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About chuckschwa

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    Mask Collector. Fan of early Gen 1 BIONICLE, Throwbots/Slizer, & Roboriders

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  1. I remember the old bio for Makuta amused us with the idea that he was a 3 headed monster. I don't know how many 3 headed, mask-wearing characters there are in Bionicle, but if there were: would they be able to wield multiple powered masks at once? Eg. a character who could shield themselves, see in the dark, and move objects with their mind would be pretty terrifying and super OP. Imagine if Makuta did have 3 heads, and got a hold of the masks of Life, Time and Creation. Bionicle version of Marvel's Infinity Gauntlet right there!
  2. This is the cheapest Pakari Nuva I've seen in a while and it's free shipping. https://www.ebay.com/itm/Lego-Bionicle-Toa-Nuva-PAKARI-Mask-43611-Rare-Pearl-Silver-Protodermis-Kanohi/203094183775?hash=item2f495b4f5f:g:6vAAAOSwIftfTX9X They also has the Silver Hau Nuva, Akaku Nuva and Miru Nuva. No Pearl Gold Kraahkan though.
  3. Which 3 unproduced 2001 Kanohi masks do you want most? If there's a specific mask or color not listed as a choice, please mention it in the comments.
  4. I do remember the ad in the back of one of the comics. Paul Hardcastle, who did the music for the 2001 promo album (3 tracks, one of which was "The Bionicle Music" featured heavily in MNOG), had a Bionicle themed track pop up on his remix album Zer01. "Obey The Force" features various familiar sounds recycled throughout and the song ends with garbled dialog "Bionicle... obey the force... the legend is born... the Bionicle has begun". It's pretty clear this may have been intended for the album and got scrapped, or Hardcastle reused the sound samples for his own song as a tribute. This might be a stretch, but... IF Rob Zombie, Woven and Cold had already composed music for the cancelled album there's a chance it shows up in some form or another on their later works as a B-sides or reused chords in another song. Again, just optimism talking. I'm not too familiar with their music, but if Hardcastle did it, they may have as well. This was my biggest disappointment. I didn't care for the Nuva masks when they came out. They were too big and just not the personality of the Toa at all (except Tahu). Then the Toa Metru masks followed this format. The final straw was the ugly rubber masks on the glowy "not faces" of the Toa Ignika.
  5. Oh yeah i remember those in the marketing I had forgotten all about them! Never made the connection between them and the Kal. Probably because I had just assumed it was marketing like the Throwbots and Bionicle 2001 with the "evil eyed menace" following the heroes wherever they go. I do really like that idea of the Kal rising from the protodermis vats after the Toa leave. It explains their silver coloring.
  6. I guess I always saw the Nuva as an "accidental transformation" rather than something that was destined or foreseen by the Turaga. Do the Nuva symbols, or the knowledge of them, ever show up in media taking place before their appearance on Mata Nui? Like, do the Toa Metru encounter a Nuva cube or legend while encountering the Bohrok? I know the Rahkshi and kraata do to some extent, which is why the Turaga would know about them from the slug hunting.
  7. I think the Le-Matoran get a bad rap because they are the only group that, for a couple years, we only READ what they said and could not LISTEN to how they spoke. Between the comics & books, MNOG, and the promo animations there was no voice acting or spoken words. Everything was in word bubbles, subtitles, or a VO narrator. Even the GBA game had garbled dialog ("eepa wappa appa wah!"). So when the Miramax movies came along it was kind of a shock to me how they handled Lewa and Matau. Had the LOMN game been released in 2001 as it was planned, we would have heard the garbled techno-elemental hybrid of the Toa and their people and probably would have thought much differently on their portrayals in later media. Because the Turaga and Matoran have been stuck on Mata Nui for a long long time, their past is forgotten and they have secluded to their own regions and developed unique personalities and trope practices over the years. If they had all lived in one place like Metru Nui, working together and mingling, I don't think their accents and practices would have differed as drastically; so no chute-speak in my book. The most secluded tribes are Le-Koro and Ko-Koro. You have to go looking to find them. Once you have, you have to go through hoops to understand them. While the Le-Matoran sing and rhyme and have a colorful dailect, the Ko-Matoran speak very little or not at all. Even the Turaga reflect this practice, as Matau is a singer of stories and Nuju has Matoro translate his words for him. Their unique languages, or lack thereof, is because of this isolation. With that in mind, Lewa should never have spoken tree-speak. Adopted phrases, maybe, but no broken language. He woke up from a canister like the other Toa, and has not been secluded in the jungle for a thousand years. He can still be jovial like Matau and the jungle birds, just as Kopaka is cold and aloof like his region.
  8. Fun fact, they were supposed to be Glow-In-Dark milky white! Besides the teaser video, if you look at the combiner build instructions in the back you can see Onua's brainstalk is not dark-green like it is printed in the rest of the manual. Incidentally, the Lewa prototype had a green axle rod instead of the typical black axle. I guess they weren't translucent enough, or perhaps since the brain stalk is notorious for snapping into the Toa head very securely the material did not meet Lego's standards?
