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LEGO Hero Factory minifigs are awesome!

by admin on April 2, 2014

in Reviews & Comparisons

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. ๐Ÿ™‚

2014 LEGO Hero Factory Pictures

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.

LEGO Hero Factory Mini Heroes - Photo by Singo

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.

LEGO Hero Factory Mini Heroes Accessories - Photo by Singo

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.

LEGO Hero Factory Armor Pieces - Photo by Singo

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.

Shop LEGO Hero Factory

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? ๐Ÿ˜€

LEGO Hero Factory Polybag

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! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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DX ZX KENDO NRG PWR JAY-MOUTH OF LIGHTNING (Seriously i have a mouth of lightning) :) April 2, 2014 at 10:11 AM

I don’t really like Hero Factory… and I just don’t think these look cool.

But, who else thinks that they look like those Bionicle robot thingys… or were they Exo-Force? I can’t remember.

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Lloydguy April 2, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Its Exo- Force. I NEED THAT MINI MECH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t plan on getting the Flying Beast and I want all the heroes.

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Ray April 2, 2014 at 1:01 PM

Exo-Force was the standard brick-built mechs with minifigure pilots that had wild anime hair. Hero Factory overall has been the toy follow-up to Bionicle, with the technic plus ball-joint construction and each wave containing a team of heroes with virtually identical construction. Chima dipped its toe into this as well.

The “Invasion from Below” sets are the first Hero Factory sets without motorcycles to really tempt me, it’s a good juggle of the format to make the sets be giant mechs and monsters rather than the heroes themselves. But really, I gave up on Bionicle a couple years into it and I think I’m still burned out on the technic plus ball-joint construction type sets and the limits inherent to them. Building the Chima ones reminded me of that.

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Dr. Inferno April 2, 2014 at 4:40 PM

Eh…I’ve never really liked Hero Factory. Maybe it was my disappointment of Bionicle dying and Hero Factory trying (I stress TRYING) to take it’s place. I got one Hero Factory set shortly after it came out, and have been so disappointed with it that I haven’t bought another since. “Jay NRG PWR DX ZX” (Wow, what a name!) might be referring to the Exo-Toa from the original Bionicle line (Gosh I loved those things).

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Bohrok Tru April 2, 2014 at 8:32 PM

Did he just say “Bionicle robot thingys”……..

I personally never really got into Hero Factory, mostly cuz all my Bionicle parts didn’t mesh well with Hero Factory pieces…. and parly cuz when they ended Bionicle they ended part of my childhood *sniffle* OK, enough wallowing in misery, I like the helmets, but the chest-plates seem just a bit oversized, and maybe a bit too tall. But everything is awesome, so I’m not one to judge! =D

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Crazybricks April 2, 2014 at 10:30 AM

I like hero factory but not realy this theme but I do plan on getting the summer set the crystal beast and the spliter beast

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Tien Do April 2, 2014 at 10:53 AM

I don’t like Hero Factory too, it’s simply not much LEGO :). But these new sets are more interesting, I’m going to have some robot for minifigs world ๐Ÿ™‚

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admin April 2, 2014 at 1:43 PM

That’s exactly what I plan to use them too! Robots for my minifigs! ๐Ÿ˜€

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Lloydguy April 2, 2014 at 3:40 PM

Yeah!

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ninja of stealth April 2, 2014 at 12:22 PM

awesome! I WANT ONE OF THESE SO BAD! and the helmets are awesome! I wonder where you could find this polybag, maybe a LEGO store, Toy’s R US, Barns and noble? (okay, I doubt they would be at barns and noble.)

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BLProductions April 2, 2014 at 1:20 PM

I think they would have it at Target. Barnes&Noble carries the actual sets, I’ve seen them, but I don’t think they have polybags.

