Jan 102013
 
Heimerdinger, the Revered Inventor
Heimerdinger, the Revered Inventor

Heimerdinger, the Revered Inventor may be a champion of the League of Legends but where he truly feels at home is in his workshop. Still, sometimes the call to the Fields of Justice is imminent and in those cases it’s better to choose a good outfit to stand out among the turrets. After careful analysis of all the involved variables we have been able to isolate the best looks for the Revered Inventor. Give this paper a read and decide for yourself on the accuracy of the data.

Alien Invader Heimerdinger
Alien Invader Heimerdinger Splash Art Alien Invader Heimerdinger Model
Category: Legacy, Legendary
Price: 1820 RP
Concept: Heimerdinger as a Martian invader and his turrets as ray-guns.
Model: Major model changes for Heimerdinger plus new model for his tools and turrets.
Particles: New particles for his auto-attack.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece is as simple as it could be: just Heimerdinger with a flash of light behind. Forget the background, there’s only his big brain and tunic to look at. On that topic, the portrayal is quite simple, not only the outline but also the shading; which looks rather drab. Regardless, it does show Heimerdinger’s Martian look but as his turrets are absent from the picture it’s not a comprehensive portrayal. Overall, it’s a passable piece but it’s not as useful as it should be.
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Conclusion: As a former legendary skin, Alien Invader Heimerdinger is an interesting but ultimately lacklustre skin that can’t hide its age. The problem isn’t the concept but rather the execution in comparison to the price: it shows the technical merit of times gone by. Heimerdinger certainly approximates the classic Martian aspect but only his overdeveloped brain stands out. Besides, his massive brain isn’t exactly good looking; much like his face. The turrets compensate with an appealing design but some new particles would’ve helped give them a more defined identity. All things considered, Alien Invader Heimerdinger has a nice idea behind it but an execution that isn’t up to its price.

Blast Zone Heimerdinger
Blast Zone Heimerdinger Splash Art Blast Zone Heimerdinger Model
Category: Regular
Price: 520 RP
Concept: Heimerdinger as a scientist after a failed invention.
Model: Moderate model changes for Heimerdinger and new textures for his turrets.
Particles: No new particles.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: Heimerdinger’s splash arts aren’t exactly recognized for the quality of their backgrounds; at least in this case. There are only a few broken gears and a floor to stand; that’s all the setting available. Heimerdinger is adequately portrayed: the shading is good, the lines correct but in general he looks rather monotonous due to the restricted colour palette. His turrets are absent as well but as they aren’t changed it’s not a big issue. To sum up, it’s a piece that gives an idea of Heimerdinger’s look but isn’t as faithful or appealing as he deserves.
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Conclusion: Blast Zone Heimerdinger is simply good old Classic Heimerdinger after just another exploding experiment. The skin doesn’t change much, just his head and some textures but it’s enough to reach the desired result. Still, the aspect doesn’t look very interesting despite the waving mane of hair; except maybe for dedicated Heimerdinger fans. Consequently, it remains a skin with an appropriate yet pedestrian concept and an uninspired execution.

Piltover Customs Heimerdinger
Piltover Customs Heimerdinger Splash Art Piltover Customs Heimerdinger Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Heimerdinger as a tough, veteran mechanic with combustion engine turrets.
Model: Major model changes for Heimerdinger plus new model for his tools and turrets.
Particles: New particles for his auto-attack.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: This piece has quite an interesting background: Heimerdinger’s workshop. The room is filled with tools on shelves, spare parts, Hot Rod Corki’s copter and his combustion engine turrets; besides some decoration. It’s a pity that some parts are rather dark and others feel empty as it’s a setting with an immense potential. Heimerdinger looks good bathed by the electric light and confidently leaning on his turret. His depiction shows folds and rather good shading; even though the hair looks a bit waxy. The turrets seem rather blocky but that allows them to faithfully recreate the in-game look. On the whole, a very interesting splash art that could’ve been better yet is quite good in its own right.
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Conclusion: Piltover Customs Heimerdinger doesn’t stray far from what Heimerdinger conceptually is and that may be a clever choice. The mechanic look ties in with his Piltover Customs workshop dedicated to vehicle customizations and that’s a nice touch for lore fans. In terms of appearance, Heimerdinger is practically fully re-modelled even though there are reasonable classic traces left; like his antennas. His new aspect isn’t actually noteworthy but communicates the idea well. The same happens with his new combustion engine turrets: they are nice in theory but look feeble and unspectacular when laid out. Still, the casual look provides the skin with a unique feel and the upgraded version of the turrets is quite eye-catching. In conclusion, Piltover Customs Heimerdinger is an appealing and interesting skin that does just enough to please fans; which is a pity as it could be much more.