  9. I find it funny that, between the few hours that the Toa transformed into Nuva, someone -- or something -- carved their image into a random cave wall. I also chuckle at the Kal's angsty attitude of graffiting their surname over the Nuva carvings. I understand these panels are meant to act as a "villain tease" but I couldn't help seeing that they goofed using our alphabet characters as opposed to the Matoran text. Unless of course, the Bohrok do indeed use their own unique letters (I doubt it, they don't seem too interested in writing). It's like how Latin characters kind of exist in the Star Wars universe despite having their own "basic" lettering (eg. Aubresh "X" does not make the same shape as the aptly named X-wing fighters; Tractor Beam name tag from ANH changed in special edition, etc.)
  10. rare Brown Komau surfaced again on Bricklink https://store.bricklink.com/AAndersen?itemID=211014636#/shop
  11. Fantastic entry once again, and I also love your original MNOG-styled illustrations included with each article! Looking at the Turaga as village champions instead of exclusively as village elders is a fun outlook. It also encourages play between siblings, with two characters going on adventures together. I had always assumed the Turaga tagged along with the Toa similar to how Yoda piggybacked on Luke Skywalker during the youth's Jedi training in Star Wars the Empire Strikes Back. Despite seeming "old" they could certainly hold their own between the noble masks and their ability to tap into the limited use of the elemental powers of their respective Toa. There is also the fact that the Turaga captured/hunted many Kratta and defended their villages from Rahi long before the Toa showed up. Most of the Maori Tohunga tasks mentioned are also associated with Bionicle's Turaga. If you look into the translations of the Turaga's names and masks they often refer to roles they play, powers/tools they wield, or something exclusive to their region (eg. Onewa is Maori word for "granite/basalt" as well as "a short weapon made of stone"; Rau can mean "to catch fish with a net" in Maori, but also "to enumerate" in Rotuman; Matau is Fijian for "adept" and "an axe used for boat building"). Let me know if you need any help on an essay on Polynesian words used in Bionicle, I have a few sources and translations I posted here you're welcome to use! I think it's interesting that 12 Maori Tohunga roles are mentioned, and there are 12 original Kanohi masks. It could also be the reason there were initially only 12 Tohunga for each village. You could tell all Tohunga in one village apart by just their Kanohi mask, rather than mask and color combination. The masks could also reflect the roles they play in each village (astrologer, artist, builder, defender, navigator, etc.). I always found it somewhat irritating that all the "right hands" of the Turaga wore masks of their respective Toa-- except Maku; And that all 6 of these right hands had one color distinct from their Toa and Turaga-- except Maku. Hahli, funny enough, actually follows this rule (wearing the Kaukau of her patron Toa, and having dark blue as her distinct color). I would love to delve more into the color theory of the Tohunga sometime, but I digress. Also important that you tied this all back to the Bohrok and their parallel nature with the Tohunga-Turaga-Toa evolution. Something I realized after reading this post is how the Bahrag fit into all this. We associate the Bahrag with the Bohrok because they are "the queens of the swarms". However, they are NOT part of the evolution of the Bohrok. If you look at the early concept of the Bahrag "spiders" they are OUTSIDE of this evolution iconography. Although they are responsible for "creating" the Krana, they neither wear Krana nor Kanohi. Interestingly they do share the powers of the Bohrok, which are very similar to the elemental powers of the Toa. Two beings of great power, each with 3 elemental powers, who become more powerful when they stand together. Where have we heard that before? The Toa Kaita. Perhaps the ideas of Papu and Rangi (earth and sky beings), the Kaita, and the Bahrag are all connected. Even the opposing red and blue colors suggest an earth-sky relationship, the same way Akamai and Wairuha are opposites. Perhaps the Bahrag had originally been intended by the writers as gods/titans that had played some part in creating the Bohrok AND the Toa/Tohunga/Turaga. Maybe they also had made the Kanohi masks, since they had mastered making Krana by dipping objects into energized liquid protodermis? Perhaps they were the ones who initially taught/created the Toa in their past life? And now the Toa have come home to overthrow these "Titans" the same way Zeus and his siblings had in greek mythology.
  12. That's crazy no one noticed this earlier! Neat to find out those codes were good for more than just the promo cd and old website! EDIT: @balljoint dog any chance of us seeing some trivia from Bionicle the Game GBA?
  13. There is the possibility that the some of the Tanoka are actually Rock/Granite's Slizer/Throwbots Discs. Perhaps someone scrubbed off the printed illustration to make a quick buck and the process left the discs a little rough. Just a theory. I checked the numbers under my Tan colored slizer discs and the numbers don't seem to have any correlation between the set or pip numbers of each disc. The numbers also don't seem to suggest a sequence of any kind (I have two 01-4 and two 01-8 discs). Incidentally, my Millenia disc (which is Tan with a metallic gold coating) is 01-5.
  14. I kinda wish when the Toa Nuva transformed that their elemental powers were affected as well. Instead of just supercharged, they would tap into another "version" of their power. Tahu = Lightning, Onua = Metal, Lewa = Plantlife, etc.
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