KRE-O Transformers Cybertron High KREON Class of 1985 30-Pack Review

  Posted in Reviews, Toys and Collectibles on July 6th, 2015 by JediTricks TF

B51520000_KRE_SDCC_85_YEARBOOK_OpenThat’s quite a title for a product! But it’s such a fun product that who cares.

The KRE-O Transformers Cybertron High KREON Class of 1985 30-Pack is exclusive to San Diego Comic Con 2015 at the HasbroToyShop booth (#3329) for SRP of $60, and a limited quantity will be made available on after the show as well.

It’s another yearbook, 30 more characters introduced in the Transformers brand 30 years ago, which means this time it’s harkening back to 1985. Unlike last year’s inaugural KREO Class of ’84 set, this new Class of ’85 set has a lot more style, and calls back to some 1985 gems like Jolt cola (“Volt Cola”), The Goonies (the treasure map), and several pieces from Back to the Future (the Jetfire Be Good song disc, the Grays Sports Almanac, the flier with the newspaper front page about the clock tower).

The box is so incredibly shiny that it doesn’t really show up as such in the camera, but trust me, the outer cover of the “book” is essentially chromed – you can sort of see it in the first spine photo and the back cover (that’s why Devastator appears so dark, he’s just shiny, as is Grimlock on the reverse). Then there’s the outer edge of the “pages” of the book, which make great use of red and purple faction colors as the property stamp and various messy highlights made “inside”.

Of course, the highlight is all the great Kreons and the various yearbook comments about each character.

Below, a closeup of the figures from page 1. (It appears Jetfire dropped his gun at his feet, oops!)

And page 2. Note that Strafe has replaced Swoop, and there’s a gag about that. While Topspin appears, Twin Twist apparently didn’t make the cut.

Finally, the artifacts, including an ’80s feathered hair wig, a letterman jacket, a jean jacket, and some more great stuff. The “Jetfire Be Good” disc is a sly callout to 1985’s Back to the Future (Marty plays “Johnny Be Good” at the dance before it was recorded) along with a couple other pieces (“clock tower struck by Megatron”), while the one on the far bottom right is a twist on the map to One Eyed Willy’s treasure from 1985’s The Goonies, and it seems likely the detention notice is a reference to 1985’s The Breakfast Club. (Yeah, 1985 had a lot of great movies.)

All in all, it’s hard not to love this KRE-O Transformers Class of 1985 30-pack set. At $2 per figure plus some absolutely fun goodies and a great package design, it’s definitely worth picking up if you’re into this sort of thing at all.

Review sample supplied by Hasbro

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