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 Camp Cretaceous LEGO Sets Available Now!

Jurassic World builders rejoice!

Five new Jurassic LEGO sets have been released for the world to construct and enjoy. The sets feature new moments with dinosaurs and characters from both Jurassic World and Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous.

The first new set available is the T. rex Dinosaur Fossil Exhibition:

This set includes mini-figures of Camp Cretaceous‘ Darius and Jurassic World‘s Owen Grady, a baby triceratops, and a fantastic T. rex fossil display in a setting that resembles a natural history museum. Other items included are a fossil diagram, museum equipment, and a dinosaur egg.

Order now: Amazon | Entertainment Earth

Next up is the Carnotaurus Dinosaur Chase set:

This set features mini-figures of Camp Cretaceous‘ Kenji and Sammy being pursued by a Carnotaurus in a vehicle that directly resembles those used by camp counselors in Camp Cretaceous. Close behind in a Jurassic World helicopter is a mini-figure of Owen Grady, seemingly launching a non-lethal round at the Carnotaurus.

Order now: Amazon | Entertainment Earth

Then comes the Baryonyx Dinosaur Boat Escape set:

This set includes mini-figures of Camp Cretaceous‘ Darius and Yaz and Jurassic World‘s Owen Grady, a Jurassic World “guard”, a Baby Velociraptor, and a full size Baryonyx whose coloring resembles that of Grim from Camp Cretaceous. Darius, Owen, and the Guard are being menaced by the Baryonyx on a boat marked “28” in the Jurassic World colors next to the staple T. rex logo. Yaz is in pursuit on a small boat with the Baby Velociraptor and what seem to be multiple dinosaur eggs.

Order now: Amazon | Entertainment Earth

Next is the Stygimoloch Dinosaur Escape set:

This set features mini-figures of Camp Cretaceous‘ Ben and Brooklynn and Jurassic World‘s Claire Dearing, a Baby Ankylosaurus, and a Stygimoloch. Claire is driving a vehicle that resembles those used in Camp Cretaceous behind the escaping Stygimoloch while Brooklynn prepares to fire a tranquilizer at the dino. Ben, however, is doing his own thing with his baby ankylosaur pal near a very cool tree-slide construction.

Order now: Amazon | Entertainment Earth

And finally, the T. rex and Triceratops Dinosaur Breakout set:

This set is branded under LEGO’s Duplo brand, which is generally targeted toward younger builders. It includes more stylized versions of the T. rex and Triceratops, a stylized version of Jurassic World‘s Owen Grady on his motorcycle, and the iconic Jurassic World gates.

Order now: Amazon

These sets are exciting for Jurassic builders and collectors of all ages – and while they’re not based upon any specific scenes, we expect even more LEGO with Camp Cretaceous Season 4 due out in December, and Jurassic World Dominion in June 2022!

What do you think about the characters, dinosaurs, and moments showcased in these new sets? Let us know below!

All are available for purchase now on the LEGO, Amazon, and Target websites!

Images courtesy of LEGO, Target, and TheBrickFan.

Jurassic World’s APATOSAURUS Revealed in ‘Beyond The Gates’ Penultimate Episode!

Today we reach the penultimate episode of our collectors focused web-series Beyond The Gates. We have had such a blast piecing together interviews from the incredibly talented designers behind these toys, along with behind the scenes design sheets and assets that provide an even deeper look at Mattel’s design process.

Last month we debuted the long-awaited Dr. Alan Grant Amber Collection figure, and the dinosaur of his dreams: the Jurassic Park 3 Isla Sorna Male Velociraptor!

This month, and what marks the second to last episode, we are excited to debut the dinosaur that made Claire Dearing realise that her “assets” were more than just that… the monstrously sized Apatosaurus!

In this episode, we hear from the legendary Mattel Jurassic World Designer Rafael Bencosme who talks us through the process of designing such a large toy, and how the previously released Jurassic Park Brachiosaurus influenced the design!

This Legacy Collection item is sure to make an impression on your collection and will feel right at home on your shelf utterly dominating the space.

