Since Wizard of the Coast was acquired by toy and game heavyweight Hasbro in 1999, its flagship game Dungeons and Dragons has seen some interesting updates. For those unfamiliar, Dungeons and Dragons is the original “tabletop” game, played with pencils, paper, and a set of odd-sided dice. If you want to be official about it, all you really need to invest in is a rulebook, but even that’s not really required.
One would expect Hasbro, which makes games like Monopoly and Scrabble, to dig into remakes of the Dungeons and Dragons Board Game (which is different from the pencil and paper version) to start trying to get returns on their investment in the D&D intellectual property rights, which they did a few times over. For more on those, have a look at our reviews of Dungeon! and The Legend of Drizzt.
What you might not have expected, however, is the announcement that Hasbro made at the San Diego Comic Con this past month: there will soon be Dungeons and Dragons KRE-O sets.
As of yet, there haven’t been many details released about the LEGO-compatible sets, except that they will be out in January 2014. A few of the figures were on display at Hasbro’s San Diego Comic Con booth.
In addition to the big D&D announcement, Hasbro also discussed what’s new for their current KRE-O collections.
Hasbro’s attempting to bring brick play into the modern era of electronic toys with their sonic motion technology, soon to be featured on their CityVille Invasion line. This tech is triggered when certain bricks pass by special areas in the constructed set, bringing the diorama to life. The CityVille Invasion sets are based on the popular Zynga Facebook game of the same name.
Other KRE-O sets with a place in the nerdverse include the newly announced Star Trek U.S.S Vengeance, a very cool addition to the already impressive Star Trek line featured in our Star Trek product roundup.
As if Dungeons and Dragons and Star Trek construction sets aren’t nerdy enough, KRE-O is solidifying its place in our hearts with iconic 80’s titles like Transformers and G.I. Joe.
Since KRE-Os are fully compatable with LEGOs and other blocky sets by companies like Megabloks, you can grab a few super awesome licensed sets, dump out your random brick bucket, and have yourself a D&D-Star-Trek-Transformers mega war in the living room. Make sure you don’t miss any when you clean up, though.