Friday, June 27th, 2014 at 7:57am by Benjamin, BZPower Reporter
Those pesky fleas! What is there to do about them? Send in Breeze from the Hero Factory to take care of them with her Flea Machine! Complete with claw grabber and a few extra weapons, she'll get the job done in record time! Unless the pod hatches with more baddies! You decide what happens in the newest Hero Factory set from LEGO: The Breeze Flea Machine. Read, and watch, on for the review!
A special thank you to The LEGO Group for sending BZPower some signed Hero Factory sets! While I did have to open the packaging, the contents were just as cool as the outer shell. Check out the video to see what is so special about Breeze's machine, and check out the photos below.
From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.
Continuing with the zip-lock baggie packaging, the set's container stands tall with an action shot between bits of information such as the theme, set name, and other essentials. While this European bag does not contain a piece count, I would estimate there are about 80 pieces in the set (and maybe more due to the Technic build on its back). It probably runs at $15 retail.
The back of the package shows off some of the sets playability features, like the claw, bug pod, and how easily some sections come off for other bits of playability (more on that in my next review: Bulk's Drill Machine).
Half the fun is had building the set. How fun is it to build and how easy or challenging is it?
Unlike your standard constraction hero build (see our recent Legends of Chima reviews), the frame for this set has some extra parts dangling about, and might seem to be missing a limb! Fear not, being tri-legged is the design aesthetic for Breeze's machine, which gives a little more support to the claw attached to its back. Of course, everything snaps into place easily, and having some Technic pieces added to the build is a nice change of pace for Hero Factory sets.
Now that the set is complete, we can critique how it looks from every angle. New or interesting pieces can also be examined here.
A mix of new and old pieces make the top of the “interesting pieces” list, including some armor parts, limb pieces, and bugs and armor seen in previous sets in all kinds of colors. What stands out is the newer stuff, like the petals of the bug pod which attach via a reverse-tri-axel connector (or whatever you want to call it). It is good to see that that piece now exists.
Only having three legs is a bit odd I think, but it is not a big flaw. Though it would be nice to get four pieces of that lime green bulky armor instead of just three. The back claw fits nicely and does not get in the way either, though the trans-blue piece stands out.
Breeze looks great as always, but the spider bug stands out in its bright orange and blue design. The pod/egg is also really neat and should prove interesting to use in MOCs.
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.
The pod, being made of rubber, can fold open like a flower blossom to free its new bug. If the Heroes get there in time to prevent an outburst, their machines come in handy, such as Breeze's claw which has a tether so as to reel it back in after capturing its target.
Breeze also comes equipped with a new gun from The LEGO Movie sets, one which fires studs a considerable distance. Much better than the included flick-fire missiles that take a bit of effort to be utilized.
Once it's all said and done, how does the set stack up? Should I get it?
What's to like?
- Cool new pieces.
- Neat minifig.
- Useful tool.
- Can swap out tools.
What's not to like?
- Flick-fire missiles
- Lacking a fourth leg/armor.
What stands out about this set, besides the egg pod and the minifig, is that the tool can easily pop off and swap out with other summer Hero Factory machines' tools. I'll show you this in the Bulk review video soon, but for now the claw is utilized in more than one way which is really cool. As a set itself, it is a little different from the usual Hero builds, which is another plus. I wish it had a fourth leg, but that is not a big problem. The lime armor and other accessories make up for that.
Ata hero, Hinkle!
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