I grew up loving Transformers. Yes, they were around long before Michael Bay got his hands on them. The cartoons, the toys, the iconic transforming sound. Loved it all.
So it is the best feeling when I get to watch my boys build their own love for the toys as the grow. Sure a few things have changed and the modern versions of the toys are much more slick and fancy, but they are still transformers.
One of the modern views of the transformers are the Construct-Bots.
Recently I was sent a few by the good folks at Hasbro. The plan was to build them with my son and then name it and post it to the web.
Well, parenting got in the way and I just got around to opening the box today.
Thanks dad, jeez. Anyways. Harrison does not even know they are in the house.
So we don’t have any live action shots of the toys. I did open them up and played with them myself, just so I could do a review. Don’t want to mislead you or sell you, without testing.
Hasbro’s new line of Transformers, Construct-Bots, supplies the parts needed to create Autobots and Decepticons and letting young minds (or old) create their own transformer with the pieces.
Each Construct-Bots set comes with the pieces necessary to build a certain figure. Once you have built the robot there are instructions on how to convert the robot into a vehicle. Now my son is four, so the transforming part looks like it would be hard for my son. The toy is aimed at Ages 6 and up, so I will end up doing most of the building and conversions for him.
Hasbro is offering a variety of levels of action figures including the Scout Class and Elite Class. We received an Ironhide (Approximate retail value $9.99) and a Soundwave (Approximate retail value $14.99) to play with. The latter comes with a storage tray for all the parts which I found pretty helpful. Just with Ikea, I tend to lose pieces as I go.
My son and I will build Soundwave and Ironhide soon. Don’t worry, those are photos worth a share.
But now more about the toys as I have to say, just playing with them for 15 minutes, they are pretty cool. The pieces go together pretty easy but I don’t think our 4-year old will have the patience for it yet.
As usual with kid toys, the instructions are not written for old dads. I have not even tried to transform anything yet and I am confused. One day a company will make easy instructions and the world will be a better place.
From what I can tell, the nice thing about the toys are that the robots are structurally the same with different parts. Thus, when you have multiple sets, you can interchange the parts to create your own robot creations.
Now more about the toys we got to try out.
Perusing the Hasbro website gives us a little information about the particular toys we’re looking at today.
Approx. Retail: $14.99
Construct! customize! Convert! The Transformers Construct-Bots come in pieces, and it’s up to you to build them in one of their 2 modes! Use the 48 pieces to build your Soundwave figure as a robot warrior or tape player. Once he’s built in one mode, you can either convert to another mode or tear him down and build him again! Build your own Transformers adventures with this 2-in-1 Soundwave figure!
Includes 48 pieces, storage tray and instructions
Ages 6 and up.
Approx. Retail: $9.99
Construct! Customize! Convert! The Transformers Construct-Bots come in pieces, and it’s up to you to build them in one of their 2 modes! Use the 45 pieces to build your Ironhide figure as a robot warrior or truck. Once he’s built in one mode, you can either convert to another mode or tear him down and build him again! Build your own Transformers adventures with this 2-in-1 Ironhide figure!
Includes 45 pieces and instructions
Scout Class E1:01 Ironhide
Ages 6 and up.
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As I said, we have not played with the transformers yet but I know once I show my son, he will freak out. Yes he will call them something other than what they are but I love his imagination.
I can’t wait to build one and see his face light up.
From the other reviews I read, the toy seems to be best for kids older than four, but it is always fun to introduce new toys.
Thanks again Hasbro.
FTC DISCLAIMER – The toys in this review were provided to me by Hasbro to review. The opinions expressed are solely those of Like A Dad.