Jurassic Outpost Is Headed To San Diego Comic Con!

Hold on to your butts, everybody! We are more than happy to announce that for the first time ever, Jurassic Outpost is headed to San Diego Comic Con. The year’s premiere event for pop culture and geek fandom is celebrating its 50th iteration of the convention, and organizers are sparing no expense heading into next week. To honor the legacy of the 50th San Diego Comic Con, Jurassic Outpost is following suit as we dive into our first ever Comic Con appearance. The event is a planned to last four days starting on Thursday, July 18, and ending on Sunday, July 21. A special preview night is also scheduled for Wednesday evening on July 17.

Jurassic Outpost writers Samantha Endres and Corey Anderson will be on the ground at the San Diego convention center every day covering all the newest Jurassic updates Comic Con has to offer, from new toy releases to interviews with Jurassic VIPs. The event is rife with opportunities and our team is dedicated to reporting as much as possible over the course of next week. If you happen to spot either of our writers waiting in a line or wandering the convention floor, feel free to stop and say hello!

We are also excited to announce that we are bringing some exclusive prizes to give to fans and followers at this year’s San Diego Comic Con. If you or someone you know will be at in San Diego this week, be sure to follow Jurassic Outpost on Twitter for some exciting announcements about our giveaways from the Con. Trust us, these giveaways are not something you will want to miss. Keep your eyes peeled for some scavenger hunt locations as we drop our prizes outside the convention center. You may even be able to snag a poster signed by Jurassic World director Colin Trevorrow if you’re quick enough!

Do you have anything you would like to see us cover at San Diego Comic Con? Comment below and we will try our best to bring you the latest and greatest SDCC50 has to offer!

 

 

Jurassic World at Universal Studios Hollywood Revealed – Soft Opens of the Ride Begin and New Dinosaurs Debut!

The grand opening of the Jurassic World ride at Universal Studios Hollywood is right around the corner and the park has really ramped up activities and stores in preparation for the launch. Just last month, we saw the opening of Isla Nu-Bar, a spirited effort of serving up the latest and greatest cocktails a dino-enthusiast might ever want to enjoy. Spare no expense.

Universal has raised the gate on another attraction sure to drive kids out of their mind: a baby raptor encounter. Pictures and videos have surfaced showing Universal employees dressed in Owen Grady wardrobe carrying a juvenile raptor around to park-goers of all ages. The raptor wrangler engages with people by allowing them to pet the baby raptor under its chin or even having the raptor briefly lash out for dramatic effect. Check out the video below the raptor and wrangler in action.

The great thing about this new addition to the Jurassic World section is just how mobile it is. With the traditional encounter, attendees are relegated to standing in a line and waiting for their photo opportunity with the larger Blue velociraptor. Now, the baby raptor can come to you. What this new raptor lacks in gesticulations, it completely makes up for in utter adorableness. The wranglers we have seen so far look to be doing an amazing job with their new dinosaur partners.

Universal has also unveiled another new mobile attraction this week in the form of a GIANT roaming Triceratops. The creature wanders around in the Jurassic World section interacting with guests as it passes. This is a huge addition to the current lineup in this section of the park. The animatronic looks fantastic as it lumbers around the area. The eyes may look a little off on this creature, but the rest of it is simply stunning. Check out the trike in action in the video below.

The newly redesigned Raptor Encounter is also now up and running. This attraction features a full size Blue character that can pose for pictures and scare nearby parkgoers with a wide range of movements and familiar sounds. The redesign adds a containment unit similar to the raptor pen enclosure in the first Jurassic World film to serve as a backdrop for photographs with guests. Check out the new setup below.

Last, but certainly not least, the Jurassic World ride itself has begun testing with Universal employees and VIP guests at the park. These soft opens are a way for the park to unofficially debut the ride to guests, and work out any last minute issues. Videos of the ride have emerged on YouTube giving us a POV shots of the entire ride. Honestly, most are not the best quality video and recommend people refrain from watching, to avoid spoilers. However, for those who can’t wait – check out the embed below!

