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Mattel’s Jurassic Park Ford Explorer is On The Way in New Legacy Collection Set

By April 13, 2021April 15th, 2021News

I’m not going to waste any time with the introduction to this article – the vehicle which all of us have been asking for is finally coming to the Jurassic World Legacy Collection. At long last we are getting the 1/18th scale Ford Explorer we have all been craving – this one being Explorer 04 from the iconic T-Rex breakout sequence in the first Jurassic Park film. Let’s talk about this fantastic new playset!

The key feature here is the 1/18 scale Ford Explorer – and it looks as though Mattel have gone to town with the paint applications and details on this vehicle. Everything from the rollbars and caged tail lights feels authentic, and we even have smaller details like the sculpted sensor at the front of the vehicle, and the additional spotlight on the passenger side. Even better, however, is the fact that the Explorer has opening doors – something which we haven’t seen on any of the other vehicles in the Legacy Collection. Whilst you could argue there are a couple of imperfections here and there, the vehicle overall looks perfect – encapsulating the iconic vehicle which we have all come to know and love.

Even better – the set comes with another brand-new human figure in the form of Tim Murphy – a character which fans have wanted to add to their collections for some time. Whilst the set would have benefitted from the inclusion of Lex, too, we can’t complain as Tim appears to have received a LOT of paint applications. He has a striped T-Shirt, paint for his socks and shoes, and also even paint for his neckerchief – all of which feels much more detailed than the recent release of Dennis Nedry. Combine this with the inclusion of some Night Vision goggles, too, and we have a fantastic new addition to the ever expanding list of human characters now available.

Lastly, but by no means least, we have the ever-iconic Rexy included – this figure in arguably her most authentic classic JP paint scheme yet. The T-Rex appears to be a re-deco of the pre-existing Extreme Chompin mould, but she looks fantastic here – with her darker, more earthy tones reflected on this figure. We all know that this set isn’t about the T-Rex – but having her included with such a nice level of detail is commendable, and helps to make this a complete package.

Courtesy of Smyths, we know that this set is going to retail for 39.99, and is due for release in June of this year. The set is currently up for pre-order in the UK, and we would imagine this set will eventually turn up as a future reveal for Beyond The Gates on Target, too. The official description reads as follows:

The Jurassic World Legacy Collection roars into action celebrating classic moments, themes and characters from the blockbuster film franchise! This movie moments playset is an exhilarating way to relive the pivotal scene from the original Jurassic Park film when young Tim Murphy, wearing night vision goggles, hides from the T. rex in a Ford Explorer and eventually escapes!

Replay all the action of the dinosaur attacking the truck, with a breakaway roof for realistic frightening moments! All elements feature authentic sculpting, colour and realistic texture for action-packed play! Colours and decorations may vary. For ages 8 years old and up.

It’s safe to say we can’t wait to get our hands on this set! What do you think? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below, and stay tuned here on Collect Jurassic for the last Jurassic collecting news!

Join the discussion 14 Comments

  • Erik says:

    Alguien sabe cuando sale en México y si es así en que tiendas llegarían?

  • the 157393th T. rex so far says:

    Well, I was browsing the news and saw this. HOW DID I MISS THIS?!?!? This is great, they finally made that Ford Explorer that anyone who likes JP and this toyline wanted for so long. it looks like the T. rex doesn’t have the jaw tied to an action feature, and they’re going the route they took with the Extreme Damage T. rex. I think they will be doing the same for most of the extreme chomping T. rexes. It also looks like the Jowls are enlarged on this one as well as the Epic Roaring one from Camp Cretaceous. It’s nice to see a young Rexy and not just lots of Isla Sorna rexes and Misc Rexys from her later years. It is also nice to see a new character: Tim Murphy. I cannot tell if the goggles are static or can flip up/come off sort of like the Baryonyx breakout Owen’s helmet, however more likely than not the goggles don’t come off. the Explorer itself looks promising, as the roof window is on a hinge, allowing people to reenact the scene where Lex and Tim try to hold the pane up against the might of the T. rex. the wheels undoubtedly spin, however unfortunately it looks like the tires are plastic. I don’t own any of the JW/JP vehicles as of yet, but it may or may not be the norm for vehicles. also, since Mattel apparently cannot afford rubber tires on their Matchboxes and Hotwheels, they probably didn’t put them on anyway. Maybe there might be a feature where the rex can chew on the tire (whether it be plastic or rubber) and that could be really nice. it looks like at least the back doors can open. all I hope is that a set is released with Gennaro and possibly some elements of that Destruct-a-Saurs T. rex set, such as the generator (as the bathroom) and a repainted T. rex itself so that it can destroy the bathroom. maybe the other Ford Explorer could be included, and as I said, Genarro, maybe Lex, Ian Malcom, and raincoat Ellie Sattler. hopefully, the Lost World Trailer is next.

  • Christopher Duffy says:

    ? wow!! I’m totally excited about this newly re-design of the Jungle Ford Explorer getting made and ready to be shipped out to all major Target ? Stores in the USA ??. Anyone have an idea ? when it’s going to be released ? I’m pre-ordering it.

  • The Jurassic Collectibles says:

    I’m sending Mattel a letter about sets they could make. Like a visitors center, command center like they made in the 90s, and a ton of lost world and jp3 toys.

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  • Andrewsarchus says:

    This set looks awesome, can’t wait for this one to come out

  • When and where?!? Hopefully they get in the stores! We are still waiting for the Camp Cretaceous Spino here in Cali but no luck. Hopefully soon…

  • Anonymous says:

    I hope they also release a set with a Rexy figure (either a repainted bite n’ fight or extreme chompin repaint) with 2 raptors and the iconic banner with a t rex skeleton

  • CrazedCoati says:


    Now all we need is a playset of a collapsible bathroom with Gennaro and we can recreate one of the most iconic deaths in franchise, nay, cinematic history! C’mon Mattel make our other dreams come true then move on to Lost World vehicles, as much as I’m loving this there’s more movies under the Legacy banner y’know.

  • Finally they made a Jungle explorer by mattel.

  • Anonymous says:

    I need this toys

  • Gooper Blooper says:

    Hey, now we’re talking! Now, ideally this set would have been $30 and included Lex instead of Rexy, but that’s a clear example of Mattel’s practice of including dinosaur repaints with humans and vehicles, which has been the standard since 2019 or so (the Baryonyx Breakout set, the ATV story pack, etc). The good part is that the Extreme Chompin Rex might be my favorite of all the Mattel toys, so I don’t mind picking up extras too much. Making the set Target exclusive makes it difficult for me to get, but I probably can pick it up if I try.