My story with Hero Factory is really long, so prepare yourselves.
I first got into constraction figures early 2009, so Bionicle was just ending. Luckily I had enough time to get my first Bioncles, Kopaka, Pohatu, Kirop and Ackar. I didn’t care that much about them, until I got my first Hero Factory set: Thunder. I loved him, and when I looked in the back of the instructions, I saw Furno. He was the Hero. So I took Ackar and pretended he was Furno. And they had many adventures involving brutally attacking each other, and Furno/Ackar would always win.
I collected more 2010 sets afterwards, until I had all the heroes except Breez and Stringer, and all the Villains except Von Nebula and Rotor. I was overwhelmed with this theme. All the Villain’s cool helmets and parts made the Bionicles look like nothing. I eventually got the Rise of the Rookies DVD, where I finally saw the story. From 2.0, I only got three sets, Jetbug, Drilldozer and Nex. They were cool and all, but I didn’t really like the new building system. Savage planet came round, from which I got a single set, Nex 3.0.
It was 2012. The Breakout sets flew into stores. I got two sets first: Jawblade and Rocka. I loved them so much, that I eventually got the whole wave apart from Black Phantom and Speeda Demon.
However, by 2014 I had lost interest. The Brain Attack sets didn’t thrill me. Invasion from below was bad. That’s when I rediscovered Bionicle. And that’s where the story ends. But for me, it was just the beginning.