Bring Your Child’s Imagination with #BuildKREO Transformers: Age of Extinction Construction Sets and #Giveaway!
My eldest daughter is very artistic. She is able to do what I could never do: Put what she envisions in her head into just about any medium and make it come to life. I am lucky to get away with a stick figure that looks like a person. She especially loves of building blocks. She helps her younger sister and brother build castles together, only for them to bulldoze through them, and then ask her to rebuild the structure again. Like me, she also likes action-adventure movies, and she loved watching Transformers: Age of Extinction this past summer at the theatre. When KRE-O came out with their Transformers: Age of Extinction Galvatron Factory Battle construction set, I knew that my daughter would love to have her hand at putting together all of the figures and the sets those that from the movie she enjoyed so much.
Is it unusual for my daughter to like construction sets that are geared towards boys: No way! I love supporting my kids in any of their passions, regardless if their passions are geared towards one gender. I want for my kids to know that they can do and enjoy any toy, especially if it helps to increase their ability to imagine and, possibly, steer them towards a career path they would want to pursue. Constructions sets are great for kids to learn how buildings and other structures are put together. If they follow this path of wanting to build and construct structures, they may want to become architects or engineers. It would be great if more girls were encouraged to follow these career paths. It would give them even more options as to what they could become when they grow up.
We started with the Grimlock Street Attack Scene set.
My daughter has a great time putting together all of the figures within this box. Here she is having a bit of fun with the Vehicon bots and Grimlock, one of the Dinobots in the film.
We then turned to the Optimus Prime Dino Hauler set.
This one was the most challenging and time consuming set to complete. It was challenging because the truck and the Dino Hauler had so many little pieces within it to make one big piece. My daughter was up to the challenge, though, and put these sets together after her homework was done over the course of a few weeknights. I had to jump in on all of the fun, and we had a lot of fun creating and building this set.
It was time to turn to the Galvaton Factory Battle set.
Again, it took us a few evenings to complete this set, but we did it! We also had a lot of fun putting this set together. For us, this was the best set to complete because it had the most pieces, yet the structures and the characters were fun to out together. Now that all of the sets were complete, here are the finished scenes from each of the set from KRE-O’s Transformers: Age of Distinction.
I was also thankful that the stickers used to add to the sets and characters were so forgiving. We do not have the steadiest hands, and it was good to know that these stickers allowed you to peel them off and re-stick them so they could be placed on as straight as possible. I was not sure where to put the KRE-O stickers, so we put them in spots where we thought they should go.
The Dino Force Technology used within this set was a simple yet cute idea. ***Cover your child’s eyes…SPOILLER ALERT!***KRE-O used magnets to pull off this feat, and I loved it! There are warnings throughout the instruction manuals about which characters and structures contain magnets, just in case they may come in contact with any medical devices that would be harmed by coming into contact with a magnet. **It is okay for the kids to read this blog from this point on.***We had fun playing around with the Dino Force technology used for these sets! Here are some shots where we put it to good (and fun) use.
Another aspect of these KRE-O building sets that we loved was that they are compatible with most LEGO sets, so we can add on to these building sets with other sets of LEGO we have to expand this action scene as well as her imagination.
There were a few aspects of this construction set that we did not like. For some of the sets, there were pieces missing or discolored from what was listed in the instructions. This made putting some of the structures or characters a challenge to assemble (the arrow is pointing out which block is the discoloured block). For most of the missing pieces, my daughter and I were lucky enough to have been able to take pieces from another set and use them to help complete the set I was working on at that time. There was one character my daughter was not able to complete because she did not have a piece that was essential to completing part of the Optimus Prime Dino Hauler. Luckily, I was able to shoot it from one side and it did not affect how this mobile set functioned.
Overall, my daughter loved building her imagination with the KRE-O Transformers: Age of Distinction construction set. She was able to play out what she saw in the film with the figures and the sets we built, and she was entertained by something else than the television for a few hours each night.
This set also allowed her to get more of a sense of what it would be like to conceive and create structures from the ground up, and she felt good when she completed a more difficult character or structure. I like seeing her happy and becoming inspired when she creates. It lets her know that she can accomplish anything she puts her mind to and that she can pursue the goals she sets for herself. Will she be an architect or and engineer? I am not sure; that is up to her to decide. I just know that construction sets like this one from KRE-O help her see what she can do and that the sky is the limit for her and her potential.
You can visit KRE-O’s website for more information about KRE-O’s Transformers: Age of Extinction construction sets!
Disclosure: I am a part of the PTPA Brand Ambassador Program with Hasbro and I received compensation as part of my affiliation with this group. The opinions on this blog are my own.
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