Uniting the Franchise: How Jurassic World 3 Should Incorporate Dinosaur Designs from ‘Park’ Films

Art by Neemz.

2021 is swiftly approaching. Jurassic World 3 is already shaping up to be an event unlike anything we have seen since the original Jurassic Park. With Sam Neill, Laura Dern, and Jeff Goldblum all returning for major roles in the upcoming film, it is easy to see that we are in store for a movie with some serious callbacks to the film that started it all. With the return of old human characters, Jurassic World 3 is posed in the perfect position to be a film that showcases the original aspects of Jurassic Park side by side with the new ideas put forth in the Jurassic World movies. We can talk about the human characters until the sun goes down, but at the end of the day, the highlight of Jurassic has always been the dinosaurs.

One complaint that we see time and time again is how different some of the dinosaurs look in the newer films. While some fans view these differences as a major drawback, it’s time to take a hard look at how these perceived differences actually present a unique opportunity to showcase exactly what these dinosaurs are: genetically engineered, theme park…creatures. In other words, these dinosaurs are simply lab-created animals melding natural science and science fiction.

So today, let’s take a look at some specific examples of these differences. Let’s start with a classic: the mighty Stegosaurus. We first got a glimpse at the creature on Isla Sorna in The Lost World Jurassic Park. This Jurassic Park era Stego was on the more athletic side. As you can see below, it featured a straight tail and narrow head, which featured a beak of some sort. Its athleticism was put on full display when it sensed a threat in Sarah Harding approaching its infant.

Now, let us compare that to the Jurassic World era Stegosaurus. The new creation featured a heavier retro build, with a drooping tail and a wider head (with lips instead of a beak). Their coloration is slightly different, and their skin texture is entirely different than their park counterparts. We’re first introduced to them roaming Nublar’s Gyrosphere Valley in Jurassic World, presumably engineered under Masrani’s supervision to achieve certain goals.

In a universe where scientists have been cloning and creating new dinosaurs for over twenty five years, these differences can be explained by genetic manipulation. Perhaps the old Stegosauruses were just too agile and destructive with their more athletic build and size. Maybe the Jurassic World scientists realized a beefier build appealed to the parks older demographs who imagine dinosaurs with more outdated views. Questions like these are exactly the kind of lore I believe are ripe for answering in Jurassic World 3. Before we move on to how exactly the movie can present those answers in a natural way, let’s take a look at another dinosaur example.

The Ankylosaurus is well-known for the armor plating all along its back, but the different eras of Jurassic took the animal in otherwise different directions. We first see the Jurassic Park era Anyklosaur in Jurassic Park 3 as it lumbers underneath the tree some of our characters are hiding out in. It touts rougher scale-based armor with a smaller, colorful head. It has a narrow and angular build overall and is not overtly large.

Once again, let’s look at the Jurassic World edition Ankylosaurus that we see duke it out with the Indominous Rex. Not only is the Jurassic World era animal bigger, it has defined armor plating and a larger, uniform-color head. Just like the Stegosaurus, it sports a bulkier, stockier build overall. It’s been theorized that ‘World’s’ Anylosaurs are female counterparts to ‘Park’s’ males.

Ankylosaurs and Stegosaurs are only scratching the surface. Numerous other species have distinct sub-species within the Jurassic films, with 3 different Pteranodon breeds, over 3 different breeds of Velociraptors, plus a variety of sexual dimorphism seen within Parasaurs, Brachiosaurs, and more.

The best step for Jurassic to take is to embrace the differences and use them as a tool to enrich the deep mythology the universe has already given to us. I mean, who wouldn’t want to see the Jurassic Park 3 raptors running around Blue? That sort of variety in appearance is a treasure trove of rich story that has largely only been explored by the DPG marketing campaign for Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom. It’s important to not stifle that variety, but embrace it fully, and bring all these elements from various films together.

However, not every difference is a canonical variation – the T. rex of Jurassic World being a prime example. Many fans have complained she looks off from her Jurassic Park appearance – and it’s true – the design has changed in more ways than just aging. This love for Jurassic Park’s iconic designs is another prime reason to bring them back. Not just nostalgia – they’re some of the most iconic creature designs in cinema. Embrace the masterclass work of Stan Winston Studios, Crash McCreery and ILM that laid the foundation for Jurassic World.

We know that Jurassic World 3 director Colin Trevorrow plans to expand the universe even more and deal with these creatures on a much larger scale now that they’re part of our world. One of the best ways to explore this evolution naturally, while keeping it tied to the past films is to simply go back to the older, forgotten dinosaurs. Likewise, we can finally explore how these various subspecies may interact – what would a crossbreed of a Jurassic Park female raptor and JP3 male raptor look like? Or would they never have the chance, fighting for territory instead?

What makes the Jurassic Park novel so great is that it tackles the science aspect of the story head on – the novel version of Wu has candid conversations with Hammond about manipulating the DNA of the dinosaurs to alter their physical characteristics and change the way they behave. If we’re trying to find inspiration, that’s where to start the search. Having a character in the movie, like Wu, explain the differences between all the animals on screen only serves to deepen the canon in a positive way. Not only that, it serves as a natural explanation for why Project IBRIS with the raptors at Jurassic World was (eventually) successful compared to the more aggressive raptors from the previous movies.

