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First of all, I've checked the FAQs and has nothing on posting about other brick brands on here and figured this is the ideal section to post this on. (Well if this isn't allowed, sorry and please move/delete this as deemed appropriate.)
Next, I know it's taboo to talk about other brick brands for some, but I also know there are those who are in general brick fans and collect other brands as well. I used to despise "clone brands", especially MegaBlocks years ago, they always seemed to be of lower quality, doesn't have any interesting lines and reminded me of Duplo for some odd reason. But as time goes by, my respect for other brick brands grew as their theme and licenses matured.
The feel and fit of the MegaBlocks and Kre-O bricks aren't as snappy or "solid" as LEGO that's for sure, but it's not too far off either i guess. I now can accept them in my own brick universe. What i still can't stand and can't respect are those cheap knockoffs especially from China ones. The quality is just shit and they blatantly copy the same lines etc.
Personally, I love the Transformers and GiJoes, it sucks that LEGO doesn't have the licenses but at the same time I'm glad at least Kreo has them, to own Optimus and Starscream amongst others in brick forms and minifig scale is awesome! Took me some time to appreciate the minifigs too (called kreons) but it has grown on me since. I also think the Halo line from MB is awesome, especially some of the ships and vehicles, but I really don't fancy the minifig mould. Kreons on the other hand, has got me hooked.
As if the CMF line isn't enough headache to collect, now I have to contend with collectable kreon series, with TF, GiJoe, Star Trek and now D&D. I only recently kickstarted my collection so I have a long way to go. Especially where i'm from, Singapore, Kreo isn't as popular as in the states.
So enough rambling, any other kreo collectors here?! Or am I alone and utterly lost here in this forum?
ps: it's tough trying to find a centralised database/community for kreo collectors.
pps: perhaps Huw can consider franchising brickset system to other brick brands community. :D
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There is a thread that discusses the competition/comparison of LEGO and other brands (but not involving the full endorsement of them) you can find the link here:
Otherwise though, I'm afraid your topic is a bit out of place, but I'll let the mods decide that.
Have a nice day! Perhaps if you stay around long enough we can steer you back towards LEGO ;o)
As you may already know, Kreo is made by Hasbro, the company that created and owns the GI Joe and Transformers franchises. This is one reason LEGO would never be able to get these properties, as they are now in direct competition with each other. Add to that the fact that GI Joe is a 'war' toy so LEGO would not even consider that for a theme even if it was offered.
Kreo seems to be particularly popular with fans of those franchises, but not so much with most LEGO purists. I am also a fan of both GI Joe and Transformers, but still refuse to introduce any other brands into my LEGO collection. You will find more fans of Kreo on websites dedicated to those properties. I suggest signing up at the hisstank and tfw2005 forums for discussions of GI Joe and Transformers respectively. There are threads dedicated to Kreo on both here (for GI Joe) and here (for Transformers):
P.S. - I'm not trying to shoo you away from brickset, just pointing out where you can find more fans Kreo.
I can't really speak for other Kreo lines but certainly with gi joe they haven't duplicated a figure in more than one set yet - nearly a hundred dif figures in two years. When they have a wave of sets they put completely different figures in each set, something that lego rarely do. True lego have enough variety to mean if you want all the different minifigs in a line you need to buy them all, or bricklink/eBay a few unique ones but you always end up with doubles when buying sets in a range...(Lone Ranger I'm looking at you!)
But the actual kreo building toy itself is no comparison to lego whatsoever in my opinion. The early transformer and joe sets were particularly poor, the most recent sets a lot better but still nowhere near the quality, inventiveness or consistency of lego. I just chuck it all in a cupboard and display the kreon figures :-)
Hopefully hasbro will start to put some of this stuff into the international market!
Brickset is an online Lego guide and it says so under the site name.
I've honestly wondered why Kre-o doesn't seem to be trying to capitalize on the female demographic in the aftermath of LEGO Friends the way Mega Bloks/Mattel have with their Barbie line. I'd love a My Little Pony building toy, but Hasbro has lots of other girl-oriented franchises at their disposal too, such as Strawberry Shortcake or Littlest Pet Shop.
I think part of what's holding them back, though, is WHEN it is that Kre-O came out. The sets started to appear back before LEGO Friends was a thing, and it seems to me that Hasbro wasn't really anticipating the possibility of doing Kre-O sets based on their girls' properties. Thus, the Kreons as well as the Kre-O name and logo feel a bit... I dunno... masculine? The CityVille Invasion mini-Kreons don't have this problem as much as the regular-size Kreons, whose angular arms look rather odd on characters like Uhura from Star Trek.
Kreo is better than MB but still not even in the same realm as Lego. And let's hear it for Best Lock...
Just a thought on the original post, I wonder if in 10-20 years there will be people coming out of their dark ages starting forums for Kre-o? AFOK doesn't really seem to have the right sound to it. ;)