Our opinion? Wait until you get the chance to visit the ride itself. The video shows a promising start, but chances are that finishing touches still need to be made and the best way to experience the ride will (obviously) be in person.

What do you think of all the new attractions opening up at Universal Hollywood? Does this get you excited for when the actual Jurassic World ride opens sometime this summer? Let us know your thoughts in the comments and stay tuned to Jurassic Outpost for more news about the ride opening soon!

Let’s Talk About the Color of the Jurassic Park Velociraptors (They’re Not Green)

Last August, we took you on a deep dive through the different variants of Velociraptor the Jurassic Park franchise introduced us to over the years. Today, we delve a little further into a specific aspect of the raptors of the first movie to debunk a common misconception that has plagued fans and Universal collaborations for years: the original Jurassic Park Velociraptors were NOT green.

The misconception of the green velociraptor has been perpetuated ever since promotional material from Jurassic Park hit the mainstream in 1993. The main culprit for this fallacy stems from a particular set of photos that most people have stumbled across at one point or another. Here is just a taste of few pictures from that set.

Green Velociraptors? Not quite… read on.

As you can see, these pictures give the raptors a faint, but noticeable, green tint to their skin. This mis-color can be attributed to several factors: blue stage lighting, a set full of green plants, and post-shoot color corrections.

This has been problematic for a variety of reasons, but the issue has really spread like wildfire when it comes to merchandising. Mattel’s recent Legacy Collection has been a hit with casual fans and serious collectors alike, but the toy line is not without its faults. In this case, raptor color is, well…the big one. Take the Muldoon/Raptor figurine set for example. The ill-fated park warden is sporting his signature khaki look, but we cannot say the same about the accompanying Velociraptor.

Green, green, and more green. Since the green raptor promo pictures were some of the most common materials distributed by Universal, it would not be a stretch to speculate that many partners, like Mattel, are pulling the color palettes for their toys directly from those images. Perhaps even Universal believes this is the proper color? The result is a recreation that is not exactly authentic to the source material. And let’s take a look at the SDCC Exclusive Hammond figure that Mattel just announced. See if you can predict where we might take issue with the set.

You guessed it. Another green raptor (and as one commenter comically noted, a stand that resembles “a bowl of guacamole”). Tasty Mexican food similarities aside, the raptor color is the real takeaway. So, while many of you know what we’re about to say, let’s set the record straight. Without any doubt, we can tell you the Jurassic Park raptors were BROWN. Photos unmarred by color corrections or studio lighting reveal exactly how the predators were supposed to look.

Stan Winston’s studio took great care in creating the scariest possible version of the Velociraptor, including the color selection. The finished product was a molted brown color to allow the animals to blend in with the earthy tones of the Costa Rican forest. And you do not just have to take our word for it. The folks over at the Stan Winston School have shared numerous pictures of the original animatronic raptors.

Check it out below!

As you can see, not a hint of green. Just watch the film!

The Winston team put so much work into building the scariest and most advanced and lifelike animatronics on the planet for Jurassic Park, as you can tell from the painstaking details in each figure. In our minds, it’s time we honor the legacy of Stan Winston’s work and get these toy raptors (or any other homages to the original, like potential appearances in Jurassic World Live Tour or Camp Cretaceous) back to the way they were meant to be colored…Brown, inspired by a Leopard.

What do you think about the colors used for the raptors in toy sets? Does the green color bother you? Sound off in the comments below and let us know what you think!

Iron Studios Unveil Majestic Jurassic Park Brachiosaurus Collectible Diorama

It’s…it’s a dinosaur! Iron Studios has opened preorders on their newest item and it’s sure to be a quick hit. Take a look at the iconic scene below.

This diorama, which costs $999.99 USD, is expected to be available in the third quarter of 2019. However, you can already put a deposit down to reserve one for yourself.

The limited edition diorama is made in Polystone and hand painted. It is a 1/20 scale and features the towering Brachiosaurus, Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, and John Hammond statues. Overall, it weighs over 25 pounds and stands just under three feet tall.

If you can get your hands on one, this would be a beautiful addition to any Jurassic Park collection!

