RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx

Tuesday, September 15th, 2015 10:35pm CDT

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Things have been a little dry for Kre-O fans in the U.S. during 2015. Now they are starting to look up as we've been getting reports of RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changer sets hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx in the U.S.

Podcaster ScottyP sent us images of the Transformers RID Optimus Prime Beast Blaster set for $14.99 and in the background you can see the Bumblebee Disc Demolisher set. He found these at Marshalls in Raleigh, NC.

Transformers News: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx

Transformers News: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx

Seibertronian Noideaforaname posted an image of the Kreon Battle Changer Ratchet Vs Soundwave set he purchased at TJ Maxx. More Battle Changer sets reported to be found at TJ Maxx include Optimus Prime Vs Megatron, Hound and Shockwave. These were all found at $7.99.

Transformers News: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx

Credit(s): Seibertronian ScottyP, Noideaforaname


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Re: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx (1726489)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on September 15th, 2015 @ 10:47pm CDT
You must have an infinite amount of patience to transform those Battle Changers or at least some glue. They are frustrating to say the least.
Re: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx (1726550)
Posted by ScottyP on September 16th, 2015 @ 8:11am CDT
LOST Cybertronian wrote:You must have an infinite amount of patience to transform those Battle Changers or at least some glue. They are frustrating to say the least.
Really? I don't think they're always intuitive by any means but I haven't had any trouble.
Re: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx (1726587)
Posted by ScottyP on September 16th, 2015 @ 12:19pm CDT
Stopped at the TJ Maxx next to my local comic shop during lunch hour, nabbed the Strongarm Capture cruiser. Also saw the Sideswipe RiD set, Battle Changers OP vs Megs set, and the individual Battle Changers of Grimlock, Hound, and Shockwave. Guess it's a safe bet that all 2015 Kreo is going to/has hit Market Six, only thing still unconfirmed is the Kreon Warriors (wouldn't bet on seeing Wave 1 at this rate) and RiD Custom Kreons.
Re: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx (1726657)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on September 16th, 2015 @ 7:28pm CDT
ScottyP wrote:
LOST Cybertronian wrote:You must have an infinite amount of patience to transform those Battle Changers or at least some glue. They are frustrating to say the least.
Really? I don't think they're always intuitive by any means but I haven't had any trouble.


I bought the Optimus Prime Vs Megatron set and prime constantly falls apart while transforming.
Re: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx (1726677)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on September 16th, 2015 @ 9:16pm CDT
LOST Cybertronian wrote:
ScottyP wrote:
LOST Cybertronian wrote:You must have an infinite amount of patience to transform those Battle Changers or at least some glue. They are frustrating to say the least.
Really? I don't think they're always intuitive by any means but I haven't had any trouble.


I bought the Optimus Prime Vs Megatron set and prime constantly falls apart while transforming.


Prime is bad. Bumblebee is a little better. The only other one I would want is Starscream. I've heard some of the builds are a little better but you also can't man handle them
Re: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx (1726754)
Posted by zodconvoy on September 17th, 2015 @ 9:08am CDT
I picked up OP v Megs at Retrocon this passed weekend for $16. My kids spent all weekend playing with them and the DBZ & Ninja Turtles Lego figures I got there too. They may not be aesthetically the best but they're the perfect size to fight Vegeta and Shredder. I'm going to have to keep an eye out for the others. If they knew there was a Grimlock one, my girls would never let me rest until I find it!
Re: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx (1726755)
Posted by o.supreme on September 17th, 2015 @ 9:09am CDT
There is a Ross & a Marshalls right next to each other near my work, and another Marshalls near my home. I found several of the Battlechangers (Grimlock, Hound, BB, and Ratchet v SW) and several of the BB disc Demolishers. Sadly I already have the BB Disc Demolisher, and I am not interested in the battle Changers, becase they don't have a "True" Kreon Build. But I'll still keep checking back. I still need 3 of the 5 RiD Kreon Build sets (Optimus, Sideswipe, & Strongarm)
Re: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx (1726757)
Posted by william-james88 on September 17th, 2015 @ 9:15am CDT
The RID Optimus vs Underbite set is loads of fun. I recomend it to anyone who likes Kreo!
Re: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx (1726784)
Posted by ScottyP on September 17th, 2015 @ 10:42am CDT
chuckdawg1999 wrote:
LOST Cybertronian wrote:
ScottyP wrote:
LOST Cybertronian wrote:You must have an infinite amount of patience to transform those Battle Changers or at least some glue. They are frustrating to say the least.
Really? I don't think they're always intuitive by any means but I haven't had any trouble.


