40116 Hero Factory mini-model

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As previously stated in our review of 44018 Furno Jet Machine, HERO Factory has taken an interesting direction this year with the inclusion of minifig-sized versions of the heroes in the new 'Invasion From Below' sets.

In addition to the normal retail selection, LEGO has also produced a polybag, 40116, which it calls 'HF Hero minimodel' that features a small mecha being piloted by Breez.

It's currently very rare: it's not even listed at BrickLink yet and I can't find any on eBay. However, you can get hold of it for free from Toy Hub Direct when you spend over £15 on HERO Factory sets and use the code HEROFACTORYOFFER at the checkout.

Breez's mecha is not much more than a seat with legs and arms but it looks pretty cool and well proportioned. Those blades are sure to strike fear into the hearts of the underground invaders.

40116 Hero Factory Mini-model

I was impressed to see that the back hadn't been left bare, as is often the case with constraction models: a couple of pieces bulk it out and make it look finished.

40116 Hero Factory Mini-model

All the HERO Factory hero-figs are, I believe, much the same, they just differ in colour. Breez here is certainly the same as Furno in the other set I reviewed. The head is, as you can see, red.

40116 Hero Factory Mini-model

It's a neat model that will appeal to HERO Factory and polybag collectors and would also make a cool model for kids in the target age range to carry around, what with it being smaller and not having so many pieces to lose :)

To get hold of one, head on over to Toy Hub Direct, an independent toy shop in Scotland, and spend £15 on HERO Factory sets. I've purchased from them before and found their service and shipping to be excellent.

Thanks to Gerald from Toy Hub for sending me the set to review. Brickset will not make a commission from links in this article.

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The "Invasion from Below" sets remind me of Pacific Rim.

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Wish me luck -- I entered in the brick fanatics facebook contest for this! Results come out on Friday!

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Good review. Overall, this is not an outstanding set in terms of design, but nevertheless it really breaks new ground. We haven't had a fully-articulated constraction figure in a freebie polybag since BIONICLE, and even many of the ones in that theme tended to be lackluster at best.

Just check out the piece count of this set — it has as many parts as the largest of the $8 hero sets released in 2011! Naturally, a big part of that is the nine-piece mini-hero. But it's still quite impressive compared to previous Hero Factory polybag sets, which tended to just be "accessory packs" for the larger sets, with little to no play value on their own.

Even in the more Technic-intensive BIONICLE theme, free polybag-sized sets rarely had this many pieces or this much articulation.

Overall, I have no pressing desire to get this set. It's a useful parts pack — the small feet it comes with are particularly nice, the swords could be useful, and you can never have too many of those small torsos. But I plan to get the Breez mini-hero in 44027 Breez Flea Machine (http://brickset.com/sets/44027-1/BREEZ-Flea-Machine) this summer, and I imagine I'll end up getting most of the other pieces from this set in other sets as well. Still, I like what it represents. It's the first time in a long time that the contents of a small set like this are fully reflective of the play and building experience you'd get from a larger set.

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Available in Toy Planet in Derby, UK as well as Midco Toymaster in Burton-upon-Trent, UK.
Saw a poster in stores today.

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Been inventoried on Rebrickable since 25th Feb if you need an alternate inventory. There's certainly a 'Kaiju' feel to the hoppers and the bigger enemies this wave [no bad thing].

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Looking forward to getting this free with purchase. Great little HF parts packs, and I'll probably keep a couple for regular little mini-mechs.

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Hopefully it'll pop up in the US!

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Me too!

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