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Breaking news: Mattel will (probably) deliver!

Hey folks! Long time without any update (the joys of having a kid ;) ), huh? But it was worth the wait, this one is potentially huge!

As we told you last time, Mattel inherited the Jurassic Park/world license from Hasbro, and revealed they were planning big things for the brand. Indeed, Jurassic Outpost managed to dig up what we can be expecting from Mattel, and if they're correct (and they're usually more than reliable), we're going to have the best Jurassic toy line since, at the very least, 1997 (The Lost World line)! Here's the full scoop:

Recently, Mattel held a showcase for vendors, licencors, and more where they showed off their in-development and upcoming lines. As you can imagine, Jurassic World was there – and from what we have heard, it was easily the biggest highlight of any Mattel offering. We’re going to avoid going into too deep into specifics, as certain items will spoil future surprises, including things about the new film.

However, this is the lay of the land for the upcoming Jurassic World toys from Mattel:

3 3/4″ HUMAN ACTION FIGURES ($10)

Yes, human action figures are back – they will be roughly 3 3/4″ tall, and in scale with past Hasbro offerings. They will follow the Kenner styling of including a small or hatchling dinosaur, and some gear/weapons. However, from our understanding the gear skews more towards collectors than play factor (as in Dr. Ian Malcolm includes a film accurate flare – not a net launcher) – and the toys have articulation that will surely please.

BASIC DINOSAUR FIGURES ($10)

The bread and butter of the line – the dinosaurs are back! Roughly 6″ long, these are comparable to the basic non-electronic dinosaurs of the Kenner toy lines (or the Bash & Bites from Jurassic World). Much like classic Kenner, these dinosaurs are not dressed with permanent mortal wounds, and have simple articulation tied to a basic action feature. One of my favorite bits of news: size of the dinosaurs are considered when choosing what type of toy to make. There will be no miniature adult Tyrannosaurs – it will focus on smaller species like Velociraptor, and Gallimimus.

ROARIVORES (ELECTRONIC DINOSAUR FIGURES) ($15)

Slightly larger than the basic dinosaur figures, these toys focus on electronic roars tied to a biting mechanism. They again do not have open wounds, and while they are not posed as neutrally as classic Kenner toys, they are less awkard than the Jurassic Park 3 offerings. Again, the size of the dinosaurs were considered when developing these toys – so at this time, there are no electronic Velociraptors, but rather species of a larger size will be focused on.

SUPER STRIKE DINOS (DELUXE DINOSAUR FIGURES) ($20)

Slightly larger than the electronic figures, these hearken back to the classic non electronic Kenner dinosaurs of the medium size. An example that was described to use was a Stegosaurus with a tail swinging action that was very Kenner in looks. However, it was apparently closer in size to the JP 2013 Dino Showdows Pachyrhinosaurs.

LARGE DINOSAUR FIGURES (PRICES VARY)

Yes, they have a Tyrannosaurus Rex (two in fact!) and we have heard both steal the show. We’re going to avoid describing them anymore, as they’re worth waiting for the official reveal to be surprised! But it’s worth noting that there are more than Tyrannosaurs in the large scale, and some figures use a “Real feel” latex/rubber, have action features, and electronic roars.

VEHICLES (PRICES VARY)

Not much to say other than they’re film accurate, look awesome, and are scaled to the human figures. Everything in this line is sized correctly, much like the classic Kenner toys. The classic Jurassic Park Jeep has a few details super fans are sure to LOVE!

MATCHBOX (PRICES VARY)

Gone are the fictional vehicles – they’re being replaced with small film accurate vehicles from all five films! Some include small dinosaurs, and the entire lineup was described as similar to the Micro Machines (but bigger) sold alongside The Lost World. This includes some very cool playsets based upon movie moments!

GAMES (PRICES VARY)

There will be games – including something tied to pivotal plot elements of Jurassic World 2!

VARIOUS ‘SMART’/ELECTRONIC TOYS (PRICES VARY)

Drones, remote control vehicles, and more! While a lot of these won’t be cheap, they do offer great modern play functionality.

Some key notes: Mattel’s first Jurassic World lineup will be called something similar to ‘Jurassic World: The Classic Collection’. This lineup is scheduled to hit stores late this year or early next year, and is mainly based upon the first Jurassic Park. While they boast film accuracy for all their items, it does seem to also borrow from Kenner by featuring dinosaurs never seen in the films.

Sometime early spring (mid April) in 2018 the Jurassic World 2 toys will begin to arrive in stores. Much like the classic Jurassic line, it boasts film accuracy and a multitude of figures and offerings. From there, the line should continue to populate shelves with new waves featuring figures from the latest sequel, or past films. There are apparently quite a few more classes/skus of toys from Mattel than those listed above, so there are plenty of surprises in store!

