The lost art of card backs

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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. In the early nineties things were changing  to make it less obvious, because of complaints by parents and child advocacy groups. But that didn’t stop the major toy companies from influencing children to buy more of their licensed toys. Miniature toy catalogs were often included in larger play…

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The Lost World lunchbox (1997)

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park lunchbox

Check out this cute little lunchbox. It was a free giveaway when you purchased biscuits from the Belgian company LU in 1997.  The bright green plastic box features an image of the young T-Rex and the very time-period The Lost World styling and typography. I remember seeing this lunch box all over the place during lunch at school. But unfortunately, many had the print faded or nearly gone as it turned out it was not dishwasher save. I never used mine for food, and kept it nice and tidy in my collection room… Hope you liked his post! Did you…

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Jurassic World ceramic mug and LED light by Joy Toy

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Joy Toy Jurassic World LED light

Check out these two awesome items by Joy Toy, a European company that produces all kinds of licensed products.  The LED nightlight features the stressed T-Rex skeleton from the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom logo. When plugged in, the colors will cross fade through the plexiglass, providing a really nice effect. The LED light comes with a USB cable, and can be plugged right into most chargers like your iPhone’s or any other brand you use.  The ceramic mug also comes with a neat effect. When a hot liquid like coffee or tea is poured in, lava appears behind the Jurassic…

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Mattel Jurassic World Extreme Chompin’ Spinosaurus

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Mattel Jurassic World Extreme Chompin Spinosaurus

Mattel’s Jurassic World: Legacy Collection line features all kinds of action figures, dinosaurs and vehicles from the first three Jurassic Park films.  The Extreme Chompin’ Spinosaurus is the latest toy in this line, and probably even the best so far.  This is a pretty large dinosaur, and very much in scale with Mattel’s Legacy Tyrannosaurus Rex. Mattel loves to add articulation to its Jurassic World dinosaurs and Spinosaurus is no exception. The head can be placed in several positions. The mouth has a chomping effect that can be triggered by pushing the button behind its head. While we now know…

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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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