Hasbro and Universal launch Transformers x Jurassic Park mash-up… proving that life does find a way

Even if you could never have imagined it, life… (you’ve guessed it), finds a way. Hasbro has finally partnered up with Universal Brand Development and Amblin Entertainment to create the DNA mash-up we’ve all been waiting for; bringing Jurassic Park and the Transformers franchise together for the first time.

Under the new partnership, the iconic T.Rex and Ford Explorer from the blockbuster 1993 Jurassic Park have been transformed into… well, Transformers. And the names of these beautiful creations? Tyrannocon Rex and Autobot JP93, of course.

The new Transformers x Jurassic Park figure and vehicle pack celebrates the 1993 movie that set the course for Universal’s Jurassic franchise almost 30 years ago. Both the Tyrannocon Rex and the Autobot JP93 feature a combined 260 unique details inspired by moments from the Jurassic Park film.

The Tyrannocon Rex figure converts into T.Rex mode in 27 steps and features detailed molded dinosaur texture. The figure features a new head mold and stands at seven inches.

Meanwhile, fans can enjoy a heavy dose of nostalgia through one of the film’s iconic vehicles, as the Autobot JP93 converts into the 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 moment in the original film in whihc the T.Rex escapes her enclosure and crushes the Ford Explorer. The packaging also includes a cardboard backdrop illustration of the T. Rex’s cage, allowing fans to recreate the scene.

A press release from Hasbro read: “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 Tyrannocaon Rex figure and Autobot JP93 vehicle pack are available to pre-order for $104.99 (around £75) on Amazon.

A second release of the figure and vehicle pack will be available starting December 1 this year via Hasbro’s fan-facing platform, Hasbro Pulse as well as select retailers worldwide.

Zavvi teams with DUST! to launch ultra-exclusive pop culture puzzles range

The UK online retailer Zavvi has partnered with DUST! to launch a new limited-edition range of fully-licensed movie themed jigsaw puzzles, bringing the artwork of some of cinema’s best-loved cult classics to the jigsaw space.

The partnership witnesses the launch of 12 limited edition 1000-piece jigsaw puzzles, each featuring images and movie posters from a selection of popular film franchises, including Jaws, Back to the Future, Transformers, and Jurassic Park.

The limited edition puzzles are all 50cm by 70cm with only 1000 of each design in production worldwide, making the range ultra-exclusive. Each puzzle retails at £14.99.

The range is available to pre-order via Zavvi now. The retailer has urged fans to place their orders quickly before the limited product roll-out sells out.

Other designs in the collection include the 1982 sci-fi classic The Thing, a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Classic Comic Book design, a Back to the Future DeLorean Schematic, and a Twister Impossible puzzle, featuring the design of the classic party game of the same name.