The eighties were a much different time, especially for the toy industry. The companies back then were much less subtle about cross selling their products. The He-Man, Transformers, G.I. Joe, My Little Pony and many other toy lines were all tied to a cartoon show with the purpose to push toy sales. Continue reading
Spanish clothing chain Zara has released a Jurassic Park t-shirt as part of a vintage line. Continue reading
This Jurassic Park cardboard standee was used in 1994 to promote the sales of the VHS. Continue reading
These two 1993 Jurassic Park backpacks are too cool for school. Continue reading
This really neat Jurassic Park puzzle is one of my most recent finds at a thrift store. And it was just 0,50 EUR! Continue reading
Check out these scans from the Kenner Action Toy Guide catalogue that came with the Jurassic Park series 2 Quetzalcoatlus! Continue reading
Check out this amazing box artwork for the Jurassic Park series 2 Dino Raiders Strike Cycle. Continue reading
This Jurassic Park mini standee uses my favorite Jurassic Park promotional image. I remember seeing the same visual on a much larger standee back in 1993. Continue reading
Back in 1992 Dakin released a set of four Jurassic Park stuffed dinosaurs. One of them was a beautiful Brachiosaurus. Continue reading
Hasbro doesn’t have a good track record when it comes to releasing toys based on female leads from various movie franchises (they seem to fix this though with the new wave of Star Wars toy line). Jurassic Park is no exception. Continue reading
Check out this scan of a contest form from a 1993 Ford Performance Magazine! Continue reading
You know those limited edition Blu-Ray box sets like they did for Jurassic Park and Jurassic World and many other movies? That idea isn’t quite that new actually. Back in 1994 Universal Pictures released a special edition Jurassic Park VHS set. Continue reading
These 2 Jurassic Park souvenir cups were part of a larger set that were used at a Belgian restaurant chain called Resto-GB (now called Lunch Garden). They feature some nice artwork, likely produced for these cups. Continue reading
I have these Jurassic Park greeting cards for a long time in my collection. I got them from a dollar store while on vacation. Continue reading
The Jungle Runner is a buggy-type vehicle part of the Jurassic Park series 2 Dino Trackers toy line released in 1994. It came in a small box with an awesome piece of art of Sgt. “T-Rex” Turner riding the Jungle Runner.
The Jurassic Park toy line proved very successful for Kenner, so they went ahead with a second line that featured more dinosaurs (many of which that were not attached to the movie), updated action figures to resemble the actors in the movie better and a whole new line of action figures called the Dino-Trackers (the good guys) and the Evil Raiders (the bad guys).
The Jurassic Park series 1 Robert Muldoon toy was released in 1993. It was designed based on early sketches for the character, long before the Bob Peck casting was done. This explains why the face and body sculpt is way off compared to the movie version. (This was kinda corrected in the series 2 toy line)
Back in 1993 Universal was selling Jurassic Park licences like hotcakes. One of those licensees was a Dutch potato chips producer called Smiths (now part of the Lays group).
They sold dinosaur-shaped Jurassic Park potato chips. I kinda remember I didn’t really like the taste and only bought them because they were Jurassic Park branded…
Anyway, I kept one of the empty wrappers:
If there was something that Kenner REALLY owned back in the 80’s and early 90’s, it must have been their amazing box artwork. I vividly remember staring at these boxes in the toy store and see those scenes come to live in my mind.
This Jurassic Park toy ad appeared in a brochure for a supermarket chain called GB (now part of the Carrefour group). It was released right before the holiday shopping in 1993.
Anyway, I still remember flipping through that brochure and just being stunned by that photo. For today’s standards it looks *meh*, but when I was a kid I just could see myself building the same backdrop, put some houseplants and throw some dirt on the floor to get the same set up (but I never did). I loved this particular page so much that I had ripped it out and carried it all around with me nicely folded up. As an early collector I asked my grandmother for her copy of the magazine so I could put a clean page in a binder to keep it safe. Glad I did so I can share it with the rest of the world…