EDICOLA NEWS: THE REVIEWS nr. 150
album: ULTIMATE JURASSIC WORLD (Panini)
stickers: 216 (1-216) + 50 cards (C1-C50)
starter pack: album + 5 packets € 4.90
packets: € 1.00 (4 stickers + 1 card)
Album released quietly, so much so that in some newsstands it has yet to arrive while in others it has been for 10 days. Too bad because the idea is really interesting, re-proposing the whole universe of Jurassic films in a single album. Panini had already released a similar album on the Harry Potter saga, with excellent results, just try again. Indeed, hopefully it will go ahead with the idea! (e.g. Batman)
We have reached the milestone of 150 reviews and we are happy to do it with an album that is still important, some might see it as a mere filler, in reality it is well done.
In the first pages of the album we find the history of the construction of Jurassic Park, so not from the first film (1993) but since, based on the story of the film, it was decided to recreate the dinosaurs in the laboratory.
These pages are curious because they list events outside the films (company founding, first cloning, etc.) with film events, placing them in the right place in history.
Don’t you remember them all? Jurassic Park (1993), The Lost World (1997), Jurassic Park III (2001), Jurassic World (2015), The Destroyed Kingdom (2018) and we already know about the upcoming Dominion, scheduled for 2022.
To the delight of the children and not only the album continues with the Dinosaurs, animals that in the various films in the end you cannot stop to support, so evident is the human cruelty towards them. Like real movie characters (which they are), a page is dedicated to the most important, starting with Blue, then all the others up to 13 different dinosaurs. They do not follow a chronology but if anything, perhaps, the dinosaurs that have remained in the heart. Caption and form complete the information.
The next part is dedicated to Humans (more appropriate term would be Sapiens), even here the characters are not presented chronologically, in principle we find the most recent first but it is not a rule. Beautiful quotes that accompany each page with the famous phrases recited during the films.
An interesting detail is the whole setting of the album as if Jurassic Park / World had really existed, we do not find space for the names of the actors but only those impersonated in the various films. However, the main ones are all there: Jeff Goldblum, Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Chris Pratt, etc.
“Do you remember the first time you saw a dinosaur?”
After a few beautiful pages that tell the story of Nublar Island and all its places, as if it were a Holiday Club, here is the final part of the album with an overview of all the films and their unforgettable moments. Starting with 5 different logos! Captions and many stickers that reproduce every evening spent at the cinema (yes, a Dinosaur film must be seen first of all on a mega screen). 72 stickers on the films are a really nice feast of images.
The stickers are mostly images taken from various films, after all it is difficult to ask a T-Rex to pose, the main detail are the 20 stickers with the volume icon, you can find them both between the pages of the Dinosaurs and those about movies. By downloading the app you could hear the roars or watch some memorable scenes.
The 50 cards do not completely convince us, although they are nice and cared for so much that they are called Dinopedia. The designs are beautiful and the features are interesting, but they repeat what has already been presented in the album, although here it is more expanded. We would have seen everything in stickers perhaps shaped for a central poster or the creation of 50 different cards, Panini sometimes manages to do splendid work, for example in the case of the Harry Potter Saga album, with cards even of much higher quality than these (the back is the same for all, since the numbering is in front).
Apart from the criticisms on the cards, albums of really excellent workmanship, there is (again) the poor quality of the card used. We hope that the end of this tormented 2020 will also take away certain editorial choices that are not very understandable by the Modenese house.
An album with this card risks canceling the great work done in terms of graphics and content, think about it!