What are your thoughts on the dinosaur differences? Is this a purposeful creation from Jurassic Park scientists, or do you think the filmmakers were just looking to switch up the styles? If you believe the science backs it up, would you like to see it explained on screen? Sound off in the comments below and tell us how you would explain the uniqueness of the dinosaurs!

ILM Shares Dino-Filled Jurassic World Battle at Big Rock Making-Of!

Jurassic World’s live action short film ‘Battle at Big Rock’ released over one month ago, but has continued to earn the interest of Jurassic fans online. Perhaps one of the largest points of discussion have been among those trying to discern the designs of the all-new dinosaurs, which were obscured in chaos and darkness in the short film. Thankfully, ILM has just released a ‘Behind the Magic’ making of for Battle at Big Rock, which show off the new dinosaurs in all their glory!

Check it out below:

The video shows the exciting process the short Jurassic film underwent while being brought to life: from shooting the previs in VR, to bringing the ILM model department into the mix with practical dinosaur reference models. Further, they’ve confirmed what fans have suspected: the differences in design between the male and female Nasutoceratops (revealing the Mattel toy is in fact based on the male), and of course, revealing the final design of the adult Allosaurus!

The male Nasutoceratops is in the back, with longer horns, and harsher more defined angles, while the female is softer with more rounded features. Both sport similar color schemes, though the male favors reds for his patterns while the female seems to favor oranges. While it’s hard to say, it seems to be safe to assume the baby is a male based upon its colors.

The Allosaurus (below) went through numerous design changes, and the final ILM model is different than that seen in the previs, or animatronic pictures released by Colin Trevorrow. The toys released are all based upon the older non-final design, which was more monstrous and not very recognizable as its namesake – however the final design looks appropriately Allosaurid and Jurassic!

There are a ton of great details in the video, mostly the dinosaur designs shown in their full glory, so be sure to watch it and take it all in!

What are your thoughts on the dinosaur designs in Battle at Big Rock? Sound off in the comments below, and as always, stay tuned for the latest news!

Behind the Scenes Look at Designing Jurassic World Dinosaur Toys with Mattel’s Kristen Sanzari

Since their release in 2018 alongside Fallen Kingdom, Mattel’s Jurassic World line have taken over the toy aisle, and captured the attention of fans and collectors alike. Recently, we spoke to Kristen Sanzari – one of the designers on the Jurassic World toy line – about her work, and how she came to design dinosaurs for this continuously evolving range of action figures.

Kristen provided numerous design sheet images, that document part of the process that designing these toys undergo. In the images you can see reference photos, design change notes, and how things like action features are created.

Read on to learn about Kristen’s work directly from her, and of course, check out the images!

“I have been designing Jurassic World toys at Mattel for almost 3 years now, and people often ask how I got into toy design. So, I will give you a little background. I grew up with a love of drawing animals and my favorite animation characters. I loved my toys and loved animation. When it came time to go to college, I went to Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, where I studied graphic design and ran on the track team. I loved graphic design but knew I still wanted to study animation, so after graduating from Cal Poly, I moved to San Francisco, where I attended the Academy of Art University to get my master’s in visual development for animation.

After graduating, I got a job as a graphic designer/illustrator at a toy and publishing company called Artistic Studios (now Bendon Publishing). I worked on licensed craft sets and toys and loved it, but I was still mostly doing graphic design and package design, with only a little bit of illustration here and there. Wanting to do more concept art, I began applying to jobs at animation studios and toy companies in LA. I interviewed with Mattel for the Jurassic World product design position with a portfolio full of concept art for animation. Although similar in a lot of ways, I had no toy designs to show. So, after the interview I drew up some toy concepts focused on Jurassic, and luckily my now boss had faith I could design toys and I got the job.

Was I a dinosaur expert or a Jurassic park fanatic prior to getting the job? No, but I liked dinosaurs, I had seen some of the movies, and most of all I loved drawing and learning about animals. So, I made it my mission to learn as much as I could about dinosaurs and the Jurassic Park franchise when I began working on the brand. I watched all the movies a bunch of times, took several paleontology courses online, listened to the Jurassic Outpost Podcast, bought and read multiple dinosaur books and made it a point to learn about and know every dinosaur we designed.

When designing our toys, we begin by brainstorming about what we want that toy to do. Is it a T. Rex that roars and has a massive chomp? Or is it a Pachycephalosaurus that rams its head? There are usually so many great and crazy ideas that come up in brainstorms, but we always do our best to make sure the function of our toys are realistic, on brand, and accentuate what the dinosaur would have done in real life. Something we also focus on is our scale, we do our best to make all our dinosaurs in scale to a 3¾” human action figure, which really allows you to imagine how massive some of these dinosaurs were in real life.

As you can see from many of these design sheets, we start off with an initial drawing of the dinosaur concept and what the feature will be. Sometimes these are based on assets from Universal, for dinosaurs from the films, and sometimes we are able to create the dinosaur designs ourselves. We spend a lot of time creating the patterns and textures, picking the colors of the dinos, and making sure they fit into the look and feel of the dinosaurs in Jurassic World. In the Carnotaurus example you can see that the drawing and the original sculpt are different from the final sculpt and product. This is because we often know what dinosaurs are going to be in the film before knowing exactly what the dinosaurs are going to look like in the film. The toy production timeline is longer than the time it takes to make a film and so often we need to begin our design process before we have all the information. We frequently have to figure out the feature of the toy prior to knowing exactly what the dinosaur will look like, and we just have to be nimble and adjust our designs to fit the look of the movie as soon as we do get the actual assets. Our partners at Universal always do their best to get us the assets and information we need as soon as they can.

