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    Toy Fair 2014: Hero Factory
    Hot Bionicle NewsMonday, February 17th, 2014 at 1:45pm by Andrew, BZPower News Manager

    Toy Fair 2014 was a blast as always, but now it's time to sift through the hundreds of pictures and share them with you all. First up, we have Hero Factory, as requested by you! What will the second half of the the Invasion From Below bring? Read on to find out!

    Summer Sets

    44023 ROCKA Crawler

    Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 30 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 31 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 32 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 33

    49 pieces. Age 6+.
    $9.99 (USD) $11.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    One of the smallest sets, Rocka's little mech doesn't seem like a 'crawler' but okay. The first things that strike me here are the invader egg, an invader in new colors not seen in the first wave of sets, and the integration of the new gun first seen in the LEGO Movie sets. The egg is rubbery and made out of three 'petals' that connect via some Technic pieces in the bottom. As far as the mech goes, the small size and low piece count means there's not a lot of articulation, but I still think it looks cooler than the Evo Walker at least.

    44024 TUNNELER Beast vs. SURGE

    Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 26 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 27 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 28 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 29

    59 pieces. Age 6+.
    $9.99 (USD) $11.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    The Tunneler Beast marks the first appearance of Surge in the new herofig form, and he's wielding the new gun piece too! The beast is pretty simple, but I think the design works for the most part. My main complaint is the jarring lime green claws. The set is unique in that it's the only one from the summer wave to not include a complete egg, though the beast does have an egg piece on its back. Maybe it's supposed to be a hatchling?

    44025 BULK Drill Machine

    Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 16 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 17 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 18 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 19 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 20

    113 pieces. Age 7+.
    $14.99 (USD) $17.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    And here we have the first showing of Bulk in herofig form, piloting the Drill Machine. I can't say I'm a huge fan of this one, although I do like the increase in Technic pieces that it includes. The flick-fires look very tacked-on and I'm not sure what purpose the lightsaber bars are supposed to serve. I guess I like the idea more than the execution.

    44026 CRYSTAL Beast vs. BULK

    Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 12 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 13 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 14 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 15

    83 pieces. Age 7+.
    $14.99 (USD) $17.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    If you're looking for more transparent light blue Hero Factory pieces, the Crystal Beast is for you. I like the look of the trans-light blue and lime green with the black, and think he looks appropiately ferocious. The head may look a little too big, but I don't think it's too detrimental.

    44027 BREEZ Flea Machine

    Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 21 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 22 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 23 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 24 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 25

    102 pieces. Age 7+.
    $14.99 (USD) $17.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    Finally Breez gets her own mech, and it's pretty cool. It has a tripod design similar to the Evo Walker, but it's more beefed up and doesn't look unfinished. She also has a cool grappling claw launcher with a Technic winch to retrieve eggs which I think is nice. I'd prefer there not to be flick-fires, but I think the rest of the set overcomes those.

    44028 SURGE & ROCKA Combat Machine

    Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 06 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 07 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 08 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 09 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 10 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 11

    188 pieces. Age 8+.
    $24.99 (USD) $34.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    This is the first machine we've seen that features two pilots (outside of the combiners) and it's... something else. Rocka's section appears to disconnect from the main body, but it looks pretty awkward to me. There's some cool techniques going on, but I'm not sure I appreciate the aesthetic they were trying to achieve.

    44029 QUEEN Beast vs. FURNO, EVO & STORMER

    Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 01 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 02 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 03 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 04 Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 05

    217 pieces. Age 8+.
    $34.99 (USD) $49.99 (CAD)
    Available in August

    The mother of them all, the Queen is the largest Hero Factory set this year. Unfortunately, my close-up pics of the beat didn't turn out well, for which I apologize. She's definitely a cool set, and I think the trans-neon green, trans-light blue, and teal (or whatever that color is called) work well together. Evo's little walker has some of the same problems as the Evo Walker set where the legs look a bit unfinished. Considering it's not the main focus it's more acceptable, and it gets the job done. I look forward to getting my hands on this set.

    Winter Sets (in stores now)

    44015 EVO Walker

    Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 40

    51 pieces. Age 6+.
    $9.99 (USD) $11.99 (CAD)
    Available in March

    See our full review of the Evo Walker right here.

    44016 JAW Beast vs. STORMER

    Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 41

    49 pieces. Age 6+.
    $9.99 (USD) $11.99 (CAD)
    Available in March

    See our full review of Jaw Beast and Stormer right here.

    44017 STORMER Freeze Machine

    Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 38

    88 pieces. Age 7+.
    $14.99 (USD) $17.99 (CAD)
    Available in March

    See our full review of the Stormer Freeze Machine right here.

    44018 FURNO Jet Machine

    Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 39

    79 pieces. Age 7+.
    $14.99 (USD) $17.99 (CAD)
    Available in March

    See our full review of the Furno Jet Machine right here.

    44019 ROCKA Stealth Machine

    Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 36

    89 pieces. Age 7+.
    $14.99 (USD) $17.99 (CAD)
    Available in March

    See our full review of the Rocka Stealth Machine right here.

    44020 FLYER Beast vs. BREEZ

    Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 37

    91 pieces. Age 7+.
    $14.99 (USD) $17.99 (CAD)
    Available in March

    See our full review of Flyer Beast and Breez right here.

    44021 SPLITTER Beast vs. FURNO & EVO

    Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 34

    108 pieces. Age 8+.
    $19.99 (USD) $24.99 (CAD)
    Available in March

    See our full review of Splitter Beast and Furno & Evo right here.

    44022 EVO XL Machine

    Toy Fair 2014 Hero Factory 35

    193 pieces. Age 8+.
    $24.99 (USD) $29.99 (CAD)
    Available in March

    See our full review of the Evo XL Machine right here.

    That's about all there was to see as far as Hero Factory and Constraction go. I still really like the concept of this year's Hero Factory line, and some other AFOLs in attendance at the event agreed. I'm looking forward to the summer wave! As we move on in our Toy Fair 2014 coverage, don't forget to go vote for the themes you're most interested in seeing. Your votes decide what shows up next! And make sure you check out all of our Toy Fair 2014 coverage, right here on BZPower!

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