While wandering through my local TRU’s non-LEGO brick aisle, I came across this interesting new line of minifigures from Spin Master. It seems like every company has their own version of the building brick/mini figure toy line these days, which is making it increasingly more difficult to stand out from the crowd. So what makes Tenkai Knights so unique? Each figure can transform into a 4×2 LEGO-like brick.
Spin Master has labeled this new transforming brick system Ionix. Not only are they designed to become minifigures, but they can also be combined into more complex shapes like weapons, vehicles, and even larger action figures.
It’s a pretty inventive system that can be as complicated as you want. But I’m going to keep things pretty simple today and give you a basic rundown of the minifigures themselves.
I picked up a “Tenkai Action Pack”, which contains three figures. This particular set has the evil samurai-like Vilius, the flying dragon-thing Sho, and the good guy insect Lydondor. Each figure comes in brick form and sealed in a poly bag with a handful of accessories and building elements. There is also a small instruction pamphlet. What surprised me most is just how many extra pieces come with each figure.
The back of the box says 41 total, but I counted 37 elements not including the parts that make up each figure. So you’re really looking at a bit more than they say.
Transformation is pretty interesting. The process itself is really simple, but you can tell they put a good deal of thought into the engineering. First step is to fold the lower torso panel up. Then the shoulders come together to encompass the head. The legs fold up in a similar fashion, and then the arms fold down to rest inside a small opening.
The brick itself is pretty comparable to the basic LEGO. It may be just a tiny bit squatter, but all the pegs and holes match up without any issues. I don’t know how well the larger sets fit together, but the compatibility is pretty seamless with the three I have. Continue to page 2…