I wanted to address the sudden removal of social media accounts for Andy’s Dinosaur Reviews (YouTube) and Collect Jurassic (Instagram) due to early ‘reveals’ of Mattel’s Jurassic World: Dominion toys. As many of you know, Andy has been a huge supporter of my Beasts of the Mesozoic line in addition to many other dinosaur lines from smaller companies. And while admittedly I do not collect the Jurassic World toys myself, I was a fan of Collect Jurassic on Instagram for their high-quality toy photos. So it goes without saying that this is an extremely inappropriate and unnecessary response to these content creators who’ve given so much of of their time to support Mattel’s products over the past few years, when a simple warning would’ve sufficed. As it stands, Andy’s YouTube account is in danger of being deleted within the next five days and Collect Jurassic’s account has already been removed on Instagram. It may be helpful for people to reach out to Mattel, YouTube and Instagram directly about this issue, but I think this is a good opportunity for us acknowledge the people who give their time and effort to inform the dinosaur collector community, and how special their contributions are.
I’ll be posting links in the comments here for Andy’s new YouTube channel, a video from Laura Legends explaining all of this way better than I can, and a direct link to Collect Jurassic’s main web page where you can follow them on their various social media platforms. I sincerely hope that this is reversed by Mattel, but we can’t expect anything to happen. What we can do is rally behind our content creators and show our gratitude by supporting them during this time. We see now that we can’t take their work for granted, but it can all continue with the help of our community. Thanks everyone!