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Mukaukau Nuva

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  1. IIRC China does not recognize US or European copyright law (and why would you amirite?), so it's beyond easy to bootleg stuff there (since China underpays many of its workers, hiring those workers to make bootlegs is dirt cheap). Gibson guitars, movies, shoes, and yes, LEGO are all bootlegged. Retailers outside of China aren't supposed to buy them, but many do it anyway, and besides, ordering as a private citizen directly from China is super easy anyway. I'm sure this doesn't cover all LEGO bootlegs everywhere, but from what I understand that's the general industry. Anyone more in the know is free to chime in to correct me, however.
  2. Judging by images like these, it's happened at least twice. Mainly caused by stepping on the mask. Masks like the original Hau have a lot of plastic on the sides so stepping on the mask from the front or sides will create a stress mark that may or may not begin to crack. Due to the materials these masks are made of, the plastic could splinter off with jagged edges. It may not have happened a whole lot, but ideally it shouldn't happen at all (given stepping on LEGO is practically cliche). The newer style ones could still be damaged by stepping on them, of course, but they would just bend, not shatter, so the person playing with them shouldn't get hurt.
  3. They've done a few short films (none that I've watched, but I've seen them in places like Walmart, etc.) I suppose they could make one. Lucasfilm has been reluctant to commit to features lately, however, focusing everything on streaming television. The Kenobi movie was moved to a TV series. The Boba Fett movie was cancelled. I believe D&D's trilogy was also cancelled. IX has no sequels planned. The only film-related project that hasn't been shuffled or cancelled to my knowledge is Rian Johnson's trilogy (fortunate considering it's probably the only one of these save Kenobi that has any chance of being good).
  4. I did not know about that transparent part before now, thanks! (now I know why these pieces were so hard to take apart from one another). That makes me all the more curious as to what exactly the trans glittery Avohkii and trans great Rau are made out of; presumably something slightly different from their dull gold and Metru counterparts respectively.
  5. As I'm sure that many of you know, prior to 2003, Bionicle masks were made of solid, ABS plastic. Starting in 2003 (after a brief stint with bulky Nuva masks), masks began to be made out of a softer, flakier plastic that was used until the line ended (probably because 2001 masks were prone to shattering under pressure; this is also probably why the Nuva masks were so over-sized, to strengthen them). The new masks were made of the same plastic that many weapons were made out of (other parts like Metru shins and feet were also made of the material). I have a question for those more in the know: is this plastic a flavour of ABS (a diluted formula, etc.) or an entirely different type of plastic altogether? I'm mainly wondering about how they're expected to age; assuming they aren't damaged, are they expected to last as long as ABS parts under proper storage, or should extra precautions be taken? I haven't found much info looking around, but perhaps I'm looking in the wrong place...
  6. Your clones are very impressive, you must be very proud... All joking aside, I only have 1 Kraata to begin with, and it's not of the shadow variety, so your collection is at least seven orders of magnitude better than mine. My hobby horse has been collecting the Great Disks, but I've only the Ga-Metru Disk to show for my efforts ATM.
  7. Chroming used to be a lot more common; lightsaber hilts used to be chromed, and a few pieces were chromed with gold. There's just an unpleasant greyish-green plastic underneath when the chrome flakes off (at least on the gold & silver chromed pieces I have). It was probably chosen either as a cost-saving measure (chrome pieces are purported by TLG to have been rather expensive) or because that dye colour bonded best with the chrome; probably a compromise of both those things.
  8. Disney owns so much property that it might as well be a monopoly, given they'll never let the copyright of even their least profitable IPs fall into the public domain, so I'd rather they acquire as few IPs as possible in the future (and hopefully somebody will be able to break up their existing monopoly).
