Saturday, June 10, 2017

#819 JURASSIC PARK - ALAN GRANT and ELLIE SATTLER (1993)



I have presented a few dinosaurs from this toyline based on the original Jurassic Park movie, but no figures so far. This is so, because the figures came with several accesories which are difficult to find, so completing figures costed me quite a long time.

Although they were great toys, I guess they didn´t sell very well. It was already a time were actions figures were decaying in popularity against videogames, and also being the movie a PG-13, I guess not many children bought the figures as Kenner may initially have expected.

The figures are copyrighted in 1992, and the movie was premiered in 1993, that is why the characters do not resemble the actors that played the roles. Also among the dinosaurs there are some which do not appear in the movie, so probably the toyline was made from the existing scripts before the movie was actually shot.



The two main characters with which the movie starts are Ellie Sattler and Alan Grant (Laura Dern and Sam Neill), two paleontologists specialized in dinosaurs. The third main character is Ian Malcolm (played by Jeff Goldblum), that did not appear as a figure in this very first Kenner release (Fail! - this character is actually the most remarkable in the first movie). The rest of characters can be considered as supporting roles. This would be correcte shortly afterwards in a second wave of figures which included repaints of all 5 figures plus 6 new ones.




In total there were 5 figures made, being the other three the bad-guy Denis Nedry, then the kid Tim Murphy and the Dinosaur Hunter Robert Muldoon, whose story is also quite secondary (many scenes were removed from the final cut?).

Most figures came with some action feature, not in the figure itself, but in the accessories. In this case, Ellie came with a firing missile launcher (well, not a missile, but a hook) and Alan came with a backpack that releases one flying sauria trap.

I took the figures out for the following diorama pictures. Hope you like them.



FACTS and FIGURES:
  • Name: ALAN GRANT and ELLIE SATTLER
  • Toy Line: Jurassic Park
  • Year: 1993
  • Company: Kenner (U.S.A.)
  • Size of the figures: Around 10 cm long
     

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