Vote Now: Jurassic World Dino Battles ‘March Madness’!

It’s March Madness, and that means bracket polls and online voting.

Inspired by the official Jurassic World ‘Jurassic Battles’, we decided to spice up the variety and make things more difficult (for starters, not pairing off the battles by those already in the films with winners).

Vote Now!

Choose your favorites, or who you think would win logically – there is no wrong way to votes! Our poll notably includes some ‘Jurassic Park’ favorites like Dilophosaurus and Spinosaurus, and is sure to challenge fans with their picks. So what are you waiting for? Round one ends on March 24th, and the finals conclude on the 31st!

Of course, we couldn’t feature every species – and while we love the Mosasaurus, including her just seemed unfair for the competition. Be sure to come back and vote for every round – and as always, stay tuned for everything Jurassic!

Rumor: Netflix Temporarily Lists Mysterious ‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ Title

Could Netflix and Universal Pictures be partnering up to bring some original content to the home screen? That’s the question we’re asking after a mysterious new title temporarily appeared on Netflix. Spotted by Twitter users @nsjstuff and @derekzrncic, ‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous‘ was listed on Netflix for a limited time.

While nothing is known about the title in question, it is corroborated by three trademarks Universal filed in December 2018.

‘Camp Cretaceous’ was tagged as a ‘show’ under the ‘Sci-fi & fantasy’ genre, and its related titles were Netflix originals – however, considering the unorthodox nature of this reveal, and uncertainty of what Camp Cretaceous is, those tags may not reflect accurate information. Considering titles like ‘LEGO Jurassic World: The Indominus Escape’ are on Netflix, and the LEGO ‘Legend of Isla Nublar’ mini-series coming later this year, it could be a similar title (however, it’s worth noting those particular projects don’t have corresponding trademarks, suggesting this may be something more.)

It’s also worth noting that if this project is something that is exclusive to Netflix, it wouldn’t be unheard of for Universal Pictures, who have a Fast and the Furious animated series from DreamWorks Animation hitting the platform later this year. In fact, while discussing the ‘Fast and the Furious’ animated show, Margie Cohn, the president of DreamWorks Animation Television had this to say:

“We are excited to extend and expand our successful relationship with Netflix by not only delivering more high-quality DreamWorks programming, but connecting fans of Universal films with fascinating new stories. Our new home at Universal marks an exciting new chapter for storytelling at our studio, and Fast & Furious is only the beginning.

Ultimately, while ‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ is something that is coming considering the corresponding trademarks, its relation to the Netflix reveal should be taken with a grain of salt. The listing on the platform has already been removed, indicating that the information it suggested could very well have been placeholder, and not representative of a title releasing on Netflix. However, we’re certainly excited to learn more, and are crossing our fingers that the Jurassic Park franchise will continue to expand to exciting new territory.

What do you think ‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ is, and what type of new content would you like to see from the series as it continues to evolve? Sound off in the comments below, and as always, stay tuned for the latest news!

Source: Twitter users @nsjstuff and @derekzrncic


New Mattel Jurassic World Toys Available For Pre-Order!

Another day, another stampede of Jurassic World toy news! Following the recent reveals, even more Mattel Jurassic World items have been revealed, with pre-order listings available on sites like Amazon and Entertainment Earth.

Take a look below for all your collecting needs!

Destroy ‘N Devour Indominus Rex

Be a part of the Jurassic world adventure with the ultimate in dinosaur battle action! An Abomination hybrid of the villainous indominus Rex and the vicious Velociraptor, Indoraptor is the most terrifying and deadliest dinosaur ever masterminded. Inspired by the film, This larger-size indominus villain dinosaur wreaks havoc and everywhere! Ominous features include realistic slick black scales, longer arms with dagger-like claws and push button activation. To activate, move the back button to operate the mouth and activate sound effects; also use the button to make indominus bend down, pick up and swallow human figures. The mouth opens wide to swallow 3 ¾ inch figures in its throat. An LED light in the throat lights up to show the human figure! Wow! Now get the slashing action going by pushing the front button for arm strikes and slashing sound effects. Act out ferocious battle scenes with indominus and relive all the exciting adventure and terror of the movie!

