Review: 2063 Stormer 2.0 Storming to point Zero

NOTE: This review is written by our guest reviewer, Von Nebula.

Set Index: Stormer 2.0


Preston Stormer is back, and he’s as delusional as ever. Just look him; practicing a hero pose while Jetbug is doing his thing. Dork.


Combining with Breeze? Let me do the maths;

Half a woman + Half a man = Defeat at the hands of Von Nebula


I designed this to trap the heroes in. It holds on well, but annoyingly they still seem to get out. One of my rare failures.


This is what goes into Preston. Note the lack of a brain.


I like this view. I still shed tears of joy whenever I look at it.


Sadly he’s easy to fix.


One of the lesser know things about Preston is he has a horrid memory. Thus he made a rule this time that all of the heroes need to have name badges. Back in the day he’d call me “Ron” all the time. Does he forget his own name? No, not a chance…


As an attempt to be able to handle the raw power of me and my new friends the heroes have have re-designed their joints. They do seem a lot stronger too. No matter; he did it though a wholesale part manufacturer and we now use the same parts. Dolt.


It’s common belief that the screen covering his left eye is some sort of tactical display. It’s not. Sure it can be used for that reason, but most of the time it’s just has a slide show of his latest photo shoot. With reluctance, I do admit that the redesign looks cool, especially with the transparent element in.


Likewise, while it does make him look grimly cool and determined, the face plate is mostly there to cover the drool that flows out of his mouth. True fact.


Classic example of form over function. This quite beautiful hose does what exactly? It goes from his back to his weapon… why? The weapon is part of his arm, so why can’t any power connections be done there? I’ve yet to confirm this but I think it’s just ornamental.


As I knew all too well, Preston can’t be trusted with sharp things. Thankfully that problem has been resolved; these spears look normal but bend as needed. Nice part actually.


OK, here’s the section I’ve been dreading; Hero poses. This is what Preston does best. If I didn’t know better I’d be impressed.


From the back, he looks less impressive, but to he fair due to his darker torso it’s less obvious.


On that subject, at the core all the heroes are stick figures with padding… but Preston is special.


Due to having a slightly longer lower leg, he’s just a tad taller that the rest. (Lower leg armour has been removed for this photo.) His vanity is truly wondrous.


But he’s nothing compared to me. No, I’m not going to explain this photo, but let me just say that I’ll never drink Bundaberg OP Rum ever again.


“I’ll get you Von next time…. next time.”


Nice fair fight there hero.

Ratings

Posability:
It’s what Preston does best. 8/10

Parts:
Very good. While at 75 grams he’s a lightweight, he wins out on bling, especially that hose. 9/10

Looks:
One of the better ones, even with the shield. 8/10

Fudge:
I’ll be blunt; he’s all show, no go. Soft spears, pointless hoses… but he looks good while doing it. You have to respect that. 8/10

Overall:
I need someone to defeat. Get him! 8/10


Ten-hut!

Review: 2141 Surge 2.0 Can you reFUSE him?

Set Index: Surge 2.0


Like many of the Heroes, Mark Surge has had a change of life and is now a sniper. I think it looks good on him!


His combiner is with Nex.


It’s really pleasing to see that the part numbers in the action figure sets is up again. Some of the recent lines, such as the Stars, were of questionable value.


The parts spread looks pretty good too. Interestingly in my recent LEGO catalog the new line has a big sign; “Up to 50% more elements in each can”. I haven’t done the maths, but I think they’re right!


I think this is my favourite part of the new HF line. I’m a huge Gundam fan and just looking at that part gives me ideas…


Hmmm… Gundam…. moving on!


Definitely one of the best head pieces. I could go on about the oddness of a communications headset on a robot… but I wont. 😀 Ultimately the whole sniper-scope-plus-headset is a cliché and that’s just what I think TLG are doing.


Doesn’t look the best from the bottom but that’s OK.


The weapon assembly is simple but smart. I quite like the colour combinations of this figure.


Surge wears his name badge on his shoulder. I find it interesting how, while they all use the same head, due to different parts of it being exposed they seem to have different expressions. To me, for example, Surge seems to be smiling smugly!


My biggest complaint with Surge is his possibility; the gun is cool, but you’re limited to…


…this angle if you want him to be lined up properly and have both hands on the gun.


You can cheat though by doing side shots.


From the rear he has mixed successes. The side-mounted armour pieces help flesh him out, but the black/white contrast makes his torso look non-existent. An extra piece or two to go on those spare back ball joints would help a lot.


Aim for the skies!

Ratings

Posability:
Due to the gun his action poses are a bit limited. A different way to hold the gun for either hand would have helped a lot. Otherwise he’s quite good. 7/10

Parts:
A quite good blend of parts, especially in regard to the amour pieces. One of the best head pieces. 9/10

Looks:
Probably my favourite of the lot. Good colour combination, he has the new gun piece… and he doesn’t have that shield piece. 10/10

Fudge:
At 77 grams he’s one of the heavier ones and I like how his weapon is less radical. (Sub note; it would have be easy to drop his weight slightly by removing the spike.) 8/10

Overall:
If you buy only one of these sets, I’d advise Surge. 9/10


“This’ll shoot the fleas off a dog’s back at five hundred yards.”