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Face Off: Makuro's Secret Guidebook

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Face Off: Makuro's Secret Guidebook
Media
Type Guide Book
Year(s) released 2013

Face Off: Makuro's Secret Guidebook is a compendium featuring the Hero Factory line from 2010 until the end of 2013. It was released on August 27, 2013.

Synopsis

The guidebook features individual bios and factoids for each character from the five set waves, as well as information about weapons, vehicles, and the overall plot. It also contains new information on the characters. In each set wave, the Alpha 1 Team Heroes are placed, then the Villains and possessed Beasts, and finally, the set wave's overall story. There are six pages called "The Histotron Secret Files", where each tells information about objects and locations. The first is about Quaza and Makuhero City, and then each of the other five is placed after a section about one of the set waves, and that Histotron Secret File has information on major objects and locations from that set wave. The guidebook not only tells the events of the first nine television episodes, but it also tells a short summary of all five of the Secret Mission chapter books, where the main missions in there were called "secret missions". At the end, it also contains a section on the outcome of pitting certain characters against each other. There are eleven virtual fights. The guidebook ends with a message, "End transmission".

Quotes

"No more games, rookies. Things are about to get serious."
Preston Stormer 1.0

"I just tapped it. How was I supposed to know they make spaceships so fragile these days?"
Dunkan Bulk 1.0

"Here they come, rookies. Let's rock."
Jimi Stringer 1.0

"Heroes to the Core!"
William Furno 1.0

"I'll take the mission. The more danger, the better!"
Mark Surge 1.0

"We'll stop you because we're Heroes... and that's what Heroes do."
Natalie Breez 1.0

"Any Hero who challenges me better be ready to burn."
Meltdown

"You Heroes are all so tough until you run a little acid."
Corroder

"Everyone thinks I'm dumb... until I get my hands on them."
Thunder

"I didn't ask for money, Furno. I'm taking you down for free."
XPlode

"Come here and let me cut you down to size!"
Rotor

"Breathe deep, Hero... It will be the last one you ever take."
Vapor

"Tremble, Heroes, before the power of gravity unleashed."
Von Nebula

"Let me take a look at it. There's no tech I can't figure out."
Julius Nex 2.0

"I can take care of myself Just stay out of my way!"
Nathan Evo 2.0

"Every moment you Heroes exist from now on, you do so only through my mercy."
Fire Lord

"If you can't stand the heat, stay away from me."
Nitroblast

"I don't know how fast you are, Hero. Next to me, you're standing still."
Jetbug

"Time to play 'Bounce the Hero'."
Drilldozer

"Insane? Is it insane to see power and want it for yourself?"
Witch Doctor

"It would take an army to stop me-- and you don't have an army."
― An infected Scorpio

"Faster, faster we must work... More Quaza."
― An infected Raw-Jaw

"Get off our planet, Heroes... you're not welcome here!"
― An infected Waspix

"Grrrrrrrr!*"
― An infected Fangz, *Fangz don't talk, they just growl!

"I didn't think they would send you for this one, Bulk. I thought they would send one of the Heroes with a brain."
Core Hunter

"The Heroes arrived 3.67 minutes earlier than estimated, indicating my calculations of the stun beam's effectiveness were off by .001."
XT4

"Let's take this place apart!"
Splitface

"It's still fun to watch the big, brave Heroes shaking in their boots."
Toxic Reapa

"You're in my element, Hero-- and no one beats Jawblade in the water!"
Jawblade

"I want Hero Factory in ruins."
Black Phantom

"You go around spraying things with toxic sludge. You're not exactly a model of peace and tranquility."
Speeda Demon

"Hate Hero Factory. Hunt them down. Make them pay."
Thornraxx

"Quiet, he's coming. I'll fry him, and you do... whatever it is you do."
Voltix

"You cannot comprehend us. You cannot stop us. We have already won."
― The Brains

"Everybody knows about us. They know me, or Bulk or Furno, and we get all the credit for saving the day. Zib is the Hero they don't see, and without him, we couldn't do what we do."
― Preston Stormer

Face Off!

