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Preston Stormer, opening acts of Episodes 1-10

Parent Page: Media

Television Episodes
Type Video
Year(s) released 2010-2014

Television Episodes are media used to convey large sections of the Hero Factory story.


An advertisement for the Rise of the Rookies miniseries

The first four TV episodes, half an hour in length and directed by BIONICLE: The Legend Reborn director Mark Baldo, aired in late September 2010 on Nicktoons. These episodes were later compiled together and released as Hero Factory: Rise of the Rookies on DVD.

The fifth episode, Ordeal of Fire, debuted as a half hour special in April of 2011, on Nickelodeon. A two-part episode detailing the Savage Planet storyline premiered September 5, 2011 on Nicktoons, followed by a marathon run of all seven episodes in a row. The DVD of Savage Planet was released October 4th, 2011, featuring Ordeal of Fire as bonus content.

An additional one-hour special was commissioned for 2012, directed by Howard Baker, who has previously directed other LEGO features including LEGO: The Adventures of Clutch Powers. The special aired in April of 2012, later divided as Episode 8 and Episode 9, featuring the Breakout story.

Teasers for the 2013 line, Brain Attack, utilize clips from a single-episode TV special. The special initially premiered exclusively on, but later aired on Nicktoons.

In 2014, the digital design company Advance, who work extensively with LEGO, announced that they are partnering with the animation company Ghost (creators of numerous BIONICLE commercials) to create a 30-minute special, which became Episode 11. This makes it the only episode not produced by Threshold Animation Studios.

When was updated with 2014 content, all 11 episodes were available in the website.

List of Episodes


The Rise of the Rookies DVD

Episode 1: Trials of Furno

XPlode and his maniacal ally, Rotor, attack a shipment of explosives. The Alpha 1 Team is dispatched to guard the shipment, with Furno observing. XPlode abandons Rotor when the battle goes in the Heroes' favor. Stormer then states that it's Furno's job 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. Eventually, XPlode and Rotor strike an explosives plant, and when Stormer is felled, Furno manages to apprehend Rotor.

Episode 2: Core Crisis

Bulk, Stringer and Surge are caught in a fight against the vicious Corroder. While Corroder traps Bulk under a load of girders meant for Surge, Breez is transporting injured construction workers to a medibot station and Furno and Stormer are waiting for core recharges. 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 does Furno crash his Hero Pod into Corroder. However, he takes everyone by surprise when he appears unharmed, stating he used the 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.

Episode 3: The Enemy Within

A distress call comes in from Mekron City, where Stormer knows the Drax, the police chief. However, Chief Drax is acting strangely, and Meltdown appears, spraying Stormer with sludge. He is eventually corrupted by some nanobots inside the sludge and, after a fight with Stringer, Bulk and Furno, escapes the Hero Factory. Four of 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.

Episode 4: Von Nebula

The Alpha 1 Team is sent to investigate a strange disaster, and Stormer realizes it's a trap when Thunder and Corroder arrive. Stormer appears to be downed, and the rookies are sent in 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 - a rookie Hero known formerly as Von Ness, now a villain Von Nebula. 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 with their new tools. After returning to Makuhero City, the team is cornered by a reporter, and Stormer surprises everyone by referring to Furno by his name, something he had previously refused to do.


Episode 5: Ordeal of Fire

When Tanker Station 22 is attacked by Fire Lord, Drilldozer, Jetbug and Nitroblast, the workers send a message to Hero Factory. Concurrently, Julius Nex and Nathan Evo are being presented by Mr. Makuro, who cautions that the upgrade process used to make the two Heroes is not ready to apply to existing Heroes yet. 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. Stormer orders the team to retreat, but they are blocked off from the Hero Craft by the villains. Surge breaks away from the others and the villains chase after him. Back at the Hero Factory, Alpha 1 convince Makuro to upgrade them, and 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 the ship. When they return to Hero Factory, Surge is upgraded and commended for his actions.

Episode 6: Savage Planet Part 1

The Savage Planet DVD

Rookie Hero Daniel Rocka is sent to find civilian, Aldous Witch, who has crash-landed on Quatros. Rocka arrives on the planet, but he cannot find Witch. Rocka is confronted by a Fangz, 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 Professor Zib, 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 a Waspix and a Scorpio on the trek. As they are being attacked, Witch watches through his staff and revels in his certain victory.

Episode 7: Savage Planet Part 2

Rocka's group arrived at the central mine via the transportation unit, where Witch Doctor had been mining the Quaza. They notice that a Raw-Jaw being ordered by Witch to collect the Quaza that is mined. Witch abuses the beast and controls his mind with his Skull Staff and the corrupted Quaza spike.

Witch Doctor finds the Heroes and traps Bulk and Rocka in the box he was using to carry the Quaza stones. They begin by freeing the enslaved Raw-Jaw from the corrupted Quaza and Witch Doctor. 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, Stormer breaks his Skull Staff, rendering his powers useless. Furno and Bulk successfully return the Quaza to the core of the planet, restoring it to it's former state.


