|Written by||Sean Catherine Derek|
|Directed by||Mark Baldo|
Howard E. Baker
Michael D. Black
|Voices of||John Schneider|
Eric Christian Olsen
Jean Louisa Kelly
Christopher B. Duncan
|Country of origin||United States|
|Original languages||English, Chinese|
|No. of episodes||11|
|Producers||Joshua R. Wexlar|
|Running time||23 minutes|
|Production companies||Threshold Animation Studios|
|Distributor||The Lego Group|
Warner Home Video (home media)
|Original release||September 20, 2010 –|
January 9, 2014
Hero Factory is an animated TV series based on the Lego toy series of the same name and produced by Threshold Animation Studios for The Lego Group and Geely. The series revolves around the Hero Factory, a crime-fighting organization that manufacture robotic heroes to fight and apprehend criminals across the galaxy and protect a similarly robotic populace. The main characters are a group of heroes that make up Team Alpha 1, the Hero Factory's most successful and praised team.
The series originally premiered as a four-part mini-series on September 20, 2010 on Nicktoons, further episodes followed as the theme continued as a toy line until its discontinuation in 2014.
Hero Factory revolves around the fictional organization of the same name that manufactures robots known as Heroes on a daily basis and train them to capture criminal villains and protect a similarly robotic populace, thereby maintaining order across the galaxy. Each Hero is unique, with their own distinct personalities and equipment, and are arranged into teams. Hero Factory's headquarters are based in a towering skyscraper centred in the fictional Makuhero City on a terraformed asteroid.
The series centers on the missions and Heroes of the Alpha 1 Team, the most praised and experienced team at the Hero Factory. Led by veteran Hero Preston Stormer, the team comprises senior members Dunkan Bulk and Jimi Stringer, original rookies and later fully fledged teammates William Furno, Mark Surge and Natalie Breez and new rookies Julius Nex, Nathan Evo and Daniel Rocka. All Heroes refer to each other by their last name.
From the episode "Ordeal of Fire" onward, the Heroes are upgraded into new "2.0" forms as part of a new Hero building system. The forms became the basis for subsequent upgrades; Heroes would be provided with new armor, weapons and gadgets for the mission at hand based on the environment they would have to enter or the lethalness of a villain.
|"Trials of Furno"||"Core Crisis"||"The Enemy Within"||"Von Nebula"||"Ordeal of Fire"||Savage Planet||Breakout||"Brain Attack"||"Invasion from Below"|
|Preston Stormer||John Schneider||Peter Sepenauk|
|William Furno||Eric Christian Olsen||Josh Keaton||Chad Randau|
|Dunkan Bulk||Christopher B. Duncan||Christopher B. Duncan||Christopher B. Duncan|
|Jimi Stringer||Stephen Stanton||Stephen Stanton|
|Mark Surge||Bryton James||Flashback||Bryton James||Justin Murphy|
|Natalie Breez||Jean Louisa Kelly||Jean Louisa Kelly||Karen Strassman|
|Nathan Evo||Tom Kenny||Jason London||Justin Murphy|
|Julius Nex||Jason Canning|
|Daniel Rocka||Tom Kenny||Christopher Smith|
|Flashback||Mark Hamill||Silent cameo|
|XPlode||Jeff Bennett||Jeff Bennett|
|Corroder||Charlie Adler||Charlie Adler|
|Fire Lord||Dee Bradley Baker|
|Witch Doctor||Fred Tatasciore|
|Waspix||Jean Louisa Kelly|
|Black Phantom||Mark Hamill|
|Voltix||Rick D. Wasserman|
|Speeda Demon||Charlie Adler|
|Toxic Reapa||Nick Jameson|
|Mysterious Villain||Laughing cameo||Tom Kenny|
|Mr. Makuro||Malcolm McDowell||Malcolm McDowell||Flashback||Malcolm McDowell|
|Daniella Capricorn||Jennifer Coolidge||Jennifer Coolidge|
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Trials of Furno"||Mark Baldo||Sean Catherine Derek||September 20, 2010|
|The Alpha 1 Team is dispatched to guard a shipment of explosives, with fresh rookie Furno observing above from the Hero craft under Team Leader Stormer's orders as part of his mission trial. Criminal XPlode and his maniacal ally, Rotor, attack the shipment. XPlode abandons Rotor when the battle goes in the Heroes' favor. Stormer gives permission to Furno to come down and states that his mission trial is to chain up Rotor. However, due to his inexperience, the criminal manages to escape. The failure of the mission and Stormer's words make Furno train very hard to become a better Hero, to the point of exhaustion. Eventually, XPlode and Rotor strike an explosives plant, and when Stormer is felled, Furno manages to apprehend Rotor.|
|2||"Core Crisis"||Mark Baldo||Sean Catherine Derek||September 21, 2010|
