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Today we will be looking at Rex’s Plantimal Ambush Polybag set 30460. This set came out in 2019, has 32 pieces and was designed for people 6 and up.
To celebrate the long-awaited release of the second LEGO movie and help promote all the new sets tied into the movie, LEGO gave this Polybag away free with purchases of $40 or more of LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part themed sets.
The set comes with Rex Dangervest. Rex is also voiced by Chris Pratt. Since Chris Pratt’s career launched into Stardom thanks to both The LEGO Movie and Guardians of the Galaxy in 2014, it’s only fair that LEGO made Rex’s character a satire of the actor portraying him and his success since then.
Rex is a Space Traveling (Passenger), galaxy defending (Guardians of the Galaxy), cowboy (The Magnificent 7) and raptor trainer (Jurrasic World), who likes building furniture (Christopher Pratts Furniture Store), busting heads, and has chiseled looks previously hidden under baby fat (Parks and Recreation).
Why does Chris Pratt voice Rex and Emmet? Rex Dangervest is a future version of Emmet. When I first saw this figure, I knew there would be some connection to Emmet, because LEGO did an incredible job with its design. The torso piece was what stood out to me the most. You can see the silver stripes that match emmet’s. If you look closely, the undershirt design is identical, except Rex’s is a darker color. Now that we know what to look for, you will notice both Emmet and Rex have two pockets.
The leg piece had the biggest change in design. Rather than plain silver bands, Rex now wore thick armored knee pads. To fit this tougher look he also has steel toed boots for kicking butt.
Rex has two facial expressions. The cocky crooked smile of a man who lives for danger and the scowl of a man not used to being told what to do. The rough unshaven look is easily covered up in the back by that long hair piece.
The hair piece was also expertly done. Rex has long unkept hair. It reminds me of Snake Plissken’s hair style in Escape From New York, which is also based on a dystopian future. However, taking every detail into account, LEGO kept Emmet’s Cowlick.
Rex comes with a double-barreled gun. The gun looks lethal and is a new design for me. As far as I can tell, this gun makes its debut appearance in this set.
The Plantimal is my favorite part of the set. These creatures might have been a small part of the movie, but they are such a creative and fun build, that I could not help but fall in love with them. This particular design is the fourth of four variations LEGO has made, but I hope there will be a lot more in the future. This version is very similar to the 1st variation plantimal, but it has four orange leaves at the bottom that act almost as a skirt.
The different shades of purple and dark blue gave it an exotic look and the orange leaves helped everything pop. The glitter translucent purple pieces established its extraterrestrial origins. What really impressed me was the use of a lavender crab for its hands and the clip part of a 6x5 sword leaf for its mouth. It was this creative use of pieces that set it above other builds.
This was a great set for LEGO to give away as a promotion for The LEGO Movie 2 film and building sets. Rex is a new character in the film that people had not seen yet, making him the perfect choice as an introductory character. The Plantimal is a great build with some uniquely colored pieces, giving people a peek into the creative world of the theme.