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.”

Review: 2142 Breez 2.0 She’s gone (even more) butch

Set Index: Breez 2.0


Natalie Breez is back! I like the new canisters. I must admit though that I am surprised that TLG keep making them. I personally find them useful and still have all of mine, but I keep reading how people often throw them out. As a guess they’d add 10% to the cost which for many people would be better spent on extra parts.


Hmmm. Preston and Natalie combine… no I won’t go there.


Full parts list.


No pins. No axles. No gears. As a long term buyer of this type of LEGO it’s interesting… and good. It makes the line fresh. Even so, there are no spares in this set.


Having a custom printed part each set is smart. I think it would have been better without the name, but I suppose it has it’s advantages and disadvantages. It is more relevant for the theme, them being heroes and all.


At last it’s possible to get inside the head of a woman….!


The visor head/headband/face thing. It attaches top and bottom using the common HF tabs.


To me the rear is the highlight; it’s a classic! As Peppermint_M said to me…


“Yay, Masamune Shirow bunny ears!”


Each hero set uses the same head, which is hardly surprising. It’s a nice new mold though.


At the bottom is a well re-enforced ball joint receptacle…


…and the top has the HF tabs.


While I do like this head piece, I think it would have been better if the piece covered her head less. In fact, some of these pieces give me naughty knife-involving customisation thoughts…


I like the new head top, but I think TLG should have had at least one of the sets without it for variety reasons. The “goggle” part in particular is too dominant.


Same standard HF connection.


Finished! Her head is hard to pose; I think she looks odd if you can’t see the “eyes”.


Nope! Still didn’t manage it!


The new parts do give the figures a more fuller rear, but it still is a weak spot. Does her butt look big in this? No! (In fact at 75 grams she’s one of the lighter Heroes!)


Battle!

Ratings

Posability:
If you want her eyes showing you’ll either need just the right angle or a really bright light, but aside from that very! 8/10

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

Looks:
Err…. this is female? It’s an odd enough idea that they even have male/female, but I really wish TLG would make their female action figures look more distinctive. To my knowledge they’ve only done it once with 8761 Roodaka, who had hair, heels, earrings… and boobies! I’m not saying that boobies-make-the-girl, but I do think there should be some difference that seems feminine. The most perplexing thing is that the core piece is the wide shoulder version…. 5/10

Fudge:
She doesn’t look like a she. Bla bla bla 5/10

Overall:
Sorry to say I’m a bit disappointed again with the female hero. 6/10


Take that Von!

Review: 2067 Evo 2.0 Evolved Bulk?

Set Index: Evo 2.0


I see (Nathan) Evo as the replacement for Dunkan Bulk. Time will tell if he returns or not to prove me wrong! In any case he looks manly in his canister shot.


As I said in my Furno 2.0 review, I quite like this combiner. Most look good in fact. Maybe I should make a few…


Similar parts list to the other HF 2.0 sets, so no surprises here…


…and here are the real parts!


To get the worst out of the way, I don’t think much of this shield. Yeah I’m being picky as it is a shield afterall, and it looks like one, but it just doesn’t excite me.


The highlight is the “roughened” prong pieces, and I like how this texture is on both sides.


I do however like the mask piece. The vent at the front deepens and darkens the face, which works well with the purple head.


Doesn’t look as good from the bottom, but what is apparent is the effort TLG have gone to to make a quite complicated piece well re-enforced.


Head assembly. Sometimes I think I need a page like this for my own…


Evo proudly displaying his shield he knows I love so much. I do however like how the big spiked shoulder piece looks…


…especially how it fleshes out the arm when viewed from the back.


Like the other sets he has a custom print. Very nice…


“La La La, Someone Save the Hero Factory!” A patriotic moment. Please note that these are the soft spears, which for the most part look normal. Wonderful parts!


Intimidation practice. The shield/weapon part looks better from this angle.

Ratings

Posability:
Very. All the heroes are. His big shoulder piece is good in that it doesn’t restrict the movement while making him look solid at more angles. 8/10

Parts:
Probably one of the better blend of parts, and it includes two of the new gun piece. 9/10

Looks:
Another interesting but successful colour combination. …and purple! :sweet: 9/10

Fudge:
If you don’t want to buy the lot, I think Evo is one of the better ones to pick. 9/10

Overall:
Buy a 77 gram buddy for Nex! 9/10

Review: 2068 Nex 2.0 The Nex best thing?

Set Index: Nex 2.0


I see (Julius) Nex as the replacement for Jimi Stringer. In any case… Nex 2.0? Where’s the 1.0?! He’s got a nice cannister though, and those ships in the background makes me hope that TLG experiment with a system crossover line.