Source: Iron Studios

‘Jurassic Park’ Added to National Film Registry Collection

Jurassic Park joins over 700 classic movies in the National Film Registry Collection hosted by the Library of Congress. The Registry is a list of films deemed “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant” that are recommended for preservation by those holding the best elements for that film, be it motion picture studios, the Library of Congress and other archives, or filmmakers.

These films are not selected as the ‘best’ American films of all time, but rather as works of enduring importance to American culture. Each year, 25 films are selected to be added to the Registry for preservation. This year, Jurassic Park was selected to join this elite group of films!

Among the 25 movies chosen this year are Cinderella (1950), My Fair Lady, The Shining, Brokeback Mountain, and more. While not the newest on the list, Jurassic Park does top out as the highest grossing film of the nominations this time around.

This is the 30th year of the existence for the Registry and the additions this year grow the list to 750. Check out the full list at the website below for the ones added this year and in years past. Fun Fact: A film fragment called The Newark Athlete made in 1891 is the oldest title on the Registry. It runs just a few seconds in length.

Do you have any other favorite films on the list? Do you have any suggestions for what movies should be nominated next year? The general public is actually encouraged to submit recommendations through the online form located here. Maybe we can get some more Jurassic movies in the mix!

Source: National Film Registry

Jurassic Movies Come to Life in these Detailed Dino-ramas

Hold on to your butts! These dioramas created by Peter Hui showcase some of the Jurassic franchise’s most iconic and memorable moments. As you can see, the level of detail put into these pieces is overwhelming.

Peter says creating each diorama takes around about 3 to 7 months, depending on the size and the complexity of the scene. “Each diorama goes through the process of planning the layout of the diorama, searching for production photos of the set, digitally sculpting dinosaurs and characters, fabricating elements to populate the scene and building the diorama itself. It is a pretty long process indeed!”

Peter says his fascination with creating dioramas such as these stems from an early age. “When I was young, I had a fascination of toy window displays because in that little space, they create an entirely new world and I’d stare at them, soaking in the sense of adventure and danger. These toy window displays inspired me because they have somehow been able to capture the emotion and translate them visually. When I create each diorama, I hope to capture the emotion we had when we first saw the film, the sense of danger, suspense or even wonder. However, when we watch the film, we are in a constrained to the confines of the movie frame, but with the diorama, I am allowed to view the same scene from various angles which allows me to appreciate the scene even more.”

It is easy to understand what Peter means. Not only do see every angle when you craft something as intricate as what Peter has made, but you also get insight into the mind of the director when they set up their original shot in the movie. Every little detail is there for a reason and making dioramas like Peter’s showcase those details phenomenally.

One of the most intricate pieces he has made is the classic Jurassic World scene of Owen with his velociraptor pack. Peter said, “That diorama was the first time when I had 3D sculpted and printed all the dinosaurs and characters. It wasn’t some existing figurine which I modified, it was done entirely by me. What made so special to me was that suddenly, I realised that I could create any scene I wanted to. The sense of creative freedom to relive the emotions I felt when I first watch the Jurassic films.”

Peter plans on creating more scenes like these, but first has to decide what scene he wants to do next. Be on the lookup for the Baryonyx scene from Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom or the raptor feeding scene from Jurassic Park. He hopes to display his pieces in a museum or for a Jurassic event in the future. See behind the scenes photos and some of his other work at the link below.

Source: Jurassic Park Dioramas by Peter Hui

Mattel & Jurassic World Nominated For Multiple ‘Toy of the Year’ Awards!

Calling all Jurassic fans! Mattel and Jurassic World need your help to win the Toy Association’s “Toy of the Year” award in several categories.

First up is Action Figure of the Year. This nomination includes all of the dinosaurs, humans, and vehicles sold under the Mattel/Jurassic World brand.

The nomination description reads: “The Mattel Jurassic World action figure line brings the blockbuster Jurassic World franchise to life with human and dinosaur action figures, vehicles and accessories – all to scale size – that allow kids and adults to recreate their favorite movie moments and fully build out their own Jurassic World.”

