In July of 1998, shortly after the release of 'The Lost World' toyline,
a new wave of Jurassic Park toys hit retailers. Kenner Parker's new
creation was named 'Chaos Effect', and as the action figures packed
store shelves it became obvious the name wasn't the only thing unusual
about this release.
As the story behind the toyline elucidates, the formula that brought
Jurassic Park's original creatures to life has since mysteriously vanished.
Now, a handful of desperate researchers attempt to piece together the
missing genetic puzzle. With virtually no idea as to where to begin,
they have decided to cross-breed InGen's existing animals, and mix their
genes with that of modern day beasts.
As quoted from the back of Chaos Effect packages, the result of this
careless DNA tempering was "ultra-ferocious, hybrid dinosaurs -
the most aggressive predators ever-wreaking chaos on an unsuspecting
world!" According to the rest of the story, these mutations escape
from captivity soon after, and as a result humankind is put in a position
of great peril.
The concept of mutated dinosaurs evidently didn't flow too well with
scores of Jurassic Park fans. Unlike Kenner's other releases, which
received rave reviews, this line was, and generally still is, considered
to be a failure. As testimony to the toylines vast unpopularity, the
Chaos Effect paintjobs were voted to be the ugliest of all existing
Jurassic Park toylines.
Yet not all fans believe Chaos Effect to be an utter disappointment.
Some consider these to be the coolest Jurassic Park toys ever made.
Regardless of that fact, the toys themselves did not market well, and
Kenner quickly canceled the second series before it was released. Series
II was rumored to primarily focus on the 'Night Hunter' line, with a
full thirteen new figures planned.
Only two human figures were ever released for the entire Chaos Effect
toyline. One was a peculiar version of Ian Malcolm, and the other an
apparent Roland Tembo figure. Unfortunately, the likeness for either
of the toys was simply awful. Aside from that, they resembled typical
Kenner action figures.
In total, ten dinosaurs were released. A few of these were simple repaints
of The Lost World toys, while the remaining others were completely new
sculpts. The brand new figures were genetic mutations and hybrids, with
names such as Paradeinonychus and Velocirapterx. These were meant to
be the spotlight of the new series, but which such whacky paintjobs
their look was, for many, hard to appreciate.
A number of the Chaos Effect repaints are now particularly rare toys.
The Lost World's triceratops repaint has only been seen on one occasion,
during the 1998 Toy Fair. Another rarity is the Omega T. rex. Both were
produced in small numbers due to other Chaos Effect toys not selling
Vehicles and Playsets
Four vehicles were released as part of the Chaos Effect toyline. The
largest of the group was the repaint of the Mobile Command Center. This
is the enormous trailer that can be seen in the second Jurassic Park
film, and for unknown reasons it was painted in multiple colors. Two
other vehicles belong to the SABRE group, while the last one is a relatively
bulky triceratops dozer. Regrettably, these four vehicles are not very
detailed, and like the dinosaurs, the vehicle paintjobs make no sense
About eight Chaos Effect toys were never released to the public. This
was due to marketing failures, and the toys' inability to garner much
profit. Two of those eight unreleased figures were prototypes, and the
rest were canceled before their production ever started. These are known
only through concept art.