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Hero Factory Brain Attack Review #15: Jet Rocka
Hope can come in many forms... This time, it comes in the form of an overkill, turbo charged Jetpack! Most honoured guests; Set 44014: Jet Rocka! He is the biggest set out of the entire Brain Attack set collection with a whopping total of 290 pieces!(which is a lot for a Hero Factory set)
About this creation
Okay, I'm sorry, but there is no way I am going through every single piece in detail for this one. I just don't have the time, and my technic classifying skills are non-existant. I'm just going to give you an overview:

So, when you open the box, these are the only pieces that are not bagged; the two black "Power Miners" wheel pieces, and a sticker sheet (dang it... I really don't like stickers. I'll explain why later.)

Right, so, here are the contents of Bag 1, which contains all the pieces you need to build the Rocka figure himself.

Then there are two bags labelled 2: the sum of which give you the pieces for the Jetpack. This is one of the two "bag 2s", the smaller one of the two.

As you open the second "bag 2", a smaller bag comes out of that one. This contains mainly pins and other small connector pieces.

And this is the remaining stuff from the second "bag 2"!

Well, those are a lot of pieces. Let's see how they look assembled.

Well... wow. I knew this guy was gonna be big, and I knew what he would look like... but still... wow. Only when you have him in your hands do you fully begin to apreciate how... heavy, in both weight and appearence, he really is.

Now, one might ask; "If this is such a large and complicated set, how come everyone seems to hate him?"

Well, there are a few reasons; some to do with the set itself, some to do with the idea of the set. Here's the first one;

Well, the major reason for people disliking this set is that it's Jet Rocka.
"What's wrong with Rocka?" You might ask.
Well, firstly, we see that Rocka is yet again the one who faces off and defeats the main bad guy. Ever since his appearence in Savage Planet, no other Hero has had their chance to save the day. In Rise of the Rookies, it was Furno. In Ordeal of Fire, it was Surge. In Savage Planet, Breakout and now Brain Attack as well, Rocka has been the one to defeat the villain and get the glory. Though it is true that Evo had his moment in Breakout, and Breez had hers in Brain Attack, yet again, it is Rocka who gets the publicity, again. It seems unfair that Rocka, as a rookie, would have more status than say Bulk, Stringer or Stormer, who were professionals and have worked much harder than Rocka for their titles.
The second reason is that Rocka has already had a set for Brain Attack, and seems a waste to re-release him instead of maybe introducing Stringer or Nex, who have not made an appearence in Brain Attack.

Another thing against this set is that, whilst in the story, the jetpack evens out the odds between Rocka and Dragonbolt, in the sets, the jetpack blows the odds out of proportion. Let me show you what I mean;

See how Jet Rocka is so much bigger than Dragonbolt? All he would need to do to end the fight would be to step on the poor dragon! Rocka wouldn't even struggle fighting that thing, which ruins the excitement of the battle, in terms of the kid actually playing with the toys.

I think the thing was making Dragonbolt the regular titan and Jet Rocka the "super titan". I think if it was the other way round, with Dragonbolt being slightly more complex and generally larger, and Jet Rocka being more simplistic, this would make more sense.

Or in fact, just scrapping Jet Rocka and putting the extra attention into Dragonbolt would have been just fine. I mean, normal Rocka looks like he could handle Dragonbolt on his own just fine. So to be honest, Jet Rocka is kinda useless in concept.

Personally, though, in terms of the set, I kinda like the design of the Jetpack. Y'know, we as fans from a previous era of Lego like to think that the quality of Lego has deteriorated, and we like to compare Hero Factory to Bionicle, or the modern medieval sets to the Knights Kingdom era, or Galaxy Squad to the 1960's space sets, and so on and so fourh, and say Lego is losing what it had. But when I was building the Jetpack mechanism, and when I was building Speeda Demon's bike last year, I was reminded that Lego are still the pros, and they're the ones who are best at building things with lego pieces. Yeah, it's not perfect, and it's probably table-scrap standards compared to the actual "Technic" Line of sets, but I was very impressed with the mechanism and how it was built (No rubber bands with this one, just the good ol' cog-and-gravity technique)


Though, after complementing the mechanism, I'm gonna raise notice to the red leaver, which ruins the colour scheme. However, this one is a little better, it's embedded right into the structure, and it's a little less obvious that it's a switch as oppose to the other sets.

This is how it looks with the wings and guns up. Some of the solidity of the set is taken away in this mode, but it still looks pretty cool. It's a shame it cannot stay in this mode; as soon as you let go of the trigger, the wings and guns fold back. However, a little customisation will fix that one.

The guns are nice. It's good to see the return of the plasma shooter pieces, and they look quite nice. The only problem is that thet can't rotate or move up or down in this mode, which means they'll always be shooting in that direction, which is most likely to be facing down in flight.

