Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Flashback to a battered and discontinued Factory

Early "Pixar - The Incredibles" inspired Hero Factory concept poster 

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  2. I am at a loss for words... this is definitely a pretty big shock.

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  3. Thank you for sharing it with us!
    I don't consider hero factory as a "deep" or "epic" there at all! But rather a cheap copy of the REAL Heroes in the Bionicle Universe! Heroes can't be "built" Heroes are born. "You know what it take to be a Hero" Bionicle forever!

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  4. Wow. I really want to see those unknown story elements. I always knew Hero Factory had potential. And the idea of it was phenomenal because it created an entire universe that you could easily insert you're own creation into. I can't wait to see whats next.

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  5. I am very, very interested in seeing how this develops. If I'm going to be perfectly honest, I really loved the first year of Hero Factory (the fact that this was the only year without CCBS is a coincidence). I didn't buy any of the sets, simply because System was a priority at the time, but the marketing campaign was a blast. It had a very fun aesthetic, a surprising amount of story content, and a great website (the idea of the user-submitted headlines was brilliant, and Hero Factory FM's existence still amazes me). It felt like it was handled way better than BIONICLE G2's first year. So I can totally imagine that, despite the fandom's hatred, it was meant to be something on par with BIONICLE, and then something... happened to it.

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  6. This is really interesting to read, makes me wonder just how much more was originally planned for G2 Bionicle. Could you possibly make a post about Roboriders? I'm absolutely obsessed with it but there's little to no information floating around about it.

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  7. Any reason the description's been removed?

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  8. If they went with the atmosphere projected in this poster (a mix between The Incredibles, Robots, and Ratchet & Clank), I think the final product would have been more distinct. Hero Factory had plenty of untapped potential. I have fond memories of the pre - Brain Attack animated specials, and even though we took it for granted when it came out, I think the line was a good follow-up to Bionicle G1.

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  9. I remember the first time I've read Hero Factory site in 2010 and first comic book, I was sure that funny and exaggeratedly optimistic atmosphere of the site is just an inner commercial, a mask for a not so happy society. So I was a little disappointed when everything turned out as it happen to be... and strongly disappointed when every bit of potential of character and story development from that site was forgotten.

    Considering I am a huge fan of Bionicle G1, I didn't actually like HF for it's simplicity and accent on buffoonery. But it still was an interesting universe; even if said potential wasn't used in official story at full power, it was a good source for all kinds of creativity, thanks to you))

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  10. so i guess lego know and went all "THEY KNOW! DELET THIS! DELET THIS" and removed the description

    what a corrupt company, looks like i'll keep buying bootleg bricks

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  11. Hey all. (Regarding the text removal).
    These past days I've been thinking a lot about the relationship between business and fan culture and how the balance between running a international business with all the decisions and choices that requires and nurturing a group of fans can be a very tricky thing. So I deleted the text because I became too emotional and close to stuff that is owned by LEGO and what happens internally and between business partners is secret land.
    When you are on the creative side of things the energy of the fans is a fantastic force full of inspiration and emotion. On the business side this is often a unpredictable and dangerous force that often goes against logic. So wether you think its a good or bad reason this is why...

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    1. Hi Mr. Faber,

      Does this mean we won't be seeing anymore HF flashback posts, or simply that they're going to be less text-filled/emotional?

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  12. @bence How is Hero Factory a copy? Colourful characters with different abilities isn't exclusive. It wasn't as plentiful in lore as BIONICLE but that was intentional: older fans of BIONICLE were not buying as much over time and young kids had no way to catch up to years of comics, books, movies, etc. so a new IP was made. Plus if BIONICLE G2 started with CCBS rather than have Hero Factory start it as a new concept, G2 could have faced more controversy for having a whole new look which would throw fans off. LEGO know's what it's doing.

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  14. Hi @Faber while many may thank you for Bionicle, Im here to thank you for having a part in my childhood with Hero factory while some may say it was too simplistic and lacked world building/ lore, I enjoyed creating my own new characters and team of heroes who fit so seamlessly in Hero factory's established world. And looking at some of your post on HF makes me feel nostalgia when I would spend hours building and having adventure with my heroes during HF Break-out. Anyway thank you, you did good

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