Sunday, December 5th, 2010 at 5:22pm by Andrew, BZPower News Manager
It is time once again for a Hero Factory 2.0 review, brought to you by LEGO. Sisen is taking a look at another set - this time the heroine Breez 2.0. Read on to see if this former rookie is a nice buy worthy for your collection or parts bin.
From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.
Mission Briefing: A former hero has been released in a new model. Interview and debut the latest version of the hero to the general populace.
Subject Name: Breez 2.0
We interrupt your regularly scheduled programming to bring you this live report. Unless you have been hiding under a rock, which wouldn't be surprising with the dastardly villains running around, you know that there are new heroes from Hero Factory. Today we join Breez 2.0 live on the scene.
The hero was deployed to deal with a shady character known as Nitroblast. The villain was at work cutting open a lava vat when Breez 2.0 was deployed via canister. At first we did not realize Breez 2.0 was in fact rookie Natalie Breeze from the first line of Hero Factory. Had we not known Natalie was female beforehand; we would have mistaken Breez 2.0 for a new male hero. Later on after the interview Natalie laughed at the confusion.
We are not going to waste time looking over the fine print on the canister. Breez 2.0 is on the scene and preparing for a fight! One small thing worth mentioning is that if Stormer 2.0 was present, the two heroes would likely have combined to take on the villain.
Half the fun is had building the set. How fun is it to build and how easy or challenging is it?
Breez has released her canister lid and is deploying into the field. Her torso is assembling in a similar manner to the other latest heroes. It appears that Breez 2.0 is stretching and crawling around for her missing pieces. Now it appears she's feeling vulnerable!
Here come the rest of her pieces! Her feet have attached and now her other armor is snapping on. It looks like she's feeling the imbalance due to her armor variation, or maybe she's showing off a high kick. Success? Now that her hands have attached she's not sure either. Okay! She's touching her toes and now doing some interpretation of the wave dance like a ballerina?
Things are getting serious now! The remaining pieces of her armor are attaching. Her arm-or is attached and now her torso armor is too. Breez 2.0 is complete and standing proud in a 'ready to take on any foe' pose.
Now that the set is complete, we can critique how it looks from every angle. New or interesting pieces can also be examined here.
Breez 2.0 contains twenty nine pieces. That's ten more than the previous Natalie Breez. Nothing appears old and the new is surely something to be envied.
Let's start off with what Breez is best known for: her lime green coloring. She has eleven pieces of green to go around. Her two feet, two hands, four small armor units, one large armor unit, and one chest plate. Let's not forget the one thing every hero needs, a helmet! All of her armor connects via the new standard ball joint connection system or the slide in mechanism used for the helmet and chest plate.
Breez 2.0 also has four red pieces to accent her dominant green. She has a red head, hero core, and two red fin blades. Note that the red fin blade connections are how the hero core, chest plate, and helmet/accessory all attach.
There are five pieces of gunmetal that Breez 2.0 utilizes. Her main torso armor, her personalized large armor unit, two tonfa weapon-tool thingamajigs, and her faceplate-mask-visor thingamajig. Did I say thingamajig already? Fiddle faddle.
Where would a hero be without their basic body structure? Well that's a question for a Hero Factory representative. Maybe we should call 1-888-4-HEROFACTORY and ask them about it sometime. Back to business! There are nine black connectors for the new connection system. Breez contains the new standard t-torso piece and then two varieties of the ball-ball-joint connectors. She contains four of each type although it's easier to see than describe.
Breez 2.0 has a fairly interesting new set design although without the name you wouldn't know she was Natalie Breez. While the set is generally a clone of the other canisters, the hero obviously contains some different pieces and colors. Lego has done an amazing job with making changes and integrated a fairly intriguing new building system. It would be nice to see a wider variety of pieces compared to the other new sets but that's not necessarily a bad thing. If you are looking to build up your collection of new pieces then this is a surefire way to do so.
There really are not any design issues with Breez 2.0, but there are some aesthetic ones. She suffers from the asymmetrical balance created by the large armor pieces that dominate her right side. Her left upper arm has a small armor unit but her right forearm has a large armor unit. Each arm has room for another piece of armor so it doesn't make sense to leave the spaces empty. Breez also suffers from the dreaded clown feet syndrome. The feet are just a tad too large for a smaller set. They would work better proportionally with a larger figure, but they do not stop Natalie from kicking bad-guys when it counts.
I think the choice for tonfa for Breez is a good fit after her boomerangs, but the weapons are used in the other new Hero Factory sets. For example, Bill 2.0 and Stormer 2.0 both used the pick tonfa even though the colors vary. The tonfa with a buzz saw ending is a unique variety and interesting concept, but Nex 2.0 does share the same item. Personally, I do not mind the shared tools since it is a Hero Factory. Items are likely to be mass produced and used right? Either way I like Breez 2.0 without her tonfa.
The other half of the fun is in playing with the set. How well does the set function and is it enjoyable to play with?
We interrupt this interruption of your regularly schedule program for a brief message from our sponsors.
"If you are just joining in we are mid-broadcast of the Breez 2.0 interview. Earlier this week we introduced Furno 2.0 and Evo 2.0 - be sure to check in on their previously recorded reviews if you missed them! We now return you to your regularly interrupted scheduled programming."
I apologize for the interruption! We have good news, bad news, and good news. Let's start with the good news. Breez 2.0 apprehended the villain Nitro Blast! The bad news is we weren't able to capture the footage. The good news is one of our cameramen has volunteered to reenact the scene with Breez!
The villain attacks but Breez defends herself! She's quite the nimble hero and her tonfa provide a good defense. Sometimes the best defense is a good offense. Breez caught the villain off guard with a jab from her other tonfa. Things turned into a tumble as the villain tacked our latest addition to Hero Factory, but Breez turns things around easily enough! Breez gathered herself like a true hero and claimed the high ground.
Breez 2.0 is a great improvement over Natalie Breez, and her playability, functionality, etc show for themselves. There is nothing like having a partner to back you up though. Breez can rest assured that Evo has her back if the situation calls for it. When she's not fighting off villains or backing up other heroes, Breez enjoys a nice game of leap frog.
Once it's all said and done, how does the set stack up? Should I get it?
What's to like?
- P O S S I B I L I T I E S
- This is going to be a pro for quite some time I think
- 2.0 Breez exceeds the former Natalie Breez
- Festive coloring?
What's not to like?
- No unique weapons
- Natalie Breez =/= Breez 2.0 Recognition
- Personalized armor
- Festive coloring?
Purchasing the sets from Hero Factory 2.0 is a must do for any fan or builder. They offer a great variety of new pieces and make a great addition to your collection. Unless you are a diehard fan of Natalie Breez aka Breez 2.0, I would suggest getting some of the other heroes first. See what you like about the others and find out if Breez is a must have. I would recommend getting her just so you can build your own unique combiner models. It really is a lot of fun and a nice concept to have back once more.
Huge thanks go out once again to LEGO and Jan Beyer for providing us with these sets. And of course be sure to thank Sisen for doing the review - leave your thoughts in the Talkback while you're at it, too. And don't worry, there's plenty more reviews yet to come, so keep checking back on BZPower.com!
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