Review: 2065 Furno 2.0 The one with nothing to prove any more

Set Index: Furno 2.0


When he first appeared, William Furno was a rookie with something to prove. He even had a motorbike. Now he’s a geek with big glasses.


I bet he even sold his bike, afterall; how many geeks ride motorcycles? Nice canister photo though. Hopefully he’ll turn around soon and notice the guy burning stuff.


Geek+muscles=shoulder launched missiles? I do like these combiners.


Parts list. Most LEGO sets don’t look as impressive as a list of parts due to duplication…


…but I think this looks more appealing! Loads of the nice new HF parts.


The Heroes are built much the same for the first half; it’s just a matter of what panel goes where.


They all use this part as a chest plate. The HF armour goes on top, with the Power core on top of that.


Most of these new parts look really solid; note in particular the corner braces. The center ball joint receptacle looks strong too.


All things considered, shouldn’t this be Furno 3.0? Or was the bike version just 1.1? In any case it’s a cool print.


All jokes aside, this is one of my favourite head piece. I like how his eyes are completely covered.


He’s also one of the few that has possibilities of using it backwards.


Aside from the big glasses, he also has the gun-blade-thing that several other heroes have.


Overall I think he’s one of the line highlights. He really highlights how different you can make a head look with an extra element.


Since the head is shown more with him than the other heroes, the complete mouth looks more like a grin! Very smart. Shame he has the shield…


From the rear he looks far less impressive. Since his panels are all front on he looks rather sparse.


Billy gets back to his roots and wears his hat backwards. Cool dude!

Ratings

Posability:
It’s hard to complain about the posability of the heroes. All have elbows, knees, wrists and ankles. His shield weapon does make posing a bit harder though. 8/10

Parts:
He ain’t heavy, he’s a geek…. actually at 77 grams he’s one of the “bigger” ones. I think he’s one of the most appealing of the line due to his visor. 9/10

Looks:
He looks so different!.I can forgive the other flaws due to this. TLG has done some really smart things with this line. 9/10

Fudge:
As much as I like him, aside from the colour I don’t see how this is the same character. 8/10

Overall:
Love your inner geek! 8/10

Thanks go out to TLG for this exciting new line.

Review: 2194 Nitroblast I love the smell of Nitro in the morning

Set Index: Nitroblast

I like the presentation of this line, especially the interesting background that isn’t too distracting. I do have one complaint about this one in particular though; the right eye is glowing green… I realise that these images are always enhanced these days, but that’s a case that could cause confusion and/or disappointment.


The punch-to-open-box lingers on to my annoyance. Other than that it’s an OK rear, possibly too bland. Please note that the box shots have a different attachment position for the “fuel” hose than the instructions.


I find it interesting checking what TLG choose for the standard 1:1 shot. This choice is interesting as it arguably makes up for the cover implying the right eye is green!


De-boxed!


Random instruction page.


Set list; doesn’t look like much as per normal with this style of set, but I think the piece size and complexity make up for it.


Here’s the lot! The best aspect to me is the lack of pins/axels. This new line takes this genre in a new direction with panel parts being balljointed rather than pinned. It’s an interesting idea and at the least it’ll be great for MOCs. System integration could be harder with this line however.


This to me is the highlight; it’s a great looking panel with great potential; in this case it’s used as a flame thrower.


As you can see it’s ball jointed; no pins, no studs. However the two sets of two holes do fit the standard bar accessories (such as claws), and they are a studs distance apart. Thus system scale has not been forgotten.


This weapon is interesting; note the two holes. This seems to be the new HF accessory standard. (Interestingly an axle is still included.)


Here you can see that it is system compatible.


Like all of this line, there is a printed part in each set. At a casual glance I thought that the villians parts were all the same, but upon being told I was wrong I realised that aside from the fire and lightning the exact designs are very different.


On the subject of sharing, the head is interesting. This is the “front”…


…and here is the “back”. Two faces; this part is used in “reverse” for Jetbug. More on this later.


This is also one of the few new parts that is not ball jointed.


