The legendary and iconic role-playing game franchise, Dungeons & Dragons, will soon have its own line of construction sets under Hasbro’s Kre-O brand. The new line of construction sets also double as an action battling game. Sets in the line will include:
Outpost – $17
The new KRE-O Star Trek line is now available in stores, and just in time, coinciding with the release of the second Star Trek movie: Star Trek Into Darkness, in theaters. The new KRE-O Star Trek line features sets ranging in price from $4.99 for a mini ship model to $49.99 for the U.S.S Enterprise with five Kreon figures. Directed by J.J Abrams, Star Trek Into Darkness is the nearly $200 million follow up to the hit 2009 film, Star Trek, which was based on the works of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry. For more information on KRE-O Star Trek, visit the line’s official webpage.
GameStop PowerupRewards members who pre-order Star Trek The Video Game for either the XBOX 360 or PlayStation 3 at the retailer will receive a free KRE-O Star Trek set of the U.S.S Enterprise. Star Trek The Video Game, which has been in development for more than three years, allows players to get an up-close look at the iconic U.S.S Enterprise as well as face the enemy the Gorn. Continue reading
The fourth film in the Jurassic Park franchise will be getting its own line of Kre-O construction sets thanks to a partnership between Hasbro and Universal. Jurassic Park will be the latest media franchise to get its own Kre-O line and will follow in the footsteps of G.I Joe, Transformers, Battleship and the soon to be released Star Trek construction set assortment. The line is set to be released soemtime in the Summer of 2014 while the movie, Jurassic Park IV, will be released on June 13,2014. This is not the first time though that Jurassic Park has inspired a line of consturction sets. Previously, in conjunction with the opening of the third Jurassic Park movie in 2001, LEGO released a line of sets that were a part of its Studios theme.
Source: Toy News International, Planet Minecraft (Image)
According to data compiled by the NDP group, building sets saw their sales increase a whopping 17% year over year as of September, 2012. Unfortunately, other toy categories did not fare as well. Dolls saw sales remain flat while every other category saw a decline, such as that of action figures, where sales fell 11%, or plush, where sales declined 19%.
Building sets appear to have had a stellar year thanks in part to releases such as Mega Blok’s World Of Warcraft, LEGO’s The Lord Of the Rings and Kre-O Transformers. But sales that occur this holiday season may provide a better long term perspective of what toys are hot and what toys are not.
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