Ariana Richards Teases a Possible Return to the World of Jurassic!

Jurassic Park‘s Lex Murphy, Ariana Richards, was recently interviewed by the Celebrity Catch Up podcast and offered some interesting thoughts on her career and Jurassic. Though Richards stepped away from the acting world many years ago to focus on her very successful art career, she didn’t rule out a return.

During the interview, host Genevieve took listeners through a retrospective of Richards’ film career. Richards portrayed Lex Murphy in Jurassic Park in 1993 and briefly in The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997. Things got interesting when they reached that portion of the retrospective. When asked if she would ever return to the Jurassic franchise or in Jurassic World: Dominion for adult scenes of Lex Murphy, Richards responded:

Now that is something I wouldn’t be able to comment on.”

That is certainly a very intriguing answer. She was subsequently asked if she’d ever consider a return to acting, and said she would “if the right project comes along.”

With Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum confirmed to return for major roles in Jurassic World: Dominion next summer, could an even further Jurassic reunion be in store? And in light of producer Frank Marshall’s hints that Dominion won’t be the end but the “start of a new era,” could there be a return in mind for Lex in future Jurassic projects? We’ll have to wait and see.

Excitement is high for the return of Jurassic Park‘s ‘big three’, and the possibility of Richards’ return only heightens that anticipation. We’d love to see her return, and perhaps with her brother Tim! No matter what’s in store, we celebrate the amazing Ariana Richards and wish her continued success.

You can listen to the entire Ariana Richards episode of the Celebrity Catch Up podcast here. The interview is a great listen. If nothing else, it unearths a few great stories that fans will love about Jeff Goldblum, Steven Spielberg, and the T. rex animatronic from the production of Jurassic Park.

What do you think about this interview, and how do you feel about Lex returning for Jurassic World: Dominion or other future Jurassic projects? Let us know in the comments below!

Images courtesy of the Celebrity Catch Up podcast and The Jurassic Vault.

Stern Pinball Releases New Pinball Machine Dedicated To The Original Jurassic Park Trilogy

Now available from Stern Pinball is a brand-new “thunderball” of a pinball machine celebrating the original Jurassic Park trilogy! Featuring hand-drawn artwork on the playfield and Stern’s powerful SPIKE™ high-definition LCD display graphics and animations, this electrical and mechanical marvel can now find its way into your home!

From the press release:

“Jurassic Park Pin immerses players in a pinball journey 65 million years in the making. Based on the blockbuster film Jurassic Park from Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment, the Jurassic Park Pin experience will transport players to Isla Nublar, an amusement park where escaped dinosaurs are running amok! With the volcano on the island erupting and threatening to destroy everything in its path, it is the player’s mission to rescue park staff, evacuate and recapture dinosaurs, and escape before it’s too late! Players will experience heart-pounding excitement right from the start in this action-packed pinball adventure filled with suspense, twists, and turns around every flip.

Jurassic Park Pin brings to life the most fearsome predator ever to walk the earth with an interactive, custom sculpted T. rex. Players will battle against the Spinosaurus by bashing a captive ball and corral Raptors in their enclosed pen with precision shooting. Fast flowing metal ramps, lightning quick spinners, and kinetically satisfying physical drop targets will provide players with an adrenalized game experience packed with unmatched action and fun. The all-LED playfield lighting provides dazzling light shows in sync with the iconic Jurassic Park theme music to create an immersive pinball experience.”

 

As seen in the photos, this machine is chock-full of stylized art depicting dinosaurs and other details from the original trilogy. Classic Jurassic Park gates, night vision goggles, Pteranodons, the “When Dinosaurs Ruled The Earth” banner, and even Nedry’s computer featuring his stress toy! Curiously it depicts the Nublar volcano, which is something not introduced until Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. However, Nublar was always depicted as volcanic dating back to the novels and early screenplays, so its inclusion isn’t distracting. While some fans may not like the idea of pairing the Rex and the Spinosaurus on a product that clearly emphasizes Nublar (depicted literally on the machine art), this is meant to be a fun combination of everything that made the original Jurassic Park trilogy great in a vibrant and fun way.

