A whole new generation will get to take a trip to Jurassic Park this year, thanks to Jurassic World, the new reboot-style installment of the series. In this new vision from Safety Not Guaranteed director Colin Trevorrow, we see the actual Jurassic Park attraction in full operation, complete with dinosaurs organized into a zoo-style existence, and loads of other fun attractions.
Of course, in keeping with the history of the franchise, things take a turn for the worse and the park is overrun by prehistoric beasts - which this time includes a genetically-engineered hybrid known as the Indominus Rex. But as Toy Fair 2015 revealed, Indominus Rex isn't the only creature of interest in Jurassic World.
Before Toy Fair 2015 kicked off, we got a look at the Indominus Rex - aka the horrifically intelligent, gene-spliced Dino engineered by scientist Claire Dearing (Bryce Dallas Howard) in the film.
Now we can get a higher-res look at Indominus Rex - sans the EW watermark:
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- The Indominus Rex will be able to open its jaw to a full 90° span - much like Gorgonsopids of the Permian period - or for TV fans, those sabertoothed mammal/dinosaur "missing link" predators from shows like Primeval. This wide jaw span is obviously not good for Jurassic World's human inhabitants - or its lower-on-the-food-chain animal inhabitants, for that matter. This thing is a killer.
- The Indominus Rex toy also comes with the function of an already-revealed "color-morph" function down its back. The Hasbro toy vendors would NOT confirm if this is a function in the movie as well, but since Indominus Rex seems to be a hybrid of many lizard/Dino types, a chameleon ability wouldn't be all that surprising.
- Other than that, Indominus Rex seems to sport a body that mixes T-Rex and Raptor traits, with deadly improvements like long forearms and fully articulated hands and feet. So, opening doors, or getting the sunroof off a stopped jeep (or extracting sweet lawyer meat from a bathroom stall) is about to get a WHOLE lot easier for this beastie.
About a week ago, an early preview of Toy Fair 2015 and the Jurassic World toy line gave rise to an exciting - or horrifying - rumor (depending who you are). The toy in questions is called "Stegoceratops," and it is a hybrid of the Dinosaur formerly known as Triceratops, and a Stegosaurus.
Naturally, some fans took a look at that strange Dino and began to worry that Jurassic World was truly going overboard with ideas like domesticated Dinosaurs, a Dino park AND hybrid Dinosaurs combinations. What would be next, Brontosaurus Rex?
DEBUNKED: Rest easy Jurassic Park enthusiasts: we were told by Hasbro officials and PR reps that Stegoceratops is NOT in the movie. The toy is an exclusive offering of Hasbro's toy line.
Remember: tie-in Toy Lines only follow their films to a point, before veering off into pure merchandising. You have to separate the movie from the product - which is hard in Jurassic World's case, since merchandise that customers of Jurassic World purchase in the park's gift ships will also be available on real-life toy store shelves (that's next level synergy, right there).
A prime example of the movie's mix blend of onscreen and real-life merchandising is the foam "Chomping Dino Head Hand Puppet" seen above.
Finally, we got looks at the "Raptor Squad" that Chris Pratt's character, Owen Grady, has trained to be his bloodhounds (so to speak). The Raptor squad consists of BLUE, CHARLIE, DELTA and ECHO - leaving us to wonder: What happened to ALFA? Or is Chris Pratt the Alpha?
We'll find out when the film comes out, I guess.
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Jurassic World will open its doors in theaters everywhere on June 12, 2015.