Spoiler Warning! While this piece of merchandise and description was released directly by the manufacturer, there is a possibility it was not yet meant to be public – particularly before the first trailer. If you would rather discover at least one of the new dinosaur species directly from the marketing, it’s best to turn back now.
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While the eagerly anticipated first trailer for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom has yet to release, small tidbits of news continue to surface from various sources. The eminent threat of a volcanic eruption has been confirmed from numerous pieces of artwork featured on upcoming products, as well as the return of fan favorites such as Velociraptor Blue and the Tyrannosaurus Rex. The latest batch of information comes from the upcoming ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ augmented reality book by Carlton Kids, and it’s quite exciting.
While the cover art reveals nothing new, it does once again hammer home the fiery theme of a volcanic eruption which has been present in all forms of Fallen Kingdom marketing and merchandise. However, the description of the book is a different story – while it’s fairly vague, it outright confirms that a fan favorite dinosaur will be making its on screen debut in Fallen Kingdom: Baryonyx.
Carlton’s official Augmented Reality book is jam-packed with exclusive movie imagery and background facts, and lets you experience original Jurassic World dinosaurs through mind-blowing next-generation, fully interactive Digital Magic. Learn how to bond with and train alpha Velociraptor “Blue”, then use her as your protector and guide as you encounter other dinosaurs through the app. From brand-new movie dinosaur characters including awesome Baryonyx and a terrifying new hybrid breed, to old favourites like T. Rex and Stegosaurus, this Jurassic World AR book will wow readers all over again.
Baryonyx is a bipedal carnivousous dinosaur, that could reach lengths of over 30 feet long, and stood nearly 10 feet tall. The fossil record suggest this predatory dinosaur lived primarily off of a diet of fish, swiping them from the water with long clawed limbs or its crocodile like jaw. However, that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be regarded as a threat – especially as InGen creations tend to be more dangerous than their real world namesakes.
Barynoyx has an interesting history with the Jurassic Park franchise, and despite never being seen in any of the films, was allegedly on Isla Nublar during the events of Jurassic Park and Jurassic World. According to the first films park map, it had a riverside paddock on the far east of the island. Likewise, it appears on the Jurassic World park map, and is said to be one of the dinosaurs you can see during the ‘Cretaceous Cruise’.
Further, Baryonyx was almost the main antagonist of Jurassic Park 3, but was later replaced by its larger cousin species the Spinosaurus. In fact, an early version of the Jurassic Park 3 logo featured the Baryonyx over its sailed back relative, which was featured on the final logos. As an homage to this change, Billy Brennan mistakenly identifies the Spinosaurus as a Baryonyx, and when corrected by Alan Grant, comments the Spinosaurus was never present on InGen’s list.
While the Baryonyx has never been depicted in the films, artwork was created for it by paleoartist Julius Csotonyi for the official Jurassic World website – however, it should be noted, this was not commissioned by the fillmaking team, but rather a late addition by the web marketing team. As such, its visual depiction does not reflect its upcoming Fallen Kingdom design, as there was no film material reference. This canonical visual indifference can be seen with the artwork for species that exist in the films, but had no ILM renders, such as Pachycephalosaurus, and Parasaurolophus – in their cases, the Csotonyi artwork looks nothing like their film counterparts.
The Baryonyx isn’t the only exciting detail the augmented reality book revealed – it also confirmed that Fallen Kingdom will feature an all new hybrid dinosaur. While it doesn’t reveal its name, it is safe to assume the creature in question is the ‘Indoraptor‘, which universal trademarked a few months back. No details of this dinosaur beyond its name are known, other than it is likely the dinosaur in the picture above.
The Augmented Reality book is the second in the series from Carlton Kids, following the release of one in 2015 for Jurassic World. It retails for around $9.99, has 32 pages, and releases May 2018. Check out the 2015 book in action to see how the augmented reality features works!
The first trailer for Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom debuts December 7th, during Thursday Night Football on NBC and is expected to contain a glimpse at the Baryonyx among many other dinosaur species. Are you excited to finally see this dinosaur in action? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned as more news is sure to erupt online soon!
Source: Carlton Books