It’s worth noting that some of the basic dinosaur figures were described as slightly exaggerated looking, with proportions and poses that were more cartoony than realistic. Our hope is that between now and release, those items will be refined and perfected to better match their film counterparts (and proper realistic anatomical poses). Otherwise, we’re thrilled by what the line is slated to offer, and cannot wait to see photo’s from it – there are quite a few more surprises Mattel has up their sleeves, so stay tuned!

So there you have it! While of course we'll have to wait and see if this almost "too-good-to-be-true" new line is indeed as amazing as it is on paper, but one thing if for sure, Mattel fully understand what we, fans, have always wanted, something we have waited for so long from Hasbro, all in vain... The only downside is the last part about "slightly exaggerated looking" figures, but we'll remain hopeful until the first pictures start leaking. But in any case, as the saying goes, "good things come to those who wait". And it appears that the wait for a true Jurassic Park toy line is coming to an end, finally. Stay tuned, the next months will definitely be most exciting... ;) A huge thanks to Jurassic Outpost for the scoop!

Hasbro eats dirt, Mattel inherits the brand!

This is it, the end of an era. For the first time since the release of the first Jurassic Park, future JP toys won't be produced by Hasbro (who absorbed Kenner in 2000) anymore, but by Mattel...

Back on Monday 18th, everyone was taken aback by an announcement by Brian Goldner, CEO of Hasbro, as reported by CNBC, as you can read here:

“We have had a many year relationship with Universal; we will no longer handle ‘Jurassic Park’ because they are unable to arrive at a mutually beneficial financial arrangement on that brand.”

Even though rumors of a Raptor Squad and a classic JP line planned for 2017 were starting to hit the web, and even reports of Hasbro already starting to work on the Jurassic World 2 line, things would not go as expected. The main reason for this license loss was apparently much lower sales on the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2015 (then again, when you see the very few new figures released and the overall quality of what was on the shelves back then, it could be expected). Still, while this came off as a surprise, many fans actually rejoiced when this was announced, which can easily be understandable when you look at the lackluster treatment of the JP brand by Hasbro for many years (some would say since 2001...).

And the very next day, an official announcement was made by Chris Sinclair, Mattel's Chairman and CEO:

We are honored that NBCUniversal chose Mattel to help bring the Jurassic World brand to life, and we look forward to developing multiple new lines of innovative, engaging toys and products. Spanning three decades of sustained worldwide popularity, few entertainment properties have so successfully captured the collective imagination of millions of fans around the world, and we are delighted to be a part of this truly evergreen franchise.

Vince Klaseus, President of NBC-Universal Brand Development, also spoke about the matter:

We are looking forward to collaborating with Mattel and broadening Jurassic World products worldwide. The appetite for the franchise globally is stronger than ever with consumers wanting more. Mattel's global support, creativity and category approach to expand our franchise makes them the best choice to partner with for this brand, bringing innovation, technology and a host of new ways to play. Jurassic World is more than awe-inspiring blockbuster films, it's a brand that has been reaching consumers for more than twenty years on everything from video games, toys and apparel, to theme park attractions and live events. Our focus for the franchise is to continue to collaborate with best-in-class partners as we build and expand this iconic property into a mega-brand across our Universal platforms.

So there you have it: Mattel will inherit the JP license on July 2017, with their first products planned to hit shelves early 2018. Obviously, it's still too early to know what will happen with the current Dino Hybrid line (which currently only has three items released so far and is plagued with total lack of brand support and catastrophic distribution), and to the rumored Raptor Squad and Classic lines. Will Hasbro try to milk the license while they still own it? Time will tell... And as far as Mattel goes, while their previous offerings were hit or miss, their latest lines (Ghostbusters, DC Multiverse, ...) are mostly appreciated by toy collectors, and Mattel has an history of good relationship with fans and adult collectors (the Master of the Universe toy line comes to mind), so we think we can remain optimistic about what the future has in store for us, JP collectors. And we're sure that at least, they will realize that it's normal for a Velociraptor figure to have sickle claws...

Toy Fair 2016 Coverage!

Hey folks! As you may know, the 2016 New-York Toy Fair is currently being held, and yup, the Dino Hybrid (this line's official name) line was officially presented by Hasbro, via a press release and prototypes of most of this new series. There you go for the full report (credits goes to 16bit.com for the use of their pictures)!

Inspired by Jurassic World, one of the biggest global blockbusters of all time, and the mobile game from Ludia, comes the next evolution of one of the most successful and popular franchises in movie history: Dino Hybrid.

