KRE-O Microchangers Dirge Review

in 2012, Action Figure Review, Decepticon, Generation One, KRE-O, Seeker, Microchangers

KRE-O Transformers

General Information:
Release Date: December 2012
Price Point: $2.99 (varies depending on retailer)
Retailer: General (Toys R Us, Target, Wal-Mart etc.)
Parts List:

  • Helmet
  • Head
  • Torso/arms piece
  • Waist/Legs
  • Chest armor
  • Blasters x 2
  • Wings x 2
  • Stabilizer wings x 2
  • Wing connector piece
  • KREO brick/Display Stand

Images:

Profile: (from The Official Transformers Web Site)
You’d think being one of the only KREONS™ who can fly would be great, but you’d be wrong. Flying is depressing. It’s cold, and lonely, and all you can see are a bunch of tiny things you just want to crush like bugs on the ground. But being on the ground is just as depressing. Ugh. Let’s face it. Everything’s pretty pointless. Favorite childhood pet: I had a pet toucan, but it ran away.
Afraid of: Clowns.
Best friend: No one. Friends always just betray, anyway.

One of the biggest demands made by fans after KRE-O was revealed was the chance to purchase the cute little KREON figures separate from the larger (and more pricey) playsets. Hasbro listened, and in 2012 the "Microchangers" sub-line of KRE-O was released. This sub-line focuses on the KREONs themselves instead of larger playsets. Assembling and reassembling is still part of the play factor, but these guys are a lot faster to convert from one form to the other given their small size and limited parts. For the most part, these are recycled parts from other figures in new colors and put together in creative ways to represent characters spanning different eras of "Transformers" history.

This "wave one" of Micro Changers was made up of a set of twelve characters who were "blind packed" in bags in a cardboard box case. On the surface, it appears you just have to keep buying these until you have tons of extras, but in fact each KREON has a code printed on the bag that tells you just who is who. The codes for this assortment break down as follows:

  • Singe (22981 40)
  • Inferno (22981 41)
  • Autobot Springer (22981 42)
  • Warpath (22981 43)
  • Quickslinger (22981 44)
  • Rampage (22981 45)
  • Insecticon (22981 46)
  • Blast Off (22981 47)
  • Decepticon Hook (22981 48)
  • Dirge (22981 49)
  • Airachnid (22981 50)
  • Decepticon Bludgeon (22981 51)

Among the Decepticons in this wave is Dirge. The Seeker was one of the three "reinforcement" jets appearing in season two of the Generation One television show. Monotone and not the happiest guy around, Dirge definitely lived up to his name.

Vehicle Assembly:

  • Attach the waist/legs section to the torso/arms section.
  • Slide the chest armor piece over the torso with the side that has a hole facing up.
  • Attach the head, then slide the helmet over it so the cockpit is facing up.
  • Attach the wings to the wing connector piece.
  • Attach the wing connector piece/wings to the back of the chest armor piece.
  • Connect the two smaller stabilizer wings to the holes on the sides of the legs.
  • Connect the two blasters to the arms so they point forward.

Vehicle Mode:
Dirge's vehicle mode is a jet, just like it was in Generation One. However, unlike his fellow Seeker Sunstorm, he is one of the "Conehead" Seekers with a head that is made up of the front of the jet. That gives him the chance to have a "helmet" piece that doubles as the front end of a jet, complete with a sculpted cockpit and nosecone, something most of the jets in the KREO line don't have. He benefits a lot from this piece since most other KREO jets require you imagining a cone shaped piece as the nosecone/cockpit section. His wings are split up into large wings in the middle with smaller stabilizer pieces towards the back. This is inspired by G1 Dirge's unique wing design, but in reverse. On G1 Dirge, there were small stabilizer fins/wings in the front leading to larger wings in the back, but it's in the same spirit. The blasters pointing forward manage to wind up right under the wings even though they're attached to the arms and they look great.

Dirge's parts are cast in blue, black, grey and beige. The main body, nosecone/cockpit section and the back of the vehicle are blue, the wings/stabilizers are beige and his weapons are black. The wing "connector" piece in the center is grey. Most of these colors come straight from the G1 character's colors so they instantly evoke him on sight thanks to the combination of color and sculpt.

Robot Assembly:
The robot assembly is the exact same thing as the vehicle assembly except you point the blasters on the arms down so they can be used like traditional Seeker weapons on Dirge's arms. You'll note in most of my photos I pointed the wings a different way than the instructions say. This was mostly an aesthetic choice on my part to differentiate the two modes, but I made sure to take one "properly" assembled.

Robot Mode:
In his robot form, Dirge once again evokes the appearance of his Generation One counterpart. This includes his "conehead" which is formed from a combination of his "helmet" and head piece. He has the standard "Seeker" weapons attached to his arms and add in the wings on his back and legs and he really looks a lot like G1 Dirge, just with the wings reversed (G1 Dirge would've had larger wings on the legs). Regardless of that particular detail, he makes an instantly recognizable "second wave Conehead" Seeker from G1.

All the same plastic colors from the vehicle mode show here with the addition of black plastic on his head and hands. The head has yellow eyes set in a fierce expression with gritted teeth for his mouth. It's a funny expression on his face and I love it! His other deco sadly is covered by the chest armor piece. Take it off and you'll see he has details in grey and yellow that mimick the torso design of a classic Seeker with a cockpit in the center and turbines on the sides. It's great detailing, but sadly you wind up losing the wings on his back in order to see it. I really wish they had used the chest armor piece that only covers one side so his deco could shine.

Final Thoughts:
Dirge is an awesome KREON, but he would have benefitted from the use of a different chest armor piece (which is the only reason I'm knocking some "points" off of his rating). Recommended!