Here are my previous reviews of the 2011 and 2012 Kre-O sets, Micro-Changers Preview and First Series, and the Toys R Us exclusive Ironhide. Here are links to the newest Kre-O toy reviews, Beast Blade Optimus Prime, Battle Net Bumblebee, Dragon Assault, Mech Venom Strike, and Ripclaw Strike.
Transformers Kre-O Beast Hunters Beast Blade Optimus Prime
Beast: I wish I could tell you what this guy’s name is, but in their infinite idiocy, Hasbro didn’t give him one. Colors aside he looks a lot like Ravage. While I like the color scheme, I think someone may have been high when they came up with it.
Kreons: The new Optimus Prime Kreon is really nice, but I wish they had made him a Micro-Changer. More interesting is the human partner he comes with. It’s Kicker from Energon. I’m not sure why they decided to include Kicker, but he is a great addition. The only thing I can think of is that someone noticed the slight resemblance in vehicle design between Energon Optimus Prime and Beast Hunters Optimus Prime.
Vehicle Mode: This might be my favorite Kre-O Optimus Prime yet. His vehicle mode is well designed, and you can turn around those missiles on his back and point them forward over the cab (though I didn’t get a picture of it).
Robot Mode: His robot mode is really great looking. Like many Kre-O robots, his shoulders sit a little low in relation to his head, but it’s not bad looking because the plates on his shoulders cover it up. His head looks very G1 inspired, and I really like the missiles on his back. He comes with an additional set of hands. They are a softer plastic. That’s not a huge deal, but I still prefer the standard fists to the ones they have been using of late.
Overall: Each round of Kre-O toys has gone down in size and number of sets (though at Toyfair the literature claimed there would be 8 sets, and they have only released 5, so there may be a few more coming). With the announcement of the new Construct-Bots coming this summer (think Lego Hero Factory) it seems that the Kre-O line (for Transformers at least) is coming to an end. The only other upcoming toys are the Micro-Change combiners. Four of them are trickling out, though I haven’t found them. The Toyfair literature lists seven of those, so we should be getting three more. My guess is that will be it for Kre-O Transformers, but we’ll have to wait and see.
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