75933 T. Rex Transport doesn’t shy away from a simple and familiar set-up, and is all the better for it
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75933 T. Rex Transport isn’t the LEGO Group’s first go at interpreting the scenario of transporting a Tyrannosaurus rex, nor their first at building a large scale truck, and it shows in the detail and mastery of how both the scenario and the vehicle in question are achieved. Most thankfully, where 2015’s 75918 T. rex Tracker was highly derivative of 2012’s 5885 Triceratops Trapper, 75933 T. Rex Transport comes across as a wholly more original concept, perhaps in part the benefit of clearer access to source material during the design stage (was anything like 75918 T. rex Tracker spotted in Jurassic World?).
That originality is best felt in the structure of the truck, which thanks to a combination of clever technique and neat usage of space available, offers a modern and wholly believable American-style cabin and wheelbase. Like 90% of LEGO vehicles it is a central one-seater, but the high position of the driver combined with the angles that the build creates offers a final vehicle that is very pleasing on the eye.
Construction of the trailer that it pulls is once again a useful demonstration on efficient usage of parts. Whilst some of the Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom sets have struggled to come together as final, complete models for the best play and display, there’s no doubting the skill that the designers have applied across the board, working to far more limited part counts than in other ranges. The build here picks up on functions available from previous sets such as 75918 T. rex Tracker – the adjustable top supports, the collapsible sides – and packs them together in the guise of a more traditional trailer. Importantly, beyond the smooth finish to the truck and its trailer, both come together to offer a proportionally-sized transport option for that sizeable LEGO T-Rex. The combined eight-wheeler isn’t too slim nor too short, meaning that when the dinosaur stands inside, neither vehicle nor creature is left looking disproportional by the other.
The trailer has a symmetrical design front and back, beyond the wheels and support underneath, with both ends open, presumably for easy escape for any of the three minifigures included.
The minifigures include two guards and named character Zia Rodriguez, played by Daniella Pineda. The likeness to the fictional paleo veterinarian is expertly captured, and from the t-shirt design to the dual moulded legs, this is certainly a highly desirable minifigure. Her motivation as a character is to save the dinosaurs, so the rather mysterious white box-light contraption that is built as part of 75933 T. Rex Transport is presumably to subdue the T-Rex. It uses the same rubber tubes that construct the main electrical fence in the excellent c75931 Dilophosaurus Outpost Attack, but unfortunately here, whilst they are suitable to the T-Rex’s height and pliable enough to its weight to not move it around (the box art suggests one of the white connectors attaches to its back), the other tube in Zia’s hands will only displace her, uncomfortably so, without the support of a baseplate to stick her down on.
The T-Rex is a new print on a previous mould and once more, like a number of the System set dinos in the LEGO Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom range, its colour palette has been toned down compared to three years ago, for a more movie-like feel. It makes for a fresh enough look to this latest version of what is otherwise an increasingly common LEGO dinosaur.
In all, 75933 T. Rex Transport is much closer to standout sets 75931 Dilophosaurus Outpost Attack and 75927 Stygimoloch Breakout than it is to some of the other, harder sells in the LEGO Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom range, thanks to a simple premise backed up by smart usage of the brick. At £59.99 it will come in a little costly for what is essentially one vehicle, one dinosaur and one desirable, unique minifigure, meaning it won’t necessarily be the first set you pick up. However, it is strong enough to warrant your attention eventually, be careful not to miss it.