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
Jurassic Park was released 25 years ago on June 11th 1993. Continue reading
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. Continue reading
This Velociraptor is a re-release of the original Velociraptor that came out as part of the Jurassic Park toy line back in the early ’90s. 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
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
Kenner released a few Velociraptors as part of the “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” line but the Cyclops Raptor is probably the most remarkable one.
Check out my Jurassic Park and Jurassic World rooms. I’ve been collecting since I was 11 years in 1993 and haven’t stopped since. Over the years I’ve been buying collectibles all around the world. 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 series 2 Carnosaurus is one of the most popular Jurassic Park toys ever. They are very hard to find and when they do pop up on eBay, you’ll have to check your Paypal balance before hitting that “buy-it-now” button…
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)
The Parasaurolophus is an electronic dinosaur from the The Lost World: Jurassic Park toy line.
The sculpt of the Parasaurolophus is probably the best sculpt of the entire 1997 toy line. It looks almost exactly the same as it looks like in the movie.
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.
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.
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…
After posting my blog post about the Jurassic Park Command Compound, someone asked on Facebook for a close-up of the hatching egg that’s part of the incubator. I mistakingly said it was a Raptor, but obviously it’s a Triceratops (or some other kind of Ceratops).
The Dino Tracker Adventure Set was released in 1997 as a Walmart exclusive in the United States. It’s part of the The Lost World – Jurassic Park line and it features the relatively unknown creatures Estemmenosuchus (yes, that is a spelling error on the package) and Scutosaurus.
The Command Compound was THE toy I wanted as a kid. I wanted it so bad, I dreamed about and kept staring at the HUGE box when I was at the local toy store. I begged for months to get it from my parents but to no prevail. When Christmas came around the corner, there was a large big box under the Christas Tree and I was convinced my parents finally got me my beloved Command Center. However when I unwrapped it, disappointed struck. No Command Center but a Jurassic Park desk chair. A desk chair… I had to fight to show my disappointment to my parents who were really proud they found me a new desk chair themed to the francise I love the most. But yean, a desk chair…