|Bulk, Stringer and Surge are caught in a fight against the vicious Corroder on a prison planet still under construction. While Corroder traps Bulk under a load of girders meant for Surge, Breez transports the injured construction workers to a medibot station, while Furno and Stormer are waiting for core recharges back at the Hero Factory. Corroder has easily gained the upper hand. The Heroes realize the best idea is to form a Hero Cell to protect themselves using their Hero Cores. The energy of their Hero Cores is near depletion, but they all agree it's a chance worth taking. No sooner does the shield go down due to lack of energy, Furno crashes his Hero Pod into Corroder. However, he takes everyone by surprise when he appears unharmed, stating he used his ejector seat to get out before the ship crashed. Meanwhile, Breez has returned with an empty cargo ship, and Furno uses this to his advantage: he bluffs to Corroder and says that a squad of heroes is contained in Breez's ship. Corroder uses his acid weapons to create a smokescreen and escape the scene, while Bulk gets a full core recharge back at the Hero Factory.|
|3||"The Enemy Within"||Mark Baldo||Sean Catherine Derek||September 22, 2010|
|A distress call comes in from Mekron City, where Stormer knows the police chief Drax. However, Chief Drax is acting strangely and even threatens Stormer and the rookie Heroes. Criminal Meltdown then smashes through the roof window, spraying Stormer with sludge. He later learns that his body has been corrupted by nanobots from the sludge and, after a fight with Stringer, Bulk and Furno, escapes the Hero Factory. The Heroes then travel to a remote planet to acquire an antidote, while Furno finds Stormer and duels him. Furno makes Stormer realize his actions are wrong by comparing him to a rookie that went rogue, Von Ness, and Stormer shuts down. The Heroes finally cure him, and Stormer deduces that someone is plotting against them. Elsewhere, at the centre of a black hole, Von Ness, now re-born as the villainous Von Nebula, notes that police chief Drax survived his nanobots corruption and announces to himself that Stormer will be crushed by his hand.|
|4||"Von Nebula"||Mark Baldo||Sean Catherine Derek||September 23, 2010|
|The Alpha 1 Team is sent to investigate a strange happening at New Stellac City, Stormer soon realizes it's a trap when Thunder and Corroder arrive. Stormer appears to be downed, and the rookies are sent to the scene with new tools. As they arrive, so do XPlode and Meltdown. A black hole opens in the sky, and Furno and Stormer jump in to combat the villain they now know to be pulling the strings - the villain Von Nebula, a rogue rookie Hero known formally as Von Ness. Von Nebula goes after Stormer, believing him to be the bigger threat, but Furno destroys the black hole and Von Nebula is sucked into his own Black Hole Orb Staff. Meanwhile, the remaining Heroes take out Von Nebula's thugs. After returning to Makuhero City, the team is cornered by reporter Daniella Capricorn, and the senior Alpha 1 Heroes reveal that Furno, Breez and Surge are now fully fledged Heroes, with Furno as a new Team Leader and referred to by his name by Stormer, something he had previously refused to do.|
|5||"Ordeal of Fire"||Howard E. Baker||Jesse Peyronel||April 11, 2011|
|When Tanker Station 22 is attacked by the Fire Villains Fire Lord, Drilldozer, Jetbug and Nitroblast, the workers send an emergency call to the Hero Factory. Concurrently, Mr. Makuro presents "The Upgrade" at his annual keynote address with newly built rookie Heroes Nex and Evo - the first to be created with the new Hero building system, but cautions that the new upgrade process is not yet ready to be applied to existing Heroes. Alpha 1 arrive at the station and begin to fight with the attackers. Furno is ordered to go on reconnaissance, and discovers that the villains are drawing power from the fuel. Breez manages to save the workers by transporting them via Drop Ship while Fire Lord is distracted by Stormer and Furno. Discovering that their weapons have little effect on the villains, Stormer orders the team to retreat, but they are blocked off from the Hero Craft by them. Surge breaks away from the others and the villains chase after him, forcing the other Heroes to leave him behind. Back at the Hero Factory, Alpha 1 convince Makuro to upgrade them and after a training exercise, head back to the refueling station. During the fight, Furno requests back-up from Zib, who sends Nex and Evo. Nitroblast and Drilldozer are subdued, but Fire Lord flees to absorb more fuel. As the Heroes close in, a ship ejects Jetbug and knocks Fire Lord away. Stormer apprehends Fire Lord, and Surge jumps out of the ship, telling the others how he took control of it. When they return to Hero Factory, Surge is upgraded and commended for his actions.|
|6–7||"Savage Planet"||Howard E. Baker||Jesse Peyronel||September 5, 2011|