I bought the Optimus Prime Vs Megatron set and prime constantly falls apart while transforming.


Prime is bad. Bumblebee is a little better. The only other one I would want is Starscream. I've heard some of the builds are a little better but you also can't man handle them
Man, so weird. I can see having trouble with them, but just moving things gingerly and watching the positioning of the ball joints has made it pretty easy on mine. Maybe some had some crud parts included.

o.supreme wrote:There is a Ross & a Marshalls right next to each other near my work, and another Marshalls near my home. I found several of the Battlechangers (Grimlock, Hound, BB, and Ratchet v SW) and several of the BB disc Demolishers. Sadly I already have the BB Disc Demolisher, and I am not interested in the battle Changers, becase they don't have a "True" Kreon Build. But I'll still keep checking back. I still need 3 of the 5 RiD Kreon Build sets (Optimus, Sideswipe, & Strongarm)
I think if you like Kreo in general, their not having a traditional Kreon build shouldn't stop you. I'd recommend one of the cooler sets like Shockwave, Starscream, or Grimlock to try out. If you still don't like 'em, only out $8 at that point, and you could always re-box it and return it.

william-james88 wrote:The RID Optimus vs Underbite set is loads of fun. I recomend it to anyone who likes Kreo!
Yes, very much so. Underbite is probably my favorite non-Kreon Kreo thing they've ever put out.
Re: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx (1726785)
Posted by o.supreme on September 17th, 2015 @ 10:54am CDT
ScottyP wrote:I think if you like Kreo in general, their not having a traditional Kreon build shouldn't stop you. I'd recommend one of the cooler sets like Shockwave, Starscream, or Grimlock to try out. If you still don't like 'em, only out $8 at that point, and you could always re-box it and return it.


No worries there. Although I am collecting these with the goal of obtaining all the individual Kreon mini figures, my son loves the sets. We are building a huge display with Lego's as a base. My son gets all the sets, so I'm sure he would enjoy the Battle Changers, they just aren't a priority right now. With the 2015 RiD items so hard to come by, these findings in the U.S. at greatly discounted princes, are very much welcomed.

I'm sure everybody has a slightly different system. But I am trying to collect every unique individual Kreon Transformer (not collecting human characters) (i.e. I know Optimus w/ matrix was issued 3 or 4 different ways, I only wanted one of them).

My "Master List" currently shows 354 unique individual Transformers Kreons, of which I currently have 343, only 11 more to go woo hoo!
Re: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx (1727104)
Posted by RAcast on September 18th, 2015 @ 9:21pm CDT
Well I managed to find Soundwave vs. Ratchet earlier at a TJ Maxx, and I'm definitely not disappointed!

Ratchet really needs heels, but I like how he looks in robot mode, and his altmode is adorably boxy without be a square on wheels or (super) obviously a robot doing yoga.

With Soundwave, I'm a little less crazy about his altmode, it's a bit awkward, especially with the Cassetticon gang all aboard, but his robot mode? Oh I love it. I love everything about it, and then you add Laserbeak? It goes from good to great. And then you add Ravage and FRumble for a full on Super mode? It's GREAT, just so good! :APPLAUSE: Well done, Hasbro. This whole concept is fantastic, and I hope they continue to do more of these.
Re: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx (1727303)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on September 19th, 2015 @ 5:53pm CDT
RAcast wrote:With Soundwave, I'm a little less crazy about his altmode, it's a bit awkward, especially with the Cassetticon gang all aboard, but his robot mode? Oh I love it. I love everything about it, and then you add Laserbeak? It goes from good to great. And then you add Ravage and FRumble for a full on Super mode? It's GREAT, just so good! :APPLAUSE: Well done, Hasbro. This whole concept is fantastic, and I hope they continue to do more of these.


Soundwave is definitely the winner of the bunch. It's also a great way to get Rumble and Frenzy Kreons if you don't have the SDCC Class of '84 set and who wouldn't love Kre-O builds of Ravage and Lazerbeak. The combining of them all is just icing on the cake.
Re: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx (1727310)
Posted by Glarryg on September 19th, 2015 @ 6:19pm CDT
Man, I hope my local Maxx/Marshall's stores get these; I miss Kre-o... :(

Glarryg
Re: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx (1728208)
Posted by o.supreme on September 23rd, 2015 @ 10:56am CDT
Found the Transformers RID Optimus Prime Beast Blaster set for $14.99 at the TJ Maxx near my work. They only had 1, but they had more of the BB sets, these seem to be almost plentiful now, at every TJ Maxx & Marshalls I go to. Now thankfully all I need are the two smaller RID sets (Strongarm and Sideswipe) Hopefully these will show up at a store near me soon.

