In what seems like a never ending blitz of news over the past few days, more Jurassic secrets have been revealed!
Mattel has just launched the Jurassic World Facts App on IOS (Android is sure to follow soon), and it has revealed many new species of dinosaur which are getting toys! For those unfamiliar, every main line Mattel dinosaur action figure has a QR code on the bottom of their feet in the shape of the DNA strand – with this app, you can unlock the species as part of your digital collection by scanning the code, which then offers more content to explore!
You can take quizzes and learn about each species, to level up and become a dinosaur expert in this fun new learning and collecting based app! The app features 4 distinct zones of Isla Nublar: the Carnivore Paddock, Herbivore Paddock, Aviary, and Lagoon. Even if you do not own the toy, you can still preview the dinosaurs by shining a flare on them, which has provided a great sneak peak at some of the toys to come!
Some of the classic dinosaurs coming from Mattel are the Jurassic Park 3 Male Velociraptor, The Lost World Pachycephalosaurus, and The Lost World Juvenile Tyrannosaurus Rex. As you cannot see the dinosaurs very well before you own them, it’s hard to say what other classic dinosaurs may be mixed in – but we hear you’ll be able to see more from the ‘Legacy Collection’ based upon the first 3 Park films soon!
Also revealed, are some brand new species such as Proceratosaurus and Minmi (which were spotted at Toy Fair) plus Dimetrodon and Monolophosaurus. Also of note, there is a Spinosaurus toy coming – but it remains unclear if it is a new design, or part of the Legacy collection. These species seem to be part of the expanded universe, and not Fallen Kingdom dinosaurs.
When Fallen Kingdom was in development, one of the dinosaurs featured in the film was a Pachyrhinosaurus. However, the design continued to evolve until it became a Sinoceratops (though the name change did not occur until fairly recently). As such, all Fallen Kingdom merch labeled Pachyrhino was switched to Sinoceratops – but this has come with a snag:
Mattel and the Jurassic Facts App did not base their Pachyrhino on the movie design, and rather based it off the real block nosed animal. While Sinoceratops has a very different frill and a long nasal horn, as seen in the film, the Mattel output was still hit with the name change. We assume the app will be updated to revert the dinosaurs name to Pachyrhinosaurus, and the toy will be released under the appropriate species ID.
The Jurassic Facts App not only has numerous distinct dinos, it also offers a ton of variety within each species. You’ll be able to own 11 different Velociraptors, 3 different Blue’s, 6 different Dilophosaurs, 2 Baryonyx’s, 8 Gallimimus, and more! While some of these toys are simple repaints, others are completely new sculpts, and each offer a different in game model.
— Jurassic_World2018 (@Brycenator100) March 8, 2018
Be sure to check out our review of the Mattel Action Attack Carnotaurus and Stegosaurus below, where you can see an example of the way the QR codes are incorporated, and stay tuned for all the latest news on everything Jurassic!
Source: IOS App Store
Thanks to Bootman Bill on Twitter for the heads up!