75933 T. rex Transport is the latest in a line of LEGO vehicles designed for transporting Tyrannosaurus rex around.
75918 T-Rex Tracker, the Jurassic World set from 2015, also looks incapable of incarcerating a 9-tonne carnivore for very long. Thankfully the one released today, 75933 T. rex Transport, appears to be far more suitable. Let's see how it fares...
The 609-piece set, which will set you back £59.99/$69.99/69.99€, contains three minifigures. Two guards and Zia.
Guard number 1 is equipped with a electric lance for keeping the dinos under control.
The dark blue torso and legs are finely printed with belt, pockets and a utility vest. The detailing continues onto the back.
Guard number 2 is identically attired save for the addition of a bandana, and is armed with a stud shooter.
Zia Rodriguez (played by Daniella Pineda) is a member of the Dinosaur Protection Group and its in-house paleo-veterinarian. [Source]
She's wearing a cool dinosaur shirt under her olive green jacket, grey trousers and red boots, portrayed by bi-coloured plastic legs.
Again, there's a good level of detail on the torso which extends onto the back. She's equipped with a syringe.
The set provides two, although you might miss the baby velociraptor when perusing the box and official pictures.
It's well decorated and very cute, but to be honest it's a bit out of place in this set given there are no adults of the species in it, or anywhere to house or transport it.
I hadn't noticed until it was pointed ont in the comments that there's a misprint on its eyes: there should be a yellow background to them but it's been printed too high on the head.
The star of the set is, of course, the Tyrannosaurus rex. It's identical to those which appeared in the 2012 Dino and 2015 Jurassic World sets although it is cast in a new colour plastic and sports new markings: enough reasons to add it to your collection even if you have the others.
Here it is with relatives from 5887 Dino Defense HQ (green) and 5886 T-Rex Hunter (brown). I'm sure I have the fourth variant from 75918 T-Rex Tracker but it wasn't in my drawer marked 'Carnivores' when I checked yesterday :)
I could complain about it being much the same as previous versions but to be honest it's pretty much perfect and doesn't need improving, so I don't need to.
This mobile laboratory provides Zia with the tools of her trade to use out in the field. It looks as if she's DNA sequencing or something, judging by the sticker that forms the display.
The ends of the flexible wires can be unclipped and presumably used for heart rate monitoring or something like that.
The sides fold up for easier transportation but it's still too big for a minifig to haul around and unfortunately there's no space on the truck to stow it.
T. rex Transport
The vehicles in dino-themed sets always seem to be totally inadequate and unrealistic but that not the case here. It looks perfectly suited to the job in hand, and robust enough to keep the T. rex restrained.
The tractor unit is not bad at all, and doesn't suffer from wheels sticking out too far from the wheel arches/fenders, as is too often the case.
The black parts on the cab. look out of place, though, and it's unfortunate that the required dark blue parts were not available.
The trailer can be detached from the tractor unit and a leg is provided to allow it to be balanced when standalone.
The bars at the top can be hinged opened to facilitate unloading...
..and the sides lowered...
...resulting in the inevitable mishap once the carnivore is free...
I think the designers have done a great job of producing something that looks believable this time, which could not be said of their last effort (75918 T-Rex Tracker).
I don't think the outside of the vehicle is shown in any of the film's trailers so it remains to be seen how close to the source material it is.
If I have one complaint it's that the dinosaur can't be loaded in from the back, as there's a bar in the way and the aperture is too small for it to fit through, but then I don't suppose you can load a T. rex onto a trailer like you can a horse...
There's a lot to like about this set. A great- and believable-looking truck, a superb dinosaur and three great minifigs. Zia is, I believe, unique to this set, so if you're after a full cast of characters you'll need to buy it for her.
The mobile lab seems a bit superfluous, and the baby dino certainly is, but they are welcome additions nevertheless and of course add to the play value.
It looks to be one of the better Jurassic World sets and I suppose the price (£59.99/$69.99/69.99€) is not outrageous, unlike that for some of the others in the range.
Now I'm off to swap out the black pieces in the cab with dark blue...
Thanks to LEGO for providing this set for review, which is an expression of my own opinions.