KRE-O Microchangers Insecticon Toy Review

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

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 x 2
  • Chest armor
  • Waist/Legs
  • Sword
  • Insect legs x 2
  • Insect leg (central joint)
  • Hinge piece
  • Vent piece

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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 yo 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)

Over the years, the term "Insecticon" has meant everything from a sub-group of Decepticons to referring to an actual individual character. In the current "Transformers Prime" television show, there's an entire hive of Insecticons, led by the powerful "Hardshell". In KREON form, "Insecticon" is used as a name once again for an individual. He's not really based on any specific G1 character, but instead he is a generic Decepticon with an insectoid beast mode. This includes guys like "Revenge of the Fallen" Insecticon and "Energon" Insecticon.

Beast Assembly:

  • Connect the torso and leg sections.
  • Slide the chest armor piece onto the torso with the peg facing the same way as the chest.
  • Attach the black hinge piece to the neck.
  • Attach the vent piece to the front of the hinge piece.
  • Slide the sword into the hinge piece.
  • Slide each insect leg piece onto one of the rods on the sides of the hinge piece.
  • The robot legs should points traight back while the robot arms angle down as extra "insect legs".

Beast Mode:
Much like "Energon" Insecticon, this version of Insecticon seems roughly based on some type of Rhinocerous bettle, with the most distinctive feature being the sword forming a "horn" in the front. This is not a techno-organic beetle however, it's all mechanical much like the G1 Insecticons. The "head" of the insect is a bit abstract, being nothing more than a rectangular piece with an angle in the front with the "horn" in front. The robot arms sort of act like front insect legs (albeit large ones that don't touch the ground) and the two smaller insect leg pieces complete the picture. The robot legs wind up forming the back of the beast (and giving him some balance in the process).

Most of this mode is black, including the "head", torso and legs. Some light and dark grey is mixed up on the front arms and the waist piece. You'll find a bit of purple peeking out from the chest piece, but it's not very prominent in this form. Since his robot arms are in front and his legs have the standard holes on the sides, you could potentially attach extra weapons to him from other KREONs.

Robot Assembly:

  • Connect the torso and leg sections.
  • Slide the chest armor onto the torso with the peg facing back.
  • Attach the head to the neck, then slide the helmet onto the head.
  • Attach the insect leg hinge piece to the back.
  • Attach the insect legs to the arms.
  • Place the sword into one of the fists.

Robot Mode:
Insecticon's robot form seems to be an interesting combination of G1 Insecticon influences. His eyes are visor eyes, similar to those of G1 Kickback, but the tampograph detailing on his chest is a combination of black and grey details that look like they're more inspired by G1 Bombshell's chest design. With the chest armor on, you lose a lot of this purple detail and frankly he looks better without it, not just because you get more detail, but because you get more color. Overall he looks great and I like to think of him as a brand new character and not any specific G1 Insecticon we've seen before.

Insecticon reuses many parts from other KREO sets, most notably the helmet piece is borrowed from Megatron, and the sword is the same accessory used by Rampage. The "insect leg" parts are the same ones used by Scorponok. I like the use of a sword as his weapon as it adds to the "savage" nature of him being a beast, plus it's a bit more scary. Insecticon also comes with a black KREO brick with the KREO logo in front. This provides him with a stand for display and adds some stability to the figure as well. The "preview" wave of KREON Microchangers didn't have these, so I'm hoping all future KREON Microchanger releases will come with these stands. They're a great addition to the mix.

One note: on my copy of this figure, turning the fists caused the plastic on his right wrist to stress a bit. This hasn't happened on most of my KREONs, and I haven't read about widespread plastic breakage on KREONs so it seems this may be a one off problem, but be warned and be careful.

Final Thoughts:
I dig having a "new" Insecticon in the Transformers universe and his beast mode is cool. The robot mode looks great without the chest piece, but with it on he becomes quite monotone. Recommended but with reservations because of the color scheme and the stress on the wrist.