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  • Toy Line: Star Trek
  • Company: Hasbro
  • Pieces: 432
  • Length: 18-inches long
  • Batteries: Yes (first KREO to do so)
  • Figures: 5 KREONS
  • Price: $69.99
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A Starship in my hand!

By Robert T. Trate     June 14, 2013

I’ll be honest with you. When I was a kid, I did not have a ton of Legos. I received a large box of Legos from a friend of my Dad’s which were his own son’s. I loved them. It was just a big crazy box where my imagination could run wild. One of the first things I ever tried to build was the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE. Now, I didn’t have a lot of white pieces, but what I did have were hundreds of red ones. So it might not have looked right, but damn if I didn’t try. 
This year at the 2013 Toy Fair in New York City, I had a huge rush of nostalgia when I saw the KRE-O STAR TREK U.S.S. ENTERPRISE by Hasbro. Finally, there would be the chance to build the Enterprise in the right color, with my own hands!
Now, I have often felt two things about these building block sets. The first is to build what they were intended for; the challenge being to create what was laid out before you. The second is to destroy it and make something completely new. Oh, how my opinion would change on that second one by the time I was finished.
The What:
“Explore the final frontier with the crew of the U.S.S. ENTERPRISE, the iconic ship from the STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS movie.  Inspired by the ship featured in the film, the KRE-O STAR TREK U.S.S. ENTERPRISE is 18-inches long and is the first KRE-O set that actually lights up featuring LIGHTTECH! Explore the bridge interior play area, glowing warp engines, and launch a projectile from a lighted photon torpedo.  Kids and fans alike will be excited to join KREON figures of CAPTAIN KIRK, SPOCK and DR. MCCOY on the bridge to defend against two villain KREON figures.  Set includes 432 pieces and five KREON figures.  Requires three AAA Alkaline batteries. Batteries not included” - Hasbro
The Package:
With its classic Star Trek logo and font, the KRE-O STAR TREK U.S.S. ENTERPRISE promises the 2009 ship as it was brought to life by J.J. Abrams. The box highlights that you will receive Captain Kirk, Spock, Dr. McCoy, and two Specialist Crewmen. The box also reveals that you will be able to have adventures on the bridge and move your KREON figures freely. The domed roof of the Enterprise is removable. It also reveals that you will be able to fire a photon torpedo out of the ship. 
The Construction:
I have only ever assembled one building block set of this magnitude before. It was Jabba’s Palace by Lego. It was was soothing, simple, and almost a therapeutic experience. The construction manual had each detail laid out before me which made it incredibly simple. What was surprising to me was that Lego had all the pieces in individually numbered bags. So while I was constructing the door to Jabba’s Palace, I only needed to open bag #3 and #4. Thus, all the pieces I needed were right in front of me. I assumed that Hasbro would have followed this simple task in their KREO set. Such was not the case.

None of the bags were numbered. I was dumping bag on top of bag just to find simple pieces. I also encountered an interesting dilemma where I was building support pieces for certain parts of the ship that I later had to remove. Never was this the case with Jabba’s Palace. It quickly became very frustrating and almost maddening sifting through the all white pieces looking for 3 or for 4 matches to build corners. In short, the sooner I would get done building this thing, the sooner the mess would be gone. That’s not a fun or a therapeutic afternoon. 
I loved that I got the main guys with U.S.S. ENTERPRISE, Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. I completely understand why other members of the cast were not included so that I would purchase other sets and complete the crew. What I found odd was that they included two “Specialists”. Why not two Red Shirts or even two funky alien members of the Enterprise? Furthermore, I know that McCoy is a doctor, but his probe-like device was a tad on the phallic side (see picture below).
Thankfully, Hasbro has released KREON figure packs that can help populate your Star Trek Universe. Check out Captain Nero and Grasia below.


The Final Word:

I wish I could say that I loved building KRE-O STAR TREK U.S.S. ENTERPRISE. It was a tough ordeal and I was further rewarded with a missing bridge display piece and a photon torpedo randomly shooting me in the stomach. Thankfully, that did not hurt. Will I take it apart and build something new? No way. It took too damn long just to get this right. The KREON figures are great and really posable. All of these are welcome editions to my building block universe. I suggest that the Hasbro KRE-O team buy a few Legos and jot down some notes. They still have a long way to go if they want to compete. 


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ddiaz28 6/14/2013 8:05:12 AM

I hate seeing such great liceneses made into sub-par Lego clones.  Although I'm always so tempted to buy the Halo Mega-Bloks sets.  Those look pretty good but I'm afraid I'll have the same experience you had with this since I love building Legos.

NoPatch 6/14/2013 11:10:53 AM

I have seen lots of the KRE-O product they are pretty damn good, they may be a second rate LEGO right now but may be a ligetimate rival in the future.

momitchell7 6/14/2013 1:45:57 PM

I can tell you that the Halo Mega Blok sets are awesome... I've been building those with my 6 yr old son for a couple years now and he loves them - They are very good quality and very sturdy as well and so is KRE-O, by the way... my son has a few of the KRE-O transformer sets and they are very nice.

momitchell7 6/14/2013 1:51:09 PM

I completely agree about the "numbered" bags though... The quality is definitely there, but I still can't figure out why Mega Blok and KRE-O can't number the bags like LEGO does... it makes me wonder if it's some kind of patented system or something, becasue it makes so much sense.

But I always say that the fun part is figuring out putting it all together... it would suck if puzzles came with "numbered" bags for each section of pieces to the puzzle.

ddiaz28 6/14/2013 2:25:48 PM

Guess I should venture out into non Lego territory if the Halo sets are so good.  I think my wife would kill me though if I started getting another collection since my son has at least 80 Lego sets spanning Star Wars, Ninjago, Harry Potter, Pirates of the Carribean, Super Hero, Monster Fighters, Kingdoms, and City.  It's a bit much.  LOL

BunyonSnipe 6/16/2013 4:51:49 AM

@ ddiaz28
Why do Americans call Lego blocks Legos?

Lego is not a singular or plural it means everything within the Lego brand...

ellobogordo 6/17/2013 4:08:55 PM

LEGO has what is arguably the most advanced warehousing and piece-pick fulfilment system in the world. They can do the numbered bags because they have the money to front computers and robotics programmed to pick and bag everything. Sadly, Mega-Blok and Kre-O are probably using 12-year-olds in Bangladesh. I admit that as a 12-year-old I'd have probably really loved bagging knockoff LEGO parts all day, but I might not have been the most accurate bead on the abacus, either. 



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