The JP Power Wheels Jeep is the Perfect Gift for Jurassic Park Fans

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

A functioning toy replica of Jurassic Park's Jeep Wrangler has been released by Walmart Canada and Power Wheels, just in time for Christmas.

The latest release from Power Wheels can allow young fans to truly embrace their dinosaur hunter and get around in true Jurassic Park style. Based on Michael Crichton's novel of the same name, Jurassic Park was directed by Steven Spielberg. The film follows a handpicked group chosen to experience a new titular park themed around genetically recreated dinosaurs. Unfortunately, things famously go awry when some of the more deadly creatures released from captivity. A huge hit critically and commercially, the film would go on to spawn a host of sequels centered alternately on Jeff Goldblum's Ian Malcolm and Sam Neill's Alan Grant.

The dino-themed adventure franchise was later soft rebooted/continued by Colin Trevorrow with Jurassic World. Starring Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard, the modernized installments were met with praise and a healthy box office - most notably for its somewhat self-referential tone and commitment to nostalgia. Jurassic World ultimately received a cinematic sequel of its own. It also spawned a short film - Battle at Big Rock - which directly followed on from the status quo established in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. It also offered a teasing insight into what fans can expect from the already confirmed third outing. Jurassic World 3 will see Goldblum, Neill, and Laura Dern all reprise their rolesRegardless of everything that has come since, however, nothing has resonated quite as strongly with fans as the beloved original.

Channeling that nostalgia just in time for Christmas, Walmart Canada has unveiled a functioning replica of the film's Jeep as part of their "50 Cool Ideas for Boys" range. Able to seat two, the Power Wheels Jeep Wrangler comes packed with Jurassic Park-themed graphics and styling. It also features cool dinosaur sounds and realistic Jeep Wrangler "chase" sounds. The Jurassic Park Jeep can reach up to 2.5 mph on grass and 5 mph on hard surfaces. All come with parent-controlled high-speed lockout and power-lock brakes. Made for ages 3-7, there is also a real working light bar, roomy storage area, and fully functioning doors.

It is just one of many 2019 Christmas Gift Guides on offer this season, and just in time for Black Friday. It also perfectly timed with the production on Jurassic World 3, which continues to ramp up its casting process. Pratt and Howard are also set to return. Equally, Justice Smith and Danielle Pineda will reprise their roles from Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. They will be joined by franchise newcomers DeWanda Wise in a lead role and Sorry For Your Loss star Mamoudoun Athie in an unknown role. Official plot details, however, remain firmly under wraps. After passing the baton to J.A. Bayona for the middle installment, Trevorrow will return to the director's chair. He also co-wrote the script with Emily Carmichael.

It's the return of Goldblum, Neill, and Dern, however, that has fans truly excited. Goldblum, of course, had a role in Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom. Unfortunately, it turned out to be little more than a cameo. In Jurassic World 3, though, each character will have a much more prominent and expanded role. Having survived the initial violent mayhem (and a few other adventures since), they will doubt have welcome experience and expertise necessary to navigate the new world order. The Jeep Wrangler in Jurassic Park was often crucial to Ian Malcolm, Alan Grant, and Ellie Sattler's survival - even at one point, helping them escape a Tyrannosaurus Rex. As such, it'll be a perfect gift for young fans to escape an imagined T-Rex of their own.