That's it. I've had enough of the baseless bashing of Hero Factory. The upcoming wave of beasts BIONICLE is releasing just doesn't appeal me in any way aside for Umarak and Ekimu. They just look scrawny and lack consistency in the thickness of their limbs, resulting in an unsightly and poor aesthetic. Lava Beast's lower legs look particularly bad, which is a shame since the rest of the set looks pretty decent.
As for senseless, irrational hatred of Hero Factory and the negative connotation attached to it, I think that is a mistake. I don't understand why people speak as though the brand is a single individual responsible for the demise of Generation 1 when it was simply created to fill the constraction niche in BIONICLE's absence during it's hiatus. In fact, I think Hero Factory produced many exceptionally good models like Witch Doctor and Core Hunter and personally, I quite like most of them.
I even think the summer 2016 beasts are frankly inferior to a great many Hero Factory villains. Take Toxic Reapa, for example, and compare him to Storm Beast. Toxic Reapa's lower section starts quite thin at his lower legs and feet but gradually thickens the further up on his body you go until you reach his beefy arms and shoulders, a logical progression in thickness which results in a unique and pleasing look due to a cohesive aesthetic (not unlike Umarak the Destroyer. He even has a similar colour scheme.) Now let's look at Storm Beast. We start with scrawny lower legs which awkwardly protrude backwards and are bent at a 90 degree angle. Then we reach his thighs which jarringly transition to medium sized dark blue shells and then to an incongruous rib cage chest plate. (I mean, they're not meant to be skeletons, so what's the point?) Finally, we reach the arms and head. Exposed ball joints, no elbows, and puffy arm armour that don't flow with the rest of his arms. Not to mention the abysmal lack of dark blue, among other things, which is just the the cherry on top of of an otherwise poorly conceived set design.
In brief, the beasts look like they had potential, but I feel as though the finalized models deserved to remain in the preliminary stage of design until we got a more refined product.