Toy Fair 2012: Hero Factory
Sunday, February 12th, 2012 at 5:14pm by Andrew, BZPower News Manager
This morning I was at the Jacob K. Javits Center to check out the 2012 LEGO lineup. We're starting off our coverage this year with probably the favorite line amongst our members - Hero Factory! Read on to check out what's coming later this year!
There's not a whole lot to say about these. We've already reviewed them all and you can buy them wherever LEGO sets are sold.
Thornraxx and Breez are special exceptions. They're only available in Europe and won't be released in the US until the summer. I didn't take too many pictures of these either since we've already reviewed Thornraxx and I have a Breez review in the queue for whenever I finish the Toy Fair coverage.
Nex is back this summer. He's one of the $8.99 sets, so there's not a lot going on. I like the color combination, although I wish he had two hands. It's also nice to see limb pieces in another color.
This is my favorite of the new smaller price point sets. He's got an interesting leg design and a cool-looking face. Very-lacking in the armor department, but I think it gives him an endoskeleton look.
Stringer, what happened to your colors?! While I don't necessarily agree with the color change for an existing character, I do like how it looks. I really like that transparent chest armor - it's a shame it's printed. He also has what appears to be new shoulder armor.
6222 Core Hunter
The first of the new $12.99 sets is Core Hunter. He has a basic black and red color scheme, which looks awesome (although hard to photograph) and some new armor pieces on his shins. Other than that there's not a lot to say.
Bulk is back and looking good. Not much in the way of new pieces other than the new armor, but he has a decent color scheme and a solid look to him.
When I first saw this set I thought someone had put The Joker in with the Hero Factory. At his core, I think the purple, red, and black color scheme could work. But then they throw in the yellow tentacle, the blue/trans-clear tubing, and whatever those lightning-things are and it ruins the cohesiveness for me.
You can't have a Hero Factory line without Alpha Team leader Preston Stormer! He has a new torso armor piece (also seen on the Hulk), wing-like armor pieces, and new feet. There might also be some kind of new connector for the feet too, but it was hard to tell. My one gripe is that his weapon seems kind of weak. Stormer is the most expensive Hero at $24.99.
6231 Speeda Demon
This was the set that really caught my eye when I got to the Hero Factory section. Purple and lime green! In reality, there's only like eight purple pieces: four Technic liftarms, two wheel hubs, and two armor pieces, but it still looks cool. He's got the same lightening pieces we saw on Voltix, but this time they look decent. The giant gold swords are awesome, as are the other gold highlights. And let's not forget the transparent neon green armor which is always welcome. All in all it's a very cohesive-looking set and just may be worth the $34.99.
Huge thanks as always to LEGO for their invitation to the event. As you can expect, we have plenty more coverage in the works from Toy Fair, so stay tuned. You can let me know which themes you're dying to see by voting in this poll! So keep checking back for more Toy Fair coverage and other LEGO news!
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