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.
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.
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:
- Is it easy enough for an 8 year old to put together alone?
- Is it challenging enough to keep him interested?
- Once the kit has been built, does it encourage more play?
- 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.
Conner tried out the Decepticon Ambush set.
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.
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.
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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.
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