Will you be adding the Jurassic World Apatosaurus to your collection? You can head to Target.com now to pre-order these two items!

We really hope you have enjoyed Beyond The Gates! We are reaching the final episode and want to thank you for coming on this journey with us! Stay tuned next month for an exclusive item for all generations of Jurassic…

Jake Johnson will not appear in Jurassic World: Dominion

While initially announced in February of 2020 that Jake Johnson would be reprising his role of Lowery Cruthers in 2022’s Jurassic World: Dominion, unfortunately due to the Covid-19 outbreak and other unforeseen circumstances, he was not able to film the role that the original script had called for. In an exclusive interview with Looper, Jake announced the sad news.

When Looper asked Jake Johnson if he could tell us anything about “Jurassic World: Dominion,” he bluntly said, “Well, unfortunately, I’m not in the third one.” He clarified, “Well, I was written in, so it’s announced that I was, but what happened was the pandemic hit.” And, of course, the pandemic ruins everything.

“No, I was in it. So, Colin [Trevorrow] had written a great part. Lowery came back. It was a great conclusion. I was excited to do it. The pandemic hit, and at that time, there was a two-week quarantine. It was a bunch of stuff that I couldn’t get out and leave the family, and we kept trying to make it work. And in the end, the dates just didn’t work out for that one, which was heartbreaking because apart from being in that movie, Colin’s a very old friend.”

What are your thoughts on Jake Johnson’s Lowery not appearing in Jurassic World: Dominion? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

Dr. Ellie Sattler, John Parker Hammond, A Velociraptor and 2 Dimorphodons! New AMBER COLLECTION Figures Debuted in ‘Beyond The Gates’ Episode 5!

We’re now at the halfway point with our collectors focused web-series Beyond The Gates and so far we’ve revealed some very exciting Jurassic products from Mattel!

We hope you’ve been enjoying the show, and enjoyed last month’s exciting debut of the Legacy Collection’s Jurassic Park Tyrannosaurus Rex Escape Packfeaturing the Ford Explorer, Tim Murphy, and Lady Rex herself.

This month, we’re super excited to reveal some new and exclusive Amber Collection figures – Dr. Ellie Sattler, John Parker Hammond, the Jurassic Park Velociraptor, and a 2-pack of Jurassic World’s Dimorphodons!

In episode 5 we hear from the masterminds from the Mattel toy design team: Rafael Bencosme, Chandra Hicks, and newcomer Nikolai Dryuchin who talk us through the design process behind these all-new figures!

From early sketches on a piece of paper to the final product sitting on the shelves of Target, the Mattel designers run us through the process of designing a toy from start to finish, making this episode not one to miss!

Recreate your favorite scenes from both Jurassic Park AND Jurassic World with these brand new Amber Collection items, the excitement to collect has never been greater! Head to Target.com now to get your pre-orders in!

We were excited to debut the items in this episode, and next month’s episode of Beyond The Gates will debut even more Amber Collection items, don’t miss out!

Colin Trevorrow Confirms ‘Camp Cretaceous’ Has Connections With ‘Dominion’

SPOILER ALERT: If you haven’t watched Season 3 of ‘Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous’ yet, do yourself a favor and get on it! In this writer’s opinion it is the best, and darkest, season of the show yet!

Season 3 of ‘Camp Cretaceous’ has a lot going on: island escape attempts, fun callbacks at the Visitor Center of ‘Jurassic Park’, and the scary scene-stealing poisonous hybrid Scorpious Rex (also known as E750). The kids that were left behind during Isla Nublar’s second breakout, thanks to the Indominus Rex, spent 6 months on the island before finally getting off the shores. Presumably they are off the island for good, but who knows where they will end up or return to?

Right before their departure, the kids have an unfortunate clash with the same team that was sent by Eli Mills (a rather untrustworthy man who would eventually steal dinosaurs out from under Benjamin Lockwood’s nose and sell them in an auction) to retrieve genetic information from the Indominus Rex so Dr. Henry Wu can create a new hybrid: the Indoraptor. This connects the series directly, not just to ‘Jurassic World’, but to its first sequel ‘Fallen Kingdom’.