Snowmerdinger
Snowmerdinger Splash Art Snowmerdinger Model
Category: Legacy
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Heimerdinger as a snowman with sledge turrets.
Model: Major model changes for Heimerdinger plus new model for his tools and turrets.
Particles: New candy bar for his auto-attack.
Animations: No new animations.
Sounds: No new sounds.
Splash Art: The background is mostly a sky covered by flying snow. There is the hint of an ice tower or fortress even but not much is shown. The turrets are a fitting addition to the portrayal but their shots are all black in-game. Heimerdinger is well depicted with appropriate use of light but the shading seems a little rough. On the whole, it’s a passable splash art that feels like one third of a picture.
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Conclusion: Snowmerdinger is quite basic in its execution: it re-models Heimerdinger, his tools and his turrets to make a snowman. The result isn’t bad yet not remarkable either. The irregular snow body is well designed and the look is fittingly comical, overall. The turrets are cleverly designed as cannon gifts over little sledges and stand as one of the skin’s more attractive features. Besides, they also have different colours that are chosen at random which is a great addition. All things considered, Snowmerdinger is a good skin that doesn’t do much to take advantage of its seasonal nature.

Hazmat Heimerdinger
Hazmat Heimerdinger Splash Art Hazmat Heimerdinger Model
Category: Regular
Price: 975 RP
Concept: Heimerdinger dressed against toxic waste.
Model: New model for Heimerdinger, his tools and turrets.
Particles: New yellow particles for his abilities and auto-attack.
Animations: New recall animation and suit opening for his robotic arm.
Sounds: New sound for his bottle auto-attack.
Splash Art: For dealing with hazardous materials Heimerdinger seems unusually relaxed in this piece; to the point of having a toast with himself. That’s not a bad thing as the splash art is as relaxed as his attitude. However, it also means that there isn’t that much attention paid to all of its elements, or so it seems. The background, specifically, is somewhat blurry and besides some waste and a big explosion the hazardous situation isn’t very convincing. Nonetheless, Heimerdinger is nicely depicted with good shading and attention to textures. While the materials look convincing they sometimes look flat, like the soles or the sides of the head. Besides, the laid-back attitude seems strange for Heimerdinger who is supposedly closer to a scientist than a lunatic; though they may not be that far. All things considered, it’s a fine splash art that makes a fresh and appealing presentation of Heimerdinger’s new look.
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Conclusion: The first impression of Hazmat Heimerdinger is that of a more complex skin that it actually is. That happens thanks to the potential of the concept which isn’t exploited as much as it could’ve. The skin seems content with changing the visuals but keeping the feel unchanged. So, with new models for Heimerdinger and his turrets along the re-coloured particles the wasteland scientist is made. It’s also worth nothing that the model is clearly a modification of the classic one. This makes his gas mask to move as if it were flexible. Add to that the top opening for his third arm as well as the limited colour palette and the skin strikes as funny; but in the whole extent of the word. In conclusion, Hazmat Heimerdinger is a skin with a very good concept that feels underused. It’s an acceptable skin and not a bad choice for fans of the Revered Inventor. Still, most of its charm remains in the idea instead of the execution.

Conclusion

Heimerdinger is a champion that has room for elaborate and interesting concepts that often aren’t implemented in an engaging way. In particular, his turrets are usually the only element that gets modified along his own head and so end up defining each skin. The visual upgrade didn’t actually make any significant improvements, except for a lean coat of polish, so what once let down still does.

At least, there are a few skins that can be of interest to fans of the Revered Inventor. The recommended skin would be Hazmat Heimerdinger. The skin accomplishes a distinct appearance that draws from an appealing concept. The implementation could’ve done more with the idea but the result is, ultimately, good.