On the back is the usual combiner as well as the usual massive amount of text.


Read it all? As a reward, here is the parts list…


…and the parts themselves! Orange and white is a common colour blend for TLG, but I think the green is a new aspect.


I love the new metal colours. I think they are the same as the soldiers to the right, but I’m not the best a judging things like that. It’s a nice part too!


Random instruction page.


All of the Heroes have one of the new power cores. I’m a bit undecided if I prefer the unique colours over a consistent colour.


It’s held into the chest piece via the HF standard shaft. I wonder if anyone will make use of this part as an “I”…


I find the top of his mask part a bit odd; to me it’s a repetition of his arms!


The lower part make me think of a Grid-iron football player.


I like his ID panel. I think the printing works especially well on white.


Nex reporting for his next game! 10, 42, 36, hut, hut, hut!


Oh… he doesn’t seem so amused.


TLG are a bit conflicted about the correct configuration of this shield, but in this case I prefer the instructions over the cover photo. Thanks to the new ball joint panels the Heroes look quite decent from the side…


…at the usual expense of the back. It’s especially bad here due to the colour contrast.


The face part concept of this line is really smart. To me this one simple part make Nex look far more beefier in the face.


Flex!

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:
Beefy look aside, at 76 grams he’s one of the lighter heroes. While the parts are well made I don’t like the new shield piece. 8/10

Looks:
It may be overused, but the orange/while look works well. However it does highlight how nothing the backs are. 8/10

Fudge:
A more solid looking character and excellent articulation! 9/10

Overall:
Let him join your team!. 8/10

Thanks go out to TLG for this exciting new line.

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.

The Abyss

I first posted this on Eurobricks 3 years ago as an excuse for me to change my head!

Sinner Tug
Sinner was working hard one day and it suddenly occurred to him that his life was missing something.

Sinner post
After some reflection, meditation and some tantric sex he realised what it was and wrote a letter to…

Paddle steamer
…the guy that he lost his beloved paddle steamer to. It was many years ago, but it was something to do with two bottles of bourbon, a goat, and some cards. As it turned out, he no longer wanted it so Sinner was able to buy it for a fraction of its true worth. While he was disappointed that it wasn’t 100% the way he remembered, he knew he could restore it to near mint condition given time.

Essential supplies
First of all though he had a journey in mind and he knew that only his old paddle steamer had the deep water handling that he needed. His friends tried to persuade him not to go, but he knew this was something he had to do. Refusing even to tell them his destination, he quickly packed some essential supplies…

Sailing off into the sunset
…and he steamed off that very day. Many thought he would never return.

The return
88 days later he returned, but people could tell at a glance that he was not the same walrus. For he had journeyed to end of the world and looked into the abyss. The abyss looked back at him, and he was forever changed, as its darkness had seeped into his eyes…

Dark eyes
Sinner never spoke of that journey.

The Bogfloater

For years many people laughed at the idea of a floating dump truck. “Why would someone want that? The power needed to lift any heavy machinery like that would make it impractical. Wheels are a far better solution.”


But everything changed when Talrtre 4 was discovered. It was a vast planet that was a virtual gold mine of everything; uranium, rare isotopes, jewels the size of heads, methane, gold… everything was there for the taking. But the problem was that less than 1% of the planet had a surface; the rest was a vast bogland of riches, a bogland that was highly destructive to metals and ceramics.


At first people were happy with just sucking up from the side of the small islands on Talrtre 4, but it was soon found that the islands for some reason repelled most of the better resources; a better solution needed. One day a thrill seeker was testing out a new floater-bike and he strayed over the boglands by mistake. Instantly his floater shot up in the air, and he was never seen again. This tragic incident led to some research and it was found that the vapours from the boglands increased the efficiency of most floaters by 500%! Thus the concept of floating refineries was born.


It was soon realised that a way for transporting the processed goods to the spaceports was needed, so reluctantly tenders were put out for a floating dump truck. In under a day most truck companies revealed that they had a design ready, but none wanted to discuss why they had one made already.


Today Talrtre 4 is covered with thousands of floating dump trucks, colloquially known as Bogfloaters. (Not to be confused with floating bogs…)

Boring notes from reality land

I bought 7344 soon after my return to the light… but it didn’t take long for me to start regretting it. It doesn’t fit into towns at all, so it was shelved fast. Re-building it into a space-dump-truck occurred to me a year later! Aside from the black beams at the bottom it only uses parts from the set. It’s currently in semi-broken state but the concept is so silly yet semi believable that I plan to re-work it.