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Hi, guys. Today is the 10th anniversary of the summer 2011 story arc called Savage Planet, when its two-part TV special was aired on Nicktoons on September 5, 2011. The story arc is about six members of the Alpha 1 Team, Stormer, Furno, Bulk, Stringer, Nex, and a new rookie named Daniel Rocka fighting against a new tall and monstrous skeleton-based villain called the Witch Doctor, who was an ex-teacher from the Hero Factory organization named Aldous Witch and is obsessed with collecting and using Quaza, and his army of mind-controlled techno-organic animals to save a jungle planet called Quatros (the place could give you what Bota Magna from Bionicle 2001-2010 looks like). It’s all started after the villains from the Ordeal of Fire arc in 2011 were defeated, Aldous was trying to use the Quaza, the thing that is used to make the Heroes’ Hero Cores, to supercharge himself because he is interested in it, but Stormer stopped him, and Aldous was exiled as a result. He went to Quatros, where its core is sustained by a large amount of a special kind of Quaza to keep the planet healthy. Mining Quaza in the place is illegal because of that fact about the core, but Aldous collected a corrupted piece of Quaza and a skull from a mysterious and ancient temple. When he created a staff of these things, it turned into into the evil monster called the Witch Doctor, who uses the staff to become powerful. He put corrupted Quaza on four species of animals in the planet and then uses his staff to mind-control them. It’s like how Makuta Teridax from Bionicle 2001-2010 mind-controls many species of Rahi with his Infected Kanohi masks (this similarity was to celebrate Bionicle’s 10th anniversary during the time?). The species of animals are Fangz, Waspix, Raw-Jaw, and Skorpio. He collects the Quaza from the core to make an evil army, and doing so is hurting the planet. The Heroes got new animal-based armor and weapons, and they are called Heroes 3.0 because of them. Their armor gives them the abilities of the animals, and they wear them to adapt to the planet. This is the last set wave to use numbers, sadly, when Breakout, Brain Attack, and Invasion From Below should have used 4.0-6.0. I was also expecting the coming years to do a similar tread with the six heroes in the early and late 2011 story arcs, but there’s inconsistency. At least I was happy with Breakout having all nine heroes in a way. Anyway, the story arc also introduced Heroes’ “XL forms”, which are Hulk-sized forms similar to Takanuva in 2008. In this story arc, Rocka is the first to have that. Speaking of Rocka, his design is based on Furno, and he wants to be like Furno. Stormer, Furno, and Rocka are basically the main protagonists of Hero Factory. His first name was unknown until Leto decided to have Daniel as his first name officially, right? Wished Lego could have said it right away, like how the other heroes happened. The story arc ended when Rocka XL and Stormer defeated the Witch Doctor by destroying his staff while the other heroes removed the Doctor’s animal servants by removing their corrupted Quaza to free them. Furno then returned the core’s stolen Quaza back to it to save the planet from dying. The Doctor is affected for his crimes. According to a guide book, Nex was looking for something that rumors were talking about, but there weren’t. He fought a snake, and that was about it. Weird. Anyway, the leader of the Hero Recon Team, Merrit Fortis, got upgraded with the 3.0 armor and was exploring Quatros a little bit. Nothing much from there, either. Weird. Hero Factory FM never continued since the Ordeal of Fire story arc. As for the sets, they are good for the most part. Some of the Heroes and WD have weapons for hands, though, and Stringer has uneven forearms. Bulk has a flimsy design on his wrist blades. WD is the tallest HF set in general, but he has a wonky design. I mean, there’s an asymmetrical waist and stiff joints here and there when the set tried to be giant. For my favorite sets, I love Nex, Furno, Waspix, Skopio, and Rocka XL the best because Nex has a weapon on his forearm, which most his friends don’t have, Furno looks awesome, Waspix has four arms, wings, and a stinger, Skorpio is an intimidating scorpion, and Rocka XL looks awesome with his spiky design. The episodes are good, as it shows a rivalry between Furno and Rocka, Rocka trying to be like Furno, and I love the fight with Waspix and Skopio, and final battle the best. It’s pity that Surge, Breez, and Evo missed out. Breez could have tried to talk to these animals. It’s quite interesting that Nex said that he loves her, even though that Natalie doesn’t have any romantic relationships with any Hero. There are two online games that the story arc is known for, Mission: Savage Planet and Jungle Crushers. They are good games. Sadly, we never had new installments from these things. Well, we have the Breakout online game in 2012, which is a very great game. So, what do you guys think of the story arc? Happy 10th anniversary to it!