Amazon
Entertainment Earth

Savage Strike Dilophosaurus

Be a part of the Jurassic World adventure with the ultimate in dinosaur rivalry and battle action! These smaller-size dinosaur action figures capture the ultimate movie action with their Savage Strike attack moves iconic to their respective species. Play out movie action scenes with Savage Strike attack moves like biting, head ramming, wing flapping and more. Just press a designated area on the dinosaur action figure to make it move (each dinosaur activation varies). Figures also include articulated arms and legs, realistic sculpting and authentic decoration. Get ready to battle it out—Savage Strike style—with these fierce action figures! Each sold separately, subject to availability. Each dinosaur comes with a cool Dino Rivals collector card detailing the dinosaur’s key battle stats and attributes. For more dinosaur fun, download the Jurassic World Facts app (Android and iOS) to scan and watch each dinosaur come to life, learn attack facts, compare stats and more!

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Savage Strike Velociraptor

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Roarivores Baryonyx

Get ready for thrilling action and adventure with Jurassic world! Roarivores dinosaur action figures are inspired by the movie and feature Push button sound activation and signature attack moves iconic to their respective species. Play out movie action scenes with signature attack moves like chomping, biting and head butting. Figures also include articulated arms and legs, realistic sculpting and authentic decoration. Choose from Roarivores Triceratops, Roarivores baryonyx, Roarivores metriacanthosaurus and Roarivores Allosaurus. Each sold separately, subject to availability. Colors and decorations may vary.

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Roarivores Ceratosaurus

Get ready for thrilling action and adventure with Jurassic world! Roarivores dinosaur action figures are inspired by the movie and feature Push button sound activation and signature attack moves iconic to their respective species. Play out movie action scenes with signature attack moves like chomping, biting and head butting. Figures also include articulated arms and legs, realistic sculpting and authentic decoration. Choose from Roarivores Triceratops, Roarivores baryonyx, Roarivores metriacanthosaurus and Roarivores Allosaurus. Each sold separately, subject to availability. Colors and decorations may vary.

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Also Available on Amazon!

Savage Strike Pachycephalosaurus
Savage Strike Blue (New Claw Attack Sculpt)
Roarivores Ankylosaurus (2019)
Roarivores Metriacanthosaurus (2019)
Mega Dual Attack Quetzalcoatlus
Mega Dual Attack Amargasaurus

These are just a taste of some the new Jurassic World Dino Rivals toys coming from Mattel late this year! Be sure to stay tuned for more reveals, as the line continues its expansion – and as always, stay tuned for the latest Jurassic news!


First look at Blue from the Jurassic World Live Tour!

The official twitter page for the Jurassic World Live Tour released today the very first look at the Blue velociraptor puppet for the new show. The arena style show will begin it’s run this upcoming September.

In the 8 second clip below you will get to see the look of Blue and the smooth movements of the puppet itself. The style of the show and the puppets reminds us very much of the Walking with Dinosaurs arena spectacular that has been touring for many years. Universal and Feld Entertainment joined forces last year to develop the show and tickets are expected to go on sale shortly.

While it remains unconfirmed, the show is expected to debut at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus Ohio. Stay tuned, as more details are sure to drop soon!

Do you like the look of Blue from the Jurassic World Live Tour? Are you planning to go to the show at some point? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and on our forums.

Source: Jurassic World Live Tour!

Exclusive First Look at Mattel ‘Jurassic World Dino Rivals’ Fall Lineup!

New York Toy Fair may have ended well over a week ago, but that doesn’t mean the reveals have ended! In collaboration with Mattel, we have the first look at some of the upcoming Fall Jurassic World Dino Rivals lineup!

These items are a small sampling of the numerous toys coming out later in the year, which includes multiple new sculpts, species, and repaints! Take a look at the lineup below:

Attack Packs – $7.99

The small Attack Pack assortment will see many great new additions later this year, including the carnivorous Mononykus which is the first fully feathered Jurassic Park dinosaur toy, and the adorable Mussaurus, once believed to be a uniquely small Sauropod due to only juvenile fossils being discovered.

