This year will see the return of several classic Hollywood franchises to the big screen, and chief among them will be Jurassic World. The fourth installment in the seminal Jurassic Park series, the film is set 22 years after the original movie, and centers on the public's growing disinterest in a fully operational dinosaur amusement park (Jurassic World) that has been active for many years.
In an effort to generate more buzz and excitement for the park, Jurassic World's team of scientists once again go meddling with science and design a hybrid dinosaur, which is called Indominus Rex. The film's trailers have indicated that this new creature will be the movie's "big bad," in a way that the velociraptors and the T-rex were in the first Jurassic Park. Universal has only offered brief teases of the monstrosity, but thanks to Hasbro's toy line, we have our first official full look at the new dinosaur.
Ahead of an unveiling event at Toy Fair 2015 in New York, EW shared photos of the action figures for the Indominus Rex, the t-rex, and the raptor. Below is the shot of the Indominus. Head over to EW for the rest of the images:
As you can see, the hybrid dino shares some physical resemblance with the t-rex (as we were able to garner before), but there is one notable exception. The size of the Indominus' arms are much larger than that of a t-rex (and it has huge claws), which makes it even more of a threat if that's possible. With limbs that long, it would easily be able to scoop up any prey that's trying to run away from it (or skewer it); plus, one has to wonder if its raptor head means it will have the intellectual abilities of those dinosaurs, something that's been hinted at through lines of dialogue in previous trailers.
Furthermore, the Indominus has another trait that will make it a viable threat to Chris Pratt and his raptor biker gang: camouflage. The EW writeup provides readers with a description of the toy's features, and one of them is "color-morphing skin on the back." Hopefully, that's not just something for merchandising and is an element of the dinosaur that will be carried over into the film. That could be the source of Predator-esque sequences of suspense, leading to a scene that rivals raptors in the kitchen.
When compared to other returning old brands like Mad Max: Fury Road and Star Wars: The Force Awakens, it can be argued that Jurassic World has some work to do when it comes to winning over the masses. Listeners of the Screen Rant Underground podcast know that our staff is divided on the movie's concept, which in part makes it look like nobody has learned anything since John Hammond entertained some guests for a weekend in 1993. The premise is open to some smart meta-commentary if handled right, so it is wise to be open to the possibilities it presents.
And honestly, the Indominus Rex represents something unique to the Jurassic Park franchise that we haven't seen before. At their strength, these movies have excelled at delivering horror movie moments, using dinosaurs in the place of a psycho-killer. On paper, the hybrid creation should prove to be a formidable force when it breaks loose, which ideally will give moviegoers thrilling scares that leave them on the edge of their seats.
Nobody's looking for Jurassic World to be a breakthrough in deep philosophical storytelling. As long as it's entertaining and successfully captures the spirit of what made the original so beloved, we'll be in for a treat.
Jurassic World will hit theaters June 12.