Entertainment Weekly shared a conversation they had with showrunner Scott Kreamer and executive producer Colin Trevorrow (co-writer & director of ‘Jurassic World’), where Trevorrow explains:

“They’re on this island and, at a certain point, it seems as if they’ve been there for this indeterminate amount of time. To make clear, first of all, what the timeline was at the beginning of ‘Fallen Kingdom’ — it was about six months after the fall of ‘Jurassic World’ — for kids who’ve grown up on it, it’s cool to allow them to connect to these touchstones in the story and recognize that the story we’re telling is part of the larger story. It’s not just some cartoon show for kids…”

‘Camp Cretaceous’ reveals that a lot more was going on at the island during the incredible opening sequence of ‘Fallen Kingdom’. After the kids are forced back ashore by part of the same team sent by Mills, about half of them are rushed on board a helicopter until our lady T-rex charges in and chomps on an unsuspecting mercenary. The helicopter takes off prematurely due to the attack, leaving behind the other half of the kids to fend for themselves. This sends the helpless kids on a chase through the jungle, until the T-rex is distracted by the same helicopter we see in ‘Fallen Kingdom’ near the Mosasaur Lagoon. We watch from the perspective of the kids as the event plays out, with their reaction to the Mosasaur chomping on the guy at the last moment mimicking how many had felt when they saw it on theater screens in 2018.

It doesn’t stop there. Entertainment Weekly’s article continues with additional anecdotes regarding Dr. Wu’s return to the island with a group of mercenaries and more. However, the most interesting details are about how this series ties into what lies ahead for ‘Dominion’, the second upcoming ‘Jurassic World’ sequel. Trevorrow explains:

“There are connections that we’re making for sure […] When you see ‘Dominion’, it will be clear that it takes place on the same timeline and in the same world as our show.”

This admission certainly makes ‘Camp Cretaceous’ much more of an important show than many may have guessed. While some can argue until the skies are gray that it is only “soft canon”, this is still an incredibly entertaining way to tie in new elements of the same story that we would have never gotten otherwise.

Trevorrow continues further, expressing just how mapped out the story for ‘Camp Cretaceous’ is:

“We do have a beginning, middle, and an end for it […] I certainly wouldn’t want anyone to think that we don’t have a plan. We do, and there is an ending in sight.”

Given that ‘Dominion’ has already finished filming, and the story for this television series is already set, it would appear that there will certainly be many more connections ahead that will blend the stories of the film and the show into one (hopefully) coherent whole. Everyone here at Jurassic Outpost are certainly looking forward to it.

Are you excited for more ‘Camp Cretaceous’? Do you like how the show continues to connect to the films? Let us know in the comments below, and as always, stay tuned to Jurassic Outpost for more!

Jurassic World: The Ride To Re-open April 16th with new update!

Universal Studios Hollywood announced today that the theme park, which closed in March of 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic, will officially re-open to the public on Friday April 16th!

With the re-opening of the park that means that Jurassic World: The Ride will also be re-opening. But the ride will look a little bit different than it did the last time guests experienced it. Added to the ride is a new animatronic Indominus Rex!

The grand reopening of Universal Studios Hollywood also brings guests face-to-face with “Jurassic World—The Ride’s” all-new, extraordinarily realistic dinosaur, the Indominus rex, who stakes her claim at the ride’s finale in a forceful battle with her arch-rival, the Tyrannosaurus rex.”

“Breaking new ground with highly complex innovations, this fully-articulated lifelike Indominus injects intense new thrills, excitement and intrigue to the already dynamic ride. Spanning nearly 55 feet horizontally from head to tail and over 22 feet vertically, the Indominus’ imposing presence will be amplified by the fluidity of her motions and synchronized movements that deliver an unprecedented level of authenticity. From the subtle blinking of her eyes, the flexing of her arms and claws and clenching of her jaw as she bears her razor-sharp teeth, the colossal Indominus rex will lunge from her hillside setting, stalking guests just before they descend the giant waterfall drop to escape her grasp.”

