I was recently given the chance to preview one of Hasbro's newest creations, a very LEGO-like line of toys called KRE-O. My preview came in the form of the 316 piece KRE-O Transformers Starscream Decepticon/Jet kit.
The KRE-O Starscream comes with the aforementioned three hundred plus pieces, a thick instruction booklet (primarily full of photos), and one sheet of stickers that are applied during the construction of Starscream. It also comes with two figurines, a pilot for the jet version of Starscream and a mini version of everyone's favorite despicable Decepticon, the beloved Starscream.
The pieces and instructions are photocopies of LEGO kits. There is very little difference at all. In fact, the KRE-O box hypes the fact that their pieces are interchangeable with "leading brands" of blocks. It is very much like purchasing a store brand or knock-off brand of LEGOs in order to save a few bucks without actually saving said bucks.
With that said, however, Hasbro cut no corners in the quality of the pieces and in the finished product. You can build Starscream in his jet or robot form. Both creations include moveable parts, my favorites being the opening cockpit and retractable landing gear while Starscream is in jet mode.
The attention to detail is brilliant. The figure has excellent weight and the stickers look very good.
You CANNOT transform the jet into Starscream or vice versa. You must build each version of Starscream separately. If you wish to have a completed version of Starscream in jet version and in robot form, you'll need to buy two kits. However, if you enjoy the challenge of building and rebuilding both versions, you'll only need one kit to do this.
I must admit that when this kit arrived in the mail, the twelve year old boy in me jumped to the front of the bus. I couldn't wait to tear the kit open and start building Starscream.
If you have a child who enjoys Transformers and/or building LEGO kits, give the KRE-O Starscream a whirl. Hasbro has plans to release this kit and at least three others later this year. The other kits are Optimus Prime, Bumblebee, and Megatron. According to HASBRO's website, there will be a total of twelve KRE-O Transformers released and all will vary in price and difficulty.