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Tuesday, November 30, 2010

LEGO Hero Factory 2011: FINAL sets

Photos of the final, production Lego Hero Factory 2011 sets featuring the 2.0 heroes and the fire villains are here at last.  They hit the Interwebs just a few days ago, and here are a couple full-res collages (click to enlarge)...

LEGO Hero Factory 2011 Heroes

LEGO Hero Factory 2011 Villains

If you just want to see the individual sets quickly, here are the originals:

Hero Factory 2011: Breez 2.0

Hero Factory 2011: Evo 2.0

Hero Factory 2011: Furno 2.0

Hero Factory 2011: Nex 2.0

Hero Factory 2011: Stormer 2.0

Hero Factory 2011: Surge 2.0

I've previously given my thoughts on the 2011 Hero Factory sets based on the leaked pre-production images, and now that I've seen the finals, I have to say, my opinions haven't changed much.  I'm happy to see that the villains have been cleaned up in terms of colors & textures, so they worry me less.  With the heroes, though, I still hope to see another evolution in 2012 (if the series is continued, and the world doesn't end).  I'm also a bit sad that I won't be able to use Bionicle masks to make "fitting" Hero Factory MOCs in the new generation, but that's just a selfish thing since I have about a solid cubic foot of masks in waiting. 

Now for the big wait for the release to market!

LEGO Bionicle MOC: Lorne, Self-MOC

My latest, arguably Bionicle-themed creation is Lorne, my first ever "self-MOC."  For this creation I had minimal inspiration.  I only knew for certain that I wanted it to be tall and not too thick & bulky.  Oh, and I wanted to use some sort of translucent color.  Since I had already made good use of orange in my Shadowed Vengeance MOC, I went ahead with the opposite side of the color wheel.

Lorne is an intergalactic law enforcement agent.  Imagine the most elite member of Interpol, in a universe of which Bionicle is only a small part.  He travels, a lot!  He may have only one hand, but who needs two when you're equipped with a MARC-12?  That's a Macro-Atomic Re-Configurator device, 12th production series.  It briefly suspends ionic & covalent bonds in its target and changes the arrangement of all atoms in any object to create something new.  The device is always used in a non-lethal way per agency policy, usually to disable key components of criminals' weapons or getaway vehicles.

This MOC was built over the course of about 4 weeks with a lot of gaps between building sessions.  For around two weeks of that time it was standing on the coffee table all complete except for the feet.  I had some temporary duds on it but wanted to make something custom.  I attempted to start several designs but kept hitting a brick wall.  Late one recent evening, I sat down with a good mood and some good music blaring out of the computer, and it suddenly all went together!  Here's his little unveiling video: