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Hi, guys! I know that Hero Factory ended sadly, but let’s be happy about HF something else. You see, this year, 2017, is the 5th anniversary of HF’s storyline called Breakout in 2012. So, let’s celebrate the 5th anniversary of the 2012 storyline. I heard that some of you guys liked the theme considered it to be your HF theme. Let me tell you the Breakout storyline: It’s about when Rocka captured a villain named Voltix, Voltix used Von Nebula’s Black Hole Orb Staff, which was in the prison room in the Hero Factory building, to create a portal that freed all of the villains, including the 2010, 2011, and some new ones, and then they are escaping through the portal. The Alpha 1 Team tries to stop the villains, but they failed, as all of the villains went through the portal and got away. This breakout is said to be the worst time that the Hero Factory organization had ever faced. The Heroes’ new mission is to find and recapture the villains. The Heroes got new upgrades to adapt to their surroundings when finding and recapturing the villains there. They also got new Hero cuffs, which can fly, find their target, and cuff it. This mission requires all Heroes except Rocka, who has something else in mind, so he chose to stay in the building. Here’s the list of Alpha 1 Team’s members and the respective villains that they are capturing: 1. Evo vs. Toxic Reapa - this happens in Toxic’s home planet, which is a jungle planet called Z’Chaya, where Toxic Reapa plans to turn his cocooned members of his species into his army. Toxic Reapa can shoot toxic substances. 2. Surge vs. Splitface - this happens in a HF communication satellite, surrounded by big meteorites in space and which has people, where Splitface plans to destroy the satellite, but he argues with himself on how to do it because he has a split personality (lol. ). Splitface has two personalities, one for his right, mechanical half of his body and the other for his left, organic and mutated half. Each half is armed with a preferred weapon. His right half is armed with the Shredder Claw while his left is armed with a gun that shoots a dangerous substance called Infecticide. 3. Furno vs. Jawblade - this happens in Jawblade’s home planet, which is a water planet called Scylla, where he plans to collect a substance called Oxidium to make Heroes rust to defeat them. Jawblade is a shark-like villain who is armed with two blades called Magma Blades that were actually Furno’s Dual Fire Shooter. 4. Stringer vs. Voltix - this happens on a misty planet with power containers, where Voltix plans to create a powerful electric weapon. Voltix has electricity powers. 5. Stormer vs. Speeda Demon - this happens on an icy planet, where Speeda plans to rob people there. Both Stormer and Speeda ride motorcycles as they race against each other. Stormer is in his new XL form, which makes him the size of the Hulk from Marvel. Speeda has four arms and is armed with two long swords and those devices that shoot electricity. 6. Breez vs. Thornraxx - this happens in Thornraxx’s home planet, which is a hive planet where he plans to recruit an army of members of his kind. Thornraxx looks like a wasp. 7. Nex vs. XT4 - this happens in XT4’s home planet called Mechna, where he plans to turn his fellow XT4 units into his army (that’s revealed in a guide book in 2013). He has has four arms, and each of the arms is armed with a weapon. 8. Bulk vs. Core Hunter - this happens in Makuhero City, which is where the Hero Factory building is, where CH plans to remove Hero Cores from Heroes there to kill them. He is a former Hero who gone rogue, like Von Nebula. He is armed with a tool called the Hero Core Removal Tool that can remove Cores from Heroes, and a gun. Along the way, Evo is upset that he failed to stop the villains from escaping, but Furno wants to help Evo by giving him advices. While the Heroes are away and Rocka investigating the prison room to examine the Black Hole Staff, with its orb part was destroyed when Voltix used it, a Hulk-sized villain named Black Phantom, who planned the Breakout and used it as a distraction to get the Heroes out of the Hero Factory building, sneaks inside the building, imprisons most of the building’s staff members there, and takes over the building as he activates the fail-safe shield around it. Black Phantom is armed with a big weapon with a mace and a blade and a spider-like drone called Arachnix, which can multiply, shoot energy from its mouth, and cane be used as a gun. Rocka notices the situation, so he goes to deactivate the shield, even though that one of the staff members named Nathaniel Zib is suspicious of Rocka’s