I will admit right now that I’m not a huge LEGO Hero Factory fan. Although I really like mechs, I prefer the ones made of standard LEGO elements. I just don’t care for the large, un-LEGO-ish pieces LEGO Hero Factory sets are mostly made of. The only elements I do appreciate are the helmet pieces and weapons – in otherwords the pieces that give the oversized LEGO Hero Factory characters their personality and coolness. So I was really excited to see that in the 2014 LEGO Hero Factory sets the characters got shrunk down to just about minifigure size. 🙂
In all of the 2014 LEGO Hero Factory sets you will find these smaller heroes, and they ride various mechs to defeat the badguys in the storyline called “Invasion from Below”. If you are into LEGO Hero Factory, I think you would like the mechs as they do look pretty awesome, however what I was really looking forward to was the unique armor and helmet pieces that are compatible with regular LEGO minifigures. So let’s look at those…
So far I only got one of the 2014 LEGO Hero Factory minifigs (EVO – the yellow hero) from the smallest set, the #44015 LEGO Hero Factory EVO Walker. After assembling the set I played around with the new minifig some and liked it so much that I’m definitely getting the rest of the heroes, probably in multiplies. As minifigure-scale robots they are excellent; the pieces used for their assembly, the attachment points for various tools and weapons, and the articulation are all just perfect and allow a lot of different posing and customization.
The next question with these mini-size LEGO Hero Factory heroes is if their armor and helmets would fit regular minifigures. And yes, they do! Take a look at the pictures here, all taken by Singo, a LEGO fan from Singapore, and member of BrickLink.com, the Online LEGO Marketplace.
The LEGO Hero Factory helmets fit regular LEGO minifigures particularly well. And because they all have a different design and color, they provide a lot of options.
The LEGO Hero Factory armor pieces also fit regular minifigs, although in my opinion they are a tad off with the shoulder armor being so high up, but they do fit and could look good with the right combination. Interesting to note that on the LEGO Hero Factory minifigs these armor pieces are placed on LEGO skeleton torsos, which provide the core of all of the LEGO Hero Factory characters. Pretty clever…
If you are interested in collecting the 2014 LEGO Hero Factory sets and would like to play around with the new mini-style heroes, they should be available at most LEGO retailers by now, and you can also get them at the Online LEGO Shop. They are not expensive at all, most in the $10-$15 range.
There is also a LEGO Hero Factory polybag, which Huw from Brickset unearthed; the #40116 LEGO Hero Factory Hero Mini Model, featuring BREEZ in a small mech. This polybag is still very hard to find, but hopefully it will be more widely available in the near future. Both the minifig and the mech look great, aren’t they? 😀
What do you think? How do you like the 2014 LEGO Hero Factory sets? Do you like the smaller version of the characters? And how about the vehicles? Oh, and what about the beasts? They are a bit too far out for my taste, but they seem to be providing some interesting play opportunities as well. Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section below! 😉
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