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Posted: May 31 2012, 11:54 AM
Toa of Thunder
Group: Forum Administrator
Member No.: 11
Joined: 22-July 09
Back in February, I got Breez. This may come as a shock to some of you, just know that I had my reasons. Anyway, as I opened it I prepared a review, as one does. Now, in May, I've finally uploaded it. Enjoy.
We'll start at the top. The packaging. This was really, really weird for me. It looked like the packaging you get on dehydrated meals, or ]grated cheese. It's good in that it takes up less space and you can put your grated Breez back inside when you're done, but I'm not sure who actually does that. Would a small cardboard box be more appropriate? Despite this, I like the idea, seeing it firsthand. I still don't think it's the best alternative in saving size and cost as opposed to canisters, but I see where they're coming from. The problem was that this, unlike "canister sets" of old, required Specific access tools to get into it, so there was no chance to see what I'd spent £10 on until I returned home and surrupticiously liberated scissors from the kitchen.
Upon gaining access to the well-secured innards of the dehydrated Hero's packaging, I was astounded by the alien-ness of the pieces (and the lack of "just add water!" slogans in the instruction manual). This, being my first HF set, had very few pieces like those of Bionicle and previous lines. The pieces I recognised were limited to: The agori head, the zamor sphere, the pins the axles and the Hewki Inika chains, which had been recoloured. While the armour was slightly bulkier than I'd expected (and just as boxy), I was impressed by the helmet, tools and chestplate, though the colouring on the latter didn't quite match the rest of the green.
So to the build: First up, The handcuffs. They were a nice touch, if they did seem a bit big for Breeze, but I suppose that's for functionality and shouldn't be looked down upon.
As for the build, however, I could have done this with my eyes closed. In fact, after my first build, I did. With no prior knowledge of HF except from the set pictures, it's fairly easy to guess where everything goes. (Well, apart from that plate on her thigh that goes on differently from the one on the other leg. I don't see why they weren't both put on the same way.) The shield was nice. For what it was for, it worked well. Though for MOCing purposes... We'll see. The tools were actually really good. The gun, in particular, was brilliant, though this was why I bought the set in the first place.
So yeah, this is what she looks like, finished. The armour scheme is consistant and while I feel the colours may be a little off (Not fond of the red turning up in so few places) it's nothing like how I'd expected it to be.
This photo tries to show how good the gun is. When I fired from where Breez is standing, the shot bounced off of my "photo-wall," back over past Takal and under my bed (out of shot to the right). I didn't find it for four days. Then again, my room was a mess at the time. Les Miserables, anyone?
Another thing I noticed: Breez is short. Really short. Nuara's not a big Toa - just shorter than an Inika-build. Compared to Big 'Ol Denza, you can see how much of a shorty she is.
"I'm no 'shorty'!" "Is that right?" "Well, in that case, you should have no problem taking your gun back." Here, I was going to have her knee Denza and take it back, but... she can't actually reach. This is the extent of the problem. I think it's a little disappointing that at least Breez is this short and bulky. Lego's grasp of what defines "female" from "male" once again boils down to what colour they are.
"I swear, guv', it wasn't me. I was set up, I tell ya'!" The handcuffs work fine on my guys. I can't say they'll work on HF villans, but if you ever catch one of my MOCs trying to bring civilization as we know it to its knees...
Anyway, there you have it, Breez. And her back, for those who wanted to know what it looked like. I'm still not fond of HF, don't get me wrong - £10 is far too much for a set that size, and I wouldn't be inclined to buy another, but I was wrong to hate it so vehemently. It's not bad. It's much better than, say, the stars and while it may have been more imaginative than the Inika torso, I'd imagine the HF equivalent is getting a little tiresome around now itself, and the square armour isn't all that appealing, but that's all down to personal taste. It's a decent set, if a little pricey and a tad bulky to be labelled "female."
Anyway, onto the supplimentary stuff: I noticed that the deisgns within the swords are not symmetrical. If you look really closely at that pic, you can see that in the circular bit, the sword on the right has a propeller (why a sword needs a propeller is beyond my understanding) while the one on the left has a flat replacement. Also, yes, that is someone's hair. No, that is not mine.
The gun looks awesome on Denza. Just take a look. On Breez it was a cannon or something, on Denza it's like a heavy pistol. Also, by this point I thought I would never see the zamor sphere again, and gave him a blue replacement.
As for Breez... Without her cannon, I decided she could use a little tweaking and came up with this. I'm not claiming MOCing greatness, I just think this is a more fitting setup. Only needed four more pieces for the edit - two "hands" and two 3-long axles.
Thus endeth the review.