Additionally, I did some research on the term "Market Six" since I had no idea what it meant. It appears Transformers fans are the only ones that use it anymore, but TF wiki has an interesting write up about it if anyone is interested.
Re: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx (1728218)
Posted by Noideaforaname on September 23rd, 2015 @ 11:40am CDT
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Got this set purely for Frenzy and Rumble, but the Battle Changers themselves are pretty cool. Might have to grab Shockwave if I ever see him.

Only part that has trouble staying on is the "hood" on Ratchet's ambulance mode.
Re: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx (1728230)
Posted by o.supreme on September 23rd, 2015 @ 12:09pm CDT
Noideaforaname wrote:Might have to grab Shockwave if I ever see him.


I guess Shockwave was released at some point, since I've seen them on eBay, but I've never seen Drift or Blitzwing anywhere.

Also I wonder about the Optimus & BB combiners that were shown at Toyfair. Admittedly, they did not look that great, I was just curious if these were just something that never went into actual production?
Re: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx (1728239)
Posted by Noideaforaname on September 23rd, 2015 @ 12:35pm CDT
Shockwave definitely got released, people have reported buying them from TJ Maxx/Marshalls/etc.
I don't think Drift, Blitzwing, or those combiners ever got past the Toyfair displays.


... but with how Kre-O keeps popping up at discount stores, who knows?
Re: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx (1728245)
Posted by ScottyP on September 23rd, 2015 @ 1:13pm CDT
o.supreme wrote:I guess Shockwave was released at some point, since I've seen them on eBay, but I've never seen Drift or Blitzwing anywhere.

Also I wonder about the Optimus & BB combiners that were shown at Toyfair. Admittedly, they did not look that great, I was just curious if these were just something that never went into actual production?
Shockwave and Hound were the last released so far.

Confirmed worldwide Kre-o releases so far in 2015 (excluding some promotional stuff I'm bound to forget about!):
  • Kreon Warriors Waves 1 and 2 (blind bagged)
  • Battle Changers Waves 1 and 2
  • Battle Changers "vs" sets
  • Robots in Disguise Building Sets (5 of them) and Custom Kreons (4 of them)
  • Botcon 2015 exclusive set
  • Market Six "Brick Box" releases, mainly repackages of 2011/2012 building sets with only Bumblebee and Megatron having anything new (redeco Kreon in each)
  • Market Six releases of some 2011 building sets in generic "Transformers" packaging
  • Takara Gashapon Kreons, so far only evidenced to be re-releases of some previous Hasbro Microchanger Kreons
  • AoE Dinobot Custom Kreon wave (may have released late 2014)
  • SDCC "Class of 1985" set
  • "Winter" Optimus Prime (Toyfair 2015 handout, thank goodness I got to go!)

So far "announced" but not released anywhere worldwide (that we know of):
  • Battle Changers Wave 3 - Triple Changers Drift and Blitzwing
  • Kreon Mini-con/Nightmare Fuel Combiners - Terrorcon Bumblebee Swarm Hivemind and Horrorcon Optimus Primal Clone Fury ;)
Re: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx (1728247)
Posted by o.supreme on September 23rd, 2015 @ 1:19pm CDT
That list seems pretty thorough, and accurate from what I've seen/read. I just thought that initially Battlechangers Drift & Blitzwing were also part of wave 2 (along with Hound & Shockwave), but obviously they aren't.

ScottyP wrote:Kreon Mini-con/Nightmare Fuel Combiners - Terrorcon Bumblebee Swarm Hivemind and Horrorcon Optimus Primal Clone Fury ;)


Are those the actual names? :HEADHURTS: wow...
Re: RID Kre-O and Kreon Battle Changers Hitting Marshalls and TJ Maxx (1728608)
Posted by ScottyP on September 24th, 2015 @ 1:36pm CDT
o.supreme wrote:Are those the actual names? :HEADHURTS: wow...
Hahaha, I wish! But no, officially just "Bumblebee" and "Optimus Prime", the "Kreon Mini-Con Combiners".

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