Terror Drome Review
Mini-figs: Serpentor, Xamot, Scarface, Hawk, Mainframe, Gung Ho
Builds: Air Chariot, Sky Hawk, Terror Drome base
Had a conversation with a fellow collector the other day about Hasbro's KREO line and I came away with one statement he made in comparing KREO to LEGO. After putting together the Terror Drome that statement is still nagging at me.
He said, "With LEGO I know in 20 years the bricks will still interlock. With KREO I'm not confident they'll connect out of the box."
And sadly it's true. I love the GIJoe KREO line, I want nothing more than to see it be successful. Would I rather it be LEGO? Quality-wise yes, but I also applaud HASBRO's innovation of the mini-figure, and with LEGO I don't believe we would get as complete a set as we have in the KREO line. Look no further than LEGO's Marvel line to see half-built releases that sell more because of the mini-figures included than the actual build itself.
Going in my main concern was there being no issues with the mini-figures. Being a $100 set they could end up being a pain to replace and with my local TRU's seemingly not carrying the new waves, it would mean sending it back or hoping for it to finally hit stores.
Thankfully I had no major issues with the figures. Hawk's right hand was a little looser than the rest but it stayed in place so I'll count that as a win.
The Air Chariot went together without a hitch, as did the Sky Hawk. Both were fun little builds. The twin engine pegs could have been a little tighter when fitting into the 1x1 connector piece, but other than that the builds seem pretty sturdy.
The base of the Terror Drome was a little tricky. The pieces on the base didn't want to stay level until I got the bottom flats, middle bricks, and top flats together and gave them a good squeeze. The rest of book two went together fairly quickly. I did have a 1x1 clip that holds the side panels on come in a little warped. Looks like the mold didn't take all the way, but I was still able to get it to work.
I found the top of the Terror Drome to be the least stable. I really had to work to keep the large curved panels to stay connected to the build. To help secure those I used some additional grey 2x4 flats over the area where the red seats go. This seemed to help hold them together better. The side walls secured nicely and I really love the attention to detail in the monitor stickers. When putting together the launch bay I again had a 1x1 clip that wasn't molded properly (but still got it to work, although I'll probably swap the bad ones out with LEGO extras I have). I think the set could have done with a few extras of those pieces thrown in.
I wish there was a slightly better way to secure the upper portion to the base rather than just setting it on top. Until I secured the curved panels better with the 2x4's, the top portion would keep coming apart.
I think I came out of the build a little disappointed with some of the QC and connecting issues encountered, but overall I love the look of the design. I'm not sure if its the largest KREO set (thinking of the Enterprise / Klingon TRU exclusive?) but it's definitely the largest KREO set I've put together. It's also my first Terror Drome as I never had the original 3 3/4" release.
Much like the classic Grimlock dinosaur build I noticed an improvement in the plastic interlocking, but again there were still some issues with the larger pieces fully securing and those 1x1 clips having some mold issues.
I wasn't sure what the final size was going to be. I knew it wouldn't be Death Star big (although one could hope) but I was hoping for it to be at least half the size and I think that is where the final build came in. I should take some comparison shots of the two.
I really hope this isn't the last offering for G.I. Joe KREO, (I'd love to see a Dreadnok Thunder Machine set with Road Pig, Thrasher, and Buzzer - a Cobra La set - and a Joe base) but if it is the line went out with a bang.
Until we hear more though it's a wait for those wave 4 KREO packs to show up!