I don’t. I judge it for having a bad story. NinjaGo doesn’t have as in-depth a lore or backstory as BIONICLE and its great. It’s fleshed out, but it’s not near as expansive as BIONICLE. HF didn’t need to have as in-depth a lore as BIONICLE, it just needed one. Concepts are great and all, but if you don’t have anything beyond that to make your story interesting, you’ve got a problem. I’ve since watched most of the series (which yes, I count it as a series, even if it’s not a traditional one) and don’t have much of a grasp on the characters or why much of anything is happening. Maybe the books did it better, but I don’t know.
It seemed like it was just a series of 22 minute long commercials for toys to buy, which is the worst thing you can say about a LEGO show or any TV show based on a toyline. NinjaGo doesn’t feel like that. BIONICLE G1 didn’t (it had movies, but still, same thing essentially).
I’ve never judged HF for being a replacement for BIONICLE. It is its own thing, and should be judged by its own merits. And there are very little merits by which to give it praise, IMO. Some cool toys, good building system, but modern toylines obviously need more than just that to survive. Very few can be a Barbie type evergreen theme that doesn’t need much of a story, which is why in the past 20 years or so, LEGO has been pushing story themes.
Unlike Exo Force or Atlantis, which were more sandbox themes with vague premises and some story, Hero Factory was given a similar treatment as the other story themes like NinjaGo or Chima or Nexo Knights. This is really where I judge the line as a theme. Not as a replacement to BIONICLE, but as one of LEGO’s many story themes. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do very well in that department, and that’s the reason I don’t like it
This was really what I was trying to get at with my earlier post. Not “the lore isn’t as complex so it isn’t as good” but “um… what story?”.