|Rookie Hero Daniel Rocka is sent to find civilian Aldous Witch, who has crash-landed on the planet Quatros. Upon arriving, Rocka can't find Witch, and is soon confronted by a Fangz animal-native, but is incapable of defeating it and is knocked unconscious. When Rocka is reported missing, the Alpha 1 Team is equipped with animal-based equipment and sent to find him. The team discovers that Aldous Witch has turned into the Witch Doctor and has taken Rocka hostage. The Heroes, with the information given by Zib back at Mission Control, conclude that the excessive mining of the Quaza has made the planet unstable, destroying it from its core. They find an ancient transportation unit that could be used to instantly transport them to the central mine that leads to the core of the planet. Nex concludes that it would only be able to transport three Heroes. Stormer, Rocka, and Bulk enter the teleport, but are shrunken in size. Furno, Nex, Stringer go through the jungle but are attacked by Scorpio on the trek. As they are being attacked, Witch watches through his staff and revels in his certain victory. Rocka's group arrive first at the central mine via the transportation unit, where Witch Doctor had been mining the Quaza. They notice one of the natives, Raw-Jaw, is a slave worker for Witch, collecting the Quaza that is mined. Witch abuses the beast and controls his mind with his Skull Staff and the corrupted Quaza spike implanted onto the Raw-Jaw's back. Witch Doctor finds the Heroes and traps Bulk and Rocka in a box that he used to carry the Quaza stones. They begin by freeing the enslaved Raw-Jaw from Witch Doctor's corrupted Quaza. Rocka, who has since received a modification giving him larger, more resilient armor and a stronger double-claw combo tool, approaches Witch. The two duel with seemingly even power, but Witch Doctor downs Rocka. As Aldous prepares to finish off Rocka, but Stormer intervenes by breaking his staff, rendering his powers useless. Furno and Bulk successfully return the Quaza to the core of the planet, restoring it to its former state.|
|8–9||"Breakout"||Howard E. Baker||Adam Beechen||April 2, 2012|
|An unprecedented jailbreak occurs in the Hero Factory, releasing every known captive villain into the galaxy who begin spreading chaos and destruction everywhere. All Heroes are called to Mission Control and told by Mission Manager Zib that due to the number of villains at large, each Hero will be sent individually to recapture them. For the mission named "Catch 'Em and Cuff 'Em", the Alpha 1 Team are upgraded with new armor and weapons based on the environment of the villains' known locations. It is revealed that the villainous Black Phantom is behind the prison break, and that it was merely a distraction for the Heroes so he can attempt to destroy the Hero Factory's Assembly Tower while they recapture the escapees. As Stormer, Furno, Evo, Nex, Surge, Breez, Bulk and Stringer are sent to catch and cuff the villains, Rocka remains at the Hero Factory for "security reasons". However, Black Phantom, who already has the mission managers neutralized, puts up Hero Factory's fail-safe shield, blocking all communications between the building and Heroes on missions and preventing anyone from leaving or entering. The situation worsens in various star systems as the villains get the upper hand over the Heroes. However, they all manage to capture and cuff and the escaped villains. Rocka is told of the situation by Zib before Black Phantom deactivates all the Mission Managers with his mysterious Anti-Quaza. Managing to lower the fail-safe shields Black Phantom put around Hero Factory, Rocka joins the returned Heroes to combat Black Phantom. Catching him in the Assembly Tower, Rocka overloads Black Phantom's systems and finally captures and cuffs him. With order restored in Hero Factory, Zib informs Alpha 1 and Mr. Makuro that Black Phantom sent the building's structural plans to an unknown source. At an unknown location, the anonymous person Black Phantom sent the file to opens it, while laughing hysterically.|
|10||"Brain Attack"||Michael D. Black,|
|Adam Beechen||March 7, 2013(online) |
April 4, 2013 (television)
|Brains, launched by an unknown mastermind, are sent to the Makuhero planet, where they infect and possess the numerous native creatures. They band together to form an invading army, and launch an attack on Makuhero City. The Heroes, in the midst of a publicity event celebrating their ongoing accomplishments for Mission: Catch 'Em and Cuff 'Em, are sent to the Factory to receive upgrades to battle the creatures. Furno is made commander for the mission, and directs numerous teams in an attempt to defeat the brains. Rocka takes on an enormous dragon using a jetpack, while Surge gets possessed by a brain and uses the Assembly Tower to create an army of soulless 'blank' Hero drones. Working together, Alpha 1 manage to release all the creatures and Surge from control of the brains, and defeat the drones. In the clean-up of the battle, more brains are discovered to be lurking underneath the Factory in the tunnels created by Dragon Bolt's infiltration. The workers in the tunnels are then attacked by one of the brains.|
|11||"Invasion from Below"||Jorgen Klubien||Adam Beechen||January 9, 2014(online)|
