|The Kre-O Box Collection|
|Decepticon Kre-O Micro-Changers Combiners|
I wonder if my Kre-O collecting is coming to an end. The current wave of toys has naturally focused on the new Transformers movie, which I instinctively dislike based on the trailers alone. And that movie is out today and know tat it's inevitable that I'll go see it sooner rather than later. But back no point, more and more I feel I've been distinctly classified by Hasbro as an older collector and they're drawing a clear line in the sand in terms of which of their toys are meant for me and which ones are for their younger audiences. And sadly targeting younger audiences seems to have been misconstrued as a need to make the toys simpler (a.k.a. dumber).
I got my first Transformer between the ages of 3 and 4 - I don't distinctly remember when that was. I managed to learn how to transform it and by the time I was five I had mastered the Autobot base Metroplex and the triple-changer Sandstorm. And looking at some of the newer, simpler toys makes me feel bad for all those kids that they've assumed to be too dumb to learn to follow transformation instructions.
I know a large part of what drives my collecting is a strong sense of nostalgia for my childhood and an d affinity for these characters. I hope other kids are given a chance to experience that as well.