2010 - Present
Hero Factory is a theme running from July 2010 to the present. The theme is centered around a group of robotic heroes, who protect the galaxy from various threats. The theme primarily uses new TECHNIC elements for each set, much like BIONICLE. Since it is the successor to BIONICLE, the first wave of sets had a label that read “From the makers of BIONICLE” printed on their boxes.
Von Nebula Edit
The storyline is based in Makuhero City. The largest building and trademark of the city is the Assembly Tower, a 589 meters high, 715 meters wide and 924 meters long tower, located in the center of Makuhero City. It is driven by "cold fusion" and it employs a total of 11,127 employees. This tower is the "Hero Factory" that constructs various robot heroes which are sent out when the Call Center receives calls from victims. They can report their emergency and call on a robotic hero. Founder of the Hero Factory is Akiyama Makuro.
Inside the Assembly Tower, these heroes are built every day. They are the product of work from design experts and robot construction specialists. These robotic heroes are fitted with solid fibre-carbide plating, Quaza cores and equipped with helmets and equipment to fight evil with guts and gadgets. Once constructed, they are placed in special hero pods and beamed across the galaxy and across time to defeat evil and solve their various missions.
The first evil leader is Von Nebula, he has a staff with the ability to create black holes. Von Nebula used to be a hero on Stormer's team, but during a mission his cowardice nearly caused the destruction of a city. Blaming Stormer for his failure, Von Nebula swore vengeance on Hero Factory. He has some former-jailburg henchman who have banded together to help him, but that is unknown to the heroes. William Furno, the newest hero, is eager to defeat Von Nebula but is depressed when his firm-handed team leader, Preston Stormer tells him he isn't experience to take on the most dangerous villain in the galaxy. He is joined by more rookies, Mark Surge and Natalie Breeze. He is also joined by heroes Duncan Bulk and Stringer. Von Nebula turns out to be Stormer's old sidekick gone bad, and using Stormer's smarts and Furno's talent, the heroes defeat Von Nebula.
Ordeal of Fire Edit
The first wave of Hero Factory sets in 2011 was called Mission: Ordeal of Fire. In a Hero Factory book given out with a LEGO magazine in December, it gave this description:
Sent out on a dangerous mission to save a refueling station, the heroes are attacked by vicious Fire Villains, who prove too fast and too strong. To defeat these notorious villains, the heroes must be redesigned and re-equipped with special new weapons and gadgets. But will the redesign work? The history of the Hero Factory rests on its success!
Savage Planet Edit
The 3.0 Hero Factory series is titled Savage Planet. It is set on a planet called Quatros, which has a core of quaza. The main villain is named Witch Doctor (who comes in set 2283), who is trying to extract the quaza. If he succeeds, the planet will die and break apart. The six heroes, Stormer, Furno, Bulk, Nex, Stringer and the New rookie, Rocka now with animal powers, must travel to Quatros and stop the villain from killing the planet. But there are savage beasts who attack them, Waspix, Fangz, Scorpio, and Raw-Jaw, who are controlled by the Witch Doctor.
The fourth series is titled Hero Factory Breakout and features a villain called Black Phantom, who breaks into the Hero Factory tower - with the help of mastermind Von Nebula - and allows the other villains to escape. While all of the heroes are distracted by the escapes, Black Phantom stays behind to destroy the Hero Factory assembly tower. With the mission manager captured, and all of the other heroes out, Rocka is tasked to defeat Black Phantom before he can take over.
Breakout is the second series to include an XL hero (Preston Stormer), as well as the first series to include all of the original nine heroes (not including the Dropship pilot). Each set also contains a hero core with a secret code on the back, used for the Breakout online game. Breakout is also the first Hero Factory line scheduled to have two waves of sets, one in Winter 2011/2012 and one in Summer 2012.
The Winter 2011/2012 sets had Rocka, Furno, Surge, Evo, and Breez, who didn't come out until Summer 2012 in the US, with Bulk, Stringer, Stormer, and Nex. Bulk, Breez, and Nex didn't appear in the TV show for unknown reasons.
