Video Review - Kre-O Battle Changers Optimus Prime

Video Review - Kre-O Battle Changers Optimus Prime

Wednesday, January 28th, 2015 2:48pm CST

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With the official Hasbro commercial just showing up, we're happy to share fellow Seibertronian chuckdawg1999's video review of the Optimus Prime set from the Transformers Kre-O Battle Changers line. Check out the video embedded below!

I was never sure if I'd see these sets released in the US but with a commercial popping up on Hasbro's YouTube channel there may be some hope yet. Optimus Prime is a fun build but keep in mind that the Transformation may be a bit fiddly causing parts to pop off.


Credit(s): chuckdawg1999


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Re: Video Review - Kre-O Battle Changers Optimus Prime (1644071)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on January 28th, 2015 @ 3:13pm CST
I'm really happy we'll be seeing these at mass retail. I was starting to think they were going to be canceled.
Re: Video Review - Kre-O Battle Changers Optimus Prime (1644146)
Posted by Samsonator on January 28th, 2015 @ 7:42pm CST
Noideaforaname wrote:
RiddlerJ wrote:Whatever happened to the 6th wave of Kre-O? The one with Blackarachnia, Seaspray Gears. Did they show up anywhere?

Asia.
And, like Chuck said in his video, Canada... I've seen that wave on display at the nearest TRU for over a month.

chuckdawg1999 wrote:I'm really happy we'll be seeing these at mass retail. I was starting to think they were going to be canceled.
I've also seen a lot of these in the last month or two... people really need to start telling me when I'm walking past rare finds :lol:
Re: Video Review - Kre-O Battle Changers Optimus Prime (1644289)
Posted by Samsonator on January 29th, 2015 @ 2:26am CST
Something distressing I noticed in that Battle Changers commercial. The Kre-O website it gives at the end is kre-o.ca. ".ca" is the typical suffix for Canadian websites...
Re: Video Review - Kre-O Battle Changers Optimus Prime (1644290)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on January 29th, 2015 @ 2:31am CST
Samsonator wrote:
Noideaforaname wrote:
RiddlerJ wrote:Whatever happened to the 6th wave of Kre-O? The one with Blackarachnia, Seaspray Gears. Did they show up anywhere?

Asia.
And, like Chuck said in his video, Canada... I've seen that wave on display at the nearest TRU for over a month.

chuckdawg1999 wrote:I'm really happy we'll be seeing these at mass retail. I was starting to think they were going to be canceled.
I've also seen a lot of these in the last month or two... people really need to start telling me when I'm walking past rare finds :lol:


If you see Starscream and Grimlock let me know
Re: Video Review - Kre-O Battle Changers Optimus Prime (1644292)
Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on January 29th, 2015 @ 2:43am CST
RiddlerJ wrote:Whatever happened to the 6th wave of Kre-O? The one with Blackarachnia, Seaspray Gears. Did they show up anywhere?


It's been out in Canada. They're actual blindbags too, no codes on them. Wasn't able to find Blackarachnia or Gears, but I got Seaspray. My Seaspray has a Decepticon symbol on him though, instead of an Aubotbot symbol. So it might be worth money. :P :HEADHURTS:
Re: Video Review - Kre-O Battle Changers Optimus Prime (1644359)
Posted by Noideaforaname on January 29th, 2015 @ 9:59am CST
Samsonator wrote:And, like Chuck said in his video, Canada... I've seen that wave on display at the nearest TRU for over a month.

I've also seen a lot of these in the last month or two... people really need to start telling me when I'm walking past rare finds :lol:

Man, you could've been making a mint off these things selling them across the border.
... assuming shipping, etc. didn't completely kill it.


Samsonator wrote:Something distressing I noticed in that Battle Changers commercial. The Kre-O website it gives at the end is kre-o.ca. ".ca" is the typical suffix for Canadian websites...

Well poopy.

I guess it's good none of the newer Kre-O sets are absolute must-haves for me.
Re: Video Review - Kre-O Battle Changers Optimus Prime (1644669)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on January 30th, 2015 @ 1:00am CST
What newer sets are we talking about? The RID capture vehicles?
Re: Video Review - Kre-O Battle Changers Optimus Prime (1644751)
Posted by Noideaforaname on January 30th, 2015 @ 10:37am CST
RiD, these transforming ones, the Cowboy Optimus/Knight Megatron/Pirate Starscream things... anything post-AoE.
Re: Video Review - Kre-O Battle Changers Optimus Prime (1645041)
Posted by chuckdawg1999 on January 31st, 2015 @ 1:58am CST
Noideaforaname wrote:RiD, these transforming ones, the Cowboy Optimus/Knight Megatron/Pirate Starscream things... anything post-AoE.