|In the city of Antropolis, a drill for a new underground Metro Line project reveals strange creatures called Jumpers from within the planet that abduct the crew. Hero Factory send in Evo to investigate, which leads to an attack on the city by giant beasts. The Alpha 1 Team is flown in to stop the monsters by building battle machines to combat the beasts. Breez discovers that the monsters communicate with each other, while Stormer and Furno get abducted by the Jumpers. The remaining Heroes build more battle machines to explore the tunnel, while reinforcements from Hero Factory take on the Jumpers in the city above. After much exploration, the team arrive in the hive nest and discover their missing teammates hidden in cocoons in the custody of the Queen Mother of the beasts, who calls for more Jumpers and beasts to fight in her aid. Surrounded, Breez talks to the Queen and convinces her to free the other Heroes and let them all leave. However, the accidental death of one of the monsters causes the Queen to turn on the Heroes, forcing them to attack her. The pillar containing the nest collapses during the fight, crushing the Queen and sending the larvae falling into the lava. The Heroes escape to the surface where the tunnel is resealed, keeping the monsters inside. The Heroes head back to the Hero Factory, unaware of a Jumper cocoon hidden away in the loading deck of the Hero Craft.|
The first four TV episodes aired continuously over four nights in September 2010, they were later released onto DVD as a singular film titled Hero Factory: Rise of the Rookies the following November 16. A fifth episode titled "Ordeal of Fire" debuted in April 2011, followed by two further episodes - the two part story Savage Planet - in September 2011 as a one-hour special. All three were released onto DVD on October 4, 2011 as Hero Factory: Savage Planet, with "Ordeal of Fire" added as a bonus feature. The broadcast format was repeated for the two-part story Breakout in April 2012.
The tenth episode "Brain Attack" premiered on the official Hero Factory website in March 2013, receiving a TV broadcast the following month on Nicktoons. A further episode titled "Invasion from Below" was produced by Lego with design partner Advance and animation company Ghost. Despite being produced by a different studio, the episode shares the same continuity as the rest of the series. The episode premiered as part of the online game of the same name in January 2014, and since Lego's decision to discontinue Hero Factory after 2014, is the last episode of the series.
|Sub‑themes||Hero Recon Team|
|Characters||Von Nebula, XPlode, Meltdown, Corroder, Thunder, Rotor, Vapor, Fire Lord, Drilldozer, Jetbug, Nitroblast, Witch Doctor, Scorpio, Fangz, Waspix, Raw-Jaw, Preston Stormer, Dunkan Bulk, Jimi Stringer, William Furno, Natalie Breez, Mark Surge, Nathan Evo, Julius Nex, and Rocka.|
Hero Factory (stylized as HERO FACTORY) is a line of toys by the LEGO Group marketed primarily at 6 to 16-year-olds. It was created in response to the decision to discontinue the Bionicle theme in early 2010.
The first Hero Factory sets were released on July 3, 2010 in the United Kingdom with the remaining five sets being released on July 4, 12, and 24. All original fifteen sets were released in the United States on July 24, 2010. Within the 15 sets released there are six hero characters, six villain characters, two vehicle, and a hero and villain limited edition set. The six hero sets are packaged in cylindrical canasters and contain around 17 to 19 pieces. The hero sets have an age rating of 6–16 and are around 15 cm (6") tall. The villain sets are packaged in rectangular boxes and contain 40 to 50 pieces. The exception is the Von Nebula and Rotor sets which have 156 and 145 pieces respectively and are packaged in a larger box of the China. All the villain sets have an age rating of 7–16 and are around 17 cm (7") tall besides Von Nebula who is around 22 cm (9") tall and has an age rating of 9–16 and Rotor who is around 20 cm (8") and has an age rating of 8–16. The two vehicle sets are Furno Bike and Drop Ship. The Furno Bike set includes 165 pieces and has an age rating of 8–16. It contains a 30 cm (12") long motor bike and the hero character William Furno. The Drop Ship contains 390 pieces and has an age rating of 9–16. It contains a 43 cm (17") drop ship and a hero factory pilot. The Duncan Bulk and Vapour set contains 89 pieces and has an age rating of 8–16. It includes the hero Duncan Bulk, and the villain Vapour, with both figures being around 15 cm (6") tall.
In December 2010 ten new sets were released. The sets included six hero sets and four villain sets. The hero sets contain around 30 pieces, have an age rating of 6–16, and are around 17 cm (7") tall. The heroes sets are in rebuilt forms also known as 2.0 form and include Stormer 2.0, Furno 2.0, Breez 2.0, Surge 2.0, Evo 2.0 and Nex 2.0. The four villain sets form the Fire Villain storyline. Three of the villain sets - Drilldozer, Jetbug, and Nitroblast, contain around 60 pieces, have an age rating of 7–16, and are around 21 cm (8"). The exception is the set Fire Lord which contains 125 pieces, stands around 26 cm (10"), and has an age rating of 9–16.