Starting the wave 1 Brain Attack reviews with one of the smaller sets, with only 49 pieces; set 44006, Breez!
About this creation
Let's take a look at the parts that come with this set:
To start we have one narrow body skeleton piece,
four regular upper limb pieces in grey,
two second longest lower limb pieces,
two second shortest lower limb pieces,
two lime green hands,
two silver feet
and a very special new piece;
This is a new mold of skull in a trans medium green. It has a stronger socket connecter than the last mold, and four axels; one on it's face, one on the top of it's head, and two at the sides. There is a lightsaber rod connecting piece on the back (to attach the visor). Overall, Moccists will love this piece; it is now compatable with Bionicle masks as well as Hero Factory masks.
Carrying on, we have a nice, futeristic looking new chest piece,
four lime green sise 3 armour pieces,
one gunmetal grey shoulder cup piece,
two trans medium green sise 4 armour pieces,
Breez's helmet, now in silver, along with some slight alterations
and a trans medium green visor.
Other pieces include two Ordeal of Fire blade pieces in silver (which is new),
one saw piece,
a Hero Core, with a game code on the back, as per usual,
two bent finned pin connector pieces in silver
and a bunch of little Technic pieces.
That's the pieces, now onto the set:
There. An interesting set. It looks nicer than I origionally thought it would have been.
I took one look at the back, and was not impressed. Granted, the fact that the back is not armoured is a typical thing for HF and for Bionicle sets, but I was especially suprised by this brown connector sticking out of her back. It broke the colour scheme, and served no real function. I was like "What the fu...dgenburger?!" Until I realised the purpose of it.
It's to attach the shield onto the back. I don't mind it so much anymore. It's a nice little play feature to do, especially since it's not likely that the Heroes would feel the need to constantly hold on to their weapons, even if they are in a friendly environment.
The shield on the back helps to give her a little bulk, although personally I think the bulkiness is pretty even on this set. I think the designers got it just right; not too bulky, but bulky enough to not portray her as weak.
I perticularly like the head design. With the visor down, she looks quite nice, and gives off the futuristic warrior feel to her. The mask underneath also is quite successful. I like the fact that they kept the old Breez face, and did very little to alter it. Having it in silver also is a nice thing for moccists. Now we can build HF girl heroes, and we no longer have to limit ourselves to lime green as a colour scheme. The only thing I don't like is that her face is a little flat, but I understand that it needs to be so that the visor can fit.
As a toy, it's quite good. Poseability is not limited, and you also get a nice little action with the spinning shield. However, there are too many fiddly delacate things for this to be a good toy for young children. The lime green spikes on the Bowstaff are too ajustable, and are likely to fall off. the Bowstaff itself also spins around a lot. The Core locking clamps on her chest also are difficult to pose just right. The slightest pressure on them can move them all the way, so that they just look silly, closed too tight around the core.
I must say I was a little miffed about the colour scheme; it doesn't suit Breez really for me. There is still quite a bit of lime on her, but it is dominated mainly by silver and trans medium Green. I'm still grateful for having all these new silver pieces, but there shouldn't be so much on her. Also, the little hints of dark green and brown just make the set look a little messy.
The Bowstaff looks nice. I like the idea of it, and the general idea of it. But as I said before, it does swivel around a lot, kind of ruining the concept. I also think that it would have been better being a little smaller. But I still like it. The fact that it's two weapons at once is good for play value.
That's pretty much it. I'm going to rate this set in three different catogories; Toy value (how good it is to play with and pose ect.), Design Value (The design, including the colour scheme and how it was built) and Moccist Value (The amount of good pieces).
Here are Breez's results;