(I can't find a description yet, but I'll add it later.)
Evo returns with his "1.0" mask! I'm aware that many don't like this new packaging system, but I do. I've got loads of canisters going back to the Slizers days, and I've got plenty. If using this pagaging will help TLG reduce prices, increase parts, or just make TLG more profitable I'm cool with that. On aspect of the canisters that has always worried me is how tamperable they are... and how one annoying child half opening a set will make it hard to sell, which results in higher prices for everyone.
The Hero's packaging all have "zips" marked with the Hero Factory symbol.
On the back is some function shots, highlighting the cuffs and the shooting function.
One thing that appeals to me with this line is that the packages all feel so full. In fact to get them in there the bags are folded over; this photo shows how it was prior to emptying. I'm not sure how this is done via a machine as they would need to be shook to one side first to avoid damage.
Emptied and unfolded!
Revealed the bounty is. There's nothing hugely exciting in this set aside from the mask and chest piece I think it's not new or in others of this line.
Instructions part list. Surprisingly decent parts variety.
Now that the parts are out we can see the poackage a bit better. (No, I'm not careful like LuxorV... )
First part is the mask... which I must admit I find disappointing. The cover mask looks deeper/embossed and generally more interesting. It could just be a combination of being yellow and my photography, so I might try again a bit later. But certain details, like the holes on the "nose" aren't ever close to the picture.
Inside it's nothing special.
The cuffs! Even though they don't look as good as the ones in the videos, they are still pretty cool. I quite like the new "cuff" part, and I've always liked the chain. I'm looking forward to using the cuff part in system MOCs!
The torso is an interesting print. It looks all techy.
The new gun part looks good in gun-metal!
TLG must have been having complaints about the apparant lack of clarity with what panel to use. In sets with different panels of the same colour the number...
...is referred to in the instructions. Seems a bit much to me, but the target audience is 6, so I suppose it makes sense.
The building commences with the skeleton. Evo is pretty standard here, so I made him do pushups.
Finished and ready. It's a shame that the black 2 axel is rare now as it ruins the clean look of the gun.
Sparies.... oh... spare. It's the price of the lack of small parts I suppose.
I think he looks best from this side, but the mask to me is a letdown. It all just blends visually, much like Waspix did. It's tempting to dirty it up, or ink the edges. It'd look a lot better then. Old image.
From the back... er... yeah, no improvement here. Interestingly if you look at the promo video you'll see that he looks a lot more buffed up there (no surprise), but if you look at the video he's got the same foot trick as Rocka 6202. Was this the plan? Old Image.
Speaking of plans, here's Evo's plan; cuff Toxic Reapa aka. Sludge...
...and in this reality he succeeds! Hurrah?
Now they can combine! I think this is one of the better combiners.
I'm trying to get some shadows...
When my wife saw this one she thought they were cuddling. I said "no!"... but I'm starting to agree. Evo almost looks like he's leaning in rather than resisting. It's such a pose-fail that I had to include it regardless!
Good. The gun arm restricts movement a bit, but that's the only issue. (To be honest most of the Hero Factory sets pose well so I probably should drop this criteria!) 8/10
Really only the custom parts are special, but this is also the only set with a gun-metal gun part. 6/10
Not too impressed, sorry to say. The packaging looks so much better. 4/10
Too EVOlutionary. 3/10
Meh? Unless you really want that gun part I can't recommend this one. 5/10
Evo with 2.0 armour.
This review is part of a series. If you feel some aspect wasn't covered be sure to check my review for Black Phantom, Toxic Reapa and Rocka before asking about it! I might improve some of these photos if time permits... but if you have anything in mind please feel free to ask.
Bonus closing thoughts
This being my last review of this Hero Factory wave (until these come to my locality sometime next decade) I might as well include my overall thoughts on this line. In short; I really like what I see! With the exception of this set (and probably Surge, but I haven't got him) TLG are trying something different. Gone is the 6x good guys of the same size and a few bad guys that are slightly bigger that's been done too much for too long, instead we have what seems to be three different sizes with bad guys having the same variance. Gone is the canisters as well... although I suspect that I'm one of the few that likes this change.
I do wish however that TLG took greater care in ensuring the rendered masks match the final version. Some, like Black Phantom and Toxic Reapa are beautiful, others like Evo are disappointing. The lack of a back is also a constant annoyance for me.
But it's wonderful to see TLG make so many big changes in a short space of time (Bionicle -> Hero Factory -> Ball socket building -> No canisters) and I'm excited to think what'll happen next year!
Edited by Siegfried, 24 December 2011 - 02:04 PM.