secret intentions and abilities. Black Phantom also plans to steal Hero Factory’s plans to create an army of evil versions of Heroes who are powered by an evil substance called Anti-Quaza, which is an evil counterpart of a good-hearted substance called Quaza, which is used to create the Heroes. Black Phantom also has some inside him, and he used it to shut the staff members down like computers. When Stormer, Evo, Furno, and Surge finished with their tasks early, they notice the shield, and Rocka turns it off. Rocka tells the Heroes about the situation, even though that they are suspicious of his secret intentions and abilities as well. Rocka answers that he secretly works for a special Hero team called the Hero Recon Team (who are sort of introduced in 2011), and the Heroes like it. The Heroes go to fight Black Phantom in the building’s Assembly Tower to stop him from creating his army. Rocka defeats Black Phantom by overloading him with power from the tower, with the help of Evo. Later on, as some more Heroes returned with their recaptured villains, the mission continues (even through the events of the Brain Attack storyline in 2013). When the Alpha 1 Team, Nathaniel Zib, and their boss named Mr. Makuro were talking about the breakout, they learn that the breakout was used as a distraction, so Black Phantom was able to deliver the Hero Factory plans to an unknown villain before he was defeated. They are worried. Meanwhile, this villain opens his laptop, which reveals the plans, and he is happy that he got them for his evil plan to create a factory that creates villains. That went unresolved (even though that the plans are also used to help a villain and his army of Brain parasites attack the building in the Brain Attack storyline). Since Black Phantom’s defeat, Breez, Nex, and Bulk are having a hard time with their villains while Voltix is still on the loose. However, Breez and Nex later become successful (mentioned in the guide book). Core Hunter is planning to use a super-powerful and super-dangerous device called the Doom Box to do a ransom. When he is trying to use it, the Alpha 1 Team stop him by having his Removal Tool absorb the Box’s energies. However, Core Hunter becomes more powerful and defeats every single Hero in the tram except Surge. Surge defeats Core Hunter by reflecting the energies back at CH, which causes CH to disappear to his unknown fate. The Alpha 1 Team are having a flashback about the Hero Factory’s beginnings, when the Alpha 1 Team just had Thresher, Stormer, Bulk, Stringer, and Von Ness (before he became Von Nebula). During the time, no one knew about the Factory yet. Black Phantom planned to form his gang of villains called the Legion of Darkness. This group consisted of Black Phantom as the leader, Toxic Reapa, Jawblade, Splitface, Thornraxx, XT4, Voltix, and Speeda Demon (that’s almost every Breakout villain). The Legion were trying to destroy the Factory, but the Heroes were defending it. While the two groups are fighting, Black Phantom secretly revealed to the Heroes that he actually planned to betray most of the Legion except XT4, who is reprogrammed to be obedient to him, so Black Phantom could eliminate a competition that the villains gave him and become the best villain in the villain underworld. However, the Heroes let the Legion know about this, so they defeated Black Phantom before they get defeated by the Heroes. To celebrate, let me ask you this: What are your fond memories about the storyline and/or what do you like about it? For me, I like the Heroes’ designs. They look amazing on them! I like that the designs matched their abilities, like the fire print on Furno’s chestplate. I like that the Heroes also wear their original 2010 helmets again, while I like that Evo’s, Nex’s, and Rocka’s new helmets have the same style as the others and are based on their original 2011 helmets (their new helmets happened because Evo, Nex, and Rocka were never born in the 2010 storyline before they were born in the 2011 storylines. Plus, Rocka’s 2012 helmet is based on any previous storylines (Just saying a fact there), but it looks cool on him.). The cuffs are a great touch since this is about the breakout and recapturing villains, after all. I love their new blasters, which look like Thronax Launchers from Bionicle 2001-2010 because of their new design. I like Evo’s Tank Arm. Looks cool. Evo could have kept his purple color scheme and his arms look uneven by length, though. I like Surge’s lightning sword. Surge shouldn’t use too much green, though. Furno and Breez look alright. I like Furno’s underwater gear and Breez’s flying gear. Their weapons look neat, but I like Breez’s red weapons the