Mar 062013
 
Blitzcrank, the Great Steam Golem
Blitzcrank, the Great Steam Golem

Blitzcrank, the Great Steam Golem is rather versatile for being an artificial life form. In fact, many of his skins show him exploring different disciplines and activities with different degrees of success. Therefore, you could say that Blitzcrank can get dressed to the situation and if you are thinking of pulling and knocking someone up then this skins’ review will recommend how to look your best while doing it.

Rusty Blitzcrank
Rusty Blitzcrank Splash Art Rusty Blitzcrank Model
Category: Limited
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Blitzcrank with a rusted surface.
Model: New textures for Blitzcrank.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background suggests the bleak landscape of the polluted, industrial streets of Zaun. Unfortunately, there’s little that can be clearly identified. Blitzcrank appears rampaging through the pavement, maybe escaping or just in a bad mood. His depiction is the opposite of the setting: clear, detailed and well shaded; though there are some diffuse parts. His heterochromatic eyes are a good yet misleading touch and the rusty appearance is ultimately not very faithful to the in-game look. Regardless, it’s a splash art that, despite its flaws, manages to give a good impression of Blitzcrank.
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Conclusion: Rusty Blitzcrank is indeed just a re-colour that covers the golem’s body with a layer of oxide. The darker metal gives a classic or antique look that doesn’t look bad at all. Besides, the textures show a rough surface that has resisted corrosion but that was still evidently scarred by it. The light colour of the head is a strange choice and the skin sure looks similar to Classic Blitzcrank but has its own identity. Overall, it’s not a bad purchase for Blitzcrank fanatics because while it doesn’t offer anything striking it’s not as bad as its reputation states.

Goalkeeper Blitzcrank
Goalkeeper Blitzcrank Splash Art Goalkeeper Blitzcrank Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Blitzcrank dressed as an association football goalkeeper.
Model: Moderate model changes for Blitzcrank.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The setting seems to be a football pitch but with a clear steampunk makeover. That’s has to be deduced from the parts of diffuse elements that one can barely distinguish on the background. Blitzcrank appears catching a Riot-endorsed football as he jumps from the waxy grass. His portrayal is simple but effective. Still, his hands seem too small and unrecognizable, his coloured eyes misleading plus the lightning strikes as somewhat unnecessary. This results in a piece that does its job but that doesn’t really convince.
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Conclusion: Goalkeeper Blitzcrank is a great skin that manages to place him as a rather believable football player. The goalkeeper position is a clever choice for this champion so focused on using his large arms. Moreover, the shirt and snickers are not only fitting but they also make Blitzcrank adorable; despite the heavy logo use. The gloves are just a re-texture over simplified hands but they get the job done. All in all, Goalkeeper Blitzcrank is a very good product that fans of football or funny but well thought out looks will appreciate.

Boom Boom Blitzcrank
Boom Boom Blitzcrank Splash Art Boom Boom Blitzcrank Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Blitzcrank styled as a boxer.
Model: Moderate model changes for Blitzcrank.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: A floor made out of metal plates and chains tied to a post give the idea of a boxing ring. Unfortunately, to discern details it’s necessary to combat the extremely uneven quality of the piece. The background is more a suggestion than a full display. On top of that, even what is shown looks sketchy; just glimpse at the spiked post. Considering this, the quality level that Blitzcrank displays is surprising; most of him at least. The metal plates that cover his body shine and their marks make for a peculiar maze of decorations. Moreover, the right boxing glove is so well shaded that seems photo-realistic. Strangely, the left arm is all diffuse and the lower body is drab and boring. In the end, it’s a piece of ups and downs but that doesn’t come out as well as it should.
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Conclusion: Boom Boom Blitzcrank tries to adapt the boxer role to a large automaton and the effect isn’t actually very funny or refined. Blitzcrank’s physique definitely suits the sport but the implementation seems forced. The model gets a new shape for the body and textures, besides the shorts and gloves, which deliver the concept but don’t make it shine. In fact, without the huge boxing gloves Blitzcrank just looks weird. The bruised eye could be considered an extra though it hardly makes him look any better. In the end, the skin’s concept has potential but the execution doesn’t exploit it. A more aggressive modification could make Blitzcrank a better pugilist but like this it’s barely OK.