As far as the television series is concerned, it is the first part to have recurring villains, one of which has a main role as the 'mastermind' of the breakout. Voltix seems to be the 'breaker-outer' of the villains, since he was the one who allowed Von Nebula to break himself out of his own Black Hole Staff, creating a black hole and allowing the villains to escape.
Brain Attack Edit
The 2013 storyline is about a mysterious factory that produces brain parasites sent by Dark Maker to turn creatures of the Hero Factory universe evil. The brains go to different areas on the planet, infecting ice beasts, lava critters, desert crawlers, jungle ogres, rock monsters, sea beasts, and one brain infects an electrical dragon Meanwhile in Makahero City, the heroes are going around in the public, signing autographs, giving away robo-balls, and giving interviews. Surge complains to Breez that he wants action and doesn't want to be a puppet. Suddenly, the code red alarm goes off, and the heroes rush back. Zib explains that the brains are forcing the hosts to destroy Hero Factory, and they need upgrades. After getting their upgrades, Furno sends Evo in the service canals to combat a wave of Aquagon, sets Surge to guard the Factory (much to Surge's annoyance), and everyone else into the streets. After much trial and error, Bulk finds out that the brains can be removed if they are hit on the spikes. After knocking all the brains off, they notice that Surge's signal is inside the Hero Assembly Tower, so they head back, but Dragon bolt is on the loose and rams into Hero Factory, causing a mass evacuation. Rocka is left to the job of fighting the dragon, while the heroes find Surge. Inside, the heroes find that Surge has been taken over by a brain and has made an army of drones to destroy the factory. As the heroes fight them, Rocka equips himself with 44014 Jet Rocka, and goes after the dragon. He manages to remove the brain, and Breez removes the brain on Surge's head, and they shut off the drones. As they walk into the street to help out, Breez asks Surge if this experience changed anything about how he feels to help. Surge replies that since he now knows what being a real puppet is, he won't turn down anything he can voluntary do. But in the factory, there are more brains lying in wait for innocent minds, and they latch onto a repair crew, giving the heroes a new challenge to deal with.
The Winter releases were 44000 Furno XL, 44004 Bulk, 44002 Rocka, 44006 Breez, 44003 Scarox, 44001 Pyrox, 44005 Bruizer, and 44007 Ogrum, with 44008 Surge, 44010 Stormer, 44012 Evo, and 44014 Jet Rocka, 44009 Dragon Bolt, 44011 Frost Beast, and 44013 Aquagon being released in the summer. The Heroes resemble knights and their helmets have a transparent covering over their eyes. The villains have special parasite heads, holding parasite brains which have many similarities to the Krana and Kraata from BIONICLE. These brain creatures are either transparent orange, transparent yellow, trans-green, transparent lime green, transparent light blue, transparent blue, or glow in the dark, with red spikes and eyes. They have six legs and a long spiky tail. The villains' heads connect via Bionicle mask connection. There is also a new head that a normal helmet can connect to and a mask can connect to. There is a new online game which involves you as a partially-customized hero and an Alpha team hero as your sidekick.
List of Hero variations Edit
|11995||HERO Factory Recon||$12.99||2011|
|2063||Stormer 2.0||31||$7.99 / €9.99||January 1, 2011|
|2065||Furno 2.0||30||$7.99 / €9.99||January 1, 2011|