best. Rocka looks awesome in his new look. I love his transparent green shield and crossbow. Nex looks alright, but needs some green color scheme. I like his Laser Cutter, though it’s weird that he doesn’t have a hand over there in his set. Bulk looks very cool. I love his shoulder pads and missile launcher. It’s neat that you can attach his Cuffs on his armpits. Lol. Stinger looks alright. He has some nice transparent blue pieces, but why does he keep changing his secondary color? Shouldn’t it be orange, like his 2010 look? Anyway, I like his blaster and those shoulder pieces that look like sound booming things. The blaster looks like a guitar, which matches his sound-based personality, and the shoulder pieces match his personality, too. Stormer looks epic in his 2012 look. He is the size of the Hulk when he is in his Titan set, man! It does match him as the leader of the team when the Breakout storyline is a serious business. I love his sword, and the scout drones are a great touch. As for the villains, Toxic Reapa looks cool. I like his guns, head piece, and those tanks on his back. Jawblade looks great. I like that he has fins for legs and arms. However, his wrist are so thick that I could hardly Cuff the guy, which is not satisfying. I like his tail and blades, though. Splitface looks cool. I like that his black and red colors divide his body into two halves to represent his respective personalities. I like his weapons, too. Black Phantom is mighty epic. He looks intimidating. His weapons and the drone looks very cool. I like his red and transparent yellowish green pieces, and the fact that he is a Titan set, which makes him look like the main antagonist of the storyline well. He looks like a mix of Fire Lord from Ordeal of Fire and Hewkii Inika from Bionicle 2001-2010. Thornraxx is okay, and I like his stinger, wings, claws, and his ball-shooting mouth. It’s cool that Lego is reusing the wing pieces from Bionicle 2001-2010’s Gorast set. He looks weird, though, because he doesn’t have legs, and his design looks weird, too. XT4 is alright. I like the fact that he has four arms and each of them has a weapon, but his body looks abnormally tiny, which kind of makes him look weird. He looks like a love child of Meltdown from the 2010 storyline and Waspix from the Hero Factory franchise’s Savage Planet storyline (Just saying a comparison). Core Hunter looks cool, and I love his Removal Tool, his buff and spiky design, his gun, his mask. However, he has the same thick-wrists problem as Jawblade’s, and there’s a bulge on his back. Voltix looks amazing! I love his electricity-based and power-switch-based design, the red and blue wires, his whip, his gun, his purple pieces, and those horn-like things on his head. His arms are a little stubby, though. Speeda Demon looks very cool, and I like the fact that he has four arms as well, his swords, his electricty-zapping things, and his horns. His motorcycle looks very cool, too, and I like its color schemes, gold pieces, and 2010 Surge’s lightning weapons being used as its exhaust things. The CCBS in the sets are used very well in the 2012 storyline. I wish that Stormer could have included his motorcycle in his set, but it’s a blue version of Furno’s bike in 2010. Plus, Nex needs two Cuffs instead of one to recapture XT4 because XT4 has four arms. Next, the combo models. The ones where each are a mix of a Hero and a villain that he is sent to capture look cool, but they look super-weird. I like the combo with Furno, Evo, and Surge, which is an extra rookie Hero in the team, and the combo with Toxic Reapa, Jawblade, and Splitface, which is a mutated underwater villain that the Hero is sent to capture. The Hero looks epic because of his bulk and blasters. The villain looks like a bigger and deluxe version of Jawblade with feet. He looks awesome. The Lego pieces introduced in the storyline are quite neat. I like the armor pieces, the transparent dark green Glatorian head piece from Bionicle 2001-2010, and the villains’ head pieces and helmets. As for the story and media, I think the story is very good. There is some character developement here and there. It’s weird that Evo went from a calm ninja in the Ordeal of Fire storyline to a worried person in the storyline (though it is revealed why he did that in the guide book), but good thing that Furno wants to help him. Furno is becoming a teacher, like Stormer. Surge and Stringer are funny as always. Stormer and Rocka are very cool as always. It’s neat that Rocka is a part of the Hero Recon Team. Too bad that we didn’t see more of the other heroes, though. The villains are just video game enemies to be defeated, kind of sadly. Black