KRE-O Microchangers Hook Toy Review

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KRE-O Transformers

General Information:
Release Date: December 2012
Price Point: $2.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Parts List:

  • Helmet
  • Head
  • Torso/arms x 2
  • Waist/Legs
  • Chest armor
  • Crane base (grey)
  • Crane base (black)
  • Crane arm
  • Crane hook
  • Wheels x 4
  • Blaster
  • KREO brick/Display Stand

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One of the biggest demands made by fans after KRE-O was revealed was the chance to purchase the cute little KREON figures separate from the larger (and more pricey) playsets. Hasbro listened, and in 2012 the "Microchangers" sub-line of KRE-O was released. This sub-line focuses on the KREONs themselves instead of larger playsets. Assembling and reassembling is still part of the play factor, but these guys are a lot faster to convert from one form to the other given their small size and limited parts. For the most part, these are recycled parts from other figures in new colors and put together in creative ways to represent characters spanning different eras of "Transformers" history.

This "wave one" of Micro Changers was made up of a set of twelve characters who were "blind packed" in bags in a cardboard box case. On the surface, it appears you just have to keep buying these until yo have tons of extras, but in fact each KREON has a code printed on the bag that tells you just who is who. The codes for this assortment break down as follows:

  • Singe (22981 40)
  • Inferno (22981 41)
  • Autobot Springer (22981 42)
  • Warpath (22981 43)
  • Quickslinger (22981 44)
  • Rampage (22981 45)
  • Insecticon (22981 46)
  • Blast Off (22981 47)
  • Decepticon Hook (22981 48)
  • Dirge (22981 49)
  • Airachnid (22981 50)
  • Decepticon Bludgeon (22981 51)

Decepticon Hook is not one of the most well known Transformers out there - but his team certainly is: The Constructicons. Interestingly, the Constructicons are seeing disparate releases in the KREO line. There was a large set with four Constructicons who could be reassembled into a Devastator partly inspired by Generation One and partly by the Michael Bay version of the character. This year, there is a Micro-Changer "Combiner" featuring more G1 themed Constructicons, but Hook was left out of that set. Not wanting to leave the character out of KREO altogether, he was included with this group of figures!

Vehicle Assembly:

  • Attach the waist/legs section to the torso/arms section.
  • Slide the chest armor piece over the torso with the side that has a hole facing up.
  • Attach the head, then slide the helmet over it so it covers the face.
  • Connect the hook to the end of the crane arm.
  • Connect the crane arm to the hinge base piece.
  • Connect the assembled crane arm piece to the back of the chest armor piece.
  • Attach a wheel to the side of either leg.
  • Slide the blaster into either hand.

Vehicle Mode:
As his name suggests, Hook is a crane in vehicle mode. Like his Generation One counterpart, he has been reimagined as a four wheeled mini-vehicle with a crane arm. He uses the standard form of a KREON lying down with wheels on his legs and arms. The crane arm is the centerpiece here, which is set up so it can swivel around like it would on a larger "Hook" figure. What's neat is that the end of the "hook" (really a circle) fits round pegs on some KREO parts, allowing Hook to actually "lift" something in this form.

Hook is cast in the three iconic Constructicon colors: neon green, purple and black. This mode mostly shows off the neon green color, with black on the wheels. The crane arm is purple, grey and black plastic. He looks great and even at a distance any Transformers fan will recognize him as a Constructicon!

Robot Assembly:

  • Attach the waist/legs section to the torso/arms section.
  • Slide the chest armor piece over the torso with the side that has the hole facing back.
  • Attach the head, then slide the helmet on.
  • Attach wheels to the sides of each leg.
  • Slide a wheel into each hand.
  • Connect the hook to the end of the crane arm.
  • Connect the crane arm to the hinge base piece.
  • Connect the assembled crane arm piece to the round base piece.
  • Attach the assembled crane to the hole on the back of the right leg.

Robot Mode:
Much like his Generation One counterpart, Hook winds up with wheels on his legs and the crane arm on his back in robot mode. His helmet is a distinctive looking one with a flat top and squared off corners that resemble his Generation One counterpart's head sculpt. These distinct details really make him distinctly "Hook" instead of any other Constructicon.

The vehicle mode colors carry over to this form of course, but now you see more purple plastic on his torso and hands. If you remove his chest armor, you'll see grey and black tampographs that are based on the sticker designs found on Generation One Hook's torso. This includes the rows of lines on the sides and the Decepticon symbol in the center. I once again finding myself wishing the designers used the torso armor piece that only covers one side so these awesome details wouldn't be obscured. Without the armor, you can't attach his crane piece so he'll be "missing" something. It's the one unfortunate design element of an otherwise awesome little figure.

Final Thoughts:
Hook is a great homage to the Generation One version of the character. His biggest weakness (shared by many other KREONs) is the torso cover which blocks some awesome detailing. Recommended!