Piltover Customs Blitzcrank
Piltover Customs Blitzcrank Splash Art Piltover Customs Blitzcrank Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Blitzcrank adapted into a motorized robot.
Model: Major model changes for Blitzcrank plus fire and smoke for his exhaust pipes.
Particles: New particles for Overdrive.
Animations: New animations for standing idle, run, taunt and dance.
Sounds: New engine sounds and occasional horn for Overdrive.
Splash Art: The whole of the piece is evidently blurry and while the effect is meant to suggest speed it simply makes the colours muddy. Furthermore, there isn’t much of a setting as the background can be summarized in three words: street and sky. Blitzcrank’s depiction is good but the mute colours don’t help. The multiple dents and few reflections add some flare but it doesn’t rise above correct. On the whole, it’s a useful and adequate splash art but a legendary skin deserves much better.
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Conclusion: Piltover Customs Blitzcrank is a skin that shows its age but that still offers some attractive features. The model is unique and fascinating with its pronounced but appealing modifications. Besides, the smoke and flames constantly escaping the exhaust pipes are a nice complement to the theme. The new animations are minimal; much like how Rocket Grab is affected by his tuned figure. However, Overdrive receives nice particles and sounds that effectively develop the motorization. To sum up, it’s evident that Piltover Customs Blitzcrank doesn’t offer the same level of quality as current legendary skins. However, it offers a fantastic concept and a satisfying execution so, despite its age, it still is a good choice.

Definitely Not Blitzcrank
Definitely Not Blitzcrank Splash Art Definitely Not Blitzcrank Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Blitzcrank undercover as an ordinary fleshling.
Model: Moderate model changes for Blitzcrank.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The first thing that is noticeable about the background is how monochromatic it appears. Still, it allows a setting to emerge but the murky colour palette doesn’t let it come to life. In spite of this, the city and surprised citizens anchor the piece as a funny scene. Fortunately, Blitzcrank’s portrayal doesn’t disappoint: he proudly walks in his excellent costume; completely disguised as a common human. The stance is certainly appealing and also allows a good view of his fine clothes. Moreover, while the lines tend to exaggerate and be a bit sketchy, his right leg for instance, the shading does a great job at adding folds and patterns. All things considered, it’s a piece that can be improved upon but that works as an attractive portrayal of Blitzcrank’s habit of blending in the crowds.
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Conclusion: Definitely Not Blitzcrank is an ingenious skin with a satisfying but simple execution: take Blitzcrank, give him a jacket, shirt and tie, a couple of big gloves, a wig and Groucho glasses. On the one hand, it’s certainly unimpressive but on the other hand it’s a rather clever concept. The interest of artificial life-forms in understanding humans is a classic and suitable idea that works well with Blitzcrank. In the end, Definitely Not Blitzcrank is a simple but appealing skin and, considering the reasonable price, no steam golem fan would be disappointed.

iBlitzcrank
iBlitzcrank Splash Art iBlitzcrank Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Blitzcrank as an advanced android.
Model: New model for Blitzcrank and new glowing lines for his body.
Particles: New particles for his abilities and death.
Animations: New animations for Overdrive, Power fist, walking, death and critical hits.
Sounds: New sounds for Rocket Grab, Overdrive and death.
Splash Art: At first glance, the piece shows a distinct but restricted colour palette. On the one hand, it sets a distinct identity but on the other it looks a bit monotonous. The setting is conveyed to an extent as the background favours large empty spaces filled with just one colour; an advanced laboratory can be deduced but nothing more. Blitzcrank’s depiction is actually quite impressive thanks to the fine lines and polished surface that allow multiple reflections to shine. Unfortunately, these reflections aren’t very revealing about the surroundings; as one could expect. Regardless, there’s an ample amount of lighting effects on his depiction that put the background to shame; making for a stark contrast in quality. All in all, it’s definitely a great portrayal of Blitzcrank but the background isn’t able to match it.
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Conclusion: iBlitzcrank is without doubt a skin with a well defined and unique character. The hi-tech android feel is perfectly conveyed through the new model, particles, animations and sounds. Not everything is changed but what is looks great. The model is polished and streamlined making Blitzcrank look not only futuristic but also effective. The additional changes reinforce this, especially how he powers down when dying. Unfortunately, Rocket Grab seems a little too flashy and the Overdrive hover doesn’t really suit him; even in his new persona he doesn’t have the means to fly. Nonetheless, they are minor issues as the skin delivers a good theme with attractive visuals. In the end, iBlitzcrank is an excellent skin that retains the core of Blitzcrank but gives him an appealing layer of advanced technology. The asking price surely is high but the skin delivers enough to make it a worthwhile purchase.

