Jurassic World: The Boardgame

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Jurassic World: The Boardgame

Jurassic-themed board games are hot. Ravensburger released  one in the United States a few months ago. Mondo Games is releasing one later this year. But these are all Jurassic Park themed. Up until now there was no Jurassic World board game that catered to both kids and adults. But thanks to Just Games, the first ever Jurassic World board game exists.  Just Games is a Dutch company that produces  family games, children’s games, expert games, memory games and puzzles, often based on popular local television shows and other licenses. Their awesome looking Jurassic World: The Boardgame is the first ever…

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Jurassic World Action Attack Suchomimus

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Mattel Jurassic World Suchomimus

Mattel isn’t shying away from bringing some off-screen dinosaurs back to life.  Suchomimus was not featured in any of the films or the books, but was briefly mentioned in Jurassic Park III by Billy Brennan when he was trying to identify the Spinosaurus. An image of Mattel’s version appeared online along with the photos of the other Action Attack dinosaurs, Stegosaurus and Carnotaurus. While many praised the sculpt based on that single photo, there was some concern about the color scheme which appeared to be too bright blue and yellow.  But when the first sets started to hit the shelves…

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Mattel Jurassic World action figures

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Jurassic World Mission Force Matchbox

When Hasbro didn’t release no movie inspired action figures in their 2015 Jurassic World line, fans were disappointed. They tried to set things right when they released their Owen “Alpha” and Velociraptor “Blue” set, but that figure lacked character. Mattel Jurassic World action figures When Mattel took over the Jurassic World toy kingdom, it quickly came clear they were pulling out all stops. Not only did they lift the quality of the dinosaur toys, they also brought back movie inspired action figures. The first wave consists out of three figures. Owen and Baby Blue, Dinosaur Trainer Owen and Mercenary &…

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Mattel Jurassic World Story Packs

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Jurassic World Story Packs

Mattel released two story packs: Gyrosphere & Claire and Velociraptor “Blue” & Owen.  Each set is packed in an open package, like most of Hasbro’s 2015 line. Claire’s Gyrosphere comes in two pieces.  The back piece is located behind the cardboard where the action figure is stuck to.  The Gyro can hold two Jurassic World action figures. Blue can “jump” by pushing his body down and releasing. Both the Claire and Owen action figures are posable.

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Mattel Jurassic World mini dino blind bags

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Mattel Jurassic World blind bags

Mattel follows Hasbro’s example by releasing dinosaur blind bags.  These bags contain a random plastic dinosaur from the Jurassic Park universe.  Unlike Hasbro’s, Mattel’s dinosaurs have articulated parts. The Parasaurolophus, which I got in one of my blind bags, can move its head up and down. The Pteranodon has wings that are possible in different directions. A word of critique is in place for some of these dinosaurs (and some of Mattel’s larger toys). The two-legged dinosaurs have oversized feet so they can stand easily without falling over. But this makes their appearences very cartoony, almost “Land Before Time Ducky”…

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Jurassic Park Triceratops (2009)

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Jurassic Park Triceratops (2009)

Hasbro re-realesed its Jurassic Park III dinosaurs once again with a new colour scheme.  Of all the repainted Jurassic Park dinosaurs lines, this is probably my favourite, with the Triceratops being in my top 3 of repainted dinosaurs. The colours on this Triceratops are bright, with green and grey tones on its body. It’s head crest has an almost metallic blue colour with red/orange markings. The sound effects are identical to the ones from the original Jurassic Park III version.

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Chaos Effect: Ian Malcolm

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Jurassic Park: Chaos Effect Ian Malcolm

Only four human figures (or five if you include Omega T-Rex’s escape pod) were released in the Chaos Effect toy line. Ian Malcolm was one of them.  This figure, just like the others, was based on a whole new sculpt. The soft, rounded edges and striking colours immediately give away it was based on an animated design. Malcolm came with a pretty cool weapon that did not need a spring to function. By pushing the green handle, the tweezers would open and close. The hatchling was that of the Omega T-Rex. It’s painted in a striking orange colour, just like…

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Jurassic Park backpacks

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Jurassic Park backpacks

These two 1993 Jurassic Park backpacks are too cool for school.  I remember very well when I bought these in 1994 or 1995 at the Belgian seaside in a small store by the beach. They sold all kinds of old stock items and quite a lot of Jurassic Park stuff. This is were I got my big greeting cards set as well. All the stuff  was quite cheap. These backpacks were less then €5.00 each…

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Bootleg The Lost World figures

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Usually I don’t buy bootleg Jurassic Park toys, but when I found this set on eBay offered by a seller in Spain, I couldn’t help but buying it.  The layout is an identical copy of the Nick Van Owen card back. A sticker mentions the toy was imported from China by a Portugees importer in Lisbon. The plastic packaging feels very cheap and flimsy, something you expect from cheap imported toys. The set comes with 4 human figures and 2 dinosaurs. The figures are (bad) miniature versions of the official Eddie Carr, Ian Malcolm, Dieter Stark and Nick Van Owen…

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