Phantom, Voltix, and Core Hunter are impressive, however. The other villains may be great in their own clever-ness and skills, but they are easily defeated, even though that they are funny. Lol. But, are the extra combo Hero and villain necessary? These guys don’t have character development at all. There are some things that I find annoying about the villains other than the combo characters: Voltix is still on the loose and Core Hunter’s fate is unknown. It’s quite annoying. About the villains from past storylines, it’s cool that we can see them again, but we don’t know what happened to them after the breakout and they aren’t recaptured (however, the guide book says that the Witch Doctor from Savage Planet is recaptured). Plus, we know that Von Nebula was imprisoned in the orb part of his staff, but when Voltix destroyed the orb part to activate the staff, we don’t know what happened to him, but I think that he may the mysterious villain who got the plans from Black Phantom somehow. Zib is a good and funny character as always. Capricorn is funny as always, too. It’s just that. Lol. As for the media, there are two 22-minute Hero Factory TV episodes, which are a two-parter episode called Breakout, two Secret Missions books, and an online game and app game called Breakout. The episodes are fine, and I like the highlights on the Heroes’ helmets and the fact that the characters finally have five fingers in each hand like their sets (the 2011 episodes only show four in each hand). However, there are a little bit of inaccuracies between the animation and sets, but the characters look mostly alright. I like the voice actors in the episode, though I question why people who made the episodes replaced Evo’s original voice actor with a new one. Also, I wish we could see Breez, Nex, and Bulk in their 2012 forms, Thornraxx, XT4, and Core Hunter in there, though, I wish that Vapor from the 2010 storyline could have been with the escaped villains during the breakout (he never physically appeared in the TV show at all, too). There weren’t any more episodes that continued the Breakout storyline to show their adventures or recapturing the other escaped villains, either. Bummer. I think Lego had a budget problems with this, so our expectations didn’t become true, sadly. For the books, they are good. The online game is very fun. I think of it as the best Hero Factory game. I love shooting at stuff and enemies. I also liked the fact that’s you can find codes and use them to get more points in the game, so you can upgrade the Heroes. The codes that you find are on the Hero Cores in the sets and some online content. The app game wasn’t much, sadly, but it has codes that you can use. It’s very cool that both of the games are made by the company who made Bionicle 2001-2010’s Glatorian Arena games. However, the online game is missing two things: XT4 and Nex’s mission in Mechna. Quite disappointing. There’s also comics and Hero Factory’s website contents, but they suffered the same condition as the TV episodes, as they don’t show all of the Heroes and their villains. So, guys, what are your fond memories of the storyline, what do you like about it, what’s your favorite 2012set, favorite character(s) in 2012, favorite moment in the storyline, what things remind you of the 2012 storyline, and/or how would you celebrate it? For me, well, my favorite sets are Stormer, Furno, Rocka, Stringer, Bulk, Breez, Voltix, Black Phantom, Speeda Demon, XT4, and Core Hunter, and my favorite characters are Stormer, Furno, Rocka, Voltix, Speeda Demon, Black Phantom, and Core Hunter. The things that remind are: 1. The Cybug craziness from Wreck-It Ralph in 2012 (Thornraxx) 2. Stronius and Kopaka from Bionicle 2001-2010 (Core Hunter) 3. Bane from The Dark Knight Rises (Core Hunter) 4. Two-Face from DC Comics and Blitzwing from Transformers: Animated (Splitface) 5. Hewkii Inika from Bionicle 2001-2010 (Black Phantom) 6. The Barraki’s prison break and underwater fight between hero and villain from Bionicle 2001-2010 7. The Avengers movie in 2012 8. Darth Vader from Star Wars (Stronius) 9. Umarak the Hunter from Bionicle 2015-2016 (Black Phantom) 10. Pridak from Bionicle 2001-2010 (Jawblade) 11. The Serpentine from Ninjago being released from their prisons to do evil things in 2012 (the Breakout event) 12. General Grievous from Star Wars (Speeda Demon) 13. The fruit “Thornax” from Bionicle 2001-2010 (Thornraxx) 14. Electro from Marvel and The Amazing Spider-Man movie series in 2012-2014 and probably Ehlek from Bionicle 2001-2010 (Voltix) 15. Jay from Ninjago (Mark Surge and Voltix) 16. Lockdown with his spark-ripping tool from Transformers: Age of Extinction (Core Hunter)