BrickList: POST-BIONICLE Canister Sets, Hero Factory
POST-BIONICLE Canister Sets, Hero Factory
To Celebrate the 12th year of TECHNIC Based Action Figures, I'll be doing my own classification of the sets instead of the official sources, making it easier to analyze their history through the years.
This list contains the different styles of construction present in the Hero Factory Canister sets. The villains are not packaged in canisters, but their price is the same as the 2008 Mistika - 2009 Glatorian Legends lines, so they'll be included.
This list is a direct continuity to the following lists:
BIONICLE Canisters 3 - Ball Joint Bionicle, the "Mask of Life" Era: http://www.brickset.com/brickLists/?706
BIONICLE Canisters 4 - Simple Build: http://www.brickset.com/brickLists/?1487
Created by Gus263. Last updated on 07 Aug 2010.
1. 7168: Duncan Bulk
Duncan Bulk, as any other Hero Factory hero, follows the same poor construction pattern established since the Matoran of Light released in 2008.
The main difference in relation with the simplest Bionicle sets and those heroes are the new body, feet, armor and limb pieces.
Bulk, like 7164 Stormer and 7170 Stringer has a "fake arm", a massive piece which replaces an arm and hand, simulating both carrying a shooting weapon. But the weapon in fact doesn't shoot anything.
I chose Bulk because he has the new shade of silver in big quantity and an open helmet.
|636 members own this set||263 members want this set|
2. 7156: Corroder
Corroder, like the other Hero Factory villains, has a simplified Balljoint based style of construction, similar in some aspects to previous Bionicle sets from 2008-2009 and Ben 10 sets.
In other words, the Hero Factory villains style of building is not functional, being their biggest appeals the new pieces designed to caracterize the sets. The shooting weapon, a factor always important to the Bionicle balljoint figures from 2006-2009 is not so evidentiated in this new line: the villains just carry a re-paint of the Thornax Launchers but with Zamor Spheres as projectiles.
I chose Corroder to represent this style of construction because he's the more differenciated among the four, mostly because of his arms and back.
|672 members own this set||261 members want this set|
3. 2067: Evo 2.0
The new Heroes 2.0 have a plethora of new pieces, and their building has changed in some aspects.
Now, even armors are attached by ball-joints, and the weapons and helmet are only attachable through sticks. The only Technic attachments are for pins, included in the body and feet, though they aren't used to build the figure.
The arms and legs are made by a pair of new pieces, with ball-joint in one extremity, a socket in another and a ball-joint in the middle, this one that will attach to the armors' inner socket.
The helmet needs a weird silver apparatus (different at each set) to attach to the new head.
Weapons in general have no Technic Axle, as well the superficial additions in the armor.
Despite all those changes, the building structure isn't different and the concept isn't either. The figures have a previsible building, and the only additions that can be done with the additional ball-joints are annoying additional arms, not flexible and misplaced in the context of the figure (look for the 2011 villains). The context of "versatile" pieces is questionable as those ball-joints aren't as simple and have no axle-attachment like the other figures, then losing compatibility.
This "system" is just the apex of what's been done in 4 (almost 5) years ago. Less complex and buildable yet more previsible figures. And yet it got a better result in poseability compared to the original Heroes counterparts, it lost the character factor, only being re-couloured clones now, whose only difference are the overly randomly placed acessories and armors all over the set.
This is sadly how Lego action figures are just figures now. Those sets make me wonder how long I'll have to ignore Ben 10 in these lists. They are no longer Technic figures...
|684 members own this set||205 members want this set|