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Elfman is an incredible composer. I put him near the top, but you've got to give king to Williams, hands down. His themes are so recognizable that the movies themselves would be shells without this excellent understand of character, mood and tone. People always forget he did Superman! I'm a huge fan of Michael Kamen's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves score, I think it's one of the most uplifting pieces of music ever created. I get so pumped up listening to the intro of that movie. It's been used in the Olympics and such for good reason, but I think he's largely forgotten. He also helped to write the excellent Bryan Adams song that accompanied the movie and even incorporated that theme into his own compositions in the movie. Great cross-pollination there. I also think Alan Silvestri's Back To The Future score is in my top 3. It's absolutely incredible that music can take you on the same kind of ride as the DeLorean! He has an impeccable feel for that movie and the magic behind it. I honestly think he brings out the "magical" feel of discovery in that film. To top these stalwarts off, I have to give nods to James Horner (passed away too soon) and Jerry Goldsmith. Between those two guys there are years of memorable themes. Hans Zimmer is great, he is very much a minimalist, but I also feel he's got WAY too much ego, so I tend to give him less credit. His Batman scores are moody and capture the tones of the films, but Elfman's absolutely crushes it with the adventure and action feel. Elfman even argued that THE "Batman" theme is his. It should have never changed, just like 007. You'll always get the same spy track with any James Bond film and it's so iconic. I hate Joel Schumacher for literally abandoning everything Tim Burton and Danny built. Love the Lost Boys and a few of his others, but my goodness he trashed Batman.
 
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Apropos of nothing, I think Joel Schumacher gets too much flak for Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. The fact none of his other movies even remotely resemble their flavor of, um, eccentricity (for God's sake, the movie he made after Batman & Robin was 8mm, a dark and gritty thriller written by Seven's Andrew Kevin Walker). tells me the look and tone of the films was Warner Bros.' mandate and Schumacher just did what he was told. What I call the "font fallacy" (the idea that everything in a film springs from a single creative vision) causes people to pin everything on Schumacher because he was the director, forgetting the involvement of people like producers... producers like Tim Burton, the guy whose vision Schumacher supposedly destroyed; he was the producer on Batman Forever.

Ergo, as producer, Burton had some say - a lot, probably - on how the film went. And yet he gets let off the hook, even these days after many of Burton's more terrible films are nothing but less colorful renditions of the same kind of campiness we saw in Batman Forever. Plus, in hindsight, I don't think Batman Returns was really that great and that a lot of the problems with Batman Forever and Batman & Robin started there, with it, IMO.
 
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Off topic, but a great conversation regarding my other movie love...movie music. I’m older than most of you, and before you could buy the CD’s or LP’s...many scores weren’t even available. Like The Poseidon Adventure. Way back in the day, I used to tape main title theme music off the TV speaker with a reel to reel tape recorder. Among my favorite film scores...The Blue Max(Goldsmith), Glory(Horner), and the whole Mission episode of Amazing Stories (John Williams).
I remember kids listening to Blink 182 or Green Day and there I am in the corner jamming movie soundtracks. Hah! On man, those are some epic scores. Elfman may be my favorite mainstream film composer. Decent into Darkness from the Batman (1989) score is my favorite track from that album and honestly, one of my favorites he's ever done. It's amazing to me that we've had so many iterations of Batman since then and yet, when you think of the Batman theme, it's THAT theme! I always loved the beautifully haunting qualities of his scores, but I also really like when he does suburbia themes. His work on Pee Wee's Big Adventure, Beetlejuice, Edward Scissorhands, Batman Returns, and so many others. So over the top quirky and it really fit with how Burton (usually his main collaborator) depicts "Leave It To Beaver" style normal Americana so juxtaposition with his macabre goth outsiders. I'm also a huge fan of Howard Shore and his Rings score in particular. The sheer emotion he evoked in the music I really think enhanced the film to otherworldly levels. The Departure of Boromir is a great example. I wept! Another I love for bigger names is, of course, Hans Zimmer. While I do love his Batman scores as well, it's not Elfman. But where Zimmer really shines is other places like Gladiator, Inception, Last Samurai is a terribly underrated score. Every once in a while, I'll even love a soundtrack to a movie I utterly hate! Honestly, I feel embarrassed to say this but...I think the first Transformers score is incredible. You just have to disassociate it with that franchise. Williams of course is one of the Gods of the field. Jaws, ET, Close Encounters, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Jurassic Park, and Harry Potter are all so iconic, but I really enjoy some of his lesser talked about too. The Hymn from Saving Private Ryan is stunning. I always play the Home Alone score on Christmas. The Hook score still makes me miss childhood. Film scores are actually what I listen to THE most. I've became like a master at film score trivia. Hah! I could talk all day, I didn't even mention so many I love.
 
