Peel Here #78, It’s even based on true events, sort of…

By Shawn Robare

It’s been forever and a day since I saw the movie that the stickers below are merchandised off of, so all I have to go on when it comes to Baby: Secret of the Lost Legend are some vague happy memories of watching the sort of realistic dinosaurs and only partially making the connection that they were being saved by non other than the greatest American hero himself, William Katt.

Though typically I’m a proponent of practical effect over CGI, I have to say that looking back at these Topps sticker cards from 1985 I think I would have a difficult time coming to the defense of the effects in the film.  The baby brontosaurus looks just side of papier-mâché or perhaps a piñata as far as quality goes and I’m sure it must have been difficult for Katt and Sean Young (who play’s Katt’s wife) to try and act alongside it.  When I look back on films that put actors in similar situations like E.T., Short Circuit, Gremlins, Spacecamp, and heck even Critters, I don’t see the same issues.  Maybe there needs to be a size limitation on the animatronic acting counterpart or something, I don’t know.  You can tell the production team had their hearts in the right place though and maybe just overreached their limitations a bit after the blockbuster success of flicks like Star Wars.

One thing I’m really not fond of is how the designers of the DVD packaging for this flick are trying to rip off Jurassic Park (as you can see here in the new logo.)  It’s like reverse timely vampiric marketing.

Looking back on it I’m not exactly surprised that this flick had an entire card and sticker set merchandised off of it, I’m actually surprised that there weren’t more products since typically toy lines and such are developed in advance so they can be ready in stores after a film’s release.  I guess either the producers weren’t sure about the marketing, or the various companies bidding for the property weren’t interested.

These sticker cards are pretty standard fare interms of Topps film merchandising output over the 80s.  11 stickers and one cardback puzzle.

  • Jay

    a triumphant post Shawn. This is the kind of obscure nostalgia that makes your site so unique. You’re right, that new logo sooo rips of Jurassic Park! I remember loving this movie…but mainly because like alot of other kids, I was obsessed with Dinosaurs way before Jurassic Park was made into a movie.

  • Harris

    whoa, i haven’t thought about BABY is ages. i remember being very excited at the time that the Greatest American Hero was in a movie, and dragging my dad to go see it in the theatre at least twice (i’ve got to give my dad some credit, his having been forced during my childhood to sit through multiple screenings of this as well as BUCKAROO BANZAI, DUNE, GREYSTOKE, ICE PIRATES and SPACE RAIDERS [even though the first two are actually pretty good movies])

  • Lamar The Revenger

    When I first saw this movie, it was on video unedited. It seemed when ever they would have it on TV the networks would cut the film down to an hour. (they did this to Flight of the Navigator too) It was really annoying.

  • narvolicious

    Aw man, I actually saw that movie back in the day…lol. Classic sticker collection. Kinda weird that Katt’s shirt’s all jacked up and wet like that…with him posing next to the dino it’s like it barfed on him or something. Either that or it’s a big ol’ drool spot, or maybe he’s breaking a big ol’ sweat having to deal with that animatronic beast. Who knows.

  • Belinda

    wow. baby lives on. i found this on DVD a year or so ago, and have so far made at least 6 of my friends watch it. i don’t think it was quite as well known here in australia, but i watched this at least a hundred times as a kid.