Monday, July 2, 2018

Toy Review: Off-Road Rescue Rig from Matchbox: Jurassic World by Mattel

 On Thursday evening I was at my local Wal-Mart and I discovered some new Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Matchbox cars. One of the vehicles I picked up is called the Off-Road Rescue Rig. It's an armored truck, probably an Oshkosh FMTV, that is equipped with a harness and chains on the truck bed to accommodate transporting a dinosaur of some sort. I definitely recall similar vehicles in the film but having only seen it once I can't confirm any specifics about when this was used. This is definitely used early in the film, however, when the dinosaurs are being "rescued" from Isla Nublar. Matchbox has released quite a robust offering of vehicles from the Jurassic Park series and considering they cost around a dollar each, I'm more than happy to pick them up. Let's check up this cool dinosaur hauler after the break...

 The Facts:

Model Number: FMX05

Length: 2 3/4ths inches

Non-Scalper Price: $1.25

* The truck is a pretty heavy duty looking truck with a large bed equipped with a removable reddish-brown harness used to restrain a dinosaur. It also sports six tires, probably a requirement for "off-road" status. It's a nice looking vehicle that seems like it is built for some tough trips.

* I like the printing on the side of the vehicle that includes some vehicle designation numbers (the #21 and the #04671) and a logo of a Pteranodon. The detail isn't bad on the cab of the truck but I do wish the windows used translucent plastic like Hot Wheels. From what I can tell, the windows on these things are supposed to be clear and translucent.

* The truck bed is very cool. You can remove the harness rig in order to see some chains on the bed of the truck and a massive slash in the metal.
The Off-Road Rescue Rig itself is cool but the ability to remove the harness for the dinosaurs and the little details on the truck bed elevate this quite a bit for me. This one easily gets a Great rating, especially considering how inexpensive it is. I'm really glad that Mattel/ Matchbox seems so devoted to this property and I have high hopes that we will see some more Jurassic Park: Legacy vehicles in the future. Still, for now we're definitely getting some great stuff and considering how affordable it is fans should be thrilled!

I've reviewed more Matchbox: Jurassic World vehicles, including:
Armored Action Truck
Island Transport Team 


  1. Would the mini dinosaurs you got for Father's Day fit in the back of this truck?

  2. The reason the harness rig/frame thing is removable is so you can attach the cage from the Armored Action Transporter, making it look more like the actual truck in the film which was used to transport Blue.

    1. That's a really cool idea. I was wondering if some of these would be interchangeable.


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