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Alan Silvestri’s Back to The Future theme was practically the anthem for awhile at Universal Studios Florida. When Wolf Trap in Vienna, VA performed the first BTTF score live to the film...Alan Silvestri & Lea Thompson were the special guests, and I got their autographs on the BTTF CD. I also met Michael Giacchino there on a Saturday at a talk he gave. Fantastic guy, and just as big a movie buff as us. He worships JW, too.
Elfman is an incredible composer. I put him near the top, but you've got to give king to Williams, hands down. His themes are so recognizable that the movies themselves would be shells without this excellent understand of character, mood and tone. People always forget he did Superman! I'm a huge fan of Michael Kamen's Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves score, I think it's one of the most uplifting pieces of music ever created. I get so pumped up listening to the intro of that movie. It's been used in the Olympics and such for good reason, but I think he's largely forgotten. He also helped to write the excellent Bryan Adams song that accompanied the movie and even incorporated that theme into his own compositions in the movie. Great cross-pollination there. I also think Alan Silvestri's Back To The Future score is in my top 3. It's absolutely incredible that music can take you on the same kind of ride as the DeLorean! He has an impeccable feel for that movie and the magic behind it. I honestly think he brings out the "magical" feel of discovery in that film. To top these stalwarts off, I have to give nods to James Horner (passed away too soon) and Jerry Goldsmith. Between those two guys there are years of memorable themes. Hans Zimmer is great, he is very much a minimalist, but I also feel he's got WAY too much ego, so I tend to give him less credit. His Batman scores are moody and capture the tones of the films, but Elfman's absolutely crushes it with the adventure and action feel. Elfman even argued that THE "Batman" theme is his. It should have never changed, just like 007. You'll always get the same spy track with any James Bond film and it's so iconic. I hate Joel Schumacher for literally abandoning everything Tim Burton and Danny built. Love the Lost Boys and a few of his others, but my goodness he trashed Batman.
 
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Apropos of nothing, I think Joel Schumacher gets too much flak for Batman Forever and Batman & Robin. The fact none of his other movies even remotely resemble their flavor of, um, eccentricity (for God's sake, the movie he made after Batman & Robin was 8mm, a dark and gritty thriller written by Seven's Andrew Kevin Walker). tells me the look and tone of the films was Warner Bros.' mandate and Schumacher just did what he was told. What I call the "font fallacy" (the idea that everything in a film springs from a single creative vision) causes people to pin everything on Schumacher because he was the director, forgetting the involvement of people like producers... producers like Tim Burton, the guy whose vision Schumacher supposedly destroyed; he was the producer on Batman Forever.

