Comfortably seated in my top 5 movies of 2013 is the brand new Star Trek Into Darkness by J.J. Abrams. Comfortably seated on my fireplace mantle is the brand new Star Trek Starship Enterprise and Klingon Bird-of-Prey by KRE-O.
Block building is the perfect father/son activity and Asher and I have spent hours on past KRE-O play sets. Our favorites have been based on other film franchises like Transformers, and with the fourth ‘Robots in Disguise’ film currently in development, now is the time to search out a KRE-O Bumblebee. But I’ve digressed, this review is about the fantastic new Star Trek line-up. The largest, most challenging (yet rewarding) KRE-O that little Ashman and daddy have embarked upon.
KRE-O Star Trek Spock Volcano Mission
The first is a great intermediate difficulty build of Spock’s transport and a working volcano. Into Darkness opens with a thrilling escape from an erupting volcano of which this particular build is based. Like the beginning sequence in the film, the construction is quick and serves as a great opening exercise leading up to the more difficult Bird of Prey and U.S.S. Enterprise play sets. The challenge of building Spock’s transport is out of reach for any youngster below the age of 7, however, the solid vehicle and 1-piece design of the volcano provide few accidents (less…”Daddy, can you fix this? It fell off.”). Glowing impulse propulsion parts, a passenger wench, and exploding volcano are nice touches to round out the fun!
KRE-O Star Trek Klingon Bird-of-Prey
The Klingon Bird-of-Prey is the most articulate ship in the KRE-O arsenal and my personal favorite of the bunch. The hostile Klingon enemies even brought a bat’leth to the party! At this difficulty level I began to lose Professor Pal’s attention, he became more interested in pitting Spock versus the Klingons and spewing lava blocks everywhere. Like the transport vehicle, the Bird-of-Prey features the “Light Tech” glow effects. Uhura joins the party too!
KRE-O Star Trek U.S.S. Enterprise
The grand prize of the Star Trek KRE-O toys is without a doubt, the U.S.S. Enterprise. The anticipation of building this set was epic! At 432 pieces, the Enterprise is the largest and most difficult build in the bunch, but boy is it worth it! I had to complete this baby myself after the Professor hit the sack. The massive starship sports a working torpedo launcher and multiple glowing areas, as well as a removable roof to expose the command center. This set is awesome!
The new line of KRE-O Star Trek building sets can now be found in many toy retailers. Pick them up today and don’t forget to experience Star Trek Into Darkness in theaters. Check out our movie review!