This pinball machine can be yours today for $4,599 USD. While that sounds like a lot, Christmas is around the corner, and I am sure if you ask your parents or loved ones very, very nicely…

For more information and to purchase, visit Stern Pinball today!

Will you be getting this impressive new pinball machine? Or will you wait for “coupon day”? Let us know in the comments below!

BD Wong Shares His Appreciation for JURASSIC PARK and Excitement for JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION!

BD Wong sporting a Jurassic World: Dominion jacket while making his directorial debut on the set of “Nora From Queens.”

Jurassic Park and Jurassic World icon BD Wong (Dr. Henry Wu himself) recently joined the Lights, Camera, Barstool podcast for an interview about his life, directing and acting, and of course, Jurassic.

The interview discussed what it’s like to be an actor and director in today’s world, the classic nature of Jurassic Park, and most excitingly BD’s thoughts and excitement for next summer’s Jurassic World: Dominion.


Before we move on: This interview contains mild spoilers for Jurassic World: Dominion. If you don’t wish to see them, we advise not reading further.


When asked if he had a different appreciation for Jurassic Park as a cornerstone of cinema after all this time, he responded:

“I would say I do have a growing appreciation, and there’s a kind of depth to that appreciation. I started out doing the first movie and I didn’t take it seriously at all. First of all, it didn’t feel like I was taken seriously as a character in that first movie; they didn’t explain what happened to that person. And the fact that they didn’t explain what happened to that person opened the door for him to return… So their negligence actually became something that was an opportunity for me. And now I’ve done three more of these Jurassic World films, the third one just having been completed.”

Continuing on about his character in Jurassic World: Dominion:

“In the arc (of the Jurassic World films), the filmmakers have a real allegiance to the character, a real affection for him, and want that arc to be satisfying to the fans. And so I feel that effort being made on his behalf, and I appreciate that because I didn’t want to just do the same thing every single time. I feel like it evolves, and it evolves to a very satisfying place to me. He had this incredibly epic death in the book that just never really got delivered in the first movie. And so now we have this, no spoilers, but, this resolution and an ending that is really satisfying to me.”

When asked about the scale of Jurassic World: Dominion and if he could tease it at all, he said:

“I’m not allowed to give spoilers, but I will say – it is bigger. Like, they really wanted to go out with a bang, and they made the last one really big. I think it’s bigger and longer and more like a ‘film’ than just ‘another installment of‘… All the principles from Jurassic Park are in it. Laura Dern, Sam Neill, and Jeff Goldblum are in it, and they’re not just like ‘Oh, look, there they are.’ They’re playing leading parts in the movie. So there’s Bryce and Chris Pratt who are the Jurassic World couple, and then there are these three honorary, huge, iconic characters that are coming back, resolving their relationships and their relationships to the whole conundrum of dinosaurs existing… and so it’s kinda big! There’s a weight to it that I like thinking about.”

You can watch a clip of that moment in the interview below:

Wong also spoke to the unique nature of production during the pandemic, saying:

“It was the first movie that came back into production after the movies all shut down last year, and that was meaningful because it set up a lot of protocols that are still being used today and that were so important to getting the industry back on its feet… The side effect of that for us was that we were all quarantined in the same hotel, and there was this kind of ‘team spirit’ feeling that came as a result of that… We were all there, working on the same scene the night of the election… and so that was memorable.”

And continuing about the scale of the film:

“But it is big… Every single person who has gone in to the studio to re-record their lines – it’s called looping – gets to see, like three minutes of the film. Every single person has come back to the group text that we have saying, “Guys, this is incredible. Like, incredibly beautifully shot and, you know, really epic. And I can’t believe that it’s even more than the other two were before it.”


You can listen to the entire interview on Apple Podcasts here, and on Spotify here. BD Wong’s portion of the episode begins at around 1:02:00.

All in all, Wong seemed extremely grateful to be able to revisit a character decades later and to be a part of the Jurassic franchise as a whole. It is thrilling to hear his excitement and affection for Jurassic World: Dominion and the Jurassic franchise.

What do you think about what BD Wong shared in this interview and what it means for the next Jurassic World film? Let us know in the comments below!

