Review: 30460 Rex's Plantimal Ambush

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Rex Dangervest is among the most interesting new characters to appear in The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part so his relative rarity across the range is somewhat disappointing. 30460 Rex's Plantimal Ambush is therefore a lovely polybag as this offers a fantastic opportunity to acquire Rex Dangervest wearing his typical attire.

The colourful Plantimal is similarly appealing in my opinion as it contains numerous unusual pieces and provides potential for army building, joining the Plantimals found in 70826 Rex's Rex-treme Offroader and 70835 Rex's Rexplorer.

Minifigure

Emmet becomes immediately captivated by Rex Dangervest during The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and that is hardly surprising as this minifigure looks fantastic. His dark brown hair piece is entirely new and includes impressive texture while the double-sided head is decorated with stubble and strong cheekbones. These expressions are only otherwise available in 70831 Emmet's Dream House/Rescue Rocket.

30460 Rex's Plantimal Ambush

The minifigure wears dark blue overalls which are emblazoned with Rex's emblem on both sides. I like the metallic silver strips and both wrists feature dark blue bands, matching the gloves. The legs appear similarly detailed and Rex wields a gigantic laser weapon with two pearl dark grey barrels and a couple of lime green highlights. This is probably my favourite of the different blasters that appear in the sets.

30460 Rex's Plantimal Ambush

The Completed Model

Many bizarre creatures inhabit the Systar System, including the Plantimals. These are designed using traditional plant elements in bright colours, including a magenta palm frond and small leaves which are available in orange for the first time. These might be of limited use elsewhere but they look magnificent here. Such lurid colours seem appropriate for a tropical jungle environment and contrast with the duller shades of Apocalypseburg.

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Furthermore, some trans-purple glitter pieces are visible behind the Plantimal and a lavender crab is also included, cleverly providing some textured detail. A similar variant, with fewer orange leaves, appears in 70826 Rex's Rex-treme Offroader which is slightly disappointing as many different Plantimals populate the film, although this is probably my favourite of the smaller creatures.

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Overall

30460 Rex's Plantimal Ambush is an excellent polybag. It contains one of the most impressive figures from The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part and an interesting model which incorporates some brilliant elements. In fact, I might be tempted to purchase a few of these polybags and assemble a small army of Plantimals as I think they are fun characters.

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Moreover, I am pleased to see Rex Dangervest in a polybag and would certainly recommend this to anyone who is not intending to acquire the larger sets that feature Rex, even if you already have the Collectable Minifigure. This example appears more frequently during the film and I love his exclusive hair piece so is certainly worth adding to your collection.

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16 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Good review. One thing though: This plantimal is not exactly the same as the other in the 70826 Rextreme off roader, as this has the four orange leaf pieces at the bottom whereas the other doesn’t. I guess you said “similar variant” but a clarification might be nice. Excellent and accurate review otherwise.

“Dark blue overalls”. I believe it is a vest, since he and Emmet are “vest friends” ;-)

I got this at my lego store a couple days ago. They let me buy it for four dollars which was nice. A cheap way to get a regular Rex figure. And nice plantimal too. It might have been nice had it contained a baby raptor as well but such is life.

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By in United States,

Thank you for your review; I now see that this plantimal cousin is an Hawaiian.

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By in United States,

This is a nice subject for a polybag set since it makes it much easier for people to fill out the Plantimal planet scenes featured in some of the bigger sets, or to stockpile parts for their own Plantimals. The many useful and interesting recolors here are just the icing on the cake!

Some of these recolored plant pieces will be especially fantastic for Elves MOCs (though right now I have so many MOCs in progress that I probably shouldn't be sidelining too many of them for new ones). I doubt I'll go out of my way to get this set, but I might potentially still benefit from it secondhand since it will drive down the BrickLink price on some of these parts if I decide I need them later. Thanks for the review!

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By in United States,

Thanks for the review. I had originally thought the upside down 'crown leaf plant' in earth blue was black (from looking at the polybag) and would have been great to use on decorative city lamposts but unfortunately not. I'm sure it'll find other uses however.

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By in United Kingdom,

This would be handy just for parts and if you buy a few of them maybe change hair pieces to make team Rex and make the ultimate plantimal army that would be cool..

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By in United States,

Local stores near me have been sold out for a while. Too pricey for me on eBay...

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By in Netherlands,

The only downside I have is that Rex's hairpiece seems to fall off easily :(

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By in United States,

Rex's alternate face print is a bit jacked up if I'm seeing correctly.

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By in United States,

I love this set. Great minifig and pieces. On Thursday at my local LEGO brand store, they ran out of the Unikitty Roller Coaster Wagon polybag as free gift. I missed it by two hours. The store employee went to the back and gave me this for free as compensation. I was very happy.

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By in Canada,

I was super happy to see this poly! There just aren't enough Plantimals in the line.

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By in United States,

The Plantimals were adorable and having such an easy way to stockpile them is great! I would've personally preferred the rounded one with four legs from the Rexplorer to be given a cheaper release however.

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By in United States,

When Rex was truly revealed then I was like what?!?!?!? A truly great polybag.

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By in United States,

I really want a set with the sparkly version of Benny with that sparkly trans-blue spaceship. MOAR BENNY!

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By in Spain,

If I tell the truth, I got a bit disappointed when I went to a Lego Store to buy some sets and get the 30406 Unikitty Roller Coaster Wagon and as they ran out of them, they offer me this polybag for every $25 I spend. As I wanted to buy the sets, I took them and they gave me 3 of these as the máximum (I spent more tan $100).

After reading the review, perhaps I get more interested in it, but with the coaster wagon I wanted to create something more special.

I hope you all are right and this polybag worth it!!

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By in Poland,

"so his relative rarity across the range is somewhat disappointing"
Guys it was in BOOK, CMFs and in Magazine. Every one has at least one.

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By in New Zealand,

Good review. I really love the facial expression of this Rex. Sad it either only comes with Emmet's dream house or this polybag. I reckon LEGO should make this types of polybag more widely available. Be sure to check out my review too: https://youtu.be/zQPbsbqDzFE

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