Flick-fire missiles for extra fire power. Boring, kind of pointlessly thrown in, but hey. Can't have an overkill upgrade without a TON of projectiles. :P

This wing piece... I have mixed feelings without it. It adds a lot of extra support, and the thing doesn't stand as well without it. But, It does get in the way of posing, especially if you bend Rocka's knees; the support only makes him lean forward.

The Jetpack without the figure still has its solidity, and it still looks like a comlete thing, which is good. Only problem is that it doesn't stand up, which is kinda lame, since Rocka does actually find the Jetpack standing up.

Now... onto the Rocka figure himself... oh dear... This is by far the worst part of the whole set. From this photo, he does look okay, nice and strong. But there are still some problems with this.

First, it fustrates me to see the designers adding normal sized torso plates to these extended torso bone pieces. It doesn't work; it leaves too much exposed. It doesn't matter if there are size 3 armour plates on the shoulders; it still looks scrappy and it really doesn't work. The only time this method ever worked was on Fire Lord, and even that wasn't brilliant. The designers did add an extra piece to move the armour up a stud though, It also makes the armour stick out one stud further, as well. It works for the shoulders and neck. However, this came at a price...

...yep... completely exposed pelvis section. Unless a taller armour piece is used, it will never cover up the torso completely. Sad, but true.

Also, with the armour sticking out further, the whole thing looks even worse from the back. This looks completely silly, and scrappy. I'm sorry, but it just does.

All this just to make Jet Rocka taller...

...and was there even a need? Since stepping into the Jetpack, he's now become a lot taller. Not just a little; He's XL hight at the moment. You can't have an XL and a Jetpack. You've gotta pick one of the two.

Overall, I think the Rocka figure in this set is rubbish, and completely pointless.

Fortunately, the regular Rocka figure does actually fit comfortably in the Jetpack. He doesn't look wierd; He's almost perfect for it.

Except for at this hight, the stand at the back really does hinder him standing. Removing it does solve that problem. Only problem is that the Jetpack is too heavy for him. Either adding the friction adders in the legs or bulding stands into the Jetpack will then solve that problem.

Right, now, stickers. They weren't over used in this set, which is good. Personally though, I don't like stickers; first, if you don't get them on exactly straight, they look silly, and it is really difficult to ammend them, and secondly, they don't come off easily. Either the sticker tares, and then you're left with half a sticker on there, with little luck in trying to get them off again, or the glue is left on, which shows strongly when it collects dust or hairs or is shined in the light, which spoils the pieces. I didn't really want to stick them on mine, but I did it to show you guys (hope your greatful.)

I've zoomed in on this sticker in particular for a certain reason. In the story, Rocka stumbles across the Jetpack as it's lying around in a store room. He nicks it, and then uses it to fight Dragonbolt. But this sticker has Rocka's name on it; suggesting that in the diagesis (the world in the story), it was designed with Rocka in mind. Yet Rocka managed to descover it by accident. Co-incidence, eh? Very perculiar indeed...

Over all, I feel that the set is a little out of context in terms of story, and that having Rocka again is a little unessecary. The jetpack I like; the figure I don't. In all, I don't really reccomend this set. There are only three reasons for getting this set, in my eyes;
Pieces
To complete the collection
You're a fan of Rocka, or you personally feel the good outways the bad.

I don't like it all that much.


Well, this is the last Brain Attack review. I'm officialy done! 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 Jet Rocka's results;

Toy Value: 4/5 (There are a lot of features with play in mind. A lot of features.)

Design Value: 3/5 (Jetpack, yes. Rocka himself, no.)

Moccist Value: 3/5 (This set is more about quantity than quality. We get no new pieces, and very little interesting ones. The only reason it hasn't got a zero or a one is that there are a lot of pieces)

Overall Value: 10/15


Well, that's all folks!

BRAIN ATTACK BITES THE DUST!

EXPECT MORE REVIEWS NEXT YEAR!