Savage Strike – $9.99

The Savage Strike assortment will continue later in the year, and while its full breadth of species has yet to be unveiled, we have a tease of one of the new items: the Jurassic Park 3 Male Raptor sporting a unique non-film color scheme. While he was slated to release in film colors in 2018, the item was sadly canceled, but thankfully the sculpt lives on here!

Mega Dual Attack – $19.99

Hold on to your butts, as we have the exclusive first look at the Mega Dual Attack Quetzalcoatlus. This magnificent flying reptile is one of the largest flying animals to ever exist, and makes a fantastic new Jurassic World toy. The Quetz can attack with button activated flapping wings and a head strike action!

Be sure to also check out the first look at Mega Dual Attack Amargasaurus via our friends at Collect Jurassic!

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Collect Jurassic has partnered with Mattel to exclusively reveal part of their upcoming Fall figure releases for their Jurassic World Dino Rivals toyline! New entries in the Mega Dual Attack, Attack Pack, and Savage Strike assortments are all on their way in addition to what was revealed during the New York Toy Fair. Without further ado, we can first reveal this Collect Jurassic-exclusive image of the Mega Dual Attack Amargasaurus, as well as images of the Mononykus, Mussasaurus and feathered Velociraptor coming our way. See the full reveals on collectjurassic.com, as well as an exclusive Quetzalcoatlus reveal on @jurassic_outpost! #collectjurassic #matteljurassicworld #jurassicworld #jurassicpark #mattel #exclusivereveal #toys #dinosaurs #toycollector #amargasaurus #mononykus #mussasaurus #velociraptor

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Also coming later this year is the Destroy N Devour Indominus Rex, new Roarivore repaints, Super Colossal Blue, and more! Be sure to check out our Toy Fair coverage for those pictures, and our buying guide for the toys already available!

What new toys are you most excited for? Be sure to sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned for all the latest news!


Mattel ‘Jurassic World Dino Rivals’ Spring 2019 Release Buying Guide

If you’re a Jurassic Park fan, you’re surely no stranger to the continued star power of the toys for collectors and kids alike. The Mattel ‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ toy line of 2018 eclipsed sales and fan expectations, took home awards, and was a breakout hit. It’s no surprise then that the toys have continued releasing into 2019, with a full range of new items coming.

To help you find the items you’re looking for, we’ve put together a guide for the Winter/Spring toys of 2019 which are now in stores (be sure to look out for our Summer/Fall 2019 guide in the future!)

Attack Pack Assortment – $7.99

Get ready to continue the thrilling action and adventure with Jurassic World: Dino Rivals! these attack pack dinosaurs are inspired by the movie and are known to herd, hunt and attack in packs. Each attack pack dinosaur figure includes five points of articulation, realistic sculpting and authentic decoration. Choose from Velociraptor, Dracorex, Rhamphorhynchus, and many more!. Each sold separately, subject to availability. Colors and decorations may vary.

Dracorex
Rhamphorhynchus
Velociraptor Delta
Herrerasaurus
Coelurus
Protoceratops

Also available on Entertainment Earth!

Savage Strike Assortment – $9.99

Be a part of the Jurassic World adventure with the ultimate in dinosaur rivalry and battle action! These smaller-size dinosaur action figures capture the ultimate movie action with their Savage Strike™ attack moves iconic to their respective species. Play out movie action scenes with Savage Strike™ attack moves like biting, head ramming, wing flapping and more. Just press a designated area on the dinosaur action figure to make it move (each dinosaur activation varies). Figures also include articulated arms and legs, realistic sculpting and authentic decoration. Get ready to battle it out—Savage Strike™ style—with these fierce action figures! Each sold separately, subject to availability. Each dinosaur comes with a cool Dino Rivals™ collector card detailing the dinosaur’s key battle stats and attributes. For more dinosaur fun, download the Jurassic World Facts app (Android and iOS) to scan and watch each dinosaur come to life, learn attack facts, compare stats and more!

Styracosaurus
Dimetrodon
Velociraptor Blue
Stygimoloch
Tapejara
Monolophosaurus

Also available on Entertainment Earth!