Ergo, as producer, Burton had some say - a lot, probably - on how the film went. And yet he gets let off the hook, even these days after many of Burton's more terrible films are nothing but less colorful renditions of the same kind of campiness we saw in Batman Forever. Plus, in hindsight, I don't think Batman Returns was really that great and that a lot of the problems with Batman Forever and Batman & Robin started there, with it, IMO.
Really fascinating thing about that. The biggest detriment to the 3rd and 4th Batman films extended far beyond Schumacher. Now I would say, in a manner of speaking here, Burton is part responsible...but NOT because he was producer. He actually barely had any say on Forever, if anything he's JUST credited as and did essentially nothing whatsoever, but the reason Forever ended up the way it did was largely due to HOW Burton made Batman Returns. With the success of Batman (1989), the studio heavily interfered in the production on the flick. Burton originally just wanted Catwoman as the antagonist. The studio wanted more "face" characters, particularly the Penguin, the ideology being the more included the more merchandise can be sold. As much as I hate to say it, outside of Star Wars, the original Batman franchise may be the most merchandise fueled film franchise out there. Apparently Burton made a sort of compromise. He'd include Penguin, but it had to be done his way, hence why he's so drastically different from his comic iteration.

I've always argued 89 was the right balance of Burton and Batman, but Returns was too much Burton and too little Batman. I like Returns, but I don't love it as a film. It has moments I find utterly brilliant, but then it has moments I find downright cringe awful. Due to the context of the film, it caused a huge controversy. Back in those days, a superhero movie was always assumed to be kid-friendly. The notion of a Rated R Joker, coming out in a few weeks, was a pipe-dream in those days. Comics are immature stuff for babies, right? It was this sort of ignorant casual perception that caused that huge controversy! What really murdered the Batman franchise was...believe it or not...McDonald's. To promote the second Burton installment, they had corresponding Happy Meal toys. I remember owning some myself. Once adults took their children to see the film however, they deemed it highly inappropriate. This caused country-wide outrage when the suburban soccer moms saw that grotesque attempted child murdering sewer mutant or the highly ****** femme fatale dominatrix (still my favorite film Catwoman) with their kids chicken nuggets. McDonald's pulled the plug and recalled the toys. Due to this, Warner Brothers was furious. This legitimately caused WB to basically ax Burton (but attempt to save face by giving him a producers credit) and hire Schumacher as well as go with a more "family-friendly" atmosphere more akin to the 66'' television show. It also helped popularize the industry term "toyetic," because clearly Forever and Batman and Robin's immediate concern was not with story but rather in commercialism.

As for Schumacher, he's not entirely responsible, but he's def. more to blame than Burton. He certainly didn't improve matters on the films. So really, the blame for the last two Batman films in the original series can be finger-pointed to a lot: Schumacher for his "yes man" attitude and love of the flamboyant, Warner Brothers for axing Burton and placing emphasis upon marketing before script, Burton for maybe going a bit too far with his Burton-ism on Returns, the public for having a pedestrian knowledge of what a superhero story can be or even basically demanding what it should be, and McDonald's who conceded to that social demand that ultimately influenced Warner Brothers to entirely rethink the franchise.

Off topic, but a great conversation regarding my other movie love...movie music. I’m older than most of you, and before you could buy the CD’s or LP’s...many scores weren’t even available. Like The Poseidon Adventure. Way back in the day, I used to tape main title theme music off the TV speaker with a reel to reel tape recorder. Among my favorite film scores...The Blue Max(Goldsmith), Glory(Horner), and the whole Mission episode of Amazing Stories (John Williams).
Great picks! My dad used to often listen to the scores from the Universal Monster films. I've always been a big fan on the Kong score as well as, of course, Ennio Morricone for the older stuff. I also love the scores of Bernard Herrmann maybe most especially. He did fantasy and horror so well. His work on Jason and the Argonauts or 7th Voyage of Sinbad is basically the equivalent to what Howard Shore did for LOTR now, he did back then. But where he really gets me? His Twilight Zone stuff! That stuff is downright incredible. There's a more contemporary (not new per se but more recent) film I adore called the Machinist that has a score I often listen to. It's VERY reminiscent of Herrmann's Twilight Zone tracks.