It’s building time! I stopped at this stage to highlight how different these sets are. Ball joints galore and a reduction (but not elimination) of pin holes. Looking at this I can’t help but think of the potential as a general mech frame.


Lower body panels fitted. They snap on firmly and are movable to a slight degree. (I got a bit confused and put one of the thigh pieces on wrong in this photo.)


It’s hard to tell in this photo, but the colour issues with yellow don’t seem fixed yet. (The top one is darker.)


The sole spare part! This is a negative side effect of the reduction of pins.


Finished! Like most of these figures, he looks great from the front…


…but not so great from the rear! In particular I find the “second face” a bit distracting.


The Zamor spheres are very nice in this set. It’s hard to appreciate how interesting they are from just one view.


So here’s more!


His head reminds me of the Aliens. (As in the Ridley Scott movie.)


The head however is too minimalisitic for it’s size so off front it doesn’t work as well.


It’s an odd hobby of mine to look for differences between the box shots and the instructions. In this case the hose has been moved. I’m assuming it was done to avoid forcing the hose at a bad angle, but I prefer it the original way regardless. This photo also shows how the head really needs more bulk on the sides.

Ratings

Posability:
Very. The left are has additional reinforcement that does reduce it somewhat, but it’s not a major issue. His big feet helps him balance as well. 9/10

Parts:
This set includes most of the new ball joint panel parts as well as some longer pieces that don’t come with the heroes. All the parts go together well, and the new ball joint system seems more sturdy than the last. 9/10

Looks:
From the front he’s perfect, from the side less so, and from the back he’s a bit freaky. But that’s nothing new for this line or for LEGO in general. Even so, I don’t think the villians are as good looking as the heroes this time. 7/10

Fudge:
I (think I) realise why TLG did it, but the double head is odd. It’s a great compromise… but it’s a compromise.
8/10

Overall: He’s my least favourite of the new baddies (I like DrillDozer), but I still think he’s a good buy. 8/10

Thanks go out to TLG for this exciting new line.

Von Nebula’s Tricycle of Transcending Transportation

For some time Von Nebula has been portrayed by Stormer as being the “worst villain of the galaxy” and that he has a “special hatred for Hero Factory”. Well the latter is right at least. Von in reality is a brilliant scientist who refused to give Slime Bag Stormer his secret knowledge; how to generate stable and controllable Black Holes from a simple looking staff. Their debates raged for several months, and cumulated with Stormer the Stupid trying to grab the staff during a complex procedure resulting in the much publicised accident. By the time he brought the black hole under control and saved Makuhero City, Stormer the Slanderer had won over the public and nothing Von said made any difference in their mind. But that’s a topic for another day.


Von keeps his body at peak efficiency by shunning powered vehicles. Sure if he’s in a hurry he just uses his staff, but for everyday transportation he uses a tricycle. This tricycle.


Conceived, designed, tested and built with his own hands, this is a tricycle like no other. The geared up giant front wheel gives him maximum speed and control.


At the rear is room for his staff. These days it’s keyed to his mind so no accidents like the one with Stormer the Sloppy can happen. It’s heavier than it looks so there’s little danger of it falling out. (No, you can’t seem me reflected in this photo….)


The extra storage receptacle at the front is useful for many tasks, especially when Von goes shopping.


Due to the mechanoid nature of those from Makuhero Belt conventional pedals aren’t needed; Von just inserts the Power Delivery Shafts into his feet and he’s ready to roll!


The trike by itself.


The mech and his trike.


Lotso: Can I borrow this, friend? I need to do some shopping.
Von: Sure!


Lotso: Maybe it’s not a smart idea. I can’t reach the handlebars or pedals and, no offense, but it’s rather uncomfortable on my face and testicles. I’ll walk.

Notes: This partially for a contest on Eurobricks, but is not a valid entry as I’m staff. I more made it as after I bought Von I thought; “He needs a tricycle!” I’m not sure why I thought that… In any case, here it is! Making a tricycle with working pedals (yes he can pedal the trike) for Von was harder than I expected. His legs may be poseable but considering the wheel I used they are a bit short. Thus the gearing. My original concept was going to be more girly; streamers, bell, flags…. but in the end I decided to just give him the basket.