Awhile back I mentioned that I was developing a small Hero Factory MOC series that included vehicles. Well, here's the concept, the LEGO Hero Factory Racers! The series will combine two popular LEGO themes together to add a plausible, tangential branch off the official Hero Factory storyline.
Here's a little backstory:
After the defeat & capture of the Fire Lord, Hero Factory staff found themselves overflowing with new technology & equipment and extremely well-trained heroes, but let's be honest, there wasn't a lot of major badness going on around the galaxy that required the full strength & attention of this heroic force. So many small-time villains were scared into either hiding or reformed lawfulness by the might of the 2.0 heroes that field Hero deployments dropped to a 6-year low. Frankly speaking, there were a lot of bored heroes and tech staff alike at the Factory. Redox tried in vain to drum up support for a full aesthetic makeover of the iconic Assembly Tower. Nobody else wanted to do that much menial labor. Kalek pushed for remote drone competitions, an idea which got a lukewarm reception. Stormer suggested taking Kalek's idea a step further, turning it into a more exciting activity that would more directly engage both tech- and sport-savvy staff.
The Hero Factory Racers program was born with blessing from Mr. Makuro, who was convinced that the morale boost would be worth a respectable investment, especially if some of the technology developed for the competition could be adapted for official hero mission use. Racer teams would each consist of one hero, one design engineer, one fabrication specialist, and one propulsion & electronics expert. Budgets would be fixed and equal across all teams. Races would be multi-stage point-to-point rallies across varying courses on different nearby planets with unique terrain challenges. Prizes? A few credits would be doled out here or there, but the teams mostly wanted the glory & bragging rights of tallying up individual event wins.With the premise set, I decided to create a miniature hero size, just a little larger than my Rocka XL XXS and Epic Witch Doctor, to allow the vehicles to be small & moderately simple. I also specifically slotted the inception of the HF Racers concept in the 2.0 timeframe because with the 2.0 head system now completely abandoned, I wanted to use those parts one last time.
So that's it, that's what Hero Factory Racers are all about! I'll start unveiling individual racer/vehicle combo MOCs soon!