Wednesday, June 3, 2015


 ** This post was made possible by Universal Pictures #TeamJurassic.  I was provided the featured products for free but all opinions expressed are honest and my own **

One of my all time favorite movie scenes is when a glass of water begins to ripple to foreshadow the arrival of a Tyrannosaurus Rex dinosaur in 1993's Jurassic Park.  That was such a great way to merge visual and sound effects with the suspense of the scene to immerse people so they really felt part of the movie.  Add to that the groundbreaking special effects plus the velociraptors as villains that kept you on the edge of your seat and you know Jurassic Park is on my list of summer blockbusters I deem great.  I also appreciate how Jurassic Park portrayed Michael Crichton's novel on the big screen showing that a science fiction movie doesn't always have to be about aliens and space ships to have a great plot and be a success at the box office.

While the theme park never got off the ground in the original movie on June 12, 2015 #JurassicWorld will be open to the public.  Twenty-two years after the events of Jurassic Park, John Hammond's vision of a dinosaur theme park has become a reality on Isla Nublar, an island located near Costa Rica off Central America's Pacific Coast.  This new park isn't owned by Hammond though but rather a huge business conglomerate called Masrani Corporation.  When the theme park isn't making its budget projections, the park's operations manager takes some risks to increase its profitability.  Of course you know that is going to lead to trouble!

The Velociraptors will be back on June 12 in JURASSIC WORLD! Will they be the dangerous adversaries we remember them to be in this movie ... or could they be the good guys who save the day this time?!   As part of A Geek Daddy blog being a member of  #TeamJurassic helping Universal Pictures promote the film, I received a super detailed Hasbro Jurassic World Velociraptor toy for my kids to play with.  They also sent along with it an interesting augmented reality enhanced hardcover book Jurassic World: Where Dinosaurs Come To Life and an informative paperback book titled Jurassic World Dinosaur Field Guide.  Of course we don't want to leave our blog readers out of the fun, so I also have a second of box of these great Jurassic World items to giveaway!

For a chance to win the Hasbro Velociraptor toy, the Carlton Books' Jurassic World: Where Dinosaurs Come To Life augmented reality book, and the Random House Jurassic World Dinosaur Field Guide paperback you must be a US or Canadian resident over 18 years old and submit one or both of the following entry methods to earn up to 2 entries prior to 11:59 pm EST on Friday June 12, 2015:

Congrats to Alina from Valparaiso Indiana who won the book & toy giveaway!

FACEBOOK (1 Entry) Visit our Facebook page and on the contest post submit a comment sharing which dinosaur you would most like to see on a visit to Jurassic World.

EMAIL (1 Entry)  E-mail thegeekdaddy [at] yahoo [dot] com your name and mailing address. Email subject line should be DINORIFFIC.

All valid entries will be assigned a number in the order they are received and one number will be  selected to determine the winner using  E-mails will only be used to contact the winner and deleted following the selection of a winner.

Jurassic World Velociraptor Figures
Clever as ever, the Jurassic World raptors are masterful hunters on the lookout for prey. The assortment features three of the most popular raptors from the Jurassic World movie, Charlie, Delta, and Echo.  The figures each span approximately 12 inches long with articulated arms, legs, and tails.  Each sold separately. Available at most major toy retailers nationwide and on

Jurassic World: Where Dinosaurs Come to Life (Hardcover)
The official Augmented Reality book to accompany the highly anticipated Jurassic World includes five breathtaking Augmented Reality sequences featuring life-size dinosaurs and a brand-new dual user mode. This book is the perfect purchase for every Jurassic World and dinosaur fan. Plus, a free interactive app brings the action alive . . . right at home!

Jurassic World Dinosaur Field Guide (Paperback)
Written by two noted paleontologists and illustrated in big bold colors, the Jurassic World Dinosaur Field Guide is a kid-friendly nonfiction guide that uses simple text to describe over 100 dinosaurs. Kids will learn tons of awesome facts about the most well-known dinosaurs and some of the newest discoveries.

Rated PG-13, JURASSIC WORLD will roar into theaters on June 12, 2015. In addition to standard theaters, it will also be available Real D 3D and IMAX 3D.  Don't worry about annoying lines or the show you want to go to being sold out, buy your tickets online in advance today:  

Disclaimer & Rules:

A Geek Daddy Blog will select a random winner on  Monday, June 15, 2015 ( 1 winner will be selected from a random draw of all eligible entries - each submitted entry will be assigned a number and a random number will be drawn to select a winner based upon total entries ).  By participating in this contest you waive any liability towards A Geek Daddy Blog or its publisher that may arise from your involvement with this promotion. Only one entrant per mailing address per giveaway. If you have won the same prize on another blog, you will not be eligible to win again. Winner is subject to eligibility verification.  A Geek Daddy Blog is hosting this giveaway as a benefit to our readers.  Information for this post was provided by Universal Pictures.  A Geek Daddy Blog did receive items  of value in exchange for writing this blog post.  While some of the promotional information was provided by Universal Pictures the views and opinions expressed are my own. Universal Pictures is responsible for the delivery of the prizes in this promotion. The Hasbro toy may differentiate from the one shown but will be of similar quality and value.

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