Here's another standard of the dino playset: Tyrannosaurus, lovingly referred to as "T-Rex." A set without
T-Rex would be like a tea set without the tea kettle...am I right? Okay, bad analogy.
T-Rex was long thought to be the quintessential terrifying meat-eater of his time--and his popularity
as the meanest dude in the Age of Dinos remained unchallenged, until Jurassic Park came along and introduced us to
Raptors and Spinosaurus.
In addition, T-Rex's spot as biggest carnivorous dinosaur ever found was usurped with the recent discovery of even
larger theropod dinos: Giganotosaurus and Carchodontosaurus.
Barnum Brown discovered the first T-Rex fossil in 1902, and named by Henry Fairfield Osborn in 1905. In 1990, an amateur
fossil hunter named Susan Hendrickson discovered the largest, best preserved, and most complete skeleton of T-Rex ever found.
Nicknamed "Sue" after its discoverer, the fossil now resides in the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago.
The Marx T-Rex figure is the first version of T-Rex Marx released (1955), believed by many to be based
on that Zallinger mural we all know and love. He's referred to as the "Pot-Bellied" version, and is pretty much just standing
there--a very stationery beast. It almost seems like he's so fat that all he has the energy to do is wave his little
arm, perhaps attempting to beckon his prey over to him so that he doesn't have to chase it down. One can almost imagine a
tiny beer in his little saurian hand...
Anyhow. Marx, for one reason or another, decided to re-design T-Rex (see Tyrannosaurus v.2).