But to get back on topic, where do you guys stand on the scores for JP///, Jurassic World, and Fallen Kingdom? For me, I enjoy some of the JP/// and Jurassic World score, although I do think the JP/// main "Kirby family" theme is a bit overly family-friendly "feel good" in nature. I will say, the scores for the film have never been AS good as when Williams was doing them. That's for sure. But I enjoy some tracks.

Also the Sarcosuchus is growing on me. Totally! I think I will pick it up.

Now here's my question: Nowhere did I see a Nasutoceratops on InGen's list or on Masrani Global's map. It's not in any other movies either. So...is it just as simple as they just wanted to include a new dinosaur in the short and it was in the park just never seen (more that likely)...or...could there be more to it? Now that the animals are out there, we know OTHER genetics companies will also be engineering dinosaurs all across the globe. Some have been theorizing that Biosyn, the evil competitor to InGen from the Crichton books, could have made the Nasutoceratops and that they'll be included in the next film. Personally? I'd love that! Anything that can bring in more of the novel lore I'm all for.
 
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And yet again, Mattel manages to step on their own feet and **** off collectors more - plenty of JW releases. You can get the amazing Indominus RIGHT NOW, in fact, for a month+ since at this point yet when it comes to a legendary wanted item like the Brachi, they are restrictive? Why? Like seriously, what is Mattel's incentive to hold back this item? ZERO. It's a stupid business decision any way they slice it. There is nothing to release or a film dropping that they are anchoring the figure to, it's just deliberate conservatism towards Legacy Jurassic Park stuff. They did the same stupid thing with Malcolm instead of releasing him right with the other 3. It was asinine and you saw the results when he ended up 20 deep on shelves. People didn't care anymore at that point. Now it just makes it easier for scalpers to plan accordingly to sweep up all the stock at once and resell online. Thanks so much for caring, Mattel!
 
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2 more stores not so close but says limited stock probably 2 per store.I think Target is the problem.
 
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And yet again, Mattel manages to step on their own feet and **** off collectors more - plenty of JW releases. You can get the amazing Indominus RIGHT NOW, in fact, for a month+ since at this point yet when it comes to a legendary wanted item like the Brachi, they are restrictive? Why? Like seriously, what is Mattel's incentive to hold back this item? ZERO. It's a stupid business decision any way they slice it. There is nothing to release or a film dropping that they are anchoring the figure to, it's just deliberate conservatism towards Legacy Jurassic Park stuff. They did the same stupid thing with Malcolm instead of releasing him right with the other 3. It was asinine and you saw the results when he ended up 20 deep on shelves. People didn't care anymore at that point. Now it just makes it easier for scalpers to plan accordingly to sweep up all the stock at once and resell online. Thanks so much for caring, Mattel!
Honestly, the I'm a collector of many many things. Marvel, DC with heavy emphasis on Batman, Ghostbusters, Indiana Jones, Star Wars, Lego, Lord of the Rings, Video Game Merch/Nintendo, Aliens/Predator/Godzilla/Universal Monsters/General Horror, Game of Thrones, Harry Potter, and a limited amount of modernized 80's lines like Ninja Turtles, Masters, G.I. Joe, and Transformers. Even if it's just a random movie I like, if I like it enough, sometimes I'll buy toy merch from it like Jaws, Back to the Future, Gremlins, Tron, Conan, Robocop, Terminator, Rocketeer, Hellboy, etc. On and on it goes. I'm a man of many tastes and I love my toys.

And of course, I left one out to place emphasis. I LOVE Jurassic Park. It's actually my favorite movie of all-time. I collect Jurassic Park and occasionally even just dinosaur models/figures in general. And the ONE THING I've ALWAYS wanted is a to scale JP Brachiosaurus. I dreamed of one as a child during the Kenner line in '93. So I can say, with my very vast and wide interests in almost countless toylines, my NUMBER ONE toy want this year IS that Brachiosaurus. There clearly has been a demand for one SINCE 1993. The fact it's going to be so rare or short packed is...infuriating. I REALLY don't want another Legacy Spinosaurus situation on our hands. I missed out on that and am still bitter about it. I was made even more bitter by the Barney purple repaint garbage. Frankly, if I can't score a Brachio, I'll be livid. They REALLY need to make this more widely available. I think we ALL want one.

