Hasbro changes the gender of all the dinosaurs for Jurassic World toys because girl dinos have cooties

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Let’s make one thing clear. All the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park and Jurassic World are female. This is actually a plot point both in the first movie and in the books.

Incompetent or evil? Depends on what movie you are watching.

All the animals in Jurassic Park are female. We’ve engineered them that way. …

We control their chromosomes. It’s really not that difficult. All vertebrate embryos are inherently female anyway, they just require an extra hormone given at the right developmental stage to make them male. We simply deny them that.

While admittedly this system ran into some major bugs in the first movie. It appears they have worked the kinks out by Jurassic World, which begins with the park fully open and functional, and a complete lack of surplus dinosaurs feasting on the entrails of wayward tourists.

In particular, the velociraptors made in the movie are female. They are part of a program InGen set up with Chris Pratt’s Navy Seal / “dino whisperer” character Owen. We are told the raptors “imprinted” on Owen in the lab.

Some people online actually joked that the raptors allow the movie to pass the Bechdel Test. After all, the dinosaurs do have a conversation halfway through the movie. (I maintain it fails the test because even though they are talking, I’m pretty sure they are talking about Pratt.)

So the dinos are girl dinosaurs, which in any sane world would mean absolutely nothing — after all, dinosaurs don’t care about gender politics.

Unfortunately, people do.

Jessica Halladay over at The Geekiary ordered a toy version of “Blue,” Pratt’s lead raptor buddy in the movie, from the Hasbro. But while reading the description of the toy, she noticed something strange.

I ordered a Blue figure because I couldn’t resist.  Only, I noticed something strange.  Blue is a girl.  The description done by Hasbro referred to her as a “he.”  I thought, ‘Huh, that’s weird. Maybe they just wrote a bad description.’  But, I checked the descriptions for Charlie, Delta, and Echo as well. All were described as males by Hasbro.  They’re all females.

That’s right, Hasbro is so afraid that boys won’t play with anything girly, that they reassigned the genders of all the dinosaurs in Jurassic World so as not to bruise fragile male egos.

Blue - Jurassic World

Who’s a pretty girl?

It is a bit of a slippery slope, though. If Hasbro admits that kids might actually play with female dinosaurs, the next thing you know they might have to make female superheroes…

…and we know they aren’t going to do that.

via The Geekiary

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John Marcotte

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  1. Justin says:

    In the movie and in the books it was explained that they used frog DNA to fill in gaps in the dinosaur DNA, which allowed the dinosaurs to change their sex. They bred the dinosaurs to be female to control populations. This was something they didn’t account for. So this article is bullshit. The indication that there are both male and female dinosaurs ESPECIALLY RAPTORS happens when they find a fucking raptor egg in the middle of nowhere. It’s clear as fucking day in the movie. Maybe watch an entire movie before you pretend to be an expert on it.

    • John Marcotte John Marcotte says:

      Hi Justin!

      Hasbro admitted they were wrong and changed the description of the dinosaurs back to female, which everyone — from the studio to Hasbro — agrees they were in the first place. The Hasbro site also identified Indominus Rex as male even though it is referred to as “she” several times in the movie.

      The frog DNA problem was from the first batch of dinosaurs, and was corrected before opening Jurassic World. Jurassic World explicitly states that the dinos trust Pratt, because “he imprinted on them in the lab.” Lab bred dinos are female.

      Hasbro agrees. I agree. The movie studio agrees.

      They don’t find a raptor egg in this movie. They found one in Jurassic Park III on Isla Sorna — a completely movie featuring a different island overrun by non-lab-grown dinosaurs that were able to breed using the old defective frog-based DNA.

      So, you’re wrong, just like Hasbro. The only difference is Hasbro was willing to admit it.