn’t unique.’ It was like, ‘Ha! Okay.’ And for some reason I applied that to this other thing and felt like there could be only one [hybrid dinosaur]. The idea that there was more than one made it feel less like the one synthetic among all the other organics, and suddenly it seemed entirely wrong to have it in the movie. I suddenly hated the idea but the toy still exists as a kind of remnant because Hasbro toys are locked a year out.”

I have mixed feelings about the Stegoceratops. I’ve been over hybrids before they were even featured formally, and while I dig the Indominus design, I feel this one is a little too outlandish. I loved the 1998 Jurassic Park toy line Chaos Effect, but I never wanted to see crazy dino hybrids like that in the films.

However, the oddness of seeing Stegosaurus plates and spikes on a Ceratopsian aside, I really like the design. While many assumed the dinosaur was part Triceratops, the design is wholly Nasutoceratops inspired. Remove the hybridized features, and this dinosaur would fit right in the roster of classic animals roaming Isla Nublar – it looks majestic, and oozes that prehistoric Jurassic charisma.

Are you happy the movie did not include additional hybrid dinosaurs, and are you a fan of the Stegoceratops design? Be sure to sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for the latest news!

Source: Bodin Sterba Design

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27 thoughts on “Jurassic World almost had a second hybrid dinosaur, and we finally have pictures!

  1. Good that it didn’t make the cut. Because this this thing is ridiculous of course. It’s like you said above, this ‘thing’ is way outlandish.
    I’m glad we also stick with only 1 hybrid in Fallen Kingdom.
    So much more dinosaurs to see, so I’m glad they don’t go all hybrid way.
    Love to see normal dinos like baryonyx or Dimetrodon. In fact, there’s no need for hybrids at all, but hey, we know the Indoraptor is coming, so we have to deal with that.

      1. At least it was a reptile 😉 And it was the first number in the toyline of Jurassic Park, but it has never been seen in one of the films, so I prefer these kind of animals instead of the hybrids.

  2. I hope we’ve seen the last of the hybrids… Jurassic Park is THE cult dinosaur movie, not just another monster movie. Leave it to the Godzilla flicks to have monsters, miniguns, rocket launchers, explosions… oh wait, didn’t Jurassic World already throw away it’s soul and follow that path?

  3. The mentioned scene with the stegoceratops in the jungle wouldn’t have bothered me. Wu says himself in the movie, the Indominous isn’t anything different from what they’ve done all along (and later we get to see his secret freak room of course).
    It would have made the restricted area (it was supposed to be there right?) way more interesting.

  4. I can’t deny those renders look really cool. But no, please no, please never. Thankfully saner heads prevailed and this never made it into JW.

  5. So happy that this thing never made it to the film.. the indominus was enough. No Pokemons in the jurassic park franchise movies pleeeeaase

  6. It would actually be cool to see that stegoceratops scene I don’t have a problem with hybrids and I don’t think I ever will it’s not like u can change it anyway so why bother

  7. I don’t exactly like the idea of Hybrid dinosaurs although they’ve always been hybrids, that’s the reason so often the dinosaurs aren’t viewed as real, which probably makes their ethics seem questionable, but I actually like the stegoceratops, it’s cute, but it also makes me uncomfortable don’t know why, but Hybrid dinosaurs are inevitable, though, unfortunately.

  8. Thank God for Colin’s son comment about Leia, he was right. This hybrid looks so out of place. It would have broken my suspension of disbelief instantly, if it had been in the movie. What’s more it would have truned Jurassic Park franchise into monster movie even more. It’s just triceratops with stegosaur’s plates and spikes. I liked I-rex, because it had its own unique design that makes sense, but that hebrivore creature got the most lazy design I’ve ever seen.

    Unfrotunately, Colin did not drop the idea of hybrids. I want to watch JP movie, not a monster movie with ridiculous amount of explosions. We know Indoraptors are comming in JW:FK and I hope they won’t be the main point of the movie.

  9. It WAS in Jurassic World, it appears on a computer monitor in the creation lab, Gray points it out saying “thats not a real dinosaur” and then the display changes to the Indominus Rex

  10. I honestly don’t have an opinion either way, but this is the only JW Hasbro item I have, and I specifically purchased it because it’s a concept piece.

  11. Am I the only one here that noticed that Triceratops did not have horns like that? It looks like someone took the horns of a longhorn steer and threw it on a triceratops face ALSO the beak of the Trike is WAYYYYY to overflow and fat, it should be way more slender and pointed than that. Glad they didn’t go with it…

    1. as they said in the post, it´s based on nasutoceratods. AND THAT IS MY POINT: why to design lazy dinosaur blends when there are soooo many real dinosaur species that look different and the general public doesn´t know about?

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