Mr. DNA Joins the Funko Pop! Line in Finale Episode of ‘Beyond The Gates’

Mr. DNA, where did you come from?

The closing episode of our collectors focused web-series Beyond The Gates is here! As we mentioned last month, this show has been a blast to produce and speaking with the talented designers behind these products provides a unique look at the development, work, and passion that goes into making such collectibles.

Last month we debuted the Jurassic World Apatosaurus, welcoming it to Mattel’s Legacy Collection. This month we reveal the latest to Funko’s Jurassic Pop! collection, John Hammond’s animated mascot, Mr. DNA!

In this final episode, we hear from 3D sculptor at Funko Katelyn Simon who takes us through the process of designing a Funko Pop! from concept to shelves!

Whether you have all of the Jurassic World Funko Pops, or just a few, Mr. DNA will sit alongside your collection perfectly, reminding you how John Hammond and his team of scientists managed the impossible.

Will you be adding Mr. DNA to your collection? You can head to Target.com now to pre-order before stock runs out!

And with the final episode now live, we really hope you have enjoyed Beyond The Gates and wanted to thank each and every one of you for watching, sharing, and commenting on the episodes.

It has meant so much to be able to produce this show, and we hope you have enjoyed learning more about the behind the scenes process that the designers take to put these Jurassic collectibles together!

Thank you, and stay tuned.

New Jurassic World Dominion Footage Airs at CinemaCon

Universal has given CinemaCon attendees in Las Vegas a first look at Jurassic World Dominion. While the footage has not been released to the public at large, descriptions of what was shown have made their way online. *SPOILER WARNING* If you do not want to hear about any of the footage, now would be the time to navigate away.

The video starts out with some old footage of Jurassic Park director Steven Spielberg on the set of the 1993 film while holding up the original mosquito amber cane used by John Hammond. The footage transitions to several scene from the movie including: Chris Pratt running after dinosaurs in the snow, Bryce Dallas Howard being chased by dinosaurs on rooftops, and a familiar yet updated wardrobe worn by Laura Dern as she attempts to break out of a cage. Director Colin Trevorrow told audiences that the upcoming movie is all about answering the question, “If dinosaurs lived among us, would you be safe?” The footage shown answers that question with a resounding “NO.”

Rumors also report a full scale dilophosaurus was shown during the footage, making it’s first in-person return since the original film (save for an unconfirmed hoot from the dinosaur heard in Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom). With the confirmed return of Alan Grant, Ellie Sattler, and Ian Malcolm, this film is shaping up to be nostalgic return to form for fans everywhere. Even Alan Grant’s iconic fedora makes a return in the footage shown this week.

The likelihood of the footage hitting the internet is most likely slim, but just hearing about the presentation should give hope to fans of the franchise. With a little under a year to go before Jurassic World Dominion hit theaters, no doubt marketing for the film will start ramping up soon. Let us know what you are most excited for in Dominion in the comments below!

New Sprayground ‘Jurassic Park’ Backpack

Streetwear titan Sprayground has partnered with NBC Universal to bring fans of the original ‘Jurassic Park‘ a unique backpack!

Sprayground – the world’s most innovative fashion brand known for its unique and vibrant designed backpacks, is unveiling its latest creation with the famed movie, Jurassic Park as their inspiration – a backpack 65 million years in the making! 

Back to school will be here before we know it, and Sprayground wants kids to step into school with the most unique accessory possible. This new edition in partnership with NBC-Universal, has the iconic black and red OG Jurassic Park logo with a slick design to mimic the mouth of a Sprayground’s shark mouth art piece – creating the most coveted backpack among the Jurassic Park fans, who are all set to explore Isla Nublar while looking fresh! 

Not only is the backpack extremely practical and reliable, but it takes consumers back to the 90’s in the most fashionable way. With its fuzzy details, and the original Jurassic Park logo from 1993, this loud design promises that a tyrannosaurus rex will see you even if you don’t move. 

Sustainable, practical, and fashion-forward are just some of the great qualities Sprayground’s products have to offer. Known for their typically loud designs, along with high-quality materials, this new collection is no different! 