Competition for this category includes DJ Bumblebee by Hasbro, Pokémon 4.5″ Battle Feature Figures by Wicked Cool Toys, Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Action Figure Assortment by Playmates Toys, Stikbot Monsters by Zing, Treasure X by Moose Toys, and WWE Sound Slammers Figures by Mattel.

The next category Jurassic is up for is “License of the Year”. This is a broader category stemming from Universal and reaching out to all of the merchandise that shares a Jurassic World license.

The nomination description reads “Jurassic World ™: Fallen Kingdom, which is a part of the Jurassic World Franchise, is a license owned by Universal. In addition to a theatrical release, the property features an extensive cross-category assortment, ranging from toys in the construction category to hard and soft goods.”

Other competitors in this category include Hatchimals by Spin Master, Hot Wheels by Mattel, L.O.L. Surprise! by MGA Entertainment, Marvel Black Panther by The Walt Disney Company, Peppa Pig by Entertainment One, and PJ Masks by Entertainment One.

Finally, Jurassic World is also nominated in the “Playset of the Year” category with LEGO® Jurassic World™ Indoraptor Rampage at Lockwood Estate by LEGO Systems, Inc.

The descriptions says, “Play out an epic dinosaur battle and help Owen, Claire and Blue rescue Maisie from the hybrid dinosaur inside the 3-level building, featuring configurable walls, a museum, laboratory, office, bedroom, removable windows, collapsing roof function and a large buildable triceratops skull. Includes 6 minifigures and 2 dinosaur figures.”

Competition includes Disney•Pixar Cars Super Track Mack Playset by Mattel, Farm To Table Play Kitchen With EZ Kraft Assembly by KidKraft, Hidden Temple with T-Rex by PLAYMOBIL, L.O.L. Surprise! House by MGA Entertainment, LEGO® Creator Expert Roller Coaster by LEGO, and Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 43” Epic Sewer Lair Playset by Playmates Toys.

The Toy of the Year awards are hosted by The Toy Association, Inc. Voting closes on January 6, 2019 so make sure to get your votes in by then! Are they any Jurassic World toys you think should have made the list? Do you have any of these in your own collection? Get out and vote for Jurassic World for Toy of the Year!

Transform Your Walls from Stark to Park with These Official Limited Edition ‘Jurassic Park’ Stills

Just in time for the holiday season (and let’s be honest, do we even really need a reason?), Classic Stills have released a set of high quality prints of famous Jurassic Park scenes. In total, there are eleven different stills to choose from and three options for sizes. So to answer your next question, yes, I would highly encourage you to purchase thirty-three pictures of Jurassic Park and hang them all over your home.

The available pictures depict scenes of fearsome beasts like velociraptors, T-Rex, and Dr. Ian Malcolm. You can even snag a smiling brachiosaurus!

Classic Stills is a Los Angeles and London-based publisher of rare and iconic photographs. This partnership with Universal Brand Development will be the first time stills from the movie will be available as gallery-quality art prints.

Once you pick a print, you can choose from the available 24″x30″, 16″x20″, or 11″x14″ sizes. Each picture purchased is hand-framed in black wood and comes with a certificate of authenticity. The largest size will run you $495, the second largest is $295, and the smallest is $149. But how can you even begin to put a dollar sign on dinos?

To grab one of these, you will have to be quick! These prints are only being produced in limited numbers and, as of the date of publication, some print sizes have already sold out! Hurry over to Classic Stills at the link below to sink your claws into one of these pictures before they go extinct!

Source: Classic Stills

‘Jurassic World Alive’: Collecting and Battling Tips and Tricks

Jurassic World Alive, the mobile dinosaur catching game for Android and iOS, has been out since the end of May. Since then, we have managed to learn some strategies for maximizing your dinosaur collecting and battling techniques. These tips are aimed mostly towards free to play users, but pay to play users can also implement them. If you keep these in mind, you will be well on your way to becoming an elite member of the Dinosaur Protection Group!

COLLECTING

The most important aspect of the game involves collecting and leveling up the dinosaurs within your collection. Dinosaurs are found in the “wild” around your location and you send out a drone to collect their DNA. To collect the DNA, you fire darts at targets on the dinosaur as it moves around your screen.

