I *love* the Kre-O microchangers series. And when they came out with 4 packs of combiner/gestalt goodness? I had to rush to the nearest Toys R Us the moment there was confirmed sighting of their stock arrival.
Now, I understand that there are Transformers fans out there who are rather disappointed with this series - they'd rather see more awesome bots and figures being produced by Hasbro. I am not against them, cooler bot toys would be awesome, too. But I do love me some Lego minifig-style bots. They're easy to play with and bring around and take silly pictures with!
There are a total of 4 different Combiner packs so far: Decepticon Bruticus, Constructicon Devastator, Predaking, and Superion. That's 3 Decepticon gestalts versus 1 Autobot gestalt. Not fair, Hasbro! :P But whatever, I guess they went by popularity? I don't know.
Here are the main covers of the boxes:
And the front flaps that showcase the individual Kreon bots:
Notice how they only make use of 4 bots for each combiner? Yeah, kinda disappointing. Some of the missing bots from these combiners can be found separately in the other Kreon minifig waves. Of course, they don't "merge in" with their combined buddies.
Here's the art on the side flaps of the boxes, which I thought looked really cute next to each other:
I'll be featuring all of these packs in separate posts. For starters, though, we'll go with Constructicon Devastator - the most "famous" of them all. Here's the back of the box:
Inside the box are individual plastic bags containing one of the Constructicons each, an extra bag for pieces to form Devastator, the manual, and a sticker sheet.
I hated that sticker sheet with a passion. My fingers are not made for putting tiny decals on tiny construction toy pieces. I don't understand why the pieces weren't just painted with them? I hate decals. Hatehatehate decals. Yes, I have fat fingers. Urgh.
Anyway. For the most part, the instructions in the manual were pretty clear on which part goes into what. However, for constructing the individual bots, there are no labels on the plastic bags to let you know which bot is in that bag and which set of instructions are to go with it. So you kind of have to find a familiar looking part and match it up. Like this one, where the chest piece illustration kind of looks like the one in the picture: (and of course the wheels and "tracks")
I mention this because some people might actually have difficulty with this. Legos *cough* have their bags individually-numbered to correspond with numbered sets of instructions in their manuals. No such things for these Kre-O Combiners. It wasn't that much of a problem for me, just something I figured should be noted.
Here's a pic with the Constructicon Kreons in bot form: (From L-R: Mixmaster, Bonecrusher, Scavenger, Scrapper)
On their foreground is the extra pieces from their packs that don't get used in their bot forms.
Figured I'd take a picture with Decepticon Hook, too. He's a solo kreon Constructicon from "Wave 1" of the Kre-O Transformers Micro Changers.
Here's a shot of their construction vehicle modes with the extra parts not used from their packs: (From L-R: Mixmaster, Bonecrusher, Scavenger, Scrapper)
I feel sorry for Mixmaster. His mixer looks "diminished". I don't even think it looks like a mixer of any sort. But hey, he's Mixmaster, aight?
And now a picture of them, "combined" together into Devastator:
On the foreground are the parts not used after building him up. There's quite a few. Obviously, most of the heads are in there, some arms, wheels, etc. To build him up, you don't actually take any of the bots/altmodes and stick them together - you sort of have to take bits and pieces from various bots to build him. I kind of felt bad having to rip off one of the bots' arms to form his torso.
Here's a view of his back:
See those 2 wheels by his lower back? Ugh. They keep falling off for me whenever I have to re-pose him and whatnot. Actually, he feels kind of fragile. I keep wanting to change his pose to get a good picture, but bits of him will keep falling off and I'm pretty sure I'm not roughing him up when I move his parts around.
The pieces just don't feel like they're as "locked on together" as they should. But this isn't unique to this Combiner line - I've just been reading people's reviews of other Kre-O stuff that easily=falling pieces are a common thing. Something to live with, I guess. If you decide to pick him up, just make sure you're not in a place where pieces falling or flying off will be hard to find. :P
All in though, I think Devastator looks great! He resembles his G1 incarnation quite well as a construction toy kreon/minifig. Definitely more than the, ehem, Michael Bay version.
Here's some shots for size comparison. One with the Megatron kreon, of course:
And here's one of him "attacking" my Lego Friends café. :D I just had to!
See the minifig girl with the Autobot shirt? That's "me"! :D Hrm, Devastator doesn't really look huge compared to the café. Oh well, at least he's bigger than the minifigs. :P
And finally, a one-panel comic about Hook not being included:
And that's it for Transformers Kre-O Microchangers Combiner Devastator! Next few posts should be about the other combiners, too. Hope you enjoyed this one. :)
To view the larger versions of any of the pictures here, you can visit the Google+ Photos album I've uploaded them to: Kre-O Microchangers Combiners