Battle Damage Assortment (Walmart Exclusive) – $9.99

Get ready for thrilling action and adventure with Jurassic World! These Battle Damage dinosaur action figures have a spring-loaded damage panel feature that snaps back on impact to reveal the battle wound! Kids will love battling it out again and again to see the results. Just reset the Battle Damage action figure to play out favorite action battles from the movie again and again! Choose from Battle Damage Plesiosaurus, Battle Damage Pteranodon and many more. Each sold separately, subject to availability. Colors and decorations may vary.

Pteranodon
Plesiosaurus

Dual Attack Assortment – $14.99

Experience Jurassic World dinosaur battle play in a whole new way! Jurassic World Dual Attack dinosaur action figures come in a medium size and have dual-button activation for fierce battle action iconic to each respective species! For example, push the back button and the tail strikes; press the front button and the head strikes! You can also press both buttons at the same time for dual tail and head-striking action! These dinosaur action figures have movie-inspired sculpting, an articulated head and tail, authentic color and realistic texture. Recreate all the epic Jurassic World battle action scenes with these Dual Attack dinosaur action figures that are medium size and perfect for collecting! Choose from the Concavenator, Parasaurolophus, Triceratops action figures and more (each sold separately, subject to availability). Each dinosaur comes with a cool Dino Rivals collector card detailing its key battle stats and attributes. For more dinosaur fun, download the Jurassic World Facts app (Android and iOS) to scan and watch each dinosaur come to life, learn attack facts, compare stats and more!

Parasaurolophus
Concavenator
Triceratops
Pteranodon

Battle Damage Albertosaurus (Walmart Exclusive) – $19.99

Be a part of the Jurassic World adventure with the ultimate in dinosaur battle action! This larger-size Battle Damage Albertosaurus action figure has a spring-loaded damage panel feature that snaps back on impact to reveal the battle damage! Strike the panel to reveal the bones; then, strike again to reveal the organs! Whoa–you’ve got double-damage action! Just reset the damage panel feature to play out favorite action battles again and again. Kids will love battling it out and seeing the results. The Battle Damage Albertosaurus also includes articulated head, arms and tail for more battle moves. Movie-inspired sculpting, color and texture make her an even more formidable battle force. For more dinosaur fun, download the Jurassic World Facts app (Android and iOS) to scan and watch your dinosaur come to life, learn attack facts, compare stats and more!

Albertosaurus

Tracker ATV Set – $19.99

Get ready for thrilling action and adventure with Jurassic World: Dino Rivals!Hit the road to adventure with this Jurassic World-inspired ATV vehicle with cool features! Front of the ATV transforms into a capture claw that you can use as you drive around to capture dinosaurs. Set comes with ATV vehicle, Owen figure, knife and gauntlet accessories, Dracorex dinosaur and card with dinosaur facts for complete storytelling play!

Tracker ATV Set

Also available on Entertainment Earth!

Mega Dual Attack Assortment – $19.99

Experience Jurassic World dinosaur battle play in a whole new way! Jurassic World Mega Dual Attack dinosaur action figures come in a larger size and have dual-button activation for fierce battle action! Push the two buttons on each dinosaur to activate different battle features, such as tail strikes, head strikes and massive chomps! You can also press both buttons at the same time for dual-striking action! These dinosaur action figures have movie-inspired sculpting, an articulated head and tail, authentic color and realistic texture. Recreate all the epic Jurassic World battle-action scenes with these Mega Dual Attack dinosaur action figures! Choose from Stegosaurus, Suchomimus, Amargasaurus action figures and more (each sold separately, subject to availability). Each dinosaur comes with a cool Dino Rivals™ collector card detailing its key battle stats and attributes.

