$2.97 at Walmart so, yeah, $2.99.
I was originally not interested in the whole Kreo Transformers series - I'm not much of a Transformers fan. Liked them as a kid, didn't care much for the movies, and when I re-watched the original series with my nephews a few years back, I thought "holy hell. I actually thought this was GOOD?" The boys liked it, tho. Guess at a certain age our tastes aren't as discriminating.
Then I found Megatron and Starscream on sale for $20 each at Walmart. Starscream was actually a pretty good build / model in both forms. At first I thought it sucked that the models didn't transform, but the more I thought about it, the more I liked the fact you had to disassemble the robot to build the vehicle. It added to the play time. Still not sold on there being leftover bricks once each model is built, but whatever.
So while I liked Starscream, Megatron wasn't nearly as good. Some steps in the instructions called for a plate in dark grey that didn't exist in the set. It was clearly a different shade from the black and other grey pieces... but it wasn't there. They included regular grey pieces instead and the builder just had to figure that out for themselves. Also, the picture on the package shows Megatron as having wheels and doors on his arms. Guess what the instructions leave out?
So, yeah, the quality control on this first wave leaves something to be desired.
I ended up liking the Kreons, tho, and when GoHastings had the sets on sale for around 75% off, I ended up buying the rest of them. Bumblebee was another solid build, as was Sideswipe and a few others.
Another problem I started to have was distinguishing their pearlish grey pieces from the clear pieces in the instructions. That and the fact the dark blue in Optimus Prime was nearly indistinguishable from the black pieces. The only way I could tell the difference was to hold them up to a light.
So on the whole, I'm glad they're starting to offer the Kreons separately. I may still buy the occasional set, but for the most part, they didn't grab me the way the Kreons have. I wonder if they are going to go back and start releasing the Kreo wave one Kreons in the upcoming blind-bagged series...?
Sorry about the mini-review. Got a bit carried away
EDIT: GoHastings still has the whole line on sale. Some really good prices, too! And I bet you can find discount coupons online if you looked.http://www.gohastings.com/catalog/search_all.cmd?form_state=global-search-form-form&keywords=Kreo+Transformers&search-button.x=0&search-button.y=0&productType=0&query=&form_state=siteSearchForm&department=AllSearch&departmentName=AllSearch&dynamic=&search=true&source=global&condition=0