Review: Rex’s Rex-treme Offroader

In all honesty, I bought this set because I wanted a blue velociraptor. The other set that comes with them is considerably more expensive, and I already have Emmet, Rex, and a plantimal. But, these LEGO® Movie 2 sets have been great fun so far, so, let’s go ahead and take a closer look. As always, if you are curious about how I generate my scores in this article, you can check out my rating system.

Rex’s Rex-treme Offroader box art

SET SUMMARY

NAME: Rex’s Rex-treme Offroader
SET #: 70826
THEME: LEGO® Movie 2
COST: $29.99 CAD
BRICK COUNT: 236
MINIFIGURES: 2
OF INTEREST: Velociraptor
RELEASE DATE: January 5, 2019

Rex’s Rex-treme Offroader box contents

SUMMARY REVIEW: 87%

VALUE: 93% (Good price-per-brick, excellent build time.)

BUILD: 80% (Solid and well designed set, but not amazing.)

MINIFIGURES: 91% (Nicely designed, key characters. Good brick:fig.)

ENTERTAINMENT: 85% (Great for play, maybe not a keeper for AFOLs.)

Plantimal

REVIEW

VALUE: 93%

Rex’s Rex-treme Offroader costs $29.99 in Canada, and comes with 236 parts. This means that you are paying $0.13 per brick. That is a touch below my current average of $0.14 per brick. That earns this set a pretty good score of 86%.

A blue velociraptor armed to the teeth!

The Offroader took me 55 minutes to assemble from start to finish. At $29.99, each minute of build time cost me $0.55. That is really good, and earns 100%. Averaging this score with the price-per-brick score gives the Offroader an overall value rating of 93%.

Rex Dangervest.

BUILD: 80%

The Offroader is a pretty sturdy little build, and it looks nice too. I don’t have any complaints about the the appearance of this set. You also get a little play feature where turning a gear under the car causes the guns to rotate. The gear is a little awkwardly placed for play though. As you turn the gear, your hand will be blocking whatever you want to shoot at. Perhaps this is less of a problem for smaller hands. I also quite like that there are two seats up front, and third facing the back to operate the guns. The small plantimal build is almost the same as the one that came in Rex’s Plantimal Ambush (click here to read my review).

Front view of Rex’s Rex-treme Offroader.

There are a couple of strange aspects to this design though. When you flip it over to look at the underside, there are some Technic pins and a couple of swiveling “wrench” pieces that appear to serve no purpose what-so-ever. Since this set does have two other alternate builds (which I did not assemble), my best guess is that these extras are needed there, and were simply inserted here for “storage”.

Side of Rex’s Rex-treme Offroader.

In the end, there are only two minor details that I think are off on this set. And I do mean minor, so I won’t even deduct full marks for them.

  • The useless parts under the chassis (-0.5)
  • The strange positioning of the gear to operate the guns (-0.5)

Mostly, I am a fan of this build. I like that:

  • It can hold three Minifigures (+1)
  • Each seat has some sort of a control for a Minifigure to use in play (+1)
  • The design looks good (+1)
  • The guns are able to swivel (even if the gear is awkwardly placed (+1)

Rex’s Rex-treme Offroader is a nice set, but it didn’t blow my socks off. It achieves an overall build score of 8/10 (80%).

Rear view of Rex’s Rex-treme Offroader.

MINIFIGURES: 91%

There are two Minifigures included in the Offroader set: Rex Dangervest (obviously) and Emmet Brickowski. This set is actually a pretty cost effective way to get both of these characters in their “regular” form. Both are also available in the Minifigure series, as well as in polybags though. In terms of design, they are fun characters. Both come with all the standard Minifigure parts, double-sided faces, front and back printed torsos, and front printing on their legs. Rex also has some arm printing. I would gave them 25/30 (83%) for those specs alone. But, you also get some accessories, like a briefcase, a coffee cup, and an awesome blue velociraptor. Those bring the score up to 28/30 (93%).

Front view of Emmet and Rex.

Technically speaking, there are only two Minifigures included in this kit. But, getting a velociraptor is definitely a plus, especially since it is not one solid piece, and has many movable parts. So, while it is not a “Minifigure”, I will still count it in the brick-to-figure ratio. With that said, you are looking at a ratio of 1 figurine for every 79 bricks. That is good in my books, and earns 88%. Averaging this score with the design score give the Offroader an overall Minifigure rating of 91%.

Rear view of Emmet and Rex.

ENTERTAINMENT: 85%

I am not generally a fan of the over abundance of vehicles in the City and Super Heroes themes, because after a while I find myself asking if I really need so many variants of the same things. However, in the case of the LEGO® Movie 2 theme, I doubt we will see that problem since this theme will not likely carry on for years with new sets. So, getting key vehicles to play out movie related scene would be a lot of fun for kids (I know that I would have loved it). For adults, this set is fine, but unless you are a die-hard fan of the movie, it is mostly likely spare parts for you collection and perhaps a couple of neat ideas for a MOC buggy. From a play perspective, I would give this set 5/5, but from an AFOL point of view, it is more like 3.5/5. Overall, that brings this set to 8.5/10 (85%) in my opinion.

Alternate faces for Emmet and Rex.

OVERALL: 87%

As a kid, I would have probably wanted this set. If I was a parent, I would probably buy this for my kid. It is a nice, fun design, and it comes with two main movie characters, as well as a raptor. Looking at the price, it is not overly expensive, and it is a good value at the same time. From an adult’s point of view, this set is all about the raptor for me. I got the characters in other sets, and I don’t really need the Offroader. All the same, I do like this set.

Side view of the Offroader.

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Until next time,

-Tom

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