A terrifying and imaginative new development, Dino Hybrid further evolves the genetic enhancements of these ferocious and astonishing creatures. With high detail, photo-real colors, sharper claws, and, of course, more teeth, Dino Hybrid will unleash genetically modified breeds of new dinosaurs that will roam, swim and fly into the world of imagination.

New for 2016, Hasbro introduces a line of ferocious hybrid dinosaur figures that is sure to engage fans of all ages in prehistoric adventures! With the introduction of our predatory Pteramimus, cunning Carnoraptor, massive Stegoceratops and the astonishing Dilophosaurus Rex, play will never be the same.

Dino Hybrid will satisfy Jurassic lovers everywhere as they excitedly await summer 2018, when executive producer Steven Spielberg and stars Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard return for Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s JURASSIC WORLD SEQUEL.

JURASSIC WORLD HYBRID FX TYRANNOSAURUS REX
(Ages 4 years & up/ Approx. Retail Price: $24.99/ Available: Spring16)
This dinosaur is ready for battle! Standing at 16 inches, the JURASSIC WORLD FX HYBRID TYRANNOSAURUS REX appears to be a fierce fighter when kids press down on her back to activate pop-up spikes and chomping action. Press again for additional roaring SFX effects. Requires 2 AA batteries, demo batteries included.

JURASSIC WORLD HYBRID RAMPAGE INDOMINUS REX
(Ages 4 years & up/ Approx. Retail Price: $34.99/ Available: Fall 16)
The HYBRID RAMPAGE INDOMINUS REX dinosaur is an awesome prehistoric predator. This hybrid dinosaur has spike reveal. Crank the left arm to hear her roar! The carnivorous beast from the JURASSIC WORLD movie is brought to life as a ferocious 21-inch long dinosaur figure that features chomping action, a mighty roar, a vicious look, and spring activated battle armor on her back.

JURASSIC WORLD Basic Figure Assortment
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $9.99/Available: Spring 2016)
The JURASSIC WORLD dinosaurs can chomp their jaws or thrash their tails in a prehistoric fight for survival! Go head-to- head and claw-to-claw with the figures inspired by the ferocious main attractions of the JURASSIC WORLD film: Tyrannosaurus Rex, Spinosaurus and more. Eight new hybrid dinos are available in 2016. There are new breeds to this figure assortment like a Dilophosaurus Rex and Stegoceratops. Each sold separately.

JURASSIC WORLD Lights and Sounds Figure Assortment
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $14.99/Available: Spring 2016)
The dinosaurs from the JURASSIC WORLD movie take form as fierce figures that chomp, stomp, and roar! Each fearsome dino stands eight inches long and features illuminated battle scars and screeching sound effects. Four new hybrid dinos are available in 2016 featuring new breeds like a Pteramimus and Carnoraptor. Each sold separately. Requires 2 button cell batteries, demo batteries included.

JURASSIC WORLD VEHICLE BATTLE PACK Set
(Ages 4 years & up/Approx. Retail Price: $19.99/Available: Spring 2016)
Kids can join the JURASSIC WORLD hunt for dinos over land, air, and sea with this VEHICLE BATTLE PACK set. Let the hunting begin with clever as ever raptor BLUE and trainer Owen on his motorcycle! Raptor BLUE takes form as a fierce figure with a hidden hybrid feature. Shine Owen’s LED light-scope to reveal skin pattern on the ferocious dinosaur and let the hunt begin! Pack includes 4-inch human figure, Owen, dinosaur figure, motorcycle, and two accessories.

There you have it! For a quickly thrown together line, there's a lot to like! Even though it mainly consists of retools and repaints, you can see some ameliorations (paint jobs, for example) when compared to last year's Jurassic World series. And we finally got a human figure! That set would have been a killer when the movie was released, but we're sure it'll still fly off the shelves! So, enjoy, and stay tuned as we uncover more info and pictures! :)

Pictures of the first Dino Hybrid figure!