Stegosaurus
Suchomimus

Bite ‘N Fight Tyrannosaurus Rex – $29.99

Experience Jurassic World dinosaur battle play in a whole new way! This larger-scale Bite ‘N Fight Tyrannosaurus Rex has articulation and dual-button activation for fierce battle action! Push the back button on the Tyrannosaurus Rex and the tail strikes; press the front button and its head lunges forward with biting action and turns approximately 90 degrees. The harder you press the front button, the stronger the bite force becomes! You can also press both buttons at the same time for dual tail and head-striking action! This fan-favorite character has movie-inspired sculpting, an articulated head and tail, authentic color and realistic texture. Recreate all the epic Jurassic World battle-action scenes with this Bite ‘N Fight Tyrannosaurus Rex—but watch out—this Tyrannosaurus Rex has a huge BITE and swinging tail STRIKE! Comes with a cool Dino Rivals™ collector card detailing the dinosaur’s key battle stats and attributes.

Bite N Fight T. rex

Stay tuned for updates, and be sure to take a look at our Mattel 2019 Toy Fair article, showcasing a first look at items not yet in stores!


Mattel ‘Jurassic World’ Figures Named ‘Action Figure of the Year’

And the award goes to… Mattel!

The Mattel Jurassic World Dinosaur Action Figures were announced the winners of the ‘Action Figure of the Year’ award. Receiving accolades from toy retailers, media, TIA members and consumers, the award was presented Friday evening in New York at the Toy Industry Association’s Annual T.O.T.Y Awards gala.

Other nominees in the category included: DJ Bumblebee (Hasbro, Inc.), Pokémon 4.5” Battle Feature Figures (Wicked Cool Toys), Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Deluxe Ninja Action Figure Assortment (Playmates Toys), Stikbot Monsters (Zing), Treasure X (Moose Toys), and WWE® Sound Slammers™ Figures (Mattel, Inc.).

Congratulations to the Jurassic team at Mattel for this well-deserved reward!

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“”The ‘Jurassic World’ franchise has been inspiring generations of kids for 25 years and we are proud to partner with Universal to bring the world of dinosaurs to life in new ways,” said PJ Lewis, VP of Action Figures at Mattel. “It is an honor to be recognized by the Toy Industry Association for the Jurassic World Dinosaur action figure line at the Toy of the Year awards and we look forward to the continued excitement around the new line in 2019.”

The Jurassic World toy line continues into 2019 with the new ‘Dino Rivals’ theme, featuring over 40 new toys including 16 brand new species of dinosaurs. Be sure to check out our coverage of Mattel’s Jurassic World line at Toy Fair here, and stay tuned for everything Jurassic!

Toy Fair 2019: Mattel’s Reveals Jurassic World Dino Rivals Line with Indominus Rex and More!

Hold on to your butts, as the first images of Mattel’s 2019 Jurassic World Toy Fair display have come online thanks to WD Toys! Check out the Indominus Rex centric video below, and stay tuned as more details and images surface!

While outside of the Indominus Rex this display is lacking on new sculpts and species, it’s possible more will be revealed as the weekend continues. The 2019 toy line adds a total of 16 brand new species alongside the many returning favorites, so this is only a small preview of what’s to come!

We now have the official information including pricing, and release dates of the new toys! Check out our guide to new items which were on display at New York Toy Fair below.

Jurassic World Destroy ‘N Devour INDOMINUS REX (GCT95)

SRP: $39.99 | 4Y+ | Available Fall 2019

This infamous large dinosaur wreaks havoc and fear – ominous features
include realistic slick scales, longer arms with dagger-like claws and push
button activation. Push the button on its back to operate the mouth and activate sound effects. The button also makes Indominus’ jaw open, activates sounds, pick up and swallow 3, 3⁄4-inch human figures. And LED light in the throat lights up to show the human figures. Push the front button for arm strikes and slashing sound effects.

Jurassic World Dual Attack Assortment (GDT38)

SRP: $14.99 | 4Y+ | Available Now
These medium-sized dinosaurs have dual-action buttons for fierce battle
action iconic to each respective species. Push the back button for tail strikes, press the front button for head strikes, and press both buttons at the same time for dual tail and head striking action. Dinos have film-inspired sculpting, authentic color and realistic texture. Choose from Concavenator, Parasaurolophus, Triceratops and more. Each figure comes with a Dino RivalsTM collector card detailing the dinosaur’s key battle stats and attributes. Download the Jurassic World Facts app (Android & iOS) for more fun.

