Jurassic World Dilophosaurus

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Jurassic World Dilophosaurus

Dilophosaurus is one of my favorite Jurassic Park characters. I see her as the Boba Fett of the Jurassic Park Cinematic Universe. Unfortunately she only appeared in the first movie and had a small cameo in Jurassic World. But that didn’t stop Hasbro from producing different toys based on Dilophosaurus since 1993. Thanks to that small cameo, Hasbro went ahead with a whole new sculpt for their Growlers line. The paint job is definitely way too pale for my taste. It doesn’t represent the original colors as seen in the first movie. The Jurassic Park III toy version of Dilophosaurus…

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Jurassic Park potato chips

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Jurassic Park potato chips

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:

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Jurassic Park: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood

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Universal Studios Hollywood

Quite a few years back in 2008 I visited the Universal Studios park in Hollywood. I had been to the Orlando resort before and quite a few times after (last time was last year). But there’s something special about the Hollywood park: first it’s an actual movie studio with a great tram tour riding past props and actual movie sets and second it features the first ever Jurassic Park attraction. Like most themed areas in the park, the Jurassic Park area is quite small (especially compared to Orlando) and features just the attraction and a few themed shops and restaurant.…

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park – Parasaurolophus

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The Lost World: Jurassic Park - Parasaurolophus

The Parasaurolophus is an electronic dinosaur from the The Lost World: Jurassic Park toy line. Sadly, in my opinion, the dinosaur has just one flaw. One of its legs sticks weirdly out to the back (not shown on the pictures) to make it look like its running. However this makes it very difficult to make it stand on its own. By pushing the button on the back, the dinosaur will make its iconic trumpet sound and it kicks the weird standing leg forward. By playing a little bit with this, you can make the Parasaurolophus stand on its own. Despite…

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Box artwork: Bush Devil Tracker

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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. Copyright Kenner / Hasbro The Bush Devil Tracker jeep features one of those really neat designs. It shows the Electronic Velociraptor from series 1 being chased by the Jeep Wrangler from the movie (although the brand is not mentioned on the box or toy) with Alan Grant behind the driving wheel, Tim Murphy handling the Dinosaur Snare and Robert Muldoon…

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Chaos Effect: Compstegnathus

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Chaos Effect - Compstegnathus

Compstegnathus is part of the Chaos Effect line which was released in 1998 after the succes of The Lost World: Jurassic Park. It featured hybrid dinosaurs that were created by mixing the DNA of different species (Jurassic World anyone?). The design of most new sculpts look very sleek, smooth and very colourful. It’s rumoured there was supposed to be a Chaos Effect animated television series, which might explain the cartoon-like look of this toy line. Some of the dinosaurs in this toy line are repaints, but Compstegnathus is one of those new sculpts. According to the package, it’s a hybrid of Compsognathus, Stegosaurus and…

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Dino Showdown Pachyrhinosaurus Clash

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Pachyrhinosaurus (2013)

Look what recently came in the mail! Finally got my first set from the 2013 “Dino Showdown” line. First thing I noticed was how big it actually is, I expected it would be much smaller. It’s definately bigger than the Biters & Bashers dinosaurs from the Jurassic World line and also looks better. The paint job and details pull off what  the JW line is lacking. The action figure called “Gunner Gordan” is not part of the Jurassic Park cinematic universe but looks really good with lots of painted details. Appearently Hasbro used the sculpt of an unreleased G.I. Joe…

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Vintage Jurassic Park toy ad from 1993

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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…

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Jurassic Park Dinosaurs: Pteranodon

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Jurassic Park: Dinosaurs - Pteranodon

This Pteranodon is part of the Jurassic Park: Dinosaurs toy line from 1999. In fact it’s one of the few I own from that line and it’s not even in its package (I’m a vivid “mint in box” collector). It came with a big lot I purchased years ago. So obviously the big Pteranodon is a repaint of the Jurassic Park series I version. It sports a weird dark brownish with green and creepy bright white eyes. The inside of the left wing features the JP logo (if it’s not Jurassic Park, it’s extinct). The Pteranodon functions are identical to its 1993…

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LEGO Jurassic Park III sets

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LEGO Jurassic Park III brochure scan

LEGO’s all into using IP’s these days for its toy releases. Can you imagine walking into a toy store and not seeing a LEGO set based on Disney, Marvel, DC or Star Wars? And now there are even (very popular) Jurassic World sets. But back in 2001, this wasn’t that obvious. LEGO had just acquired the rights to release sets based on Star Wars, but that was about it. But then the LEGO Movie Maker got released, endorsed by Steven Spielberg. The set came with an actual webcam-type camera that kids could hook up to their computer and make stop motion videos with…

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