I used to love playing with my brother's building blocks as a kid. I could spend hours building miniature worlds, but as much as I loved them as a kid, my boys love them even more. They know the names of every building set out there, and I love how it brings them together in doing something creative.
So I was really excited when I got the chance to review Hasbro's new line of KRE-O Transformers. Until now, I don't think there has ever been Transformer building sets like this. Not only do they feature the popular Transformer characters like Optimus Prime and Megatron, but each KRE-O set let's kids build the Transformers in either their robot or vehicle modes--which doubles the fun!
I received the 560 piece Destruction Site Devastator set as well as the smaller Cycle Chase and Decepticon Ambush sets, but before I wrapped them up to hide under the tree, I couldn't resist opening one and seeing if my building skills were still as strong. Here's a little peek:
I chose to work on one of the smaller sets (I'd still be building if I'd chosen the larger one), and inside I found the blocks neatly sorted in bags with full instructions on building each mode.
The step-by-step instructions are clear and easy to read (even for this mama) so your boys will likely have it together way faster than I did (about 15 minutes).
Here's a shot of my creation--not shabby, huh?
And to set the record straight, yes, the KRE-O blocks are very much like Legos--which also means their compatible! One thing I found really interesting about the KRE-O guys was that unlike their brother blocks, the KRE-O figures have ball-jointed arms and legs, so they have much more freedom of movement--any building block fanatic is bound to be impressed (I was--but maybe that was just the dorky mom in me?).
|Red: KRE-O Yellow: Lego|
I would love if Hasbro would take it to the next level and come up with a recycled building block set, but they do have a strong effort in seeking to source their packaging from reused and sustainable materials, and they've received green certification for their game board printing processes by the nonprofit Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP). And to top it off they were listed as one of the world's most ethical companies of 2012 by Ethisphere.
So, Hasbro's KRE-O Transformers are good in my book (and on my Christmas list, too). I just might have to get in on the building Christmas day--if the boys let me, that is! Which KRE-O set would your kids love the most?