It felt like something of a betrayal when the first Tolkien movies came out. The private world my dad had taken us (my two brothers and I) to on our Sunday walks was suddenly public property. Of course we went – in a revolutionary move, our mother took all of us, including dad, to see each and every one of the movies. Revolutionary? Well yes, to us, the idea of our father going to the movies was quite something. In fact, my father was probably most amazed of all. I can just picture his dazed expression. Not that my father is stupid – he’s a university professor and while he is nothing like the distracted stereotype, he does have his quirks. Going to movies is definitely not on his list of hobbies. 

Tolkien – he’s been loved for over half a century. The recent movies – part 3 of ‘The Hobbit’ is coming out soon – have increased his audience beyond anything I could have expected as a child when my dad read us The Hobbit and later ‘The Lord of the Rings’ at home and on our Sunday walks. These readings had in fact been devised as a way to keep us reasonably entertained on those walks. Although English is a second language for me, I read The Hobbit as a teen and most of The Lord of the Rings (the third volume was too dark for me, I skipped most of it). 

Tolkien and The Lord of the Rings are mythical – both in themselves, and in their effect on our worldwide culture. As Devin Brown rightly says: they create a world that seems as real as our own. A mythical world that has grown to mythical in it’s proportions as well.  [click to continue…]

Kre-O by Hasbro is a series of construction sets very similar to LEGO. In fact, Lego pieces are compatible with Kre-o pieces (and vice versa).

Shown above: KRE-O Battleship U.S.S. Missouri Set (38977)

LEGO is Better

From a construction perspective, LEGO is clearly just a tad bit higher quality. Kre-o sets fall apart sooner and the pieces come apart more easily. This is also an advantage: you won’t need fancy tools to pry apart Kre-o pieces.

Kre-O is Better (i.e. more affordable and good enough)

Kre-o is also, as you would expect from a new competitor, cheaper than Lego. In other words: you get a more complicated set for the same bucks. When it comes to the minifigures, they’re slightly larger (1 3/4 inch as opposed to lego’s 1 1/2 inch). There are two kinds: ‘humans’ and ‘kreons’. The latter are from outer space! The have a slightly more complicated physic than Lego minifigures – with elbow joints and consequently arms that move in more directions. What’s more: there are ‘micro-changers’ – mini-transformers. 

Generally users are very happy with their Kre-o sets and the Kre-O Transformers add a dimension to construction toys that is new – not available from Lego. It’s not just that these are war-toys, but also that you can build a large war-robot from the same pieces that you can use to build a car, truck or fire-engine.

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Transformers meets Lego – building construction toy with an edge!

Kre-O Transformers are real cool toys for boys for one simple reason – you get two toys for the price of one. Action Figure A Vehicle = lots of fun and excitement for the kids. Add to that the recent release of the popular movie Transformers 3 : Dark of the Moon, and you have a Toy Line which is up North in millions of wish lists. Kre-O is a new line of construction Toys from the reputed Toy manufacturer Hasbro. The Transformers construction sets mark the launch of Kre-O building blocks. These mighty beasts/vehicles will surely be very popular during Christmas. Grab your pieces before the stocks run dry!

This set has the Optimus Prime KreO Robot which can be turned into a truck AND a battle station. Included are 5 small kreon figures and two motor cycles, all of which fit into the truck.

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If you look carefully on the side of the trucks and the robot you can see why people compare these sets to Lego. The difference is clear though makes way less interesting giant robots :)

KreO Optimus Prime Transformer With Twin Cycles

This construction set s special, as it is a three in one Toy!!! Apart from assembling it as a Robot and a Truck – you can also use it as a Battle Station. Just detach the truck’s cab and your command center is ready! Certainly the top pick among the Kre-O Transformers sets for Christmas.

Recommended For ~ Children Between 8 and 14

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KRE-O Battleship U.S.S. Missouri Set

An exciting and challenging set that rivals LEGO sets in complexity. Users note that it is fun to build, though some parts are more fragile than you would expect from a LEGO set.  

The only non-transformer on my list. 

 

KRE-O Transformers Bumblebee Construction Set (36421) Use the three hundred and thirty five Kre-O bricks to assemble the Yellow and Black Transformer Robot, or the cool looking car. The set also includes three cool Kreon figures – BumbleBee, Red Alert, and Driver. You can seat up to 2 of them in the BumbleBee Car!

Recommended For ~ Children and Teens Between 7 and 14  

 kreo-transformer-sentinel-prime-fire-truck KRE-O Transformers Sentinel Prime Construction Set (30687)
KRE-O Transformers Sentinel Prime- FIRE TRUCK This robot turns into one of the favorite wheeled vehicles of boys: the firetruck. And vice versa of course. Is this robot really all that bad?  
   

KRE-O Transformers Autobot Jazz construction Set (31146)
The stylish robot can also be converted into an equally stylish car. As a bonus – this pack contains 2 Kreon figures – Autobot Jazz and Race Driver. Seat them inside the Car and get ready to blast the enemy!

Recommended For ~ Kids and Tweens Between 6 and 12

 

KRE-O Transformers Autobot Ratchet Construction Set (30662)
 Cool Kre-O Transformers set. This complete entertainment package includes one hundred and eighty seven Kre-O Bricks, two Kreon figures, stretcher, and fire axe accessories. A nice Christmas Gift indeed!

Recommended For ~ Kids Between 6 and 12

 

Transformers: Ultimate Kreon Collection of action figures

KRE-O Transformers Ultimate Kreon Collection (A4641)

NOTE: these are just the minifigures, NOT a complete KREO construction set. 

However, they do go well with other Kre-o sets, for pretend (war) play. 

 

KRE-O Transformers Starscream Construction Set (30667)
Our Warrior is all set to rule the skies – as a Robot or as an Airplane. He is one of my favorite Transformer, and I am sure kids who like Airplanes and Rockets will love to receive this Kre-O Transformer as a Christmas Gift.

Recommended For ~ Kids and Teens Between the Ages of 8 and 14. 

So, which do YOU think is better?

On balance I think it really depends on what kind of construction-toy project you want to take on. Lego has a more diverse collection of sets – from complicated architecture to Star Wars, advent calendars and tree houses. Kre-o has a more limited range, with sets aimed more exclusively at boys and their tendency to play war games. 

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