2001: The Toa Mata enter Mangaia and do battle with Shadow Toa, Manas (as the Kaita!), and the Makuta himself. While this occurs, the Matoran of the Chroniclers Company hold the line at Kini-Nui and in the final stretch are backed by the various village guards across the island.
2002: A pitched battle with the Bahrag (inside AND outside of the Exo-Toa), coinciding with the Matoran defense of Ga-Koro.
2003 (Skipping the Bohrok Kal since there's nothing really there to speak of): The anticipated final confrontation of the Makuta and the Toa of Light. Also the final fight with the Rahkshi, involving the tragic (though temporary ) death of Jaller, which is probably more relevant in this topic.
2004: The mano-a-mano duel between Makuta and Vakama, with dying Turaga, invisible trickery, and messing with time.
2005: Although the year was received somewhat coolly, no one can deny a pretty epic siege of the Coliseum undertaken by the Hordika. Spinners. Everywhere. Also, Star Wars-esque emotional Matau vs. Vakama.
2006: The collision point of the Inika, Piraka, and Vezon at the Voya-Nui story conclusion. One might also count the Inika's earlier ventures through the chamber of life, and the duel between Axonn and Brutaka.
2007: The magnificent deep-sea final battle against the Barraki, which basically started when the Toa exit the Terrain Crawler, so I'd count all that. Contains Matoro's infamous sacrifice at it's conclusion.
2008: The namesake 'Final Battle' or 'Battle for Power'. Axalara and Jetrax, Makuta and Toa flying every which way, energy storms, all that stuff. In the long run, everyone loses.
2010: Shouldn't really count because this year basically WAS a big battle, but uh, Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots was pretty cool.
Can you tell I got a bit lazy with the EPIC descriptions by the end of it? Anyway, each year ended with some kind of epic battle usually involving Toa and destiny and powers and stuff. What were your favorites and least favorites, which do you think capped off their years well, which ones did you find to be let-downish?
I feel like I should also mention some of the other big battles that were also suitably epic but were not at a years end, just for additional discussion. This includes the Battle in the Great Furnace, the Bohrok Seige in Le-Koro, the Rahkshi attacks on Ta-Koro and Onu-Koro, the Tower of the Toa Battle, the various Karda-Nui Skirmishes, the Piraka Fortress battle, the Raid on Vulcanus, and the rather dark colisseum battle from Dark Mirror. Which amongst these do you remember enjoying the most? Are there other, smaller ones you enjoyed?
I think I'm making this discussion a little too open to be pollified. Anyway, discuss!
Edited by Thunder on the Mountain, Sep 22 2012 - 10:32 PM.