An alternative is Piltover Customs Heimerdinger. It provides an appealing and suitable concept supported by a good execution. If you want something more comical you might want to catch Snowmerdinger even if it lacks the requisite extra that makes a seasonal skin stand out.

The only permanently available alternative is Blast Zone Heimerdinger. Unfortunately, it’s rather disappointing: the concept is hardly innovative and the execution is just barely acceptable. Maybe time will allow better options to surface.

Image Credits

Skin model screen-shots taken with Gamebase’s League of Legends Skin Viewer.

  35 Responses to “League of Legends: Heimerdinger Skins’ Review”

  1. Nautilus and Viktor next? I REALLY want to know which skins to get for each of them.

  2. can u please do singed next?

  3. Conclusion: There ain’t sh*t for Heimer. :[

  4. Which skin do you think would be better buy, Snowmerdinger or Alien Invader Heimerdinger?

    • Since they’re both going to be up for the taking.

    • Technically speaking, Snowmerdinger is more elaborate but the truth is that Heimerdinger skins leave a bit to be desired. Alien Invader shows its age though the concept is appealing. In the end, it’s better to consider your personal preference as they both feel lacking. As far as changes go, Snowmerdinger provides more even if the concept tries to be funnier than it is.

  5. I love the Blast Zone Heimerdinger concept and skin, but I wish there way a bit more to it. :/ Someone at Riot should give some kudos to Heimerdinger and the fans that love him. :)

    • Completely agreed. Heimerdinger has some good concepts for his skins but the implementations tend to err on the side of simplicity. With some luck things will improve with future skins.

  6. Will the overview and ratings for donger get updated? As of tonight and the application of patch 4.4 donger will be much more refined with a VU.

  7. Heimer VU! Looking forward to your new reviews Zero :)

    • We’ll update Heimerdinger’s review as soon as possible.

      • If I’m not wrong, this Heimer VU didn’t manage to increase any of the skin’s review by any stars?

        • Sadly so, despite the fact that we checked well we simply ended up disappointed. The problem is that all of the skins were merely polished but didn’t receive any extra work; which is becoming a way of wasting the potential of interesting skins concepts. Hopefully, future skins will be better options.

  8. Can’t wait for your review :3

  9. Hey Zero

    This may be a (see name) but I just want to clarify whether Heimer’s VU is for his regular skin only or is it across the range? I didn’t manage to see much difference with his other skins (shrugs)

    • The visual upgrade polished his classic skin as well as all of his other skins. You are also right in that there isn’t much difference except for a leaner aspect. In fact, it seems like a missed opportunity.

      • Thanks Zero. I rate Riot should’ve done more with his other skins as you said: “missed op”. His classic skin is looking just as good, if not better than, his others.

  10. Hey Zero could you comment on the classic heimeys splash art plz.
    Be great to see your view on it :)

    • Sure, the portrayal of Heimerdinger is great: vivid, colourful and dedicated to his work. The background less so: blurry and difficult to identify anything in it. The piece is good, as it does its job, but on the whole it lacks cohesion.

  11. Hey, Zero! I know the new Hazmat skin for the Donger has just come out, but I’m so anxious to see your opinion on it! I love the little inventor and post-apocalyptic stuff, so this skin was an easy buy for me. :D Could you try to review it soon? Thanks!

  12. I’d like to know what Riot changed in Hazmat Heimerdinger skin, perhaps they added some easter eggs? Thanks! you’re awesome btw! I’ve recommended this site for people who always asked me if “this” “that” skin is any good.

    • Glad that you find the reviews useful.

      We haven’t noticed any extras except for the recall, which seems more like a joke than any sort of reference; as far as we know. They certainly could’ve made the skin more interesting even if it isn’t bad.

  13. The explosion in the splash looks like heimerdinger, and the soles have his face too.

    • You’re completely right. Still, it seems an item better used as an extra than the whole of the background. In the end, it doesn’t amount to much of a setting unfortunately. Thanks for the information.

  14. actually hazmat Heimer has a new sound effect: glass breaking sounds for autoattacking (bottle)

    • Indeed, but we were doubtful about it as it only happens when the bottle is thrown. Looks like a precise explanation is in order. Thanks for the notice.

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