Episode 8: Breakout Part One

An unprecedented jailbreak occurs in the Hero Factory, release every known captive villain into the world, leaving them spreading chaos and destruction all across the galaxy. 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 could attempt to destroy Hero Factory's Assembly Tower while they were recapturing the escapees. Evo, Surge, Furno, Stringer and Stormer are sent on missions to catch and cuff their assigned villains, while Rocka remains to investigate the Black Hole Orb Staff. Black Phantom imprisons the mission managers, and activates a lockdown in the Hero Factory building and its force field called the Fail-Safe Shield. The episode ended with a cliffhanger.

Episode 9: Breakout Part Two

The situation worsens in various other star systems, where the Heroes are getting defeated. However, they all manage to capture and cuff the escaped villains. Rocka is told of the situation by Zib before Black Phantom deactivates all the mission managers. Managing to down the failsafe 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, allowing them to capture him. With order restored in Hero Factory, Zib informs Alpha 1 and Makuro that Black Phantom sent the building's structural plans to an unknown source.


Episode 10: Brain Attack

A group of alien brain-like parasites called the Brains, launched by an unknown mastermind who has the Hero Factory's schematics, are sent to the Makuhero Planet, where they infect and possess numerous native creatures. These creatures 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 accomplishments for Mission: Catch 'Em and Cuff 'Em, are sent to the Factory to receive upgrades. Furno is made commander for the battle, and directs numerous teams in an attempt to defeat the brains. Rocka takes on an enormous Brain-possessed dragon named Dragon Bolt using a new jetpack, while Surge is possessed by a brain, and uses the Assembly Tower to create an army of soulless 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 cleanup of the battle, several more brains are discovered to be lurking underneath the Factory in the tunnels created by Dragon Bolt's infiltration.


Episode 11: Invasion From Below

When three construction workers in Antropolis City were reported disappearing in an underground tunnel, Evo goes to investigate it, but he witnessed monsters called Jumpers attacking the city. He calls the Hero Factory for backup. Stormer, Furno, Rocka, Bulk, Surge, and Breez come to assist Evo with fighting the Jumpers. The Heroes build Battle Machines to fight the Jumpers. When the Jumpers capture Stormer and Furno and took them underground, the other five Heroes go underground rescue their friends.

The Heroes save the construction workers. They build new Battle Machines that can adapt to underground. They fight their way to the Jumpers' central nest, where the Jumpers' queen called the Queen Beast holds Stormer, Furno, and Surge captive. Breez uses her ability to communicate with animals to talk to the queen out of the invasion. The queen cancels the invasion, and makes peace with the Heroes. However, when a Jumper accidentally uses one of the Heroes' guns to damage the nest, killing some unhatched Jumpers, the queen notices, so she gets angry and falsely believes that the Heroes betrayed her and the Jumpers, so she attacks them. However, Stormer damages the nest more while the Jumpers disappear.

The Heroes convince the city's people to close up the tunnel and build a bridge over the city rather than a tunnel below. As they are coming home, they do not notice that they are accidentally bringing an unhatched Jumper in their Drop Ship.


Actor Role(s)
John Schneider Preston Stormer (Episodes 1-10)
Eric Christian Olsen William Furno (Episodes 1-9)
Christopher B. Duncan Dunkan Bulk (Episodes 1-4, 6, 7, 10)
Bryton James Mark Surge (Episodes 1-5, 8-10)
Miner (Episode 10)
Jean Louisa Kelly Natalie Breez (Episodes 1-5, 10)
Lucy (Episode 1)
Waspix (Episodes 6 and 7)
Mark Hamill Von Ness/Von Nebula (Episodes 3 and 4)
Black Phantom (Episodes 8 and 9)
Joel Swetow Rotor (Episode 1)
Meltdown (Episodes 3 and 4)
Jeff Glen Bennett XPlode (Episodes 1 and 4)
Nervous Citizen (Episode 1)
Fred Tatasciore Frantic Citizen (Episode 1)
Thunder (Episode 4)
Drilldozer (Episode 5)
Witch Doctor (Episodes 6 and 7)
Charlie Adler Corroder (Episodes 2 and 4)
Chief Drax (Episode 3)
Speeda Demon (Episodes 8-9)
Malcolm McDowell Mr. Makuro (Episodes 1, 5, and 9)
Henry Winkler Professor Nathaniel Zib (Episodes 1-10)
Jennifer Coolidge Daniela Capricorn/"Reporter" (Episodes 4, 5, and 8-10)
Tom Kenny Nathan Evo (Episode 5)
Jetbug (Episode 5)
Daniel Rocka (Episodes 6-10)
Mysterious Villain (Episode 10)
Jason Canning Julius Nex (Episodes 5-7)
Miner (Episode 5)
Raw-Jaw (Episodes 6 and 7)
Stephen Stanton Nitroblast (Episodes 4)
Jimi Stringer (Episodes 1-4, 6-9)
Dee Bradley Baker Fire Lord (Episode 5)
Fangz (Episodes 6 and 7)
Scorpio (Episodes 6 and 7)
Brains (Episode 10)
Makuhero Planet Beasts (Episode 10)
Jason London Nathan Evo (Episodes 8-10)
Nick Jameson Toxic Reapa (Episodes 8 and 9)
Steve Wilcox Jawblade (Episodes 8 and 9)
Maurice LaMarche Splitface (Episodes 8 and 9)
Rick D. Wasserman Voltix (Episodes 8 and 9)
Josh Keaton William Furno (Episode 10)
Justin Murphy Nathan Evo (Episode 11)
Mark Surge (Episode 11)
Peter Sepenuk Preston Stormer (Episode 11)
Assistant Worker (Episode 11)
Chad Randau Dunkan Bulk (Episode 11)
William Furno (Episode 11)
Fanboy Worker (Episode 11)
Karen Strassman Natalie Breez (Episode 11)
Female Pilot (Episode 11)
Battle Machine Voice (Episode 11)
Christopher Smith Daniel Rocka (Episode 11)
Foreman Worker (Episode 11)