My biggest wish-list want right now is, IMO, if they can do a Brachiosaurus in scale and affordably, there's just no excuse not to give the Apatosaurus the same treatment. Pleeeeeeease! It's one of the most iconic dinosaurs of all-time (nevermind the Brontosaurus confusion...though I heard that Brontosaurus was RE-classified as existing and not an Apatosaurus again...not sure) and it's never been in a JP line. Ever!
 
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Small town Walmart FTW. Found another Savage Strike Plesiosaurus, and a set of the new Battle Damage dinos (Proceratosaurus, Monolophosaurus, and Herrerasaurus).

Now here's my question: Nowhere did I see a Nasutoceratops on InGen's list or on Masrani Global's map. It's not in any other movies either. So...is it just as simple as they just wanted to include a new dinosaur in the short and it was in the park just never seen (more that likely)...or...could there be more to it?
I think the Nasutoceratops was cloned under Masrani Global ownership of InGen.



The Legacy Brachi was on the Toys"R"us website before being removed which isn't uncommon for them to do until items are closer to being in stock. I'm hoping it isn't long before it starts showing up in retail locations up here.
 
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Just checking in once again... is there a release date for the Legacy/Amber Collection yet?

... I feel like ive been popping back in here to ask that for a few years now, starting to doubt it's gonna happen. The only thing worse than Hasbro is Mattel!
 
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Just checking in once again... is there a release date for the Legacy/Amber Collection yet?

... I feel like ive been popping back in here to ask that for a few years now, starting to doubt it's gonna happen. The only thing worse than Hasbro is Mattel!
Pre-orders for the Amber Collection are open at GameStop, but just for Malcolm and the JP Raptor at the moment. There were also images released of packaged samples- did you see those?

https://www.gamestop.com/toys-collectibles/collectibles/figures/products/jurassic-world-amber-line-velociraptor-figure/11051846.html

https://www.gamestop.com/toys-collectibles/collectibles/figures/products/jurassic-world-amber-line-dr.-ian-malcolm-figure/11051841.html


I'm on the fence, but leaning towards the "I'm going to go all in despite the fact I said I would just get a couple" route.
 
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Honestly, those Gamestop photos of the Raptor and Ian make them look FANTASTIC! I HOPE the final product looks that good. As for the Brachiosaurus, does anyone know the price point?
 
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Confirmed today: Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neil, and Laura Dern WILL return for (perhaps the REAL news) MAJOR roles (NOT cameos) in JW3. To be honest, I wouldn't even mind if Jilianne Moore would return too. Pete Postlethwaite sadly cannot.
 
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I hope they don't upend Ellie's marriage to get her back with Grant. That was one of the things I liked about Jurassic Park III. I bought it. It felt realistic. I'm for Ellie and Mark remaining married because it was obvious to me in that film that whatever she and Grant had was gone. She married and had two kids with a different man.

And if they do have Ellie and Mark divorce, then for God's sake, movie, don't do to him what 2012 did to Gordon (i.e., pointlessly kill him off). It'd be especially mean in Mark's case because unlike Gordon, he's the father of the kids Ellie has. Or, if you do kill Mark off, avoid the cliche of her ending up back with Grant; he comforts her but they remain just friends.
 
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I hope they don't upend Ellie's marriage to get her back with Grant. That was one of the things I liked about Jurassic Park III. I bought it. It felt realistic. I'm for Ellie and Mark remaining married because it was obvious to me in that film that whatever she and Grant had was gone. She married and had two kids with a different man.