Once we have a sculpt we are happy with, and the mechanism is figured out, we can make our first model. The first model is never perfect, but we use it to see if we need to change anything about the sculpt and details, the mechanism function, the articulation, and the color choices. We then take notes on any revisions and make adjustments to improve this model. After all the changes have been accounted for we make a new and improved model. During the entire process there are multiple check points with Universal to make sure they approve the look and function of the dinosaurs.

When the final model is approved we move on to make a “first shot,” which is the first run of the product in plastic. First shots are made in the factories with any leftover or extra plastic they have, so they usually are really crazy colors. For example, we could get a raptor first shot with a pink body, black left leg, blue right leg, green head, and neon yellow arms. We make comments on the first shot and make sure the toy can stand and that the detents and articulations function properly. Next we get our first painted plastic toy sample. At this point the toy is almost complete, but we make sure the plastic and paint colors match, we make sure the mechanism and any electronic features are functioning the way they should, and make sure all the packaging information is aligned with the product. After all these comments are captured we pass them along to make sure our final product is the best it can be. Then, finally we receive the final product!

As a whole the toy design process takes an entire team and I have to say that team Jurassic is made up of some of the most passionate and hard-working people I know. Our design team couldn’t make the toys we do without the enormous help of our awesome marketing team, packaging team, and engineering team. It is truly a team effort and an awesome brand to be a part of.”

Thanks so much to Kristen for taking the time out to speak with us, and to share many of these images! For more from Kristen, you can check out her website here and her Instagram here. With the 2020 Primal Attack line coming soon (which the Sarcosuchus belongs to) , there will surely be more toys to learn about in the future!

What toy do you like the most from Mattel’s line, and what would you like to see more of? Sound off in the comments below, and as always, stay tuned to Jurassic Outpost!


Huge Assortment of Mattel’s 2020 Jurassic World Primal Attack Toys Revealed!

Last we promised more toy news is coming – we didn’t forget about that promise, only Battle at Big Rock threw our plans into the wind. Now that things have slowed down, we and Collect Jurassic didn’t want to keep the fans waiting any longer. Forget SDCC or New York Toy Fair reveals – we were able to get a HUGE assortment of images of Mattel’s upcoming ‘Primal Attack’ toy line, in which some are expected to ship as soon as November of this year!

Check out the images and reveals below!

Control N Conquer Carnotaurus

Be a part of the Jurassic World adventure with the Control and Conquer Carnotaurus! Kids can control the carnage like never before with realistic movement and attack activation with this larger-size dinosaur action figure! Get total control of your Carnotaurus by tilting the tail up to make its head move; tail activation also makes the waist move and makes the figure twist sideways. Lift the tail up and the Carnotaurus ROARS—watch out! You can also control the roar with the button on the back of the tail. It’s awesome animated total control with roaring sound effects that kids will love!

Suspected MSRP of $29.99

Massive Biters Tarbosaurus

Be a part of the Jurassic World adventure with the Total Control™ Assortment! Kids can control the carnage like never before with realistic movement and attack activation! Get total control of your dinosaur action figure and battle it out by moving the tail on the dinosaur action figure to make it move side to side for a strike or move the tail from side to side to get an awesome CHOMP! Activations vary per dinosaur action figure

Pre-order now – $19.99

Massive Biters Sarcosuchus

Be a part of the Jurassic World adventure with the Massive Biters Sarcosuchus! Kids can control the carnage like never before with realistic movement and attack activation! Get total control of your dinosaur action figure and battle it out by moving the tail on the dinosaur action figure to make it move side to side for a strike or move the tail from side to side to get an awesome CHOMP! Activations vary per dinosaur action figure. Collect them all!

Pre-order now – $19.99

Sound Strike Cryolophosaurus

Be a part of the Jurassic World adventure with the Sound Strike™ Assortment! Kids can control the carnage like never before with realistic movement, attack activation and sound! Get total control of your dinosaur action figure and battle it out by moving the tail on the dinosaur action figure to make it move side to side for a strike or move the tail from side to side to get an awesome CHOMP! Any of the movements activate realistic sounds for the total control dinosaur battle experience! Activations vary per dinosaur action figure.

Pre0rder now Cryolophosaurus $14.99

Sound Strike Edmontosaurus

Be a part of the Jurassic World adventure with the Sound Strike™ Assortment! Kids can control the carnage like never before with realistic movement, attack activation and sound! Get total control of your dinosaur action figure and battle it out by moving the tail on the dinosaur action figure to make it move side to side for a strike or move the tail from side to side to get an awesome CHOMP! Any of the movements activate realistic sounds for the total control dinosaur battle experience! Activations vary per dinosaur action figure.