Tip #1: Hold, but do not fire your first shot until the target grows to maximum size.

The longer you wait between shots, the larger the target on the dinosaur grows. The timer on your battery will not begin to run until you fire that first shot, but the target will still grow if you hold the screen and prepare to fire your first shot. Once it is at maximum size, let it rip and get your best possible chance at a direct hit!

The targets will grow the longer they remain, but make sure not to wait too long on the rest of them or your battery will run out! Once you fire your first dart, the dino will start to move around the environment, getting faster and faster with almost every hit. That leads us to…

Tip #2: Use the outer circle to gauge where to release the dart.

As the dinosaur moves faster and faster around the map, it makes it harder and harder to hit the center of the circle for a direct hit. Except for the first shot, you should always be aiming ahead of the center circle. This is where the outside circle comes in handy. If you keep an eye on where you release and where the dart actually hits, you can use the outer circle as an aiming system for future darts. For example, if you released a dart while your crosshairs were right on top of the outer circle and the dart misses the direct hit mark, move your crosshairs that much farter outside the outer circle for your next attempt. It may sound a little hard at first, but the quicker you get used to using it as an aiming system, the faster you’re likely to start racking up direct hits.

Like mentioned before, the dinosaurs will speed up as you hit them more often. Exactly how much it speeds up depends on the type of dinosaur. The faster it goes, the higher it’s overall speed characteristic is going to be. Faster dinosaurs are helpful in battles, so keep that in mind as you go out collecting!

Tip #3: Learn where the targets are going show up on the common dinosaurs.

Keep in mind, you are likely to encounter the same dinosaurs over and over again. As the dinosaurs go up in rarity, the more places a target could show on the dinosaur to hit. Common dinosaurs will only have the target show up in two places across their body. It’s pretty easy to learn the pattern of the common dinosaurs because the target switches places after every hit. For example, on the Einiosaurus, one of the most common dinosaurs I see, the target will either be located in the middle of its back or in the middle of its head, as seen below.  You can learn to anticipate where to position your next dart. The more you collect, the faster you will learn where the targets are likely to appear.

 

Tip #4: Don’t miss the special event incubators.

These incubators really pack a punch. When the AMC theater special was active, it could easily level your T-Rex up twice! If you are looking to have the most effective team and stay competitive at your level, do not skip out on any of the special event incubators.

BATTLING

Battling is the second aspect of the game that really amps up player interactions. Players select eight dinosaurs from their total collected bunch and place them on their “bench” of sorts. Once a battle is engaged, four of those eight are randomly selected and pitted against your opponent’s four dinosaurs. Here’s some strategies for your dinosaurs to win the day.

Tip #1: Dinosaur Battles are just Rock, Paper, Scissors

When you look at your dinosaur collection, you can basically categorize each type of dino into one of three categories (with some exceptions which we’ll cover later). These three categories are: Strength, Speed, and Armored. Strength dinosaurs are the attack powerhouses. These are your Tyrannosauruses, your Allosauruses, your Tarbosauruses, etc. Their attack, even on the low-end, pack a whallop. The second type of dinosaurs, Speed, include your Velociraptors, Utahraptors, Stygimolochs, etc. These are the ones that are usually going to end up attacking first because their speed characteristic is so high. Finally, there’s your Armored dinos like Stegosaurus, Einiosaurus, Triceratops, etc.

Now, how does Rock, Paper, Scissors play into this you may be asking. In my experience, here’s how the match-ups end up playing out:

Strength beats Armored, Armored beats Speed, and Speed beats Strength

While the dinosaur levels and special attacks may throw some wrinkles into that formula, it will usually pans out in this general way. Keeping this “equation” in mind as you pick your dinosaurs, battles might start going your way more often. If your Velociraptor just got beaten by a Triceratops, you might want to throw your T-Rex or Allosaurus out next.