Hey folks! What's the best way to start 2016? By discovering what the new Jurassic World Hybrid (or Dino Hybrid, according to the packaging) line will look like, of course! Thanks to ChrisLikesDinos, we have our first look at the Hybrid FX T-Rex, a retool of last year's Chomping Rex, packing a few new tricks: along with the chomping attack, this figure now has roaring sounds, and, as you can see, huge spikes sprouting out of its back, not unlike Chaos Effect's Amargospinus, all for (reportedly) the same price than the original toy. Like it? Hate it? At least, Hasbro didn't stop at a mere repaint and went the extra mile to retool this figure. We'll see what the rest of the line will look like, especially with recently uncovered figures like the Pteraminus, which have been added to the list below. Enjoy! :)

Jurassic World Alpha Cycle and Hybrid Raptor Pack -$19.99 - UPC 63050946452

Jurassic World Hybrid Raptor 1 B8635 Growler -$14.99 - UPC 63050946453
Jurassic World Hybrid Pteraminus Growler - $14.99 - UPC 630509476404
Jurassic World Hybrid Dilophosaurus Growler - $14.99 - UPC 630509476411

Jurassic World Hybrid Armor Ankylosaurus B8629 Basher Biter UPC 63050945936
Jurassic World Hybrid Armor Indominus Rex B8628 Basher Biter UPC 63050945937
Jurassic World Hybrid SpinoRaptor B8633 Basher Biter UPC 63050946348
Jurassic World Hybrid Stegoceratops B8632 Basher Biter UPC 63050946349
Jurassic World Hybrid CarnoRaptor B8631 Basher Biter UPC 63050946350
Jurassic World Hybrid Dilophosaurus Rex B8630 Basher Biter UPC 63050946449
Jurassic World Hybrid Tyrannosaurus Basher Biter UPC 630509471614

Jurassic World Hybrid FX T-Rex B6524 $19.99

Listing of the Jurassic World Hybrid line revealed!

Hey folks! Remember our last news about the probable future of the JP line? Well, the cat is out of the bag, with the reveal of Jurassic World Hybrid's line listing! This was revealed by forum member and store superviser Miller23time, who found in his store's UCP list what we can expect for next year (which was later confirmed by our staff member Chrislikesdinos). It is unknown if this list is complete or if more items will be revealed, but until then, here we go! :)

Jurassic World Alpha Cycle and Hybrid Raptor Pack -$19.99 - UPC 63050946452 (Alpha Cycle? Would this mean a long overdue Owen figure?!)

Jurassic World Hybrid Raptor 1 B8635 Growler -$14.99 - UPC 63050946453

Jurassic World Hybrid Armor Ankylosaurus B8629 Basher Biter UPC 63050945936
Jurassic World Hybrid Armor Indominus Rex B8628 Basher Biter UPC 63050945937
Jurassic World Hybrid SpinoRaptor B8633 Basher Biter UPC 63050946348
Jurassic World Hybrid Stegoceratops B8632 Basher Biter UPC 63050946349
Jurassic World Hybrid CarnoRaptor B8631 Basher Biter UPC 63050946350
Jurassic World Hybrid Dilophosaurus Rex B8630 Basher Biter UPC 63050946449

Jurassic World Hybrid T Rex B6524 $24.99

So, yup, while it's possible we'll get some repaints, several hybrids in there will have to be new sculpts! So, are you excited about this new Chaos Effect 2, err, JW Hybrid line? Stay tuned for more, as we're sure more info and pictures will be unearthed soon! :)

New repaints section, and rumors about the future!

Hey folks! Today, we present you our new section, the dinosaur Repaints section! Ever wondered how many times some figures have been repainted? Want to compare the repaints to the original? Head over to our new section and see pictures of every repaint released so far. Always interesting to see how a different paintjob can change a figure. A huge "Thank you" goes to old-time forum member Stitch for taking the time to take all these pics for you to enjoy!

Also, as you may know, the last Jurassic World figures have recently been released, putting an end to this line. But what's next, you may ask? Well, nothing concrete yet, but several rumors are mentioning a 2016 line called "Jurassic World Hybrids" (no, nothing to do with the infamous JP Dinosaurs Hybrids line released many years ago). So far, nothing is known about this new line, but considering the big success of this years's line, it's no wonder Hasbro wants to continue to surf on the Jurassic World wave. We'll see if it's a good or a bad thing! ;)

So, enjoy this new section, and stay tuned for more info as soon as we uncover it!

JURASSIC WORLD SECTIONS UNLEASHED!

Hey folks! This is it, the Jurassic World movie has finally, after 14 years of development, been released worldwide! Have you already seen it? Once or several times? Here at JPToys, we sure hope you did enjoy yourself. And in order to celebrate Jurassic World's release, we've finally unleashed the new Jurassic World sections!

You'll be able to see everything Hasbro has to offer, all four lines of them! Want to see what's new in the Classic line? Try your hand at becoming Dr Wu and create the ultimate hybrid in the Hero Mashers section? Miss the JP Junior toy line and want to discover Playskool's new offerings? Or maybe just play with toys after playing with Ludia's Jurassic World: The Game? The Brawlasaurs section is there for you.

Enjoy these new sections, and stay tuned! There's still more Jurassic World (and Park) goodness to be revealed and included in JPToys' database! ;)