Pre-order now – $14.99

Sound Strike Triceratops

Be a part of the Jurassic World adventure with the Sound Strike™ Assortment! Kids can control the carnage like never before with realistic movement, attack activation and sound! Get total control of your dinosaur action figure and battle it out by moving the tail on the dinosaur action figure to make it move side to side for a strike or move the tail from side to side to get an awesome CHOMP! Any of the movements activate realistic sounds for the total control dinosaur battle experience! Activations vary per dinosaur action figure.

Pre-order now – $14.99

Sound Strike Pteranodon

Be a part of the Jurassic World adventure with the Sound Strike™ Assortment! Kids can control the carnage like never before with realistic movement, attack activation and sound! Get total control of your dinosaur action figure and battle it out by moving the tail on the dinosaur action figure to make it move side to side for a strike or move the tail from side to side to get an awesome CHOMP! Any of the movements activate realistic sounds for the total control dinosaur battle experience! Activations vary per dinosaur action figure.

Pre-order now – $14.99

Savage Strike Postosuchus

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.

Pre-order now – $9.99

Savage Strike Sauropelta

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.

Pre-order now – $9.99

Savage Strike Velociraptor

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.

Velociraptor – $9.99

Savage Strike Pachycephlosaurus

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.

Pre-order now – $9.99

Primal Attack ‘Attack Pack’ Assortment

These are small basic dinosaurs that run at a MSRP of $7.99. In the assortment image we see a green Dracorex repaint, red Rhamphorhynchus, red Minmi, plus repacks of the Herrerasaurus and Protoceratops (perhaps subject to change). Most excitingly we have two brand new species who’s names we’re unsure of, though we have guesses. There’s the blue Iguanadon-like dinosaur we believe to do Callovosaurus, and the slender brown dinosaur we think may be Ornitholestes.

Primal Attack ‘Battle Damage’ Assortment

Similar to the Savage Strike assortment, these are smaller but more deluxe dinosaurs that are exclusive to Walmart in the United States. As the name suggests and you no doubt know, they feature slide away dino-damage play features. In the assortment we see a yellow Triceratops repaint, grey Velociraptor repaint, and Stygimoloch re-release. The stand out is brand new green carnivorous dinosaur who’s species I’m uncertain on.

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Following those more involved core lineup reveals, we also have a few looks from the other parts of the Mattel Jurassic World toy line, including mini’s, role play, and more!

Mini Blind Bag Dinos

Basic Budget 6 inch Assortment

Basic Budget 12 inch Assortment

Basic masks

Snap Squad Assortment

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Phew – that’s a lot of toys! That wraps up our reveals for the upcoming Mattel Jurassic World toys for now, though we do expect more information, pictures, and even species to hit in the future as we get closer to release. We’re unsure on the ID of some of the toys, but it’s even possible some of these new dinosaur designs are straight from the upcoming Dreamworks series Camp Cretaceous, which Mattel confirmed will be part of the line up.

Let us know which of these toys are your favorite in the comments below, and as always, stay tuned for the latest news!


First Look at Mattel’s Jurassic World Amber Collection Packaging and Velociraptor Charlie Figure!

This week will be an exciting one for fans of Mattel’s Jurassic World toy line – we and our friends at Collect Jurassic have a whole suite of reveals planned that revolve around the upcoming range. Today’s focus is on the Jurassic World Amber Collection, the upcoming 6 inch scale collectibles line that will be debuting exclusively at Gamestop. While San Diego Comic Con saw the toys official revealed and placed on pre-order on their site, the packaging design was withheld – today that changes!

Take a look at the new reveals below!

Jurassic Park Velociraptor (Female)

Relive the exciting big-screen action with the Jurassic World Amber Collection! This collection spans the film franchise and features highly collectible and extremely posable action figures with authentic decoration and deluxe detail. The Velociraptor dinosaur action figure is inspired by the original Jurassic Park film and captures not only her aggression but her intelligence traits as well. Action figure is approximately 6.5-inches and includes a stand for display. Take home the excitement of Jurassic Park with this exciting Velociraptor dinosaur action figure! Collect other action figures in the Amber Collection! Each figure sold separately, subject to availability. Colors and decorations may vary. For ages 4 and up.

Pre-order now!

Jurassic World Owen Grady

Relive the exciting big-screen action with the Jurassic World Amber Collection! This collection spans the film franchise and features highly collectible and extremely posable action figures with authentic decoration and deluxe detail. The Owen Grady action figure is inspired by the first Jurassic World film. The action figure is approximately 6.5-inches and includes a stand for display, an extra pair of hands for enhanced play-action plus knife accessorie. Take home the excitement of Jurassic World with this exciting Owen Grady action figure! Collect other action figures in the Amber Collection! Each figure sold separately, subject to availability. Colors and decorations may vary. For ages 4 and up.

(Expected to release early 2020)

Jurassic World Velociraptor Charlie

Relive the exciting big-screen action with the Jurassic World Amber Collection! This collection spans the film franchise and features highly collectible and extremely posable action figures with authentic decoration and deluxe detail. The Velociraptor Charlie dinosaur action figure is inspired by the first Jurassic World and captures not only her aggression but her intelligence traits as well. Action figure is approximately 6.5-inches and includes a stand for display plus tactical head gear for expanded play. Take home the excitement of Jurassic World with this exciting Velociraptor Charlie dinosaur action figure! Collect other action figures in the Amber Collection! Each figure sold separately, subject to availability. Colors and decorations may vary. For ages 4 and up.

