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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. My theory is that the Throwbots/Slizers are the ancestors of the BIONICLE (they throw disks, are based on elements, etc.). The Roboriders were designed to prevent viruses from attacking their world (they failed when faced with the Makuta virus). The BIONICLE universe followed which led to a unification of their world again. This unification begot the Hero Factory city a millenia later. G2 was an alternate time-line born when the Mask of Time was created. And the Great Beings are human kids who play with LEGO and create the legends.
  2. I can't be the first person to have noticed this, the parts being around for 20 years and all, but it took me that long to see it. At first I thought this was one defective mold until I examined the other heads in my collection. If you look at the "temples" on the tohunga head they are not the same cut. Also the angle of the crown detail, when viewed from the top, is slightly skewed on the right side. This is such a small detail I don't think it could have been intentional. Maybe part of the CAD file was accidently shifted before production?
  3. If you look closely you can just make out the tops of the characters in the forehead. The mask also appears a little rougher in the light compared to the rest of the figure, although that could just be a Photoshop filter. What do you think?
  4. Not entirely. Just wanted to get my favorites for the box art and the novelty of having them mint. I've already acquired Torch, Ski and Turbo sealed, with Scuba on the way. Amazon was the last one I needed. Thanks for the encouragement, glad you were able to complete your collection!
  5. Makuta is arguably THE greatest Lego villain because of his nature: the chaos of unsorted Lego parts and the destruction of existing models. He's 2 steps away from being a brick separator, or your younger sibling! Anyone remember the Brickster (Lego Island)? He's Jailbreak Joe with more personality, and wants to steal your bricks! Or how about Ogel (Alpha Team)? His name is Lego spelled backwards, so he must be super evil! Baron Von Baron (Adventurers)? Dastardly name, check. Twirly mustache, check. Monocle, check. Facial scar, check. Hook for a hand, check.
  6. Howdy! I already own the Amazon/Jungle set from the ThrowBots/Slizer line and was hoping to find a MISB for my collection. I should clarify: this is for a set that includes the outer paper-board box and not just the plastic container. I can settle for a box that's open in reasonably like-new shape, but I would prefer the US version (ThrowBots). Please DM me your offers and photos-- thanks!
  7. As far as music that sounds like Bionicle music ... This track sounds like a remix of the Ga-Koro theme from MNOG 2. Actually, a lot of music from Unreal Tournament feels like Bionicle music. There's also these two tracks of music from Descent 3. Kinda mix of tribal and euro dance beats. If we're talking about more rock/pop focused stuff, I always thought Incubus could do a really solid over-the-credits or advertisement music for Bionicle. Especially since they like surfing and using various mixes of instruments.
  8. The 6 Toa Mata should have been the only Toa. The Toa that come after (and before) undermine their destiny of being the ones to vanquish evil and return home. Takanuva single-handedly defeats Makuta while the Toa literally watch from the sidelines without offering assistance. This portrays the Toa Mata as useless. Six Heroes, One Destiny One Hero, One Destiny. Vakama and others have been Toa before, implying that the Toa are replaceable if they fail. It's a story that, whether or not it needed to be told, was one year too long away from the Toa Mata. Jala and others become Toa while the Toa Mata are still Toa, even to the end (no sacrificing of power to become Turaga). This makes Tahu and the others redundant. Mata Nui himself becomes a Toa and christens new Toa, while the Toa that saved him are pushed into the background again. Mata Nui, the guy they were sent to save, defeats Makuta without the help of the Toa Mata. I don't think that having more Toa or new Toa is a bad idea, or that the Toa don't need help once in a while. But the creators presented a creed/legend that was amended every other year. Looking back, it seems that the universe got along just fine without that one team of heroes.
  9. I bought both inks from Anthony's Comicbook art store. The inks are quite large and I don't have a scanner big enough yet to properly fit them. Here's an image of the other page
  10. When LOMN was leaked, man, that was the best thing to happen to me in 2018. I waited years to play that game. I had some hope in 2010 when footage of the game was released on Youtube, but most of my leads were dead ends. Major kudos to Beaverhouse and Litestone for finding and restoring the game. The music, the old graphics, seeing Pohatu ride the Kane-Ra, I was transported back to 2001. Looking forward to Bionicle: Masks of Power 2.0!
  11. Turaga Nokama's trident in yellow. Haven't seen anyone else with one of those, really curious where it's actually from. Got it off Bricklink from a German seller. EDIT: Mystery Solved! The yellow trident was a from a knockoff series called Masker. I framed two original ink comic pages. One is an extra page from the foil version of Comic 8. The other is an alternate page from Comic 4 that features a Matoran (Kapura?) in place of Vakama. Been fortunate to have completed my 2001 Kanohi collection. The rarest masks I own are the Brown Komau and the Yellow prototype Huna. Got really lucky with those having acquired them from the a seller after months (years?) of patience and saving. Recently got the SDCC and Inside Tour (Crew Edition) 2015 masks. I wish Gen 2 had put out more alternate colored masks. I also had a Miru custom chromed for my Wairuha figure.
  12. No listing yet, but someone is planning to sell a few highly sought after Kanohi
  13. 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!
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