For Christmas last year one of the things that my son had nagged for was some of the kreo transformers toys as they seemed to be plastered over all of the adverts in between his favourite shows. I bought him two of the sets one of which was Optimus Prime and the other which was Bumblebee which I shall review today.
Up until last Christmas I wasn't really aware of kreo to be honest and I haven't seen much of the brand since then either. The kreo toys are a construction type toy similar to Lego in that a child is given pieces and instructions to make a model. The product is made by Hasbro and I have to say seeing this information did influence my purchase as I know Hasbro to be an established manufacturer of toys and I have a high opinion of them.
The kreo toy I bought my son was the Bumblebee basic toy and so it was one of the smallest sets in the range. There were much larger, more expensive sets available but as I wasn't sure how much my son would like or play with them it seems sensible to choose one of the smaller sets initially. From memory I think the two sets I bought cost around £7-£8 each and having checked amazon I can advise that the Bumblebee one is selling for £6.85 currently so is slightly discounted.
The toy comes packed in a small rectangular cardboard box which features the brand name as well as the manufacturers name. There is a picture of the set made as Bumblebee the robot and Bumblebee the car and we are told that this two in one set contains 75 pieces. It is perhaps slightly misleading that we are shown the picture of the robot and the car together as the kit will allow you to make both but only one at once and so whilst it is a two in one set you would be forgiven for thinking you can make both the car and the robot. The set is aimed at children aged six years and above and to be honest I think this is an accurate guideline if you want your child to use this toy independently. As with Lego younger children could play with this with some adult assistance I think.
Inside the set you get a bag which has all of the pieces you will need to make either the car or the robot as well as a coloured instruction manual. Some of the pieces are quite small and so I would say keep them away from really young children who are likely to put things in their mouths. The pieces appear to be of a good quality and made from a tough plastic which is the perfect yellow colour to represent Bumblebee.
Whenever I get my son a set such as this I always like to sit and note how he manages with the building independently because with Lego I find he is able to build even quite complex sets on his own as the instructions are clear and easy for him to follow. Sadly with many construction toys the instructions aren't good quality or simple but with this kreo set I was pleased to note that the steps weren't too rushed and that there were nice diagrams on each page to work you through how the model should look at each stage. As such my son is able to make this set completely independently and as such is always proud of his achievement.
I recently reviewed the kreo Optimus Prime set and commented on how parts of the model would fall off whilst he was in robot form and I have to say that sadly this was the case for Bumblebee too and randomly his arms would just fall off or something. Even when my son asked me to reattach them when he thought perhaps he had done something wrong they still fell off. As a car though Bumblebee really is a solid little thing and my son is able to play with both him and Optimus Prime relatively roughly without them falling apart. Once made the vehicle is only quite small and so it fits nicely in to my son's hand when playing and I think for the price it is probably a perfect size.
It is a shame I suppose that the transformer cannot be transformed from robot into car as you have to completely rebuild it but given that the robot is quite flimsy anyway my son is happy to just play with Bumblebee in his vehicle form. I would say that there are some spare parts which are only required for making the car model and so if you make the robot it is advisable to pop the spare parts in to a sandwich bag or something with the instruction manual for when you want to build it in to a vehicle.
There are quite a lot of other Transformers in the kreo range and if my son asked for them again I would probably buy him one or two more small ones but I wouldn't opt for one of the much more expensive sets as I feel the fact that in robot form the model is quite flimsy lets the product down a bit.
Thank you for reading my review!
Product sold with the guarantee of the manufacturer., Manufacturer: Hasbro