Hero Factory VI: Invasion From Below is a 1994 El Kadsreian kadsresatsu film. It is the 21st Technic Heroes installment and the sixth and last Hero Factory installment.
The film centers around Alpha-1 fighting the mysterious beasts that appeared underneath the Israeli city of Tel Aviv. The film was panned by critics and bombed at the box office, grossing $166 million over its $130 million budget.
In Tel Aviv, construction workers getting ready to drill a tunnel. They start the drills engines, and the drill starts drilling the tunnel. The construction workers think it is a success until the drill is strangely lost. The three construction workers go into the tunnel, trying to find the drill until two of them are sucked into the ground, and the other is pushed over by a strange creature (Jumper).
The El Kadsreian government sents Evo to Israel with his Walker to investigate the scene. They travel through Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, and finally Egypt before arriving in Tel Aviv, all with the assistance of their tourists' guide, a hobo Israeli Arab named Omar. Another construction worker greets Evo excitedly and explains the disappearance of the three construction workers. Evo and his Walker enter the cave, but the construction walker is sucked into the ground. Evo sees creatures flying past his windshield, and manages to fire his Walker’s gun at it, possibly killing it. Evo is then attacked by a number of Jumpers and contacts the Hero Factory about his situation. Evo then ejects himself out of the tunnel, and a Jaw Beast appears ontop of a large arch. Evo alerts the Hero Factory about the beast,and tells them that they need Battle Machines.
Stormer, Furno, Surge, Breez, Bulk, and Rocka arrive at the scene, seeing the whole city being attacked by the creatures. They land at the construction site, helping out Evo. Bulk and Rocka prepare the Remote Builder, and Rocka starts to build Stormer’s Freeze Machine, and Surge alerts, everyone, that Jumpers are attacking, and defend Rocka. The Freeze Machine is complete, and Stormer enters it, controlling it. Rocka continues to then build Furno’s Jet Machine. Furno enters it and starts to control it. Rocka then completes his machine, Rocka’s Stealth Machine. Stormer, Rocka, and Furno head into the city and Evo goes to build his own machine. Breez, on top of a crane, sees a Flyer Beast heading towards a building, and Breez follows it with her jets. Flyer Beast grabs a large satellite pole and Breez grabs her whip, fighting the creature. She then manages to get on the back of it, and detects a communication between all the creatures. Stormer is helping out Bulk and Surge in his battle machine until a Jaw Beast appears. Furno then begins to fight it, protecting Bulk and Surge. Jaw Beast grabs Furno out of his machine, but Rocka helps him out, defeating the Jaw Beast. They continue to fight some Jumpers.
Meanwhile, Stormer attacks another Jaw Beast, causing a fight between them both. The Jaw Beast rips the arms of Stormer's machine until Stormer gets hold of the creature. Breez is holding on the whip, connected to Flyer Beast. Breez activates her jets and traps Flyer Beast around a building with her whip. Stormer contacts the heroes, telling them he is being drawn underground by a Jaw Beast. Breez sees the scene and is too late to help out. Breez is then ambushed by jumpers, but Breez easily escapes with her jets. Rocka appears fighting the jumpers, until finally getting hold of one. He discovers that they do communicate, as Breez said. The jumper escapes, attacking Rocka in his pilot seat. Rocka jumps out, and the machine falls, killing the jumper. He then proceeds to return to base.
Furno, meanwhile is in a burning part of the city, running away from a Splitter Beast. Furno contacts Evo, telling him if he has finished his battle machine yet, Evo finishes it, and sees Furno heading towards him, also seeing the Splitter Beast behind him. Evo tries to shoot it, but the beast doges and hits Furno with a lamppost. They then continue to fight. Furno gets up and tries to help by tripping it with a chain. Evo shoots the beast, and it falls. Celebrating, the creature splits into two and grabs Furno, bringing him into the tunnel. Evo runs after Furno but trips on the chain. Surge, Rocka and Bulk see him, and Evo tells them that Furno has been taken. Breez arrives, calling for more heroes to help out. The team then proceeds to go underground.