Comments

 I made it 
  October 28, 2013
Quoting Nikolas Bruskis Sorry u didn't like rocka, but at least u liked the jet pack, review is good, but not great. sorry for only giving this a 3/5, but u were right, 100% right, about ths set. i might buy it, but only for the jet pack. nice review werty.
I'm personally not a fan of the Rocka fig, maybe that's just my bias against the character rather than the set, but the jetpack I think is nice in comparison... This is only my opinion, and I may not be right, though... Please don't apologise about the rating; it's okay, you can rate it however you want, it's your opinion :) Thank you for the comment! :D
 I made it 
  October 28, 2013
Quoting Legobob 29 Ahhhh. Of course. I'd forgotten about the cliffhanger of Brain Attack! The stuff about the minifigures seem interesting, but I don't think it'd work. But mayble it's true and they'll pull through, but who knows? ;)
Yep. Somebody found some leaked pictures online, which clarifies that the person on EuroBricks was truthful; But the villains don't look like they're related to the Brain Attack in any way, meaning the writers have left yet another unanswered cliffhanger. It looks like the minifigures aren't the regular ones; they kinda look okay, but looks like they won't be compatable with system, meaning no gap will be bridged. Most of the sets look nice, everybody's obviously comparing it to pacific rim, which I haven't seen, so I don't have that bias. The sets look interesting; the big guy, Evo XL machine doesn't look too promising, but most of the other sets look decent. But these are only prototypes; so they'll probably look nicer when they come out.
  October 27, 2013
Sorry u didn't like rocka, but at least u liked the jet pack, review is good, but not great. sorry for only giving this a 3/5, but u were right, 100% right, about ths set. i might buy it, but only for the jet pack. nice review werty.
  October 25, 2013
Ahhhh. Of course. I'd forgotten about the cliffhanger of Brain Attack! The stuff about the minifigures seem interesting, but I don't think it'd work. But mayble it's true and they'll pull through, but who knows? ;)
 I made it 
  October 25, 2013
Quoting Garrett A. @rants: I just get these for parts :P Awesome review Wert, NEEDZ WHITE TECHNICZ SO BUYZ!!!1!1!1!1!1!1!!!!1!! :P (Now maybe he'll post something besides horrÓd HF sets :P)
Yeah, this set is good for technic, as far as HF goes :P (AH WHEELL REVIEWH HORREED HF SEHTS FHORHEVARH!!!!! :D)
 I like it 
  October 24, 2013
@rants: I just get these for parts :P Awesome review Wert, NEEDZ WHITE TECHNICZ SO BUYZ!!!1!1!1!1!1!1!!!!1!! :P (Now maybe he'll post something besides horrÓd HF sets :P)
 I made it 
  October 24, 2013
Quoting Legobob 29 A good ending review. Looking forward to the next wave of sets! No idea what they are, so we'll have to wait and see. The only thing I don't like about this set is the IDEA of having Rocka there. I don't like the fact there's two Rockas in the full Brain Attack collection, so I made a simple custom figure.
Yeah, I don't like Rocka that much in this set. Have you heard some of the speculation for the 2014 sets? No pictures, but we did get a list of set names, and a name for the title; "Invasion from Below". Somebody claimed to see tiny pictures from some place, (dunno, sounds a tad dodgey) and they claim that we're gonna get Hero Minifigures which pilot Hero sized Mechs, fighting Giant Monsters (Normal sized sets). It's all from unreliable sources, and a list of names without sets never is a trust worthy sets, but I hope they're real, it sounds very interesting (It does follow on from the Brain Attack cliffhanger, with all the Brains under the Hero Factory)
 I made it 
  October 24, 2013
Quoting Reaper the Ultimate . @Wert: I'll try not to spool this out too much: I know what you mean, about the fragile joints. That was a a problem from 2008 - 2010. No, I was referring more to those chest plates and shin/thigh pieces. You're quite right, it was a retooled Bionicle, but it could have gone a better way than 2.0's skeleton frame. Like the Toa Mata/Nuva to the Metru/Hordika transition. Still, I guess we just have wait and see what combination of skeletons and plates Lego asks us to buy next year (It would be so ironic if they bring out some cool new, armoured system next year, wouldn't it?).
Yeah, I'm interested in what'll come next year (I don't think It'll have any system in the Mechs themselves, I'd personally be dissapointed if it was, but hey, could be really awesome, really really want to see pictures)
 I like it 
  October 23, 2013
A good ending review. Looking forward to the next wave of sets! No idea what they are, so we'll have to wait and see. The only thing I don't like about this set is the IDEA of having Rocka there. I don't like the fact there's two Rockas in the full Brain Attack collection, so I made a simple custom figure.
  October 22, 2013
@Wert: I'll try not to spool this out too much: I know what you mean, about the fragile joints. That was a a problem from 2008 - 2010. No, I was referring more to those chest plates and shin/thigh pieces. You're quite right, it was a retooled Bionicle, but it could have gone a better way than 2.0's skeleton frame. Like the Toa Mata/Nuva to the Metru/Hordika transition. Still, I guess we just have wait and see what combination of skeletons and plates Lego asks us to buy next year (It would be so ironic if they bring out some cool new, armoured system next year, wouldn't it?).
 I made it 
  October 22, 2013