http://orig08.deviantart.net/b7a5/f/2016/016/2/d/witch_doctor___revamp_by_mate397-d9o73bs.jpg Now hear me out on this one. True the original set does look nice the way it does, though it felt a little generic if you will, just another very tall humanoid baddie. Instead I used up the pieces I got from the partially complete set I bought to tweak on him a little. Though to be honest the main drive for that came from back in 2015 when I pretty much finished the MOC, this counting as the last MOC of 2015 for me still (just needed 1 more friction piece for the leg), you see my job at that car part store (the name's Unix if it says anything to anyone) decided to fire me a day before Christmas, plus I still had a week left from my try-out too. So you can imagine I was a bit ###### off, but I managed to channel my emotions into building and after a while I got this guy. I may switch out a few lift arm pieces to white though, then again the white armor pieces on him now are like those fur clothing pieces on Shamans and Witch Doctors, same for his back, giving him a sort of cloak if you will. But what I probably like the most are the Toa Mata heads used on him as shrunken heads. He also has a gear function at the waist, a little something I thought I add just for fun. Detail shots: http://mate397.deviantart.com/art/Witch-Doctor-Front-584842595 http://mate397.deviantart.com/art/Witch-Doctor-Side-584842873 http://mate397.deviantart.com/art/Witch-Doctor-Back-584843392 http://mate397.deviantart.com/art/Witch-Doctor-Gear-function-584843900 http://mate397.deviantart.com/art/Witch-Doctor-Staff-584844911 http://mate397.deviantart.com/art/Witch-Doctor-Size-584845135
Ok, I have realized, after watching Savage Planet many many times, that some things appear to be severely screwed up. Here are my theories. Quaza has very strange effects. When the power of raw Quaza is forced into the body of a being with no Quaza already in its anatomy, it was little to no affect, as seen when Witch attacked Scorpio with his Quaza Skull Staff. But, when he did the same to Stormer, he was in horrible pain because his Hero Core was overloaded and his small body couldn't take the immense energy. When Witch put the Quaza Spikes on the animals, their bodies rejected the outside power source because they are techno-organic. But, because the power was injected directly into the spinal cord of the animals, it affected the biomechanical medulla oblongata and caused a drastic increase in aggression (like an alligator). When Witch took control of the animals, the Quaza was linked directly to that of his staff which was also directly linked to his skull face, which is, of course, linked to his own mind. When he took control of them entirely, they expressed anger and pain. When Witch had his staff broken, the lack of the power of Quaza inside him caused a horrible withdrawal and is slowly killing him. The Quaza took over as his primary source of power, acting like an overloaded Hero Core. It is dying because it cannot be recharged, and results in a diseased Witch Doctor. Another thing: Rocka's Hero Core was almost completely dead after a short, easy mission and a fight with a couple of dogs. Nex used a small amount of his own Quaza energy to revive Rocka's depleted Core. Wouldn't that only give Rocka enough energy for a small amount of time? When Rocka was fitted with Lion armor, he must have used Nex's portable recharging kit, meaning there would be no more energy left for the other Heroes. This means he has more energy than the rest of them, and Nex has less. Later, Nex was severely beaten by Scorpio but still had enough energy to fight Raw-Jaw and recharge the teleportation tunnel. The power of the Hero Core seems to be inconsistent. Non-Quaza related: It would appear that Raw jaw is the given name of a specific young Gorrillaphant and not the name of the species. Scorpio also seems to be the name of a large Quatros Scorpion. Waspix may or may not be like that, but the one shown appeared to be female, and cared very little for those who saved her from slavery and, ultimately, death. The same went with Scorpio. When Furno ripped off one Quaza Spike, only one was not enough to control it, but it was still mildly aggressive and gave its own life for vengeance. He threw Furno off his back, and instead of thanking him, he merely looked that general direction and gave a slight nod. Scorpio then was attacked and eventually KILLED by Raw-Jaw. Also, it was said that Witch had a pack of Fangz by his side at all times. In Savage Planet, only two were seen during the entire episode. Am I right? Did I miss anything? Please tell me what you think.