(Expected to release early 2020)

Jurassic Park Ian Malcolm

Relive the exciting big-screen action with the Jurassic World Amber Collection! This collection spans the film franchise and features highly collectible and extremely posable action figures with authentic decoration and deluxe detail. The Dr. Ian Malcolm action figure is inspired by the original Jurassic Park film and captures not only his wit and sarcasm but his deep respect for the power of nature. The action figure is approximately 6.5-inches and includes a stand for display, an extra pair of hands for enhanced play-action plus flare and water cup accessories. Take home the excitement of Jurassic Park with this exciting Dr. Ian Malcolm action figure! Collect other action figures in the Amber Collection! Each figure sold separately, subject to availability. Colors and decorations may vary. For ages 4 and up.

Pre-order now!

Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom Velociraptor Blue

Relive the exciting big-screen action with the Jurassic World Amber Collection! This collection spans the film franchise and features highly collectible and extremely posable action figures with authentic decoration and deluxe detail. The Velociraptor Blue dinosaur action figure is inspired by Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom and captures not only her intelligence but her aggressive traits as well. Action figure is approximately 6.5-inches and includes a stand for display. Take home the excitement of Jurassic World with this exciting Velociraptor Blue dinosaur action figure! Collect other action figures in the Amber Collection! Each figure sold separately, subject to availability. Colors and decorations may vary. For ages 4 and up.

(Expected to release early 2020)

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Perhaps the most exciting parts of the reveals above is the look at the Amber Collection box art, which takes a more minimalistic and streamlined approach to packaging design, though is more complex in texture detail when compared to the Star Wars Black Series from Hasbro. One of the choices I like the most is rather than using the complex full film logo, it’s simply the round Rex logo with amber inspired styling, giving the overall presentation a much more refined look.

Velociraptor Charlie is the other big reveal, as she was not announced by Mattel at SDCC, and seems to be planned for release alongside Owen and Blue. While the core 3 3/4″ line didn’t handle the Raptor Squad very well, messing up both Delta’s and Charlie’s colors, the Amber Collection has absolutely nailed it. Her color scheme is complex, accurate, and striking looking.

It’s clear the Amber Collection is shaping up to be a collectors series worthy of Jurassic Park, and we cannot wait to go hands on when the first toys release later this year!

What are your thoughts on the new reveals, and what characters do you hope make it to the Amber Collection in the future? Sound off in the comments below, and stay tuned – we have many more Mattel reveals, including a look at new Primal Attack toys coming later this week!


Upcoming Jurassic World Primal Attack Toys Now Available for Pre-Order at Entertainment Earth!

The Jurassic World toy reveals keep coming, this time with Entertainment Earth – and best of all, they’re now available for Pre-order! The upcoming “Primal Attack” toy line from Mattel is expected to ship this November and December, so don’t miss your chance to guarantee the large amount of new listings that just appeared on the website!

Massive Biters Tarbosaurus

Be a part of the Jurassic World adventure with the Total Control™ Assortment! Kids can control the carnage like never before with realistic movement and attack activation! Get total control of your dinosaur action figure and battle it out by moving the tail on the dinosaur action figure to make it move side to side for a strike or move the tail from side to side to get an awesome CHOMP! Activations vary per dinosaur action figure

Pre-order now – $19.99

Massive Biters Sarcosuchus

Be a part of the Jurassic World adventure with the Massive Biters Sarcosuchus! Kids can control the carnage like never before with realistic movement and attack activation! Get total control of your dinosaur action figure and battle it out by moving the tail on the dinosaur action figure to make it move side to side for a strike or move the tail from side to side to get an awesome CHOMP! Activations vary per dinosaur action figure. Collect them all!

Pre-order now – $19.99

Massive Biters Case Assortment ($38.99)

Sound Strike Assortment

Be a part of the Jurassic World adventure with the Sound Strike™ Assortment! Kids can control the carnage like never before with realistic movement, attack activation and sound! Get total control of your dinosaur action figure and battle it out by moving the tail on the dinosaur action figure to make it move side to side for a strike or move the tail from side to side to get an awesome CHOMP! Any of the movements activate realistic sounds for the total control dinosaur battle experience! Activations vary per dinosaur action figure.

Pre-order links ($14.99 each):

Cryolophosaurus
Edmontosaurus
Triceratops
Pteranodon
Whole Case ($52.99)

Savage Strike Assortment

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.

Pre-order links ($9.99 each):

Postosuchus
Sauropelta
Velociraptor
Pachycephalosaurus

Stay tuned, as we expect even more toy reveals to be around the corner – especially as this is only a small fraction of the 17 brand new species releasing in the upcoming line. Which of the new species are you looking forward to the most? Let us know in the comments below!


Watch the First Episode of the Upcoming Lego Jurassic World TV Show Now!

LEGO Jurassic World Legend of Isla Nublar, a brand new mini series, will make its debut September 14th at 11:30am EST on Nickelodeon! The series consists of 13 22-minute-long episodes, and takes place in 2012 prior to events of Jurassic World. Featuring your favorite characters from the World films, and even some surprising appearances from Jurassic Park classic characters, the series is sure to be a hit with fans of all ages.

