Wednesday, December 14th, 2011 at 9:42pm by Benjamin, BZPower Reporter
It is time to dive underwater in our early reviews of the winter 2012 Hero Factory sets as we take a look at Jawblade! Is he fearsome and thrashing or does he sink like a rock? Read on to find out just how menacing this beast really is.
From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.
The biggest shock when setting eyes on the new sets is that they come in bags instead of canisters or even boxes. But as long as what I want is inside, I guess the outside does not quite matter.
The outside, however, is still pretty cool. It is nice and shiny, shinier than usual, and contains a nice big image of Jawblade swimming through the water, with a shadowed Furno off in the background taking pursuit. I guess he's a shark...with arms.
The front and back of the bag have all the important and necessary bits of into, except one: Piece count. There is no indication of how much bang you get for your buck. That being said, I have counted 51 pieces, including extra parts.
Getting into the package is much harder, and scissors are required. No more building sets in the car on the ride home from the toy store. And it can be resealed. Maybe I'll bring my tuna casserole to lunch in this thing. The contents are also bagged up, something unusual for the constraction sets.
Half the fun is had building the set. How fun is it to build and how easy or challenging is it?
The build, unlike a Hero, has odds and ends protruding from it in a number of places. First, there is the tail, and then some fins on the sides and some sharp objects underneath a large torso. While it is the same frame most of the sets use, the unique pieces and design of this set make building interesting and different.
A few things need to be pointed out though: If you have not noticed yet, he has arms and hands. If I did not know better, I would chance a guess that the Witch Doctor fused a shark and a humanoid together to torment the seas. Look out! It's a man-shark! We're going to need a bigger hero. On top of that, he has hands. HANDS! Overall it throws off the feel of the set as a bladed-shark and draws the focus to his oddities.
Now that the set is complete, we can critique how it looks from every angle. New or interesting pieces can also be examined here.
The color scheme for this guy is quite obvious when looking at the pieces: Red, silver, and a touch of black. Looks awesome. New and interesting pieces include the blades, his shark head, the new Hero core for promotional purposes, and another rendition of the ball joint. Cool stuff.
While the head is pretty awesome, definitely the coolest piece in this set, the ball joint used to attach it is awfully hard to remove. While it looks just like the Rahkshi, they had a hole in their head for easy removal. Jawblade here has no such assistance. I suddenly have an urge to go build a silver shark-Rahkshi though.
From each angle you can see blades galore. He is ready to attack and no matter what looks dangerous!
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.
With a name like Jawblade, you would hope there are plenty of blades on this guy, some jaw action, and some blades on the jaw. And Jawblade does not disappoint! Just see for yourself! And the maw moves up and down and is not something your hero wants to get his hand stuck in.
Unlike most bipedal or quadrupedal sets, a man-shark like Jawblade is quite hard to pose menacingly and realistically. Which way should he point? What does he stand on when I place him on my shelf? How is his tail handled? I think he looks quite cool floating in the air, or at least above a clear glass.
Once it's all said and done, how does the set stack up? Should I get it?
Despite some downsides, this guy looks pretty cool and menacing. He's got a nasty bite, and is not someone you would want to brush up against.
The pieces he comes with are quite cool, especially that head!
He is great for playing with, looking at on your shelf (if you can pose him properly), or scrapping for pieces—just look at all that silver!
What's to like?
- Jaw action!
- Nice pieces
What's not to like?
- Head it hard to detach from ball joint.
- Hard to pose
- Hands look funny for a shark
- As do arms.
Jawbalde is not a bad set, and even combines with Furno! He is not a bad choice and proves to be quite a fighter.
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