Riot Blitzcrank
Riot Blitzcrank Splash Art Riot Blitzcrank Model
Category: Promotional (available during events)
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Blitzcrank as a riot control automata.
Model: New model for Blitzcrank and blinking emergency light during Overdrive.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: New recall animation and closing visor for Overdrive.
Sounds: New sounds for Rocket Grab, Overdrive, Power Fist and recall.
Splash Art: A desolate battlefield displays its festering wounds while Graves proudly stands with his smoking firearm. Before him, Blitzcrank provides cover, one that his scarred armour shows to come at a cost. As a setup for Blitzcrank’s new look this piece makes a great job. The background is reasonably clear and significant while Blitzcrank simply looks fantastic. His armour is highly detailed and finely shaded with ample use of light effects. The only issue seems to be an unnecessarily pronounced blur on the right of the piece that more than convey distance it simply muddies the depiction. All in all, this is a wonderful splash art that makes a very good job at showing Blitzcrank’s new endeavour.
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Conclusion: Riot Blitzcrank turns him into a police-robot that despite his broad design manages to appear effective. The appearance is hardly innovative but remains attractive with the expected additions like a shoulder siren and an emergency light over his head. Besides, the armour combines metal and padding to approximate contemporary looks. The addition of new animations and sounds is welcome as they nicely further the theme. Thus, on the whole, Riot Blitzcrank is hardly a striking skin but it does have appeal. The result is feasible enough, thanks to a touch of humour, which makes Blitzcrank attractive beyond the modest changes. In conclusion, a good option for Blitzcrank’s fans and those with a liking for the forces of order.

Battle Boss Blitzcrank
Battle Boss Blitzcrank Splash Art Battle Boss Blitzcrank Model
Category: Regular
Price: 1350 RP
Concept: Blitzcrank as a 8-bit battle-robot.
Model: New model for Blitzcrank.
Particles: New particles for his abilities, auto-attack and death.
Animations: New walking, pincer and recall animation.
Sounds: New sounds for his abilities, auto-attack and recall.
Splash Art: The setting is a digital dome surrounded by emptiness. The plates reflect light in different hues of blue but that’s all there is. It’s a serviceable background but also weak in context. In the foreground, Riven and Blitzcrank stand between fighting and posing as they don’t really face or even look at each other.
Riven’s portrayal is, in general terms, rather good. It’s moderately easy to get a good idea of her look; even if her left arm doesn’t help and her right one is hidden behind her. The rest is well depicted: colourful and with nice lighting yet the saturated colours give the depiction a solid, heavy feel that doesn’t match the digital angle. Regardless, it’s possible to appreciate many details of her new look and the stance is eye-catching.
Conversely, Blitzcrank isn’t very clearly portrayed. Perhaps due to his bulky frame and the close perspective it’s difficult to appreciate the differences with his classic style besides the new face, pincer and pixellated chest screen. The colours are also quite muddy and only the electricity adds some life to the portrayal. His lower body is also missing which, in this particular case, is rather relevant. There are details to notice, marks, dents and such, the design of the pincer is finely shown yet detail appears only in specific areas.
All in all, this is a piece where there isn’t enough room for both champions. Skins at this high price imply that the champion’s depiction has to be the centre of attention as well as being representative of their personality. In this case, it seems like both champions are posing one in front of the other. The problem may be in the very conception of the piece as not only there’s practically no interaction between them but their portrayals are simplistic. This result in a splash art that works at showing Riven and Blitzcrank’s new looks but that, overall, disappoints.
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Conclusion: Halfway between a toy and a game character Battle Boss Blitzcrank is a skin that does evident alterations to the Steam Golem’s design but that never emphasises them. In a sense, it changes the surface but the core remains. The most significant modification is probably the new model which omits legs in favour of a continuous track and a pincer for a right hand. The back with a jet and a cartridge port as well as the colourful paintjob allow the Golem to avoid comparisons to Godzilla’s Colossus of Atlantis. The appearance is certainly distinct and catches the eye but it doesn’t look like a dangerous enemy. Instead, it seems to be a robot toy coloured to catch the eye.
The particles also feel weak. They have some distinct and interesting pixellated designs but the ones that stand out are the ones applied directly on Blitzcrank; like the fire-thruster, shield or glowing fists. The particles that appear when he attacks don’t feel impactful. Rocket Grab has a rather nice design, though, and contributes to defining the skin’s unique personality.
The sounds fare similar to the particles: they also feel weak and even in attacks the absence of impact is noticeable. The chiptunes are appropriate but, again, it’s Mana Barrier, Overdrive and Power Fist that grab attention better than the attacks.
All things considered, Battle Boss Blitzcrank is a good skin that doesn’t push the concept enough to make an implementation that embraces the few radical changes. There are parts of the skin that feel worthwile but most of it is just more 8-bit style without any features that make them special. For its price, Battle Boss Blitzcrank should do more. Had the price been lower it could be worth recommending but, as it stands, it’s better left for fans of Steam Golems and 8-bit nostalgia.