The backpack retails for $75 and features a front zipper pocket, side pockets, ergonomic mesh back padding, slide through back sleeve for carry-on luggage, a laptop compartment, a sunglass compartment, and a sickle claw zipper pull.

All the info for the backpack can be found on Sprayground’s site. Let us know in the comments how you feel about non-apparel ‘Jurassic’ merch! Would you like to see more ‘Jurassic Park’ backpacks/bags?

Isla Sorna’s Jurassic Park 3 Male Velociraptor Brought to Life in New ‘Beyond The Gates’ Episode 6!

Last month, our collectors focused web-series Beyond The Gates debuted four exclusive Amber Collection figures from Mattel – two highly anticipated human figures joined the collection, Dr. Ellie Sattler and the legendary John Parker Hammond, along with the Jurassic Park Velociraptor, and two Jurassic World Dimorphodons!

This month we are excited to debut more figures to Mattel’s Amber Collection. First up, joining his sweetheart, Dr. Alan Grant! And secondly, in what just might be a nod to Jurassic Park 3’s dream sequence – it’s Isla Sorna’s Male Velociraptor!

In this exciting episode, we hear from the masterminds at Mattel who designed this toy – Nikolai Dryuchin and Beyond The Gates royalty Rafael Bencosme!

The two designers talk us through the process of designing and building both of these Amber Collection figures and we’re shown design sheets, references images, and given a real behind the scenes look at these all-new toys!

Everyone’s favorite movie in the franchise is Jurassic Park 3, and now you can finally add the Male Velociraptor to your collection! The Amber Collection continues to add fan-favorite humans and dinosaurs to the collection, and now the original trio – who will be making their return on screen in Jurassic World: Dominion – are in the collection in full!

Will you be picking up the Velociraptor and Dr. Alan Grant? You can head to Target.com now to pre-order these two items!

We hope you enjoy this episode! We’ve had a great run of new Amber Collection figures, but next month’s Beyond The Gates is not one to miss, featuring a large Legacy Collection item…

Jurassic Park ‘FINAL SCENE RAY ARNOLD’ Comic-Con Set Coming to Mattel Creations July 22nd!

Hold on to your butts!

This year’s San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Jurassic Park toy set is bringing to life a never-before-seen moment from the original Jurassic Park film: Ray Arnold’s untimely demise.

In the climax of Jurassic Park, Ray Arnold volunteers to journey to the maintenance shed to reset and restore power to the park. We never fully witness his unfortunate fate, but Dr. Ellie Sattler discovers what has happened to him all the same.

“Theoretically, yes, but we’ve never shut down the entire system before. It may not come back on at all.”

The folks at Mattel Creations have done a fantastic job – this set truly spares no expense. It features a highly posable, 3.75-inch version of Ray Arnold himself (complete with detachable arm) and a 2.4-inch tall, 7-inch long vicious velociraptor so that fans can imagine and play out Ray’s final moments. Completing the set is the full control panel from the film, which serves as a stand for Ray and the raptor and also plays audio of his best quotes from the film. And we would be remiss if we didn’t mention his bloody, dismembered arm – an absolute highlight, marking the return of human “dino-damage” from the Kenner Days. All of this is contained in the gorgeous packaging seen below, complete with numerous lights and sounds.

“White Rabbit Object. Whatever it did… it did it all.”

This set is very exciting and truly a treat for fans of Jurassic Park. It will be on sale on Mattel Creations (Mattel’s collaboration and direct-to-consumer platform) on Thursday, July 22 at 9am PST / 12pm EST. Additionally this year, Mattel Creations is celebrating collectors during Comic-Con with their first-ever Mattel Creations: 12 Days of Fandom activation! Be sure and head to Mattel Creations on July 22nd and order this set before it’s extinct!

For an in-depth look behind the scenes of the ‘Final Scene Ray Arnold’ toy and packaging construction & design, check out the official Mattel Creations reveal trailer, exclusively in HD on our YouTube channel below!

REEBOK X JURASSIC PARK Footwear & Apparel Collection REVEALED!

A Collaboration 65 Million Years in the Making…the Reebok x Jurassic Park Full-Family Footwear & Apparel Collection is Revealed!

