After I got my hands on the new Series 8 Lego Minifigures I decided to check out the next aisle over at Toys R Us and see if I could manage the longshot of grabbing a full set of the Kre-O Transformers Microchanger Minifigures. Thankfully I was able to grab the set of 6 and have some “mini reviews” for each one of these little bastards!
Codes for each figure:
- Crankstart - 21451 0
- Sunstorm - 21451 9
- Galvatron - 21451 8
- Spinister - 21451 7
- Waspinator - 21451 2
- Scorponok - 21451 1
Galvatron is probably my favorite of the group being that he represents the Classics version of himself very well. I think what really does it for me is both the head and arm cannon being really accurate to how Galvatron looked in the original movie. I’m not a huge fan of the back kibble, but the beauty of Kre-O is that you can of course just take that whole back section off if you prefer that.
Galvatron’s alt mode winds up looking like a pretty cool tank, but unfortunately he can’t stand upright in this mode as the weight of the front barrel winds up tipping him forward. A bit unfortunate as it’s definitely a good look for a Kreon Galvatron. I’ve used a stand from a Halo Mega Bloks figure to help prop him up.
Sunstorm seems like he’ll be one of the few Microchangers that we see with a stronger alt mode than robot. The robot mode definitely isn’t bad, but the obtuse “gun” that he carries just seems way farfetched to me. Regardless, he’s still a fun figure with some allusions to the inevitable Seeker repaints.
Sunstorm’s alt mode is really pretty awesome. It by far the easiest to build, and overall I think it looks great. About as good as you can get representing a Seeker in Kreon form I guess. I just wish there were a Decepticon emblem on the top of the wings that was visible.
Spinister is in the same class as Sunstorm when it comes to the alt and robot mode comparisons. Again, it’s not that Spinister’s figure it self is bad, it’s just the atrocious gun that he’s expected to hold up (by the way, he can’t hold it up without tipping over). But hey, it’s a 3$ figure that’s pretty freaking cool.
The alt mode on Spinister is pretty nifty. I think of course since it’s supposed to be a helicopter, the blades really give it a direct look, as well as the landing skids showing off some more helicopter type assets. I also really love how one of the parts that went in to making the big gun kind of acts as a rear rotor when pegging into the side of a leg.
Everyone’s favorite Predacon, Waspinator! I was really pumped to find out that Waspinator was getting the Kreon treatment and overall he’s a great little figure. Nothing really stands out in either mode, although I do think alt mode tends to be a tad better. The color scheme works well and I’m really digging the clear purple wings.
Waspinator’s alt mode is pretty badass, and best of all, HE CAN STAND UPRIGHT AND BALANCE! Seriously, it’s awesome. Maybe I was just doing something wrong with Scorponok and the others, but Waspinator gets a ton of points on the Kreon scoreboard for simply being able to balance on his legs without any type of crutch.
Scorponok’s robot mode really shines overall. I think the way that they stinger tail is built with the Kre-O blocks is really pretty ingenious, and the way that the claws are attached is also pretty nifty. Despite the heavy look and size of them, I haven’t had any problems with the balancing of Scorponok at all.
Scorponok’s alt mode is really cool, but unfortunately he isn’t able to stand straight and balance unless you use one of his claws as a crutch. Even when doing that though, it’s still a badass looking Kreon.
I think Crankstart really is the hero of this first wave of Kreons. A really unknown character to most Transformers fans, the Kreon version does a great job at showcasing what little we’ve seen of this guy. Whenever I look at Crankstart in robot mode, you can just immediately tell that he’s a Transformers character.
Unfortunately, Crankstart’s alt mode isn’t the greatest. Hypothetically I think Hasbro had good intentions with this one, but the way that the front wheels are supposed to work by putting them in Crankstart’s hands…just doesn’t work.
At around 20$ for the set after taxes, I think that this is a stellar deal. Although they have their weakness, the way Hasbro managed to give us these “transforming” Kreons for only 3$ a piece is something that I really appreciate. I had a blast building each one of their respective modes, and I can’t wait until the next series comes out. ME WANT PREDAKING.
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