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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! ;)

NEW PICTURES, AND MORE!

Hey folks! It's been a while, but in the JP/JW toy collecting world, a lot happened! Since last update, TV spots and trailer for Jurassic World were released, toys and exclusives were discovered, and yup, the first JW figures are starting to see the shelves all over the world! So, indeed, there's a lot of controversy about the quality (or lack of, in some cases) of this new line, but hey, after years of drought, it's great to see new life being injected in our little collecting world! And meanwhile, here at JPToys, we're currently working under wraps in order to add news JW sections, as well as a few other surprises. So, sorry for the lack of updates, but it's for the best, as they say!

For today's news, though, we have a few interesting pictures to show you! First, Hasbro revealed the first repaints of the JW line, and... let's say that the colors are surprising (imagine if they had shown that on April 1st?). The new Stegoceratops is okay, but that Rex looks like Mountain Dew bottles were the only beverage available in its paddock. Thankfully, the packaged versions of the Ceratosaurus and the new Dilo make up for that. Enjoy!

Basher Stegoceratops repaint

Basher T-Rex repaint

Growler Dilophosaurus

Growler Ceratosaurus

So, stay tuned for our future updates! You won't be disappointed!