The time that we all look forward to is just around the corner. A time where we can really embrace the fandoms which we are all a part of, both online and in our everyday lives. A time where we can look at cool costumes, catch up on the latest news, and get our hands on some truly awesome toys. We are, of course, talking about San Diego Comic Con 2019.
Today we finally have some sort of confirmation of a Mattel Jurassic presence at the show, via their Comic Con schedule’s listing of the below event which will take place at the Mattel boot during the show:
“HOW A DINOSAUR WAS MADE” MATTEL DESIGNER PANEL
(Friday, July 19 at 2:00-3:30 PM, Mattel Marketing Booth #3029)
Fans will have this exclusive opportunity to attend an informative session and meet the Mattel designers to learn about how a dinosaur action figure was made, the evolution, see early toy prototypes and get the inside scoop on what’s to come! At the end there will be fun trivia for the audience and giveaway for those who get the right answers.
We already know that Mattel’s John Hammond is coming to the show; bringing what may be the first ever exclusive Jurassic Park toy to the event. It’s also safe bet that we’ll be learning more about the recently revealed 6-inch Amber Collection. We can’t wait to see what further news and reveals await, and of course you can tune into Collect Jurassic during SDCC for our coverage. But today, as we get excited for this special event, we wanted to talk about what our dream reveals from this year’s San Diego Comic Con would be. Let’s get started!
The Reveal of Battle at Big Rock
Whilst we don’t know what IT is, I really hope that we will see some news on Battle at Big Rock this year at San Diego Comic Con. We already know that Mattel have their great Allosaurus and Nasutoceratops toys on shelves – boasting that they are from ‘Battle at Big Rock’. In addition to this, recent leaks also suggest that these dinosaurs may be coming to Jurassic World Alive too. In a dream world, I would love to see Universal debut this brand-new property at the show, announcing the partners who have been working on it alongside them. We already know that Ludia Software and Mattel are involved, but it would be cool to see companies like LEGO and Frontier Developments also getting involved. I mean, who doesn’t want to see LEGO make more herbivores like the Nasutoceratops, right?
Whatever Battle at Big Rock turns out to be, I’m hopeful that Universal may expand on it with their presence at this year’s comic con.
Mattel’s Ford Explorer
It’s something we all want, and frankly, it’s something we all need!
The awesome folks at Mattel found a way to give us an in-scale Brachiosaurus, one of the largest Jurassic World toys to hit shelves since the franchise saw its resurgence back in 2015! With so much hunger for great products, and with Mattel seemingly beginning to figure out some of their distribution issues, I am hopeful that they continue to find new and innovative ways to release products which fans have been hungry for since they first scooped up this dino-filled line. There was a lot of outcry for a Brachiosaurus, yes, but there has also been a lot of outcry for a Ford Explorer in a similar vein to the Legacy Collection Jeep Wrangler which hit store shelves in 2018. With the surprise reveal of John Hammond, I really hope that Mattel may have one or two more things up their sleeve to knock the Legacy Collection line out of the park before it falls silent for good.
Further Extensions of Existing Merchandising Partnerships
2019 has been an amazing year for Jurassic World, in many different regards. Whether we look at up and coming products, such as the fantastic new Jurassic World Table-top Miniatures Game, or the lines which continued to pump our merchandise such as Mattel and LEGO, it is clear that Universal invested a lot into keeping the brand alive after the 2018 launch of Jurassic World Fallen Kingdom. I really hope that at SDCC, or shortly after, we see the announcement of these relationships continuing throughout 2020. With so much coming to the Jurassic world, including the new live tour and the brand-new theme park attraction, there really is a greater level of franchise interaction and brand engagement then I think we have EVER seen before as fans.
I really hope that this energy and enthusiasm from all Jurassic brand partners can continue into 2020, as I genuinely feel that this brand is building at an incredibly steady rate at present.
More Details on Camp Cretaceous
Continuing to talk about how this has been a year of ‘firsts’ for the Jurassic franchise, we got the announcement of a brand new animated series; Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. The short snippet of footage we were given, showing a beautifully rendered Velociraptor, has all of us hungry for more information. We already know that the show will be set on Nublar after the 2015 incident, so I would perhaps be interested to see more details from DreamWorks and Netflix at SDCC. Who knows – perhaps a certain Indominus Rex will pop up in the show? Indominus is no stranger to screen-time even after her demise, with her upcoming appearance in the Jurassic World Live Tour well publicised. With that in mind, revealing perhaps an ‘alternate’ look at the Indominus Sequence from the show would be a cool way to get our excitement levels peaking ahead of the show’s 2020 debut.
That says it all really, doesn’t it? Here at Collect Jurassic, we have been non-stop since San Diego Comic Con 2018. There have been rare illusive collectables to track down, awesome new LEGO sets to build and phenomenal new action figures to review. With all this in mind, we REALLY hope that the hype train keeps rolling throughout 2020, providing us with even more great products to adorn the shelves in our collections (in addition to the the aforementioned Amber Collection). I mean, if Mattel can give us a Brachiosaurus, then the sky is the limit, right? And there are still plenty more scenes from the other three Jurassic Park films which LEGO could choose to reconstruct in their own unique style! With so much variety and source material present within this franchise, I would be very surprised if we don’t continue to see greater product hitting store shelves throughout 2020.
That’s enough from us and what we are excited for, however! Now we want to turn it over to you. What do you hope to see at SDCC? What would be your dream reveal? Let us know in the comments below, and follow Collect Jurassic for all the latest San Diego Comic Con coverage!