  9. I have to be careful when I think about 2001; it wasn't something I experienced firsthand, since while I started getting Bionicle sets in and around 2002, I didn't get into the story until around 2006. What I knew about Bionicle prior to that time was filtered through the movies, the occasional older comics I obtained (mostly 2005 ones for whatever reason), and the 2007 Encyclopedia. I don't think I played MNOG until around 2015 or so. Prior to that, I don't think I had any impression of 2001, positive or negative. So, it's quite telling that once I did play MNOG, I started seeing 2001 as a halcyon age. That's a lot of baggage for one game to handle. 2001 has a lot going for it in terms of nostalgia; being positioned at the very beginning, when everything about the Bionicle story is simple and easy to understand, it's a very approachable time in the franchise's history (it may be the only approachable time in the franchise's history). And for the returning fan, it's so far removed from any element of the CANON that may be deemed (with the benefit of hindsight) to be disappointing. Bionicle (and some of its fans) can become extremely deferential to its own canon, but the MNOG absolutely refuses to defer to canon to its own benefit (though it's not like there was much canon to defer to in 2001). That 2001 can be summed up so simply in the MNOG is also part of its benefit. The forms in which "complete" accounts exist for the other years varies; each year has the books, of course, but the books are easily the least accessible (and least enjoyable) version of each story. '03, '04, '05, and '09 have movies, which like the MNOG tell a complete story, but IMO only Legends of Metru Nui reaches comparable levels of storytelling that MNOG does, and it doesn't really get all that close (and it could never be very immersive anyway given it's a movie). '06, '07, and '08 have web animations that do an impressive job of giving us an impression of the story (especially with such short running times) but they are hardly complete stories. MNOG remains the most satisfying "complete" account.
  10. This has all become rather strange, hasn't it (though it did start off rather strange too). I support the move away from something toyetic, but that said, this basically just seems to be Faber tinkering away, and I don't think he's gotten very far. One of his strengths (and one that Bionicle shares in no small part due to his input) is suggesting something grandiose with only a minute gesture; I'm sure he's far less prepared (and things far less along) than he's letting on. I'm not sure what to make of talks with LEGO; for all I know they could only be humoring him (as much as I hope that's not what they're doing). If he's still pending approval, I'm sure the stickler is exactly what we've been wondering: what exactly is he selling here? A game, an art project, a movie? Not a toyline, evidently. Whatever it is, he's going to have to overcome the perception of Bionicle as a toyline if he wants to move forward.
  11. 'Tis only my opinion. I felt very "back in my day" as I was writing it, so I think the stance I took was rather harder than I actually feel.
  12. TBH, the most resentment you'll find for licensed themes coming from my corner is the sheer amount of them put forward as LEGO Ideas projects. It just always rubbed me the wrong way that this super creative "get your own set published" platform was almost immediately used to jumpstart a host of licensed themes that otherwise couldn't justify a full wave (I remember one of the first sets pushed through was the Back to the Future DeLorean). Mainly, it bugs me because the licensed projects seem to take the wind out of the sails of the kinds of sets the platform was clearly designed for. Thankfully stuff like the pop-up-book a while back, or this year's Pirates of Barracuda Bay, are still able to reach the threshold regardless. And I can only imagine the amount of paperwork the one-off licensed projects create for LEGO (and no doubt line the pockets of the licensees, who probably don't need it). That said, I don't mean this as an attack against the licensed LEGO Ideas projects that do make it through; I have full confidence that the designers of those sets deserve the positive clout they receive. It's just a shame that those designs seem to take a backseat in favor of whatever new minifig's in the box.
  13. Umbra is one of those sets that I always think is a combiner in the back of my mind. I guess because it looks so much like one...
  14. I tend not to count the contest models (the ones with the most silvery bits on them) when I consider the context of things like this, given the begrudging nature with which they've been inserted into the canon. Spinax is all silver, so he gets a pass from me, and at least Fenrakk keeps most his silver confined to his head and... claws(? I don't know what to call them). Limbs longer than we might be used to are usual for some rahi, but I can't think of one with one arm longer than the other.
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