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Gift-giving: An expert weighs in on KRE-O Transformers kits.

Nothing but boys at my house…  Have I mentioned this?  No matter what their age (and I am including Handsome Hubby in this group) as far as I can tell, there are three themes when it comes to playing with their toys: Build, Destroy, or Go-Fast.

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When I got the opportunity to review the new KRE-O Transformers toys from Hasbro, I was super excited.  I was sure it would be something that Grant, in particular, would love.

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I was sent the Cycle Chase and Decepticon Ambush mini-sets, and the Destruction Site Devastator set.  These sets are pretty cool, since the Transformers characters can be built in either their vehicle or robot modes, using the same building pieces.  It’s kind of like 2 characters in 1.

The Destruction Site Devastator set…?  9 toys in 1.  That’s a lot of building.

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Grant is a prime candidate for the age group these building sets are meant for.  He loves to build things, he loves the Transformers franchise, and he’s between the recommended ages of 8 – 14.

But… since I wanted to surprise him with this for Christmas, I decided to have it reviewed by the guy who plays with Grant the most:  Big Brother Conner.  I knew that if  Conner gave these building sets a try, he could tell me the following:

  1. Is it easy enough for an 8 year old to put together alone?
  2. Is it challenging enough to keep him interested?
  3. Once the kit has been built, does it encourage more play?
  4. Is it fun enough for a Big Brother to play along with the little guy?
So I gave Conner one of the sets and got his take on it.
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Conner tried out the Decepticon Ambush set.
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He said the instructions were clear and the pieces were clearly marked, and that Grant could also “mix and match” some of the figures if he wanted to deviate from the intended scenario.  Conner also said that Grant could have play battles once the set was built, which is something he likes to do.  (And 16 year old Conner said he would be willing to play along with his little brother…)  In other words, it met the criteria we set above.
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I think that’s one of the yardsticks by which I (as a parent) measure the success of a toy… does it create an opportunity for the kids to play together?  These will.

There are times when I feel like it’s really difficult to choose gifts for the boys, and there are times when I am really confident they will love the gift.  I’m confident that Grant is going to have lots of fun with these sets.
…Conner too.

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Disclaimer: I am part of the Mom It Forward blogger network. Mom It Forward and Hasbro partnered in support of this campaign. Hasbro compensated me for participation in this campaign. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own.

about Vivienne Wagner

12 Comments

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MiMi said...

December 12, 2012 at 4:50 pm
Aww, I think it's sweet that Conner tested it out for brudder! :)
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Beverly {Flamingo Toes} said...

December 12, 2012 at 6:17 pm
That is so cute! I love that Conner tested it out for him. It looks like an awesome set!
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Kim -today's creative blog said...

December 19, 2012 at 5:38 pm
I wish they had these when my son was small. He would have LOVED them!
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Michele {The Scrap Shoppe} said...

December 19, 2012 at 8:00 pm
These look like so much fun! My oldest LOVES the Transformers. He too young for this toy now, but I could see him wanting it in a couple of years!
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Amy Anderson said...

December 19, 2012 at 8:21 pm
So fun! Those look great. I can't wait to see the look on Grant's face when he gets that set, share with us!
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Angie Holden said...

December 19, 2012 at 8:43 pm
These look AWESOME!!
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taradara made it said...

December 19, 2012 at 8:46 pm
Our boys are loving these kits!!! It's wonderful that they can make so many different things from one box!
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Carolyn said...

December 19, 2012 at 9:03 pm
Fantastic. Great plan to have older brother road test them. Love these types of toys!
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Mary Beth said...

December 19, 2012 at 9:17 pm
It was great to read this review....I, too, have ALL boys ranging vastly in ages but my youngest is 7 and I really think he would love this. I'm heading out tonight with my oldest son so he can Christmas shop for his younger brothers and now, I can help him cross little guy off the list (I hope we can find it!)
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Jenn "Rook No. 17" said...

December 20, 2012 at 8:58 pm
What a fun toy! Sounds like one that my girls and I would enjoy as well!
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Jessica @ FourGenerationsOneRoof said...

December 20, 2012 at 11:23 pm
Oh wow Vivienne, my son would love that. I bet your kids were super excited that the blog product arrival was for them :)
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malia said...

December 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm
My son is 10 and loves these sets! They "play well" with Legos too!

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