Stormer 1.0 vs. Furno 1.0

Fire Lord vs. Witch Doctor

Stringer vs. Black Phantom

Furno XL vs. Frost Beast

  • Furno XL's special attack: Inferno Blast
  • Frost Beast's special attack: Icy Grip of Doom

Bulk vs. Surge

  • Dunkan Bulk's (Breakout) special attack: Bulk Reverse Slam
  • Mark Surge's (Breakout) special attack: High-Voltage Strike

Pyrox vs. Bruizer

  • Pyrox's special attack: Ultra-fast Power Charge
  • Bruizer's special attack: Stone Smash

Rocka vs. Core Hunter

  • Rocka's (Breakout) special attack: Midair Somersault Shot
  • Core Hunter's special attack: Stealth Strike

Voltix vs. XT4

  • Voltix's special attack: Short-Circuit Slam
  • XT4's special attack: Whirling Quad-Strike

Breez vs. Meltdown

  • Natalie Breez's (Breakout) special attack: Sidewinder Sweeping Kick
  • Meltdown's special attack: Hard Radiation Hammer

Evo vs. Ogrum

  • Evo's (Brain Attack) special attack: Cyclone Slam
  • Ogrum's special attack: Vine-Whip Toss

Stormer XL vs. Von Nebula

  • Preston Stormer XL's special attack: XL Extreme Chop
  • Von Nebula's special attack: Gravity Crusher

Trivia

  • This is the last book to be published, as Hero Factory's 2014 story arc, which was in the final year of Hero Factory, never had any. It only had a television episode, a LEGO Club Inside Scoop story and an online game.
  • The guidebook's title shows that Akiyama Makuro made the guidebook, though it uses a third-person perspective to represent the Hero Factory corporation.
  • Some of the quotes featured in the guidebook came from Hero Factory Promotional Magazine, Episode 6: Savage Planet Part 1, and Secret Mission 2: Legion of Darkness.
  • Daniel Rocka is the only Hero to not have a quote featured in the guidebook for an unknown reason.
  • This is the first Hero Factory medium to feature all seven members of Von Nebula's Gang.
  • The guidebook mentioned a scene in Comic 2: Core Crisis, where Stormer became suspicious about Von Nebula's henchmen's attacks being organized. This scene is not featured in Episode 2: Core Crisis for an unknown reason.
  • What happened to Vapor after Showdown! is revealed.
  • According to the guidebook, Witch Doctor mind-controlled at least one Scorpio.
  • According to the guidebook, Mission: Savage Planet was the first time where William Furno and Rocka did a mission together.
  • Quatros' animals' species names do not have 's' plural nouns in the guidebook, but the Raw-Jaws do (as "Rawjaws").
  • How Core Hunter, Thornraxx, and XT4 got recaptured is revealed. How Speeda Demon got recaptured again is revealed.
  • Why Nathan Evo changed his personality from the one in the events of Episode 5: Ordeal of Fire to the other in the events of Episode 8: Breakout Part 1 is revealed.
  • The Makuhero Planet animals that the Brains possessed are revealed to be techno-organic, like the ones in Quatros.
  • The Hero Factory corporation gives the possessed members of their Makuhero Planet animal species their names from their 2013 sets to distinguish them from normal members of their species, though two DK Readers books, Brain Attack! and The Brain Wars refer one of the names to one member of each species, whether this member is mutated or not.
  • The guidebook only tells about the first 9 television episodes and the characters from the tenth episode, Episode 10: Brain Attack, but it never tells about the events of that episode. It is perhaps to avoid spoilers, despite the episode being released in March 2013, before the guidebook did in August.
  • The guidebook never mentioned some characters, including Quadal, the Delta 9 Team, Mak Megahertz, Daniela Capricorn, Lucy, Big Joe, the Hero Recon Team, Makuro-X1, the unnamed Alpha 1 Team rookie from the May-June 2012 Lego Club Magazine, and his unnamed Breakout villain from the magazine, despite the guidebook mentioning Rocka's affiliation with the Hero Recon Team. The guidebook never mentioned the events of Hero Factory FM, Showdown!, Omega Recon Reports, or Dangerous Dimensions, either.
  • Despite Dragon Bolt and William Furno's Breakout form shown in the Face Off section's introduction pages, they never had a Face Off battle or two Face Off battles.
  • The guidebook has some errors:
    • Rocka 3.0/Rocka XL's bio says that he had his Breakout weapons.
    • The guidebook's infomation about the Brain Attack story arc and Brain beasts has some errors because they are different from what happened in the Brain Attack episode. For example, Aquagon's bio says that he has a weakness of having an inability to breathe air and rapid dehydration, but in the episode, he is amphibious and can fight on the surface. Thus, the episode's information about Aquagon is canon while the fact of the guidebook's about him is not.


Books
Secret Mission 2012 Secret Mission 1: The Doom Box | Secret Mission 2: Legion of Darkness
2013 Secret Mission 3: Collision Course | Secret Mission 4: Robot Rampage | Secret Mission 5: Mirror World
DK Readers 2012 Meet the Heroes | Heroes in Action
2013 Brain Attack! | The Brain Wars
Guides 2010 Hero Factory Promotional Magazine
2013 Face Off: Makuro's Secret Guidebook
Promotional Newspapers 2010 Makuhero Star
2012 Makuhero Times