Breez ventures to the bee planet to capture the insectoid criminal Thornraxx. Armed with a new powerful launcher, jet boots, an energy shield, battle blades and a new powerful suit, she's more than ready to accomplish her mission.
Set name: BREEZ
Set Number: 6227
Price: 12.99 Euro
Year of release: Late 2011/Early 2012
Size: Deluxe set
Unlike the previous waves of Hero Factory (and Bionicle), the sizeclasses of the sets were slightly altered. Breez could be considered a medium-sized set (if you want to call Black Phantom a large set), but being a Transformers Nerd, I'll call her a "Deluxe" set.
Gone are the days of black plastic canisters, the new sets come now in plastic bags. Those bags are a lot sturdier than I'd expected, which is a good thing.
The front of the bag shows Breez flying through the inner of a giant bee nest, looking for the evil Thornraxx, who's apparently sneaking on the heroine with his buds from behind. But with her beam cannon charged and her energy shield ready, she'll put up a fight for sure. The bright background also creates a nice contrast to Breez's colours and the silver of the bag.
If you turn the bag around, you'll find a picture of Breez which focuses on her new powerful equipment, alongside with a 1:1 size comparison of her head and an advertisement for that game you can play online. The lower half of the bag contains - surprise, surprise - the choking hazard warning in many, many languages other legal text.
What would be a review of mine without a size comparison? As you can see, the larger bags of the 2012 wave are even larger than the canisters of the Glatorians from 2009, which were among the tallest canisters of Bionicle.
Opening the bag
While the torso piece comes separate, the other parts were packed into two transparent bags. I must say, the increased amount of plastic bags is arguably a downside of the new packaging.
The instruction booklet, which is...
...pretty much standard. So let's move on to the pieces!
Breez contains a total of 57 parts, though according to the parts list at the end of the instructions, the set contains only 55 pieces. You'll probably already had noticed that she comes mostly with lime and some red parts. She also got a few white pieces for some reason.
The new core is quite small and features two instead of one rod connections, which omits another piece of armour to attach it securely - it may looks less impressive that way, but gives you far more freedom for the sake of MOCing.
(and no, the picture above is not the same as in my Surge review!)
The new shield piece is pretty awesome and probably one of the best reasons to get Breez in the first place. It connects via technic pins (or whatever those cross-shaped things are called, I'm sorry for mixing up the proper part names).
The new swords are also pretty neat, although I wish they had a few more points for connection, similiar to the older swords of Bionicle.
Breez got the new launcher in bright red, which makes her launcher a bit more exclusive. The design itself is glorious as in gunmetal.
The new torso armour features a pattern similiar to that of Breez's energy shield, although the red isn't exactly the same as that of the shield or the other bright red parts. Oh well.
This is the new shoulder armour, also known as "Bubble armour". A very nice piece, and I really hope it will be featured in more colours in the future (I'd like to see it especially in orange).
In case you want to see the cuff pieces, jump over to my review of Surge.
Building the set
Unlike other sets, Breez' build starts in a lying position, probably because of the foot joints.
But once she got feet, she's flipped upward like her brethren. I'd like to mention that I accidently attached the armour on her upper left leg wrong, it's supposed to face forward, not sideways like the other one (I didn't noticed that mistake until just right now when I started to write that review).
After that, she gets her armour, her tools, eventually the head, helmet and hero core, and then, we have...
The finished set
Breez is well equipped and looks quite impressive, thanks to her bulky shoulders. Due to her sleek hips and feet, combined with the round shoulder pads, she sure looks a lot like a certain female bounty hunter (which is also the reason why I want the bubble armour in orange). Despite the bulky shoulders, Breez maintains a somewhat feminine look thanks to the feet and helmet of her first incarnation. Her ankles are also far more poseable this time, thanks to the absence of the leg armour of the HF1 sets (those things were a quite bizarre part anyway).
Being a Deluxe set, Breez got her back covered in the literal sense with yet another HF1 foot. I'd like to mention that the design of the lower section of the new torso armour bears some resemblance to the pattern of the HF1-feet, which really helps to give Breez a consistent design all around. The small rockets molded into the feet also support the concept of Breez' specialization for aerial combat in this version.
Or to make it short: Breez' design is amazing.
While Breez looks certainly cool and is also fun to pose, I'm personally not too fond off the colour scheme. Lime green, bright red and white clash a bit too much for my taste, even on a Deluxe-sized set.
The worst offender would be the red parts, because there are even various shades of red on Breez. The solid parts (the sword, the launcher, the small rockets at her ankles and her upper legs) are bright red, while the red on her torso armour is a bit darker.
On top of that, her head is trans-orange while the shield is trans-dark red. It's not a big issue, but it annoyed me a bit. In addition to this, I think her left arm is a bit overloaded (with both the dualsword and the shield) in comparison with her right arm. But being LEGO, that can be easily fixed, right?
Since I hadn't one of the new villains around back then, I tried the handcuffs on one of my older MOCs. They work quite well there too, so don't worry - the Hero Factory will catch and cuff all kinds of bad guys!
Breez is basically Samus Aran. Only in lime green. And with a neat energy shield. Do I have to say more?
Put aside the questionable choice of colours for Breez (and of course the fact that lime is one of the most used colours in the Hero Factory line) and she's with no doubt a great set, both in terms of design and parts she comes packed with. Besides, someone has to take care of the hordes of Thornraxx sets we all have already bought, right?
As long as you're not totally allergic to lime green, you should go for Breez. Even though her arsenal doesn't include a morph ball.
Edited by ZORK64, 20 April 2012 - 12:22 AM.