Twenty-six years ago, The Lost World: Jurassic Park roared into theaters, captivating audiences with its thrilling blend of adventure, suspense, and prehistoric wonders. As we celebrate this iconic film’s anniversary, let’s take a nostalgic journey back to 1997 and explore the top five merchandising and toys that accompanied its release. From action figures to board games, these collectibles not only captured the imagination of fans but also became cherished mementos of the Jurassic Park franchise.
5. Kenner’s The Lost World: Jurassic Park Action Figures
Kenner’s line of action figures brought the film’s characters and dinosaurs to life in the hands of fans. These highly detailed figures featured articulation and included fan-favorite characters like Dr. Ian Malcolm, Sarah Harding, and Roland Tembo. These action figures became an essential part of many childhood playtimes.
4. Electronic Bull T-Rex
One of the most impressive and popular toys of 1997 was the Electronic Bull T-Rex. This roaring and stomping behemoth stood over a foot tall and featured realistic sounds and movements. An escape pod with a hidden figure could be “swallowed” by the Bull T-Rex and retrieved through its belly.
3. Mobile Command Center
Kenner’s The Lost World Mobile Command Center was a coveted playset that allowed fans to embark on thrilling prehistoric adventures inspired by the movie. With its rugged design, realistic decals, and interactive features like sound and light effects, the Mobile Command Center provided an immersive experience. The inclusion of an exclusive Kelly Malcolm action figure made it a standout toy that remains a cherished collectible among Jurassic Park enthusiasts and a symbol of nostalgic playtime adventures.
2. The Lost World: Jurassic Park board game
For those seeking an immersive experience beyond the silver screen, The Lost World: Jurassic Park board game delivered hours of excitement. This strategy game invited players to navigate the treacherous Isla Sorna, avoid dinosaurs, and collect precious dinosaur eggs. With its beautifully illustrated game board and detailed player tokens, the board game allowed fans to step into the world of the film and embark on their own perilous adventures. It provided a fun-filled activity for families and friends to enjoy together.
1. The Lost World: Jurassic Park video games
Trespasser, The Lost World for PlayStation, and Chaos Island were three distinct video games that added to the immersive experience of the Jurassic Park franchise. Released in 1998, Trespasser revolutionized gameplay with its first-person perspective and physics-based mechanics, challenging players to survive on Isla Sorna. While its ambitious approach received mixed reviews, it remains notable for its attempt to create a realistic Jurassic Park adventure. The Lost World for PlayStation offered a different gaming experience, allowing players to navigate various levels as their favorite characters from the film, engaging in combat with dinosaurs and solving puzzles. Meanwhile, Chaos Island, a real-time strategy game from 1997, provided an opportunity for players to strategize, build bases, and defend against dinosaur attacks, adding a new layer of excitement and depth to the Jurassic Park universe. Together, these three games showcased the diverse ways in which players could engage with the world of Jurassic Park, offering unique gameplay experiences for fans of the franchise.
The Lost World: Jurassic Park captivated audiences in 1997 and continues to hold a special place in the hearts of fans worldwide. The film’s anniversary serves as a reminder of the incredible merchandise and toys that accompanied its release.