And if they do have Ellie and Mark divorce, then for God's sake, movie, don't do to him what 2012 did to Gordon (i.e., pointlessly kill him off). It'd be especially mean in Mark's case because unlike Gordon, he's the father of the kids Ellie has. Or, if you do kill Mark off, avoid the cliche of her ending up back with Grant; he comforts her but they remain just friends.
I too was wondering about that. I always kind of imagined two things caused the split: 1. Grant is a workaholic. 2. That caused issues when it came to creating a family. I thought the implication was that, since it's established Grant hated children early on...that he grew due to the events of the film and was now potentially willing and open to having his own someday. However, I picture Grant being somewhat obsessive when it comes to his work. This hindered the relationship, causing the rift. It felt natural to me too. I was never offended, unlike some, by their revealed break-up in JP/// either. So I def. wouldn't want a forced romantic get-together. At most I'd just like perhaps some flirtation and they're simply a comforter and confidant to each other.

The one that's a bit more interesting for me, however, will be Alan and Ian's interactions. I wonder if it'll be that sort of comedic passive aggressive nature all over again. As for Ian, I wonder if his life will be slightly delved into. Will Sarah Harding be mentioned? Kelly? Knowing Malcolm, they're likely not together. Hah! "I'm always on the look out for a future ex Mrs. Malcolm." =P

I'll also be very curious on if they'll delve into what Grant and Ellie's position on the creation, decade long success, and inevitable failure of Jurassic World was. I always assumed they'd be very publicly and avidly against its creation. I actually was expecting to see Grant or Ellie or Malcolm (in a sort of bit we did get in FK) on, say, MSNBC or something creating a controversy about the grand opening of the park or the continuation of it in the opening scenes of the first JW. And then comes another big question. What will they think of Owen and Claire? They MAY not get along with those two, considering they supported JW.

Another potentially interesting prospect is, well, COULD we get the answer to the creation of the Spinosaurus here? That was always a bizarre moment in JP/// for me, how it establishes a sort of mystery to be uncovered as to where the heck it came from...but it's never answered. It's clearly stated it (and not mentioned directly but the Ankylosaurus, Corythosaurus, and Ceratosaurus as well) are not on InGen's list. The answer is completely abandoned. But imagine a scene where Grant is confronting Owen or probably more likely Claire or Wu and he mentions the Spinosaurus of JP///, to which they deliver that the Spinosaur was the earliest Masrani experiment, hence its existence, that lead to JW. That is the most assumed scenario, but it would be nice to have some on screen confirmation. Oh course that is sort of retroactive as the first JW movie wasn't made or even written at the time of JP///, but it is a good bridge to connect the old with the new, adds up, and builds an excuse for some of JP///'s rushed and poor script. It ALSO would explain why the Spinosaurus is one of the least scientifically accurate of the JP dinosaurs, though not deemed super inaccurate at the release of the film, but you could explain that was Masrani and Wu tampering with the DNA I.E: The Spino was a sort of proto-Indominus. I do think that would add up time scale wise too as, assuredly, to create a new park with new animals would take beta testing, experimentation, study, and construction for...I'd imagine MANY years, explaining the gap between JP/// and JW's debut to the world. Perhaps Masrani dropped their first experiment, Spinosaurus (as well as the other three) off on Isla Sorna for sort of Hindenburg Uncertain Principal research. Makes sense to me! Especially when having the knowledge that the the original theme park, Jurassic Park, failed. They'd want to know what they're getting into, statistically analyze, and correct (so they believed) the problems the original had. Sorna would be the perfect top secret test run sandbox for that research. It could EVEN explain that mysterious fence in JP///, something that Lost World clearly says aren't on the island: fences. Perhaps those were more newly build, unbeknownst to us. I'd love to see this explored in JW3.
 
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Lockwood had a secluded island somewhere ,think it will be part of next movie
Probably too early to call so far, but possibly. However, I do know they want to focus on more mainland stuff and also "real" dinosaurs (which technically are hybrids too...but you know what I mean), meaning no hybrids at all this time. I'd like to more so see, say, dinosaurs plaguing cattle ranches, invading shopping complexes, hunting in suburbia, roosting in skyscrapers, almost like a far more serious Jumanji (original)...in a way...but with dinosaurs.

