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The Hero Factory Building System is Amazing and Here's Why

Posted by Aanchir , Feb 17 2013 · 641 views

LEGO Hero Factory MOCs Robots
Before we proceed, let me say that this model is NOT MINE. It was created by LEGO Group designers (EDIT: The designer was Christoffer Raundahl, one of the inventors of this building system whose BIONICLE design credits include the original Tahu and Kopaka sets), though it is most likely a MOC and not a set design (if it is an unannounced set design, though, you are free to celebrate at your leisure). The painted variant was detailed by Søren Westborg, a Danish artist who seems to specialize in painting tabletop gaming figurines, as a commission for LEGO Systems A/S.


Original model (photo taken by Flickr user Teabox at LEGO World in Copenhagen)
Another pic of the original model
A pic of the painted version
Gallery of Westborg's commissioned work (also includes a lovely painted Raw-Jaw)

I've built the leg and foot of the model on LDD (minus the heel piece, which is not available on LDD) and it's quite brilliant how they go together. I hope that some of these techniques wind up in sets eventually. These models have all the complexity of Witch Doctor and then some, and yet it comes together into a model that is far more refined and cohesive in design. Truly this model demonstrates that the Hero Factory building system is far from infeasible for "titan-sized" models. It just takes some very clever use of parts and a custom skeleton to create something every bit as incredible as many of BIONICLE's greatest titan models. And of course, as far as set design is concerned, a sufficient price point and age range for such a large, complex model.

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Obsessionist
Feb 17 2013 09:37 PM

I think my favorite of Westborg's stuff is the core hunter.  Just stunning how he added such powerful, subtle details.  That model is amazing as well, definitely one of the best HF MOCs I've ever seen.

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Legolover-361
Feb 18 2013 11:02 AM
Wow, that model is fantastic. I was always glad LEGO introduced the new Hero Factory building system, but that model is solid proof that the new system has just as much potential as any other Technic system.
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Wow, that model is fantastic. I was always glad LEGO introduced the new Hero Factory building system, but that model is solid proof that the new system has just as much potential as any other Technic system.
For added fun, Erland Refling Nielsen, a part designer for LEGO Hero Factory and other themes, has revealed that the designer of this model is none other than Christoffer Raundahl, who has been working on BIONICLE and Hero Factory since the themes began. He's one of the inventors of the Hero Factory building system, and worked on the design for several BIONICLE sets including the original Tahu and Kopaka sets and the Bohrok.
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