Oh my, Heimerdinger. You've certainly grown out of your goofy, spaghetti-haired "I'm not a Yordle!" phase haven't you? League of Legends' latest extremely impressive visual update is for none other than the brains behind the 'stache, Heimerdinger. It should be immediately apparent that Riot is going out of their way to make clear that the 'Dinger is indeed a yordle, but they're also providing him a few cool gadgets to accent his already impressive skill set.
On top of his much furrier appaearance (and might I add suave, because he's got marvelous hair now) Riot is also adding what they call the D.I.N.G.R. to his animations. Basically, when Heimerdinger fires his rockets or throws a grenade, the D.I.N.G.R. extends an arm from out of his hair (fur?) and carries out the attack. The D.I.N.G.R. is indeed a type of mechanical helmet Heimerdinger hides underneath his cleverly concealing hair-do.
While Riot Games unfortunately couldn't match Heimerdinger's visual update up with his skill-set rework, it's great to see it finally getting done. Heimer was one of tthe worst offenders when it came to low-quality models and animations, though his alien and snowman skins made this less apparent. Hopefully Riot manages to keep his iconic waddle and wrench throw in the transition, only perhaps a little better animated.
Check out Riot's updated models for both Heimerdinger and his turrets (regular and ultimate-level) across each of his skins below. In addition, they've put together a cool video of one of their modelers sculpting out Heimerdinger's base skin in fast motion. It's a little terrifying to start, but quickly becomes ridiculously impressive. Talented guys working on League of Legends, for sure.