This oddly leads me to a strange segway: I follow a great Jurassic Park toy photographer, customizer, and diorama maker...and he posted photos, recently, of Raptors mauling a Grizzly Bear and a Rex chasing a Rhinoceros. I did some research on said animal figures and apparently they're for a Walmart exclusive Jumanji (2019) toyline. What was shocking is HOW nice the animal figures are, but even more so? It's def. mimicking the Jurassic World line. In fact, I first though they had to BE made by Mattel. The packaging is extremely similar, even the graphics and style of the toys when compared to Mattel's dinosaurs. Has anyone else seen this line? And how do they scale with the dinosaurs? The Grizzly and Rhino look pretty in scale, but from my research, the big cats (Lion, Jaguar, Tiger) look way too large for 3'' figures and the JW dinosaurs. There's also a Hippo and an Elephant plus a boxed set with an Eagle, Cheetah, Warthog, and a repack of the Lion. REAL shame there's no Gorilla, I was hoping for one. I bring it up because, well, they look awesome (just hoping they're in scale) and might really add to a JP/JW diorama.

I also REALLY think it would be a huge mistake if they don't bring in Biosyn with this. Firstly, it can finally explain on screen who Dennis Nedry was working for. Establish they've been making espionage attempts to infiltrate both InGen and Masrani for decades. Secondly, it's pretty easy to predict there will be multiple genetics labs across the globe making dinosaurs now considering how Fallen Kingdom ended. Make the main one Biosyn! Lastly, it adds more of the book lore and delivers a clear cut villain as now there are no hybrids, meaning "antagonist" dinosaurs, but rather the intention (I have read) is to make them more animals or forces of nature again (like JP and TLW) and less B-Movie monsters like the Spinosaurus, Indominus, and Indoraptor. This will deliver a foe for the story.

I would ALSO assume the premise is ultimate establishing a government sanctioned organization tasked with rounding up and/or exterminating the animals. I imagine this will also spark a controversy among the populace as to whether or not it's ethical TO kill them. Think animal rights and eco extremists. This I would predict is how Ellie, Grant, and Malcom get involved, being brought in as specialists on said animals. It's been said that this final film is intended to be almost tributary to all the prior films, so there's a lot of fun throwbacks that can be included. I'm particularly interested in a scene when Alan Grant meets Blue and how exactly that will go down...because you SO know it'll happen.
 
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I saw the Jumanji stuff already out at the Walmart here. What gives? Is there a new movie coming out soon? If not, then these are a bit Johnny-Come-Lately...
 
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Confirmed today: Jeff Goldblum, Sam Neil, and Laura Dern WILL return for (perhaps the REAL news) MAJOR roles (NOT cameos) in JW3. To be honest, I wouldn't even mind if Jilianne Moore would return too. Pete Postlethwaite sadly cannot.
I saw that. The best word in there is MAJOR. I'm sick of franchises tossing in the older characters just to hook us then leaving old fans out to dry with garbage new characters that are totally bland. If Chris Pratt wasn't that fleshed out. I'd love more back story on the guy. At least with Grant and Ellie, we see where they came from and the helicopter meeting shows off Ian's eccentricity wonderfully, only to continue through the entire film. Even Generro gets a better character build than anyone in the new ones.

I'm just sick of Star Wars using and abusing the legendary characters Lucas created and trashing their legacies. I truly hope all 3 of them are CENTRAL to the story and not just peripheral. Bryce and Chris don't bother me, but they aren't nearly as realistic or human as the original cast.
 