Really? I was thinking that these would be released closer to the TV debut of the RID cartoon. I'm surprised these were supposed to be out soon.
Re: Video Review - Kre-O Battle Changers Optimus Prime (1645094)
Posted by Samsonator on January 31st, 2015 @ 10:16am CST
chuckdawg1999 wrote:If you see Starscream and Grimlock let me know
When next I pop out to a TRU I'll keep my eyes peeled.
Re: Video Review - Kre-O Battle Changers Optimus Prime (1645362)
Posted by Va'al on February 1st, 2015 @ 4:25am CST
Last time, he brought us Optimus Prime, but today, fellow Seibertronian chuckdawg1999 has shared a video review of another Kre-O Battle Changer: Bumblebee! Check out the embedded video below, and let us know if you're interested in these little fellows, currently only around in Canada.

After Prime I wasn't sure about The Bee but I have to say the build was nicer resulting in a solid bot with decent articulation. As mentioned in the video care should be used while transforming the arms as I don't feel the shoulder balls are made of the sternest stuff. Bumblebee is a much better kit overall and I would recommend it over Optimus as a first purchase.


Re: Video Review - Kre-O Battle Changers Optimus Prime (1645365)
Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on February 1st, 2015 @ 4:37am CST
I reviewed Battle Changers Grimlock on my twitter account! He's brilliant, I just wish he came in G1 colours instead. Not too much of an issue, he's still awesome. Looking at Optimus and Bumblebee, I'd have to say that I'll probably go for Starscream instead of those two.

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Re: Video Review - Kre-O Battle Changers Optimus Prime (1645376)
Posted by Fires_Of_Inferno on February 1st, 2015 @ 5:33am CST
I have been asked to post my review of Battle Changers Grimlock here. So I shall! :D

I was surprised to find Kre-O Battle Changers Grimlock at my local Toys R' Us during my Boxing Day toy store rampage.

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Grimlock was released in Canada in late 2014, although they are listed as not being available until Spring 2015. Hasbro seems to be doing some wacky things with their release dates when Canada and the UK get releases BEFORE the US does. Grimlock is an 82 piece set who's colours more match the Age of Extinction toy than the G1 toy. This doesn't bother me as much as I thought it would. He stands roughly 10cm (4in) tall in dino mode, and there's no storage for his weapon, unless you want to stick it in his tiny dino hands (which I do).

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Grimlock transforms exactly as you'd expect him to. The head and sides of the dino mode are attached to the same spinal component and all fold back and down. His lower portion swings forward to form legs and feet, and the dino legs twist at the knee to form his robot arms. Pretty standard in terms of a recognizable G1 accurate Grimlock transformation!

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His robot mode stands just shy of 9cm (3 1/2 inches), and looks exactly how a Kre-O Grimlock should! Again, the colour looks more like AoE Grimlocks' colours, but that doesn't bother me one bit. The helmet actually bothers me a little more with the fact that, instead of using a new helmet design, they use one of the generic Kre-O helmet designs. I guess I can't be TOO mad at that since it still looks like the guy, though.

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The face and torso have tampographed details while the sword, shoulders, and the grey pieces on the sides of the shins have stickers. They're alright stickers, I was honestly reluctant to put them on at first, because I thought he'd look better with them off, but nah, he looks better this way! The articulation is surprisingly awesome! I wish all regular Transformers were as bendy as him!

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In relation to other Kre-O figures, I'd say he's the right size! They come up to about thigh level to him. I'm one of those nut bars who like things to be a certain scale to each other, and I think this scale works for Kre-O Grimlock!

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I saw Optimus, Bumblebee, and Starscream at the Toys R' Us as well. I knew Grimlock was also going to be released with them, but I didn't see him until after I started digging. He was buried in the back of the shelf. Good thing I found him or I might have had to settle for getting one of the ones I was less enthusiastic for. First world problem averted! :D :KREMZEEK:

Pick him up when you see him. After seeing Bumblebee and Optimus, I'd say this one is definitely the winner of the first wave. Hopefully there'll be more releases after this. I'd love to see Megatron given the same treatment!
Re: Video Review - Kre-O Battle Changers Optimus Prime (1645382)
Posted by Va'al on February 1st, 2015 @ 5:59am CST
Why not have some more Kre-O Transformers Battle Changers reviews for the weekend? Thanks to fellow Seibertron.com member Fires_Of_Inferno, Canada-dweller with easier access to the figures for now, we take a look at Dinobot leader Grimlock in his brick form, including some thoughts and size comparisons - check it out below!

Fires_Of_Inferno wrote:I have been asked to post my review of Battle Changers Grimlock here. So I shall! :D

I was surprised to find Kre-O Battle Changers Grimlock at my local Toys R' Us during my Boxing Day toy store rampage.

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Grimlock was released in Canada in late 2014, although they are listed as not being available until Spring 2015. Hasbro seems to be doing some wacky things with their release dates when Canada and the UK get releases BEFORE the US does. Grimlock is an 82 piece set who's colours more match the Age of Extinction toy than the G1 toy. This doesn't bother me as much as I thought it would. He stands roughly 10cm (4in) tall in dino mode, and there's no storage for his weapon, unless you want to stick it in his tiny dino hands (which I do).