Jurassic World Roarivores (FMM23)

SPR: $14.99 | 3Y+ | Available Now
With push button sound activation and signature attack moves, kids can play out film action scenes with moves like chomping, biting and head butting. Figures include articulated arms and legs, realistic sculpting and authentic design. Choose from Ankylosaurus, Baryonyx, Allosaurus and Ceratosaurus.

Mega Dual Attack Assortment (GDL05)

SRP:$19.99 | 4Y+ | Available Now
Experience Jurassic World dinosaur play in a whole new way with the Dual Attack dinosaur action figures. These dinosaurs come in a larger size and have two buttons to activate different battle features such as tail and head strikes. Press both buttons at the same time for simultaneous head and tail action. Each dinosaur has movie-inspired sculpting, an articulated head and tail, authentic color and realistic texture. Choose from Stegosaurus, Suchomimis, Amargasaurus and Quetzalcoatlus. Download the Jurassic World Facts app (Android & iOS) for dinosaur facts & fun.

Jurassic World Snap Squad Assortment (GGN26)

SRP: $4.99 | 4Y+ | Available Fall 2019
Kids and Jurassic World fans will love collecting the Snap Squad Assortment featuring fan favorite dinosaurs. These small-scale collectibles feature the fierce Jurassic World dinosaurs, but with a stylistic design and mouths that open to “snap on” to back packs, lunch bags and more. Choose from Tyrannosaurus Rex, Velociraptor Blue, Indominus Rex and
Indoraptor

Super Colossal Blue

No details yet online – expected Fall 2019 release

Stay tuned for even more updates!


Lego Unveils ‘Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar’ Mini-Series and New Tie-In Sets!

Kicking off New York Toy Fair 2019 with a roar, Lego and Universal Brand Development have announced a followup to last years ‘The Secret Exhibit’ titled ‘Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar’! This new mini series will take place in 2012, three years before the events of Jurassic World, and have a 13 episode long run filled with dinosaurs, drama, but most of all, zany comedy only Lego can deliver.

Set in 2012, three years before the events of the Jurassic World movie, LEGO Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar picks up where the story left off from LEGO Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit. Newly hired animal behaviorist Owen Grady and Assistant Manager of Park Operations Claire Dearing team up on Isla Nublar to deal with everything the Jurassic World park throws their way. And “everything” includes runaway dinosaurs, ongoing construction to expand the park, tourists everywhere, unpredictable tropical weather, and an impulsive boss! Plus, a mysterious saboteur with surprising ties to the park’s past is on a quest to find a legendary treasure and destroy Jurassic World forever! What could possibly go wrong? Everything.

It’s clear that the mysterious saboteur will be none other than Dennis Nedry’s own nephew, Danny Nedermeyer, who was up to no good in the control room during ‘The Secret Exhibit’. That plot thread was left wide open, and while this series is no doubt not canon, I’m looking forward to seeing it all play out. The series debuts later this year, though an exact date has yet to be revealed.

Moving on from the mini-series, and to what fans have really been hopeful for, Lego have also revealed four new sets which tie into the ‘Legend of Isla Nublar’. One thing is for certain – some of these sets are sure to surprise!

Dilophosaurus on the Loose

Explore LEGO Jurassic World with Owen Grady and build his drone to look after the dinosaurs. Meet Hudson Harper, a kid who knows everything there is to know about dinosaurs. And build the market stall in the shape of a dinosaur head with LEGO bricks. But look out—a young Dilophosaurus has escaped and is creeping up behind Hudson. Fly to the rescue with Owen’s drone, fire the net shooter and capture that dinosaur. Every day is an adventure with this action-packed LEGO playset!
Ages 6+, 168 pieces, $19.99 (USD)

