Sunday, February 26th, 2012 at 4:23pm by Andrew, BZPower News Manager
Today we finally get around to reviewing the last of the first wave of 2012 Hero Factory sets (if you live in Europe, otherwise it's the second set of the second wave). BZPower Forum Assistant Sisen submitted his review of Breez a while ago, but thanks to Toy Fair it got delayed. But now you can find out if this is a set meant for you!
From the design of the box to the instruction manual, these are the first things you see before building the set.
Introducing... the one, the only, Natalia Gertrude-Bernice Breez! On the front of this new packaging Natalie is blasting off with her rockets flying high through some form of insectoid-based terrain. The new bags have a nice re-sealable feature which is handy for storage and reuse. For any normal package you would have to tear open the package, but Breez practically burst out of the packaging.*
All the usual information is provided on the packaging. The name, rank, state of intention, piece count, barcode, and age suggestion. Natalie Breez sure looks like a super duper awesome amazing set so let's delve on in! Turbo power!
Half the fun is had building the set. How fun is it to build and how easy or challenging is it?
Breezie here comes with a lovely assemblage of parts to configure her divine self. There is a large variety between the lime-green and red pieces you get to make up Natalie. A few surprises were some of the torsos pieces that were not black! Shock and awe!!!
Natalia Gertrude-Bernice Breez has a pretty straightforward build like most of the Heroes do but there are some slight variances, i.e. her feet connectors and her rocket turbo up up and away boosters. The build itself is fairly easy and fun to do. Pay no attention to the lupine wavelength haemovariform style legs; I was just playing around there.
Now that the set is complete, we can critique how it looks from every angle. New or interesting pieces can also be examined here.
There are a good amount of new pieces in the makeup of Breez. In the red category you have the new Zamor type launcher and red katana saw blades with silver. You get the same type of awesome new sword deal in Black Phantom but in black and silver. There are also the techno-fresh energy shields as well. In the lime green category you have feet, which are not new feet but old feet. There are big feet, small feet, lime green feet. Feet, feet, feet, this is a kickback to Natalie Breez' first lime green feet, feet, feet. My favorite part of Breez is the new add-on dome shoulder armor - it makes her look like some prime metroid bounty hunter person. Her new mask is cool too and her chest armor has a red hexagonal pattern which ties into the red shields.
NOTE: Natalia Breez accidently forgot a piece of wrist armor in her locker under her gym bag. It is a completely honorable mistake and has no reflection what so ever on the Hero herself. Hence the lack of armor as seen in the photographs.
The different color limb parts were a really neat inclusion because the red leg portions were only in Nitroblast before. However, the white parts that make up her arms are a first. The latest incarnation of Nat is a blast; now let�s see how fun she is to play with!
The other half of the fun is in playing with the set. How well does the set function and is it enjoyable to play with?
Natalia Gertrude-Bernice Breez is one fine can of spunkiness. The interactive pow-pow-pew-pew action of the zamor sphere makes mock-up fighting fun. The dual-sword and shield combo is a neat concept, and Nat knows how to show it all off. Personally Breez is my most favorite set out of the line thus far, and just having her decorate my desk and shelf space is an honor. The playability is not a factor, but she is a lot of fun and offers a nice amount of pieces at the same time.
Once it's all said and done, how does the set stack up? Should I get it?
What's to like?
- New recolors
- New pieces
- Red-silver blade sword katana saw
- The pieces
What's not to like?
- Long sword and shield on one hand to fight with?
- Use of black torsos bits mixed with white and red
Whether she is shooting the breeze or catching bad guys like Thornraxx, aka Matt, Natalie is a fun set to have. Thanks again to LEGO for sending out the sets and making such awesome heroes to defend against the forces of evil.
I hope you all enjoyed the review - be sure to thank Sisen in the Talkback if you did. And of course huge thanks go out to LEGO for sending us the sets. This certainly won't be our last review, so keep checking back for more, as well as Bionicle, Hero Factory, and LEGO news, right here on BZPower!
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