Let me get this out of the way. I’m not a Trekkie. Nor a Trekker. I pick Star Wars over Star Trek any day of the week.
That’s not to say I don’t appreciate Star Trek. I loved Star Trek: The Next Generation and never missed a single episode. I enjoyed half of the Classic Trek movies (the even ones), and found some of the episodes entertaining. For the most part, they were a bit too slow and plain for me to really get into though.
Deep Space Nine held my interest, then lost it, then got it back, then lost it again. Voyager and Enterprise made me pray for a Star Wars: Jedi Academy TV show to make up for Star Trek’s spiral into awfulness.
At this point, I figure I’ve either completely lost half my readers or angered the other half. Hopefully I’ve got another half made up of Star Wars fans to get my back. Er, yeah, math was never one of my strong suits…
All of that isn’t to say that Star Trek blows. Far from it. Without Star Trek, we’d never have Star Wars. Plus phasers and transporters are damn cool. Klingons are awesome bad guys and even more awesome volatile allies in later years. The Prime Directive (do not interfere with other planets’ evolution), while often broken more times than the hearts of the women in Captain Kirk’s wake, is an awesome idea to wrap an entire series around.
No, I like Star Trek. I like the entire universe. I’m just not obsessed with it.
But I’ll admit that my heart did skip a beat or two (hey, this is what I get excited about), when I was asked to review Hasbro’s new line of KRE-O building sets based on Classic Star Trek and the latest Star Trek: Into Darkness film. They sent me three sets: Transporter Trouble, Klingon Bird-of-Prey, and the U.S.S. Enterprise.
I mean, seriously, how can anyone pass up the chance to build the U.S.S. Enterprise? Even my kids, who know zip about Trek, thought it looked pretty cool.
So I took the three Trek sets I was sent and split them up among the boys in my house. Allie, on the other hand, supervised swimmingly from the comfort of our coach.
I grabbed the monstrous Enterprise and got to work building the best character ever created in the Star Trek Universe.
Ryan got to build the Klingon Bird-of-Prey, which is much smaller than the Enterprise, but far more menacing looking.
That left the transporter for Jason to construct.
I have to admit, when I first heard Hasbro was putting out a line of building toys called KRE-O, I was less than impressed. So many companies have put out construction toys, many flimsy and cheaply made. But the KRE-O pieces were much sturdier than I expected, and for the most part, fit together quite nicely.
They also do a great job with the instructions, clearly labeling what pieces are needed with each step before they show you exactly how to put it all together.
I will say, however, that I did have a slight… ahem… temper tantrum when I was about two-thirds done with the Enterprise. Don’t worry, the kids were in the other room watching Minecraft YouTube videos at the time. I had the bulk of the saucer-part done with the Enterprise, yet when it came to attaching it to the main part of the ship, I just couldn’t get it to work. The pieces just weren’t clicking right. I double and triple-checked the directions to make sure I did it right. It took a number of tries but after taking a deep breath and going very slowly, I finally managed to connect it all together.
These sets come with a light-up brick to add some light effects to your play. Yes, you do need to add batteries to the Enterprise to get the full photon torpedo and Warp Engine action. Here’s a quick video of the toys in action:
What do you love about Star Trek?
I was given the products featured in this post for review purposes. No other compensation was given. All thoughts and opinions are solely my own.