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 Did Hero FactoryŽ Inspire These Transformers Toys?
Posted: Nov 3 2013, 04:24 AM


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Anyone else tempted to buy one of these? Lets hope The LEGO Company takes "inspiration" from Hasbro with the next line of hero factory XP
Posted: Nov 7 2013, 10:38 PM

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I think the answer to your question is "yes" xD.

They're such blatant copies, I'm honestly surprised they've got away with it with copyright laws.
Posted: Nov 8 2013, 03:22 AM


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The more I look at them the more I can see that they aren't a blatant rip off. I have for instance noticed that mainstream transformers toys have been using the ball socket design for a while now, with arms designed to pop out and be reattached instead of breaking when separating from the body.

Ive seen a number of younger kids who have created hybrids of a sort by attaching bumblebee's arms to a soundwaves body or something. While they don't transform per se, the kids are still having fun with it. I think the constructable series is based on research from that aspect of the children playing with them.

Of course, its hard to think they didn't look at other buildable action figures like Hero factory when doing their research, but the skeleton looks more or less a hybrid of their existing ball joints and a Hero Factory body rather than just ripping HF off and making Transformers themed armor.
Posted: Nov 8 2013, 05:52 AM

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They're ok. Kind of reminded me of Generation 1 Hero Factory sets if that makes sense. Hasbro would win me, if they had gear functions like back in the prime years of Bionicle 2001-2005.

Hasbro is a pretty good toy company. But the only problem is that they don't know how to move onto different themes. They always revamp the old ones over (from like 30 to 40 years ago) and over.

This is why I like LEGO, they try to change the themes a bit every year so it never gets old. Some fail, while others succeed. I don't know about you guys, but I like change. If it is something that I don't like at first, I try to force myself in a mindset why I should try to like them.
Like for example: The YouTube update, everyone seems to be complaining about them. The change is pretty good, it could be used a little tweaking for a bit user-friendly (especially on mobile), but overall it is a good experience.
Posted: Nov 10 2013, 09:50 PM


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It DOES quite resemble the latest HF characters. But I wouldn't have gone so far as to say they were copying HF if I hadn't heard someone else say it.
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