• POST-BIONICLE Canister Sets, Hero Factory

    Compiled by Gus 263. Updated 03 November 2014. Contains 8 sets.
    To Celebrate the 14th year of TECHNIC Based Action Figures, I'll be doing my own classification of the sets instead of the official sources, making it easier to analyze their history through the years. This list contains the different styles of construction present in the Hero Factory Canister sets. The villains are not packed in canisters, but their price is the same as the 2008 Mistika - 2009 Glatorian Legends lines, so they'll be included. From 2012 to 2014, Villains and Heroes were randomly chosen to have different prices and the series lost its already messed up color code, so defining a line between the series became a problem. They range from "8 to 10 dollars" to "small canisters" and from "12 to 15" to "canisters", even though, to enter in accordance with my other lists, 15 dollars is the cost of Titan sets already - so no pricey set here (no super heroes, Chima, Ben 10 or Invasion from Below. Check the GUIDE to Technic Action Figures: http://www.brickset.com/brickLists/?2583

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7168: Duncan Bulk

11 reviews
Pieces
17
RRP
$7.99, £7.99
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
Duncan Bulk, as any other Hero Factory hero, follows the same poor construction pattern established since the Matoran of Light released in 2008.
The main difference in relation with the simplest Bionicle sets and those heroes are the new body, feet, armor and limb pieces.

Bulk, like 7164 Stormer and 7170 Stringer has a "fake arm", a massive piece which replaces an arm and hand, simulating both carrying a shooting weapon. But the weapon in fact doesn't shoot anything.

I chose Bulk because he has the new shade of silver in big quantity and an open helmet.
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7156: Corroder

11 reviews
Pieces
40
RRP
$12.99, £9.99
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
Corroder, like the other Hero Factory villains, has a simplified Balljoint based style of construction, similar in some aspects to previous Bionicle sets from 2008-2009 and Ben 10 sets.

In other words, the Hero Factory villains style of building is not functional, being their biggest appeals the new pieces designed to caracterize the sets. The shooting weapon, a factor always important to the Bionicle balljoint figures from 2006-2009 is not so evidentiated in this new line: the villains just carry a re-paint of the Thornax Launchers but with Zamor Spheres as projectiles.

I chose Corroder to represent this style of construction because he's the more differenciated among the four, mostly because of his arms and back.
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2067: Evo 2.0

8 reviews
Pieces
31
RRP
$7.99, £7.99
Instructions
Yes
Related sets
Included in 66404-1
Bricklist notes
The new Heroes 2.0 have a plethora of new pieces, and their building has changed in some aspects.

Now, even armors are attached by ball-joints, and the weapons and helmet are only attachable through sticks. The only Technic attachments are for pins, included in the body and feet, though they aren't used to build the figure.
The arms and legs are made by a pair of new pieces, with ball-joint in one extremity, a socket in another and a ball-joint in the middle, this one that will attach to the armors' inner socket.
The helmet needs a weird silver apparatus (different at each set) to attach to the new head.
Weapons in general have no Technic Axle, as well the superficial additions in the armor.

Despite all those changes, the building structure isn't different and the concept isn't either. The figures have a previsible building, and the only additions that can be done with the additional ball-joints are annoying additional arms, not flexible and misplaced in the context of the figure (look for the 2011 villains). The context of "versatile" pieces is questionable as those ball-joints aren't as simple and have no axle-attachment like the other figures, then losing compatibility.

This "system" is just the apex of what's been done in 4 (almost 5) years ago. Less complex and buildable yet more previsible figures. And yet it got a better result in poseability compared to the original Heroes counterparts, it lost the character factor, only being re-couloured clones now, whose only difference are the overly randomly placed acessories and armors all over the set.

This is sadly how Lego action figures are just figures now. Those sets make me wonder how long I'll have to ignore Ben 10 in these lists. They are no longer Technic figures...
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6228: Thornraxx

1 review
Pieces
44
RRP
$8.99, £6.99, €9.99
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
Thornraxx is different from the rest, its body is actually a simple Technic liftarm, with two pieces on the sides with three ball-joints each. From these it comes the already predictable snap-snap easy to build limbs and a miscellanea of poorly detailed shells or "armor".
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6216: Jawblade

1 review
Pieces
45
RRP
$8.99, £6.99, €9.99
Instructions
Yes
Related sets
Included in 66437-1
Bricklist notes
This serves as an example to the sets that uses bodies in the vertical. For quadrupedal beasts such as 2233 - Fangz, it become somewhat strange to have a big shoulder difference in comparison with the legs with poor spacing between them. But then, Jawblade has no legs - but a somewhat well executed tail. And he has a fair price - cost the same as a Rahkshi and have the same piece quantity. It did shine as a positive light for this system, and would be like a "Barraki" version of it, if only it had a more cohesive color combination and emphasis on the fins (those hands sure are misplaced)
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6229: XT4

Pieces
39
RRP
$8.99, £6.99, €9.99
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
Probably one of the worst sets ever released, XT4 is just few better than other HF sets when it comes to pieces, because of more limb sections. Not that they are that useful with a color such as the "made-in-china" looking bluish gray. It also has the smallest body of this system, being used often as section to bigger sets. It includes less armor than 2231 - Waspix, and its 'weapons' barely can be called as such, like its nemesis 6221 - Nex and many others, it has a small set of system pieces as weapons. Throwbot weapons to sets that are a half or more in size comparison, and double the price.
XT4 is a somber reminder of this ugly-looking system and of its miserable lack of details.
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44005: BRUIZER

2 reviews
Pieces
62
RRP
$12.99, £9.99, €12.99
Packaging
Foil pack
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
Bruizer has a boxing arm that actually is very loose. Its building is predictable and not really well executed, but the presence of an entire Technic liftarm as an arm structure in the midst of ball-joint boredom seems a positive trait. Too bad it has only one, and no gears.
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545 own this set, 205 want it

44024: TUNNELER Beast vs. SURGE

2 reviews
Pieces
59
Minifigs
1
RRP
$9.99, £8.99, €9.99
Packaging
Foil pack
Availability
Retail
Instructions
Yes
Bricklist notes
This poor thing should be included. Designers did an interesting play on Mechas and that would give good results as of introducing some minifigure and mini-model love for the action figure fans. If they did it good. While some sets are average (44022 Evo XL), they are of course more expensive. The sets which fit the scope of price I focus, the canister sets, are absurd, and tunneler isn't even the worst of them!
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