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Another potentially interesting prospect is, well, COULD we get the answer to the creation of the Spinosaurus here? That was always a bizarre moment in JP/// for me, how it establishes a sort of mystery to be uncovered as to where the heck it came from...but it's never answered. It's clearly stated it (and not mentioned directly but the Ankylosaurus, Corythosaurus, and Ceratosaurus as well) are not on InGen's list. The answer is completely abandoned.
Actually the creation of the Spino has been addressed and it's really interesting! The Spino, along with the Anky, Cory, and Cerato were illegally cloned on Sorna after the events of TLW and the passing of the Gene Guard Act. The Spino was apart of amalgam testing, Wu's first attempt at a hybrid way before Indominus. I could go on but watch this video- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iUjgnXe1TyQ
 
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Ah, well, the merch just says "Jumanji," no subtitle.
Yeah it's the sequel to the last one with the Rock. Sort of a new age Jumanji where it's a video game instead of a board game. I think it's called Jumanji: The Next Level or something. Comes out Christmas day. The toys are very much so aping the JW Mattel line. How were they scale-wise with the JW toys though? Do they work for dioramas or are they too big or small?
 
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What region? That raptor is giving me staggering waves of nostalgia and I need it ASAP, but Gamestop still has it listed as 'preorder so I can't use their site to search which stores have it...
 
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Well, the final five Matchbox vehicles are in. We're getting:

-1993 Ford Explorer #4, crushed version, which we already got in the Land Action Squad five-pack with a more interesting deco (brown tires and undercarriage).
-1993 Jeep Wrangler #10 with muddy deco, when we already had a perfectly pristine version in the Walmart Jeep series (what is it with Dino Rivals and the mud fetish?).
-A black Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 5020, which, while cool, seems pretty out of left field.
-The 2014 Mercedes-Benz G 550 with scratched and muddy deco, a straight reissue of last year's Battle Damage version (the least they could've done was make it Mercedes no. 07, but it's still no. 05).
-A green 2015 Triumph Scrambler, another reissue, which can go screw.
-Deep-Dive Submarine, another reissue, which can also go screw.

Mattel really let this line peter out with a whimper.

We could've gotten the third ML 320, Fontana, or the two alternate versions of the InGen 4x4s like Dieter's "Harasser," or the trailer to the Fleetwoood mobile command center, or, heck, Jeep 14 and Explorer 03 as shout-outs to fans of Jurassic Park: The Game.

Except for the three I'm definitely getting (crushed Explorer, Jeep 10 and black Unimog), the final choices mystify and disappoint me.

So, the final tally for the 2019 Dino Rivals die cast basic line is this:

1. 1993 Jeep Wrangler #10 (new muddy version)
2. 1993 Jeep Wrangler #18 (straight reissue)
3. 2010 Textron Tiger (straight reissue)
4. Humvee (new green version with bull bars)
5. Fleetwood Southwind RV (new green camouflage version)
6. 1993 Ford Explorer #4 (new crushed version)
7. 1997 Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 1300 (new)
8. 2015 Triumph Scrambler (new black version)
9. Off-Road Rescue Rig (new blue, brown and muddy version)
10. Armored Action Truck (reissue of the dark gray five-pack version)
11. Mercedes-Benz Unimog U 5020 (new black version)
12. 1993 Ford Explorer #4 (straight reissue)
13. Gyrosphere (straight reissue)
14. Deep-Dive Submarine (straight reissue)
15. 1998 Cagiva Canyon 500 (new)
16. 1993 Jeep Wrangler #12 (new muddy version)
17. 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML 320 A.A.V. (new)
18. InGen 4x4 (new)
19. Armored Action Transporter (straight reissue)
20. 2015 Triumph Scrambler (straight reissue)
21. Mercedes-Benz G 63 AMG 6x6 (new muddy version)
22. 1997 Mercedes-Benz ML 320 (straight reissue)
23. 1993 Ford Explorer #5 (straight reissue)
24. 2014 Mercedes-Benz G 550 (reissue of the scratched up and muddy Battle Damage version)

Overall, I'm happy with what both the 2018 and 2019 die cast lines saw fit to give us, as it's more than I could've ever hoped for, but for this second line I can't help feel there were too many reissues and not enough new vehicles.
 
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