The team then sees a huge cave system, until finding cocoons, trapped with the three construction workers. Rocka tells them to get back to the surface. Rocka tells Evo to start building more machines underground. The team finds a tunnel that looks closed up, and Breez notices carvings on the wall, but the team leaves to find and stop the creatures, but yet the carvings have drawings of the Queen Beast.
As the Hero Factory notices that the Jumpers are heading towards the West Bank and could result in more casualties, they call in former Toa Mahri members Akita Maximino and Danny Ripley, Order of Mata Nui members Aquila Hadaway and Kouji Nishimura, former Glatorian Glen Kato, and Glen's sister Sachiko, previously involved in the search for Odysseio's Pawn, to help the Hero Factory crew.
- Goro Yukimura as Preston Davis/Stormer
- Darren Nye as Duncan Foster/Bulk
- Penny Caetlin as Jack Kelvin/Furno
- Natasha Mills as Barbara Hanarets/Breez
- Newt Hargrave as Mark Bradley/Surge
- Aoi Hikaru as Takuma Naoka/Rocka
- Brock Baker as Nathan Lorraine/Evo
- Deven Elliott as Lenny Jon
- Antanico Matsushita as Akita Maximino/Jaller
- Sandra Ozlins as Danny Ripley/Hahli
- Halcyone Ferrara as Aquila Hadaway/Aqua
- Ryouichi Andrews as Kouji Nishimura
- Kim Dong-geun as Glen Kato/Gresh
- Naoki Takenaka as Sachiko Kato/Pawn Searcher 5
- Mosh as Von Nebula (costume)
- Shouhei Fujita as Von Nebula (voice)
- Doug Jones as Von Ness (costume) (scenes cut)
- Chantal Strand as Young Von Ness (costume) (majority of scenes cut)
- Corbin Berger as Young Von Ness (voice) (majority of scenes cut)
- David Howard as XPlode (costume)
- Tony Rosato as Rotor (costume)
- Liz English as Rotor (voice)
- Rodger Bumpass as Rocka (costume)
- Ruben Arvizu as Rocka (voice)
- Takima Susima as Kouta Hisakawa
- Tal Mosseri as construction worker #1
- Rami Heuberger as construction worker #2
- Mohammad Bakri as construction worker #3
- Moni Moshonov as construction worker #4
- Makram Khoury as the construction foreman
- Fellag as Omar the tourist guide
- Arthur Holden as Omar the tourist guide (voice in the English version; uncredited)
- Maja Prebensen as Daniella Capricorn (scenes cut)
Filming took place in El Kadsre City, Eirabourne, Vancouver, Montreal, Algiers, Béni Abbès, Tel Aviv, Tirat Carmel, and Rahat with additional filming in the Algerian Desert, East Jerusalem, and the West Bank.
The opening scenes in Tel Aviv were filmed in the beach areas of the Tel Aviv Promenade, with green screens put up to mask out the surrounding buildings.
Most of Von Ness and his younger self's scenes were cut due to time but were reinstated on TV airings and in some foreign dubs. Daniella Capricorn was set to appear but her scenes were cut, and much like the other scenes were reinstated in TV airings and some foreign dubs.
Score and Soundtrack
The film was released on June 28, 1994.
The film received negative reviews from critics. While it was praised for its soundtrack, it was criticized for its story and the fact that the story doesn't even care about continuity unlike the past 5 films and that the heroes don't stay true to themselves.
After the film bombed, Pasi Peure, although he never directed Hero Factory VI, blamed The Roboroach (which was released in the same year) for the negative reception and the film's failure, in which hurt the film even more to the point the reputation of the Technic Heroes franchise was almost destroyed.
The Golden Raspberry Awards, Shavie Awards and Stinkers Bad Movie Awards all refused to nominate the film at all.
|CAEK Award for Best Stunt Performer||Chantal Strand||Won|
|CAEK Award for Best Film||Liam Benson||Nominated|
|CAEK Award for Best Supporting Actor||Marcel Casey||Won|