Included with the press release of the ride updates is a new advertisement poster showing the Indominus Rex squaring off with the Tyrannosaurus Rex as a ride boat is about to plummet down a waterfall.

What are your thoughts on Universal Studios Hollywood re-opening and the addition of the Indominus Rex to the Jurassic World ride? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section down below!

Take a Look at the Brand New Nedry’s Getaway Pack Featured in ‘Beyond The Gates’ Episode 2!

Last month we were excited to debut an all-new collectors focused web-series Beyond The Gates, revealing brand new Jurassic products! The debut episode featured two items – The Lost World Male Velociraptor, and the Jurassic Park 3 Pteranodon.

This month we’re excited to launch episode two and debut the Jurassic World Legacy Collection Dennis Nedry Escape Pack:

Along with speaking to Mattel toy designer Rafael Bencosme, we got to go hands-on with the bundle and see up close the detail put into Dennis Nedry, the Staff Jeep, and the Dilophosaurus.

Relive the exciting big-screen action with this Jurassic World Legacy Collection Nedry Getaway Pack! Play out the famous scene from the original Jurassic Park film when Dennis Nedry encounters the spitting Dilophosaurus and attempts to flee in his vehicle. Set includes the fan favourite figure of villain Dennis Nedry, the spitting Dilophosaurus and the Jurassic Park vehicle with park logo and rolling wheels.

Take home the excitement of the Jurassic Park film with this collectible Nedry Getaway Pack! Makes a great gift for fans of the Jurassic World franchise, dinosaurs and action play!

We’re thrilled to be able to debut more exciting Jurassic items in Beyond The Gates and the next episode will focus on an exclusive item from the Camp Cretaceous collection. Stay tuned for more!

Jurassic Park’s Art Director John Bell Posts Unseen Art From The Original Films & Jurassic World!

Jurassic Park had an army of artists that helped shape the visual look of the film. Pre-production began in the summer of 1990, a full three years before its 1993 release date. During that time, the scripts changed pens between different writers, but the art department kept churning out images that didn’t necessarily match anything from them. Ideas were freely explored using Michael Crichton’s novel as the main source, while the artists injected their own personalities.

Leading the art department was Jurassic Park‘s Art Director John Bell, who we interviewed back in 2015. He also worked on the sequels: The Lost World: Jurassic Park, Jurassic Park 3, and Jurassic World. Despite his involvement in the franchise beginning almost 30 years ago, there are still many pieces of artwork he created that have yet to see the light of day. There was so much that his team created that it would likely fill an entire library!

That is why we are elated with the new posts John made on his website of previously unseen art from Jurassic Park!

Below are a small sample of what you will see:

His site also features some new amazing artwork from The Lost World: Jurassic Park! The amount of detail and ideas he had for the film’s various vehicles is astounding; including a “life pod” used as protection against big predators such as Tyrannosaurs Rex!

John has also shown, for the first time, artwork he created for Jurassic Park 3! This is especially fascinating to see since Jurassic Park 3 never had a “Making Of” book like the first two films did; leaving insights on its filmmaking process only on DVD/BLU-RAY bonus features, magazine articles, and other websites from those involved. His new page features impressive unused vehicle designs and early versions of the incubators!

And finally, we have additional artwork John created for Jurassic World, or as it was simply known to him at the time as Jurassic Park 4. We now have an incredible look at some of his more futuristic designs meshed with his older ideas for Jurassic Park in a way that would have been incredible to have seen on film!

It’s amazing that after all this time we are still getting never-before-seen material from the older films of this franchise! No matter how any of the films turned out, it goes to show just how much time and effort went into the creation of them. And who knows, maybe more will be seen someday?

In a darkened room, in an empty building with a dirty floor, it waits…

Be sure to visit John Bell’s site for additional art and browse his very own shop where you can buy some of his original work!