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The Toa Hagah Were Special

Can we just take a moment to appreciate the fact that 2005 was the only year we got 14 canister sets instead of just 12? While we've gotten canister-sized sets on more than one occasion throughout the years, we never actually got bonus canister sets outside of the Toa Hagah, and that is super special when you think about it. I read some complaints recently as to how the Toa Hagah are an "incomplete series" and were also clearly meant to be Toa Dume and Toa Nidhiki. The former statement is d
 

Colors in Toa Krakua

So I'm looking into assembling my own Toa Krakua per John Dexter's original instructions. I had some fun compiling a BrickLink wanted list until I realized the set can't be assembled without having both dark gray and dark bluish gray parts and that's a huge pain in the neck. But it's still a childhood dream of mine to have the Toa so I'll do some experimenting until I find a color scheme that's as seamless as possible.   IIRC Toa Krakua was the first Toa of a different element besides Fire, Air

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Light Bluish Gray

My very first topic (or post, for that matter) on BZP was in BIONICLE-Based Creations and featured... an MOC with a very vague description and literally no photos, as I hadn't yet heard of Brickshelf. The MOC was called the "Ko-Defender."   On a seemingly unrelated note, I had no idea about the distinction between "light gray" and "light bluish gray" until yesterday; I only knew about "dark gray" and "dark bluish gray" as the pieces in those two colors tend to be bigger. So obviously, I had to g

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You Ever Wonder

You ever wonder if there's an alternate dimension where Takanuva is just Toa Takua because no one needed the plot twist?

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Finally Got the Copper Huna

Back in 2006 when I became and Outstanding BZPower Citizen a US copper Huna was sent out to me as a token of appreciation but unfortunately never made it to me.   12 years later I finally have it. Black Six was kind enough to send me one as a substitute for the Villain Pack I won in the 2018 Member Raffle #4.

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The Wayback Machine

Unbelievably, there appear to be 10 snapshots of my BZP profile in the Wayback Machine, but all of them display a board message. Supposedly due to the fact that you can't view profiles while you aren't logged in. But people certainly must've made the snapshots while logged in and while looking at my profile particularly.   Does anyone have any idea how to make these snapshots work?

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Extra Pieces in Toa Nuva Sets

Can anyone confirm to me that Tahu Nuva, Pohatu Nuva and Onua Nuva each came with a standard black ball joint for alternate builds, while Kopaka Nuva had three of those (for the Wairuha Nuva model) and neither Gali Nuva nor Lewa Nuva had a single one included?   I've almost definitely kept the piece-to-canister distribution throughout the years and the instructions only seem to indicate the use of ball joints for Tahu, Pohatu and Onua, but I wanted to ask for curiosity's sake.

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BIONICLE: The Game OST

Beating my own lay attempts years ago, someone figured out a way to extract all the musical fragments from BIONICLE: The Game and sewing them together to bring the most complete, well-composed and high-quality OST of the game available online:   or DOWNLOAD!  The score includes fragments that have never been used in the actual game for one reason or another, like amazing passage for Ta-Koro and entire battle theme for Ga-Koro.  Credit goes out to Hexadecimal Mantis for extracting the mus

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Branding the Elements

I had some fun breaking down the elemental—or rather "environmental"—archetypes in BIONICLE and its predecessors from a visual and marketing perspective. Here's a rough table based on what I suspect were the most and least successful visual themes throughout the years:   Stand-alone: Volcanic Branded as "Fire" and "Lava" Dominant color: red Jungular—for lack of an actual word Branded as "(The) Jungle," "Swamp" and "Air" Dominant color: green Marine Branded as "Water" and "Sub" Dominant c

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Ideas for a Broken Lhikan Greatsword Axle?

So just a few hours ago I got what I thought was a great deal on Toa Lhikan and Kikanalo: about $25 in local currency for a seemingly complete set; no box or instructions included. When disassembling the set and doing a piece count, I found a few were missing and several others were in the wrong color. All in all, nothing I wasn't prepared for (these are typical issues when buying from "normies"); I've already ordered the instructions from a US seller and all the necessary pieces from a UK selle

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If Everyone Had a 2003 Rename

Tahew Onnewer Pohattew Gallii Lewer Kopacker Vackammer Whennewer Onaywer Nockammer Mattau Newjew Newii-Rammer Newii-Jagger Tarackavver Mewacker & Kannay-Rah Mannas Mackewter Matter Newii

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Overseas Shipping: The Rant Vol. 2

I'm gonna keep this one brief. A full set of mint-condition 2001 Matoran for $64.99. That makes less than $11 a piece.   Sweet deal, right?   Add $7.50 for shipping to a friend in the States, because the seller doesn't ship overseas.   Add $48.00 for shipping to me, because I am not having the affordable service with a 75% success rate in delivery.   Still a sweet deal, right?   Add a 20% VAT on the entire total at customs, then several small "service" fees for retrieving and releasing my "goods

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If I Were in Charge of BIONICLE

I'd have ended the story in 2008 with a cliffhanger and a "to be continued," then made Bara Magna the proper Generation 2 after a year's hiatus.   Let's face it, BIONICLE had two reboots: a minor one and a major one. Both failed. IMHO, Bara Magna had promise but was handled poorly. The fact that it ran for only a year is still just surreal to me.

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Overseas Shipping: The Rant

For the past several years, I've been doing what I could never do as a kid—namely collecting BIONICLE sets, collectibles, pieces and merchandise online.   I recently came to a very grim realization that had somehow been eluding me since mid 2011. Shipping overseas (in my case from the US to Bulgaria) without tracking is absolutely unreliable. I went ahead and made an extensive revision of every online purchase I've made from the US since mid 2011 and arrived at the following numbers: 5 US eBay p

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Half My Life Ago

It looks like I got a new spinny yesterday and it just hit me I've been a member here for 12 years. I turned 24 last month.   I've been a BZP member for half my life now.

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Is This a Joke?

Does anyone have any idea why Greg's signature mentions BIONICLE returning in 2015? Is this some sort of prank?

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The Elemental Matrix Concept 3.0

- - -   First of all, I'd like to point out that I don't really see this proposal as a theory, but rather as a discovery. Most aspects of it have been hinted at since the very beginning of BIONICLE, but have never been clearly explained. What this proposal aims to do is to unravel the grand scheme, if you will, and redefine that which has been there all along.   I've divided the theory into several basic parts, each raising and answering a question that I believe to be pertinent. So, starting

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