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Built to Rule

Built to Rule was a building blocks toyline from Hasbro that is compatible with such leading brands as Lego. These sets were released from 2003 to 2005. Sets are usually based upon existing toys and characters from the Hasbro brand, such as Tonka, G.I. Joe and Transformers: Armada.

G.I. Joe

Built To Rule was marketed as "Action Building Sets". All sets came with one set of building blocks you could build into a full sized vehicle, and one specially designed 3 3/4 G.I. Joe figure. The forearms and the calves of the figures sport places where blocks could be attached.


The 2003 Built To Rule followed the G.I. Joe: Spy Troops story line.


Some of the figures in 2004 featured additional articulation with a mid-thigh cut joint.


  • Freedom Defense Outpost with Duke [17]


Transformers Built to Rule toys were predicted by some groups to be big sellers in 2003.[18] A small number of Transformers: Energon Built to Rule sets had a limited, test market release, but the entire line performed poorly, so it was dropped in its entirety in 2004.[citation needed]

There are some significant differences between the Armada and Energon sets, though both are based on the same basic premise. Each Transformers kit is centered around a "Trans-Skeleton", a very simple humanoid body that folds up for vehicle mode without dis-assembly. From there, extra parts are added to the Trans-Skeleton for either mode. For Armada, the Trans-Skeleton was a very broad, flat solid plate with thin, stick-like limbs attached to it, which led to very awkward-looking robot modes. The structure of the Trans-Skeleton was changed for the Energon characters, to a much more solid skeleton with larger, blockier limbs. This led to much more solid, stable and sturdy-looking robot modes.

Transformers: Armada sets

Transformers: Energon sets

See also


  1. ^ Armadillo Assault w/ Duke at Retrieved 2012-04-23
  2. ^ Depth Ray w/ Wet-Suit at Retrieved 2012-04-23
  3. ^ Forest Fox w/ Frostbite at Retrieved 2012-04-23
  4. ^ Locust w/ Hollow Point at Retrieved 2012-04-23
  5. ^ Raging Typhoon w/ Blowtorch at Retrieved 2012-04-23
  6. ^ Rock Crusher w/ Gung-Ho at Retrieved 2012-04-23
  7. ^ Cobra Raven w/ Wild Weasel at Retrieved 2012-04-23
  8. ^ Ground Striker w/ Flint at Retrieved 2012-04-24
  9. ^ Patriot Grizzly w/ Hi-Tech at Retrieved 2012-04-24
  10. ^ Rapid Runner w/ Chief Torpedo at Retrieved 2012-04-24
  11. ^ Rising Tide w/ Barrel Roll at Retrieved 2012-04-24
  12. ^ Sledgehammer w/ Heavy Duty at Retrieved 2012-04-24
  13. ^ Headquarters Attack w/ Snake Eyes and A.V.A.C. at Retrieved 2012-04-24
  14. ^ Cobra H.I.S.S. w/ Cobra Commander at Retrieved 2012-04-25
  15. ^ Cobra Sand Snake w/ Firefly at Retrieved 2012-04-25
  16. ^ Cobra Venom Striker w/ Firefly at Retrieved 2012-04-25
  17. ^ Freedom Defense Outpost w/ Duke at Retrieved 2012-04-23
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