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album: Jurassic World Dominion (Panini)

stickers: 216 (1-154, P1-P62), 50 cards (C1-C50)

starter pack: album + 3 packets + 3 cards limited edition 2,99€

box: 24 packets (4 stickers + 1 card per packet) 1,00€ each

mini box of 5 packets 4,99€

Some albums make your heart beat faster, it doesn’t always happen, less often than we would like, but this time it did. Not because of a close encounter with T-Rex (luckily ..) but because of this new album dedicated to the latest film in the Jurassic World / Park saga. Curated, full of information, exciting, as if the domination of the dinosaurs were really a reality and finally with a glossy paper without creases or problems easily recognizable to the touch and sight.

“Where were we left?”, Thus the album starts and it could not be otherwise. Coexistence with dinosaurs is no longer utopia, in the previous film a little girl wanted to give them freedom and now they are among us, after all it is man’s greed and thirst for money to have recreated them, a sci-fi but damn current warning how much the hand of man, of the powerful, can affect the future of our planet and our very existence.

The strength of this album is knowing how to relaunch what has already been seen in previous albums making it more captivating, targeted and particular. If the Jurassic saga has not only been a success for many years, but it is a true passion for many, especially children, it is mainly due to the curiosity that these creatures arouse, because, let’s face it, everyone has wanted at least once to be able to see a dinosaur. live (let’s be satisfied with cinema, comics and literature, which is better).

This collection is therefore a perfect mix of science and science fiction, page after page the cards of the dinosaurs protagonists and alongside the salient phases of the film. The cards of the animals are really delicious, they are not abstract, like in a school book, but they are a guide to get to know these prehistoric beings, taking the “frame” of the film.

Classic rectangular stickers, but also shaped and illustrated. We know, the shapes are difficult to attach and it is an adventure to fit them exactly with the design printed on the album, but they are their beauty. Enthusiasm for the mini stickers, necessary for the classification of the dinosaurs and the sample of the skin, had it been embossed or rough to the touch we would have reached the apotheosis but even so the idea works. In short, it is certainly a fun album to complete for children of all ages.

We do not intend to reveal too much to spoil the pleasure of the film, it is difficult to understand if it can be more appropriate to browse the album, reading all the details, the locations, the secrets of the film and then get excited go and rediscover them on the big screen, or resist, wait to go to the cinema and then run home to attach the stickers to remember through our little paper friends all the emotions we experienced while watching the film.

Several times you have read in our reviews the doubts about making albums that are too long, even less if they are also connected to a set of cards. This is not the case, in the meantime the album has an acceptable number of stickers, considering that we are talking about a blockbuster, secondly there are no parts that could have been skipped, indeed of the two perhaps a few more pages could also fit, but better thus, taking into account that, if it is true that the album contains “just” 154 stickers, the gigantic poster must also be considered.

The central poster is, in fact, a second album, the inside contains 62 stickers, if we are not at a record we are certainly close. Are we the only ones who imagine having the original copy hanging at home?!? So follow the movements of the dinosaurs based on the sightings (for those who clearly have been able to come back to tell it). An alternative solution to create this maxi poster could be to make the printed map and the various dinosaurs as stick & stack stickers so to allow them to be moved, the children would surely have liked it. If anything, it is difficult to correctly attach 42 (forty-two) stickers next to each other. Here you have to rely on Panini quality, an incorrect cut would lead to disaster, worse than the passage of a Brachiosaurus!

The poster is a pleasure to read even in its external part, a real guide to recognize and if possible, when necessary, avoid the less tame dinosaurs. Does a sign prohibiting riding a Triceratops seem superfluous? Maybe, but when in doubt, better underline it. Brilliant poster, the mix between fiction and reality that almost makes us doubt where one begins and the other ends.

In addition to the 216 stickers, we also find 50 cards. We are often against this solution, because we fear that it is only a means of making the collection more expensive by adding something superfluous. This is not the case in our opinion. We do not cry for a miracle, but compared to other Panini productions, even the cards know how to be an added value. The album lived very well even without it, but they still make themselves appreciated. The top would have been to create a set of survival cards, taking up themes, texts and images from the central poster. Perhaps by creating a combination of the two objects, perhaps even a game, even a super classic one such as the “Gioco dell’Oca” (Jurassic Goose, of course). Dear Panini, take it as a suggestion for a possible future album; what will there be? In our opinion, yes.

The total of the cards is actually 55, adding at least 5 limited edition cards, 3 attached to the starter pack, 2 exclusively on the Panini website by purchasing a box of 24 (the same one that is on newsstands). To understand if more will come out, as already happened with the last Harry Potter.

The worst mistake you can make in collecting this album is just sticking the stickers, really enjoy it, reading all the captions, you won’t regret it. Another tip, for the central poster, to avoid possible problems, collect all the stickers and then give yourself to the completion or at least do it when you have found a whole row of stickers, horizontal or vertical 😉


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3 November 2023