Ahead of its September 14th debut on TV, Nickelodeon has shared the first episode “Mission Critical” on their YouTube channel – watch it below!

The series itself picks up after LEGO Jurassic World The Secret Exhibit, which introduced Jurassic World employee Danny Nedermeyer, the nephew of Dennis Nedry, who’s goal is to sabotage the park. With the first episode of Legend of Isla Nublar, an esteemed-yet-feared theme park critic visits the island to pass his ultimate judgement — what could go wrong? Well, as you’ll see – lots of things.

The show may not be canon, but you can perhaps accept its broad-stroke plot points as part of the parks history if you consider the format of the show as an incredibly unreliable narrator. It is for younger audiences than shows like Star Wars Rebels – or the upcoming Jurassic World Camp Cretaceous after-all, and canonical accuracy isn’t the primary directive. Did a critic visit the park, and was there an employee who had less than the parks best interests at heart? Perhaps. Did Wu steal the credit of his partner scientists, Owen train the T. rex, and was there really a nephew of Nedry involved? Probably not.

But if you watch the show for good fun, and nothing else, then fun will be had. The show is cute, funny, and playful. Especially if you’re in its target under-10-age-range, and as such it’s sure to be hit with kids and families!

Sound off in the comments below, and let us know what you thought about the first episode. The series will continue airing every Saturday on Nickelodeon post its debut September 14th, so be sure to stay tuned for our continued coverage. Alongside the new series, brand new LEGO sets are now available tied to the series – check them out below!

Dilophosaurus on The Loose (#75934)

Thrilling adventures await children when they construct Owen Grady’s drone and fly to save Hudson Harper from an escaped dinosaur in LEGO Jurassic World 75934 Dilophosaurus on the Loose. The LEGO toy drone features 4 spinning rotors and a net shooter function to aim at the Dilophosaurus figure. This collectible building toy for kids also includes 3 minifigures, plus a market stall in the shape of a dinosaur’s head with lots of accessory elements to inspire creative play.

Amazon | Entertainment Earth

Baryonyx Face-Off: The Treasure Hunt (#75935)

Drama awaits children as they help Owen Grady and Claire Dearing pursue bad guys through the jungle in LEGO Jurassic World 75935 Baryonyx Face-Off: The Treasure Hunt. Featuring an offroader with space for 2 minifigures and an attachment point for a trailer which has a buildable rooftop antenna and a detailed interior, plus a buildable jungle scene that has a hidden treasure chest with a revealfunction, this LEGO set makes a great holiday gift for kids. It also includes a posable Baryonyx dinosaur figure and 4 minifigures with cool weapons and accessories to inspire imaginative play.

Amazon | Entertainment Earth

Triceratops Rampage (#75937)

Youngsters will love creating exciting dinosaur action adventures with this LEGO Jurassic World 75937 Triceratops Rampage building toy. The colorful LEGO dinosaur playset includes an Egg Spinner ride with 3 dinosaur-egg seats for minifigures and spinning function, plus a gate and waiting area for the ride. There is also a posable Jurassic World Triceratops dinosaur toy figure, collapsible fence and a minifigure buggy to play out a dinosaur escape and pursuit. This building toy for kids includes 4 minifigures to inspire creative role-play.

Amazon | Entertainment Earth

T. rex vs Dino-Mech Battle (#75938)

Action-packed dinosaur adventures are guaranteed as youngsters play out a LEGO Jurassic World 75938 T. rex vs Dino-Mech Battle and seek hidden treasure in the Isla Nublar volcano. The buildable T. rex toy dinosaur figure and bad guy Danny Nedermeyer’s Dino-Mech are both posable and have snapping jaws, while the buildable volcanic rock has an opening function to reveal a hidden treasure chest. This Jurassic World building toy also includes 4 minifigures, 4 baby velociraptor toy figures and a boat with 2 stud shooters and a tranquilizer gun to inspire kids to role-play Jurassic World scenes and create their own stories.

Amazon | Entertainment Earth

Thanks to Sickle_Claw for the heads up!


First Look at Mattel’s 2020 Jurassic World “Primal Attack” Toys!

Hold on to your wallets collectors, because the new Jurassic World toys keep coming! While San Diego Comic Con teased over 17 new species in Mattel’s 2020 “Primal Attack” toy line, we didn’t get a direct look at many toys, other than some off screen video of the Carnotaurus. Now we have the first look at the packaging, SKUs, and some toys from the line!

Read on for the first look and descriptions:

Control ‘n Conquer Carnotaurus

Be a part of the Jurassic World adventure with the Control and Conquer Carnotaurus! Kids can control the carnage like never before with realistic movement and attack activation with this larger-size dinosaur action figure! Get total control of your Carnotaurus by tilting the tail up to make its head move; tail activation also makes the waist move and makes the figure twist sideways. Lift the tail up and the Carnotaurus ROARS—watch out! You can also control the roar with the button on the back of the tail. It’s awesome animated total control with roaring sound effects that kids will love!

