Toy Fair 2011 - The Last Part
Saturday, February 19th, 2011 at 8:38pm by Andrew, BZPower News Manager
It's finally time folks - time to look at the rest of this year's Hero Factory sets. It took us a while, but I hope it was worth the wait. To check out the Savage Planet sets, stop reading this and click, "MORE >>"!
The second half of 2011 revolves around the planet of Quatros - the Savage Planet. The evil Witch Doctor transforms the animals on the planet into ferocious monsters that our heroes must overcome in order to defeat him. Wait, are we talking about 2011 or 2001? Anyway...
Ordeal of Fire Heroes
We've reviewed the majority of these sets already, so there's not much more to be said. The new building system is great and has a lot of potential.
Savage Planet Heroes
"The Witchdoctor has stolen quaza and has corrupted the animals on a remote jungles planet. The Heroes, in their new animal camouflage, are there to save the day."
Bulk makes a triumphant return in the 3.0 wave of heroes. He now has two hands and a full range of poseability. He appears to be camouflaging himself as a wolf, and has two blades that attach to his wrists, making him seem a little more like a certain wolverine instead of a wolf...
We can't get enough of our bud Bill Furno, who's back again. Taking on the guise of a raptor (the bird, not the dinosaur), he wields a pair of blades - or maybe it's supposed to be a bow-and-arrow.
Nex is back from the 2.0 wave of sets - sporting an orange shell, his long tusks/fangs make me think of a sabertooth cat. He has a new shield piece with a pair of blades sprouting from it on his left arm.
Rocka is a new character for the 3.0 Heroes and his gold armor and lion mask sure make him stand out. Instead of a hand on his right arm, he has a large, four-fingered claw. Unlike the 1.0 heroes, his arm and wrist still have full mobility.
Preston Stormer has returned as well, disguising himself as a rhinoceros. Like Rocka, he's lacking a right hand and instead has a large claw.
Everyone missed him from the 2.0 line - but fear not Jimi Stringer has returned! Armed with a large claw (and no left hand) and protected by his bear=shaped helm, Jimi is ready to rock all over those savage beasts.
Fire Lord and His Minions
Like the 2.0 heroes, most of these sets have been reviewed too. Generally, they have a lot of nice parts, but the set designs themselves could use some work.
"This flying beast attacks from above and has three stingers and two corrupted quaza spikes installed by Witch Doctor to control it."
The black and yellow color scheme of Waspix nails the wasp look, although its wings could be a little bigger. The use of the Ben 10 hand is a great use of parts as well. As a random note - the head reminds me of the Elites from Halo.
"Heroes beware of this beast that has the agility and speed of a gorilla and is armed with what looks like elephant tusks."
So I guess they were going for a gorilla vibe for this set - but it's kind of a stretch. It still looks good though, again making use of a variety of parts including some from Ben 10. The new spike armor pieces are a nice touch.
"Builders assemble the Witch Doctor's servant, Fangz, a ferocious beast who loyally defends his master with jaw-mounted spears and corrupted Quaza spike."
To me, Fangz looks like the angriest stegosaurus ever. The color scheme is a bit jumbled, but I like the trans-orange armor on his back. The multicolored spikes are nice too.
"Once assembled, this scorpion with heavy spike-plated armor, power pincers, tail shooter, and corrupted Quaza makes it harder for Heroes to stop Witch Doctor."
Scorpio might be modeled after a scorpion - it's kind of hard to tell so I'm not sure. It reuses the same head from Wapix, but this time in lime green. There's just enough red to provide a nice accent and the lime green parts are very nice. There could have been less silver though.
"While the heroes run low on energy fending off his beasts, builders assemble this hero to stop Witch Doctor from draining the jungle planet Quatros of its Quaza."
Remember the Mata Nui set in 2009, and how we were all disappointed by the lack of gold elements? Well here's how it should have been done. The set's not perfect, but it has a consistent color scheme and lots of pretty gold. Definitely one of my favorites.
"Builders assemble, then attempt to defeat, this evil man behind the plan to destroy the jungle planet of Quatros."
The summer's main antagonist, the Witch Doctor is the largest set for the year. For once the red two-length axles don't look horrible and instead compliment the black and white color scheme. He's got lots of spikes and a skull on his staff, making him look ready to practice some voodoo magic.
That just about wraps it up for Toy Fair this year. I hope you all enjoyed our coverage. I know that Yannick, Andrew, and I had a great time and were glad we could be there to bring the latest LEGO sets to BZPower. As always, keep checking back for more news and reviews, right here!
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