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admin April 2, 2014 at 1:44 PM

If I remember correctly that polybag has only been spotted in the UK so far. Hopefully it will come over to this side of the pond too, because the lime-green robot is my favorite. Also, although I don’t like Hero Factory, that mech is pretty sweet. ๐Ÿ˜›

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Lloydguy April 2, 2014 at 3:42 PM

Toy Hub Direct, an online (and maybe physical) toy store in Scotland. You spend 15 of their currency on Hero Factory and get it for free.

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admin April 2, 2014 at 4:05 PM

Oh, yes! I remember now! Thanks for clarifying that! I still hope it will be more widely available! ๐Ÿ™‚

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ninja of stealth April 3, 2014 at 12:10 PM

what? only in the UK! Lucky them.

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BLProductions April 2, 2014 at 1:18 PM

I absolutely had no interest in Hero Factory, or anything with technic mechs, until this year. But these look really cool, I like the minifig-sized figures. ๐Ÿ™‚ I plan to get the Splitter Beast, and possibly the Evo XL Machine, unless I can find that polybag. ๐Ÿ˜• I really want the lightsaber blades.

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Lorca Strand April 2, 2014 at 1:20 PM

I might get one just for the helmet!

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admin April 2, 2014 at 1:46 PM

The helmets look great on regular minifigs and that was my original plan with them, but I actually really like the robot bodies too.

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Shade Snake April 2, 2014 at 3:57 PM

Looks more like aliens more than anything, love the armor and helmets though.

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admin April 2, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Yes, they could be aliens too. I don’t think I will be using them as aliens though. They are too cool! ๐Ÿ˜›

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BLProductions April 2, 2014 at 5:03 PM

Off Topic, but the 2014 TMNT sets just became available on Lego shop! ๐Ÿ™‚ This one kind of flew under the radar, but it’s there too: http://brickset.com/sets/79122-1/Shredder-s-Lair-Rescue
Are you going to have an article on this, admin? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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admin April 2, 2014 at 5:12 PM

You must have read my mind because I just finished writing an article about it. It won’t be published until next Monday though as this week is already full. ๐Ÿ˜€

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Brick addict April 2, 2014 at 6:50 PM

I think it was good idea for LEGO to make them minifig scale it makes them fit into the LEGO world much better ๐Ÿ™‚

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admin April 3, 2014 at 10:30 AM

I totally agree! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Brad April 2, 2014 at 9:22 PM

I thought it was cool that they made the characters minifigure size because I collect minifigures, and now I can have a character in my minifigure collection that I have two other versions of (Furno, if anyone was wondering). I got some old Knights’ Kingdom II (2005 original release, new condition) minifigures for the same reason. I was surprised how little I needed to spend on those from ebay. I got all four of the good guys for less than $20 including shipping, which worked out to about $3.80-something each, plus it was four separate auctions, which makes the price even more surprising. I was very excited about that, so I thought I’d share.

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admin April 3, 2014 at 10:33 AM

Brad, a lot of people don’t like Knights Kingdom II so probably that’s why you were able to get them cheap. I also have some; the large figures and some of the helmets that I really liked.

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Brad April 4, 2014 at 1:49 AM

I have all six buildable action figures from the first wave, and I liked them when I got them, but I don’t do much more than collecting minifigures now.

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Majestic Kai Fan April 3, 2014 at 3:35 AM

The only hero factory I got is Breez from the first wave and stormer 2.0

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Majestic Kai Fan April 3, 2014 at 3:38 AM

And I want one of them for the feet/claws because they seem quite interesting, weren’t they used in the Nindroid MechDragon

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ninja5 April 5, 2014 at 7:26 AM

I like Hero Factory, but I don’t buy many sets of it. However, I might have to get a couple for the minifig heroes.

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Antonรญn August 12, 2014 at 12:51 AM

I never really liked Hero Factory for same reason as you, plus they’ve replaced Bionicle, which I loved. But I like those minifigs – I’m definitely getting Rocka, as I’m planning to make his helmet a fancy new head for my golems (I am mostly a fantasy builder). And I’m happy that they’re “recycling” the Zamor spheres, especially with this cool new design (plus there’s one on the cheapest set ๐Ÿ™‚ ).

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