Sorry, Reap, Everytime I try to reply to your comment, I crash. I'm gonna see if this works: I find that interesting, what you said about the early titans. I'm glad I know that now. About the backs, my point exactly. The whole HF bone thing will only work if one covers them up. About the 2010 sets, I can see where you're coming from: Some of those molds looked really nice, like the Hero Chest plates, the helmets, the weapon "arm" on each of the three pro Heroes, ect. But I'm glad they changed it: Here is why. Firstly, the socket pieces were really fragile and broke easily. The new system has really thick sockets, meaning they won't break. The second reason is that the 2010 sets were obviously a completely re-tooled Bionicle, and had no originality whatsoever. I know why this was so; to ease the transition from Bionicle to HF for the Bionicle fans, still sour about the end of the series. However, after 2.0, HF became its own thing, and started to have its originality. But I can see why people would like 1.0, probably because of its likeness to Bionicle. On a similar note, I really did like the graphics for the "Rise of the Rookies" miniseries as oppose to the rest. Thanks for the comment!
 I made it 
  October 22, 2013
Quoting Zach Lucia Excellent review as always! Man I hate the new bodies.
Well, the extra tall ones are not to my liking, but I kinda don't mind the regular ones. Thanks for commenting! :)
 I made it 
  October 22, 2013
Quoting juan calle I knew this guy was bad but jeez anyway to the review its great as usual and its awesome how fast you put these out and save us some money in some instances.
It's good that people find these reviews useful ;)
 I like it 
  October 21, 2013
Excellent review as always! Man I hate the new bodies.
  October 21, 2013
Quoting Wert: Yehp :P I did it to promote you and your page ;) I wasn't trying to criticize your rant there or anyone else with the same view, it's just that the quality of technic is still great, if nothing else :) Yeah, I've never owned a Boxor or Exo Toa though, so I'll have to take your word for it :D Although I know that Boxors and Exo Toa were by far a cooler concept. Yeah, the standard Bionicle Torsos always had detail and solidity on the back, and so leaving the back un-armoured on a Bionicle doesn't have as much of a consequence as it does on HF, with no "back" whatsoever :P But yeah, thanks for the comment! (I see long rant chain coming on xD)
(Yep, here it comes). No, I didn't think you were being negative about my article/rant, and thanks for the free advertising. I never had the Exo_Toa or Boxor either, but I assembled both of them from spare parts. The Exo-Toa's head-retracting mechanism was awesome. You're quite right, I've been trying to fut my finger on it for a while now, but you got it: Bionicle torsos's naturally had "armour" on the back, or at least, were sufficiently shapely that they didn't need it. I can see what Lego was trying to do with the universal armour, but i think there are times when specified pieces work better. I have to say though, the 2010 HF was actually not that bad. I would have preferred a continuation of that style than the new one. A remark on your comment about the red leaver: Lego's always done something like that (think Ussanui (Takanuva's bike) from 2003), but they normally do it in a not so colour-breaking way. The 2001 Rahi, if they had a leaver, had it in a colour that stood out just enough to inform you of its' purpose, but not too much to look odd. (For some reason, this text is bold. I don't know why)
 I like it 
  October 21, 2013
I knew this guy was bad but jeez anyway to the review its great as usual and its awesome how fast you put these out and save us some money in some instances.
 I made it 
  October 21, 2013
Quoting Toa Chains (please comment on my latest moc if you want me to return) Cool review. Thanks for all the reviews. :D
It was my pleasure! More coming next year! :)
 I made it 
  October 21, 2013
Quoting Reaper the Ultimate . As always, an excellent review. I noticed the little reference to my rant-er-article, very nice. Mmm, this set actually puts me in mind of some of the older Bionicle vehicle sets. I think Boxor or Exo-Toa. They weren't fantastic, but they had some nice functions. I think that, for HF generations, this one might be significant. (Boxor and Exo-Toa were still a lot better than this, mainly because they fit in-context). Mmm. HF isn't the end of the world, but it does make me sad every time I see that exposed skeleton. Eww. Still, great review, glad to hear you'll be doing these again next year.
Yehp :P I did it to promote you and your page ;) I wasn't trying to criticize your rant there or anyone else with the same view, it's just that the quality of technic is still great, if nothing else :) Yeah, I've never owned a Boxor or Exo Toa though, so I'll have to take your word for it :D Although I know that Boxors and Exo Toa were by far a cooler concept. Yeah, the standard Bionicle Torsos always had detail and solidity on the back, and so leaving the back un-armoured on a Bionicle doesn't have as much of a consequence as it does on HF, with no "back" whatsoever :P But yeah, thanks for the comment! (I see long rant chain coming on xD)
 I like it 
  October 21, 2013
Cool review. Thanks for all the reviews. :D
 I like it 
  October 21, 2013
As always, an excellent review. I noticed the little reference to my rant-er-article, very nice. Mmm, this set actually puts me in mind of some of the older Bionicle vehicle sets. I think Boxor or Exo-Toa. They weren't fantastic, but they had some nice functions. I think that, for HF generations, this one might be significant. (Boxor and Exo-Toa were still a lot better than this, mainly because they fit in-context). Mmm. HF isn't the end of the world, but it does make me sad every time I see that exposed skeleton. Eww. Still, great review, glad to hear you'll be doing these again next year.
 
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