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Rex is a major character in the Toy Story franchise. He is a large, green, plastic Tyrannosaurus Rex. He is one of Woody's five best friends. He is a supporting character in the original Toy Story, a major character of Toy Story 2, one of the main characters of Toy Story 3, and a supporting character in Toy Story 4.
Rex is the fourth most popular and recognizable character from the Toy Story franchise after Buzz, Woody, and Jessie.
The Dinosaur Who eats Force-Field Dogs
Well, I brought my dinosaur who eats force field dogs!
During Andy's play scenario that occurs in the opening sequences for both Toy Story and Toy Story 3, the latter taking place in real-world imagination in the Wild West, Rex is portrayed as Sheriff Woody's Dinosaur Who Eats Force Field Dogs. When summoned by Woody (and his allies in Toy Story 3), his role is to destroy an "Attack Dog with a Built-In Force Field" (Slinky's role), which Mr. Potato Head's character, One-Eyed Bart (as well as his goons in Toy Story 3), has summoned for protection, so Woody can arrest Bart. In the third film, Jessie yodels out to summon the dinosaur, who appears from the cracking ground below. However, before he can destroy the "force field," he is interrupted when a spaceship controlled by Evil Dr. Porkchop (Hamm's character) appears, and Dr. Porkchop warps the villains, along with their attack dog, back inside the spaceship. Dr. Porkchop then activates "Death by Monkeys" to capture the heroes, and the Dinosaur Who Eats Force Field Dogs ends up being run over and defeated by the monkeys.
Rick Moranis, Martin Short, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Rob Schneider and the late Robin Williams were all considered to voice Rex before Wallace Shawn was cast.
In an early concept art, Rex was originally going to be a stuffed Apatosaurus toy instead of a plastic Tyrannosaurus Rex toy.