Jurassic Park is finally getting the Funko Pop! figure treatment. The popular franchise, which will continue on this year with its fifth installment Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, is the latest series to be immortalized by the popular toy line.
Founded in 1998 as a manufacturer of novelty toys, Funko first found fame after securing the rights to manufacture bobble-heads based on the Big Boy restaurant mascot. The company was sold in 2005, at which point President Brian Mariotti shifted the company's focus to securing licensing deals for whole franchises. Since that time, Funko has made millions of dollars on their Pop! line of vinyl statues, which are modeled on individuals from countless pop-culture properties. This includes Marvel Comics, DC Comics, Disney and even more obscure characters like Tom Servo and Crow from Mystery Science Theater 3000!
The concept art of the first wave of Jurassic Park figures was revealed on the New Toy News website. Photos of the actual toys are unavailable at this time but they are expected to be in stores on March 15th, 2018.
This wave of figures is modeled on the original Jurassic Park film and includes both dinosaurs and human characters, as well as one vehicle. The dinosaurs include a tyrannosaurus rex, a velociraptor, and two dilophosaurus figures - one with a raised frill and one without. The human characters include Jurassic Park founder John Hammond, Dr. Alan Grant, Dr. Ian Malcolm, and the treacherous Dennis Nedry, whose efforts to rob his employer set the events of the first movie into motion.
The lone female character in the set - Dr. Ellie Sattler - will only be available with the one vehicle, a Jurassic Park jeep. This seems a rather unfortunate decision on the part of Funko, which seems fearful that fans won't buy a Laura Dern action figure without an extra incentive. This sort of thinking was par for the course in 1980s toy manufacturing, where many toy lines had few, if any, female characters. Times have changed, however, and the Jurassic Park franchise boasts a large number of female fans.
A line of figures based on Jurassic World or the upcoming Fallen Kingdom has yet to be confirmed. Still, it seems unlikely that Funko would develop this classic line without turning an eye to the future. So don't fear Chris Pratt fans! You'll likely have a miniature Owen with tiny raptors to decorate your desk in the near future. Sadly, a shirtless Dr. Ian Malcolm variant figure doesn't seem to be as likely.
Source: New Toy News
- Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom (2018) release date: Jun 22, 2018