Baryonyx Face-Off: The Treasure Hunt

Rush to stop Danny Nedermeyer and Sinjin Prescott’s dangerous treasure hunt in LEGO Jurassic World! According to legend, there is treasure hidden on Isla Nublar and Danny and Sinjin have a map and old videotape to help them find it. But when a Baryonyx dinosaur thinks they are trying to steal her fish, they have to hide out in an old trailer. Help Owen Grady and Claire Dearing fix up the off-road buggy. Then drive with them and Red the dog to catch the bad guys before they steal the treasure!
Ages 7+, 434 pieces, $59.99 (USD)

Triceratops Rampage

Take a ride on the awesome new LEGO Jurassic World Egg Spinner with Simon Masrani and Allison Miles. But, watch out—­there’s been a power failure and the mighty Triceratops has smashed through the fence and escaped! Jump in the buggy with Owen Grady and speed to the rescue. Dangle a carrot in front of the mighty dinosaur to distract it and save the tourist. There’s never a dull day in Jurassic World park!
Ages 7+, 447 pieces, $59.99 (USD)

T. rex vs Dino-Mech Battle

Danger! Danny Nedermeyer is roaming Jurassic World park in his huge Dino-Mech on a mission to steal the treasure hidden in the Isla Nublar volcano. But first he has to face the mighty T. rex. Jump in the boat with Owen Grady, Claire Dearing, Vic Hoskins—plus baby Velociraptors Blue, Delta, Echo and Charlie—and speed to the battle scene. Fire the boat’s stud shooters at the Dino-Mech. Put the T. rex to sleep with the tranquilizer gun. You must stop Danny before he finds a way to smash into the volcanic rock and steal the treasure!
Ages 8+, 716 pieces, $89.99 (USD)

Yes, that is a large Tyrannosaurus Rex mech colored like the Jurassic Park Ford Explorer vehicles. Does it make sense as something in the Jurassic franchise? Not one bit. Will it be amusing to watch in the mini-series, and later own as your own personal set? You bet. Another curiosity is the Baryonyx sporting four fingers and a Velociraptor-style sickle claw. Whether that indicates it’s another hybrid, an error, or a cost cutting measure to simply use the Indoraptor’s body and limbs is unknown – but either way, it creates one weird but beautifully painted looking dino.

I absolutely love the sets based around the open park – particularly the Triceratops Rampage, which is something I would like to see more of (over vehicles). Rumor has it there is one more set coming this year, a massive collector oriented direct to consumer set based upon either the Jurassic Park visitors center, or Jurassic World Innovation Center. Many fans have been eager more accurate representations of the parks, classic vehicles, and set pieces – while these new sets may not scratch that itch, there is hope 2019 will still deliver for them as well.

The new Lego sets are expected to hit store shelves Fall of this year.

Stay tuned, as New York Toy Fair news continues to come in over the weekend, and as always, sound off in the comments below!

Source: PRNewswire


Watch ‘Indomation’ – A Stop-Motion Jurassic Park Tribute!

Before Dennis Muren wowed Steven Spielberg with computer generated dinosaurs at ILM, the dinosaurs of Jurassic Park were going to animated by hand by Phil Tippett and his team, using a technique known as stop motion.

The release of Jurassic Park led to an industry shift, with this well crafted art form rapidly replaced by computer generated images. This technology opened up a world of possibilities and filmmakers of the era began to experiment.

However, the animation technique did not die out. Stop motion lives on through the likes of Phil Tippett and his Mad God series, and many modern day movies like Isle of Dogs, Coraline and the works of Aardman Animations.

A number of independent filmmakers have dived into the stop motion world, including Mason Drumm who created the following short film entitled Indomation. Check it out below:

The entire piece contains 93 hours of animation and contains 7,830 frames! The set took two months to construct, utilizing 35 sticks of glue and many, many props. A detailed behind the scenes video gives us a better look at how Mason pieced all of this together. The rotating set is ingenious – so simple yet so effective.

Click the above picture to watch the 10 minute behind the scenes feature – I recommend you do! Stop motion is a slow process and one that takes immense concentration and attention to detail. To say he was the sole animator on Indomation, Mason’s animation is fluid, and it’s clear that he had a vision for this project from the very beginning – one that he executed with great finesse.

I’m looking forward to seeing more of his work. Be sure to check out Mason’s YouTube channel and let him know if you liked his short film by commenting below!