  • The television episodes are considered to be the main source of canon. There are seven comics, each being based on a script for one of the first seven television episodes. However, the comics have some differences from the episodes. There are no comics based on scripts for the other four episodes for some reason.
  • A 22-minute short titled LEGO Atlantis is included as a special feature on the DVD of Rise of the Rookies. This short originally aired on Cartoon Network in January 2010. This animated short tells the story of the minifigure characters from the LEGO Atlantis toy line.
  • The online game, Mission: Von Nebula, has the same character models for Meltdown, Corroder, XPlode, Thunder, and Von Nebula as the ones in the four Rise of the Rookies episodes.
  • Excerpts from Episodes 1-6 were available on the 2011 LEGO Club DVD, given out in the November 2011 LEGO Club magazine.
  • There are three different kinds of opening acts. The opening acts in Episodes 1-5 use clips from Episode 1. The opening acts in Episodes 6-10 use clips from Episodes 1-3 and Episode 5. The opening act in Episode 11 is a new scene that introduces seven members of the Alpha 1 Team. The first ten episodes' opening acts were narrated by Preston Stormer while Episode 11's was narrated by Dunkan Bulk.
  • Episode 8: Breakout Part 1 and Episode 9: Breakout Part 2 feature the song Breakout by the band Cryoshell, whose music was also used during the BIONICLE Generation 1 storyline period in 2001-2010, specifically the songs in 2007-2009.
  • The Breakout episodes, Brain Attack, and Invasion from Below were never given a physical DVD release. These episodes and Ordeal of Fire were never in ITunes, either. Lego's YouTube channel also does not have Ordeal of Fire, Savage Planet Part 2, or Invasion From Below. Reasons for these scenarios are unknown.
  • The commericals used animation models from the episodes to promote the episodes.
  • Unlike Savage Planet Part 1 and Savage Planet Part 2, Breakout Part One and Breakout Part Two use word versions of the the Savage Planet episodes' title's numbers instead of the numbers themselves for some reason.
  • Like Bionicle: The Legend Reborn, regardless of their eye colors in their set forms, every antagonist in the television episodes in 2010-2013 has orange/red eyes, while every protagonist in all TV episodes has blue eyes. The only exceptions are William Furno, Jimi Stringer, and Toxic Reapa. Furno's eyes are yellow, like his sets, in all of the episodes except for Ordeal of Fire, where his eyes turned blue after getting upgraded to have his 2.0 form. Stringer had yellow eyes in the Rise of the Rookies episodes, but his eyes changed to blue from Savage Planet Part 1 onwards. Toxic Reapa's eyes are green in the episodes while his set has red eyes.
  • In Ordeal of Fire and the Savage Planet episodes, the animation models based on the characters from the 2011 sets have four-fingered hands, as opposed to having five-fingered ones introduced in the sets. Also, in Invasion From Below, the characters have four-fingered hands rather than five-fingered ones. Reasons for these scenarios are unknown.
  • Vapor, Thornraxx, XT4, Core Hunter, and the Drop Ship pilot from the Drop Ship set in 2010, are the only set characters to not appear in the episodes for an unknown reason. The same goes to Natalie Breez, Julius Nex, and Dunkan Bulk's Breakout forms, Furno's Furno Bike form, Bulk's look shown in the "Bulk and Vapour" set in 2010, and Daniel Rocka's Jet form. Lucas Valor, Makuro-X1, the unnamed Alpha 1 Team rookie, and the mutated industrial robot villain seen in the Lego Magazine in May/June 2012 did not appear in the episodes for an unknown readon, either.
  • Jason Canning, Nex's voice actor, has three YouTube clips about his voice work on Nex. However, two of them are no longer available for an unknown reason.

See Also

Television Episodes
2010 Episode 1: Trials of Furno | Episode 2: Core Crisis | Episode 3: The Enemy Within | Episode 4: Von Nebula
2011 Episode 5: Ordeal of Fire | Episode 6: Savage Planet Part 1 | Episode 7: Savage Planet Part 2
2012 Episode 8: Breakout Part 1 | Episode 9: Breakout Part 2
2013 Episode 10: Brain Attack
2014 Episode 11: Invasion From Below