|2067||Evo 2.0||31||$7.99 / €9.99||January 1, 2011|
|2068||Nex 2.0||31||$7.99 / €9.99||2011|
|2141||Surge 2.0||30||$7.99 / €9.99||2011|
|2142||Breez 2.0||29||$7.99 / €9.99||2011|
|2143||Rocka 3.0||30||$7.99 / €9.99||2011|
|2144||Nex 3.0||29||$7.99 / €9.99||2011|
|2145||Stormer 3.0||31||$7.99 / €9.99||2011|
|2182||Bulk 3.0||30||$7.99 / €9.99||2011|
|2183||Stringer 3.0||30||$7.99 / €9.99||2011|
|2191||Furno 3.0||28||$7.99 / €9.99||2011|
|2192||Drilldozer||61||$12.99 / €12.99||2011|
|2193||Jetbug||63||$12.99 / €12.99||2011|
|2194||Nitroblast||57||$12.99 / €12.99||2011|
|2231||Waspix||48||$12.99 / €12.99||July 2011|
|2232||Raw-Jaw||52||$12.99 / €12.99||2011|
|2233||Fangz||55||$12.99 / €12.99||July 2011|
|2235||Fire Lord||125||$19.99 / €19.99||January 2011|
|2236||Scorpio||104||$24.99 / €19.99||July 2011|
|2282||Rocka XL||174||$24.99 / €24.99||2011|
|2283||Witch Doctor||331||$29.99 / €34.99||2011|
|2856089||Hero Factory 2.0 Collection||182||$47.94||January 2011|
|2856227||Hero Factory Fire Villains Collection||306||$58.96||March 2011|
|2856228||Hero Factory 2.0 Collection||182||€59.94||March 5, 2011|
|2856232||Hero Factory Fire Villains Collection||306||€58.96||March 5, 2011|
|44000||Furno XL||103||$19.99 / €19.99||2013|
|44001||Pyrox||50||$12.99 / €12.99||2013|
|44002||Rocka||43||$9.99 / €9.99||2013|
|44003||Scarox||46||$9.99 / €9.99||2013|
|44004||Bulk||50||$9.99 / €9.99||2013|
|44005||Bruizer||62||$12.99 / €12.99||2013|
|44006||Breez||49||$9.99 / €9.99||2013|
|44007||Ogrum||59||$12.99 / €12.99||2013|
|6200||Evo||36||$8.99 / €9.99||2012|
|6201||Toxic Reapa||42||$8.99 / €9,99||2012|
|6202||Rocka||55||$12.99 / €12,99||2012|
|6203||Black Phantom||124||$19.99 / €19,99||2012|
|6216||Jawblade||45||$7.99 / €9.99||2012|
|6217||Surge||39||$8.99 / €9.99||2012|
|6218||Splitface||50||$12.99 / €12.99||2012|
|6221||Nex||39||$8.99 / €9.99||2012|
|6222||Core Hunter||51||$12.99 / €12.99||2012|
|6227||Breez||55||$12.99 / €11.87||January 2012|
|6228||Thornraxx||44||$8.99 / €9.99||2012|
|6229||XT4||39||$8.99 / €9.99||2012|
|6230||Stormer XL||89||$24.99 / €19.99||2012|
|6231||Speeda Demon||192||$34.99 / €29.99||2012|
|6282||Stringer||42||$8.99 / €9.99||2012|
|6283||Voltix||61||$12.99 / €12.99||2012|
|6293||Furno||56||$12.99 / €12.99||2012|
|66404||Hero Factory Combo Value Pack 1||61||2011|
|66414||Hero Factory Twin-Pack||2011|
|7145||Von Nebula||156||$19.99 / €19.99||2010|
|7147||XPlode||45||$12.99 / €12.99||July 2010|
|7148||Meltdown||50||$12.99 / €12.99||July 2010|
|7156||Corroder||40||$12.99 / €12.99||July 13, 2010|
|7157||Thunder||47||$12.99 / €12.99||July 13, 2010|
|7158||Furno Bike||165||$29.99 / €29.99||July 2010|
|7162||Rotor||145||$19.99 / €19.99||July 2010|
|7164||Preston Stormer||17||$7.99 / €9.99||2010|
|7165||Natalie Breez||19||$7.99 / €9.99||July 2010|
|7167||William Furno||19||$7.99 / €9.99||2010|
|7168||Dunkan Bulk||17||$7.99 / €9.99||July 2010|
|7169||Mark Surge||19||$7.99 / €9.99||July 2010|
|7170||Jimi Stringer||17||$7.99 / €9.99||July 2010|
|7179||Dunkan Bulk and Vapour||89||$24.99 / €24.99||2010|
|853083||Hero Factory Mission Log Book||1||$3.99 / €2.99||January 1, 2011|
|No image||LEGO||Hero Factory Ultimate Sticker Collection||2013|
|No image||LEGO||Hero Factory: Alien Attack||2013|
|No image||LEGO||Hero Factory: The Alien Wars||2013|
|No image||LEGO||Meet the Heroes|
|Secret||Mission 2: Legion of Darkness||2012|
|Secret||Mission 3: Collision Course||2013|
|Secret||Mission 4: Robot Rampage||2013|
|No image||Secret||Mission 5: Mirror World|
|No image||67895||Calender King|
|No image||43564||Dark Maker|