887961817614 | GJT59

Suspected MSRP ~ $29.99

Massive Biters Tarbosaurus

Be a part of the Jurassic World adventure with the Total Control™ Assortment! Kids can control the carnage like never before with realistic movement and attack activation! Get total control of your dinosaur action figure and battle it out by moving the tail on the dinosaur action figure to make it move side to side for a strike or move the tail from side to side to get an awesome CHOMP! Activations vary per dinosaur action figure

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Massive Biters Sarcosuchus

Be a part of the Jurassic World adventure with the Total Control™ Assortment! Kids can control the carnage like never before with realistic movement and attack activation! Get total control of your dinosaur action figure and battle it out by moving the tail on the dinosaur action figure to make it move side to side for a strike or move the tail from side to side to get an awesome CHOMP! Activations vary per dinosaur action figure

887961815214 | GJP34

MASSIVE BITERS PARENT ASSORTMENT INFO: UPC Code 887961815207 | GJP32

Suspected MSRP ~ $19.99

Sound Strike Assortment

Be a part of the Jurassic World adventure with the Sound Strike™ Assortment! Kids can control the carnage like never before with realistic movement, attack activation and sound! Get total control of your dinosaur action figure and battle it out by moving the tail on the dinosaur action figure to make it move side to side for a strike or move the tail from side to side to get an awesome CHOMP! Any of the movements activate realistic sounds for the total control dinosaur battle experience! Activations vary per dinosaur action figure.

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MSRP ~ $14.99

Known species: Pteranodon, Cryolophosaurus, Triceratops

Extreme Chompin T. rex

The Jurassic World Legacy Collection roars into action celebrating classic moments, themes and characters from the blockbuster film franchise! This Extreme Chompin’ Tyrannosaurus Rex figure from the Jurassic World franchise features a HUGE BITE, realistic sculpting and authentic decoration. The head, arms, legs and tail are articulated for extra-action fun and playability! When you’re ready to close in on your prey, just use the push button activation to move the jaw and this incredible creature exposes her huge teeth, protruding tongue and HUGE BITE! Play out exciting movie scenes with this Extreme Chompin’ Tyrannosaurus Rex. Better start running NOW! Colors and decorations may vary. Features:Celebrate classic moments, themes and characters with the Jurassic World Legacy Collection!

887961835410 | GLC12
Suspected MSRP ~ $19.99

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Note: the Savage Strike ($9.99) assortment will continue, and feature Sauropelta, Postosuchus, and a new Velociraptor with its first wave.

While the above is just a tease of all the new toys to come, it certainly is revealing of the direction the new expansion is taking. The Tarbosaurus is the most exciting of the reveals, as it not only shows off a brand new toy, but gives a great idea of what the stunning new box art looks like! As we previously revealed, some of these toys are related to Camp Cretaceous – we’ve learned the Carnotaurus is one of those toys, and it’s one of they key species in the show (as such, it will be the key TV driver for the Spring Primal Attack ads).

We also are quite excited to see electronic toys at a smaller scale with the Sound Strike range, meaning we will likely see electronic Velociraptors and other species around that size. We’ve since learned that the Sound Strike assortment are larger dinosaurs, and the successor to Roarivores.

What part of the latest reveal are you most excited by, and what do you want to see with the new toy line? Sound off in the comments below, and as always – stay tuned for the latest news!


New Look at Lego Jurassic World Legend of Isla Nublar Animated Mini-Series – Debuts on Nickelodeon Sept 14!

LEGO Jurassic World Legend of Isla Nublar, a brand new mini series, will make its debut September 14th at 11:30am EST on Nickelodeon! The series consists of 13 22-minute-long episodes, and takes place prior to events of Jurassic World. Featuring your favorite characters from the World films, and even some surprising appearances from Jurassic Park classic characters, the series is sure to be a hit with fans of all ages.

Check out the first clip below, and read on for the press release:

Set in 2012, newly hired animal behaviourist, 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, including runaway dinosaurs, ongoing construction to expand the park, throngs of tourists, unpredictable tropical weather and an impulsive boss!

In LEGO Jurassic World: Legend of Isla Nublar, there’s also a mysterious saboteur with surprising ties to the park’s past who is on a quest to find a legendary treasure and destroy Jurassic World forever. What could possibly go wrong? Well…everything.

A prequel to the brand-new mini-series, LEGO Jurassic World: The Secret Exhibit Part 1 and Part 2, will be available on the Nick App and VOD beginning Sunday, Aug. 25. In The Secret Exhibit, Simon Masrani has an idea for a new attraction that is guaranteed to keep Jurassic World at the forefront of theme park entertainment, but in order for it to succeed, he needs his right-hand can-do problem solver, Claire Dearing, and newcomer Owen Grady, to get a trio of dinosaurs across the park to the new, super-secret exhibit. Unfortunately, delivering the dinosaurs to the new attraction is not as easy as they thought!

Beginning, Sunday Aug. 25, a sneak peek episode, “Mission Critical,” will be available for fans to watch on the Nick App, Nick On Demand and Nickelodeon’s YouTube channel.

The series will continue airing every Saturday on Nickelodeon post its debut September 14th, so be sure to stay tuned for our continued coverage. Alongside the new series, brand new LEGO sets are now available tied to the series – check them out below!

