We feel accomplished! Nothing feels you with a sense of pride like building an entire sports car from scratch. Hell, we followed that up by constructing a heroic robot out of those very same parts! “Geniuses” you say? Why, yes. Yes we are! No, that’s a lie. We just put together a sweet toy from Hasbro’s new Kre-O Transformers line. Actually, most of the time we felt a little “slow”. However, with Transformers 3 blasting its way into theaters, we sucked it up and now bow to the skill of all your LEGO builders. Welcome to our shame review of Hasbro’s Kre-O Transformers: Autobot Jazz!
The toy comes packaged in a re-closeable box. The blocks and figures are sealed in separate plastic baggies with the sticker sheet and instruction booklet lying on top. There are nice graphics of Jazz in both vehicle and robot mode, shots of the included Kreons, and a nice shiny burst stating how the Kre-O blocks will combine with other brand bricks (LEGO).
Jazz is constructed from 122 individual pieces. The usual brick types are present along with lots of newer ones. Hinges, ball-joints, wheels, and other oddities help to create the figure and car. The pieces are constructed from the same, durable plastic you’ve grown accustomed to from other brands and the pieces press together tightly. So tightly in fact that we used our teeth on two separate occasions to break them free of one another. Man, that’s our answer to all of life’s predicaments! We WOULD suggest you use a knife to break blocks free if you find the need, but we really don’t wanna have to deal with any of you cutting yourselves and whatnot.
There are two Kreons in this box: Autobot Jazz and Race Driver… we call him “Leroy”. The Kreons have to be assembled, which takes all of twenty seconds and lulled us into a false sense of security about our ability to build the larger Jazz figure at a speedy pace. They move surprisingly well thanks to ball-joint shoulders and hips, and thus can be a little more expressive than LEGO’s minifigs. Jazz looks the part of his Generation 1 animated counterpart and comes with a blaster pistol. Leroy has a swappable hat if you decide he doesn’t need the racing helmet.
For the main attraction, we decide to start with his vehicle mode. It took us about half an hour the first time out to make this car, but we’re chalking that up to booze, digging through the pieces for the first time, and applying the decals. Speaking of the decals, ignore their crookedness. Apparently, once we started applying stickers, our dexterity dropped to that of an arthritic chimpanzee that’s shaking from the DTs. Once completed, the car looks great, has a hinged roof to easily install the driver, and features sweet rubber wheels.
Then it was time for robot mode! Sadly, these toys don’t actually transform, so be prepared to rip that car back down to its base value and start all over to create Jazz in his true form. Nothing makes a person feel quite as low as getting halfway through the build and realizing a block is one line of pegs farther than it was supposed to be.
As our first outing into the world of Kre-O, Jazz was a great toy. We definitely recommend these to both Transfans and Brick aficionados. Both modes stay together very well and the Kreon figures are a huge bonus. The entire Transformers Kre-O line should be hitting stores now and be sure to check out Hasbro’s official online store as well!
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