|No image||54678||Dark Stringer|
- Lucas Valor
- Stormer 2.0 and Breez 2.0 Combiner Model
- Furno 2.0 and Evo 2.0 Combiner Model
- Nex 2.0 and Surge 2.0 Combiner Model
- Rocka 3.0 and Stormer 3.0 Combiner Model
- Stringer 3.0 and Nex 3.0 Combiner Model
- Bulk 3.0 and Furno 3.0 Combiner Model
- Furno 4.0 and Jawblade Combiner Model
- Surge 4.0 and Splitface Combiner Model
- Breez 4.0 and Thornraxx Combiner Model
- Evo 4.0 and Toxic Reapa Combiner Model
- Rocka 4.0 and Black Phantom Combiner Model
- Stormer XL and Speeda Demon Combiner Model
- Stringer 4.0 and Voltix Combiner Model
- Bulk 4.0 and Core Hunter Combiner Model
- Nex 4.0 and XT4 Combiner Model
- Breakout Heroes Combiner Model
- Breakout Villains Combiner Model
- Furno XL and Pyrox combiner model
- Rocka 5.0 and Scarox combiner model
- Bulk 5.0 and Bruizer combiner model
- Breez 5.0 and Orgrum combiner model
See LEGO Pre-Spring 2011
- Hero Factory Chequered Shirt
- Hero Factory Denim Jacket
- Hero Factory Jeans
- Hero Factory Knit Cardigan
- Hero Factory Pants
- Hero Factory Socks
- Hero Factory Sweat Cardigan
- Hero Factory Sweat Pants
- Hero Factory Sweatshirt (Silas 202)
- Hero Factory T-shirt (Tom 200)
- Hero Factory T-shirt (Tom 201)
- Hero Factory 7169 T-shirt
- We Build Heroes Sweatshirt
- The villains' Meteor Blasters are very similar to Thornax Launchers.
- Before Breakout came out, the skyline of the Hero Factory homepage changed to match the time of day and Makuhero city weather.
- A Hero Factory Comic was published in the July - August 2010 BrickMaster magazine and on the Hero Factory website. Another was released in September with Corroder as the main villain.
- As with BIONICLE, there are six main heroes released per line (this tradition did not continue with the Breakout waves and beyond). The colour scheme of the heroes and villains (red, blue, white, black, green, brown) is not continued in the Hero Factory theme, instead colours like silver, gold, orange and yellow are introduced. However, in some instances of BIONICLE, like 8696 Bitil & 8989 Mata Nui, the figure has a different colour than the basic one. (i.e. brown to yellow)
- A four episode TV series was released in the week of September 20 2010.
- A Direct-to-DVD movie was released November 16 2010, titled 2856076 Hero Factory: Rise of the Rookies.
- The 2.0 Heroes have four-fingered fists instead of the 2009/2010 three-fingered fists.
- Unlike the 2010 heroes, the 2011 hero's arms can bend at the elbow.
- In the fourth wave, Breakout, every set comes with a new type of Hero Core (even the villains) which come printed with a code on the back for use with the new online game.
- Also, in the 4.0 wave, every Hero in Alpha 1 Team makes an appearance.
- 8730 Toa Hewkii uses the same chain used in the hero cuffs.
- Universal Studios is making plans on developing a live action Hero Factory movie. 
- The Breakout series heroes and villains come in an all-new bag-like container, rather than a box or canister like the previous sets.
- "Makuhero" is a pun on Make-a-hero.
- The brain parasites in brain attack are similar to the Xenocytes from Ben 10: Alien Force. They fuse themselves to host, mutate them and force the host to work for their master. The Brain parasites unlike Xenocytes can fuse to Silicon-based lifeforms.
- The brains are similar to Krana (from BIONICLE) that control who/whatever wears one.
Online Games Edit
- Mission: Von Nebula
- Hero Creator
- Create a Villain
- Hero Recon Team
- Comic Builder
- Mission: Ordeal of Fire
- Mission: Savage Planet
- Brain Attack
- Fate of Villainy
Sources and References Edit