Random set of the day: Dino 4WD Trapper

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Dino 4WD Trapper

Dino 4WD Trapper

©2005 LEGO Group

Today's random set is 7296 Dino 4WD Trapper, released in 2005. It's one of 5 Dino 2010 sets produced that year. It contains 283 pieces and 1 minifig.

It's owned by 740 Brickset members. If you want to add it to your collection you might find it for sale at BrickLink or eBay.


27 comments on this article

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By in United States,

Purple velociraptors. Those exist in LEGO. Ok.

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By in Australia,

Oh gosh. These 'dino' sets were weird.

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By in United States,

The UK edition focused on "trapping", while the USA edition was loaded with guns to kill the dinos. Lego accurately assessed their customers in each market.

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By in Australia,

^ Rimefang Australia, Japan and other markets had the weaponised version. The capture version was the minority.

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By in United States,

The face on that caged dino is creepy. I also this you should at least have doors on a truck like this.

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By in Australia,

Yes, Australia got the "big guns" variants of the sets. I collected a couple of the smaller ones, but I think, these are the only sets Lego has ever released that I bought and then sold a few years later, because I had no interest in keeping them.

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By in Australia,

Truly a bizarre theme. Especially those ugly dinos.

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By in New Zealand,

Was this the only series to so significantly make regional variants like this? I know there are sometimes minor changes, but Dino 2010/Dino Attack are crazy in the changes between the two series. Substantially identical but the weapons versus capture devices is incredible.

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By in Netherlands,

2005......the only year I have no sets from since ‘81. So that would be considered as my “dark age”. And for good reason! These sets from dino 2010 / dino attack were awful!!

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By in United States,

Dino2010 is the story of science trying to save the renegade Dinosaurs, and Dino Attack was science saying "screw it, we'll blow them up instead" probably a decision made after the first T-Rex ate one of its captors. :P

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By in United States,

I don’t get the hate I loved these when I was 10!

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By in Germany,

This was one of the themes when being huge was the most important thing for a set.
The Helicopter was my first large set I bought with my own pocket money and I still really like it and I always wanted the other sets, but out of some reasons I never got any of them.

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By in France,

Wow. These dinos are so unexpected and unique to me! I really didn't know this existed!

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By in Australia,

I find it interesting how Dino 2010 is only 5 years away from the real life release date as in one would think theyd make it like Dino 2050 or something.

The whole dino 2010 and dino attack thing is quite silly to me. Why cant Yanks just capture dinos or UK, Europeans shoot the dinos?

The vehicles in this were also all ridiculously oversized and I never quite understood the whole point of the theme, especially when compared to say Lego Dino, a far more inviting theme with decent builds, realistic dinosaurs and an actual purpose as well as consistency across international markets.

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By in United States,

I had forgotten how weird the dinos in that line looked.

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By in Denmark,

This theme rules in two ways - the t-rex is gigantic compared with today’s midget sized version. Also the helicopter is gigantic - and difficult to place on a shelf.

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By in Denmark,

I must love this theme as apart from the attack helicopter I have all 10 sets in the two sister themes.

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By in United Kingdom,

@Mr. Thrawn: Actually I believe these dinos are supposed to be Coelophysis. There was a raptor in one of the other sets. It had a horn on its nose for some reason

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By in United Kingdom,

I had a couple of sets in this theme; not this one, but the Track Transport and the Buggy Chaser. They were... hm.

I enjoyed them at the time, let's say that. The Track Transport in particular was BIG and kind of felt like a good expeditionary vehicle; although I was bordering on the age where *playing* with the sets after I'd built them was no longer a big priority, so it mostly just became a pain to store the thing fully-assembled! Still, while the sets were certainly not as fleshed out as the might have been - and I completely understand the disdain for the giant mutant dino pieces - I don't think they were awful. Just, kind of, a product of their time... and of being a rush job after, according to Greg Farshtey (best known as the main author for Bionicle), the test audience hated the original take on the theme.

Another note, though: did anyone but me find it weird that the minifigures switched clothes with each other from one set to another? It wasn't just that they had different outfits each; there were five torso designs in the theme, and the four characters switched between them interchangeably (not always corresponding with the outfit that was shown on the set box image, either, in the case of the larger two sets).

((Tangentially related: WHERE WERE THE GIRL CHARACTERS, LEGO? WHERE?))

Also, as a point of interest: the differences between Attack and 2010 didn't just stop at guns vs. cages, or kill vs. capture; the whole setting was different. The Attack dinosaurs were mutants that had escaped into city and were an actual threat to (admittedly never depicted) civilians; while the 2010 dinos were presumably natural, and just wandering around their own volcano-strewn landscape, with - as far as I know - no real explanation for their existence.

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By in Germany,

I bought two of these from ebay just for the 7x3 bend technic beams (new dark grey) that I wanted for a project. At that time, there was no other source.
I remember that the car is ridiculously wide not matching the minifig.
The dinosaurs are made from a rubber-like material.

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By in United States,

The "dinosaurs" in this set are actually just "Mutant Lizards" canonically. Although part 54125 is called "COMPY" in LDD.

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By in United States,

Personally really enjoyed this theme. Very fond memories.

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By in Poland,

This theme had great builds. But dinos were rubbish

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By in Poland,

This theme had great builds. But dinos were rubbish

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By in United States,

@Rimefang LOL

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By in United States,

I don't have any of the sets, but some how ended up with one of the Mutant T-rex things, if you press a button on its head, it's eyes light up otherwise they are just transparent grey. The claws, legs, arms, and horns, are made from a weird plastic material (I really should know what it is considering I 3d print things.)

Overall I like the new dinos better.

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