So with most of those BZP reviewers, they never figure out how to get really into the sets. They are always going 'Oh these sets will never live up to 2001, because I totally am not biased'. Yeah you are you stuffy BZP reviewers. JUst because there's a few cracks in Toa Mata Nui's armor doesn't mean the set is ruined. Anyway, after getting the heroes and two baddies for Christmas, I thought I'd tell all about these sets. Really this is the Fourth Era of TECHNIC figures unfolding. Era One was Slizers and RoboRiders. Era 2 was 01-05 Era 3 was 06-10, and this is Era 4, 11-. And with out further ado, part one!
REVIEW 1: The Heroes as a Group
What you notice right off the bat is that together, the heroes really do look the colorful Toa teams of old, not to menrion those Glatorian that dropped in to say they exist for a brief saga in 2009. However, you notice that the issue with the Stone/Sand themed sets' color has been solved by doing a yellow AND orange set. Unlike the 2010 heroes where they solved it by giving Bulk a chrome silver finish, here they changed that to yellow, axed the color black (guess by 2009 they thought for kids they can't get past black good guys). And you notice that each has a silver monogrammed armor piece to remind the heroes who they are when they wake up after getting their brain scrambled by the fire monsters. You also notice that every helmet is in a different color, and no figure shares the same color core or head. Their helmets each have a different gunmetal attachment that either makes the set or break it. The Kanohi/helmet is ever important still over a decade after the Slizers.
All together actually flow really nice together, except for Furno, who looks like a giddy little kid. And instead of coming up with creative Toa Team names (or not, looking at you New Va), they added a helpful 2.0. Just to remind kids when they're at the toy store 'oh no, this isn't just Stormer, this is Stormer 2.0.' Ah LEGO. Then you see that the tough Bulk and southern smooth talking music loving Stringer have been mysteriously replaced by Evo and Nex, who also sport the 2.0 branding. Aside from having three letter names, they also have no evidence backing them up that they are 2.0 at all. They might brand new for al we know or care. Anyway, they form three groups.
The Leaders, the Main Characters, the One's Whose Personality We Actually Get to Learn, the Stars, the Spotlight Stealers
The Not So Rookies that Act Like Rookies, The Clichéd Personality Changers, the Uncregonizable Heroes, the Shining Lights, the Joke Lovers, Kiina and Berix, Berix and Kiina, Dwarf King and Einstein
The N00bs, the Murders of Bulk and Stringer, Bulk and Stringer in disguise, Replacements to Bulk and Stringer, Usurpers of Bulk and Stringer, the Dynamic Duo, Orange and Yellow, the Construction Workers, the Nexus Force leader and his sidekick that Evokes memories of dump trucks, the Newcomers, the Idiots, the Specialized Team, the Greats, Bill and Bob
Next we look at the barebones that comprise these heroes and why Era Four has begun, as well as the slick Alpha Leader, Preston Stormer. You don't want to miss this.
Last edited by Lord Nektann on 28th December 2010, 11:44 am; edited 4 times in total (Reason for editing : D'oh, Stupid Maj, Stupid Maj 2, Poll time baby)