See the full press release below:

After teasing the news earlier this month, today, Reebok in partnership with Universal Brand Development, officially unveils the Reebok x Jurassic Park full-family footwear and apparel collection. The first-ever product line celebrates the legendary history of Jurassic Park and reimagines some of Reebok’s most well-known sneakers through the lens of Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment’s iconic 1993 film.

In addition to revealing the full collection, Reebok and Universal released a parody news report to give a more detailed look at the Reebok x Jurassic Park collaboration. The report, seen here, was a breaking news segment announcing a “partnership” between Reebok and InGen, the fictional bioengineering corporation responsible for recreating dinosaurs in the original Jurassic Park film, and how the two spliced sneaker and dinosaur DNA to create a collaboration some 65 million years in the making.

Each footwear model in the Reebok x Jurassic Park collection pays homage to key characters and props from the original film. All silhouettes are thoughtfully constructed with intricate details incorporated from the outsoles to the sockliners for fans of the franchise. Highlights of the line include:

Instapump Fury OG ($200, GW0212) – Inspired by the iconic Jurassic Park guest vehicles, this Instapump Fury features a leather collar lining mimicking the SUVs seats and battle damage graphics on the sole and sides. The shoe is finished off with the official mark of Jurassic Park on the legendary pump ball. Available in adult and infant sizing.

Club C 85 ($110, GW0213) – The notorious Dennis Nedry makes his mark on the classic Club C from the floral print heel, reminiscent of the first shirt he wears in the film, to the zebra striped pony hair heel cap, which mimics the screensaver on Nedry’s computer. The shoe also features a bright yellow tongue in a rubber raincoat material in remembrance of Nedry’s failed attempt to escape from the island with the stolen dinosaur embryos.

Club C 85 ($100, GZ6322) – This Club C is inspired by Dr. Alan Grant in sneaker form with a tan suede upper, bandana collar lining and a denim-colored outsole. While both sockliners match the denim outsole, the right sockliner also features a Velociraptor claw graphic. Available in adult, grade school preschool and toddler/infant sizing. 

Classic Leather ($120, GY0570) – Inspired by Dr. Ian Malcolm’s fascination of chaos theory, this

Classic Leather is part simplicity, part utter chaos. The chaotic lateral side of the shoe celebrates Ian Malcolm’s fashion sense and flashy lifestyle with a range of textures and patterns from floral to sabretooth tiger. The more simplistic medial side features the Jurassic Park logo and a brooch jewel detail nodding to the necklace Dr. Malcolm wears throughout the movie.

Zig Devil Kinetica ($140, GY8275) – The contemporary sport-style Zig Kinetica II is redesigned to resemble the park staff’s SUVs. The tongue incorporates leather webbing with details nodding to the vehicle’s rearview mirror and the famed electric fence, as well as a speckled midsole inspired by the high-speed chases through mud.

Club C Legacy ($100, GY0856) – This Club C Legacy pays homage to playful and informative Mr. DNA, the cartoon character that explains the process of recreating dinosaur DNA. The clear TPU outsole reveals a Mr. DNA strand logo on the bottom of the left shoe and a mosquito graphic on the right shoe. The Club C Legacy is finished with a cracked egg collar and bubbled heel.

Jurassic Stomper ($200, GX5412) – Featuring a tough leather and neoprene upper, the Jurassic Stomper is strong enough to hold up to anything InGen workers encounter in the field. The shoe, inspired by the uniforms of the infield InGen staff, includes multiple patches which can be changed out depending upon your division within the morally questionable organization.

Pump Omni Zone II ($200, GY0549) – After combining dinosaur and sneaker DNA, Reebok was able to create a shoe some 65 million years in the making: the Pump Omni Zone II. Inspired by the carnivorous Dilophosaurus, this style-forward shoe features dinosaur graphics on the upper and a nubuck base material with hints of skived leather.

In addition to the adult-sized footwear, the line also features an additional Classic Leather and Zig Dynamica in grade school, preschool and infant sizing, as well as a full range of complementary adult’s apparel in unisex sizing. Highlights of the apparel collection include a Mr. DNA hoodie, utility vest to match the Jurassic Stomper and a variety of Reebok x Jurassic Park-themed t-shirts.

Rounding out the collection is an assortment of elevated footwear packaging. A portion of the boxes will resemble original Jurassic Park toy packaging from 1993, while others will draw on themes from the film including Nedry’s infamous fake shaving cream can, the cages and padlocks used in the park to keep dinosaurs contained, and even Mr. DNA.

The Reebok x Jurassic Park footwear and apparel collection is available on Reebok.com in unisex sizing beginning July 30. The Dennis Nedry Club C 85 and navy t-shirt will be available exclusively for Reebok UNLOCKED members.

Along with the press release, check out the full gallery of footwear here:

And you can watch an unboxing and reveal of the Dennis Nedry inspired Club C 85 shoes right here:

The Reebok x Jurassic Park collection will be available on July 30, will you be picking up any of the line? Let us know down below in the comments section!

TRANSFORMERS X JURASSIC PARK: ‘TYRANNOCON REX’ vs ‘AUTOBOT JP93’ NOW AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER!

Hold on to your butts – months of rumors about a potential Jurassic World and Transformers crossover have come true! Today Hasbro has announced an all new set based upon an iconic moment from the very first Jurassic Park: Tyrannocon Rex vs Autobot JP93!

Hasbro, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAS), Universal Brand Development and Amblin Entertainment today revealed the first-ever TRANSFORMERS X Jurassic Park collaboration. The iconic T.Rex and Ford Explorer from the blockbuster 1993 film, Jurassic Park, are now TRANSFORMERS robots – TYRANNOCON REX and AUTOBOT JP93. The new TRANSFORMERS X Jurassic Park figure and vehicle pack celebrates the groundbreaking, ultimate thrill ride, Jurassic Park, which brought audiences to an island theme park populated by dinosaurs created from prehistoric DNA… and we all know what happened next!

 

Welcome…to Jurassic Park. TYRANNOCON REX is on the loose, and it’s up to AUTOBOT JP93 to track her down and stop her from wreaking havoc. Both figures feature a combined 260 unique decos and details inspired by fan-favorite moments from Jurassic Park. The TYRANNOCON REX figure converts into T.rex mode in 27 steps and features detailed molded dino texture. The figure features an all-new head mold and stands at 7 inches.

 

Fans will also enjoy a nostalgic interpretation of one of the iconic vehicles from the film, as the AUTOBOT JP93 figure converts into licensed Ford Explorer mode in 18 steps. The figure stands at 5.5 inches and comes with a blaster accessory that can attach to the figure in both modes. Dr. Alan Grant and the Game Warden inspired both the JP93 hat in bot mode and the JP93 blaster accessory.

 

Both figures are contained within packaging inspired by the unforgettable scene in Jurassic Park when the T. rex gets loose from her enclosure and crushes the Ford Explorer. The packaging also includes a cardboard backdrop illustration of the T. rex’s cage, so that fans can recreate the iconic scene, in addition to T. rex footprint graphics on the back of the pack.

 

TRANSFORMERS robots have always been… More than Meets the Eye, but now, through the TRANSFORMERS Collaborative, fans can experience these larger-than-life characters as they team up, mash up, and meet up with other characters, teams and people who share this same special quality. It is a world of constant change where things are not what they seem.

 

The TYRANNOCON REX figure and AUTOBOT JP93 vehicle pack are available now at $104.99 for pre-order on Amazon.com. A second release of the figure and vehicle pack will be available starting December 1, 2021, via HasbroPulse.com and select retailers worldwide.

This is a set I personally never expected, but would have killed for as a kid, and I fully expect it to be highly sought after by collectors. The Tyrannosaurus Rex in the set is inspired Megatron’s Tyrannosaurus form from Beast Wars (which the latest live-action Transformers movie ‘Rise of the Beasts’ is based upon), while ‘Autobot JP93’ is an all-new character with a more typical Transformers theme.

Pre-Order now at Amazon.com!

What do you think of this Transformers and Jurassic Park collaboration, and will you be picking up the set? Let us know in the comments below, and stay tuned for more Jurassic news!