Everyone loves dinosaurs! And, if there was a real Jurassic Park, if you’re reading this, chances are you’ll be first in line. Apparently, map companies are following the same path as they continue to produce sets based on the Jurassic Park movie franchise.
With the release of Jurassic World: Dominion, it’s a good time to look back at the various makers who have turned the world of dinosaurs into fan-favorite cardboard creations. Topps was the most prolific with no less than four sets based on the film franchise, along with a number of comic adaptations and the insert cards included. As for creativity, Inkworks provided a series of 3D cards, including a number of hunting cards.
One of the first cards in production was released by Weston Bread as a promotional item in 1992. There were a total of 24 cards featuring scenes from the film on the front, while the reverse had English text and in French.
Another promotional trading card game was actually produced to promote the opening of Jurassic Park: The Ride at Universal Studios Hollywood, in 1996. The six-card game was distributed with Pepsi merchandise and at retail outlets. Dairy Queen.
Another unique product came from Bulls-i-Toys – Jurassic World Dog Tags. The entire collection consisted of 24 basic dog tags, 24 foil chase dog tags, 24 sticker cards half of which were lenticular, and 10 movie prop dog tags featuring actors of the film, including Chris Pratt and Vincent D’Onofrio.
Promo cards were also produced for Samsung/Universal Studios in 1995 to promote Jurassic World. The eight cards revolved around the movie’s dinosaurs, including Tyrannosaurus Rex and Velociraptor. The cards were distributed at select Best Buy stores across the United States.
The first collection of related cards produced by Topps, Jurassic Park, arrived in time for the release of the first film in 1993. Consisting of 36 eight-card decks and a sticker, the set included a standard 88-card base with dinosaurs, the park, characters, history and the film. It also had a 13-card subset with Crash’s artwork. Eleven puzzle stickers and four chase card holograms were also available.
In addition to the cards, Topps Comics produced a four-issue film adaptation in comic book form, which was bagged with promotional cards. Of the nine promos, two contained film footage, with the rest consisting of illustrations from the comic books. A promotional five-card cello pack was also available.
Not one to rest on its laurels, Topps followed a few months later with the Jurassic Park Series 2 cards. The per-pack and per-box configurations were the same as the first, with cards featuring more dinos and more in behind the scenes. The numbering resumed from the first set and ran from #89-154. There were also 11 stickers and the same four holograms.
But Topps wasn’t done with its Jurassic Park release for 1993, launching the Jurassic Park Gold Series. The cards were the same as cards 1-88 of the first series but with a gold embossed JP logo on the front of the cards. The series was rounded out with four action holograms and ten art cards from Arthur Adams, Howard Chaykin, Joe Quesada, Mark Schultz, Kent Williams, and more.
Kenner supplemented the collection of dinosaur-related cards in late 1993 with a 67-card deck based on the film while featuring artwork on the front and dinosaur information and trivia on the back.
Topps has returned with another prehistoric adventure through the Jurassic period with their Jurassic Park: Lost World cards in 1997. The 72-card set included Artifacts, Diorama Showcase, Behind the Scenes, and Dinosuar Gallery cards along with the usual intro and checklist cards. There were 36 packs per box with six cards and one sticker per pack. A promotional card of an embossed Stegosaurus completes the set.
One of the most ambitious companies probably started in 2001 when Inkworks launched Jurassic Park III 3-D in the world. Consisting of 36 decks of seven cards per box, the breakdown was as follows: 1–36 miscellaneous story and character cards, 37–45 Jaw 2 Claw, 46–54 Dino Discoveries, and 55–72 Field Guide cards. This set included chase cards including 3D viewing glasses (or mail-in offer card), CD-ROM game cards, four Jurassic X-treme die-cut cards, and Ragin’ Refractor Prismatic Foil cards (six ), with blue backgrounds. and green funds. Mega Mayhem Foil Embossed and Reptile Rumble cards were also included in the chase sets.
Bulls-i-Toys have also returned to the Jurassic Park playground with their own offering: Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. The series had 24 seven-card decks and contained scenes from the film. Although a little weird, most of the cards didn’t have titles on them. There were also 15 Dino Pursuit cards, nine Heat ‘N Reveal, nine Glow in the Dark, nine 3-D Action Dino, and seven Costume cards.
Not available in the United States, but produced for Australia and New Zealand, were the Jurassic Park maps based on the first film and produced by Dynamic Forces. The cards contained images not easily seen in the United States and also included Prism and 3-D Pop-Up cards.
With the inclusion of the latest film, it’s obvious that the dinosaur appeal is here to stay, and the plethora of card games makes it easy for fans to collect and relive all the excitement of the original and new. Jurassic Park/World movies.
In the 1990s, Topps licensed properties for trading cards and comic books, through their Topps Comics division. After the theatrical success of Jurassic Park in 1993, as well as Topps’ release of trading cards and a four-issue film adaptation, the company expanded the story with a follow-up comic series featuring original stories. One such comic was the two-issue Jurassic Park Raptor spin-off by Steve Englehart and Armando Gil. Topps, globally known as a confectionery and trading card company, sold its comics in polythene bags with trading cards inserted. One of the most memorable card games was renowned artist William Stout’s series of six decks. Three cards were inserted in each of the two numbers.