Dilophosaurus on The Loose (#75934)

Thrilling adventures await children when they construct Owen Grady’s drone and fly to save Hudson Harper from an escaped dinosaur in LEGO Jurassic World 75934 Dilophosaurus on the Loose. The LEGO toy drone features 4 spinning rotors and a net shooter function to aim at the Dilophosaurus figure. This collectible building toy for kids also includes 3 minifigures, plus a market stall in the shape of a dinosaur’s head with lots of accessory elements to inspire creative play.

Amazon | Entertainment Earth

Baryonyx Face-Off: The Treasure Hunt (#75935)

Drama awaits children as they help Owen Grady and Claire Dearing pursue bad guys through the jungle in LEGO Jurassic World 75935 Baryonyx Face-Off: The Treasure Hunt. Featuring an offroader with space for 2 minifigures and an attachment point for a trailer which has a buildable rooftop antenna and a detailed interior, plus a buildable jungle scene that has a hidden treasure chest with a revealfunction, this LEGO set makes a great holiday gift for kids. It also includes a posable Baryonyx dinosaur figure and 4 minifigures with cool weapons and accessories to inspire imaginative play.

Amazon | Entertainment Earth

Triceratops Rampage (#75937)

Youngsters will love creating exciting dinosaur action adventures with this LEGO Jurassic World 75937 Triceratops Rampage building toy. The colorful LEGO dinosaur playset includes an Egg Spinner ride with 3 dinosaur-egg seats for minifigures and spinning function, plus a gate and waiting area for the ride. There is also a posable Jurassic World Triceratops dinosaur toy figure, collapsible fence and a minifigure buggy to play out a dinosaur escape and pursuit. This building toy for kids includes 4 minifigures to inspire creative role-play.

Amazon | Entertainment Earth

T. rex vs Dino-Mech Battle (#75938)

Action-packed dinosaur adventures are guaranteed as youngsters play out a LEGO Jurassic World 75938 T. rex vs Dino-Mech Battle and seek hidden treasure in the Isla Nublar volcano. The buildable T. rex toy dinosaur figure and bad guy Danny Nedermeyer’s Dino-Mech are both posable and have snapping jaws, while the buildable volcanic rock has an opening function to reveal a hidden treasure chest. This Jurassic World building toy also includes 4 minifigures, 4 baby velociraptor toy figures and a boat with 2 stud shooters and a tranquilizer gun to inspire kids to role-play Jurassic World scenes and create their own stories.

Amazon | Entertainment Earth


New 2019 Lego Jurassic World Sets Now Available in Stores and Online!

Announced at Toy Fair earlier this year, the brand new LEGO Jurassic World sets are hitting store shelves and websites in the US now! These sets are based upon the upcoming TV mini-series “Legend of Isla Nublar”, and explore Jurassic World while it was open and operational.

They’ve been spotted in stores at Walmart, and are currently available online at Amazon and Entertainment Earth – read on for the set descriptions and links to their pages to purchase online!

Dilophosaurus on The Loose (#75934)

Thrilling adventures await children when they construct Owen Grady’s drone and fly to save Hudson Harper from an escaped dinosaur in LEGO Jurassic World 75934 Dilophosaurus on the Loose. The LEGO toy drone features 4 spinning rotors and a net shooter function to aim at the Dilophosaurus figure. This collectible building toy for kids also includes 3 minifigures, plus a market stall in the shape of a dinosaur’s head with lots of accessory elements to inspire creative play.

Amazon | Entertainment Earth

Baryonyx Face-Off: The Treasure Hunt (#75935)

Drama awaits children as they help Owen Grady and Claire Dearing pursue bad guys through the jungle in LEGO Jurassic World 75935 Baryonyx Face-Off: The Treasure Hunt. Featuring an offroader with space for 2 minifigures and an attachment point for a trailer which has a buildable rooftop antenna and a detailed interior, plus a buildable jungle scene that has a hidden treasure chest with a revealfunction, this LEGO set makes a great holiday gift for kids. It also includes a posable Baryonyx dinosaur figure and 4 minifigures with cool weapons and accessories to inspire imaginative play.

Amazon | Entertainment Earth

Triceratops Rampage (#75937)

Youngsters will love creating exciting dinosaur action adventures with this LEGO Jurassic World 75937 Triceratops Rampage building toy. The colorful LEGO dinosaur playset includes an Egg Spinner ride with 3 dinosaur-egg seats for minifigures and spinning function, plus a gate and waiting area for the ride. There is also a posable Jurassic World Triceratops dinosaur toy figure, collapsible fence and a minifigure buggy to play out a dinosaur escape and pursuit. This building toy for kids includes 4 minifigures to inspire creative role-play.

Amazon | Entertainment Earth

T. rex vs Dino-Mech Battle (#75938)

Action-packed dinosaur adventures are guaranteed as youngsters play out a LEGO Jurassic World 75938 T. rex vs Dino-Mech Battle and seek hidden treasure in the Isla Nublar volcano. The buildable T. rex toy dinosaur figure and bad guy Danny Nedermeyer’s Dino-Mech are both posable and have snapping jaws, while the buildable volcanic rock has an opening function to reveal a hidden treasure chest. This Jurassic World building toy also includes 4 minifigures, 4 baby velociraptor toy figures and a boat with 2 stud shooters and a tranquilizer gun to inspire kids to role-play Jurassic World scenes and create their own stories.

Amazon | Entertainment Earth