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Grimlock transforms exactly as you'd expect him to. The head and sides of the dino mode are attached to the same spinal component and all fold back and down. His lower portion swings forward to form legs and feet, and the dino legs twist at the knee to form his robot arms. Pretty standard in terms of a recognizable G1 accurate Grimlock transformation!

Image


His robot mode stands just shy of 9cm (3 1/2 inches), and looks exactly how a Kre-O Grimlock should! Again, the colour looks more like AoE Grimlocks' colours, but that doesn't bother me one bit. The helmet actually bothers me a little more with the fact that, instead of using a new helmet design, they use one of the generic Kre-O helmet designs. I guess I can't be TOO mad at that since it still looks like the guy, though.

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The face and torso have tampographed details while the sword, shoulders, and the grey pieces on the sides of the shins have stickers. They're alright stickers, I was honestly reluctant to put them on at first, because I thought he'd look better with them off, but nah, he looks better this way! The articulation is surprisingly awesome! I wish all regular Transformers were as bendy as him!

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In relation to other Kre-O figures, I'd say he's the right size! They come up to about thigh level to him. I'm one of those nut bars who like things to be a certain scale to each other, and I think this scale works for Kre-O Grimlock!

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I saw Optimus, Bumblebee, and Starscream at the Toys R' Us as well. I knew Grimlock was also going to be released with them, but I didn't see him until after I started digging. He was buried in the back of the shelf. Good thing I found him or I might have had to settle for getting one of the ones I was less enthusiastic for. First world problem averted! :D :KREMZEEK:

Pick him up when you see him. After seeing Bumblebee and Optimus, I'd say this one is definitely the winner of the first wave. Hopefully there'll be more releases after this. I'd love to see Megatron given the same treatment!
Re: Video Review - Kre-O Battle Changers Optimus Prime (1645411)
Posted by Sabrblade on February 1st, 2015 @ 8:29am CST
If gold is the color of royalty, then him Grimlock king!
Re: Video Review - Kre-O Battle Changers Optimus Prime (1645422)
Posted by Noideaforaname on February 1st, 2015 @ 8:52am CST
Slapping that SEIBERTRON.COM on someone's pic review? *smh*


The scale-junky in me wants to see them do BIG Transformers out of these. Don't really need giant versions of figures I already have.


chuckdawg1999 wrote:Really? I was thinking that these would be released closer to the TV debut of the RID cartoon. I'm surprised these were supposed to be out soon.

Err, I think we're getting confused. From my perspective, anything unreleased is "NEW." There haven't been any new Kre-O stuff here, the US, since AoE premiered. These Battle Chargers, by the sounds of things, were *supposed* to have been released here months ago. Since they haven't, I'm making a general statement about all unreleased-in-the-US/"new" Kre-O.
Re: Video Review - Kre-O Battle Changers Optimus Prime (1645478)
Posted by Va'al on February 1st, 2015 @ 12:07pm CST
Noideaforaname wrote:Slapping that SEIBERTRON.COM on someone's pic review? *smh*


It wasn't intentional, but I've been arguing with my connection since Thursday - so there it stays for now. [-(
Re: Video Review - Kre-O Battle Changers Optimus Prime (1651228)
Posted by LOST Cybertronian on February 14th, 2015 @ 2:56pm CST
The Kre-O display at Toy Fair 2015 was small but not without its own reveals. We get a nice look at the Kreon Warriors and Sideswipe Roadway Rundown set. Also on display at Toy Fair 2015 were new Kre-O sets including Battle Changers Drift, Blitzwing, Hound and Shockwave. Blitzwing and Drift are triple changers.

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Re: Video Review - Kre-O Battle Changers Optimus Prime (1651249)
Posted by Noideaforaname on February 14th, 2015 @ 3:14pm CST
No pics of the Bumblebee and Optimus combiners?


Blitzwing coming with 3 heads sure is handy since I have a regular custom Blitswing that'd love a crazy face. But a metallic gold helmet? Odd.

Looks like they combined just about every Drift into that one. Colors/chest based on MtMtE, triple changer like Movie, minions like RiD.

And those "Warriors" are getting a second wave. Too bad most of them are repeat characters. Looks like some of them have hair. Uh...



Kreon are going weird and totally away from what got people hooked on.
Re: Video Review - Kre-O Battle Changers Optimus Prime (1651330)
Posted by Zeedust on February 14th, 2015 @ 5:11pm CST
Noideaforaname wrote:Looks like they combined just about every Drift into that one. Colors/chest based on MtMtE, triple changer like Movie, minions like RiD.


I think the only one they missed is Shattered Glass Drift, and since he's a FunPub character who never appeared in anything anyway, and trying to include him would probably make things confusing, I can see why they skipped him.

I'm just surprised they picked Drift, with those modes I'd have expected Springer.

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