Tip #2: Prioritize Leveling Your Bench

If you have got a stellar bench of dinosaurs, make sure you’re spending some coin on them when possible. Yeah, that Gen 2 Ankylosaurus upgrade only costs 50 coins, but you’re probably not going to put it on your bench anyway. On the other hand, saving the coin for the next level Velociraptor could very well put your team near invincible status at your tier.

That being said, if you are not close to any bench upgrade, go ahead and go for some other dinosaurs. Each upgrade gives you experience points towards your player level. Higher player levels get to collect more DNA with each shot, so it is still important to stay on top of your other upgrades.

Tip #3: Battle Your Friends

With its most recent update, Jurassic World Alive made the game even more social. Players can add other users and challenge them to battles when they are available. By battling your friends, you get to find out what dinosaurs on your team are working, and which of them aren’t. Each player is placed on equal footing for dinosaur levels, so it really boils down to your strategies, and maybe just a little bit of luck!

Tip #4: Battle For Coins

There are only four battle incubator spots available. Once your win four battles and fill those up, you are out of luck until one finishes opening. However, you can still battle for extra coins. Now it is entirely up to you whether or not you want to risk your trophies with extra battles, but if you are in need of some extra coins for a dino upgrade, battles can help with that. On the topic of battle incubators, they come in five different sizes: 15 minute, 3 hour, 8 hour, 12 hour, and 24 hour. The 15 minute incubator is available to open immediately if you watch a short ad. It usually does not contain much. On the other hand, the 24 hour incubator can really help your team. It’s guaranteed to include a few rare dinos to ramp up your team.

Since the launch a few months back, Jurassic World Alive has seen 10 million game downloads around the world, over 4 million supply drop spins per day, and over 3 million dinosaur battles per day! Check out this infographic below which details some of these stats:

There you have it folks, Jurassic World Alive tips & tricks. By keeping these in mind, you can take your own team of dinos from zero to hero. Do you have any other tricks that weren’t listed here? What eight dinos make up your bench? Sounds off in the comments below!

Colin Trevorrow Teases a Jurassic Sized Reunion For Jurassic World 3

If there is one thing the Jurassic franchise has drilled into our skulls, it’s that “life finds a way.” In 2021, Jurassic World 3 might just find a way to bring new life to some of our old favorite characters. In a recent interview with MTV, Colin Trevorrow hinted at a return of some classic characters like Alan Grant and Ellie Sattler.

Trevorrow spoke a little about the return of Ian Malcolm in Fallen Kingdom, saying “We felt like this was [Ian] Malcolm’s return, this was his moment…let him have his moment.” He followed up with some comments on whether or not we would see appearance from other classic characters, explaining “I feel that way about everyone, especially Laura [Dern] in that she never got to have her own movie. That, I identified as being something that’s important. And this moment with Goldblum, because he had this very clear set of ethical questions that he was able to pose for everybody, we just wanted to put the spotlight on him [Goldblum].”

It seems pretty clear that Trevorrow has strong feelings about the old characters, Dr. Sattler especially. When MTV asked him if he thought it would be unfair to fans if the original characters did not make some sort of return, he simply stated “I totally agree with that. I would feel robbed too, yeah.” With Jurassic World 3 still three years away, that is probably about as clear of a confirmation as we’re going to get. The video of the full interview can be seen below.

While Dr. Sattler and Dr. Grant seem to be at the top of every fan’s list for a return to the franchise, another classic character has been popping up in the spotlight in some Jurassic circles. Ariana Richards, who played Lex Murphy in the original Jurassic Park, has been making the rounds lately. Richards attended the Hollywood premiere of Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom at the Walt Disney Concert Hall on June 12, 2018. She also was spotted raptor wrangling with the Blue animatronic and riding the Jurassic Park River Adventure ride at Universal Studios Hollywood. At this point, all we can do is speculate as to whether this is just coincidence, promotion for Fallen Kingdom, or a hint at the return of Lex Murphy. Richards, now 38, has a thriving art business so only time will tell if a return to the big screen is in the cards for her.

What role do you think Lex could play in the world as it was left at the end of Fallen Kingdom? What other characters would you like to see return to Jurassic World 3? As always, sound off in the comments below.

Source: MTV, Twitter,