Conclusion

There’s little doubt that most of Blitzcrank’s skins are past their due in terms of quality. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that iBlitzcrank is the recommended skin. It may have its issues, price included, but the well developed advanced android feel manages to make up for them. It’s certainly an imperfect skin but worth recommending anyway.

The most recent option is Battle Boss Blitzcrank which competes at a high price with the other skins. The idea is good and there are areas where the skin pushes the envelope. However, mostly, it just relies on the 8-bit factor to stand out without contributing much of its own. For its price, much more is necessary to make it a great choice so only fanatics may apply.

The few remaining options show their age but still have some attractive features to offer. Boom Boom Blitzcrank may be the best boxer the League has and Piltover Customs Blitzcrank the best motorized automata. Nevertheless, while the changes aren’t deep they manage to set the idea in motion; even if in the end they fail to impress.

Image Credits

Rusty Blitzcrank model screen-shot taken with Gamebase’s League of Legends Skin Viewer.

  18 Responses to “League of Legends: Blitzcrank Skins’ Review”

  1. Thx for da review 😀 really appreciate it

  2. I’m not so sure but I think there is a slight sound effect added to Riot Blitzcrank’s Rocket Grab. It is like an electrical taser sound. I might be mistaken though.

  3. Hey Zero

    Great reviews, thanks.
    Do you know if Riot Blitzcrank will be available again this year? and if so when would it most likely be available again?

    • No problem, glad that you like them.

      Riot Blitzcrank is supposed to be made available during events like PAX so at that time it should return to the store. There may be other events that would make the skin available but we don’t really know which ones Riot would attend.

      What we are sure is that if they are present at an event then Riot Blitzcrank should be made available again. It will also be made available before it retires to the Legacy Vault to make way for another Riot skin. So, at the very least, it should return to the store once more.

  4. Which one is better to buy? Piltover Customs or iBlitzcrank?

    • We would recommend iBlitzcrank. The difference in technical terms is noticeable and the modifications to Blitzcrank are significant and attractive. Piltover Customs is a different take that shows its age but has some nice extras. Still iBlitzcrank is the one to get; especially if you catch it on sale.

  5. Will you be reviewing Chroma Packs?

  6. Hey Zero, i recently opened the goalkeeper blitzcrank skin in a mystery skin and when checking out the emotes in game I noticed that he actually has a special joke. He says, “I put the gol in golem,” then explains that he is making a joke and that other golems find that funny. I suppose it being a legacy skin makes correcting that of low concern, but i thought I’d share it with you either way.

    • That’s one of Blitzy’s classic jokes which is used across all of his skins. Therefore, it’s not unique to Goalkeeper though we agree that it’s the most suitable in that case.

  7. Any info. about Battle Boss Blitzcrank?

    • It’s a rather nice skin but it should do a bit more to embrace its 8-bit style. The main problem is the price with regards to what it offers. Battle Boss could very well be a 975 RP skin so the extra price should mean some extra features.

  8. Is Piltover Customs Blitzcrank still a good choice? I personally like that skin out of all of them and I read over your reviews, with all these blitzcrank skins is that one still a good choice? also when you use his (W) Overdrive how often does the horn honk

    • It’s an outdated skin that has its charm but shows its age. At 1350 RP there are better options but it has it’s unique identity. The horn isn’t used much, it may be a random occurrence, but from time to time it can be heard.

      If you like the skin then you can perfectly get it on sale at a much more reasonable price. If Piltover Customs is the style you like then the other skins, regardless of additions and how modern they are, won’t be able to offer the same that Piltover Customs can.

  9. Off hand, how many stars would you say BB blitz or arcade riven would be if they were 975 rp. The skins since they are currently on sale for that price, seem solid. I think I could like them, and I really don’t like any of riven’s other skins. The blitz one has to compete with iblitz which is my favorite skin for him. But I feel at 975 both are pretty solid skins. Since they go off sale soon, your thoughts would be appreciated sooner than later, but I understand you’re a busy man. God speed to you.

    • At a lower price you can perfectly add at least a star to each skin; we’ll have to see if they would deserve more. For what they offer they don’t really seem impressive enough for 1350 RP; especially when other skins at 975 RP offer so much and so well done. The main piont is that if a skin asks for an extra expense then it has to offer something beyond the usual. In the cases of both Battle Boss Blitzcrank and Arcade Riven they could perfectly be 975 RP skins; that’s a problem.

      The sale finishes today, hopefully the answer reaches you in time. Sorry for the delay.

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