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, 

Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Tickets Now On Sale!

Hold on to your butts! Tickets for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom are now on sale for theaters all across North America. AMC tweeted the fantastic news early this morning.

Select theaters will be hosting a Jurassic World double feature starting earlier in the afternoon that will show the first Jurassic World movie immediately followed by Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Check out the announcement below.

Audience members of this double dinosaur experience are promised exclusive content and a poster as part of the package deal. Tickets are on track to sell out fast so get yours while they last!

Did you already buy your tickets? Did you opt for the double feature or an IMAX showing? Let us know in the comments below!

Source: AMC Theaters

New Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Clips Hit the Web

First off, slight spoiler alert. Most of these clips are simply extensions of scenes already released through trailers and TV spots. However, the last clip of the bunch contains a brand new scene not shown through the marketing thus far.

We are less than a month away from the release of Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom and the marketing campaign has hit full steam. Several new clips from the upcoming film have found their way online and from the looks of them, audiences are in for a treat. The first one is an extended scene of the Carnotaurus attacking Claire, Franklin, and Owen as they retreat to an abandoned gyrosphere on Isla Nublar. Take a look below.

We get to see Rexy in her full glory triumphantly take down the charging Carno and give Owen, Claire, and Franklin their opportunity to escape. The next clip, released more recently, also gives us an extended look into some previously released footage of Owen escaping from the jaws of the T-Rex caged in the back of a cargo truck. Listen for a brief bit of new music from Michael Giacchino’s Fallen Kingdom score.

Exciting stuff! The CGI in this clip seems extremely well done. Plus, we know that this scene will also utilize a full scale animatronic Rex head and body. From the previous clips of this scene, that animatronic looks outstanding. What do you think leads Claire and Owen to interact with the mighty caged Rex?

Last, but certainly not least, is a clip that should tug on the heartstrings of audiences everywhere. This scene shows Claire and Owen locked up in some sort of cage or cell discussing the first time they saw a dinosaur and what led them to this moment. A baby triceratops snuggles with an adult in a nearby cage. Listen to the familiar tune in the background as our beloved characters come to terms with their situation.

This clip gives off a strong “Petticoat Lane” sentiment. Just like Hammond and Ellie discussing the implications of the park in the first movie, this shows Claire and Owen having to face the consequences from abandoning Jurassic World, and eventually Isla Nublar. To me, some of the best parts of the films have always been watching the characters struggle with the real-world implications of their actions, and it looks like Fallen Kingdom is not going to shy away from those tough reality checks.

What do you think of the clips? Do you think Rexy will break her chains for another heroic rescue at Lockwood Manor? Will Owen and Claire face the consequences for helping to get dinosaurs off an exploding Isla Nublar? Will the baby trike be the actual hero of Fallen Kingdom? Sound off in the comments below.

 

Jurassic World Parades Through Universal Studios Japan

Dinosaurs and gyrospheres roam the streets of Universal Studios Japan as part of the park’s Spectacle Night Parade! The Jurassic World section of the parade showcases some fan favorite dinosaurs, starting off with a Stegosaurus in a flashing red enclosure and ending with a roaring animatronic Tyrannosaurus Rex. The procession features a Parasaurolophus, as well as an infant Brachiosaurus and Triceratops being handled by Jurassic World employees.

In one exciting moment, three Velociraptors escape from their enclosure and run along the street, before being corralled by one man dressed as Owen and others dressed in Asset Containment Unit uniforms. Samples of Michael Giacchino’s music from the Jurassic World Soundtrack can be heard as the floats and Jurassic employees march down the parade path.

The dinosaurs used in this event seem extremely well constructed. The T-Rex alone has nearly full motion in its head, torso, and tail. Its extremely tall body towers over the gathered spectators and lets out some classic Jurassic roars as its glowing red eyes scan the area around it. The Velociraptors and Parasaurolophus are costumed employees, but still look pretty natural amidst the chaos unfolding around them. The parade also employs the use of “Parade x Projection Mapping” which utilizes state-of-the-art technology to project scenery onto buildings and transform the park as the event moves through it.

This new event at Universal Studios Japan was announced last October and debuted this month. Watch footage from the parade below.

What do you think of the new parade? Would you like to see it stampede into the streets of Universal Orlando or Hollywood as well? We want your opinions in the comment section below!

Source:  Universal Studios Japan

Do-You-Think-He-Sue-Us? A Legal Analysis of the Jurassic Park Disaster

The Jurassic universe does not have a fondness for members of the legal community. This comes as somewhat of a shock since most of the InGen antics undoubtedly have far-reaching legal ramifications, and there are likely dozens of attorneys with the sole purpose of keeping the company out of too much trouble. After diving into the intricacies surrounding the legalities surrounding Jurassic Park, it is honestly difficult to decide who had the harder job, the geneticists or the lawyers. As an attorney myself, my goal here is to expound briefly on what liabilities Jurassic Park likely faced upon its implosion and of course, avoid being eaten on a toilet.

