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Now the idea of building a Transformer out of Legos or any other building blocks is hardly a new one because anyone who's ever laid hands on such toys will have at one point or another tried to do it. But never has there been an official toy company who's gone out a produced a whole range of them--until now.
Still, those Kre-Ons looked pretty darn cute. And they do have a whole range of them out right now--Optimus, Bumblebee, Mirage, Sideswipe, Megatron, Shockwave, and Prowl, just to name a few off the top of my head. I had even told the Rangerlord what many have expressed online--if they sold the Kre-Ons separately, I'd grab 'em. He agreed too.
Like: Customizable parts. Smokestacks, helmet, legs, torso. If you get more Kre-Ons you can swap out the parts for sure.
Dislike: That the right leg joint and the right smokestack are a tad looser than the left sides'
Like: That the parts are compatible with Legos! Prime stands well on Lego pieces but can't quite sit because of the wheels on the side of his legs. I the wheels weren't in the way he'd fit perfectly. Accessories clip well into his hands and his gun does the same with Lego minfigs. But while his helmet fits snugly on a minifig head, the headgear from Legos tends to be a little loose on Prime's bare head.
Unfortunately, that's where the minifig/Kre-On compatibility ends. Their legs are not interchangeable, nor are their hands. And though I didn't pop them off for a try, I suspect their are won't fit on each other's torsos either. :(
Dislike: Any Transformer worth anything can transform--this Kre-On obviously can't. But I can forgive this because he's quite the cute lil' fella. However the bigger counterparts of Prime and the other characters are quite another matter--sure, they come apart and you can build the vehicle form, but that's cheating. ;P
|That's about as close as it gets...|
Like: That his ion cannon is customized to look like the one from the cartoon series. This is probably a more important detail than most care to admit. I know one of the first few things I look for in any good Optimus figure is his gun and this one does a greatly satisfying job of providing a great likeness.
Poseability: 8/10 - Simply delightful! Even though I thought the ball joints were severely limited, upon playing around with the fig I realized what a big difference even the smallest range of motion can make, especially in this scale. Optimus can twist at the waist, stand with his feet wide, pose looking like he's in mid stride, point his gun somewhat sideways, and have his arms look like they're really swinging. I'd say Prime's poseability is the one feature of his that surprised me the most!
Fun: 7/10 - Even with just 8 points of articulation, I really enjoyed what I could get out of this guy. The customizability of the figure will also prove to be lots of fun once you can get your hands on more accessories. (I'm thinking a gold ax-hand at least...) It'll also be more fun if you could get your hands on just the Kre-Ons instead of buying whole sets. That's in the works, I hear. But for now this is a 7 because you can't.
What saves Kre-Ons and Kre-Os right now is their compatibility with other "leading brick-building brands," as they claim on the packaging of this here figure. I can gather all my loose Lego and start building a Teletran-1 or an Ark or even an Omega Supreme for all my TF Kre-Ons. But eventually, I'd like to see an Omega Supreme set, or a Metroplex Set, or the awesomeness that would be a Unicron set. Better yet if these and any new sets can transform without first coming apart. Aw yeah.
Value: 7/10 - It's okay if you like the large Kre-O "figure" that comes with the Kre-Ons (or is that vice versa? ;P) But until they offer the little guys without the sets or with a set that is the Ark or Metroplex or Unicron, I won't be spending too much money on these guys. But once they get the sets right and start to release the individual Kre-Ons, then it should be worth your while.
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