For this article, we are going to have to make a few big assumptions. First assumption: the laws of the United States apply. Most smart companies with assets in foreign countries will establish a subsidiary in the country where those assets reside. The benefit of the subsidiary means that any lawsuits brought against the company can utilize the foreign country’s laws and court system. Some companies elect to do this if they see that the foreign country’s laws are more favorable in a particular area where they are at risk of a lawsuit. Even though InGen was headquartered in California, Jurassic Park was built on Costa Rican soil. I cannot find any reference to an InGen subsidiary in Costa Rica in any of the canon, and since classifying InGen as a “smart” company gives me pause, it is entirely possible that lawsuits filed by American paleontologists, chaoticians, and tourists back in the United States could follow U.S. laws.

But assuming the United States law governs, what kind of disastrous bill is InGen in store for? Well, we know they were on the verge of Chapter 11 bankruptcy following the events of Jurassic Park, but what put them there? In California, where Jurassic Park was originally supposed to be built, the laws surrounding actual zoos are no laughing matter. Regulations control nearly every aspect of the park, from the specifications of building enclosures, right down to posting correct signage. In the eyes of the law, housing and maintaining a wild animal is virtually the same as working with uranium or using explosives. It is known as an “ultrahazardous activity.” Conducting these types of activities in California comes with a harsh legal consequence – the party conducting the activity is strictly liable for any injuries these animals cause to park patrons. In other words, even the most careful of zoos are likely to be held accountable for visitors wounded by the animals. Basically, even the countless miles of Jurassic Park electrified fences would not be able to hold back the costly verdict from an injured park-goer.

While the concept of a Jurassic Park may be fiction, the situation of an escaped wild animal in a zoo is certainly not. In 2011, a 300-pound gorilla named “Little Joe” escaped from his enclosure at the New England Zoo. After the gorilla attacked a two-year-old child, a jury found that the zoo failed to use reasonable care to keep the gorilla confined and awarded the child’s family a verdict of $175,000. Eerily enough, the most similar incident to Jurassic Park took place in the same state where the original park was supposed to be built. In 2007, a Siberian tiger jumped out of its enclosure at the San Francisco Zoo and ran amok inside the park. Before being subdued, the tiger killed one boy and injured two brothers. The surviving brothers sued the zoo and settled for a costly $900,000 sum before trial.

With the deaths seen in Jurassic Park, it would not be unthinkable for a jury to award family members of the victims an even greater amount. Many factors are taken into consideration for a wrongful death suit. These can include the victim’s pre-death pain and suffering, funeral and burial cost, loss of income, loss of love and companionship, and value of services the victim could have provided, among many others. These concepts are purposefully abstract and let a jury determine an appropriate amount based on their own thoughts and experiences. A jury presented with a wrongful death case involving a mauling from an escaped velociraptor could run wild with these figures. While it is hard to speculate on an exact number, think upwards of a potential $1.5 million per victim if there’s no cap on the amount of damages a victim can receive.

Just as a side note, as expensive as the Jurassic Park incident would have been, it would not hold a candle to the expense of battling the lawsuits from the injured park-goers of Jurassic World. There is no doubt that the numerous attendees would have brought a class action lawsuit, and California law nearly assures that such an action has to be brought in California. If the Jurassic Park incident nearly put InGen into bankruptcy, the Jurassic World incident should have obliterated the Masrani Company. In the words of Claire Dearing, “We’d never reopen.”

This brings up assumption number two: InGen did not make the visiting dinosaur experts sign any waivers of liability. While such a waiver would not likely bar the injured guests from recovering money for their damages, it could put a cap on how much they could recover. In addition, it might force the victim to give up their right to a jury trial and mandate they attend arbitration instead. Arbitration is an alternate form of dispute resolution that divorces the issue from the government court systems. Rules can be more relaxed, and this can work in favor of the company in some cases. Most theme parks today include language on the back of their ticket stubs that stipulate arbitration as a mandatory requirement of enjoying the park. Next time you head to a big theme park, or even a sports event, check your ticket for what you are actually signing up for.

What are your thoughts on InGen being held accountable for their actions? Are costly settlements enough or should InGen execs just all be subjected to the same fate as Gennaro? Sound off with your opinions in the comments below.

Source: Gomez Law Firm, ABC News San Francisco, Boston Herald